Skills for Care offer guide to new Social Care Certificate qualification

Skills for Care have published a new webpage, specification and FAQ guide to the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification. The new Social Care Certificate qualification, which is due to launch in June of this year, is based on the existing Care Certificate standards. The specification for it has been developed by...

Skills for Care’s learning campaign returns for 2024

Skills for Care’s successful learning campaign is returning for 2024 to inspire social care workers to ‘Keep learning for success.’ The campaign first ran in January – March 2023 to highlight how ongoing learning and development is “absolutely vital” for social care staff at all levels, and is being repeated this January and February....

New campaign supports digital confidence in social care

Skills for Care have launched a new campaign to improve digital confidence among social care workers. The workforce development charity is running its new campaign throughout November and December to support people working in the social care sector to feel more confident with using digital technology. Skills for Care hope that the ‘Improving digital...

Training key to retaining care staff

Skills for Care has published its annual report into the state of the adult social care sector, and it reveals key factors for retaining care staff, including access to training and development. The annual State of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England report covers the period from April 2022 to March...

Stress linked to third of social care sick days

New research has found that just under a third of sickness absences among social care workers are linked to stress and poor wellbeing. Data collated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) reveals that 30% of the 500,021 sick days taken by social workers were due to mental health issues such as stress and work-related...

Innovation in care focus of new CQC report

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is aiming to deliver regulation that supports innovation in care. England’s care watchdog says a new report has identified unique opportunities for it to support innovation in care services and deliver “innovation-friendly” regulation. In their 2021 Strategy, the CQC committed to accelerating improvement in health and care. Now, as...

Skills for Care campaign supports social care recruitment

The latest campaign from Skills for Care is aimed at supporting and diversifying social care recruitment. The workforce development charity wants to support employers in the adult social care sector to #RecruitRight with their latest campaign, after data they published in July revealed that vacancy rates across the sector remain high. Skills for Care’s...

Skills for Care updates Manager Induction Standards

Skills for Care have reviewed and updated the Manager Induction Standards to offer new and aspiring managers better support. The Manager Induction Standards 2023 have been revised to better reflect the expectations of what a new manager in a care setting should be working towards within the first six months of starting their role....

Care providers prepare for CQC’s Single Assessment Framework

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is set to roll out its new Single Assessment Framework before the end of the year. England’s care watchdog first published the new framework for providers and stakeholders to review in July 2022, saying they would be introducing it in phases. It is to be rolled out for adult...

Annual report shows social care workforce is growing again

Skills for Care have published their annual report into the state of the adult social care workforce in England, and it reveals that it has started growing again but will continue to face challenges posed by an ageing population. The Size and Structure of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England report...

Good Care Month celebrates valuable work of care sector

July is Good Care Month in the UK, designed to raise the profile of the social care sector, celebrate its workforce and highlight career and development opportunities. Spearheaded by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA), the annual awareness campaign puts the spotlight on the good care provided by social care workers every day throughout...

Developing a positive workplace culture in social care

A new campaign from Skills for Care will support teams in the social care sector to develop a positive workplace culture. Running throughout June and July, the campaign will see the national workforce development charity provide information and resources explaining what exactly is meant by workplace culture, and how to create a positive one....

New guidance for digital transformation in care

The government has published new guidance frameworks to drive digital transformation across the social care sector. The ‘What Good Looks Like’ and Digital Skills Frameworks were published by the Department of Health and Social Care on 17th May 2023 to support social care staff, providers and UK local authorities to modernise and improve the...

CQC says oral health care has improved in care homes

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reported an improvement in the state of oral health care in care homes in England. The health and social care watchdog has published a follow-up to their first review of oral health in care homes, carried out in 2019, which reveals that a number of recommendations have been...

Skills for Care are #CelebratingSocialCare this April

This month, we’re joining Skills for Care in Celebrating Social Care and recognising the vital work carried out by the sector. The national workforce development charity is celebrating the remarkable people who work in social care and is encouraging others to join in their celebrations throughout April. They want to shine the spotlight on...