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Workforce Development Fund Update (Variation 13/14)

posted Nov 18, 2013, 4:58 AM by Kay Heritage   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 9:03 AM ]

This year we have seen an unprecedented increase in the number of Workforce Development Fund (WDF) claims we have received at the Liverpool Social Care Partnership, during each contract when we reach the half way point, we are offered an opportunity to increase or decrease the amount of funding which has been allocated to us as a partnership so we can accurately fulfill our contract, this year we requested that our funding should be increased.

Thankfully, we were allocated a small increase of funding, however it was not the full amount which we had requested and we suspect that this year, we will have expended all of our WDF funding before the contract end date.

As of 15/11/13 we have just over £80,000.00 of funding remaining.

What does this mean?
This means that if you want to claim WDF, you will need to do so as soon as possible, we will be making some revisions to how we distribute the remaining funds (detailed below) but as a partnership we must ensure that we continue to hit the allocated milestones set out by Skills for Care.

We recommend that claims should be submitted before 1st January 2014 to enable the best possible chance of being granted funding.

What can I do if the funding runs out?
Unfortunately WDF is not a guaranteed fund and if we run out of funding any claims submitted after that point will not be granted.

What if I need WDF to pay my training provider?
We are aware that across the Northwest, a number of training providers are asking employers to offset the costs of training with WDF, this is not something we would advise. If WDF funding is not granted, as a care provider it will be your responsibility to fund the costs of training as outlined in your training agreement, regardless of whether WDF is granted or not. Please note that LSCP & Skills for Care do not endorse this method of using WDF.

My evidence wont be ready until 2014!
We understand that because some training providers work on an academic calendar, the internal verification of units sometimes does not take place until after the Christmas Holidays. We will be setting aside a small amount of funding which will enable select organisations to claim towards the end of the contract. If your organisation has previously claimed earlier in the contractual year (1st Jan 2013 - 31st March 2014) you will not be eligible for this provision.

My NMDS-SC isn't up to date yet!
Don't worry, moving forward we will be prioritising funding to ensure that as many organisations as possible are able to access the fund, the following limitations will be implemented as of 01/11/13:
  • Claims for WDF will be limited per organisation so that the amount of funds currently available is equitably shared, with the remaining claims added to our database and held on a waiting list, this limit will be activated retrospectively to include units which have been previously claimed throughout the year. Additional claims will automatically be sent on your behalf once we hit specific milestones until the total of your submitted claim has been ratified or the WDF funds available have expired.
  • Partnership milestones will be achieved when new organisations join the partnership, claims which are being held on the database will be progressed and submitted for funding. This will allow us to spread the funding out more evenly across the different care providers in the region whilst maintaining a first come / first serve policy.
  • Newly registered organisations will be able to claim a small allowance without entering the waiting list, after that, the remaining claims will be added to the waiting list.
  • When possible we will try to ensure that claims are processed in a first come first serve basis, whilst normalising claims across all registered organisations to fairly distribute funds across the region.
  • Prioritised claims will be sorted by organisation, not by establishment.
  • Claims which use poor quality evidence may not be entered onto the waiting list, you will be contacted regarding the issues with your evidence submission, however it is the care providers responsibility to ensure that all evidence submissions meet the relevant criteria.
We understand that these limitations will be frustrating for providers who were hoping to claim large amounts of funding, but our contractual obligation with Skills for Care is to ensure that funds are distributed evenly and fairly.

What can I do to increase my chances of being granted funding?
  • Submit your claim as early as possible
  • Ensure your evidence is of high quality (more info)
    • Please note: please make sure any hand written information is clearly legible, any evidence which is undecipherable may be rejected.
  • Ask your training provider to provide a list of units which you will expect to claim - this will allow us to effectively plan and where possible, implement temporary ring-fencing of funds.
  • Ensure your Membership Declaration Form and BACS form have been submitted, and your NMDS-SC data is fully eligible
  • Submit unit evidence as soon as you have it available, do not wait to send a large batch of units together.
  • When possible, submit unit evidence via email to

Skills for Care Policy Briefing 23

posted Nov 7, 2013, 5:21 AM by Kay Heritage

Please find attached at the bottom of this post, a copy of the Skills for Care Policy Briefing 23 (Nov 2013).

Skills for Care’s policy briefings aim to provide the sector with a brief summary of current research, policy initiatives and strategic developments impacting on the future direction and delivery of adult social care in England. We have selected some stories below, but there are many more available in the briefing document

What if health and care services were more joined-up? 

The King's Fund has launched a new three minute animation that asks the question: 

what if health and care services were more joined-up? This short animation aims to bring integrated care to life for anyone involved in improving patient care. If those working towards integrated care can share this vision with others in their local health and care system, then there is a real chance they can make integrated care happen. 

