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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Resources and E-Learning

Care Friends App coming to Devon

We are delighted to provide FREE Care Friends (Employee Referral App) annual licences to any adult social care provider operating in Devon County Council’s area – but supply is limited, so get yours now!  More details here.

Kickstart scheme to support recruitment

This is a brilliant opportunity to offer a 6-month work placement for 16-24 year olds and to receive up to 25 hours a week at the national minimum wage, plus £1500 per placement.  Here is a really helpful summary on Kickstart in Devon, including gateway organisations for providers taking on less than 30 trainees over an 18 month period.

Workforce Development Fund

Have you accessed funding through the Workforce Development Fund yet?

The CAHSC Learning Partnership are co-ordinating this funding worth a total of £220K for all adult social care providers to support staff learning and development.  All you would need to do is become a partner member with CAHSC Learning Partnership and be registered and compliant on ASC-WDS.  You can then claim for any certificates dated between 1st January 2019 – 31st March 2020 for a range of qualifications and learning programmes.

DBS checks

How to get DBS checks resulted as quickly as possible.  Read Devon County Council’s handy guidance.

Temporary staff

If you need temporary staff, Temp Solutions (the Devon County Council Temp Bank) may be able to help.  The cost is your usual hourly rate x 1.419 to cover pension, NI and holiday.  To find out if they have suitable temporary staff in your area, please call 01392 383000 and ask for Temp Solutions or email

Workforce Wellbeing Resource Finder

Welcome to the Workforce Wellbeing Resources Finder for all social care workers and employers, provided by Skills for Care.  Here you’ll find wellbeing resources that have been selected as particularly relevant for the social care sector.  All the resources are from their trusted national partners and have been grouped into topics.  You can filter your results to reduce time and energy searching for resources for yourself and others.

Equality and human rights – CQC guidance

CQC have published a guide and resources to look at how can a focus on equality and human rights improve the quality of care in times of financial constraint?

It aims to help providers put equality and human rights at the heart of their improvement work so that the quality of care gets better for everyone.

Click here for Equally Outstanding – CQC Resources and E-learning 

E-learning programmes

The e-LfH is now in process of delivering over 150 e-learning programmes in partnership with professional bodies. They provide access around the clock to online, nationally quality assured materials covering subjects from emergency medicine, end of life care, primary care to statutory and mandatory training.

Click here for Access to over a 150 free E-Learning courses  – Health Education England

Leadership development programme – workshop resources

Workshop 1 – Operational Strategy
Workshop 2 – Organisational Quality Assurance
Workshop 3 – Culture/Managing Organisational Culture
Workshop 4 – Digital Business and New Technologies

Care workforce app

The national app for social care providers provides access to guidance, learning resources, discounts and other support all in one place under the CARE brand.

National death in service notification

Here is the national death in service notification letter from Department for Health and Social Care to Local Authorities, which we are sharing with providers.

Care induction / resources

Care certificate observation record

Care induction framework

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