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We work with care organisations, people who need care and support and carers, and other partners to make sure our activities reflect their needs.

Whether you are part of a large care provider, a new business expanding into social care or a person who directly employs a personal assistant, there are many opportunities where you can contribute to our on-going work.

You can get involved by taking part in research, responding to consultations, providing case study examples, commenting on draft products, co-producing new policies or agreeing to be a study site.

All our consultations and research projects are promoted in our fortnightly enewsletter. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on new opportunities.


Current opportunities to get involved


Our website hosts a vast library of information and practical support to help employers to provide the right care provision to the people they support and what’s expected from commissioners and regulators. But we know it can sometimes be difficult for people to find what they’re looking for and we’re working hard to improve this.

We’re now partway through this project and want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have already provided feedback and based on this we’ve developed a short survey for the next step of the project.

The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and the results will continue to help us to improve our website.

Launch the survey

 We want to find out what your staff think about working in the sector to help improve their experience.

This online survey is the first of its kind for adult social care and it’s the North West that is starting the conversation about improving the experience of working in the sector. To take part, you’ll be sent a survey link to share with your employees.

Find out more.

The survey is being undertaken by Skills for Care and Local Government Association, supported by Department for Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission (CQC) and North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE), Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) decided to extend the deadline for tenders for trial and evaluation partners for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training to 24 April at 18:00. This was communicated on 18 March, to those who had expressed an interest in bidding.

The delay of one month extends the time existing bidders had left to submit from 7 to 26 working days. 

Once the tenders have been awarded, we will negotiate the timeline for delivery with partners, recognising the extraordinary demands on health and care services at this time.

Therefore, health and care services can focus on dealing with the current pandemic, and potential bidders can decide whether to proceed with this opportunity.

We remain committed to our work on Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training, which is essential to ensure the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability and autistic people. 

We will continue to monitor the emerging situation.

Invitation to Tender

The Invitation to Tender was open in February/March 2020 and the deadline to express your interest has now passed.

If you expressed your interest by Thursday 5 March 2020 via the ‘Supplying to the NHS Portal’, you must submit your response by Friday 24 April 2020 at 18.00.

After that, an expert panel will review all submissions and respond.

Got a question? 

Please submit any questions regarding tenders via the portal.

Skills for Care is coordinating all other enquiries about the trials on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and Health Education England. If you have a question, please email us.  

Please note that we might not be able to answer your question immediately and will aim to respond in 4-6 working days.