Registrations open for ‘powerful tool’ for race equality in care

The 2024 registration process for the Social Care Workforce Race Equality Standard (SC-WRES) Improvement Programme has officially opened. Heralded as a “powerful tool” for helping to achieve race equality in care, the SC-WRES Improvement Programme supports local authorities to address race inequalities in the care workforce by requiring them to record and submit annual...

Staff retention in care focus of Skills for Care campaign

Skills for Care’s latest campaign is focused on supporting staff retention in care. Throughout May and June, the workforce development charity is helping social care providers to keep the right people working in their services, providing them with information and resources all about retaining staff, as well as practical tips, insights and stories from...

CQC publishes first local authority care assessments

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the first of its formal local authority care assessments. Britain’s care watchdog is now required to formally assess how all local authorities in England are meeting their adult social care duties under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014. This covers the general duties of local authorities,...

Skills for Care renews endorsement of First Response Training

National training provider First Response Training (FRT) has once again been named as an Endorsed Learning Provider by Skills for Care. FRT, which has been delivering health and social care training across the UK for over 25 years, has been recognised as an Endorsed Learning Provider by Skills for Care since 2020. The endorsed...

The new Care Workforce Pathway for adult social care

Developed by the UK government in partnership with Skills for Care, the new Care Workforce Pathway is a framework which outlines the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required of people working in adult social care services. Co-developed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Skills for Care, representatives from the adult social...

Skills for Care are celebrating social care in April

Throughout April, Skills for Care will be Celebrating Social Care as part of an annual campaign. Since 2022, the workforce development charity has used the month of April to celebrate the adult social care workforce “a little bit louder” and highlight the “vital impact” they have on people using care services. Skills for Care...

Skills for Care campaign celebrates registered managers

Throughout March, Skills for Care’s latest campaign will be putting the spotlight on registered managers in care. The workforce development charity will focus on championing and celebrating registered managers, which they describe as “the heart of their organisations.” The Championing Registered Managers campaign will run across their website, social media and other communication channels...

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 Good and Outstanding Care guide launched by Skills for Care

Skills for Care has launched an updated edition of its Good and Outstanding Care guide. The national workforce development charity partnered with The Outstanding Society to update the guide ahead of changes being made to Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections. Outstanding care guide shaped around new CQC inspection framework Numbering 300 pages, the comprehensive...

One million people complete Oliver McGowan eLearning

Over one million people have now completed the e-learning segment of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. The “significant milestone” comes one year after the Oliver McGowan e-learning package was launched and seven years after Oliver’s tragic death in November 2016. The e-learning programme, which forms the first part of...

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...

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....