Please see below sections for up and coming events, courses, training and webinars.
July 2022: Mandatory training about learning disability and autism for health and social care provider staff (181)
From 1 July 2022, the Health and Care Act (see paragraph 181) requires health and social care providers registered with CQC, to ensure that their staff receive training on learning disabilities and autism appropriate to their role. This new legal requirement follows Baroness Sheila Hollins successful amendment in the Lords.
The Care Quality Commission will issue guidance on compliance with this requirement for providers prior to DHSC consulting on and publishing a Code of Practice for the sector. This will outline the content, delivery and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training, which is training the Government developed and trialled. The Government anticipates that the publication of the full Code of Practice may take at least 12 months. We understand the aspiration is for this training to be extended to further groups of staff over time.
The LGA will work with the government to identify any new financial burdens that may result from the new training requirement. For further information contact email@example.com
Dementia UK is excited to invite all health and social care professionals with an interest in improving support for families living with dementia to attend our annual online summer school.
What’s on offer?
• a range of contemporary and relevant topics across dementia care
• the opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills in working with people living with dementia and their families
• ‘pick and mix’ – select the online sessions that interest you. You are welcome to register for as many or as few as you would like
Supporting families living with dementia offers many different challenges. Dementia UK is committed to improving support for people with the diagnosis and the family and friends around them. Through our summer school, we will share the work of Admiral Nurses with you, and help you extend and develop your knowledge and understanding of dementia so you can continue in your quest to improve care.
Who should attend?
We welcome all health and social care professionals, including students and volunteer workers, who are interested in improving their practice and knowledge of dementia care. We look forward to meeting you.
To view topics available and book onto sessions please click this link: www.dementiauk.org/for-professionals/admiral-nurse-academy/summer-school-2022/
For any further information please contact the Professional and Practice Development Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Home Forum Relaunch Events
Network, Reflect, Collaborate
We are excited to share with you the attached flyers for two upcoming events for care home staff across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this July. Booking is now LIVE!
This will be the first face to face care home forum locally since the pandemic. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to share experiences and ideas with the wider system, hear updates, see new resources and get involved in future engagement. We hope to see you all there!
Tuesday 5th July – John Fretwell - Care Home Forum Relaunch Event - 05/07/22 John Fretwell Centre Tickets, Tue 5 Jul 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
Tuesday 12th July – Trent Vineyard - Care Home Forum Relaunch Event - 12/07/22 Trent Vineyard Tickets, Tue 12 Jul 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
Digital Social Care are working in partnership with the NHS Transformation Directorate (formerly NHSX) to support the digital journey of adult social care providers in England, and improve the quality of care.
We believe that digital innovation gives us the opportunity to:
- Improve the quality of care
- Be transparent and accountable
- Support individuals to remain independent for longer
- Improve the quality and efficiency of information sharing between health and social care.
To see a full list of upcoming events please visit the Digital Social Care Events Page
The Digital Skills Framework covers seven key themes for effective digital working and can help people working in adult social care to develop their digital skills. It is linked to case studies and training that is currently available to the sector.
The framework has been published in draft click here.
NHS-TD and Skills for Care are now at stage 2 of its development which includes developing specific skills and capabilities for each theme and further case studies and links to training.
We will be holding a series of workshop for employers and local authorities to develop the framework further.
We are looking for:
Employers who are at all stages of their digital journey, from those that are just starting to use technology to those that use technology such as hand-held devices every day. Skills for Care are looking for staff who are involved in learning and development of staff, Nominated Individuals, Registered Managers, Deputy Managers, Senior staff and Digital Champions.
Local Authorities – staff who are involved in supporting the development and roll out of local digital initiatives to the adult social care sector.
At the workshop you will be introduced to the framework and then asked a series of questions about the specific skills and capabilities you feel should be included for each key theme.
Workshops will take place on the following dates, you will not need to attend all the sessions, however if you have multiple staff who would like to be involved, please indicate which dates these staff will attend.
- Wednesday, 6th – 10:00 – 12:00
- Thursday, 7th – 14:00 – 16:00
- Tuesday, 12th – 14:00 – 16:00
- Thursday, 14th – 10:00 – 12:00
- Thursday, 21st – 10:00 – 12:00
If you would like to be involved, please email email@example.com stating which workshop date you would like to attend and provide us with the following information:
Type of care delivered as registered with CQC (if applicable):
What type of technology do you currently use? i.e. hand held mobile devices for care planning, email, echo fall systems, oximeter monitoring
Preferred workshop date:
Are you happy for details to be stored? Yes/No
A series of exclusive free masterclasses exploring how to use different social media platforms to boost your recruitment and retention. Delivered by Paul Ince, digital marketing strategist and consultant.
Facebook 12 April 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 Book here
Instagram - 03 May 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 Book here
Twitter 14 June 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 Book here
LinkedIn 05 July 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 Book here
TikTok 02 August 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 Book here
Oral Health Brief Advice Training for Care Homes 2021-22
Please Click Here for information on the training being delivered.
