In this week's edition - Accolades 2020 Gala event, Supporting you over the festive season and much more
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 Accolades 2020 
 Gala event 

With our finalists announced, it’s time to look ahead to our gala event on Wednesday 22 January 2020 hosted by TV dance legend Anton Du Beke.


The winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie event and you can purchase tickets at £85.00+VAT per person, which includes arrival drinks, 3-course meal with wine and live entertainment. For more information and to book tickets email events@skillsforcare.org.uk.

 News 

Supporting you over the festive season
The winter months and Christmas holiday can bring lots of enjoyment to your service and can also bring some challenges. We’ve brought together eight of our ‘must-have’ products to support adult social care employers this festive season. From planning meaningful activities to contingency planning for travel disruption and sickness, they include lots of practical tips and advice to help you plan for the next few months. The campaign will launch next week – keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts to find out more, including free giveaways.


Funding for the Level 5 Certificate in Fundamental Knowledge in Commissioning for Wellbeing (RQF)
Funding is available from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the cost of local authority employees completing the Level 5 Certificate in Fundamental Knowledge in Commissioning for Wellbeing (RQF). The closing date for applications has now been extended to 17:00 on 31 December 2019 and claims must be made by 17:00 on 31 December 2020. The amount of funding has also been increased to £1,300 (from £750).
Click here to access the updated guidance and application form.


Updated guide to arranging and paying for training in PBS
We’ve updated this guide for people involved in designing, delivering and/or commissioning positive behavioural support (PBS) training in adult social care organisations. It explains what workers need to know to deliver high-quality PBS, outlines standards for PBS training and gives you tips about commissioning and/or designing PBS training. The learning in the guide will help you to arrange training that meets the needs of the people you support, your staff and your service. Download the free guide here or email us for a printed copy (limited copies available).


Welcome to St. John’s School and College registered managers
We’d like to welcome registered managers from St. John’s School and College who recently became registered manager members of Skills for Care. They’re demonstrating a fantastic commitment to developing and investing in their managers, their services, staff and the quality of care provided.
Membership supports managers with exclusive and discounted resources and an opportunity to join a growing community of thousands of managers. 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 membership@skillsforcare.org.uk to talk about buying membership for your managers.
 
 Blogs and articles 

Recruiting the right people campaign roundup
During October and November we’ve been focusing on recruiting the right people. We’ve highlighted key themes such as how you can utilise the When you care, every day makes a difference campaign to attract people to your vacancies, the benefits of using a values-based approach to recruitment and tips to help you recruit the right people through the application and selection process.
Read our campaign round-up article here.

Creating a positive recruitment and retention culture with I Care…Ambassadors
Angela Hine, Registered Manager at The Rectory, a residential care home that supports person-centred care for people living with dementia, talks about how joining the I Care...Ambassador initiative has been valuable in supporting both the recruitment and retention of staff.
Read the blog here.

Right at Home (Derby): Getting the right match through the application process
Read our case study from Accolades 2019 winner Right at Home (Derby) who changed their application process to become more values-based and achieved excellent results.
 

 Events 


Events for individual employers and those who support them
Tuesday 21 January 2020 – Doncaster
Thursday 6 February 2020 – Loughborough
Thursday 13 February 2020 – Walsall
Other dates and locations available
These local events will share local news and initiatives and keep you up-to-date with the latest best practice and new resources. Each event will be slightly different, but will cover topics such as recruitment, training and joint-funded packages of care.


Safe and fair recruitment workshops – Midlands dates now launched
Employing people with convictions in adult social care
The full-day free workshop will help employers to understand their rights and responsibilities when dealing with applicants or existing staff and volunteers who have criminal records (or have been subject to allegations). It will provide delegates with the knowledge, confidence and practical tools to strike the balance between safeguarding their service users and addressing any recruitment barriers.
Tuesday 28 January 2020 - Wolverhampton
Thursday 06 February 2020 - Bristol.

Values-based interviewing seminar
Select the right candidates for your organisation
In this seminar, delegates will learn a specific values-based interviewing technique. This effective method will help you understand how to use values-based recruitment, and teaches you how to:
  • explore candidates’ values and behaviours through interview
  • assess whether their values align with your workplace values and culture
  • select candidates who have the right values and behaviours to provide high-quality care and support
Thursday 30 January 2020 - London
£90 + VAT per person (two people from an organisation must attend this seminar together).


Transforming care programme: where are we now and where do we want to be?
Wednesday 5 February 2020 – Taunton
This event is for adult social care and health commissioners, employers, people who use services, carers, learning providers and other professionals that are involved with the transforming care programme. It’ll look at what’s working well so far in the transforming care journey 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.

 Reminders 

Funded CPD for managers in social care
We’ve developed a suite of leadership programmes (
Lead to Succeed and Well-led) and CPD modules for managers and aspiring managers in adult social care. Delivered by our endorsed providers, you can claim money from the Workforce Development Fund towards the cost of employees completing the learning.

Contact your WDF partnership or endorsed provider to find out how you can access upfront funding before the 31 December 2019.


Click here to find an endorsed provider delivering these programmes.
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