Newsletter for 
 individual employers and 
 those who support them 

 November 2019 

Accolades finalists announced

Skills for Care is pleased to announce the finalists for the ‘Best individual who employs their own care and support’ category at this year’s Accolades awards.

Congratulations to Tess Reddington (for Richard’s House), Charley Zakrzewski and Jacqueline Savage who will go through to the final. The winner will be announced at a glittering event, hosted by Anton Du Beke, in January.

We’ve developed three new case studies which highlight what makes Tess, Charley and Jacqueline great individual employers. They include lots of practical ideas and tips to help you to improve your practice. Read them here:

§  Tess’s story

§  Charley’s story

§  Jacqueline’s story

Read more about the Accolades awards and this year’s finalists on our website.

 News and updates 

Updated ‘A Question of Care’ profiling tool with PA scenario
Skills for Care and partners have updated ‘A Question of Care’ to include a new scenario about being a personal assistant (PA). ‘A Question of Care: A career for you’ is an online, interactive video challenge that’s based on real life scenarios from the social care sector. People can take the challenge to see if they have what it takes to work in care. We’re pleased to announce that there’s now a scenario about the PA role. Individual employers and support organisations can use the tool to recruit people that have the right values and behaviours to be a PA.

Read more about how you can use the tool, and access it, here.

Adult social care recruitment campaign
The next phase of the adult social care recruitment campaign is now live and will run until April 2020. It aims to drive a new generation of people to consider and apply for a job in adult social care. You can access a range of free materials, ideas and tips to support your recruitment activity on the website, here. It includes a section for individual employers.

The website has an online job search that shows relevant vacancies posted on DWP 'Find a Job'. In the last two weeks, 12% more social care vacancies have been advertised. If you’re looking to recruit, make sure that you add your vacancy on here so that people who are interested in working in adult social care know you’re recruiting. Download the guidance on uploading your vacancies here.

Don’t forget, our information hub provides guidance on recruiting personal assistants and keeping them.

Reminder: money for training is available for individual employers
Individual employers can apply for money for training for them and their staff, through the individual employer fund. The funding can be used for lots of different training including moving and assisting, first aid, communication, dementia awareness, diabetes awareness, risk assessments, skills for employers and qualifications like a diploma in health and social care. It can also cover travel costs and the cost of hiring replacement personal assistants (PAs). It’s easy to apply. Find out more and download the guidance and application form here. You can apply any time up to Friday 28 February 2020 at 17.00.

If you support individual employers and PAs, please help us to spread the word using this leaflet, or email us to request printed copies.

Kings Fund – ‘Cascading Leadership’ development programme
This free peer-to-peer leadership development programme gives leaders working in health and wellbeing organisations, in the voluntary and community sector (VCS), the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support. It enables leaders to share their extensive and varied expertise with peers, talk about some of the challenges they face and plan new ways of working. The next course starts in March 2020 and the closing date for applications to be a consultant (an established charity leader) or partner (a leader who is seeking support) is Monday 9 December 2019. To find out more and apply click here.

Kings College London publishes personal assistants report
The study, ‘Roles, responsibilities, and relationships: hearing the voices of Personal Assistants and Directly Employed Care Workers’, was designed to gain a better understanding of the personal assistant (PA) role for workforce policy makers and the wider social care and health sector. It discusses what social care PAs are, recruitment, what makes an effective PA, employment status and working conditions, training for PAs and employers, safeguarding, barriers and facilitators. To view the full report, key findings and recommendations, click here.

 Get involved

If you’re an individual employer, or work in an organisation that supports them, our free events will share local news and initiatives, and keep you up-to-date with the latest best practice and new resources. Find your local event below.

§  Tuesday 21 January 2020, Doncaster Holiday Inn

§  Thursday 06 February 2020, The Link Hotel, Loughborough

§  Thursday 13 February 2020, Village Birmingham, Walsall

§  Wednesday 26 February 2020, Durham Centre

§  Thursday 27 February 2020, Taunton – *new date added*

Invitation to join the Peer Leadership Academy
If you’re an individual or family carer who has personal experience of personalised care, you could be eligible to apply to join the Peer Leadership Academy. The  Academy is a personal development programme that aims to build people’s knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can play an active role in the personalised care programme at a national and regional level. It’s being delivered by Peoplehub CIC in collaboration with the NHS England Personalised Care Group. For more information and details on how to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Thursday 19 December 2019.

Take part in our survey about annual health checks for people with a learning disability
Skills for Care is doing a short survey to find out why some people with a learning disability are more likely to access a free annual health check than others. We want to hear from people with a learning disability (and family members and carers), GPs, and staff that support people with a learning disability. The survey asks about your awareness of annual health checks, and what we can do to increase the number of people that access them. Please click here to complete the short survey. The deadline for responses is 17.00 on Monday 25 November 2019.You can also download a leaflet and presentation to promote the survey.

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