Skills for Care Recognises Quality
What is Skills for Care?
Skills for Care is the leading organisation in England responsible for ensuring the adult social care workforce consists of appropriately trained professionals with the skills and knowledge enabling the best possible care and support for individuals with social care needs.
The organisation recognises that vital social care skills must be built and enhanced through practical and effective training courses and qualifications that ensure workers are not only competent, but also experienced and qualified.
They also aim to shine a positive light on the social care industry, through campaigns and events such as the annual Skills for Care Accolades that gives recognition to the organisations that deliver the best care and support.
UTS are proud to sponsor the Skills for Care Accolades each year. We feel it is important for us to demonstrate our support of the sector and it is a great event that celebrates the success of our UK care services.
In order to support the adult social care sector and ensure that learning and development across the social care sector creates a strong workforce, Skills for Care has published information, guidelines, advice and standards to help keep care organisations on track. They highlight the care worker skills and competencies required to ensure the provision of good quality, compassionate care. They also detail the range of social care qualifications that are currently available, or under development, for the social care workforce.
Some of the publications available include
which includes Skills for Care:
- Care Certificate Induction
- NMDS (National Minimum Data Set)
- ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment)
- Ongoing Learning and Development in Adult Social care
Furthermore, to help organisations develop staff to their full potential by purchasing quality learning and development programmes, Skills for Care has also created an Endorsement Framework that commends the highest quality providers, and listed these on their Endorsed Provider Website.
How we worked towards a mark of quality
Unique Training Solutions have been a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider since February 2016. This endorsement by the leading body for excellence in carer skills, shows that we have been through a rigorous quality assurance process and that we have demonstrated that we deliver learning and development of excellent quality. Working with an endorsed provider has provided several benefits to our customers which include:
- Assurance of using and excellent quality provider of training and qualifications that has a positive impact on learners and those relying on social care services
- Evidence of using an endorsed provider for staff training on CQC reports and tenders
- Training support and advice from an organisation with customer focused systems and processes that provides the best possible customer service
This has also provided our customers with confidence that we have an absolute commitment to providing high quality learning and development programmes, that improve the practice of their staff, and therefore the lives of the people they care for and support.
It is our aim to go on to achieve Centre of Excellence status by September 2016.
A key part of selecting the right learning package for your organisation is finding the right learning provider, and if you choose UTS to be yours, Skills for Care’s endorsement framework means they believe you have taken the right first step.
What we offer
Many of our customers are highly satisfied with the strength and diversity of the services we deliver. With over 300 different training courses and qualifications, we aim to provide a service that you can trust, which meets the needs of your organisation, your employees, and the people you care for and support.
Some of the courses we deliver that are most in demand courses from our customers include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Mental Health
- Level 3 Award in Dementia
- Working Safely with Violence and Aggression
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social and Children and Young Peoples Services
Standards and legislation
Skills for Care’s website provides information on the Care Certificate, the minimum standards to be covered as part of induction training of new care workers, and the Manager Induction Standards: www.skillsforcare.org.uk
There’s also guidance on how to meet CQC regulations, as well as resources to support organisations to adhere to the Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act.
Furthermore, the Code of Conduct sets the standard of conduct expected of all adult social care workers and healthcare support workers in England.
Lastly, the website provides details of the National Occupation Standards, tools for benchmarking qualifications as well as defining roles at work.