Learning and development for Adult Social Care staff and carers

Information on training available for adult social care services across the city

The Learning Gateway is now closed.  

We received this information at extremely short notice and are working hard to implement temporary measures as well as a permanent replacement system.  We apologise that access to booking learning and development will be limited for an interim period.  We will update you regularly on our progress.  You can access Frequently Asked Questions on our external website   

Online and in-person course bookings, confirmations, cancellation requests and certificates  

  • Confirmed bookings for online and in-person courses in 2022 will go ahead as planned   

  • We have reconfirmed all bookings for courses scheduled to run for 2022 and 2023 by email.  

  • If you need to cancel a booking, please send the details to learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk  

  • For an interim period, we will not ask you to complete course evaluations as standard.  However, if you have any comments or concerns following a course, please email learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk  

  • We will provide hard copy certificates for in-person events.  For online sessions we will provide certificates as soon as possible following the course  

  • New bookings are currently suspended whilst we work on urgent priorities  

  • We are developing a temporary booking system for future essential online and in-person courses  

If you have any urgent questions, contact us at learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk. Please be patient with us, we may take some time to get back to you as we work on an interim booking system and implementing new systems. 

Get started: other free online resources

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

Training recommendations

Skills for Care have a guide that gives advice including:

  • how effective learning and development can lead to a knowledgeable and skilled workforce
  • a list of the recommended minimum learning and development areas adult social care workers should be competent in
  • when and how learning should be refreshed
  • statutory requirements regarding worker training and competence
  • how to support both care and non-care workers’ learning and development

For further information and to view the guide visit Skills for Care Ongoing Learning & Development.

Stop Look Care booklet

The booklet has been designed to support Care Workers/Carers who work in any registered service in Brighton & Hove. It is aimed to support carers with undertaking the National Care Certificate. Alternatively it can be used as a reference guide for families and personal assistants to promote awareness of certain needs and encourage referral if concerns are identified.

Care workers and Carers are in the ideal position to recognise changes in an individual’s condition by monitoring them and or recognising any deterioration in a person’s wellbeing, this book aims to increase awareness and supports the Care worker/Carer to refer on when appropriate. It highlights: Why different aspects of observation and care are important, What to look for, What action to take.

You can download the Stop Look Care booklet.

Infection Prevention and Control Training

If you're a health worker or social care worker in a:

  • Hospice
  • residential care or nursing home
  • or working in a person’s own home to support care needs

you need a thorough understanding of how infections spread and how you can stop them.

The Prevention and Control of Infection training gives you an in-depth understanding of how to prevent the spread of infection. You'll cover things like:

  • causes of infection
  • cleaning methods
  • waste disposal and
  • infection control laws and policies

The training is for people working in community residential or in home health and social care sector.

It is particularly useful if you're a health care assistant, health care worker or a social care worker. It meets the health and social care act requirement to undertake statutory mandatory training.

The training will be live and take place online via MS Teams. You will have the opportunity to interact with the trainer and ask questions.

Content includes:

  • Health and social care act – code of infection prevention
  • Infections and routes of transmission
  • Hand Hygiene and hand health
  • Equipment and environmental decontamination
  • Linen and waste management
  • Sharps injury
  • Supporting your clients, patients, customers to help reduce the risks of infection  
  • Personal health responsibilities

We will send you an email on the day of the training containing the link to attend the event. We will send Webinar access details to all registered attendees.

See available dates and book


The reablement in Brighton and Hove 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.

Self-neglect resources

The self-neglect policy introduces the Sussex Multi-Agency Procedures to support people who self neglect.

Autism Resources

The Autism Learning Resources are a curated collection of:

  • videos
  • links to articles
  • websites
  • and guidance on autism

aimed at professionals supporting autistic adults.  

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 in the following documents:

Acquired Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) is a free tool developed by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. The trust has designed the BINI for social workers or other assessors to use during a social care assessment. It is for finding out how well someone has recovered from their brain injury. This helps to determine what social care support they might need. Care Act Guidance (point 6.43) references the BINI as a tool to help identify deficits of people with a suspected or diagnosed brain injury.

Register for you BINI or sign into your account.

Fire Safety Scheme

The East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) Care Providers have created a Fire Safety Scheme. It improves fire safety in the homes of the people who are at most risk of being victims of fire. It helps identify people to whom ESFRS can direct its free of charge services. It builds upon the existing Home Safety Visit programme by engaging with public, private and charitable organisations.

Care providing organisations can improve the safety and well being of their own clients by becoming members of the scheme

The scheme provides free of charge training to all members. There is also recognition of an organisations participation. Membership is an ideal way to enhance corporate social responsibility. The Scheme is voluntary both in respect of members and clients. The Scheme is nonstatutory. It has no bearing on any other requirements organisations may have.

Care Providers Fire Safety Scheme membership

Medication auditing

We've 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.

Helpful online resources

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

Contact us

If you have any questions, send an email to learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 291 460.