Training and development in Adult Social Care

Training and development for Social Care Assessors, Social Workers and Qualified management

In Adult Social Care we offer opportunities for staff to reach their full potential. See our Adult Social Care career framework to help understand how careers can develop at Gloucestershire. We focus on creative development opportunities, that support staff to deliver quality practice so they can focus on people first. Here are some of the training and development opportunities  will have access to, working in Adult Social Care: 

We will offer you a wealth of support during your induction, including shadowing opportunities, a buddy for informal support and face to face corporate and service inductions. We recognise that your induction is fundamental to you finding your feet, meeting new people and understanding the service and organisation you are a part of.

We offer a concise and accessible mandatory training plan. Our mandatory training is focused on key practice areas that our staff have told us are important to them, such as dementia, autism, mental capacity, safeguarding and eligibility. We also look at ways to make mandatory training more accessible, including having shorter courses (to reduce time spent away from the people we work with) and by using different venues across the county to make it easier for people in teams that are not centrally based to access training.

We’ve invested heavily in supporting learning and development outside the classroom. All our practitioners get access to Community Care Inform, which they can use to access practice guidance relevant to their cases whenever they need them.

We’re also encouraging staff to share ideas and their knowledge with other team members. One newer concept was in our Tewkesbury team, where they operate ‘theory of the month’, an opportunity for a different team member each month to introduce a useful social care theory.

Lots of social workers want to develop their career without moving into management and that is something Gloucestershire keenly supports. We have developed clear career paths for staff who want to stay in practice and to encourage staff to get diverse experiences, we have developed an internal transfer scheme - making it easier to move around within the service. We also have a dedicated recruitment and retention coordinator that works with our practitioners to identify how their careers can develop.

Our CPD offer is driven by feedback from our practitioners. A lot of what we have changed hinged on the feedback from our health check and at every training event we prompt people to give us more feedback. Adult Social Care has a practice development team, who spend a lot of time with teams picking up on areas people do not feel confident in or about gaps in practice. Those insights are then used to plan ahead and further develop our continuous professional development offer. We also work very hard to keep staff informed through our monthly newsletters packed with information that helps our localities connect and share knowledge and insights.

Training and development for Administrators and support roles

We offer administrators in our teams the opportunity to undertake training specific to their roles. 

We will offer you a wealth of support during your induction, including shadowing opportunities, a buddy for informal support and face to face corporate and service inductions. We recognise that your induction is fundamental to you finding your feet, meeting new people and understanding the service and organisation you are a part of.

We offer a concise and accessible mandatory training plan. This is focused on key topics for administrators such as Minute taking training and customer service skills training. 

 

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