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We work with care organisations, people who need care and support and carers, and other partners to make sure our activities reflect their needs.

Whether you are part of a large care provider, a new business expanding into social care or a person who directly employs a personal assistant, there are many opportunities where you can contribute to our on-going work.

You can get involved by taking part in research, responding to consultations, providing case study examples, commenting on draft products, co-producing new policies or agreeing to be a study site.

All our consultations and research projects are promoted in our fortnightly enewsletter. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on new opportunities.

Current opportunities to get involved

National recruitment campaign

Skills for Care is conducting a scoping study to assess the potential for developing a national recruitment campaign, delivered locally, to support some of the challenges to recruitment and retention faced by adult social care employers in England.

The sector has struggled for many years to recruit and retain sufficient staff to meet growing demand. Despite interventions, for many employers, vacancy and turnover rates have increased steadily as general unemployment rates have fallen, competition from other sectors has risen and all the while demand for adult social care services continues to grow. 

A national recruitment campaign for the adult social care sector in England, delivered locally, is proposed as one potential solution to the issues experienced by the sector.

Find out more about how you can help.

National data opt-out

Following an independent review of data security, a national data opt-out will be introduced to give individuals more control and choice over the use of their data.

A team has been set up to help implement it across social care and health and they’re running two fact finding workshops to get care provider’s feedback. 

The model proposed is a single opt-out – where an individual could opt-out of data being used for purposes other than their individual care once (online or in person) and it would be applied across the whole of the health and social care system. 

The half day workshops will run on the following dates:

  • Monday 20 November, Leeds city centre, 12:00 - 16:30
  • Tuesday 21 November, London city centre, 12:00 - 16:30

Your input is vital to ensure the planning is realistic and reflects the specific needs and challenges of social care. Find out more.

Becoming an associate

We’re looking for people or companies who can demonstrate:

  • significant experience in the social care sector
  • experience in learning and development
  • experience of managing services, teams or projects
  • knowledge of the role of Skills for Care
  • engagement with social care employers and key stakeholders.

We’d like to work with those who have a commitment to ensuring:

  • equality of opportunity within your working practice
  • involvement of people who need care and support and carer participation in project work.

For further details and an application pack, please email associates@skillsforcare.org.uk or call us on 0113 241 0973.

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