Develop your staff

Develop your staff

During August and September our focus is on developing your staff. We’ll be sharing practical advice and guidance on how services can develop their workforce to ensure they have the right skills, knowledge and support for those who need to use their service.

We’ll be looking at why it’s important to continually develop your workforce and providing you with ideas, advice and guidance on how you can do this.


We kickstart the campaign with the launch our new ‘Guide to developing your staff’. Replacing the ‘Learning and development guide’ we’ve created this guide to help you plan, deliver and evaluate the learning and development you provide for your staff.

We’ve identified 4 simple steps to create a learning plan for your service including templates to use in the planning process, different ways you can develop your staff and how to evaluate the learning.

Here's a sneak peak of what you can find in the new guide...


Click here to access the 'Guide to developing your staff'

Creating an effective and efficient learning plan can seem like a daunting task as there are lots of different things you need to consider. This article breaks the task down, looking at the steps you need to take and the information you need to gather. You'll also find some useful templates to help you on your planning journey.

Article: How can the 'Guide to developing your staff' help your service?

Mentoring provides an opportunity to identify an area of development for staff. The introduction of a mentoring programme has many potential benefits; both mentors and mentees can find the process to be a great way to build confidence and gain valuable skills. 

Our 'Becoming a confident mentor' workshops can help you gain the knowledge and insight to help others develop in their role.

Find your nearest workshop 

Graham Woodham, Programme Head for the Regulated Professional Workforce at Skills for Care, discusses the benefits of mentoring and how it can help you to develop your staff in his new blog.

Blog: Developing opportunities through mentoring

There are lots of different learning and development opportunities for the adult social care sector and many different ways to keep the costs low.

From more formal learning opportunities such as qualifications, to digital learning and other alternatives, it’s important that you have a good understanding what's available so that you can make the best choice for your service and staff.

Maxine Shacklady, Training Manager at Bridgewater Home Care shares some insight into the benefits of using different types of learning and development.

Article: Different ways to learn and develop

This week we’re focusing on the support we can offer to develop the social workers you employ. We have a range of tools and resources which focus on professional development and leadership; and the knowledge and skills statement for social work supervisors in adult services.

This week is a great opportunity to sign up to our monthly social work briefing. You can receive the latest news and developments from the sector, and in your area, straight into your inbox.

I Care…Ambassadors are a national team of passionate care workers who visit schools, colleges and job centres to talk about what it’s really like to work in care. 

Being part of the initiative is a great way to motivate and develop your staff. They will build their skills and confidence attending events and talking to new people about why they love their job. As an employer, you can sign up and nominate your staff to become ambassadors.  

Nominate your staff and join the initiative 

Hear from ambassador Ruth Daynes 

Hear from ambassador Justin Charnock 

This week we are looking at our Moving Up leadership programme which is aimed specifically at individuals from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background who are wanting to take the next step in their learning development and progress their career. 

Just 17% of senior managerial roles in social care are filled by leaders from a BAME background and the Moving Up programme was developed to help support these individuals get to where they want to be in their career. 

Moving Up programme

This week we’re focusing on how to develop your nursing workforce. 

We have three fantastic case studies about people who are all registered nurses working in social care but have very different roles such as a clinical manager and a nurse trainer. It’s a great way of showing that nurses can develop themselves in different ways. 

Read the case studies

We’re really excited to be launching a suite of films about the nursing associate role, which amongst other things, is a fantastic way of developing your existing staff.

The main film tells you what a nursing associate is, how it fits into the nursing family and what the benefits are of employing a nursing associate. It features people from the Lincolnshire partnership who were part of the first test site, and there are now three registered nursing associates in Lincolnshire care homes.

These people are the focus of 6 additional short films in which they talk about the nursing associate role and its benefits from their different perspectives. These perspectives are:

  • a registered nursing associate
  • a registered manager
  • managing director of a care provider
  • assistant director at a county council
  • workforce development manager at a care association
  • chair of a care association.

Watch the films

Skills for Care is supporting the sector in increasing the number of nursing associates being trained and employed in social care settings so if you have any questions, please email us on

This week is a great opportunity to subscribe to our new Nursing News. You can receive the latest news and developments about nursing in adult social care straight to your inbox.


Follow the campaign

Keep an eye on this page as we’ll be updating it throughout August and September with useful information on how to develop your staff. Or follow the campaign on twitter #DevelopYourStaff.