Further Training Opportunities available

Falls training in Hambleton, Richmondshire & Whitby area

Three falls training events are being held by North East Ambulance Service. Each will be a full day of training from 9 am to 4 pm as follows:
Northallerton: Wednesday 21st February at Mount Vale Care Home, Yafforth Road, Northallerton DL7 8UE
Whitby: Tuesday 13th March at Whitby Court Care Home, Waterstead Lane, Whitby YO21 1PX
Northallerton: Tuesday 27th March at County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AD
To book a place please here or call 01609 797 042.

Oral Health Training for all Care home staff – unexpected further date

Oral health is very important and plays a large part in maintaining a person’s dignity as well as their health and well being. Oral health educators will deliver oral health messages/techniques that will be of benefit to your team, and discuss any barriers that they face on a day-to-day basis. This will empower your team members and give them confidence to deliver the best care for the people you care for. This new free training from North Yorkshire and York Salaried Primary Care Dental Services will:

  • improve staff confidence in delivering Oral Health Care for the people you care for
  • improve knowledge and understanding of diseases of the mouth
  • improve knowledge of the care of natural teeth and dentures

The training will be held as follows:
Date: Friday 23rd February
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, 3rd floor Strayside Wing, Harrogate Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate HG2 7SX.
Time: 9.30 am to 12 pm OR 1 pm to 3.30 pm
To obtain a booking form e-mail Chris Batty here

STOMP – Free Training

Stopping over medication of people with learning disabilities

Free training session for support providers working with people with learning disabilities who may be having medications reduced

  • What medications are involved in the STOMP campaign?
  • Why are we looking at reducing these medications?
  • What can you do to support service users through this process?
  • What support is available to you as a support provider?

BDCFT are running a training session on May 24th 2018,

From 9.30 – 12.30 pm at: 1, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ

To book at place please contact

To view the flyer please click here.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre – For Harrogate Providers only.

Are you a care provider in the Harrogate District? If so you may be interested in knowing that WYHEC have released  their prospectus for the forthcoming year.

Click Here for more information

Do you feel like you spend too much time on recruitment, only to get poor applications, attendance and find that people don’t stay in post for long?

 Do you want to stem the flow of wasted resources in recruiting people that don’t stay in your organisation?

 Finding the right people for your roles initially, who have realistic expectations about working in adult social care, can save you time and money in the long run – and taking a values-based approach to your recruitment can help you do this.

Skills for Care is working with Care Alliance for Workforce Development and Health Education England to run a series of seminars, to support adult social care employers in North Yorkshire with their recruitment and retention.

  • Finding the right people for your organisation seminar will help you attract more candidates and learn the best ways to shortlist, interview and shortlist people who are right for your organisation.
  • Values based interviewing seminar will teach you an interviewing technique that will help you uncover a candidates personal values. 


Find dates and book your place now.

Demand for places is high so please book your place asap.

West Yorkshire Excellence Centre

The West Yorkshire Excellence Centre has obtained funding to provide training to health and social care organisations in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

The majority of the subjects on offer will be delivered through bite size training and reflect local priority areas as identified by employer stakeholders whilst aiming to support workforce development. Most of the training is aimed at staff in support roles, although a couple of interventions will enable organisations to build capacity and so will be appropriate for supervisors and registered staff.

The intention is to have some training available in all localities across West Yorkshire.  We are pleased to be able to offer the training free of charge to relevant staff in member organisations of the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre as a result of gaining no recurrent funding support from the Local Workforce Action Board.

In order to identify members and to be able to access the free training, the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre have introduced a no-cost member model. We hope that you will on behalf of colleagues in your organisation consider signing up to the attached agreement document which outlines the expectations of members and benefits.

The WYEC team look forward to receipt of your signed Member Agreement and look forward to on-going collaborative working with you.

Please send your completed agreements to the WYHEC email address

Membership Agreement


Take control of your CQC Inspection

The next workshop will be held on March 29th 2018 at Hempsons Health and Social Care Lawyers, Harrogate.

