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Three funded packages of learning are available in response to COVID-19. The rapid induction programme (aimed at new staff), refresher training (aimed at existing staff) and a volunteer programme.

The three packages of learning

Rapid induction programme

New workers will need to complete all the following: assisting and moving people; basic life support; fire safety; food safety; health and safety awareness; infection prevention and control; medication management and safeguarding (specifically around isolation). The rapid induction also contains the main knowledge elements from the Care Certificate Standards Self-Assessment Tool.

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The Care Certificate self-assessment tool can be used prior to health and social care workers commencing their induction.

 

Refresher training

Aimed at staff who urgently need refresher training which has expired or will expire soon, for them to continue to work safely.

There are eight topic areas and employees can be put on one or several of these depending on their need. The eight topic areas are assisting and moving people; basic life support; fire safety; food safety; health and safety awareness; infection prevention and control; medication management and safeguarding (specifically around isolation).

Where staff are being redeployed, the employer will need to assess the learning needs of the employee in the new role. If the role is significantly different, they may benefit from some of the training listed above. Staff training needs can be discussed with the endorsed learning provider.

 

Volunteer programme

This includes an introduction to adult social care; role and responsibilities; whistleblowing; equality, diversity and person-centred values; telephone support and communication; pain and discomfort; infection prevention and control; food safety; fluids and hydration; health and safety and stress.

Are you interested in volunteering in social care?

You can access fully funded training to ensure you're equipped with the skills and knowledge you'll need.

To book a place contact any of the endorsed learning providers from the Skills for Care endorsed learning providers list

 

Funding limits

There are funding limits on the number of courses available to volunteers or existing staff per organisation. The maximum number of learners that can be funded for a single employer is:

  • Small employers (1-50 staff) - 80 courses
  • Medium-sized employers (51-249 staff) – 160 courses
  • Large employers (250+) – 240 courses. 

The limits don't apply to the rapid induction programme for new workers.

 

Face-to-face training and assessment

While Covid-19 still remains a risk we recommend using our Guidance for employers, learning providers and inhouse trainers on face-to-face training and assessment to assist you with the risk assessment process for face-to-face training where digital solutions aren't suitable for the delivery of training and assessment.

 

Access the training 

The endorsed learning providers have received grant funding to support you with the cost of this essential training during this period.

You must have an Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) account to access the funded training.

Create an account

 

You need to create an account and add your workplace details – if you're CQC regulated you can enter your location ID or postcode and confirm the details are correct. The account will be reviewed and approved by Skills for Care’s support team. Log in to your account and enter your total number of staff.

If you're an individual employer you won’t have an ASC-WDS account so the above points don't apply to you.

Our aim, working with the Department of Health and Social Care, is to help employers quickly train new recruits (including people redeploying around the sector). The funding for this training will be kept under review. 

Training delivery approaches vary between providers but use a range of methods which include virtual classroom sessions with trainer interaction, eLearning including video based eLearning, observation of practical competence where required and guided support. Various trainer support options are also available including video interaction, phone, email and interactive chat. Contact the providers to discuss the training and support available.

 

Skills for Care endorsed learning providers 

Your workforce still needs to provide person-centred care and support and be able to meet the diverse needs of the individuals they support. We have more endorsed providers delivering high quality training across a range of topics in our search directory.

 

Cheryl Wallace

07815 612551 | cherylw@acaciatraining.co.uk

Visit the Acacia Training website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment
  • interactive webinars
  • text and email support.

Sarah Jolley

07957 535 384 | sarahjolley@trainingincare.co.uk

Visit the Training in Care website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessement 
  • technical issues support
  • text and email support.

Jack White

01255 446655 | jack@jcwhitegroup.co.uk

Visit White's Training website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment
  • video conferencing 
  • virtual classrooms

Caroline Coleman

0845 070 6927 | info@colemantraining.co.uk

Visit the Coleman training website

Support and delivery:

  • virtual classrooms
  • technical issues support
  • text and email support

Michael Statham

0800 088 6109 | enquiries@mylearningcloud.org.uk

Visit the My Learning Cloud website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment 
  • technical issues support
  • text and email support.