Head to Toe Training
SAVE THE DATE: We are hoping to run a ‘Head to Toe’ Training Day on the 13th June 2022 – further details will follow soon!
Please see below the details of training opportunities for personalised care relevant for the care home setting. This is FREE online learning and is part of a national target aligned to EHCH. This training includes two sessions which cover overarching information around personalised care (1 hour) as well as specific training around personalised care and support planning (45 mins). The training generates CPD points and a learning certificate.
To ensure the training is logged centrally you will need to tick that you work in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG – this does not need to be your employer. Your learning options (personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk).
Health Education England is pleased to announce with Beat, elfh and partners that new eating disorder training for nurses is now available. This online learning will support the nursing workforce in identifying and supporting people with an eating disorder. The three sessions take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete each and can be completed at the learner’s own pace.
Eating disorders are common and Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on people’s mental health and NHS staff have responded rapidly to support those who need care, including treating record numbers of children and adults with eating disorders.
To further increase the support for people with eating disorders, mental health services, including eating disorder services, will see an additional £2.3 billion every year as part of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions and an expansion of community-based mental health care to provide support for 370,000 adults.
Alongside the expansion, HEE and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working in partnership to develop and deliver a comprehensive training programme. This programme will improve the support received by those with eating disorders, including training in NICE-recommended psychological therapies, whole team training and training for non-specialist staff to improve identification and support throughout the system.
Thank you to our partners at Beat for contributing and developing this learning programme with us and their ongoing mission to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.
NHSmail Drop in Sessions - Hosted by The NHSmail team at NHS Digital
The NHSmail team now offer care providers a weekly drop in session to support with NHSmail queries.
There will be no agenda or slides, this is an open session to give care providers the opportunity to ask questions about NHSmail, directly to the NHSmail team, just pop in, ask your question and leave once you have your answer.
No registration is required to attend but please note this session is for care providers only and not those in supportive roles for NHSmail.
Please click on the link below to join the session on the day.
Every Wednesday between 11am and 12pm - Click here to join the meeting
Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) Fully Funded Support Offer for all providers
Nottingham City Council has been awarded funding from 3 separate bodies to deliver cyber-security training to SME care providers within the D2N2 (Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire) area, incorporating completion of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT). This self-certification document acts as a checklist to ensure that providers have a comprehensive understanding of their responsibilities around cyber security and secure data handling. It is also a mandatory requirement for access to NHS Mail.
Recognising the pressures that social care providers are currently under, we have designed a process to make Toolkit completion as quick and simple as possible in advance of it potentially becoming a mandatory requirement for providers who engage with their local authority. Toolkit completion demonstrates to the CQC and to service users that responsibilities in this area are understood and complied with.
Commercial assistance with Toolkit completion ranges in price but can be prohibitively expensive. It is our view that providers would be sensible to work with us to achieve Toolkit submission whilst it is fully funded by the Better Security, Better Care project.
For further details on how to access this offer, please click here.
Please follow link for DSPT benefits: Havering Care Homes: Reaping the benefits of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit - Digital Social Care
The NICE Quality Standards for medicines management in care homes quote a study that found more than 90% of the residents in longterm residential care were exposed to at least one potential medicine administration error in a three month period. To improve the safe and effective use of medicines by people who live in care homes, clear systems and processes are needed across the medicines optimisation pathway
1. The care homes 1 e-learning package is aimed at all care home staff involved with managing medicines. It is the first of several-planned e-learning packages for care homes.
2. The second of our e-learning packages for care homes, builds on the content covered in course 1. It is designed for all care home staff involved in the administration, recording, ordering, storage or any other aspect of medicines use.
3. The third of our e-learning packages for care homes, builds on the content covered in the first two Medicines use in care homes courses and includes six modules focusing on key topics, in addition to two case studies that will help apply learning to practice.
This new React to Frailty learning package is now LIVE!
It consists of 2 videos, a workbook and a quiz on completion
By registering in advance you can also receive a certificate of successful completion.
The React To Frailty has been designed by the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire ICS Frailty Group for all health and social care colleagues across the ICS. React To Frailty has been designed as a resource pack with two accompanying videos which explain how to use the Clinical Frailty Scale to identify different levels of frailty, and to improve awareness and understanding of what frailty means and how it can be managed. These films and resources were designed and produced by Crocodile House and can be accessed here:
As part of the Ageing Well plans for the Integrated Care System (ICS) one of the areas of focus is the identification of frailty. The Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) provides a shared language between all areas, helping everyone to support older people to live well.
This new frailty training package is for: All people working in health and social care who support adults 65 and over across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS.
Why this training is required: To introduce the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) and ensure that the whole health and social care workforce across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS can communicate using a common language and so improve the quality of life for people living with frailty.
How to register to be notified when this training package becomes available: See the poster for more information and click on the link to register your interest.
Clinical Frailty Scale and App now available
Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) app is a free application that supports the Frailty Training Package outlined above. Frontline colleagues in all health and social care services can download for use on mobile devices, to undertake clinical frailty scoring with client groups in real time.
