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COVID-19 and Adult Social Care in Staffordshire Care Market Development Team Update (Updated September 2021)

Message from The Care Market Development Team – 2021

Given the significant impact Covid-19 is having on the care sector, we thought it might be useful to share an update with you in terms of the support, information and guidance we can provide you with and the changes we have implemented in response to the current situation.


Learning & Development / Training

Along with the County Council we have also made the decision to postpone all our face to face training events.  We will continue with virtual training and signpost to endorsed training providers events throughout 2021 until revised guidance supports face to face training.

Everyone should be cautious while managing the risks, as cases of COVID-19 still remain present. Digital solutions are likely to continue to be the safest option, however  you may be beginning to plan for, and have a need for the safe re-introduction of face-to-face training and assessment. Please use the Skills for Care risk assessment guidance.

Positive feedback from virtual training in 2020-21 will ensure this format continues to be considered for events going forward with both face to face and virtual events supported by CMDT.


Manager’s Quality Networking Forum (MQNF)

CMDT held a virtual MQNF in April 2021 and we will be supporting the next event during November 2021. Information will be circulated about the event in due course. 


Dignity Awards 

Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards web page contains information on the Dignity Challenge, how to become a Dignity Champion, information about the Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards and how to nominate someone for an Award.

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to our sponsors.
View the nominees and watch the awards below:

Dignity in Care Awards 2021 - Staffordshire County Council

 Watch the awards

Recruitment and Retention

National recruitment initiatives are being promoted in Staffordshire as route to hundreds of potential quality recruits: “Care for Others. Make a Difference” and “Join Social Care” 

A further regional initiative: TimeToCare

Care for Others - Make a Difference aims to attract the right people to work in adult social care with the right values now and in the future.

Join Social Care - in response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic the DHSC has launched an online platform specifically built for both Care Providers & Job Seekers. 

#Time to Care  aims to attract jobseekers into a variety of paid roles across the sector (Admin, Care staff, Cooks, Domestics), to help Care Providers manage their staffing needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

CMDT have supported the disbursement of more than half a million pounds over the past `five years from the WDF scheme to Care Providers on Staffordshire. WDF is funding from the DHSC, supporting the provision of high-quality care and the continual professional development of staff.


Further Information

Accessing specific information about learning & development, information, advice & guidance and recruitment & retention can be found by clicking on the links

 1.    Training & Development

Accredited Learning

Funded Qualifications and Learning

Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund


Skills for Care Apprenticeships

End of Life Apprenticeship – see downloadable document


Dignity in care


Essential Training                        

Health Education England              Coronavirus e-learning programme

Skills for Care                                 Essential COVID-19 training for staff

Health Education England

Health Education England

Health & Safety

Infection Control

Managing risks & risk assessment at work

Leadership & Management

Skills for Care CPD for Managers

Mental Health & Well-being

MIND online training

Registered Managers Network (RMN)

Registered Managers Network

Safeguarding & Mental Capacity Act

SCIE Safeguarding Adults Training Webinar Series

Professionals Training

SCIE Resources

SCIE e-learning for Care Providers

Support Staffordshire

Covid-19 online training sessions

Training Providers (Skills for Care Endorsed List)

Find an Endorsed Training Provider


 2.    Recruitment and Retention

ACAS Updates

news page

Care Quality Compliance (CQC)

CQC DBS Guidance

Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC)

national recruitment campaign

Department for Health and Social Care and Skills for Care: Every day is different


Digital ideas  campaign resources.          DWP Find a Job website   Take the Quiz


DWP   DWP Employment Advisors Staffordshire


Local Government Association

LGA Covid-19: Information for Councils

Skills for Care

Covid-19 Support and advice for the adult social care sector

Staffordshire County Council Information for Providers

Coronavirus Care Providers Information             Information for Care Homes

Stoke & Staffs LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)              Stoke & Staffs LEP


West Midlands Employers (WME)         Time to Care


West Midlands Care Association                      West Midlands Care Association


 3.    Information, Advice & Guidance

Covid-19 Medicines Information for Adult Social Care Providers

Government Guidance reuse of medicines

Care Quality Compliance (CQC)

CQC News                CQC monthly Newsletters

Department for Health & Social Care

Gov.UK Coronavirus

Mental Health & Well-being

Mental Health UK

NHS Every Mind Matters                Your Mind Plan

5 Steps to Mental Well-being


Samaritans Mental Health during Covid-19

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

ONS Coronavirus

SARCP          SARCP

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce


Skills for Care e-News

Skills for Care e news

Social Media

CMDT Twitter

CMDT Facebook

Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)      SCIE coronavirus advice for Social Care


Staffordshire County Council Information for Providers

Coronavirus Care Providers Information

Support Staffordshire       Support Staffordshire Covid-19