Skills for Care

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.

2 November 2017
Communication, Health, Care, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
East Midlands Regional Board , Manchester Dementia Action Alliance , Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Tameside and Glossop Dementia Action Alliance, York Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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.

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 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


    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Updated Action

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Skills for Care have developed a range of products and resources to suypport people working in social care who are providing care and support to people living with dementia. Please see our webioste under dementia to access the resources.

  • Supporting leadership and management development in social care - National Skills Academy hosted by Skills for Care

    The NSA aims to embed leadership at all levels in the sector, and so to transform the quality of care that is provided to people needing care and support. This is underpinnned by the Leadership Qualities Framework 

    Being implemented
  • Training Provider Endorsement - National Skills Academy hosted by Skills for Care

    Training Providers have a central role in building excellent leadership in social care, because excellent care starts with the right learning and development.

    So for Training Providers, Careship is about identifying and promoting high quality training and learning, that embeds leadership behaviours at every level in the sector.

    The Skills Academy recognises high quality in social care training through its unique Endorsement Framework.

    This framework identifies and badges Training Providers who can show that they explain and encourage Careship behaviours and who can demonstrate the impact these behaviours have on how people care.

    Types of Award

    There are three types of award that you can apply for under the Skills Academy’s Endorsement Framework.

    Recognition Award: Recognised providers demonstrate that they take a professional approach to learning and development in adult social care.Excellence Award: Providers who are ‘Centres of Excellence’ demonstrate exemplary commitment to meeting the needs of learners in adult social care, to compliance with the social model of care and to understanding and measuring the impact of their provision on the lives of the people who use services.

    Being implemented