January e-update for Transforming Care Partnerships

Attached documents:
easy_read_TCP update_January_2018
MPS Checklist
Transforming Care_sharing solutionsMarch2018

Dear all

Please find below and attached latest updates from the national Transforming Care programme including:

  • Learning Disabilities Market Position Statement
  • Funding for individual employers
  • Apply for money for qualifications
  • Café serves up employment
  • Introduction to Mind-Ed
  • Care Transformed story of the month: health checks uptake increases by almost a third
  • Supporting people to have meaningful personal relationships
  • What’s coming up
  • Workforce planning and education support

 Please share the attached easy read version and we welcome any feedback from TCPs about what’s useful. england.learning.disability@nhs.net

Diary dates at a glance

Transforming care: Sharing solutions that make a real difference – 21 March, Sheffield  (all day event)

Please join us for a national TCP event on 21 March 2018. The theme is ‘sharing solutions that make a real difference’; we want to help TCPs share who and what is making a difference so that other TCPs can learn and together we can spread progress. NHS England is working with BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) to host this – booking is open, please see the attached flyer and register here

Skills for Care events for organisations that support individual employers (various dates and locations)

If you support people who employ their own personal assistants using a direct payment, personal health budget or self-funded, come along to a free Skills for Care event.

They’ll share best practice and give you the opportunity to network with other people in the sector. Each event will be specific to your local area but might will cover topics such as recruitment, the latest on ‘sleep ins’ and learning and development.

Click here to book your place.

Reducing reliance on hospital


 Learning Disabilities Market Position Statement: Good Practice Checklist attached to this update

 People with learning disabilities and their families want choice and control over the way in which they receive support. Initiatives such as Shared Lives, Integrated Personal Commissioning and Think Local, Act Personal provide many case study examples of support being delivered in innovative and creative ways.

To continue to move people out of inpatient settings, and prevent others from inappropriate hospital admission, there is a need for more high quality and sustainable services that support people in the community and enable them to lead good, fulfilling lives. However, moving away from traditional service models to more creative, person-centred, asset-based, community approaches requires commissioners to proactively shape the market. A market position statement is one tool commissioners can use to do so.

Funding for individual employers

People who employ their own personal assistants (PAs) using a direct payment, personal health budget or self-funded, also known as individual employers, can apply for funding from Skills for Care.

It can be used for training to develop individual employers and develop the skills of their PAs. The money can cover the costs of training, travel or replacement staff.

The funding closes on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Find out what can be funded and download an application form here.

Building support in communities


 A national recruitment campaign in adult social care: have your say

 The adult social care sector faces challenges to recruit and retain enough staff with the right values. A national recruitment campaign for the adult social care sector in England is proposed as one potential solution to these challenges.

The campaign would aim to raise awareness of adult social care careers, break down some of the negative stereotypes, and inspire people with the right values to come and work in our sector.

Skills for Care would like to hear what you think about the campaign, and how it might work in our sector.

Please complete the online survey before Thursday 01 February 2018. You can do it individually or as a team, and it should only take 10-20 minutes. Please share this link with your colleagues. You can also sign up to a webinar to give your feedback. Find out more about the campaign and book your place.

Apply for money for qualifications

If you’re an adult social care employer, you can apply for money from Skills for Care to pay for your staff to complete qualifications – it’s called the Workforce Development Fund.

Doing qualifications can develop the skills of your workforce, so that they provide high quality care and support for people with learning disabilities, autism or both.

The funding closes on 31 March 2018. Find out how you can apply here. 

Improving quality of care, quality of health and quality of life


 Café serves up employment!

 The Opportunity Caferun by adults and young people with learning disabilities – is thriving in Newcastle. Nowa film about the Opportunity Café in Newcastle has been published on the NHS England website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/the-opportunity-cafe/ and You Tube: https://youtu.be/6CzCBcjXSgQ

Eleven people aged between 18 and 50 from across the North East have been recruited to work in the venue as catering assistants.

They work between ten and 25 hours a week and their roles involve welcoming people to the restaurant, ordering stock, preparing food, taking food orders, working on the till and serving customers.

The café, located at Waterfront 4 in Newburn, which houses 300 NHS staff, had previously been unused since January 2016.

The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network team, which is hosted by NHS England and located at the site, took the opportunity of re-opening the cafe with a focus on creating much needed jobs for people with learning disabilities.

The café, which employs 14 people in total, is also providing full-time employment for a manager and chef and two café support workers.

Introduction to Mind-Ed

We know that our Transforming Care cohort often present with complex needs and are more pre-disposed to mental health conditions.  Equally what we hear is that those supporting young people who have autism and/or learning disability sometimes feel ill prepared or skilled whereby young people present in distress or with behaviour that challenges.

Mind-ed is an e-learning tool led by Health Education England.  It is a funded by the Department of Health and Education and is quality assured by clinical experts.


This free resource is aimed at both families and professionals.  It is suited for use by schools, children’s care homes, health professionals, social care, Grandparents, advocates and many more.  It offers specific modules around autism, learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges.

Please share this resource widely to help families, wider workforce, volunteers and advocates to be best prepared and skilled to support young people with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.

