individual employers and
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,
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
§ Tess’s story
§ Charley’s story
§ Jacqueline’s story
Read more about the Accolades awards and this year’s finalists on our website.
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
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
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
Don’t forget, our information hub provides guidance on
recruiting personal assistants and keeping them.
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.
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.
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
§ Thursday 06 February 2020, The Link
§ Thursday 13 February 2020, Village
§ Wednesday 26 February 2020, Durham Centre
§ Thursday 27 February 2020, Taunton – *new
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.
part in our survey about annual health checks for people with a learning
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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