Funding for training is now open
If you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) using a personal budget from social care or health or your own money, you can apply for money from Skills for Care for training for you and your staff.
The funding can be used for lots of different training including moving and assisting, first aid, communication, dementia awareness, diabetes awareness, risk assessments, skills for employers, and qualifications like a diploma in health and social care. It can also cover travel costs and the cost of hiring replacement PAs.
It’s easy to apply. Find out more and download the guidance and application form here. Applications close on 28 February 2020 at 17.00.
Find learning and development from your local user led organisation
Skills for Care has funded 16 user led organisations across England to deliver training for individual employers and PAs during 2019/20.
The learning being offered includes training for individual employers to support them in their role as an employer, a range of condition-specific awareness and subjects like, resilience and wellbeing, first aid, mental health awareness, understanding behaviours that may be considered challenging, Makaton, Care Certificate standards, disability equality training, food safety and much more.
Find out what training your local user led organisation is offering here – if you’d like to access a particular course, you can contact them directly using the details on the webpage.
Invitation to attend a focus group about a national recruitment campaign
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recently ran a national recruitment campaign for adult social care. Following an evaluation, it has been announced that funding has been approved for a second national wave of Every Day Is Different to run in 2019/20, which may include more about working as a PA.
In anticipation of this, a focus group is being held on Monday 22 July, 14.00-16.00 at the Skills for Care office in Leeds.
The purpose of this group is to gather the views from individual employers on a campaign toolkit that was produced. Skills for Care want to know whether individual employers think the toolkit is useful for them, whether it needs to be adapted, and what a new or improved campaign toolkit should look like and include.
If you or any individual employers you know would like to take part, book your place here. Reasonable travel and expenses will be reimbursed in line with their participation policy.