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Safe recruitment

Skills for Care

Safeguarding people who need care and support remains as important as ever. Led by Dominic Headley, one of the UK’s leading experts in safer recruitment, this webinar explores best practice emergency processes which support faster recruitment of staff during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

An introduction to DBS checks in the social care sector

Skills for Care

This webinar – delivered by DBS – aims to improve confidence and understanding of using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) eligibility toolkit, the COVID-19 barred list fast track and free of charge checks and making a barring referral.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Distance recruitment

Skills for Care

Face-to-face interviews are being replaced with video calls to maintain social distancing due to COVID-19. A candidate’s experience of the recruitment process will influence their view of the employer and interest in vacancies. This webinar provides tips on effective distance recruitment.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Safe and fair recruitment guide: COVID-19 supplement

Skills for Care

This COVID-19 supplement to SfC Safe and fair recruitment guide aims to help employers follow a clear process when recruiting social care workers, key staff and volunteers for eligible roles in connection with the provision of care and treatment of COVID-19 in England and Wales, or those being recruited to backfill roles because of the impact of the pandemic (COVID-19 roles). The guidance applies to all COVID-19 roles, particularly those where employers need staff to start work rapidly, and any undue delays to the recruitment, pre-employment vetting and onboarding process could lead to risks to the continuity of service; and the safety and wellbeing of other members of staff and the people using the service. The supplement has been developed in partnership with Dominic Headley & Associates and with input from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Using technology to support your staff and each other

Skills for Care

This webinar – co-delivered with Digital Social Care – explores how technology can be used to help with common problems such as rota-ing, communications, information sharing, peer networking and emotional support. It provides examples and links to practical examples of where these types of tech solutions are already being used, as well as highlighting where free or low cost tech is currently available.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

End of life care

Skills for Care

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, health and social care workers who may not be specialists in this area are now finding themselves caring for someone at the end of their life. This webinar – supported by Hospice UK and Dying Matters – explores advance care planning, care in the final days and care after death.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on your staff

Skills for Care

This webinar looks at the impact of COVID-19 on workers and draws on examples from organisations who have developed effective strategies to support their staff. It examines how organisations and staff may react to the crisis – from fear, to learning, to growth and development, and considers some of the key issues that have emerged and how best to deal with them. These include: staff worrying about the safety of their families, themselves and people they care for; staff feeling isolated; staff feeling overwhelmed with information; not being sufficiently appreciated; dealing with grief and bereavement; feeling exhausted. The webinar shares practical advice and signposts to helpful resources.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

COVID-19 IE and PA updates

Skills for Care

Signposts to the latest information and guidance dedicated to individual employers (personal health budget holders and direct payment recipients) and personal assistants during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

NICE guidance: preventing infection and promoting wellbeing

Skills for Care

This webinar – delivered by NICE – focuses on two areas of NICE guidance: helping to prevent infection and promoting positive mental wellbeing, considering the particular challenges for social care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also covers NICE COVID-19 rapid guidelines and NICE social care quick guides.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Using technology to support the people you care for

Skills for Care

For many vulnerable people who receive care, COVID-19 and the lockdown mean a dramatic reduction in activities and family contact. Staff may also have less free time to spend with the people they support as things change. It is critical to minimise the impact for users of services and their families. This webinar – co-delivered with Digital Social Care – explores how technology can offer some help to connect people and to bring ‘outside experiences’ in.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020