Workforce Development Innovation Fund 2018

May 30, 2018

Applications are open for the Workforce Development Innovation Fund 2018. The Fund backs trailblazing adult social care workforce development projects that are in development, being tested or improved.

The Workforce Development Innovation Fund 2018 supports innovative projects which increase the skills and competence of staff. Its fundamental aim is to improve service quality and embed person-centred values within the workforce.

The Fund has a proven track record in helping improve service quality and embedding person-centred values in the 1.45 million strong social care workforce.

One example of how the Workforce Development Innovation Fund works is funding awarded to Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living on behalf of Sheffield Individual Employer and PA Development Group. The aim of the project is to implement co-production as a way of working in the development and delivery of future services across adult social care within Sheffield City Council.

As a result, the project has established good practice for the use of co-production, so it can benefit future projects in Sheffield and elsewhere.

Funding applications must meet one of the advertised priorities in the What will be funded? section on Skills for Care's website, and then be able to deliver to Skills for Care tangible resources or products, which have been rigorously tested as part of the project.

In 2018-19, Skills for Care is particularly interested in providing Workforce Development Innovation Fund investment and support to projects that will focus on addressing the following issues:

  1. Enhance the impact of your registered manager network by increasing the skills of, or support for, attending managers or their staff.
  2. What skills, knowledge and competencies and what type of support does a Nominated Individual need to ensure their service achieves an Outstanding rating?
  3. Improve the understanding of organisational cultures between health and social care in support of integrated working.
  4. Embed personalisation in practice, and assess the impact this has.
  5. Making co-production work in practice.

All of these priorities are explained in more detail in the guidance document.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Friday 22nd June 2018.

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