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Reflecting on our #lovetolearn month

Posted: 31 May 2018

During May, we’ve taken the opportunity to focus on the meaning of learning and development in the adult social care sector. There are currently 1.45 million people employed in this sector and it’s really important we ensure that the workforce is equipped with the right skills and knowledge to provide a good quality care that those accessing care and support have the right to expect.

We all know there are many benefits of investing in learning and development from creating a happy and competent workforce, to achieving good and outstanding care ratings, but most importantly to ensure that everyone receiving care and support is treated well and their needs are met.

Looking back over the month…

As a manager or leader of an adult social care service, you’re responsible for ensuring that your workforce is “suitably qualified, competent, skilled and experienced”, so we kicked off the month sharing our updated Good and Outstanding Care Guide with new tips and practical examples to achieving good and outstanding care.  We also shared some best practice and recommendations from good and outstanding rated services to help you maintain or improve your current offer.

We introduced you to Chief Cloud, at My Learning Cloud, a Skills for Care endorsed provider.  Chief Cloud, more commonly known as Steven Embleton, told us about the benefits of being an endorsed provider and the importance of providing high quality learning provision – especially in relation to elearning.

In mid-May we celebrated International Nurses Day and promoted a fantastic opportunity, supported by the Burdett Trust, for registered nurses to take part in our new professional leadership development programme starting in June 2018. 

May was a busy month for awareness raising weeks.  In honour of Learning at Work Week, we launched our new Learning and Development Guide to support you answers those tricky questions about offering the right learning and development programmes for your workforce.  We provided advice about how to tackle stress in the adult social care workplace for Mental Health Awareness Week, and reminded you about our end of life care resources and dementia resources to mark Dying Matters Week and Dementia Awareness Week, respectively.

Later in the month we heard from Lucy Doughty, company manager at Wirral Independent Living and Learning as she reflected on her involvement in Skills for Care innovative pilot supporting aspiring registered managers, and saw the launch of second pilot in September, building on last year’s success.

We held three Care Certificate seminars for employers throughout May who wanted to ensure their Care Certificate assessors understood how to effectively support inductees through their induction and Care Certificate.  Everyone left energised and ready to go.

We rounded off #lovetolearn month celebrating innovation in learning and development; congratulating Sona Peskin, the first apprentice to complete an apprenticeship on the new adult care standards, and launching this year’s Workforce Development Innovation Fund.

We’re committed to creating a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce and we’re excited to help you continue on this journey. #lovetolearn