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13 November 2017
Social Care Wales

Welcome to the autumn issue of Social Care Wales’s e-bulletin!

This issue we’re inviting you to celebrate your success at the 2018 Accolades. We're also presenting our five-year vision on how to make a positive difference to care in Wales; an update on our ‘Transforming Care in the 21st Century’ consultation; and an invitation to share your positive stories about social care. You’ll also find links to our Chief Executive Sue Evans’s latest column for the Western Mail and a number of dates for your diary.

Celebrate your success at the 2018 Accolades

Do you work in social work, social care or early years and childcare in Wales? And do you provide high quality care and support or know of a team, group or organisation that does? We’re looking for initiatives that provide excellent care across Wales to enter the 2018 Accolades.

The Accolades are biennial awards that recognise, celebrate and share excellent practice in Wales, and we’re now accepting entries for the awards’ eight categories. The closing date for entries is 5pm on 9 February 2018 and the awards ceremony will be held at City Hall in Cardiff on 13 September 2018.

For more information and an entry pack, please visit our Accolades page. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

New plan to make a positive difference to care in Wales

A new five-year plan to make a positive difference to social care and childcare in Wales has been launched by our board. The strategic plan sets out our vision for the next five years, what we aim to achieve, what our focus will be and how we will work with the social care and early years sectors, the public and the Welsh Government to realise our ambition.

Read more about the plan

Transforming care consultation update

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in our consultation on 'Transforming Care in the 21st Century'. We received a large number of responses, and are now considering your feedback and discussing its implications with the Welsh Government. Please keep an eye out on our website over the coming weeks for our formal response to the consultation.

Help us share positive stories about social care

We are looking for people to feature in short videos showing the benefits of a registered, professional social care workforce.  

Can you tell us how, as a worker, you have benefited from being registered? Or, maybe you have practical tips for people who are about to register? Are you a manager who can talk about how registration has had a positive impact on your service? Perhaps you know someone who receives care and support who would like to share what being supported by registered people means to them?

If you would you like to share your positive story about the registration process, please phone us on 02920 780633 or email elin.lenny@socialcare.wales. The videos will appear on our website and social media accounts.

Living the life that matters to you

In her latest column for the 'Western Mail', our Chief Executive Sue Evans talked about our strategic plan, as well as our recent consultations on transforming care in the 21st century and the national research and development strategy for Wales.

Read Sue’s column 

Health and social care qualifications reform

A major shake-up of qualifications for people wishing to pursue careers in health, social care and childcare has been announced. A suite of up to 20 new qualifications will replace more than 240 existing ones in the biggest changes to qualifications seen in the sector in Wales. The new qualifications will be taught from September 2019, with the first certificates awarded in 2020. It follows a review published in 2016 by the independent regulator Qualifications Wales.

Read more about the reform

Qualifications events 

We’re running a series of free events alongside Qualifications Wales about competence-based qualifications between 14 November 2017 and 27 March 2018. The events, which will be taking place across Wales, are aimed at those in a quality assurance role in health, social care, childcare and play. City & Guilds and the WJEC will also be present – they’re the awarding bodies that will be providing the new suite of health and social care qualifications.

More information about the events 

Have your say on draft practice guidance for domiciliary workers

We want your views on new guidance we've developed for domiciliary care workers. The draft guidance aims to support and guide domiciliary care workers in their work. Along with the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care, it describes the standards expected of domiciliary care workers and aims to give them confidence in their competence and practice. We want to make sure the workforce feels the content is appropriate, so we would like to hear from people who work in domiciliary care and their managers about it. 

Read more about the consultation

Interested in becoming a care ambassador?

Are you proud to be a social care or early years and childcare worker? Are you passionate about your work? Have you thought about becoming a care ambassador? We are now recruiting…

The aim of the care ambassador programme is to raise the profile of social care, and early years and childcare, and promote them as enjoyable, rewarding and successful career choices for all. Ambassadors help educate people about the different career options and progression opportunities available.

Read more about becoming a care ambassador 

National Safeguarding Week

National Safeguarding Week begins on Monday, 13 November 2017. During the week, there will be events for the public and professionals to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.

The week kicks off with a free conference on 13 November about Safeguarding in Sport hosted by the National Independent Safeguarding Board and the Welsh Government. The day will look at how to promote sport and physical activities while making sure those taking part are safe. It will also underline the role of preventing harm and abuse, and include talks and networking opportunities.

Read more about the safeguarding conference

Safeguarding app tests knowledge on-the-go

We are set to launch a mobile app that tests care workers’ knowledge of how to keep people safe later this week as part of Safeguarding Week. The app has been developed to help care workers and volunteers who support people accessing care services test their understanding of the main concepts of safeguarding.

The 'Safeguarding quiz' app is useful for experienced workers, who need to refresh their knowledge, and recent recruits to test and improve their knowledge by identifying areas of weakness. It’s also a useful supervision tool for managers. Keep an eye on our website for more information about how to download the app.

Social work education in Wales is being reviewed

We want your views to help us shape our review of social work education in Wales, which is taking place next year. We’re particularly keen to hear from social work students, newly-qualified social workers, as well as people who receive care and support, their families and carers. We need your feedback to make sure social work education prepares people for the challenges of the future. 

We are looking at:

  • how new students are selected for the qualifying programme
  • how students progress through the qualifying programme, especially in the early stages of their learning
  • how to make sure the programme content provides the right knowledge and skills for professional practice
  • how to make sure social workers make the best use of research in their practice
  • the requirements of the consolidation programme for newly-qualified social workers, to make sure it builds on the skills and knowledge needed for good practice.  

You can follow the debate and get involved on Twitter at #socialworkreview.

Evaluation of third year of training programmes for social workers

Training programmes for social workers are helping improve skills, understanding and confidence, but a high number of practitioners don’t finish them. These are the main findings of an independent evaluation of the third year of the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework carried out by Cordis Bright on our behalf.

Read more about the evaluation

New toolkit to support working with older people

We’ve published a new toolkit to support the sector with helping older people stay independent in their communities for longer. The toolkit is aimed at practitioners who work with older people in the community, as well as planners and commissioners of care and support services. It sets out a series of prompts, reflective questions and practical examples that can be used alongside existing frameworks and ways of working.

Read more about the toolkit

New adult care home managers report available

According to a new report about adult care home managers in Wales, the average adult care home manager is 49 years old, white and female. More than a third have some Welsh language ability, and the majority work in the private sector and have been in their current post for more than five years. 

Read more about the report

Building care and support together workshops

We are holding a series of workshops between 13 November and 13 December to help people improve how they develop better care and support in a co-productive way. These events are designed to offer practical advice and solutions from people who have been there and done it.

Read more about the workshops

Career framework for occupational therapists coming soon

A new learning and development framework for occupational therapists will be launched next Thursday. The new framework provides guidance for occupational therapists working in social care in Wales. It was developed by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Welsh Government and us and aims to support their ongoing professional development. The framework will be available on our website on 16 November.