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Skills For Care SW London

We are the workforce development body for adult social care. We ensure that the 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. Skills for Care has a team of Area Officers supporting employers across London with information, resources and easy-to-use tools.

Updated:
26 August 2015
Location:
London
Sectors:
Care
Local Alliances:
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Dementia Action Alliance, Merton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA 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. Skills for Care, working in partnership with Skills for Health, has developed and is implementing a Workforce Training and Education Development Action Plan to ensure that the sectors have an appropriate qualification framework that supports the National Strategy for Dementia and new Government commitment to improving dementia services. All staff across the organisation are to become Dementia Champions or Dementia Friends. In London we’re planning to roll this training out to organisations in the wider community.

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

  • To raise awareness of the DAA amongst the Richmond social care employers I work with.

    To raise awareness of the DAA amongst the Richmond social care employers I work with.

    Status:
    Planning
  • To support the development of dementia friendly communities in Richmond by offering Dementia Friends sessions (I have trained as a Dementia Champion)

    To support the development of dementia friendly communities in Richmond by offering Dementia Friends sessions (I have trained as a Dementia Champion)

                

    Status:
    Delivery
  • To share the learning from the dementia friendly community pilot sites Skills for Care is funding throughout the country with Richmond organisations

    To share the learning from the dementia friendly community pilot sites Skills for Care is funding throughout the country with Richmond organisations

    Status:
    Planning
  • To support Richmond employers to access Skills for Care’s free dementia resources. Also to access the dementia qualifications we’ve developed for the adult social care sector and the funding available for these.

    To support Richmond employers to access Skills for Care’s free dementia resources. Also to access the dementia qualifications we’ve developed for the adult social care sector and the funding available for these.

    Status:
    Planning
  • To support the development of dementia friendly communities in Merton by offering Dementia Friends sessions (I have trained as a Dementia Champion)

    A better understanding of dementia amongst local businesses and residents

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Joining Merton Dementia Action Alliance with local action plan

  • To share the learning from the dementia friendly community pilot sites Skills for Care is funding throughout the country with Merton organisations

    A better understanding of what works well when developing dementia friendly communities

    June 2014

    Status:

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Joining Merton Dementia Action Alliance with a local action plan

  • To support Merton employers to access Skills for Care’s free dementia resources. Also to access the dementia qualifications we’ve developed for the adult social care sector and the funding available for these. Finally, to raise awareness of the DAA amongs

    A better trained and qualified adult social care workforce. Increased DAA membership.

    Status:

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Joining Merton Dementia Action Alliance with a local plan