Funding to explore the use of personal workforce budgets

We’re exploring the use of personal workforce budgets to train and develop the workforce (including unpaid carers) to better support individuals with complex and/ or multiple social care and health needs, and we have funding to support this.

A personal workforce budget is an amount of money allocated and spent specifically on developing the skills of the workforce that support an individual who has complex and/ or multiple social care and health needs.

Last year we supported a project that used this approach with people who have a learning disability and/ or autism who display or at risk of displaying behaviour which challenges.

This year we’d like to develop and test this model to support people with a wider range of social care or health needs.

We invite commissioners, funders and providers of social care services to consider how and if they could use this approach with the support of funding from Skills for Care.

Typically the funding can pay for training and development for workers from different organisations from social care and health, and family carers and those working at more than one level.

Read more about what the funding can be used for and apply now.

We’ll accept expressions of interest on a rolling basis for as long as the available funding permits. Applications will be reviewed on

  • Monday 09 October 2017
  • Monday 27 November 2017
  • Wednesday 17 January 2018
  • Thursday 22 February 2018. 
  • Read how The Lifeways Group used the fund to train staff who support Keith, who has a learning disability, complex autism and related anxiety. They worked with staff to develop a positive behaviour support plan, communication skills and ways they could encourage Keith to engage more. As a result, Keith now leads a more fulfilled life, with reduced levels of anxiety and his behaviour patterns have changed. 
  • Read how The Lifeways Group used the fund to train staff who support Jeremy, who has a severe learning disability, Downs Syndrome and Klinefelter syndrom. They used the fund to improve communication between Jeremy and staff, including developing a video of the Makaton signs that Jeremy uses. As a result, Jeremy accesses the community every day and the number of incidents of behaviour that challenges has decreased.
  • Read how Wirral Evolutions used the fund to train staff how to better support people with autism and/or behaviour that challenges services. They trained over 100 staff on courses ranging from an 'introduction to positive behavioural support, to 'coaches training'. 


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