Delivering Excellence Through Assessment

Delivering Excellence Through Assessment. Knowledge plays a fundamental role in competence and we believe that checking knowledge is the starting point for quality care.

Just sat waiting for the conference to start looking forward to hearing Linda Bellingham speak this afternoon.

It will be interesting to see what Andrea Rowe has to say about recruiting and retaining the workforce of the future and if she mentions the new Common Induction Standards as part of that process!

Will be attending the Dementia and QCF workshop which will be interesting and will be finding out about the accolades as well.

From our perspective knowledge is the foundational element for retaining and recruiting the workforce of the future and the current workforce, let's see whether or not Skills for Care agree!

In Community Care of February 11th there is a letter from David Croisdale-Appleby in response to a Community Care article about the services provided to Dementia sufferers.

In his letter he makes an excellent point and it is an opinion which I share, namely that that the estimates are that we need around an extra one million social care workers to cope with needs of the ageing population (by 2025) and the training they receive is a critical element of quality care.

It is essential that existing staff and new staff alike receive the proper training, David is right, but training in itself is not the only thing required. The reason people attend training is to improve their knowledge or refresh existing knowledge, so they can make use of that knowledge when they are supporting the individuals they work with.

However, it is imperative that the success of that training is measured and does not become training for training's sake. Checking that social care workers have added to or improved their knowledge by attending training is the critical element, because then there is evidence that they have the knowledge and therefore can apply it in their day to day role.

Something that David does not mention in his letter is the cost of the training, the time, the backfill (cover), the effort, the resources required to even send someone on a training course in the first place, which we all know is huge. Therefore it is even more important in the current climate to enusre that budgets ar well invested in training that delivers the required outcomesand training that has measurable impact on the quality of care.

More information about how we helped many Local Authorities to do exactly this can be found at:

If you would like to read our case studies or talk to our customers, just give us a call.

Are you registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC) ? Will you be ready for your re-registration?

You will need to be recording your Learning and Development / Continuous Professional Development, which you will need to produce for your re-registration.

Click on the link below to get a copy or the Post-registration training and learning recording form you will need.

Last week we launched our newsest assessment - Manager's Induction Standards at the Skills for Care Berkshire conference and I just wanted to share the feedback we have had from Skills for Care:

Dear Alex

I would like to offer my sincerest thanks for your magnificent contribution to our conference last week.

You were able to provide delegates with a very informative, innovative and interesting workshop.

Without exception, all of those who attended your sessions were either satisfied or very satisfied with the high quality of your presentation and the clarity of the information that you imparted to them. Many commented on the extent of your knowledge and your ability as a presenter.

Overall, it was a workshop which enlightened, informed and inspired those who attended.

You undoubtedly achieved the outcomes which we were hoping for, which was to give delegates an insight into the assessment process and many of them have committed themselves to signing up with you. I will pass the delegate details to you as promised.

The committee feel that the conference was extremely successful and I would like to thank you again for the part you so admirably played in helping to achieve this.

With best wishes

David Shinegold - Event Organiser
Skills for Care (Berkshire)

If you missed the Reading event the next Berkshire Conference is on March 22nd at:

The Centre Conference Venue
Farnham Road

I hope to see you there.

CIS Assessment is proud to announce that last week one of our members took the fifty thousandth (if that is a word) assessment.

Over the past three years we have worked hard to develop a range of online assessments that enable managers and workers to quickly and easily build evidence of knowledge and this year we will be launching both a new updated version of the assessments, but also a range of new modules including:

First Aid
Moving & Handling
Fire Safety
Food Hygiene
Equality & Diversity
New Common Induction Standards

It will be interesting to see how it takes to reach one hundren thousand assessments - so watch this space!

More information and evaluation licences available at

Come and visit us tomorrow at the Skills for Care Berkshire Conference.

We are hosting the Managers Induction Standards Workshops throughout the day and will also have a stand with access to all of the online assessments. Most of the assessments are fully funded for carer organisations in Berkshire, so drop by and pick a username and password if you don't already have one.

It is being held the Hilton Hotel off J11 of the M4 - I hope to see you there.

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