December e-update for Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) and partners

Dear all

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

  • The role of social care in prevention – get involved in research
  • Trainee Nursing Associates expansion in Learning Disability services
  • Return to Practice (RTP) Learning Disability Nursing
  • Using conversations to assess and plan people’s care and support – new guidance
  • New winter campaign
  • MindEd Learning Disability Mental Health
  • Advice note for Directors for adult social care services on commissioning out of area care and support
  • New easy read newsletter
  • New journal article – Workforce development: perspectives from people with learning disabilities
  • Resources from Twisted Ducks – topics important to people with a learning disability and autism
  • Workforce planning and support

Diary dates and what’s coming up at a glance:

Introducing and embedding new roles – free webinar

11am – noon 11th December 2018

Would you like to find out information on designing, developing and delivering new roles? Please see the attached flyer below for more information and contact for joining details.

Supporting individual employers and PAs – free Skills for Care events

Various dates and locations

If you support people who employ their own personal assistants (PAs) using a personal budget (from health and social care) or self-funded, come along to a free Skills for Care event. They’ll share best practice and offer the opportunity to network with other people in the sector. Each event will be specific to your local area, but may cover topics such as recruitment, the latest on ‘sleep in’s’ and learning and development.They’re relevant for people who work in organisations that support individual employers including user led organisations, direct payment or PHB support organisations and other third sector organisations. It might also be of interest to individual employers or those who want to find out more about this option. Find your local event at

  Reducing reliance on hospital  

The role of social care in prevention – get involved in research

Prevention is about how we can prevent health problems arising in the first place, and support people to be more proactive in maintaining their health, independence,well being and quality of life for longer. Skills for Care have asked a research company, Wavehill Ltd., to explore the role of the adult social care sector in prevention. They want to find research and examples about the role of social care staff in prevention, and look at the evidence about how this has had an impact. If you’d like to share any research or best practice examples, please email Andy Parkinson (Wavehill Ltd.) at or Liz Burtney,(Skills for Care) at by Friday 18 January2019.

Trainee Nursing Associates expansion in Learning Disability services

Recruitment to Learning Disability Nursing has been in decline for some time.

The Nursing Associate role has been introduced to support the delivery of nursing care across health and care services in England. This new professional role will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the first Trainee Nursing Associates graduate in December 2018. Nursing Associates are a generic role, developing knowledge and skills during their training across the four fields of nursing and enabling them to work in a range of health and care settings.

An enhanced training grant is being offered to Trainee Nursing Associates working at least 50% of their practice time in a NHS Learning Disability service. Participants need to commence on programme from 1st September until 31st December 2018 and is open to NHS and non-NHS providers of NHS-commissioned services. 

For more information please contact:


Midlands and East: 



Return to Practice (RTP) Learning Disability Nursing

Supporting trained learning disability nurses to return to the occupation is the most efficient means of strengthening the existing workforce. Health Education England is offering support to employers utilising this route to return and employing learning disability nurses.

The offer includes:

  • Support of up to £2,500 this financial year (2018/19) to support recruitment of returners
  • A £5,000 payment to employers for each person recruited to RTP for learning disability nursing to support individuals back into employment whilst undertaking the programme.

This offer is in addition to the current approach available to support previous registrants back onto the nursing register.

There may be a number of learning disability nurse registrants who have moved to corporate roles, who would be keen to return to front line practice if there was an opportunity to refresh their practice skills in a similar way to those whose registration has lapsed.  Please contact the national RTP Team if this is an offer you would wish to consider: or call: 0121 695 2221.

  Building support in communities  

Using conversations to assess and plan people’s care and support – new guidance

‘Conversational assessment’ puts conversations between equals at the heart of finding out about people, to help you assess and plan their care and support. This approach can help you support people in ways that reflect their wishes and needs, and deliver person-centred care and support. Skills for Care has launched a new guide that outlines the key principles of conversational assessment, to help you use this approach in your organisation. It’s for anyone who’s involved in enabling people to understand what care and support is available, for example through assessments, including organisational managers and commissioners.Download the guide from

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

Help us, help you

This winter, NHS England and Public Health England have introduced a new brand that brings together all the winter pressures campaign activity – ‘Help Us, Help You’.