Ryan Davis 

0800 310 717 | info@firstresponsetraining.com

Visit the First Response Training website

Support and delivery:

  • text and email support
  • interactive webinars
  • eLearning with assessment.

Cheryl Gordon

01726 885 123 | enquiries@miteratraining.co.uk

Visit the Mitera Training Academy website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment 
  • virtual classrooms
  • technical issues support. 

Maxine York

01376 573 999 | maxine@training2care.co.uk

Visit the Training 2 CARE website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment 
  • video conferencing 
  • virtual classrooms.

Ann Moulder

0121 510 2169 | info@accessskills.co.uk

Visit the Access Skills website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment 
  • text and email support 
  • video conferencing.

Lynda Godding

020 3397 9734 | training@careskillsacademy.co.uk

Visit the Careskills Academy website

Support and delivery:

  • eLearning with assessment 
  • technical issues support
  • text and email support. 

Michelle Hillier

01727 733 999 | michelle@uniquetrainingsolutions.co.uk

Visit the Unique Training Solutions website

Support and delivery: 

  • virtual classrooms
  • technical issues support 
  • text and email support.

 

Rapid induction and refresher training 

Workers who need to assist and move people are required to be trained in such tasks. If annual face-to-face refresher courses aren't yet assessed as safe, they can be undertaken online, and some observations of competence can be carried out physically in the same room by suitably skilled managers or virtually by a qualified trainer using video conferencing. If workers aren't deemed competent, additional training will be required and this could be done virtually if required.

We highly recommend that employers risk assess this training to ensure that any aspects not covered as robustly as during face-to-face training, are mitigated against. Employers should also keep a record of gaps in training and ensure they are readdressed once face-to-face training has been assessed as safe to deliver again.

Organisations must provide adequate personnel to respond if someone is taken ill or injured. Training should therefore continue to ensure enough staff remain competent to manage such situations. It's your decision as an employer on how many staff are required to complete training. First aid must be refreshed every three years for the worker to be considered competent. 

We recommend workers refresh their basic life support training at least annually and this can be completed online.

The Resuscitation Council UK have released specific COVID-19 Guidance including specific guidance on CPR and resuscitation which we recommend all workers are familiarised with.

Workers must understand how to promote fire safety and organisations have a responsibility to ensure staff know how to respond if a fire were to break out. Annual refresher courses can be undertaken online, and observations of competence can be carried out physically in the same room by suitably skilled managers or virtually by a qualified trainer using video conferencing.

If workers aren't deemed competent, additional training will be required and this can be done virtually.

All workers involved in the preparation or provision of food are required, by law, to have received appropriate training. Three-yearly refresher courses and courses for new workers can be undertaken online, and observations of competence can be carried out physically in the same room by suitably skilled managers or virtually by a qualified trainer using video conferencing.

Employers are required to provide health and safety awareness training; this includes moving and handling objects. Annual refresher courses can be undertaken online, and observations of competence can be carried out physically in the same room by suitably skilled managers or virtually by a qualified trainer using video conferencing.

If workers aren't deemed competent, additional training will be required and this can be done virtually.

Due to the current public health situation, employers must ensure that all staff are trained, including in the use of PPE, personal hygiene and hand washing. Annual refresher courses can be undertaken online, and observations of competence can be carried out physically in the same room by suitably skilled managers or virtually by a qualified trainer using video conferencing. Managers must monitor practices and address any concerns immediately.

There are several digital learning resources available.

Workers must be able to administer medication safely and understand their role in the administration of medication – including if they aren't allowed to. They mustn't be allowed to administer any medication without being signed off as competent. Annual competency assessments must continue.

If there are any concerns about a worker’s competence, they must cease medication activity until they have undertaken additional training and are deemed competent once more. Training can be delivered online.

Workers must be able to recognise and report abuse and reduce the risk of abuse occurring. Workers may need additional training in how to safeguard individuals when isolating.

Annual refresher courses can be undertaken online, and observations of competence can be carried out physically in the same room by suitably skilled managers or virtually by a qualified trainer using video conferencing.

If workers aren't deemed competent, additional training will be required and this can be done virtually.

 

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