Thurrock: health checks for people with a learning disability goes up by almost a third

In Thurrock, the number of people with a learning disability who had a health check went up by 32 per cent in one year. By the end of 2016/17, 72 per cent of eligible people listed by their GP practice as having a learning disability had an annual health check – up from 40 per cent the year before.

Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group in Essex worked with their 32 GP practices and  Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC to get an up to date list of people recorded as having a learning disability, look for people missing from the lists, and support them to attend their annual health check.

They worked created a list of nurses and practices who could do the annual health checks, taking pressure off the GP practices who were already busy. The area has health hubs who were able to offer annual health checks on evenings and weekends.

The people who went to the health checks said that it was less stressful and they were more likely to go to their next check-up.

Supporting people to have meaningful personal relationships –

Skills for Care guidance for employers

Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with a learning disability, autism or both. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the right values, skills and knowledge to support people with personal relationships – and training is a vital part of this.

This new guidance helps employers to think about how they can develop their staff through training. It explains what workers need to know and understand about personal relationships, and how they can create a workforce development programme. Download the guidance here.

Exploring the use of personal workforce budgets

Skills for Care is exploring the use of personal workforce budgets to train and develop the workforce that supports people with unusual, complex or multiple social care and health needs.

A personal workforce budget is an amount of money allocated and spent specifically on developing the skills of the workforce that support an individual who has complex, unusual or multiple social care and health needs. This will involve people in different roles, organisations or sectors learning together about how best to support that individual.

They have funded several individual employers, commissioners, and providers of social care services to try using this approach. Funding for this year is allocated and their experiences will be reported in the spring of 2018.  Please contact us or find out more here if you have an example of doing this or are interested in trying it out.

Public Health England learning disabilities webinar

Learning disability team at Public Health England will be hosting a webinar on Learning disability and employment – Tuesday 27 February at 12:30pm

It will cover:

– A summary from Chris Hatton of Lancaster University of soon to be published reports on the evidence which show:

  • rates of paid employment for adults with learning disabilities are extremely low
  • there is good evidence of a link between stable paid employment and better physical and mental health for people with learning disabilities
  • there is evidence for the cost-effectiveness of in-work supported employment approaches to helping people with learning disabilities get into and stay in paid employment

– An overview from Neil Wood, PHE, of:

  • the latest employment policies and strategies which give opportunities for inclusive growth
  • work that PHE colleagues can do to facilitate local relationships, for example with the DWP

– Information from Stephen Cheetham, of DWP East Anglia about local initiatives to support people with a learning disability

– There will be a Q&A session after the presentations, from 1pm onwards

To receive an invitation to attend the webinar, email LDT@phe.gov.uk.  PHE run a monthly learning disability webinar, if you would like to be invited each month, do let them know.

Coming up!

You might have noticed we’ve been trying to raise the programmes profile on Twitter and Facebook by piloting themed weeks of some of our work streams.  These have been working really well and we would like to start sharing them so that regional teams can adapt and use them as well.

The next one will focus on care and treatment reviews and will run from 5 February, we will share case studies, blogs, videos, leaflets, easy read documents and suggested tweets nearer the time.

If you have any areas you would particularly like a focus week on please let us know.

Workforce planning and education support

Workforce partners Skills for Health, Skills for Care, Health Education England are supporting you to workforce plan and design education programme for the whole of England this includes actions to:

  • train and help you to write and implement local workforce and education plans.
  • undertake workforce information survey and analysis, including identifying addressing gaps in intelligence
  • identify good practice to help the Children and Young People and Adult Learning Disability and/or Autism workforce and ultimately the support/ care offered
  • identify education and qualifications pathways for the Children and Young People and Adult Learning Disability and/or Autism workforce
  • Engage effeectively with key stakeholders

Contact your local workforce leads:


Health Education England: Tim.Devanney@hee.nhs.uk

Skills for Care: Christine.burkett@skillsforcare.org.uk  / Sally.gretton@skillsforcare.org.uk

Skills for Health: tim.lund@skillsforhealth.org.uk

Midlands and East

Health Education England: lisa.proctor@hee.nhs.uk

Skills for Care: Renny.wodynska@skillsforcare.org.uk  / James.cross@skillsforcare.org.uk

Skills for Health: marc.lyall@skillsforhealth.org.uk

Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London

Health Education England: george.matuska@nhs.net

Skills for Care: margaret.sharpe@skillsforcare.org.uk

Skills for Health: jim.moran@skillsforhealth.org.uk


Health Education England: Marie.lancett@hee.nhs.net

Skills for Care: Sarah-jane.Dale@skillsforcare.org.uk

Skills for Health: Anne.clarke@skillsforhealth.org.uk

National Contacts

Health Education England: Lynne.hall@hee.nhs.uk

Skills for Care: Marie.lovell@skillsforcare.org.uk / jim.thomas@skillsforcare.org.uk

Skills for Health: Marc.lyall@skillsforhealth.org.uk

Miranda Askew

Senior Stakeholder Manager

NHS England Learning Disability Programme

Email: Miranda.Askew@nhs.net

NHS England

6th Floor | Skipton House | 80 London Road | London | SE1 6LH



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