In this week's edition - Open an account and join ASC-WDS, RQF diplomas added to the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) and much more.
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 Open an 
 account and 
 join ASC-WDS 

You can now open an account on the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) and join the 20,000 workplaces who already use the service.

ASC-WDS is an online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England, previously known as the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).
Social care employers open accounts and enter worker information into the ASC-WDS.
Find out more about setting up an account and the benefits here. The service has been developed with users at the heart making it easy to use and straightforward to navigate.
By having an ASC-WDS account you’ll be helping the wider sector by providing key intelligence to help shape policy. You’ll also be eligible to claim money towards the costs of your staff completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. This is done through the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). Find out more here.


RQF diplomas added to the Workforce Development Fund (WDF)
Following feedback from the sector, we’ve now added a number of RQF diplomas at levels 2, 3 and 4 to the list of funded qualifications and learning programmes. These are highlighted in orange on the list of what's funded.
Employers will only be able to claim money for these additional diplomas from this year’s fund. We advise employers to register new learners onto RQF diplomas that have been approved by Skills for Care. These diplomas are highlighted in green on the list of funded qualifications and learning programmes and are the ones we expect to fund in future years, if funding is made available by the Department of Health and Social Care. View the updated list here.
Find out more about the WDF and how to apply for funding here.

Recruiting the right people
As part of our October/November focus on recruitment, this week we’re supporting employers to identify people's values through the application process with a series of top tips around:
  • application forms
  • profiling tools
  • involving your existing staff
  • involving people who need care and support.
Visit the application process page on our website for more information.
Take a look at our dedicated webpage here for regular updates and keep an eye on our social media channels.

New framework for occupational therapists
A new learning and development framework supporting occupational therapists working in adult social care has been launched.
Occupational therapists play a central role in supporting people who use care and support services to do the things they want and need to do. The framework has been developed to give profession-specific support and guidance for occupational therapists to provide evidence of their learning and development for induction, employment, retention and appraisal processes.
The new framework and guidance on how to get the best out of it can be found here.

Exclusive registered managers members’ blog
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, has written a blog for our registered manager members. In it she talks about how working as a volunteer in a care home at the age of fifteen to becoming a Director of Adult Social Care has shaped her priorities for the national regulator.
“One of my key priorities is to ensure that we put the voice of people with lived experience at the heart of everything we do, involving them in our work at every stage and making this common practice.”
This blog is one of many ‘Expert insight’ features our members enjoy as part of Registered Manager Membership. If you’re a registered manager, or working in a similar role, you can become a member here for just £35 a year and access this blog and many more benefits.
 Blogs and articles 
Using profiling tools
Profiling tools can provide useful insights into a person’s values. Read our ‘top tips’ article here which highlights some different tools available and includes a case study from an employer who used this to assess candidates’ values during the recruitment process.

Recruitment breakthrough
Roselands Residential Home were experiencing low numbers of applicants to their recruitment adverts. Read this article to see how they transformed their adverts and increased the number of applications they received.


Getting started with values-based recruitment
Wednesday 6 November 2019, Norwich
Wednesday 13 November 2019, Jarrow
Thursday 14 November 2019, Kingston upon Thames
Wednesday 27 November 2019, Cambridge
There are a few places still available on our free half-day getting started workshops taking place next month. This 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
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.

Create a motivated, committed workforce who feel valued
Thursday 14 November 2019, Birmingham
This seminar looks at how to effectively communicate with staff and create a positive workplace. Research has found that care workers often leave their jobs because of not feeling valued for the role they do.
Find out about the impact of your own attitudes and behaviours and techniques to improve communication and understanding within your teams to help retain staff.
The seminar costs £120+VAT (or £100+VAT with a registered manager membership).


Moving Up programme – still time to book your place
There’s still time to secure your place on our Moving Up programme. Designed specifically for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) managers who are looking to progress their career and establish themselves within senior management roles, it aims to:
  • improve confidence and self-belief
  • enhance leadership skills
  • help understanding of the power of networking.
The programme starts on 15 November. Don’t delay in booking your place. Visit our website for more information.

 Get involved 

Survey: annual health checks for people with a learning disability
We want to hear from people with a learning disability, family members and carers, GPs and health and social care providers that support people with a learning disability, about your experience of annual health checks. Please click here to complete the short survey by 17.00 on Monday 25 November 2019. You can also download a leaflet and a basic presentation to help us to promote the survey.


National recruitment campaign
The next phase of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) recruitment campaign for adult social care is now live.
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.
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