Access Skills has been awarded two funded projects* to provide free specialist support to care managers and their staff, aimed at improving staff recruitment, training and performance, as well as overall organisational performance in terms of compliance, inspection and ratings.
As a specialist care sector training and development provider, we have helped develop some 3000+ care managers in the last 15 years. We know first-hand that being a care home manager is one of the most rewarding jobs possible, but it can often be very challenging. Never more so than over the last eighteen months. Employing the right staff, keeping on top of changing responsibilities, having staff to cover shifts, managing budgets, and keeping everyone safe is challenging for even the most experienced of managers.
Keeping on top of sector developments is a significant challenge, with new requirements being added all the time i.e. the government staff vaccination requirements to be rolled out this autumn – it is important to know how this will impact on all care home staff and the jobs they occupy.
Knowing this, and having worked with and listened to managers, the following themes of the support now available have been identified as critical issues that manager would like to receive help and assistance with:
- Recruitment – how to integrate safer and value led recruitment into practice/the workplace
- Improving CQC ratings/ compliance
- Training and accessing funding –maximising budgets and funded training opportunities
The programme of support now available to managers is discretely focused around the individual organisation and contains advice and development based on these themes, and is adapted according to their identified business needs, and CPD interests.
Each programme is individually tailored by our assigned sector experienced manager and mentor who understands the sector and can help by individually discussing with managers and finding solutions to resolve the situations that concern them. In this way, we provide individual help for managers that is relevant to their level of experience and stage of their career. Managers recently appointed or who are just starting to build their business may want assistance with planning and CQC registration. Others, such as those expecting a CQC inspection (which is about to become a full inspection again), may seek support with this. Established and experienced managers may welcome the opportunity to refresh or check their understanding of emerging practice.
Free access to Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) is provided as part of the project with instant updates and access to up-to-date policies and procedures, along with a comprehensive set of protocols, care plans and supporting documents. For example, a PIR toolkit for those who are expecting their CQC inspection.
Free training for staff:
We help organisations increase their training capacity by providing fully funded training for diploma qualifications from level 2-5 for their staff, and also identify/signpost any other additional funding options available to help with staff development and training plans.
* European Social Funding is available for Managers and staff of SME’s in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes
Follow this link for more information about the free project support available:
Alternatively contact us directly via email: Funding@accessskills.co.uk
Or Telephone 0121 510 2169 (option 1)