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Skills for Care research briefing

Throughout the year, the Skills for Care research and evaluation team commission and undertake projects that help the adult social care sector and other key partners to make informed strategic workforce decisions. This second issue of the research briefing looks at some of the key research projects undertaken over the past year including violence against the social care workforce, the workforce development needs of carer support workers and the role of the arts in social care delivery whilst also providing a short overview of some of our forthcoming projects. Click here to read the briefing.

Skills for Care and the Care Certificate

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: "Skills for Care is working with Health Education England (HEE) and others on the Cavendish recommendations relevant for social care. We will ensure that adult social care is represented; we have been closely involved with the development of the Care Certificate, its expected roll-out in 2015 and we will soon have more to say about its content and the piloting process that will take place in 2014."

Updated commissioning standards

Following a recent consultation with the sector, led by Skills for Care and Development, the Commissioning, Procurement and Contracting National Occupational Standards (NOS) have been updated to provide consistent and clear benchmarks for the delivery of a quality commissioning service. To view the NOS click here.

Skills for Care's Guardian partnerzone 

Visit our social care network partner zone for features, comments and case studies about learning and development in adult social care in England.
NEW: In social care, change is the only constant - Sharon Allen looks at the challenges that lie ahead in 2014.

New look ethics committee website 

The new look website of the Social Care Research Ethics Committee is now live. The site has been redesigned to allow for a more user-friendly experience with easy-to-use navigation and updated content.

The national Research Ethics Committee, hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, reviews adult social care research studies from researchers based in England in order to protect the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of research participants and facilitate ethical research.

Digital working, learning and information sharing summit

6th March 2014

Digital working, learning and information sharing are increasingly a day-to-day part of the lives of those providing care and support, Skills for Care is launching a joint strategy on digital working, learning and information sharing for the adult social care workforce on Thursday 6 March 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Manchester Piccadilly. 
The summit will provide an opportunity for employers and policy makers to share knowledge and contribute to taking the strategy forward and of people using adult social care.


To book your free place
click here 

Apprentice Summits

4th march 2014


Skills for Care and the Department of Health invite you to attend an Apprenticeship summit to celebrate the increased number of adult social care Apprenticeships and the improving quality of programmes in the sector. The summit takes place during Apprenticeship Week 2014.

Those attending will find out more about the proposed changes from Apprenticeship ‘frameworks’ to ‘standards’ by 2017/18 and traineeships, a new programme for young people who want to work, but who need extra help to gain an Apprenticeship or job.