Skills for Care

See the latest news for individual employers and personal assistants.


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Refreshed and new personal health budget publications

15 Feb 2023

Updates to two key personal health budget guidance documents have been published to reflect the introduction of integrated care boards (ICBs) in July 2022.

Free personal protective equipment (PPE) scheme: extended

15 Feb 2023 Department of Health and Social Care

In January, the Government made an announcement on the extension of free PPE until March 2024, or until Department of Health and Social Care’s stocks are depleted.

New Personal Health Budget Quality Framework for ICBs

28 Feb 2023 NHS England

NHS England have publised a new Personal Health Budget (PHB) Quality Framework for integrated care boards (ICBs). It supports ICBs to create the conditions to meet PHB performance expectations.

Workforce intelligence report - Individual employer and PAs

26 May 2023

For the first time Skills for Care has published data from adult social care direct payment funded employers and personal health budget funded employers in one report.

National event recordings

26 May 2023

The national event showcased what’s happening in different parts of the country in relation to supporting individual employers and developing the knowledge and skills of the personal assistant workforce. We heard real-life experiences of individual employers and support organisations, as well as experts from HMRC, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, Mark Bates Ltd and local authorities.

Personal Health Budgets: Delegation of healthcare tasks to personal assistants

26 May 2023

Personal Health Budgets: Delegation of healthcare tasks to personal assistants

User-led organisation funding - Open

01 Jun 2023

Organisations who are run for, and by, people with a disability or long-term health condition (disabled people’s user-led organisations) can now apply for a learning and development grant from Skills for Care. Applications must be submitted by 12:00 on Tuesday 27 June 2023.

Value Based Recruitment recordings

16 Jun 2023

The video recordings from our value based recruitment session held in March are now available.

Developing a #PositiveWorkplaceCulture for individual employers and PAs

07 Jul 2023

Throughout June and July Skills for Care has been shining a spotlight on developing a #PositiveWorkplaceCulture and how having a positive workplace culture enables employers to find and keep great staff who will deliver the best care and support to others.

Supporting individual employers recruit the right PA #RecruitRight

04 Sep 2023

Throughout September Skills for Care are shining a spotlight on how to recruit the right number of people, with the right values and behaviours, working in social care now and in the future.

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