The CFS app works by responding with a simple Yes or No to a series of nine questions, starting at the most severely frail end of the scale. The response to the question identifies the level of frailty and provides a recommendation about how to approach that patient’s care and treatment with extra information to read as needed.
The app is free to download from the Apple App Store at the link below: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/clinical-frailty-scale-cfs/id1508556286. An Android version will be available very shortly.
Registered Managers Networks – Skills for Care relaunch in Nottinghamshire
Skills for Care continues to fund Registered manager networks for every local authority area in the country. These networks are peer support groups, with the agenda set and chaired by Registered Managers. It is an excellent way of being kept up to date with best practice as we are frequently joined by guest speakers, it is also a great opportunity to network with other managers and discuss the challenges affecting you.
They are free to any manager to attend. Our next network is on 19th October 2021 at 2pm and will be a hybrid meeting meaning you can join us face to face or virtually, the venue will be shared in due course. We will be joined by two CQC inspection managers at the next meeting who will update us on changes to the way CQC inspect and be available to answer any questions or queries you have.
We are currently looking for a chair for this network or a couple of chairs to rotate. You will be supported by Matthew Errington at Skills for Care to decide the agenda, your main remit will be to commit to attending each meeting and to chair the group on the day. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org – there is support and opportunities to go on fully funded development programmes for chairs of the networks, so a really excellent incentive to be involved.
The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set, or ASC-WDS for short, is an easy-to-use online service that helps you manage your team and makes sure your voice is heard by the Government and other key sector decision makers. We’ve produced a brand new three-minute video which details the benefits of using ASC-WDS and how the data within the system can be used by the Government and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about the care sector.
To provide support and guidance through COVID-19 and beyond the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCGs have partnered with East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative and Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub to support care homes and home care providers that do not currently use a tool for recognising deterioration in residents or service users. This package is for all homes that do not currently use a deterioration tool or would like to know more about RESTORE2.
RESTORE 2 can help you and your staff to spot deterioration from COVID-19 related illness or recognise non-COVID-19 related deterioration and act to decrease avoidable hospital admissions.
RESTORE2 uses three tools (Soft Signs, NEWS2 and SBARD) which when used in unison create a robust process for early identification of the signs of deterioration and appropriate and timely escalating (if required). For home care RESTORE2Mini may be more appropriate. This focuses on Soft Signs and SBARD only.
The lead trainer for RESTORE2 across Nottinghamshire, Michele Tuttle, works for the Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub and is able to deliver training RESTORE2. During the current climate this is being delivered virtually via MS Teams or Zoom.
Michele can be contacted via email at email@example.com or on 07554 779715 for further information.
Foundations in Dementia is a free online course suitable for health and social care professionals, students and the family members or carers of people with Dementia. With access to engaging resources and the opportunity to share ideas with others over a six-week period, this training is designed to provide knowledge and skills regarding the care of people with Dementia and will cover the following topics:
- Week 1 - Inside the brain
- Week 2 - Assessment and treatment
- Week 3 - Law and ethics
- Week 4 - Communication skills
- Week 5 - Family and Friends
- Week 6 - Living well with Dementia and end of life care
SCIE's website has a collection of virtual training including:
- Safeguarding adults webinar series
- Mental Capacity Act webinar series
- Infection control e-learning
- Dementia awareness e-learning
To find out more please visit their website at:
The Autism e-learning course is designed for anyone whose job may bring them into day to day contact with people with Autism including practitioners working for Local Authorities, Health, Housing, District Councils, Police and Education Services. It is also for members of the public who may find it interesting and useful as a resource.
The course aims: To cover the ‘basic awareness’ level of skills and knowledge as described in the Autism Skills and Knowledge list produced by Skills for Health, Skills for Care.
- Understand what autism is and how it might affect the individual’s social interaction, communication and imagination
- Understand how having autism can impact on mental health
- Be able to identify adults who may be on the autism spectrum
- Understand different ways of supporting, interacting and communicating with autistic people
- Reflect on your own working practices and the client population you support.
As part of the NHS England national improvement programme to reduce restrictive practices, the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) was commissioned to develop standards for training for the prevention and use of restrictive interventions.
The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) is an independent body that brings together government departments, professional bodies, people with lived experience, practitioners and academics. It is a coalition of the willing who are passionate about restraint reduction and human rights.
The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards (2019) aim to facilitate culture change, not just technical competence. The Standards are designed to:
- protect people’s fundamental human rights and promote person centred, best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed;
- improve the quality of life of those being restrained and those supporting them;
- reduce reliance on restrictive practices by promoting positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice;
- increase understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs;
- where required, focus on the safest and most dignified use of restrictive interventions including physical restraint.
The RRN Training Standards were published in April 2019 and are available on the RRN website. These standards provide a national benchmark for training in restrictive practices and have been endorsed by a number of professional bodies, charities and arm’s length bodies.
For further information please download the Restraint Reduction Network documents in the downloads section on this webpage.