Working with the independent and voluntary sector in adult social care

Our Workforce Development Team provides workforce learning & development for adult social care providers based within Brighton & Hove. This page has information on how to access training and download resources.

Read our latest training and commissioning newsletter February 2015 (PDF 401KB)

Local adult social care 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 needed to meet them. If you’re a local service provider it could help you plan for the future.

Learning and development opportunities for your adult social care team

Our programmes and services are open to anyone who works within Brighton & Hove based adult social care services. 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 Wave)

Our Training Schedule of Courses April to July 2015 (PDF 369KB) 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 includes induction, health and safety, management, safeguarding and specialist training courses.

The Workforce Development Programme 2014-15 (PDF 2.1MB) that finishes in March 2015 can still be accessed to view further details about our courses their content and learning outcomes. It also includes FAQs and access to other resources including our free elearning.

To apply for training, please use the course request form (PDF 70KB). Full details about courses, costs and cancellation charges are in the Workforce Development Programme (2.1MB).

Workforce development resources for adult social care providers

We have produced or identified a number of workbooks and resources to download and access that will support staff development and internal systems.

Getting your staff induction right

The Common Induction Standards Workbook July 2010 (PDF 241KB) will help support new staff in their first 12 weeks of appointment.

Free online resources to support literacy, numeracy and computer skills

The Care Skillsbase has tools and resources to support social care employers manage Skills for Life in the workplace. Move On have a wide range of skills resources for employers, learners and teachers.

Reablement in Brighton & Hove - a Workbook for Practitioners

The Reablement workbook (PDF 742KB) 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.

Self Neglect Resources

The self neglect policy (PDF 162KB) and accompanying self neglect leaflet (PDF 332KB) introduces the Sussex Multi Agency Procedures to support people who self neglect (published 2013).

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 (PDF 238KB) is offered as guidance to people working with adults who work with incapacitated adults.

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 

Other adult social care staff development opportunities

We 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 is the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England whos work supports the sector to recruit and retain the right people who have the rights skills at the right time to deliver high quality services to people who need care and support in our communities

Brighton & Hove Learning Disability Partnership Board

Contact the Workforce Development team for adult social care

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