The video is available to view here: 

The report’s overarching lesson is that system integration takes time and that developments can neither be imposed nor rushed. Other lessons include: 
  • Voluntary sector involvement
  • Patient targeting and risk stratification 
  • Co-operation with the acute sector 
  • Continuous learning and development 
  • Importance of appreciation of team members’ roles and contributions 
  • Performance measurement in step with organisational development

A Fresh Start for the Regulation and Inspection of Adult Social Care 

In her first major announcement as the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe has outlined her priorities for transforming how the Care Quality Commission will monitor, inspect and regulate care homes and other adult social care services, with a greater focus on public involvement and improvement. 

Key proposals include awarding ratings to every care home and adult social care service by March 2016 to help people make informed decisions about their care and establishing expert inspection teams involving people who have experience of care services. 

The Chief Inspector’s plans and priorities are set out in ‘A Fresh Start for the Regulation and Inspection of Adult Social Care’, ahead of a full public consultation in spring 2014.

Social care grants for 2013 to 2014 

The Department of Health has published a series of documents that set out the specific revenue and capital grant funding for local authorities for adults’ personal social servicesfor 2013 to 2014. Details are available here:

Potential for change: transforming public awareness and demand for health and care technology

Carers UK, supported by Tunstall Healthcare (UK), commissioned a national opinion poll exploring attitudes towards health and care technologies, including telecare. The research highlighted a lack of public awareness of health and care technology, even amongst families using technology in most other aspects of their lives. Carers UK calls for: 

  • A step-change in public and professional awareness of health and care technologies so that use and purchase of technology to support caring becomes a normal part of life and of professional practice. 
  • Cross-Government action to identify and realise the potential of health and care technologies to support health and wellbeing, business growth and productivity, labour market participation, care workforce development and the sustainability of health and social care services. 
  • A vibrant, accessible health and care technologies market focused on consumers, which delivers attractive, affordable products and services which reflect how families live and work.

Business and Workforce Implications 

While not universal, there are increasing calls from interested parties for innovation in and access to new technologies. However, these aspirations are not being met by the market and commissioners. Work needs to be done to further develop the market and also to evaluate the impact of emergent technologies. Any ‘rush to digital’ should be soundly based on evidence of effectiveness. 

Skills for Care has a range of resources around assisted living technology and services, available here: 

Information: to share or not to share? Government response to Caldicott Review

This policy paper forms the response to Dame Fiona Caldicott’s independent review of how information about individuals is shared across the health and care system. The government accepts all the recommendations of the Caldicott report and highlights that while information sharing is essential to provide good care for everyone, there are rules that must be followed. The response is available here: 

Business and Workforce Implications 

  • The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published new guidance that sets out 5, easy-to-remember rules so that staff can make sure they deal with confidential patient information safely and securely:

Social care reform: funding care for the future

This House of Commons Library note provides a brief history of the proposals to reform the system of adult social care, including information on the coalition government’s Caring for our future white paper and the accompanying progress report on funding reform published in July 2012.The note is available here: 

Final amendments were made to the Bill during the third reading in the House of Lords on 29 October. The Bill will now go to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments. The latest amended version of the Bill is available here:

Tech Group: Skills for Care Digital Summit

posted Nov 7, 2013, 4:38 AM by Kay Heritage

Skills for Care are organising a summit with the Department of Health next Spring to produce a strategy for digital working and learning in the context of workforce development in the Social Care Sector. We want to engage with employers from the outset for the development of this strategy and this will take the form of three face to face meetings and virtual networking. 


We're looking for your help to identify employers across the full range of sectors and settings using the following criteria:


1. Deliver social care services to adults

2. Innovative and keen users of technology across either one or a combination of the following: e-learning, ongoing service delivery (e.g. use of technology on a day to day basis to deliver services) and / or innovative and keen user of assisted living technologies.

3. Have a keen interest in seeing digital literacy move further up the agenda - so really looking for employers who are passionate about the use of technology 

4. Employers who are keen to engage with Skills for Care.


The issue of digital capability amongst social care staff is becoming an increasingly important aspect of workforce development as we see the use of technology to complement face to face services, improve recording and communications and deliver learning.


Skills for Care are working with partners on a digital learning and working summit to take place in early 2014. As part of this, it's important to think about current confidence, skills and abilities in using digital technology among the social care workforce. To help build our understanding of workforce capability in this area we're in the process of commissioning research with employers and staff that is aimed at determining this. 


From the outset of this work we want to involve employers who are working with digital technologies to help deliver services on a day to day basis (e.g. staff using smart phones, tablets etc.), those using technology to deliver learning and others using technology with people in need of care and support.


We aim to work with employers to help inform the research, the summit and our future strategic direction in this area. This will take the form of up to three face to face meetings and virtual contact.


It’s a great opportunity to work together to help move forward and hope you’re interested in taking part. Please get in touch for more information about this work.

How to get involved:

Unfortunately the deadline for the Skills for Care Digital Summit mentioned above has been reached.

There is a very tight deadline to get involved in this summit meeting, however at LSCP we are in the process of forming a group of employers from the social care sector who are keen to get involved with technology. Once registered, you will receive emails about the latest developments, ideas and meetings around Information Technology in a Social Care setting, you will also be invited to attend steering groups and meetings relating to upcoming projects and developments.

