Skills for Care is supporting the cross government Carer’s Strategy by working with social care employers and staff to better support the carers that they come into contact with as part of their work by being aware of how to identify a carer and understand the role they play and any needs they may have. Skills for Care helps to ensure that carers are treated as expert partners and we work to ensure that they and other professionals who work with them are at the very heart of our work and the social care sector.
Skills for Care has developed free online resources to support the learning and development of social care staff, including those who specialise in dementia care and guidance for employers who have carers in their own workforce.
Employers can access Carers Matter – Everybody’s Business, a learning framework and resources based on a set of national (England) Common Core Principles for Working with Carers. These principles, which represent the behaviours carers would like to see when professionals are working with them; set a benchmark for the learning and development of staff who come into contact with carers in England.
Carers in Your Workforce Matter can help social care employers to identify and support carers in their own workforce so they can stay in their job and their valuable skills are retained. It helps employers to understand the role that carers play within their organisation, the sector and wider society. The guidance contains practical advice and real life examples.
The Dementia: Workers and Carers Together Guide and supplementary resources developed with Dementia UK offers practical hands on advice for social care staff who support anyone with dementia. It helps staff to understand that their role should also support a carer of a person with dementia too, and that their contribution is to supplement the carer’s work not replace it.
New for 2013 – Balancing work and care – a carer’s guide
As part of Skills for Care’s support for Carers Week 2013 they are launching Balancing work and care – a carer’s guide. This new resource is for carers, social care employers and staff alike. It sets out basic information about carers at work including how their employer might be able to help them, their legal rights at work, practical help with caring and signposting to further sources of advice and support. It is useful for social care employers and staff to be aware of this information as it supports the vital role that they play in helping to identify and support the carers that they come into contact with.
Also new for Carers Week 2013 is the learning from a recent Learning for Carers Grant programme which will be of interest to carers support organisations and networks. The aim of this programme was to work organisations that already support carers to further enable them to provide either practical (i.e. first aid or benefits awareness courses) learning opportunities or could focus on carers needs (i.e coping with stress sessions). 49 projects were awarded a grant of £5000 each for this purpose. It’s estimated that 1850 carers participated in the projects, all of which reported an overwhelming success and demonstrated a clear impact in carers, benefitting themselves and those they care for. A series of case studies examples show how the grants were used to better carers lives.
For more information about Skills for Care’s carer’s strategy including the resources and the work that they are starting to undertake on the development of staff undertaking Carer's Assessments in partnership with Carers Trust visit their website.
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Skills for Care has always supported national Carers Week because we not only recognise the need for the workforce to understand the needs of carers but this week also celebrates the huge contribution carers make to the adult social care sector.”
For more information visit their website or to contact your local area manager:
North East and Yorkshire and Humberside Sally Gretton
and 07792 907588