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Free training opportunity from Skills for Health: Supporting people with dementia health logoCommon Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia: Bridging the skills gap.

This event is an interactive day to raise awareness of dementia, in support of the government’s Dementia Strategy. The day will help you ensure that your workforce have the right skills to provide a high quality service for people with dementia in accordance with the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia.

In 2011, the Department of Health asked Skills for Health to work in partnership with Skills for Care to develop the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia. The Common Core Principles were developed to support workforce development within health and social care settings and service. The Common Core Principles enhances the skills, confidence and communication of the workforce and provide the foundations for learning and development.

What is the aim of this event?

This workshop has been developed as a Train the Trainer event. It aims to guide trainers from across all health and social care settings through a range of selected learning resources, which they could use with staff in their organisation, to help embed the 8 Common Core Principles.

Who should attend this event?

The event is designed for anyone working in a Health Care setting or service, with a responsibility for staff development or working in a training role within their organisation.

What will be covered?

You will be taken through selected training resources that embed each of the Common Core Principles.

On completion of this workshop you will have:

  • Explored the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia
  • Gained training resources to use with your organisation for workforce development
  • Identified dementia skills gaps within your organisation
  • Created an action plan to fill your dementia skills gap

What will you take away from this event?

Through attending this event you will gain access to a diverse range of training resources that you can use and adapt for your organisation to help embed the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia. You will have begun to create an action plan of how to close the dementia skills gap identified within your organisation and will have a new network group to support you in developing the dementia care in your organisation.

These events are free to attend.  To register* for your place click here.

For more information contact Jade Duffy – 0191 229 3409.

* We expect demand to be high so places have been limited to no more than 2 per organisation.

Skills for Health: Leadership development for the health sector

lectureSkills for Health would like to announce the launch of two new Leadership Development programmes. The Leadership and Management Programme and the Team Leading Development Programme have been designed specifically for the UK health sector to address ‘real-life’ work challenges. Our leadership programmes can help you develop tomorrows’ leaders from within your organisation, develop a consistently strong leadership culture, and contribute to real performance improvements.

Our open courses allow participants to learn alongside colleagues from different health sector environments, learning from others and sharing common experiences. Alternatively, programmes can be customised for a group of employees, providing opportunities to link programme learning with other organisational development activities.

The Leadership and Management Programme

Offered as a Level 5 Leadership Certificate, this progressive programme focuses on both management and leadership development, aiming to equip operational leaders with the skills and knowledge they require to be effective managers along with an understanding of their own leadership capability. Read More.

The Team Leading Development Programme

This leadership development programme is accredited as a Level 3 Leadership Certificate that focuses on equipping leaders of front line services with the confidence and leadership skills they need to enable staff to deliver good quality services. It provides the skills and knowledge to start their development into team leaders that engage with staff, gain respect, focus on quality and create a high performing culture within their team. Read More.

Our knowledge and experience of the health sector means that our delivery team has first hand experience of supporting and developing the health sector workforce and the programme content is relevant and appropriate.

To find out more, visit,

The quality framework for e-learning

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Following on from the publication of the Department of Health’s Framework for Technology Enhanced Learning (Nov 2011) for England, Skills for Health and the e-learning Leads for the Strategic Health Authorities have developed a quality framework for e-learning.

This framework sets out key quality principles to be considered when developing an e-learning programme for use by the healthcare workforce. The framework articulates a set of expectations around minimum quality thresholds for e-learning. This framework can be used to evaluate the quality of currently available courses and other e-learning activities, and help identify those areas for potential enhancement.

The framework, which includes a useful checklist, is particularly helpful to commissioners of e-learning and those involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of e-learning. The framework can be accessed here.

As part of its remit to support the development of the health sector workforce through effective education, Skills for Health is committed to supporting the sector to fully benefit from the greater use of learning technologies such as e-learning.

For more information about how Skills for Health might help you get the most from your e-learning approaches, visit

New leadership and management development programme

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The need for effective leadership and management skills has never been more crucial within the healthcare sector. However, organisations have traditionally focused on strategic and senior leadership development. Given the current challenges facing healthcare organisations at an operational level, it is essential that leadership skills are developed in service level staff, both to help resolve the current challenges, but also to provide a continuity of leadership development for staff who may progress to more senior roles.

Skills for Health are supporting healthcare sector employers by providing a leadership and management development programme primarily aimed at staff equivalent to Agenda for Change Bands 5-7. The programme focuses on an introduction to leadership and the associated skills. It aims to develop a cohort of enthusiastic and motivated staff who are relatively new to leadership responsibilities or are highly likely to move into a more formal leadership role.

The programme, which is mapped to the NHS Leadership Framework and the Leadership and Management National Occupational Standards, is delivered via three intensive workshop days. It explores key elements of leadership and management including leadership styles, change management and communication skills through a combination of presentation, facilitated discussion, practical exercises, reflective learning, and group work. A key element is the application of the learning from the programme to current service challenges faced by the individuals.

Investing in leadership is recognised as essential by all good organisations. If you are interested in exploring how Skills for Health’s Leadership and Management programme could help your organisation please contact your regional / country representative at for further information.

Supporting people with dementia – training opportunity

Skills for Health and Skills for Care have been commissioned by the Department of Health to deliver a series of one day workshops to provide an introduction to the Common Core Principles for Dementia. The principles provide a framework for learning and development and form the foundation for good practice for staff working with people with dementia. These integrated ‘train the trainer’ workshops are aimed at workforce and training leads from health and social care. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so to be sure of your place, register below.

Workshops for managers and training leads working in a healthcare setting

These workshops are aimed at healthcare care managers and training leads who want to support their teams to deliver high quality care to people with dementia.


  • Wednesday – 11 – Leeds
  • Thursday – 12 – Sheffield
  • Wednesday – 18 – Peterborough


  • Tuesday – 1 – Manchester
  • Wednesday – 2 – Birmingham
  • Thursday – 3 – Oxford

Training places are limited and are FREE.

New Standards for underpinning safe and effective care

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Healthcare support workers and adult social care workers play an important role in delivering high quality care.

We are pleased to announce that Skills for Health and Skills for Care have been invited by the Department of Health (DH, England) to develop a framework that will ensure healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England are supported in delivering safe and effective care through the development of a Code of Conduct and minimum standards including those for induction. The outcomes of the project will be used to inform any future plans for voluntary regulation of these roles.

In discussion with DH, Skills for Health and Skills for Care are developing the project plans and identifying the outcomes to be delivered. We will present a first draft of the project plan to DH by the end of January 2012. Once these have been agreed by all parties, we will begin the project with a range of stakeholders to progress the initiative taking account of similar work that has already been undertaken especially in other UK nations.

To find out more please email

UK’s first ever Core Skills and Training Framework

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Skills for Health is developing a common framework for statutory and mandatory training for the UK health sector, building on work already undertaken in several NHS regions in England. In parallel, consultation is underway with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The core framework will offer the health sector common guidance and standards in this key area of learning for all health sector staff.

A consultation on the demand and support for a Core Skills Framework has just been completed with over 1000 responses. Initial analysis confirms very strong support for this initiative and overwhelming agreement on the need for standardisation. A full report of the analysis is available on our website.

The Core Skills Framework should be available to organisations from April 2012 and will:

  • provide up-to-date and authoritative guidance on minimum required standards
  • help support quality assurance of training
  • enable cost saving through reducing unnecessary duplication of training
  • encourage portability and recognition of appropriate learning.

The benefits of the Core Skills Framework will be further enhanced through use of the Skills Passport system being developed by Skills for Health.

For more information on the framework please contact