Attend the 4-hour ‘Preparing for CQC inspection’ workshop.

  • Hear about a successful approach
  • Develop your staff confidence
  • Manage your fears about inspection
  • Be prepared for a confident conversation
  • Learn from others’ practical experience
  • Take a collaborative approach to problem solving


For more information please click here

Provider Engagement Events

The 2018 Provider Engagement Events have now been scheduled.

You can view the schedule by clicking on the Provider Engagement Events link above.

Fully Funded Half-Day Seminars

Skills for Care is hosting some fully funded half-day seminars to help social care employers get started with Values and Behaviours Recruitment. – York 17th January 2018 – Doncaster 8th March 2018

Sharing Resources and Learning to support indivudual employers in their role:

If you support individuals who employ their own care through a direct payment, personal health budget or with their own money, come along to this free to event to find out more about you can support individual employers.

The next events scheduled are:

Yorkshire and Humber Supporting the support organisations: sharing resources and learning to support individual employers in their role Book your place.

Wednesday 7 February 2018, Mercure Fairfield Manor,York .

North East Supporting the support organisations: sharing resources to support individual employers Book your place.

Thursday 1st March 2018, The Durham Centre, Durham.

NHS Digital – ‘Opt out’ Fact finding workshop

You are invited to take part in a half day fact finding workshop to support this planning work.  Your input is vital to ensure the


Latest Recruitment Event Calendar

The Latest Recruitment Event’s are now scheduled to take place up until 30th November 2017.

For further information please click here….

York Apprenticeship Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2017

Last call for nominations for outstanding apprentices

This year’s city-wide ceremony will take place on 8 November, 7.15 – 9pm at the Grand Opera House (flyer attached).

If you have new recruits or existing staff who will have completed an apprenticeship qualification before November, they are eligible to register and attend with their friends and family to receive a certificate from one of the York Guilds. Line managers are also welcome to attend to support.

To register attendance:

To nominate one of your apprentice staff for an award or to nominate yourselves as an employer of apprentices, please return a completed form by October 6:

York Health and Social Care Joint Recruitment Event – Saturday 30th September 2017

Following a successful joint recruitment campaign with York Hospital Trust earlier this year, Skills for Care are once again holding another event on Saturday 30th September 10am-2pm in the entrance of York Hospital.

The event is aimed at recruiting people into current job opportunities within the health and social care sector. Whilst the majority of the stalls will be health focussed and within the NHS there is an opportunity for 5/6 York employers to reach out to prospective employees who may not have considered the closely aligned sectors of adult social care or housing.

We are asking for interested employers from adult social care and housing in the York area who wish to have a stall at this event to complete an expression of interest (attached) which should be returned to no later than Friday 22nd September  2017.

If anyone would like to have an informal chat about the event, please feel free to email me on or telephone 07813031257.



Expression of Interest


York Apprenticeship Graduation & Awards Employer Flyer Funding for individual employers and PAs now open

If you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) or carers using a direct payment or your own money, you can apply for money to pay for training for you and your staff. It can pay for training such as first aid, communication skills, being a good employer, British Sign Language and Health and Social Care Diplomas. It can also cover travel costs to and from training, and pay for replacement staff whilst PAs attend training.

Find out more and apply.

If you support individual employers and PAs please help us spread the word.

Download this leaflet or email us for printed copies.

Learning and Development Opportunities

Principles of Care Planning

Skills Support for the Workforce

Fully Funded Apprenticeship Support

Skills for Care roadshow, York

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel, York
Shipton Rd,
YO30 1XW

Registration from 09.15 – Start 09.30, Finish 12.30

We would like to invite you to attend your local interactive roadshow.

Come and find out about:

  • supporting the development of leaders and managers 
  • developing a competent workforce
  • valuing your workforce
  • Skills for Care’s offer of support to employers and our newest resources

Care Alliance for Workforce Development