The campaign is delivered across a range of phases that target different audiences with different calls to action to help reduce the pressure on NHS services.This includes messages about flu immunisation, staying well in winter, NHS 111,community pharmacy and extended GP hours.

More information about the campaign and resources can be accessed by registering on the Public Health England resource centre.

MindEd Learning Disability Mental Health

MindEd provides free, innovative and practical e-learning sessions designed to quickly build your knowledge and help you to identify, assess and formulate learning disability, behaviours that challenge and mental health problems.

We offer expert guidance on how to support and respond to the needs of adults with learning disabilities, giving you the confidence to identify potential issues, act swiftly and improve outcomes for those you are supporting.

The resources have been developed using specialists working in partnership with parents and families with lived experience.

Please go to for more information.

What’s new!

The LGA and ADASS have recently published an advice note for Directors for adult social care services on the commissioning of out of area care and support arrangements:

The Easy Read Newsletter Winter 2018-19 is out now, the team would welcome feedback on the newsletter at In this edition you can find out about:

  • Sepsis– when your body reacts badly to infection
  • Care and treatment reviews and getting ready to leave secure hospitals
  • Ask Listen Do, helping services to be better at listening to people
  • Protecting yourself from flu
  • Learning from deaths of people with a learning disability

We are going to be working with the NHS England learning disability and autism engagement team in coming weeks to bring our updates together; if you have any suggestions or feedback for us, please get in touch. We are aiming to start the new updates in January.

Emerald publication have published a journal article titled “Workforce development: perspectives from people with learning disabilities” in Tizard LearningDisability Review.

The original work was carried out by the Foundation for people with learning disabilities and the original finds report can be accessed at:



Research into the skills and competencies required by staff working with people with learning disabilities has concentrated on staff views. The purpose of this paper is to explore what people with learning disabilities want from the workforce supporting them. The evaluation was commissioned by Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS).


An easy read questionnaire, co-produced with people with learning disabilities, was completed with 70 participants, 65 of whom attended one of 10 workshops. Two questionnaires were also completed by parents on behalf of their child. The workshops also allowed for open discussion.


People with learning disabilities value a workforce with a positive attitude, with staff who are skilled in supporting people to gain independence and have a voice.

Research limitations/implications

Findings are relevant to staff recruitment, matching of staff to services and staff training.


Although there is some previous research around service user views, this evaluation had a larger sample size. The findings were similar to previous studies,particularly around the kind of qualities required from staff, which were the ability to listen, have trust and be able to learn specific skills. Although the highest representation was from young people and young adults, participants ranged from 12 to over 65 years. Differences in views according to participant age ranges are also noted.

To access the article go to :

Resources – topics important to people with a learning disability and autism

The Twisting Ducks Media Company has produced resources focusing on a range of topics important to people with a learning disability and autism to increase their well being and represent their life experiences through art:

Workforce planning and education support

 Workforce partners Skills for Health, Skills for Care, Health Education England are available to offer flexible support to meet your needs, this includes actions to:

  • Train and help you to write and implement local workforce plans to ensure they are robust, realistic, and affordable
  • 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 effectively with key stakeholders

Contact your local workforce leads:


Health Education England:

Skills for Care: (North West)  & (North East) 

Skills for Health: &

Midlands and East

Health Education England:

Skills for Care (Midlands)  & (East)

Skills for Health:

Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London

Health Education England: 

Skills for Care

Skills for Health: (Kent, Surrey & Sussex), (London) (London)


Health Education England:

Skills for Care: (South West) (South East)     

Skills for Health:

National Contacts

Health Education England:

Skills for Care: /

Skills for Health: /

Miranda Askew

Senior Stakeholder Manager
NHS England Learning Disability Programme 
NHS England  
High quality care for all, now and for future generations


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