Skills for Care (Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire)

Skills for Care ensures that England's adult social care workforce has the appropriately skilled people in the right places working to deliver high quality social care. To achieve this, we focus on the attitudes, values, skills and qualifications people need to undertake their roles.

Updated:
20 February 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Lincoln Dementia Action Alliance, South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance , Nottinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation's role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?  

Skills for Care is uniquely positioned across the adult social care sector to consider workforce and skills development needs. We also have a strong model of joint working with Skills for Health to ensure cross sector issues are considered and addressed jointly to support people who use services and patients across the two sectors.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation? 

Volume and diversity of workforce: 

One of the key challenges Skills for Care is addressing in England is the number of social care workers and employers there are in the sector needing access to dementia related learning and development opportunities. As part of the Sector Skills Council we work with 1.6million social care workers, 38,000 'traditional employers' and in the region of 115,000 micro employers all with varying information needs from general awareness to detailed specialist knowledge. 

Dementia crosses traditional sector boundaries with individuals passing between health care and social care service provision. Each sector has very different structures, professions, cultures, languages and service funding arrangements. We need to ensure that the workforce is equipped to support individuals moving between health and social care through truly integrated services.

2. Actions

  • Developing the QCF

    The Action Plan has been formally submitted under a joint report to the Department of Health. The Plan is being implemented through the range of ongoing Sector Skills Council Commitments for example developing the Qualifications and Credit Framework. (QCF).

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Ongoing promotion to improve take up.

  • Qualifications and credit framework

    Skills for Care, jointly with Skills for Health, have developed a range of units on the Qualifications and Credit Framework that support workforce development on dementia specifically.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    ongoing promotion to improve take up

    ongoing promotion to improve take up

  • Developing products

    Skills for Care is committed to review its range of projects and products to identify opportunities to build dementia specific relevance, as appropriate, into the work streams

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Mapping exercise

    Skills for Care, jointly with Skills for Health, is developing a range of resources that will support the workforce to support carers better. Version 1 of the framework and supporting resources will be available from Autumn 2010, with Version 2 and impact evaluation findings available from Summer 2011.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    Developed Common Core Princiiples for supporting people with Dementia.  Delivered workshops to care providers to share the principles 2012/ 13

  • Developing principles and competencies for End of Life

    Skills for Care jointly with Skills for Health has developed a suite of principles and competences for End of Life Care. The competences and principles are available on the website(www.skillsforcare.org.uk/developing_skills/endoflifecare/endoflifecare.aspx). Further work to raise awareness, support implementation and to refine and develop these is ongoing and additional guidance and findings will be available from April 2011.

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Delivered workshops to care providers to share principles 2013.

  • Committed to ensuring dignity

    Skills for Care is committed to ensuring dignity is at the heart of all we do through both our existing products and services and integral to our ongoing work programmes.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Strategic workforce planning

    Skills for Care has a range of products and resources that support Strategic Workforce Planning, supported through the workforce commissioning tools.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Workforce planning tools and resources being refreshed to include links to common core principles 2013

  • Carers matter

    We have produced a range of resources aimed at employers, Carers and Carers organisations

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Dementia Friendly Communities

    Skills for Care will be working with a number of care providers across England to look at how the social care workforce can support dementia friendly communities.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress