01/10/2019   Workforce Development Fund

Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high-quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.

For those who have already joined and have access to our partnership we would like to thank you for your continued support, for those who want to find how to get access to this funding, then please feel free to come on board and join our healthy partnership here in Lincolnshire.  If you are interested in applying for funding or you would like further information then please email Anna Bociaga: annabociaga@linca.org.uk who will help you and guide you through the sign up process

To learn more about the Workforce Development Fund check the Skills for Care Website

01/10/2019   Nursing Associates

Nursing Associates

A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care for people in health and social care settings. It has been created to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses. This role is only being used and regulated in England. 

A nursing associate is not a substitute for a registered nurse. The intention is that by employing a nursing associate, who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) having completed an approved training course, it can free up the time of a registered nurse to focus on more complex clinical duties.

To find out more check the Skills for Care website.

05/09/2019   EU Exit Communications - Adult Social Care

Gov.uk has now updated their EU Exit Communications advice for Adult Social. The new page is now available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/actions-for-adult-social-care-providers-to-prepare-for-brexit

16/08/2019   NEW materials promoting the flu vaccination for social care workers available

NEW materials promoting the flu vaccination for social care workers available to download FREE from end of August 

A brand new flu vaccination campaign for health and social care workers is launching this year, delivered by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

“Time to get your flu jab” will take a new approach to encouraging the uptake of flu vaccinations by social care staff - emphasising the protective benefit of the flu vaccination with a “Shield” motif and the message “Take care of others by taking care of yourself. If you work in the community, it’s time to get your annual flu jab”. 

Campaign materials have been designed to show social care staff going about their work protected by the shield of flu vaccination – all materials, including adaptable artwork and social media tools, will be live on PHE’s Campaign Resource Centre for colleagues to download or print locally by the end of August. Further communication will be sent to you as and when these are made available. 

The resources available include:

  • A4 posters featuring different social care professionals (alongside posters featuring healthcare workers in clinical settings for NHS Trusts, which are already available to download)
  • Leaflet
  • “I’ve had my flu jab” Sticker artwork
  • Social media tools including gifs and digital banners
  • Brand artwork
  • Communications toolkit (including long and short copy)
  • FAQs 

For any queries relating to this campaign, please contact Partnerships@phe.gov.uk.