Training: Manual Handling Operations

posted Oct 8, 2013, 8:04 AM by Kay Heritage

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 state:

"Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations 10 and 13 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide their employees with health and safety information and training. This should be supplemented as necessary with more specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and prevention, as part of the steps to reduce risk required by regulation 4(1)(b)(ii) of the Regulations.

The risk of injury from a manual handling task will be increased where workers do not have the information or training necessary to enable them to work safely."

More staff than ever are injuring themselves at work and pursuing their employers as a result.

Who is this training course for?
This course is for any person who is involved in manual handling in the workplace. Please note this is not the movement of people.

Course Aims and Objectives
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that, in 2008/09, over half a million musculoskeletal injuries were reported whilst at work, nearly half of which mainly affected the back. This course will enable to candidate to carry out their tasks with due regard to preventing these injuries.

At the end of this course the student will have:
  • Identified the aspects of the spine and its effect on manual handling tasks
  • Discussed our vulnerability to manual handling injuries
  • Discussed how current legislation affects both employee and employer
And should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to move objects using only safe handling techniques
  • Able to avoid back injuries caused by poor posture and inefficient movement

Course Content:
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Causes of back pain
  • Returning back to work
  • Moving & Handling Assessments
  • Manual Handling Legislation
  • Principles of safer Moving & Handling
  • Unsafe systems of work
  • Equipment demonstrations & practice
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Evaluation

Course Benefits:
Over 33% of all work related injuries are from manual handling. In fact back injuries are the biggest cause of staff absence in the UK and yet most are preventable!

More than 25% of the accidents reported to the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) each year are associated with manual handling, most resulting in lower back injuries. These are common among occupational groups in which repeated and prolonged strain is put on the spine e.g. farmers, nurses, machine operators, miners, maintenance staff and delivery personnel. Over 70 million working days are lost in the UK each year due to back injuries.

This manual handling training course is a superb way to show your staff how to lift safely in a high impact 3 hour course. Once your staff have attended this manual handling training course, they will know have to look after their back properly and your business will be protected from the cost absenteeism and litigation

LSCP Members - £20 per place 
Non-LSCP Members - £32 per place

Alternatively you may download the booking form below and return it to
If you have any questions or concerns please contact 0151 270 170

Training: Safeguarding Alerter Pilot

posted Oct 8, 2013, 7:53 AM by Kay Heritage

The following session is being made available free of charge to residential and nursing homes and care agencies.


Safeguarding Alerter training – Pilot half day sessions


Two half day sessions will be held on Tuesday  29th October 2013,   Liverpool City Council building Toxteth Annexe, Aigburth Road, Liverpool, L17 7BN (free on site parking is available) Tea/coffee will be provided.


Please indicate if you would prefer a morning or afternoon session. There are 30 places available on each session and places, so please book early


If you wish to book a place on a session we would be grateful if you could please e-mail our colleagues in Learning and Development, Liverpool Direct Limited at or by telephone on 0151 233 3038.


This is a pilot and further training will be rolled out following evaluation of these sessions.

Vacancy: Workforce Development Manager

posted Oct 8, 2013, 7:42 AM by Kay Heritage

Our friends over at Brothers of Charity have a vacancy for a Workforce Development Manager, details below.

Please ensure that all responses are sent to or call 0800 111 4350 

Would you like to work for a dynamic international learning organisation? If you are looking for a fresh challenge in a rewarding career with the ability 
to make a difference then this could be the position for you. 
Brothers of Charity Services is looking to appoint a Workforce Development Manager, who will be responsible for ensuring all learning and development provision is aligned to business needs as well as supporting the design and delivery of workforce development initiatives. 
With knowledge of relevant funding streams and the ability to evidence return on investment, the ideal candidate will have strong influencing and negotiating skills and experience of developing apprenticeship programmes. 
This role will also be subject to satisfactory DBS clearance. If you would like to apply or for more information, please go to 

Alternatively please email or call 0800 111 4350 
Closing date for Applications: 18 October 2013 

Training: Equality & Diversity Oct13

posted Oct 8, 2013, 4:01 AM by Kay Heritage

23rd OCTOBER 2013 09:30AM - 12:30PM
WEST DERBY - Liverpool

Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favorably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. During this session we aim to outline how equality and diversity can be upheld in a variety of ways and offer a better understanding of how to create a more equal and diverse outlook.

Following this session, delegates will have and increased awareness of:
  •  Equality & diversity terminology and legislation 
  •  The different types of discrimination 
  • The effects of negative stereotyping 
  • The characteristics upon which people can be discriminated 
  • Genuine Occupational Requirements 
  • Some of the myths that surround age, race, religion, disability, gender and sexuality 
  • What we can all do to make a positive difference – promoting dignity 
LSCP Members: £14.50
Non-Members: £18.50

Alternatively you may download the booking form below and return it to
If you have any questions or concerns please contact 0151 270 170

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