#ThinkDigital

Throughout June we’re putting the spotlight on ‘thinking digital’. 

Using technology is now part of everyone’s daily life and it’s vital that the social care sector keeps up with the ever-growing digital world. 

Embracing digital technologies benefits social care providers and the people you support in many ways, including improving your service and building the skills of your team. We can utilise digital resources to support what we do and how we do it.

We’re sharing insights and advice from sector experts and other services to help you ‘think digital’. Check out our resources below and look out for our news, blogs and social media posts throughout the month.

#ThinkDigital blogs 

How can listening to a podcast help you to be a more effective manager?

Pia Rathje-Burton, host of the Skills for Care podcast 'The care exchange', discusses how listening to a podcast can help managers working in adult social care to become more effective at their job.
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Intelligent care: how one care provider is using artificial intelligence in their nursing homes

We're supporting digital skills and innovations for the social care workforce. One care provider who's leading the way is Havering Care Homes, who've recently introduced the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across their nursing homes.
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Connecting with a Click

Kelly Perry is the Project Leader for Click, a supportive and inclusive online community that supports adults with a learning disability and autistic people. Kelly shares with us how Click began and the benefits of connecting digitally.
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Appy recruiting: the digital solution to recruitment and retention in social care

This month marks one year since Care Friends launched their innovative employee referral app in partnership with Skills for Care. Find out more about why getting appy could make you very happy when it comes to your recruitment efforts.
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#ThinkDigital resources

Recruiting

Care Friends is an app designed to help employers with their recruitment and retention challenges by using existing staff to attract high-quality employees to the sector. It now has over 10,000 users with staff able to share jobs with their friends and contacts straight from their mobiles.

Learn more about the app

Registered manager webinars

Our registered manager webinars cover a range of topics to support managers and their services. They’re delivered to a live audience and recorded for further viewing which you can watch online. They webinars are 30-minutes long and some are also supported by bite-sized resources. 

Watch the webinars

‘The care exchange’ podcast

Our podcast ‘The care exchange’ shares experiences from managers in social care, providing a place where you can pick up some good ideas to support you in your role and feel less isolated. Each episode features a different guest providing inspiration and tips.

Listen to the podcasts

Digital learning for managers

We have 11 online modules designed to develop aspiring, new or experienced managers in leadership, based on the Manager Induction Standards. These short modules last just 20-40 minutes each and cover topics including communication, resources, and decision making.

Access the digital learning modules

Endorsed eLearning courses

There is a wide selection of eLearning courses available through our endorsed providers. Proven to deliver high-quality learning and development opportunities, you can be confident that choosing eLearning from an endorsed provider will help to boost staff skills and encourage progression.

Find endorsed eLearning courses

Registered manager Facebook group

The digital world offers an opportunity to connect with people quickly to help you feel less isolated, learn from others, and discuss shared challenges, ideas, and achievements. Registered managers can join the Skills for Care registered manager Facebook group to connect with others in the same role.

Access the Facebook group

Local network WhatsApp groups

We support over 150 local networks for managers, which are currently being delivered virtually and through WhatsApp groups. The networks provide an opportunity for managers to stay in touch with each other during these challenging times and get insights from others in the same position.

Join your local network today 

Everyday technology workshops

We’re running online workshops to support social care staff to enable autistic people and people with a learning disability to make choices about using technology to stay connected and contribute to their communities. Each workshop will provide an action plan for you to take away and try something.

Join the workshops

Supporting your wellbeing

We know that stress and burn-out are real issues for adult social care staff. Our ‘Workforce wellbeing resource finder’ is an easy to use digital tool to help you quickly find trusted resources tailored to support your own or your team’s wellbeing from the wide array of information available.

Use the 'Workforce wellbeing resource finder'

Digital technology area

Find support on assessing how digital ready your organisation is; what you need to know about cyber security and data protection and see how others are using technology in social care.

 

Visit the 'Digital technology' area

 

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