Skills for Care

In May 2024 Skills for Care, alongside NHS England, resources to support induction and leadership across social care and health were published.

These resources are being developed following the Messenger review (2022), which set out an ambition to review system wide leadership development. It was an opportunity to help the health and social care system strengthen leadership and management across both sectors in England. It was also a way to help people new to their roles to better understand what is expected of them.

Read the latest blog from Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care: The Messenger Review: a roadmap for great leadership


Resources for managers to support induction

The new induction toolkit has been created to help managers plan and deliver a supportive and inclusive induction for new starters at all levels across all types of roles in adult social care. It makes recommendations for managers around what to do before your new starter joins from on day one, into week one and over the following months with handy checklists. 

These resources will draw heavily on what providers across health and social care tell us works for them.


Future resources

In addition to publishing resources in support of entry-level induction, Skills for Care and NHS England is exploring:

  • a voluntary code of conduct for managers across health and social care, tailored to different levels of management
  • approaches and resources which embed equality, diversity and inclusion across health and social care. 


New induction programme for health and social care

This free to access online resource will help people new to care gain an understanding of health and social care, building a sense of belonging, and supporting efforts to retain new staff.

Through virtual learning modules and supporting resources it will introduce new starters to health and social care, the connections between the two sectors, and the cultures and values we share.

Key topics include:

  • the role of health and social care
  • why communication matters
  • personalised care
  • expected behaviours.

It also features short videos from people working in different roles across health and social care to help people see career opportunities.

It’s designed to be used alongside your organisation specific induction. It doesn’t replace or duplicate the Care CertificateManager Induction Standards or formal qualifications.


What can you do now

If you’re interested in what you could be doing now, Skills for Care has the following resources:


We will update this webpage as more resources and information become available. You can receive the latest updates from Skills for Care by registering for our fortnightly enews.