Get involved in our work
We work with care organisations, people who need care and support and carers, and other partners to make sure our activities reflect their needs.
Whether you are part of a large care provider, a new business expanding into social care or a person who directly employs a personal assistant, there are many opportunities where you can contribute to our on-going work.
You can get involved by taking part in research, responding to consultations, providing case study examples, commenting on draft products, co-producing new policies or agreeing to be a study site.
Current opportunities to get involved
New Apprenticeship standards
As part of Skills for Care’s support for the development of new Apprenticeship standards, we are helping to design a detailed specification for the shape of the new end point tests. These tests are a key new feature in the Apprenticeship reforms. They must be taken by every apprentice in addition to any on-programme assessment and qualifications. Equally importantly they must be designed and administered by an entity completely independent of that apprentice’s trainer. To gain the status of an end point assessor, organisations must first apply to join the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations.
This consultation is primarily aimed at organisations considering applying to the new Register although other opinions would be most welcome. The survey asks detailed questions about the parameters of the specification. We will close the survey on Friday 16 September 2016 and take opinions into account when designing the specification. http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SfC-EPA-Spec/
More information on the new standards is available at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/Apprenticeships/Change-to-Apprenticeship-Standards.aspx
Helping social care staff become more digitally skilled
Employers have told us that peer to peer learning is a vital way to help staff in social care become more digitally skilled. We are working with Digital Unite to bring social care employers a versatile and affordable approach to developing your own in house digital champions – the Digital Champions Network.
We are keen to hear your views on the Digital Champions Network as this will influence what we do next.
If you’re involved in making decisions around learning and development, you can access more information about the approach and our feedback survey here. Please share this link with your colleague so we can gather as many views as possible. The survey will close on Wednesday 28 September 2016.
TLAP Care Act survey for people with care and support needs, and carers
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) is running a survey that asks how much of a difference the Care Act has made in the experience of people with care and support needs, and carers. There have been many Care Act surveys, but this one will be the first that specifically seeks their views.
The results of the survey will be used to help the Department of Health identify problems and find solutions to inform future work on the Care Act.
Find out more about the TLAP Care Act survey. The closing date is Tuesday 4 October 2016. It should take about 10 minutes to fill in and participants can enter a prize draw to win £100 of shopping vouchers.
There are currently no live research projects.
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