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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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.

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.

How to manage staff performance

ACAS has produced guidance on how to manage staff performance with your organisation. This document intends to ensure that performance of your employees contributes to the goals of the organisation.

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What is the role of support workers?

What is the role of the support worker

In this article we look at “What is the role of support workers?”. Sam Sly is a registered social worker with 25 years of extensive experience working in regulation, health and social care as a field worker, commissioner and provider and she gives us an overview of her experience as a support worker.

I started my career many moons ago as a ‘care assistant’ for people with learning disabilities and in those days that is what we were. Assisting people with their care; washing, dressing, medication and eating. Going out, being part of the community and being a citizen came second. People were very much still segregated, congregated and isolated in their communities. This is not the role of paid supporters now, and the changes are both exciting and challenging.

Paid carers, support workers, personal assistants; there are many titles but for people who are not able to support themselves or who are not supported by family or loved ones these teams are an essential conduit to living a good life but the role should be one of helping people find their own freely given, loving relationships that will stay with them for the long term and replace paid roles.

I think sometimes we don’t like to admit we are paid to do this role; maybe because we are a ‘caring’ profession, or because being paid to ‘care’ is uncomfortable? But the truth is that being paid makes this a different relationship and one that should never take the place of natural freely given relationships. It’s a job and that cannot be ignored. This is not to say people who work in this profession are not amazing – they are and I have been privileged to manage workers who routinely go over and above their duties.

I wonder sometimes whether in our quest to make things good for the people we support we are not always honest enough with ourselves and them about paid relationships (I know I have glossed over the negatives; I think because I feel guilt and even sadness that in our society we still rely heavily on paid relationships). Reality is that paid workers can leave because they can’t handle all the challenges of the job or they want to progress their careers, they can be sick, they can have families and they do have their own lives,. All these things can and do have significant negative impacts on the people we support.

Truly involving people and families in recruiting and retaining their teams is in my opinion the only thing to do; no ‘ifs’ no ‘buts’ however by doing this the realities of paid teams can be stark and painful for people. Can you imagine having to advertise and sell yourself (especially when you have times others have labelled as challenging) to then be rejected when applicants then decline the job? Or after years of being in Hospital learning not to make relationships with staff because it hurts so much when they leave you recruit your own team and form relationships and they leave too? No wonder people can find recruitment traumatic.

However, even with personalized recruitment we should always be aware what we have been recruited to do, and that is to do our-selves out of a job! Through making people more independent as well as helping develop relationships based on the person’s skills, gifts and talents that will be long lasting and rewarding.

Click here to view Sam’s biography or visit Enough is Enough for more information.

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

10/02/2015 Workforce

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The government has published an employer guide to apprenticeships, if you are thinking of taking on an apprentice then this document will help assist you in where to start and what support is available.  There are many benefits to taking on an apprentice including the £1500 contribution (AGE Grant) to help towards employing someone.  The guide also covers higher apprenticeships, traineeships, funding and a range of case studies.

Click here to view the guide.

Culture for Care Toolkit Online

05/02/2015 Workforce

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Skills for Care have released an online version of their Culture for Care toolkit.  This resource is to help organisations promote a positive workplace culture, it contains a range of activities, self assessment tool and example scenarios to help you embed a positive workplace culture.

Click here to access the Culture for Care toolkit.

The Social Care Commitment – Interactive Graphic

27/10/2014 Workforce

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Skills for Care have produced an interactive graphic to help show how the Social Care Commitment can support you to meet other standards and requirements across adult social care.

The infographic lists the benefits the commitment can bring to the adult social care sector, to the general public and to your business.

PDF: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Document-library/Standards/The-Social-Care-Commitment/Social-Care-Commitment-building-confidence-if-your-workforce.pdf

Practical approaches to workforce planning for social care

01/10/2014 Workforce

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Skills for Care Workforce Planning Guide for Adult Social CareSkills for Care have produced a guide “Practical approaches to workforce planning for social care” to support workforce planning processes and plans for adult social care support services.

Workforce planning is an essential part of ensuring that you have the right people with the right knowledge, skills, values and experience providing the care and support your business offers.

The guide has been developed and tested in partnership with employers. It offers a clear way to develop your workforce plan. It will also help you to anticipate how your workforce needs to change and develop as new business opportunities present themselves. There is also an accompanying workbook to support this process.

Click here to download the PDF.

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

  • 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 […]