Working with the independent and voluntary sector

Local service provider? Plan for the future

The council has agreed an adult care and health market position statement (PDF 411KB).

It gives information on local people’s current and future care needs and the services that are required to meet these needs. If you’re a local service provider it could help you plan for the future.

Workforce Development Team - adult social care

Read our latest newsletter, December 2014 (PDF 424kb)

The new Workforce Development Programme 2014-15 (PDF 2.09mb) covers essential areas that adult social care workers, senior staff and managers need for their development so they can continue to provide excellent services across the city. The programme covers induction programmes, health and safety, management courses, safeguarding, specialist training and qualifications.

Access to programmes and booking

Our programmes and services are open to all those who work within adult social care services across Brighton & Hove. This includes:

  • staff, managers and volunteers from independent and voluntary sector adult social care providers based in Brighton & Hove
  • personal assistants, family or informal carers working with and supporting people in Brighton & Hove
  • directly employed city council staff, please refer to opportunities on the intranet (the Wave)

Much of the programme is designed to be multi-agency with staff from different professional backgrounds trained together to help promote integrated working.

To apply for training, please use the course request form (PDF 70KB). Please complete all sections of the form. A hard copy can be found within the programme.

Charges and cancellation policy

Attendance on courses is free unless advertised otherwise. We will need to review budgets throughout the year and should this situation change we will notify organisations accordingly.

We charge for non-attendance and late cancellations (within five working days) to cover the cost of lost training money. These funds are re-invested into additional learning provision.

The cancellation/non-attendance charge is currently £50 per course (the average cost of a training place), irrespective of the reason for cancellation/absence. If another team member is able to fill the place, no charge will be made. Non attendance charges are invoiced to organisations quarterly.

For further information on our training see our frequently asked questions at the front of the Workforce Development Programme (from page 3).

Qualifications and funding

Please see the Workforce Development Programme for further details about our qualification programmes.  Please contact us if you need advice or guidance on qualifications, funding or local training provision.

Training Recommendations

We have looked at Skills for Care’s latest guidance about training and development alongside information from the Health & Safety Executive, The Department of Health, Government legislation, best practice, law and dictates to recommend refresher and update training frequency. See our recommendations (PDF 65KB) (version two updated December 2011) to help providers meet the Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards.

Common Induction Standards, Literacy, Numeracy and Computer Skills

The Workforce Development Team have produced a workbook to support the completion of the Common Induction Standards (June 2011). The workbook is free of charge to download, print and use. Please contact us with any comments or feedback about the workbook. A link to the Skills for Care website can be found at the bottom of this page where full information on the Common Induction Standards can be found.

The Common Induction Standards Workbook July 2010 (PDF 241kb).

It is also advisable that new staff members are assessed on their literacy, numeracy and computer skills. This process will ensure that all new staff are treated equally and any Skills for Life needs are quickly recognised and the correct support is offered. The following tools developed especially for use within health and social care can be used to help check literacy, numeracy and computer skills:

Medication Auditing

Auditing systems which really work can help us get things right and keep the people we care for safe.  Brighton and Hove City Council Adult Social Care in consultation with partners have developed one suggested model which includes key principles, general tips and links to tools for medication auditing which can be tailored to fit your own service needs.

These include:

  • Daily, weekly and monthly checks
  • Trolley/storage/disposal checks
  • Monthly observations of practice

Download the pack (PDF 93.52kb) and adapt for your service to record what your schedule and procedure is for medication auditing and findings 

Reablement in Brighton & Hove - a Workbook for Practitioners

The workbook is essential to anyone new to working in a reabling service, and will also be relevant to anyone who wants to know more about reablement.

The workbook includes links to further sources of information and to videos, so works best when completed at a computer. This is not essential however, and the workbook can also be printed and completed in long hand. The workbook covers:

  • Reablement in Brighton & Hove
  • Working in an outcome focused way
  • The role of the professional
  • Medical conditions
  • Supporting, reviewing and recording
  • The history of reablement
  • Definitions

 The workbook enables you to undertake development at your own pace how and when you need it:

Safeguarding Adults and Mental Capacity Act Capability Frameworks

The Safeguarding Competency Assessment Framework and Managers Guide will support managers in assessing the skills and knowledge of staff around safeguarding practice. As well as having the confidence in staff and team competencies, the framework can also identify training and development needs. To download please click on the links below:

The Mental Capacity Act Capabilities Framework is offered as guidance to people working with adults who work with incapacitated adults.  The framework is relevant to practitioners including health and social care staff and advocates who have regular or occasional contact with incapacitated adults.

 Self Neglect Resources

The self neglect policy (162kb) and accompanying leaflet (332kb) introduces the Sussex Multi Agency Procedures to support people who self neglect (2013) and covers

  • What is self neglect?
  • What are the signs of self neglect
  • What do i do if i think a person is self neglecting?



Please either email the Workforce Development Team at or call us on (01273) 296184 or 296185. 


Useful links for workforce development

Brighton & Hove Learning Disability Partnership Board

Brighton & Hove City Council offer health promotion training in partnership with NHS Brighton and Hove. These courses support you and your organisation to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to improve the health of people living in your area.

Core Skills and Knowledge Learning and Development Programme - provides development opportunities for everyone working with children and young people in Brighton & Hove, so that they can work together to improve outcomes for children in our city.

Skills for Care website