Skills for Care

Our guidance, advice and practical tools help you to plan and implement the improvements needed to deliver Good or Outstanding care.

We have resources and support for regulated services who fall below the CQC inspection or fear they risk doing so.

If your service does not meet the CQC standards, it is important that you act quickly to improve the quality of care provided and minimise the reputational risk of being rated Requires Improvement or Inadequate. 

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This checklist enables you to reflect about how you can improve and establish the building blocks for continuous improvement.

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This template can be used to document your goals, ambitions and plans of how improvements are going to be measured and managed within clear timeframes, as well as recording process.


Guide to improvement

Our 'Guide to improvement' is a comprehensive resource developed in consultation with a range of different regulated care providers with one thing in common; they have all fallen below the CQC standards and successfully improved.

Available as a free download or in printed extended workbook edition, the Guide to improvement is an essential tool for those responsible for helping services to recover from being rated “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate”.


Improving your CQC rating - Virtual Learning Module

This new 1-hour virtual learning module provides insight into practical ways to drive forward improvements after falling below CQC standards. Informed by successful approaches to improvement, the module looks at a step-by-step approach to addressing quality issues in your service. 

Access the module.

Accessing the digital learning

Learners will need to log in to their Skills for Care account (or register for an account if they don’t already have one) and click on the Virtual learning environment button. Learners will then have the option to purchase the module.

Price and funding 

This module costs £10 to access (or £9 if your organisation uses the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set)

Employers can claim £50 for the completed module from the Workforce Development Fund. This funding contributes towards the cost of the digital learning, the employees time required to complete the module, and the time taken to apply and embed the learning within their organisation.

Find out how to claim money from the WDF.



Guide to safe staffing

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Many services are at risk of falling below CQC standards because of poor practice in relation to safe staffing, including recruitment practice, staffing levels and effective training. This guide includes practical examples and recommendations to help you safely recruit the right number of suitable staff.


Register your interest

Improving your CQC rating - Advanced

Skills for Care is producing an advanced version of our Improving your CQC rating module. This live facilitated virtual event explores with other managers practical ways to drive forward and evidence improvements after falling below CQC standards.This new support is due to be promoted Summer 2022.

Be the first to know when these learning opportunities are launched by joining our mailing list, please email to stay updated.



Compare yourself to others

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) includes a benchmarking feature which allows you to compare your performance against similar care providers in your area.

You can find out how you rank against providers across your area or compare with just ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ providers to see where you could improve.