Newsletter for 
 individual employers and 
 those who support them 


 November 2021 

Welcome to the individual employer update which shares the latest news, resources, events and funding opportunities from Skills for Care and partners. You can find previous newsletters here.


 Latest news 
Money for training – individual employer funding is OPEN
If you employ personal assistants (PAs) using a direct payment (social care or personal health budget) or your own money, you can now ask for grant funding to pay for training to improve the knowledge and skills of your PAs.

As well as covering the cost of PA training, money can be requested to cover the cost of travel to and from the training and additional support costs whilst your PA is attending training (during their normal working hours).

You can also ask for money to pay for training that will improve your knowledge, skills and confidence in employing PAs.

Before applying, visit the website to read what others have done with the money they have received, how to ask for the money and frequently asked questions.
Funded training available through local user-led organisation
Funding has been awarded to 22 disabled people’s user-led organisations who will be offering lots of different training courses between now and the end of March 2022.

If you would like to access this funded training have a look at what’s on offer, and then get in touch with them directly.
Helping you to keep your PAs
Taking the time to think about how you keep your PAs is important to ensure you have the right people to support you at the right time.

Throughout October and November, we’re putting the spotlight on keeping (retaining) staff and we’ll be sharing information and ideas through blogs, articles, and social media posts to help #RetainToGain. 

Inductions for new starters, encouraging learning and development, creating a positive place for PAs to work are just some of the things that can help you to retain the people that support you. Here are some helpful resources:  


National recruitment campaign

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched the latest phase of the national adult social care recruitment campaign, ‘Made with Care’, which will run continuously until March 2022.

The campaign demonstrates the amazing work that care workers do, celebrating the way they empower the people they support, and shining a light on the emotional reward of the role. Advertising will be run across radio, video on demand, and digital channels, with high profile bursts of TV advertising in November and January, all directing people to adultsocialcare.co.uk.

Although the campaign is designed to support care providers, individuals could also make the most of the awareness of the campaign and upload jobs to the DWP ‘Find a Job’ platform. Expert advice, templates and a new toolkit of recruitment assets is also available from the campaign resource centre.

For further updates, sign up to the campaign newsletter

Guidance from the Government and key stakeholders 
Personal assistants (PAs): guidance for free flu vaccination
The NHS provides a vaccination scheme that provides free flu vaccinations to some health and social care workers, including PAs. All PAs are eligible for a free flu vaccination from their GP practice or a local community pharmacy.

⇨ Find out more.

Paying people who receive benefits – Co-production and involvement
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced a briefing for local authorities, charities and organisations that support people who use services, and their carers. The briefing looks at how people and carers who receive state benefits can get involved in paid co-production, involvement, participation in health and social care, highlighting what they need to be aware of to avoid any loss of benefits.

⇨ Find out more
 Skills for Care resource and support
Adult social care contributes £50.3 billion to English economy
#ValueofSocialCare

The growing adult social care sector and its skilled workforce, including PAs contributes £50.3 billion to the English economy according to our new report.

‘The value of adult social care in England' report argues that the best way to make adult social care sustainable in the long-term is to move away from payment for adult social care processes to payment based on better outcomes for people who draw on care and support services.

It argues that the skills and knowledge of the 1.5 million strong adult social care workforce is absolutely central to high quality, and that investing in the development of talented and productive care workers has significant benefits to the outcomes of people drawing on care and support as well wider benefits to the national economy.


⇨ See the reports
 Other resources
Personalisation in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
Think Local Act Personal has published a report which sets out examples of promising practice that demonstrate what good, personalised community-based care and support looks like for people in ethnically diverse communities. The report features 14 organisations across England, offering a wide range of support and services in particular groups and communities.

⇨ Read the report

Get Yourself Active: New practical resource for social care staff
Physical activity is hugely important to people’s health and mental wellbeing and this online resource, developed by Disability Rights UK, in partnership with social care and physical activity experts, will empower people, including PAs, to increase their knowledge and confidence around supporting disabled people to be active.

It covers practical solutions to getting more active and includes topics such as defining physical activity, starting conversations about physical activity and how to boost levels of physical activity. It also tackles barriers head-on and provides social workers, care staff and family members with the knowledge and tools to become agents of change, supporting Disabled people to realise their physical activity aspirations.

⇨ Get Yourself Active social care activity pack

Budget holders sharing their experiences
‘Managing your care budget’ is a community of people who run a care budget for themselves, their children or a close relative. It’s a website that was set up as part of a research project being run by the Open Lab at Newcastle University, funded by the EPSRC.

The site contains links to sources of support and templates which can be downloaded and used. Access My Care Budget.
 Events 

 We aim to be inclusive and accessible therefore the following online events will have British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters present. 

Developing the capacity and capability of the PA workforce and influencing change
Wednesday 10 November 2021 | 10:00 - 13:00
This online event will discuss how to build the capacity of the personal assistant (PA) workforce and the resources and support available to develop their capability. It will include how to ensure PAs are treated equally, feel included and valued, and are supported to stay well. It will also look at how to influence changes to the social care system to ensure people have full choice and control over their lives.

⇨ Find out more and register for this event
 
Recruitment, pay rates, wellbeing and safety of your PAs
Wednesday 24 November 2021 | 10:00 - 12:30
Join this online event to learn and share your experiences in a supportive environment. You’ll hear from expert speakers about tips to support your own well-being, how to stay safe on-line, a tool to calculate PA pay rates, local recruitment and retention initiatives, how to prevent and manage employment disputes, manging the tricky issue of PA vaccination and COVID-19 risks and how Skills for Care is supporting individual employers and PAs.There will be time to meet and network in breakout sessions.

⇨ Find out more and register for this event
 
Launch of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection
Skills for Care has joined with 20 other social care bodies across England to launch Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection.

The past year has been particularly challenging for the social care workforce, including PAs who have continued to work tirelessly and make huge sacrifice in face of the pandemic.

The purpose of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection is to thank those who provided crucial care and support during these tough times, and to remember those who sadly lost their lives to COVID-19.

A ‘Thank You Wall’ and ‘Memorial Wall’ have been created on The Care Workers’ Charity website where people can share messages and tributes in the lead up to the day in March 2022.

Keep involved with the day on social media using #RememberSocialCare.

⇨ Read more here.
 

 
Reminders

Learning and development resources
It’s important that PAs have the right skills and knowledge to support their employers, but choosing a good learning provider and delivering learning and development to fit the different circumstances of individual employers and PAs can be challenging.

Skills for Care has developed information that may help:

 
IMPACT: Improving adult care together
Have you got involved in IMPACT yet? IMPACT is a new centre for implementing evidence in adult social and is drawing on knowledge gained from different types of research, the lived experience of people using services and their carers, and the practice wisdom of social care staff.


⇨ Find out more and get involved
 
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