Will you be a winner?

The Skills for Care Accolades reward the best of the best employers who are committed to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce. All too often our sector doesn’t draw attention to our successes but the Accolades provide an opportunity to do just that. Entering the Accolades gives you the chance to recognise the great work you do and also to share best practice across the sector, so we can continue to make innovative improvements to help those who need care and support. Enter now This year we have nine categories for you to choose from, including best employer of over and under 250 staff, best recruitment initiative, best provider of learning and development and most effective approach to leadership and management. We’ve simplified the entry process so take a look at our website and decide which category you’re going to enter. The closing date is Thursday 24 September 2015. Skills for Care News Article – July...

Business benefits of data sharing

Skills for Care has agreed with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that where data has been submitted through the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) on numbers of staff, staff roles, employment types, turnover and vacancies, reasons for staff leaving, qualifications and training of staff, then providers will not have to submit it directly to CQC. Much of the staffing section within section five of the new Provider Information return (PIR) for community care services, residential care services and shared lives services will not need to be completed if this information has been passed to CQC by Skills for Care. “It’s important that your information is up to date, accurate and complete in your NMDS-SC account to take full advantage of this data sharing benefit” says Sharon Allen, CEO of Skills for Care. Watch the full Local Solutions case study video and read the full interview at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/localsolutions. For more information about the NMDS-SC visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/nmds-sc. Skills for Care News Article – Spring...

Care Act Support

Implementation of the Care Act is a major reform programme and underpinning it is a need for cultural change.  As well as the free resources we’ve produced to support local authorities and care providers implement the Act, our culture toolkit can help you develop and maintain a positive workplace culture. Successful implementation of the reform will require good management leadership, and our practical toolkit is written primarily for those with leadership and management responsibilities. The toolkit is supported by good practice examples from across the sector and is freely available on our website. You can order a printed copy by emailing marketing@skillsforcare.org.uk. Our Care Act specific resources include workforce capacity planning tools and learning and development materials, with topics including information and advice, first contact and identifying needs, charging and financial assessment and person centred care and support planning. Skills for Care News Article – July...

New Care Certificate presentation slides available

Skills for Care, Skills for Health and Health Education England have developed accompanying presentation slides to support those delivering the sustaining knowledge for the Care Certificate. The slides complement the Care Certificate workbook as well as the other Care Certificate materials and can be downloaded individually for the relevant standard. These presentations can be found here. Skills for Care News Article – July...