In this week's edition - national recruitment campaign now live, recruiting the right people, World Values Day and much more.
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 campaign now 

The second phase of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) adult social care recruitment campaign launched yesterday.

Look out for campaign advertising across channels such as radio, social media and online, along with national and regional press activity.
We’re encouraging all employers to get involved. The campaign materials and toolkit are ready to download and use to localise in your area. These include posters, leaflets, videos and digital headers. Download the materials here.
To make the most of the interest, advertise your vacancies on DWP Find a Job, as well as your own jobs boards throughout the campaign. The more vacancies advertised, the more jobs there will be for people who have seen the advertising to view and apply for. Find out how to upload your vacancies here.


Recruiting the right people
In support of the launch of the national recruitment campaign, during October and November we’re focusing on how to recruit people with the right values.
We know employers can find recruiting people with the right values challenging so we’ve produced tools and resources to help. Order your free ‘Recruiting staff’ key cards here (subject to availability) which contain four simple steps to help you.
Keep an eye on our dedicated webpage here where you’ll find regular updates.

World Values Day
Today is World Values Day and we're celebrating putting values at the heart of caring. Take a look at our new videos showing:
  • what it feels like to receive care and support from people who have the right values – watch here
  • what staff who’ve been recruited for their values love about working for their employer – watch here.

Are you a manager looking for new ways to develop yourself?
We’ve launched three continuing professional development (CPD) modules for registered managers and other managers in adult social care. Delivered by our endorsed providers the modules cover:
  • Understanding Performance Management
  • Understanding Self-management Skills
  • Understanding Workplace Culture.
You can claim money from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the cost of completing the one-day CPD modules. A number of funded places are also available from our endorsed providers and WDF partnerships.
Find out more here about the modules or search for an endorsed provider delivering the modules here.

Our impact
At Skills for Care, we’re committed to evaluating the outcomes and impact of our work. Our latest impact infographic shows that we:
  • had over 800,000 unique downloads of our digital publications
  • delivered over 270 events – at least one per working day of the year – with over 5,000 people attending them
  • dealt with almost 5,900 enquiries to our Information Service.
Download the infographic to find out how we’ve helped the sector to recruit, develop and lead their workforce.

Welcome to Rethink Mental Illness registered managers
We’d like to welcome registered managers from Rethink Mental Illness who recently became registered manager members of Skills for Care. Memberships were bought for them by their organisation and we’re delighted to see managers recognised and supported in this way.
Membership provides registered managers with exclusive resources, opportunities to hear from other managers and discounts on our resources and support. It costs only £35 per year or organisations can benefit from a 10% discount for buying 10 or more memberships.
Find out more about the benefits of membership here or email to talk about buying membership for your managers.

Graduates celebrate completing their management programme
The Graduate Management programme fast-tracks graduates towards leadership roles within innovative health and social care settings. Since its launch in 2009, over 140 graduates have been on the programme, with many now in senior positions.
The eighth cohort of graduate learners have now completed and are keen to put into practice all the skills they have developed.
19 new graduates have also completed their induction, joining their host employers where they will complete a health-orientated secondment, a research project and work towards a leadership and management qualification.
Read the story here.

Calling all commissioners
Money is available towards the costs of local authority employees completing the Level 5 Certificate in Commissioning for Wellbeing. Employees must have job roles that primarily undertake direct commissioning of adult social care services.
Applications are open until 17.00 on 31 October 2019 and all claims must be made by 17.00 on 31 May 2020. Find out more and apply here. Applications for funding can be made for learners who are already working towards the qualification.
 Blogs and articles 

Recruiting for values and how to get started
Recruiting for values and behaviours helps to attract people who know what it means to provide high-quality care and support. As the population grows, it’s never been more important to find and keep more workers who have the right values. Our latest article includes tips on how to get started. Read the article here.

Recruitment success
Veronica Thomson, HR Project Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, shares her experience of running a successful local recruitment campaign connected to the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national recruitment campaign for adult social care. Read the blog here.


Getting started - helping you recruit your staff
Wednesday 30 October 2019, Milton Keynes
Wednesday 30 October 2019, Choppington
Wednesday 6 November 2019, Norfolk
Thursday 7 November 2019, Cheshire
Wednesday 13 November 2019, Jarrow
Thursday 14 November, Kingston upon Thames
Learn how to get started with values and behaviours-based recruitment and how this proven approach can lower your staff turnover, help your service to provide higher quality care and bring a positive return on investment.
See more dates and locations.

Skills for Care roadshows
Wednesday 6 November 2019, Cornwall
Thursday 7 November 2019, Scunthorpe
Wednesday 13 November 2019, Dorset
Tuesday 26 November 2019, Tees Valley
Our roadshows are a chance for employers to network and share ideas with their peers. Come and find out about our offer of support and our newest resources to help you. There’s no charge to attend. Content varies per area.

Valuable conversations – helping you retain your staff
Thursday 14 November 2019, Birmingham
This seminar helps you to create a positive workplace to retain your staff. It introduces a values-based method to effectively communicate with staff to get the best outcomes for everyone. Find out about the impact of your own attitudes and behaviours and techniques to improve communication and understanding within your teams.
The seminar costs £120+VAT (or £100+VAT with a registered manager membership).

How to recruit webinars
We’re running free to attend webinars to help adult social care employers recruit the right people. These one-hour webinars will help you to maximise opportunities created by the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national recruitment campaign, to turn interested people into recruits.
Tuesday 26 November – How to let people know about your vacancies
Thursday 28 November – Thinking about your application process
Tuesday 3 December – Thinking about your application process


Do you want to become a top leader?
Our Top Leaders programme is designed for senior leaders who are looking to improve their effectiveness as a leader within and across organisational boundaries. It meets the needs of those working in service provider and commissioner roles across health and social care.
The programme will allow you to learn how to influence and communicate within the political climate, enhance your leadership capabilities and increase your own personal impact to identify and lead change.
The programme is delivered over eight days, over a four-month period starting in January 2020. Find out more about the Top Leaders programme here and how to book your place.

 Get involved 

Survey: annual health checks for people with a learning disability
Skills for Care is doing a short survey to find out why some people with a learning disability are more likely to access a free annual health check than others. We want to hear from people with a learning disability (and family members and carers), GPs and health and social care providers that support people with a learning disability. Please complete the short survey here. We’ll ask you what you know about annual health checks and any challenges or barriers to accessing them. The deadline for responses is 17.00 on Friday 1 November 2019.


Working with families, friends and carers framework
We’ve launched an updated version of this framework, which sets out some good practice guidelines about what adult social care employers and their staff need to know and do to work effectively with families, friends and carers.

Download the framework here.
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