Learn more about stress at work guide

Learn more about stress at work

This resource from Skills for Care is to support the mental health of adult social care workers.

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HIV guide for care providers

HIV guide for care providers

This HIV guide for care providers from the National AIDS Trust (NAT) is intended for care workers and people who commission, manage or deliver residential or domiciliary care.

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Keys to Care App

Keys to Care App

If elderly care matters to you, open the Keys to Care app which covers over 10 important relating to social care.

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Workplace policy to improve health and wellbeing of employees

This guideline makes recommendations on improving the health and wellbeing of employees, with a particular focus on organisational culture and context, and the role of line managers.

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Volunteer Management Toolkit

Volunteer Management Toolkit

The National Care Forum (NCF) together with The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) have launched a volunteer management toolkit.

The toolkit complements existing resources by filling the gaps service managers have most frequently asked for.

It tells you:

  • Where and how you can find just enough of the “right” volunteers.
  • What to consider when engaging people in vulnerable circumstances as volunteers in care services.
  • How to go about measuring the impact and value of volunteering with the resources that are available to you.

Click here to download the toolkit (PDF).

Online recruitment and retention resource for adult social care

Finding and keeping workers is a new online recruitment and retention resource for adult social care hosted on the Skills for Care website to help care providers of all sizes with their challenges.

Information has been structured around questions from the sector and has been grouped into four key themes:

  • attract more people
  • take on the right people
  • foster talent and increase skills
  • keep your colleagues.

To find the specific resources or information most relevant to you, Skills for Care have created a central library called ‘resources to help you’. Over the coming months they will be adding further case studies and best practice to grow this library.

Click here to access this online resource, which supports the implementation of the adult social care workforce recruitment and retention strategy (2014-17).

The new finding and keeping workers online resource is just one of the tools that we have to help registered providers prepare and respond to CQC inspections. Visit skillsforcare.org.uk/nextsteps to find out more.

Supporting people with dementia and other conditions

This supporting people with dementia and other conditions case study-based guide from Skills for Care is to support the social care workforce working with people with dementia who have other conditions.

It is specifically aimed at leaders and managers working in services for people with dementia, and will help colleagues to develop their teams who are supporting people living with dementia when they also live with other conditions such as a disability or a sensory impairment.

Click here to view the PDF.

Creating dementia friendly workplaces guide for employers

This creating dementia friendly workplaces guide for employers from the Alzheimer’s Society is designed to help them provide support for staff members with dementia. It may also be a useful resource for people living with, or affected by, dementia in the workplace.

The guide includes practical tips and examples of situations that managers can use to ensure best practice as well as to review existing approaches to supporting people living with dementia in the workplace.

Click here to view the PDF.

People performance management toolkit for care

People performance management toolkit for care

People performance management (PPM) matters and how well we do it has a huge impact on the quality of care that people who use our services receive.

This People performance management toolkit is for line managers in health and social care and aims to encourage and enable good PPM in practice.

The principles of PPM in any care setting are the same, but the context may differ. This resource is intended for your organisation regardless of whether it is small or large, and whether it is commercial, voluntary sector, local authority or NHS.

Click here to view the PDF.

Core Skills for Social Care Workers Guides

Skills for Care have produced a range of documents to help with the core skills for social care workers.  The guide is made up of six digestible sections offering employers advice on how to support core skills development, information on different learning styles and practical tips that can be used in the workplace.

Click the links below to download each document in PDF format.

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  • The Care Certificate Workbook Downloads

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    The Care Certificate Workbook from Skills for Care is a free downloadable resource aimed at supporting the training process and helping employers and their new health and social care workers to cover parts of the Care Certificate. The Care Certificate Workbook has been produced following the piloting of the Care Certificate, which indicated employers would […]

  • Sensible Risk Assessment in Care Settings

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    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on sensible risk assessment in care settings.  The guidance covers a range of areas such as moving and handling and falls. Click here to view this guidance.

  • Communicating with people with a learning disability

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    This communicating with people with a learning disability guide from Mencap is designed to provide a brief introduction to communication, and the problems faced by someone with a learning disability. It also contains tips on how you can be a better communicator, and how you can help someone with a learning disability to get their […]

  • Social Care TV - Free resource for learning in social care

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    Social Care TV is a large library of videos on social care, covering adults and young people services, it is run by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).  It is free to access and focuses on the English care system but can used across the United Kingdom.  All the films on Social Care TV […]

  • Advance Planning for People with Bipolar Disorder Guide

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    This free Advanced Planning for People with Bipolar Disorder guide has been developed by NHS and university partners and is based on extensive research involving people with Bipolar Disorder. We feel it has huge potential to support people with Bipolar Disorder by helping them to retain control as well as protect their welfare, property and […]