Common core principles for supporting people with dementia: a guide to training the social care and health workforce – Skills for Health – 9 June 2011

Posted on June 30, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Educ for Hlth Professions, Workforce | Tags: , |

Common core principles for supporting people with dementia: a guide to training the social care and health workforce – Skills for Health – 9 June 2011

“The ‘Common core principles for supporting people with dementia’ have been produced jointly by Skills for Care and Skills for Health. They can be used to support workforce development for any member of staff, in any health or social care setting, working with people at any stage of dementia. They can also be used to inform the content of curricula and training courses.”

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COPD and other respiratory diseases – Skills for Health [UK] – June 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Respiratory Medicine, Workforce | Tags: |

COPD and other respiratory diseases – Skills for Health [UK] – June 2011

“It is estimated that over 3 million people in the UK are living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other related respiratory disease but of those only approximately 835,000 have been diagnosed and are being treated. With better awareness, and clearer pathways to treatment, there will be implications for workforce planning, and commissioning of respiratory care services.

Skills for Health, in collaboration with the Respiratory Programme in the Department of Health, has led on the development of a respiratory disease competence framework that describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required to deliver patient centred respiratory care. Competence frameworks are focused on outcomes and are an indispensible tool for those managing and developing a highly skilled workforce. They inform the development of education and training programmes as well as assessment strategies, all of which are going to be vital in implementing the Respiratory Disease Outcomes Framework.

The purpose of this work is to provide an underpinning framework of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Units of Learning for the respiratory care workforce, so that people can plan and develop their services more effectively. The NOS and units of learning were identified following much consultation with the members of the development group, and with input from healthcare professionals as well as professional bodies and other national groups.

The suite of resources includes:

Main report – this outlines the rationale and uses for the Units of Learning for COPD
Mapping document – shows how the Units of Learning relate to the COPD Spectrum
Case Studies – demonstrates how services will use the NOS and Units of Learning.
Case study 1
Case study 2
Units of Learning – zipped folder of all 57 units can be downloaded here. (2.48MB)”

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UK Sector Skills Assessment 2011 – 31 January 2011

Posted on February 7, 2011. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: |

UK Sector Skills Assessment 2011 – 31 January 2011

Press Release

Report

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Understanding the contribution of Skills to productivity in the UK Health Sector – Skills for Health Working Paper – August 2010

Posted on August 25, 2010. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: |

Understanding the contribution of Skills to productivity in the UK Health Sector – Skills for Health Working Paper – August 2010

Developed by: Kate Crosswaite, Nicola Hall and Gary Lawson, ECOTECH Research and Consulting; With Ian Wheeler, Fionnuala Palmer, Skills for Health

“With workforce accounting for over 70% of spending within the sector, developing and utilising the skills of all that work in the sector within excellent teams will be a critical ambition of employers in the sector.  This working paper is designed to help employers, stakeholders and the interested layperson gain an over view of the complexity of the  issue of productivity in the health sector. As a working paper it is not intended to be the final word on the debate  which will undoubtedly continue. But we hope the reader will appreciate the range of issues involved in this debate which most people in the UK are from time to time asked to think about.”   … continues

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Sector Employability Toolkit – UK – Skills for Health

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: |

Sector Employability Toolkit – UK – Skills for Health

“Getting good people into hard-to-fill entry level posts

The Sector Employability Toolkit (SET) gives you sustainable solutions to recruiting people into entry-level posts that have proved hard to fill.

What is the Sector Employability Toolkit?

The toolkit helps individuals move into sustainable employment through local partnerships.

This toolkit includes:

An employability checklist to identify attitudes, skills and behaviour expected at point of entry
Guidance and resources for use in selection processes, including interviews and assessments
Resources (training plans, timetables, materials and handouts) needed to deliver a contextualised five week pre-employment programme. This consists of two weeks off the job training and three weeks work trial, equipping individuals with the skills required to enter employment.

The content of the toolkit has been tailored to meet the specific needs of the health sector and has been linked to the Knowledge and Skills Framework, National Occupational Standards and national standards for adult literacy and numeracy.”

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Contents
Introduction
Guidance Notes
Section 1 – Planning and Preparation
Section 2 – Recruitment and Selection
Section 3 – Two Week Training Programme
Section 4 – Three Week Work Trial
SET – Case study
SET – Summary Booklet

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Skills for Health launches core standards for Assistant Practitioners – UK – 12 November 2009

Posted on November 24, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce | Tags: , |

News Release
For release: 12 November 2009
Skills for Health launches core standards for Assistant Practitioners
New core standards for Assistant Practitioners are published today by Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for healthcare.
The standards were developed in response to requests from employers and commissioners concerned at variation in the responsibilities, education and training of staff employed in the role.
The six standards cover the deployment and management of Assistant Practitioners, as well as their recruitment, education and training, competences and development.

Definition

“An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They have a required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional healthcare assistant or support worker. The Assistant Practitioner would be able to deliver elements of health and social care and undertake clinical work in domains that have previously only been within the remit of registered professionals.  The Assistant Practitioner may
transcend professional boundaries. They are accountable to themselves, their employer, and, more importantly, the people they serve.”

Press release

The Standards

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