In this week's edition - Measure your digital readiness with our new online tool, core capabilities for supporting autistic people and people with a learning disability and much more
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 Measure your 
 digital readiness 
 with our new 
 online tool 

We’ve worked in partnership with Digital Social Care to create a digital self-assessment tool for social care employers. The free online tool will help to measure:

  • how capable staff are in harnessing the benefits of digital tools and skills
  • whether they have the right infrastructure in place to use more digital tools.
It will also help employers to understand where they may have gaps that could be preventing them from working in a more digital way.
Once completed, an email report will be sent based on the responses and include ‘top tips’ and resources to help employers progress on their digital journey.
Access the tool here.


Core capabilities for supporting autistic people and people with a learning disability
Skills for Care is pleased to support these two new frameworks:
  • Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People
  • Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability.
They set out the skills, knowledge and behaviours that social care and health workers need to deliver high-quality care and support for autistic people and people with a learning disability.
They’ll be useful to support the development and planning of the workforce, and to inform the design and delivery of education and training programmes. Download the frameworks from the Skills for Health website here.

Recruiting the right people
People from all kinds of backgrounds can have the right values to work in adult social care and bring a wealth of skills, experience and perspectives to your workforce.
This week, as part of our October/November focus on recruitment, we’ve been looking at how you can open your recruitment to under-represented groups, including those with convictions. It’s important to know that having a criminal record isn’t an automatic barrier to working with children or adults at risk. Many people with criminal records have successful and rewarding careers working in the sector. Visit 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. #CareToRecruit.

Registered managers are more informed through membership
If you’re a registered manager you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments for your role by becoming a registered manager member of Skills for Care.
You’ll join the membership organisation for registered managers in England and become part of our growing community of managers dedicated to improving the quality of adult social care, whilst accessing exclusive resources and support, discounts and sharing best practice with peers. Our members receive a monthly newsletter that’s recently featured articles from sector experts on topics including: data security; oral hygiene; the Disclosure and Barring Service; personal development plans; and changes to the Competition and Market Authority remit.
Don’t miss out! Join today for only £35 for 12 months.
 Blogs and Articles 
We need to celebrate success in our sector
As a sponsor of Skills for Care’s Accolades awards, Michelle Hillier, Managing Director at Unique Training Solutions (UTS), talks about the importance of recognising and celebrating success in adult social care.
Read the blog here.

How hospital admissions and discharges are being transformed
This article on The Guardian website looks at how the barriers are coming down between hospitals and care homes to ensure that elderly people benefit from a seamless transition with their care.
Read the article here.

How much do you know about the nursing associate role?
This article on The Guardian website will help you to find out more about the nursing associate role, and how it can be a career stepping stone for valued employees. The article also links to a new series of films that we’ve produced.
Read the article.


Skills for Care roadshows
Tuesday 26 November 2019, Tees Valley
Tuesday 21 January 2019, Gateshead
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.

Getting started with values-based recruitment
Wednesday 27 November 2019, Cambridge
Wednesday 27 November 2019, Coventry
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. There are still a few places left on the workshops taking place this month.
Visit our website for more dates and locations.

Values-based Interviewing
Thursday 30 January 2020, London
Understanding and matching people’s personal values to your workplace values, will help to reduce time and wasted resources in recruiting the wrong people. This practical seminar explains what values-based recruitment is and gives delegates the skills to conduct values-based interviews.

Transforming care programme: where are we now and where do we want to be?
Wednesday 5 February 2020, Somerset
This event is for those involved with the transforming care programme and will look at what’s working well so far and what we’ve learnt from the challenges that we’ve come across. You’ll have the opportunity to share your own experiences and ideas and discuss them with others.

Delivering ‘outstanding’ care
Wednesday 4 March 2020, London
Tuesday 10 March 2020, Manchester
This new seminar is for those who work in regulated services with a ‘good’ rating and that want to progress to an ‘outstanding’ rating. It shares learning and best practice from adult social care services that are delivering ‘outstanding’ care, to help you to understand what inspectors are looking for and give you practical ideas to improve.


Developing nurse leaders in social care
Our registered nurse professional leadership development programme starts in January 2020. It’s specifically tailored to meet the needs of senior registered nurses who work in adult social care. The typical positions the programme is aimed at include head of care, team leader, care co-ordinator or deputy manager with clinical lead.
Participants will develop their leadership approach in situations such as:
  • working across professional, organisational and system boundaries
  • developing and implementing new practice and service redesign projects
  • using high-level negotiating and influencing skills
  • taking the lead in contexts that are unfamiliar, complex and unpredictable.
It’s a five-day programme which takes place over a number of months, starting on Tuesday 21 January 2020 in London at a cost of £800+VAT (total £960) per person.
Find out more and book.

 Get involved 

Survey: Digital Social Care website feedback
We want to know what you think about Digital Social Care, a new dedicated space run by social care providers for social care providers. It provides advice, tools and support on technology and data protection.
We’re keen to find out more about your experiences in using both the website and the Digital Readiness tool. Your feedback will help us to ensure the website is meeting your needs. Complete the survey here before 17.00 on 20 November 2019.


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, family members and carers, GPs and health and social care providers that support people with a learning disability. Please complete the
short survey here by 17.00 on Monday 25 November 2019.
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