Supporting people to self care for life

Self-care is about individuals, families and communities taking responsibility for their own physical and mental health and wellbeing. Skills for Care is once again supporting national Self Care Week, the annual campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of self-care. People living with a long term condition, disability or a minor illness, as well as carers, can benefit enormously from being supported to self-care. They can live longer, suffer less pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue, have a better quality of life, and be more active and independent. As well as empowering individuals, the benefits of self-care for the adult social care sector are many. Self-care is: central to high quality care and support informed by the principles of respect, dignity, choice and independence fundamental to person-centred care integral to the transition and reality of integrated care and support Those working in adult social care have an important role to play in helping the people they support to do more to look after their own health and wellbeing. Employers have a role in ensuring that workers have the right skills, abilities and attitudes needed to develop self-care and meet individual needs. Skills for Care has a range of resources that can be used to support leadership, learning and development around self-care. Skills for Care News Article – November...

Campaign to Tackle Illegal Working in the Care Sector Begins

This week, the Home Office has launched Operation Magnify, a UK-wide enforcement and compliance initiative to prevent illegal working in the care sector. During the week long campaign which began on 8 November, immigration enforcement officers will carry out educational visits, alongside intelligence-led enforcement activity, to agencies and providers in the sector to raise awareness of the issue. Immigration enforcement teams understand that continuity of care for patients is paramount and have been working closely with local authorities, care agencies, care providers and other government departments, to maintain patient safety and ensure contingency cover is in place during the operation. Illegal working presents a significant safeguarding risk to staff and most importantly, to recipients of care, who are often vulnerable members of society. If an employer has not completed ‘right to work’ checks on their workforce, or if an employee has used forged documents to gain employment, their identity, criminal history and qualifications cannot be verified. Help is available To help us tackle this problem, we are reminding care providers of the guidance available to undertake right to work checks, to ensure every job applicant has the right to work in the UK. You can help to raise awareness of this issue within your sector by sharing our short animated video, 3 step check poster and information slide pack (attached) with your colleagues. The 3 step check poster is available on GOV.UK. Watch our ‘How to make a right to work check’ video on YouTube. If you or your colleagues have any concerns about checking your job applicants’ right to work in the UK, you can contact our dedicated...