Credability are offering free training for disabled people and their PAs to help improve how PAs and their employers work together.
Sessions include Responsibilities of an Employer, to help you understand the do's and don'ts of employing staff. For PAs, sessions include Becoming a Personal Assistant, to introduce the roles, rights and responsibilities of becoming a PA.
There are various dates available. The venue for the training is in Derby - travel expenses and care costs will be paid.
For more information, click here to view the leaflet.
Over 160,000 people across England are now employing Personal Assistants (PAs) to provide care and support for themselves or a loved one. With the benefits and flexibility of employing one's own staff comes the responsibility of being an employer.
We know that this is often a new role for people and it can be a daunting prospect but Skills for Care is here to help make the process easier to understand.
Skills for Care ensures that England's adult social care workforce has the appropriately skilled people in the right places working to deliver high quality social care. To achieve this, we focus on the attitudes, values, skills and qualifications that people need to undertake their roles.
We have developed a range of products to help inform and guide you through the responsibilities that you have as an employer.
Getting started and recruiting and keeping your staff
The Toolkit to help people employ their own personal assistants is a great starting point to give a general overview of everything you may need to know as an employer. It covers the following topics: benefits of employing a personal assistant, recruiting a personal assistant, before your personal assistant starts, managing your personal assistant, training and qualifications, sorting out problems and additional resources.
Inducting and building relationships with your staff
Induction is the first piece of learning a worker undertakes and is an excellent way of introducing a new personal assistant to your way of working. It also gives you the chance to set boundaries early on and helps to build the foundations to a successful working relationship with your PA. This topic is explored further in the Personalisation and Partnership guide.
1. Inducting your Personal Assistants - information that can help you to structure an induction
2. Personalisation and Partnership - a report looking at the various factors which can contribute to a successful and effective working relationship between you and your PA. A practical guide is also available to support this research.
Training your staff - funding available
Once you have employed your PA you need to think about the training that they will need to work with you. Training ensures that your PA keeps up to date with practice, works safely with you and gives them additional skills and confidence.
Individual employers (people who directly employ their care or support staff) are now able to apply for grant funding directly from Skills for Care to support the full costs of training and development for themselves and their personal assistants.
Skills for Care will fund any training, development or qualifications that demonstrate value for money and meet the needs of the individual employer and their personal assistants. All training or qualifications must be paid for and started before 31 March 2013. For more information and to apply for funding visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/individualemployerskillsfunding or email email@example.com. If your application is successful you will receive the funding directly into your bank account. This means you will be able to pay for your training before you attend.
For more information on all the resources available for individual employers visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/individualemployers or call 0113 245 1716 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri).
We are working in partnership with CQ3 Training providers to offer you quality, affordable training opportunities.
Moving and Handling Training Courses
To view the course content please review the training course factsheet
To register an interest in attending these courses please click here
Free level 2 and 3 Diplomas In Care training for your Personal Assistants
Please view the details here
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Carematch service supports the agenda of the sector skills council - skills for care and works with local and national training providers to source training for both employers and employees in the Social Care and Health sector. To find out more about training, events and workshops please visit the Carematch events, resources and information page
Aspire (Stafford) Ltd are a specialist provider of responsive education, offering affordable education programmes for young adults with learning disabilities.
Aspire develop individual training plans for clients so that their specific needs are met. This can be meaningful activity / socially based activities or a programme of education & independent living skills.
More information is available in their leaflet.
Carematch is offering free e-learning courses to Personal Assistants, including Safeguarding, Dementia Awareness and more.
Free distance learning courses available to PAs including Palliative Care, Preparation into Social Care, Safe Handling of Medication and more.
For more information you can contact Karen Weaver on 01785 760070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rowan Organisation have negotiated some very cost effective training opportunities with the following:
Choices Housing association Newcastle
Safer Handling Training £10
Emergency First Aid (HSE approved) £35
Safer Driving Awareness £10
Safe handling and administration of mediines £10
Fire Safety Training £10
Additional workshops to meet the standards for skills for care common induction £10 per 3 hour workshop, £20 full day workshop (details on request)
Telephone: 01782 637314
Autumn House Stone
Moving and handling (awareness: 1 hour theory & ½ hour practical includes hoist)
2pm or 7pm sessions.
£10 per session
For further details please contact Lesley Powell (Matron) on telephone: 01785 812885 or email email@example.com
Rebecca Homes The Mount Yoxall
For details on courses available please contact 01543 472081 Rebecca@homeslimited.fslife.co.uk
Moving/handling Area: Shelton, Stoke On Trent
Other courses available via Paul Lomas:
Courses are run at the Shelton training Centre at least twice a week and there are normally places available on these courses for external clients to access.
Please contact Paul Lomas for further details: Telephone:01782 263104 Ext 233 (Mobile 07940 939894).
Footherley Hall is a 50 bed residential care home which is run by Sisters Hospitallers.
Cost per course is £25 per person
For further details please call 01543 480253 or visit the website: For a timetable of training courses run by Sisters Hospitallers please click on this link
Hill Lodge Care Home, Burton on Trent, DE15 9RJ is offering the following training at £20 per session:
Ashleigh Smyth Osbourne
Care and Centre Manager on 01283 542443 or 01283 529209
Acacia Skills Academy are running open training courses and are now taking bookings. Open Courses available:
£60 per person per course
Please call 01782 646346 to book or to speak to one of the sales executives or visit the website http://www.acaciaskillsacademy.co.uk
Acacia also have funding available for QCF Diploma Level 2 or Level 3 in Health and Social Care. Secure your places today by calling Julie Arrowsmith on Mob: 07891 589166 or Office: 01782 646346
Progress to Excellence Ltd work with many care organisations throughout the UK delivering work based learning, free of charge.
They have a team of skilled trainers / assessors whose skills profiles are matched to customer requirements. Support and training is available to all sizes from micro employers to national organisations across public, private and charity sectors.
Progress to Excellence has a direct contract with the Skills Funding Agency to provide funded training.
They currently offer the following accredited qualifications at QCF Diploma level 2 and 3 on a fully funded basis:
Individuals undertaking a course are entitled to 4 free Social Care TV e-learning modules in addition to their chosen Diploma.
To be eligible for funding, staff must be employed and aged 16 or over (with no upper age limit), have no higher level qualifications (such as NVQ level 4 or 5, or hold a degree) and work at least 25 hours per week, however in certain circumstances this can be reduced to 16 hours per week. They must also have resided in the EU for the past 3 years.