Get involved in our work

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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

The role of social care in prevention

Preventative approaches and those that promote independence and wellbeing have gained importance since the Care Act 2014 was implemented. Prevention and encouraging people to be more proactive about their health and wellbeing is also central to the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View. 

Skills for Care has asked research company Wavehill Ltd. to do a rapid evidence review to investigate the role of social care in prevention in more detail.

The review will focus on:

  • finding research and examples about the role of social care staff in prevention and promoting wellbeing
  • looking at evidence on the effectiveness of prevention and promotion in social care
  • understanding the impact on staff who engage in prevention activities with the people they support.

The research team would like to see any research publications which cover some or all of these areas. They’re also keen to find any examples of good practice in England which could be shared across the sector. 

If you would like to contribute research and/or examples to this study please contact:

Andy Parkinson (Wavehill Ltd.) at andy.parkinson@wavehill.com or Liz Burtney, (Skills for Care) at liz.burtney@skillsforcare.org.uk

The deadline is Friday 18 January 2019.

 

Becoming an associate

We’re looking for people or companies who can demonstrate:

  • significant experience in the social care sector
  • experience in learning and development
  • experience of managing services, teams or projects
  • knowledge of the role of Skills for Care
  • engagement with social care employers and key stakeholders.

We’d like to work with those who have a commitment to ensuring:

  • equality of opportunity within your working practice
  • involvement of people who need care and support and carer participation in project work.

For further details and an application pack, please email associates@skillsforcare.org.uk or call us on 0113 241 0973.

 

Previous consultations

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.