Skills for Care (Derbyshire)

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:
19 January 2016
Location:
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    I continue to promote the uptake of qualifications and units related to dementia, in Derby and Derbyshire at care provider forums and also the funding that is available via the Workforce Development Fund

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Skills for Care continues to liaise with employers to check where new units/qualifications may be required in relation to dementia.

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Dementia-related qualifications and units from the QCF continue to be promoted at care provider forums in Derbyshire, as does the funding available to support undertaking these

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Dementia specific units on the QCF continue to be promoted nationally and funding is available to support uptake.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    As our national teams develop qualifications, products and services, these will be publicised and disseminated as appropriate throughout Derbyshire. Please see the remaining action updates for details.

  • 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

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    I continue to promote the uptake of qualifications and units related to dementia, in Derby and Derbyshire at care provider forums and also the funding that is available via the Workforce Development Fund

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    I continue to promote uptake of the dementia units on the QCF and the dementia pathway in the H&SC diplomas at employer meetings in Derbyshire.

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Please see previous action update

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    See update on previous action

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    We have developed several units on the QCF which are dementia-specific as well as a range of units appropriate for staff who work in settings where people have dementia e.g activity provision. There is also a dementia pathway through the level 2 and 3 diplomas. These units and qualifications have been promoted at the Derbyshire Care Provider meetings, to training providers and to individual employers. Promotion has included highlighting our Workforce Development Fund which can offer a contribution towards the costs of undertaking units/qualifications.

  • 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

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have continued to be commissioned by the DoH to produce new products to support the workforce. The latest product is a guide for care assistants on how to identify dementia. We are currently developing  a resource around Dementia and Diversity which will explore workforce approaches to working with people with dementia who are from the LGBT communities, ethnic minority communities or who have early onset dementia.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Our dementia-specific products continue to be promoted at meetings and events in Derbyshire

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Whilst there have been no further dementia specific products since the last update, we have continued to integrate materials relevant to dementia in to ongoing product development. For example, we have developed a set of learning and development materials for Care Act implementation which are free online and include reference to assessment, information and advice and carers. These were publicised via a series of workshops across the country as well as on the website and via our e-news

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We now have a range of materials which support the dementia workforce and carers for people with dementia. Further wotrkshops were run in the Spring to support use of the materials.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    No progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    No progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    We produced the common core principles to support people working with people with dementia and incorporated these in a learning and development guide for care providers. This was launched via a series of workshops, including in Derby. We also developed a L&D guide re the advanced stages of dementia and ran workshops to promote this.

  • 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

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This action is now out-of-date. The Carers' resources were produced in 2011 and continue to be promoted.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Action completed with ongoing focus on promotion

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This action was completed some time ago

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We have recently launched a new e-learning resource to support Carers' Assessments, linked to Care Act implementation. Two workshops were held, immediately prior to Carers' Week, to promote the resource, including one in Derby.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Please see actions under Carers Matter.

  • Developing principles and competences for End of Life Care

    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:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    These were promoted extensively in Derbyshire at the time of their introduction. Since then we have produced  a new report on Improving End of Life Care in the Care homes sector and this is available on our website. We have also produced a new leaflet publicising our overall offer in relation to EoLC (also on website).

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Workshops took place, promoting the end of life care materials. A new promotional leaflet has been published outlining our overall offer in this area. A training resource for domicilliary care staff is part of the new offer.

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The new set of resources have been released and are available on our website. They will be promoted via local workshops in the early part of 2015 which will be advertised on our website.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    A new suite of resources to support EoLC is about to be released. These will be promoted via the website.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Common Core Principles to support those who work with people at the end of their lives and Developing end of life care practice have been disseminated via a series of workshops including one in Derby. We have also produced and distributed a publication which summarises the units/qualifications developed in relation to end of life care.

  • 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

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Dignity remains  a central component of all other resources produced. I have promoted the Care Certificate (which includes standards supporting Dignity) widely in Derbyshire.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    The new Care Certificate was launched in April and a series of workshops were held for registered managers including one in Derbyshire. Dignity and dementia are integral to these materials

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We will be offering a further series of workshops locally to promote the Dignity CCPs. Principles of Dignity have been incorported in to the Care Certificate, due for implementation in April 2015, and in to our Values-based recruitment materials

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Case-studies to support the use of the Dignity pack have been produced and publicised. These include settings that support people who have dementia and their carers.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Skills for Care have developed and published the common core principles to support Dignity. These were launched via a series of workshops throughout England, including one in Derby. The CCPs form the basis of a pack which has been widely circulated at Derbyshire Care Provider meetings. The pack is now a priced publication.

  • 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:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have produced a workforce capacity planning tool, related to the requirements of the Care Act, aimed at LAs. Both Derby CC and Derbyshire CC have used this tool.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Workforce planning, including in relation to ensuring the workforce is able to meet the needs of people with dementia and their families, continues to be promoted locally and nationally. Employers in Derbyshire were supported in relation to workforce planning and the Care Act.

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We are working with local authorities to support their workforce planning for the Care Act. The new tool has been tested and is freely available on our website

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Currently there is a particular focus on workforce capacity planning for the Care Act. We have developed tools to support LAs in this process.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    Practical approaches to workforce commissioning, produced jointly with ADASS, was published last year and supported by workshops aimed at local authorities.We have also completed a project exploring integration between health and social care which is summarised in Working Together. This incorporates case-studies of projects where the focus of integration was dementia services.

  • Carers Matter

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

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    No further developments since last quarter

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Products relating to Carers continue to be promoted at Derbyshire events

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In addition to the e-learning on carers' assessments we have developed two mini-guides on Carers and Communities and Assessing Carers' needs, both of which are related to Care Act implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    In addition to the publications described in the previous update we have developed an e-learning course to support Carers' Assessments. This has been promoted in Carers Week 2014.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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

    Dementia:Workers and carers together; Carers Matter: Everybody's business; Carers in your Workforce matter; Balancing work and care; Carers and Healthwatch; Supporting employers, organisations and staff to better support carers.

    These have been widely distributed, in hard copy, and made available on our website. We contributed to Carers Week 2013 including supplying the hard copy publications to Derbyshire Carers.

  • 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:
    Implementation

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This work is no longer taking place

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Work continues nationally on how employers would like to engage with the dementia-friendly communities initiative.

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    I have no further information on this development other than the fact that our community skills development project continues with the recent publication of the report 'Skills around the Person' (available on our website).

    Skills for Care has also undertaken dementia friends training of its own staff.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress