Learning and development for Adult Social Care staff and carers

We provide a wide range of training and courses for adult social care providers based in Brighton & Hove so that they can provide excellent services.

The Workforce Development Team offers the learning and development to:

  • staff, managers and volunteers from the independent and voluntary sector
  • personal assistants
  • carers
  • council staff - please refer to opportunities on the intranet (The Wave).

Our training schedule of courses for November 2015 covers the essential areas that adult social care workers, senior staff and managers need to continue to provide excellent services across the city. We are only advertising monthly programmes as we will be moving to a new online booking system 'The Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway' late 2015.  Further details will be released soon.

You can find full details of all courses in the Workforce Development Programme 2014 (PDF 2mb).  The programme expired in April 2015 but provides further details about our courses, their content and learning outcomes. It also includes frequently asked questions and access to other resources including our free e-learning courses. Topics include induction, health and safety, management courses, safeguarding and specialist training.

Stay up to date with training and development news and information with our newsletter ‘Training and commissioning news’. To sign up email Kevin.Murphy@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Read a sample issue of Training and Commissioning news (PDF 423kb)

Apply for training

To apply for training, please use the training course request form (PDF 70kb)

Get started: free online resources

A number of resources to support staff development and service improvement are freely available online including:


The reablement workbook (PDF 500kb) 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.

Safeguarding adults and Mental Capacity Act capability frameworks

These frameworks and guides support managers in assessing the skills and knowledge of staff around safeguarding and the mental health capacity act.

As well as having the confidence in staff and team competencies, the framework can also identify any gaps in training and development. Find out more:

Medication auditing

We have developed a model which includes key principles, general tips and links to tools for medication auditing which can be tailored to fit your own service needs including:

  • daily, weekly and monthly checks
  • trolley, storage, disposal checks
  • monthly observations of practice.

Download the medication auditing pack (PDF 93kb).

Other adult social care staff development opportunities

We offer health promotion training in partnership with NHS Brighton & Hove to support you and your organisation to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to improve the health of local people.

Working with children and young people

Core Skills and Knowledge Learning and Development Programme provides development opportunities for everyone working with children and young people so that they can work together to improve outcomes for children across the city.

Helpful online resources

There are a number of free online resources to support employees in Adult Social Care available online including:

  • Skills for Life for tools and resources aimed at social care employers to help staff with literacy, numeracy and computer skills at work
  • Move On focuses on adult literacy and numeracy and offers a wide range of resources for employers, learners and teachers online
  • The Common Induction Standards Workbook (PDF 240KB) will help support new staff in their first 12 weeks of appointment
  • Skills for Care the employer-led workforce development body for Adult Social Care in England. It recommends training and skills associated with the Care Quality Commission and produces occupational standards and supports the sector to recruit and retain skilled people to deliver high quality care and support services.
  • Our journey ahead - where will care and support services be in in the next five years?

Care in the city

You can also check out "Care in the city" our free newsletter on social care in the city:

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact the Workforce Development team for Adult Social Care.

Call: 01273 296184 or 01273 296185
Email: coursesforcare@brighton-hove.gov.uk