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Information for providers

Latest Updates - 10 June 2024

Annual Social Care Strategy Survey's are live!

Do you work in adult social care and/or represent a provider/organisation?  If so, we want to hear from you about what life is like as part of our annual surveys, by Friday 19 July 2024.

If you are an individual, you can have your say using the Workforce Survey: https://forms.office.com/e/fAwUzCRB1c

If you are an provider / organisation, you can let us know where you are on the strength's-based journey, using our self-assessment tool: https://forms.office.com/e/WiRWipD2mG

International Recruitment - Grant Funding for regulated care settings to support training 

Regulated care providers across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are eligible to apply for small grant funding to support the delivery of training to support international recruitment.  Please note, applications can only be accepted until 28 June 2024.

Please see the information pack for further information: IR ASC Small Grant Funding Complete Doc PDF (2) (443 KB).

If you have any questions or queries, please contact FSCWProgramme@staffordshire.gov.uk

See our latest update below 

Welcome to our information for adult social care providers webpages. 

These pages are designed to provide information, advice and guidance to adult social care providers who are currently operating in Staffordshire, providing care and support, or are potentially interested in doing so.

Adult social care in Staffordshire - monthly update  

Richard HarlingMessage from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care
(Director of Public Health and Director of Adult Social Services) 

16 May 2024

Welcome to this edition of your Health and Care update.

 1) I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have submitted a Staffordshire Dignity in Care Award nominations. We reached a milestone of 125 nominations. Your continued efforts and dedication to providing high-quality care are greatly appreciated. Nominations have now closed, and winners will be announced at our evening celebration. 

I would also like to remind you to fill out the questionnaire linked below that will help shape our future communications. Your feedback is valuable to us and will help us provide you with the most relevant and useful information.  Have your say on your communications by submitting your response here  

Please read on for the latest updates and developments in the Adult Care Market. 


2) New Rapid Flood Guidance trial from the Flood Forecasting Centre 

On 14 May 2024 the Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) will launch a trial Rapid Flood Guidance (RFG) service. The trial will run until 30 September 2024.  
The Rapid Flood Guidance Service will give short notice updates for England and Wales – to supplement the Flood Guidance Statement. It is for responders who need to make decisions at a timescale of 0 to 6 hour 

Sign up for Rapid Flood Guidance here


3) Developing your workforce    

Skills for Care have been working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on phase 2 of the Care workforce pathway, which includes new role categories for deputy managers and registered managers. We want your feedback on some of the content they have created, such as the behaviours, descriptions, knowledge, and skills for these roles. The survey will take 30 minutes and close on Monday 20 May 2024 at 23:59.  

Access the survey here 

4) International Recruitment Resources  

Webinar recordings, presentation slides and the FAQs are now available, from the recent series of CMDT International Recruitment webinars.  

Visit the CMDT webpage for more information, or MiDoS for CARE to access the resources. 

5) International Recruitment funding  

The DHSC has announced plans for the International Recruitment Fund 2024/25; the guidance highlights the importance of supporting international recruits where their employer’s sponsorship has been revoked, leaving them without employment.  We will share further information about the local and regional approach shortly.  

Please don’t forget, all current resources to support ethical international recruitment, and indeed retention, practice can be found on MiDoS.  

Click here to access MiDoS 

6) SSOT ICS Staff Psychological Wellbeing Hub  

The Wellbeing Hub have just launched their new website . It enables easier access to confidential support and resources, including workshops available in May and their Financial Wellbeing Toolkit

7) Resilience and Mental Fitness webinar   

Staffordshire County Council have partnered with Wellbeing People as part of our Workplace Health Programme for Staffordshire business.  
In line with Mental Health Awareness week, we are launching the first resilience and mental fitness webinar to help you and your staff to:    

·       Discover effective resilience ‘life-hacks’    

·       Move from poor mental health to mental fitness    

·       Discover how to make stress work for you    

Thursday 16 May 2024 14:00– 15:00 on Zoom   

Reserve your slot here  

 8) Financial Wellbeing Webinars available for ASC Staff 

A series of 9 weekly webinars are available to social care providers. They will provide information and enhance understanding of key financial topics. Delivered by HSBC, in partnership with NHSE, Wednesdays 12:00-13:00: 

Making the most of your money 8/6/24 

Budgeting 12/6/24 

Coping with the rising cost of living 19/6/24 

Managing and growing your wealth 26/6/24 

Understanding your credit score 3/7/24 

First time buyer 10/7/24 

New to UK 17/7/24 

My family 31/7/24 

Retirement – planning ahead 31/7/24 

9) COVID-19 Spring booster vaccination programme  

Our COVID-19 Spring Vaccination Programme is off to a great start locally, so thank you for your support.  To help us keep the momentum going, please ensure consent forms are ready for on-site care home visits, and for people living in the community and your staff, don’t forget about our local vaccination sites.  

10) Data Security and Protection Toolkit 

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is an online self-assessment tool that allows organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards.  

Need support? The Staffordshire Care Association (SARCP) have been commissioned to run workshops to assist providers to complete the DSPT toolkit by the DHSC and Better Security Better Care (BSBC).  

Click here to find out more 

11) Care Market Development Team Updates 

Latest training: 

Fraud & Doorstep Crime Awareness Training:  

Morning session Tuesday, 23 July 2024 09:30 – 12:30  

Afternoon session Tuesday, 23 July 2024 13:30 - 16:30  

LGBT awareness webinars

We have 7 free virtual sessions ran in house by our People Services team . Only 12 spaces for each.  

5 June 2024 14:00-15:30 
6 June 2024 14:30-16:00 
7 June 2024 11:00-12:30 
7 June 2024 13:00-14:30 
11 June 2024 12:30-14:00 
11 June 2024 15:00-16:30 
12 June 2024 15:00-16:30 

Sign up to our training platform to stay up to date with the most recent training  

If there is any training that is fully booked that you would like to attend. 


Past editions

If you are interested in accessing past editions of the 'Adult social care in Staffordshire – monthly briefing', please email your request to: 


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