Transforming Care

Skills for CareHEE  SfH



Transforming care is all about improving health and care services so that more people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home. This means that fewer people will need to go into hospital for their care.

There’s a national plan about how to do this called ‘Building the right support’ (October 2015), and there are 48 transforming care partnerships (TCPs) across England to support this. 

We're working with Health Education England, Skills for Health, Transforming Care partners and other key stakeholders to support the ambitions of the Transforming Care programme. Skills for Care's contribution is around supporting adult social care employers to develop their workforce so that they have the right skills and knowledge to effectively support people with a learning disability and/ or autistic people who display or at risk of displaying behaviours that challenge. To find out more about about how all three organisations can help you view our infographic.

Get involved in our work - tell us what you think about our examples of workforce development

As part of our 2018-19 work, we're working with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group to develop a series of person-centred examples of workforce development, and we want to know what you think about the draft versions. We've developed 12 'worked examples' that explain what learning and development the workforce needs to support a number of 'pen pictures' of people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic people. Read the examples and fill in our short survey here. 



We're supporting local TCPs. This means that we'll:

  • contribute to locally driven transforming care activity, sharing our offer and key resources
  • use our expertise and understanding of the adult social care workforce to review and shape local priorities and input into guidance and plans
  • support sites in engaging with social care providers across the local and neighbouring area
  • use our networks to promote the work of the transforming care programme.
  • develop a suite of case studies to be shared across transforming care sites in order to share best practice.


We're working with regional delivery groups to share our resources and shape local priorities with a particular focus on:

  • making best use of workforce intelligence
  • understanding our workforce capacity planning tool
  • using the principles of workforce integration and workforce redesign.


At a national level we'll share our expertise and knowledge of the adult social care workforce by contributing to the development of national guidance and tools as part of the workforce delivery programme.

Additional activity

Skills for Care may be able to deliver additional activity reflecting local priorities with and on behalf of local TCPs. For more information please speak with your local Skills for Care team.


Transforming care and positive behavioural support in the Eastern area
Wednesday 27 June 2018
The Trinity Centre, Cambridge
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This workshop is for employers and commissioners who support people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic people. It’ll focus on PBS and how you can use it in your role. You’ll also help to shape a workforce development strategy for PBS and transforming care in your local area. 



How values based recruitment can develop services for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people who are at risk of displaying behaviour which challenges (23 March 2017)

In this webinar we explored how values based recruitment can help employers to recruit staff with the right values and attitudes to achieve the transforming care programme outcomes. The webinar gives an overview of the approach and include examples of positive recruitment in a learning disability service.

The webinar is for commissioners and providers of services and training and development to learn from good practice and discuss potential activity for their local areas.



How commissioners and providers can work together to develop the local workforce to transform care (18 January 2017)

In this webinar a commissioner (of services for people with a learning disability and / or autistic people at risk of displaying behaviour which challenges) and a provider of services discussed how they can work together to develop a skilled and confident local social care workforce which can achieve the aims of the transforming care programme.  The webinar is for other commissioners and providers of services and training and development to learn from good practice and discuss potential activity for their local areas.



How the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) can help transform care (2 February 2017)

In this webinar our analysis team talked through the recently supplied TCP level analysis of the adult social care workforce. 



Learning from the PBS/Autism training fund (24 February 2017)

In this webinar we shared the learning from the PBS-A fund in order that TCPs and employers can most effectively develop skills in their local workforce.  Employers who used the fund described what they did, the outcomes they achieved and things they might do differently.  This will help Transforming care Partnerships and social care and health employers plan and develop person centred PBS and autism skills, confidence and knowledge in the wider cross sector workforce.




Hear from Joe: download his case study

Joe's one individual who’s been supported to move out of hospital and live in the community through transforming care.

After a series of short placements and a stay in an inpatient unit, Joe now lives in a supporting housing service and his health and wellbeing has massively improved. 


Resources relevant to the Transforming Care programme

We have resources to help you recruit, develop and lead your workforce.

Workforce planning tools to help you to understand your current workforce and future need in order to implement transformed care for people with learning disabilities in your partnership.

Workforce shaping and commissioning for better outcomes

This guide has been designed for those with adult social care workforce shaping and commissioning responsibilities in local authorities together with their partners in health, in the community and the public. It will help you to think about the key steps and processes needed to commission the right workforce.

Principles of workforce redesign

The seven principles set out the key things you need to take account of when changing the way your staff work.

Principles of workforce integration

These principles will help you to think though what is meant by workforce integration and the contribution that workforce development can make. 

Workforce planning 

Our workbook takes you through the whole workforce planning process using a practical analyse-plan-do-review method.

National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC)

The NMDS-SC is an online system which collects information on the adult social care workforce in England. It’s the leading source of workforce information for the whole adult social care sector. 

You can generate reports to benchmark the sector’s current position and help plan for the future. Local authorities can also access key information and statistics reports to see aggregated information about any of the 152 local authorities in England.

We've also produced a report using data from NMDS-SC on the adult social care workforce supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people.

Resources to help you understand what skills your workforce needs to make Transforming Care work in your area, and tools to help you to measure whether you have these skills in your existing workforce and to help you to understand any gaps.

Workforce capacity planning

Workforce capacity planning helps you to work out if you have the right mix and numbers of workers with the right skills and knowledge to implement care and support reform.

Solutions and resources to help you ensure that your workforce is skilled and competent to deliver a range of new and different services.

Autism: developing the skills of your staff

Our autism resources help you understand what skills and knowledge are required to support autistic people, their carers and families. We also have resources to support you to develop the skills of your staff when working with autistic people.

Restrictive practices

We’ve developed guidance on workforce development for commissioners and employers seeking to minimise the use of restrictive practices in social care and health.

Positive behavioural support

We’ve produced Positive behavioural support: a mini guide to arranging and paying for training to support you with PBS training for your workforce. 

Learning from the PBS/autism fund

View the evaulation report of the PBS/autism fund which was available for:

  • developing ‘skills around the person’
  • interagency / multi agency work at a person centred level
  • providing training in line with PBS competency framework or good autism practice
  • contributing to the discharge (or avoided likely admission) of one or more persons.

We have other resources which you may find useful to recruit, develop and lead your workforce.

Recruitment and retention - Finding and keeping workers

Finding and keeping workers has practical tips and resources to help health and social care employers of all sizes with their recruitment and retention challenges.

The Six C's in social care

The 6 C's are the values which need to underpin the culture and practise of organisations delivering care and support.

Support for individual employers and personal assistants (PAs)

We've developed an information hub that brings together useful information and resources for those who employ a personal assistant (PA) using direct payments from their local authority, a personal health budget from the NHS or with their own money.


Care roles to deliver the Transforming Care programme - building the right support 

This guide supports commissioners and providers to build a workforce with the right skills, knowledge and competencies who directly support people with a learning disability and/ or autistic people. It can be used to inform the commissioning of local education and training, and the development of provider service specification and contracts.  

Experts by experience: directory for Transforming Care Partnerships 

This directory lists local and national organisations who can support you with the Transforming Care programme, particularly with the parts of it around workforce development. 

Monthly newsletter

We contribute to the monthly cross system e-update which keeps you up to date with all developments across the Transforming Care programme.


Jan 2018

Feb 2018 - Easy Read

March 2018 - Easy Read

April 2018 - Easy Read



More information

Your local Skills for Care team will be making contact with all local transforming care sites in order to engage them with our offer. For more information, please select your area from the list below. 

National leads

Marie Lovell

Jim Thomas


Christine Burkett

Sally Gretton


Karen Morse

Ruth Keynes


Sarah-Jane Dale


James Cross