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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Skills for care

Skills for Care recruitment and retention information

There is strong evidence from Skills for Care that values-based recruitment results in lower staff turnover. There is a wealth of information on the Skills for Care website, including the Secrets of Success research of employers with less than 10% staff turnover.

Skills for care have information around funded recruitment and retention initiatives to support adult social care employers recruit and develop new workers.

Support for registered managers in adult social care includes:

  • An advice line
  • Webinars on COVID-19 related topics and guidance
  • Local WhatsApp groups
  • Virtual network meetings for registered managers
  • Facebook group for registered and front-line managers
  • Guidance and funding related to essential training

Details of this support are available on the Skills for Care website and the advice line is open between 9.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday on 0113 241 1260, you can also email

Guidance for employing 16-18 year olds:

  • They have completed or are undertaking an approved training programme in health and social care.
  • The registered manager or a delegated person assesses the competence and confidence of the young worker to carry out all the tasks required of them, including where necessary intimate personal care.
  • That appropriate support is offered to the young worker.
  • The consent of the person being supported and/or their advocate has been obtained.
  • Inexperienced practitioners are not left in charge of a care setting or left to work on their own.

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