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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

We’d like to know how registered managers plan, budget and evaluate the training of staff and their own continuing professional development (CPD). Do you have any good examples of doing this or any challenges and barriers that you face in your role? We’d like to hear about them.

We’re doing a study to find out more to help us develop online tools and resources to support registered managers in their learning and development roles.

If you’re a registered manager and would like to take part in the study, please complete this very short survey that will take no longer than 5 minutes. The closing date is Friday 5 July 2019

We’ll then use your answers to select a small sample of registered managers to participate in the wider study. If you’re selected, you’ll be asked to take part in a 30-minute telephone interview at a time which is convenient for you.

Skills for Care, National Autistic Society (NAS) and National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), are developing a guide for commissioners who work in social care, health and children's commissioning for autism services. 

The guide explores the key questions that you need to answer to make informed commissioning decisions. It explains the things that you need to measure, the things that you need to do, and who to engage, as well as links to useful guidance and information. 

Download an initial version of the guide for consultation, debate and discussion, here. We're still exploring how we can consult on the guide. If you have any initial feedback, or would like to get involved in future consultation activity, please email us

We're working with the National Autistic Society, Skills for Health and Opening Minds Training and Consultancy to develop a new core capabilities framework for supporting autistic people. 

The purpose of the framework is to support development and planning of the workforce, and to inform the design and delivery of education and training programmes.

The draft of the framework is now available and we'd like as many people as possible to complete this online survey. The survey closes on Monday 01 July 2019

Download the draft framework and access the survey here. 

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.

 

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future - Adult Social Care Workforce Consultation

The consultation on the adult social care workforce (Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future) run by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and supported by Skills for Care has now ended. Thank you for taking part. The consultation sought views and evidence on actions that could be taken to address challenges relating to recruitment, retention, workforce development, regulation and workforce planning in adult social care. In total, over 550 individuals and organisations were involved in the consultation process through both online feedback and workshops.

The findings of the consultation are being used to inform the forthcoming health and care workforce strategy and Green Paper on care and support for older people and will be published alongside them. This is now expected later this year although exact timing has not been confirmed.