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26
Mar 20
Blog

COVID-19: the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Standards

COVID-19: the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Standards
Thursday 26 March 2020

In this blog, Karen Morse Skills for Care Head of Area and mental health lead, talks about how social care providers can ensure that they uphold the rights and decisions of people they support amid the COVID-19 emergency.

23
Mar 20
Blog

Our CEO Oonagh Smyth reflects on how the sector has stepped up to meet the COVID-19 crisis

Our CEO Oonagh Smyth reflects on how the sector has stepped up to meet the COVID-19 crisis
Monday 23 March 2020

Social Care is vital – an unsung hero. Anyone who works in our sector is aware of the vital role that our people play day in and day out across the country. Employers are proud of the professionalism and dedication of their 1.49 million care staff.

16
Mar 20
Blog

Using succession planning to promote careers in social care

Using succession planning to promote careers in social care
Monday 16 March 2020

During February and March we've been focusing on workforce planning. In this blog, we hear from Registered Manager Member of Skills for Care, Dani Noquet, who tells us how Reach Learning Disability Care CIC's recent focus on succession planning is creating a greater awareness of career progression within their organisation.

04
Mar 20
Blog

Open letter welcoming our new CEO

Open letter welcoming our new CEO
Wednesday 4 March 2020

Andy Tilden, Interim CEO at Skills for Care writes an open letter to welcome Skills for Care's new CEO, Oonagh Smyth.

02
Mar 20
Article

Planning to recruit for values

Planning to recruit for values
Monday 2 March 2020

To attract people with the right values and behaviours to your organisation you need to plan your recruitment. Values-based recruitment helps employers take on the right people, who know what it means to provide high-quality care and support who are more likely to stay.

24
Feb 20
Blog

How Skills for Care is supporting mental health social workers and AMHPs

How Skills for Care is supporting mental health social workers and AMHPs
Monday 24 February 2020

Karen Morse, National Lead for Mental Health at Skills for Care, shares her thoughts in the lead up to two highly anticipated events this week that focus on mental health social work leadership.

24
Feb 20
Article

Tips to help you to decide safe staffing levels for your service

Tips to help you to decide safe staffing levels for your service
Monday 24 February 2020

Safe staffing levels ensure that your service has enough staff, who have the right values and skills, to deliver high-quality care and support. This article shares advice and recommendations from our 'Guide to safe staffing' and includes best practice examples from services rated 'good' and 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

17
Feb 20
Blog

How does the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) help with workforce planning?

How does the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) help with workforce planning?
Monday 17 February 2020

As we focus on the importance of workforce planning, Dave Griffiths, Skills for Care Programme Head talks about the ASC-WDS service and how it helps our sector with workforce planning.

10
Feb 20
Article

What is workforce planning and why is it important?

What is workforce planning and why is it important?
Monday 10 February 2020

Workforce planning helps you find and keep enough staff who have the right values, skills and experience to provide high-quality, person-centred care now, and in the future.

07
Feb 20
Article

Offering equal opportunities to employees

Offering equal opportunities to employees
Friday 7 February 2020

We went to employers to see how the 'look beyond' theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2020 works in practice. Jane Manton from Lifeways care group demonstrates how they uphold diversity by offering equal opportunities to all employees.

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