Skills for Care Yorkshire & Humber

Skills for Care ensures that 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.

2 November 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Barnsley Dementia Action Alliance, Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Doncaster Dementia Action Alliance, Harrogate and Rural District Dementia Action Alliance, Hull Dementia Action Alliance , Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, North East Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance, Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance, Calderdale 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. 

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. 

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 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

  • Action Plan

    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).

  • Skills for Care

    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.

  • Range of projects and 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

  • Developing a range of resources

    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.

  • Skills for Care jointly with Skills for Health

    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

    ( 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.

  • 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.

  • Strategic Workforce Planning

    Skills for Care has a range of products and resources that support Strategic Workforce Planning, supported through the Integrated Local Area Workforce Strategies (InLAWS) process.

  • What we have done over the last year?

    What we have done over the last year? 

    Skills for Care have developed an internal dementia strategy to ensure that our work relating to the learning and development of dementia workforce is coordinated and planned to meet the needs of social care employers and the people they support. Our vision is for the dementia workforce is a workforce that is appropriately trained and supported to meet the needs of people who have dementia by delivering high quality care and support. The National Dementia Strategy (DH, 2009) highlights the impact that an effectively trained and supported workforce can have on improving outcomes for people with dementia and Skills for Care are taking an active and committed role in this. 

    As part of our strategic approach we have developed a sector offer to assist social care employers in developing the workforce who are supporting people with dementia. 

    Our offer to the sector includes: 

    · Common induction standards to support new people in the sector understand more about working with people with dementia
    · Development of Units and Qualifications  in dementia (Qualifications and Credit Framework) to further develop the knowledge and skills of the social care workforce 

    Over the past 12 months we have expanded our employer offer by developed Common Core Principles (in partnership with Skills for Health) for supporting the dementia workforce. The principles have been developed in co-production with employers, partners and people who use services for people working in the sector. The Common Core Principles summarise the key areas that social care and health services should consider when working with people with dementia. The Common Core Principles are underpinned by indicative behaviours. 

    Skills for Care area teams have been working with employer and partner networks across England to support the dementia workforce in a variety of different ways, including the promotion of our dementia offer. In addition to this, our area teams have been offering expert advice and guidance to partners and employers about the development of the dementia workforce in their areas. 

  • What are we planning to do over the next year?

    What are we planning to do over the next year? 

    Our ambitious plans over the next 12 months are to continue to support the development of dementia workforce and highlight the importance of investing in this workforce. It is our passionate belief that high quality workforce development and high quality social care are intrinsically linked and that Skills for Care has a key role in supporting the sector to develop the dementia workforce, and invest appropriately into it. 

    We will continue to promote our offer to the sector, and also to continue to promote our other work streams and products that can have a positive impact on the dementia workforce and the people they support. For example our Community Skills work, and exploring how this can enable people in communities to be able to support one another’s social care and health needs – possibly including people with dementia. 

    We are also in discussions with partner organisations about 3 areas of work we would like to take forward as an organisation: 

    · Developing the workforce who are supporting the carers of people with dementia
    · The further roll out and dissemination of the common core principles 

  • We aim to continue to develop and promote the person centre planning – My Life programme locally