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Skills for Care (Northamptonshire , Leicestershire and Warwickshire)

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:
18 August 2015
Location:
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance , Northamptonshire 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?

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

Engaging with the diverse sector from individual employers who employ their own staff and small and medium sized organisations. Raising awareness of good practice across all social care and health employers

Member website

www.skillsforcare.org.uk

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

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • 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:
    Completed

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • 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 - Third Quarter Update

    New products have included a case study booklet which highlights good practice examples from employers around dementia and other conditions. The booklet is available to download from the Skills for Care website.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • 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 2015.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    The common core principles for end of life care has been reviewed and is available to download from the skills for care website

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • 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 - Third Quarter Update

    A traning pack is available which complements the common core principles pack and can be purchased from the Skills for Care website

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third 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:
    Implementation

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    To support organisations to plan their workforce, the tools around practical approaches to workforce planning, principles of workforce redesign, workforce integration and workforce commissioning are available to purchase or download from the Skills for Care website.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Carers Matter

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

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Dementia and carers 

    Working resources and Dementia

    Workers and carers together are available to download from the Skills for Care website

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third 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:
    Implementation

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Continue to support initiatives within East Midlands and to raise awareness of community development and volunteering resources

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress