Social Care Managers Forum

1 August 2017

Social Care Managers Forum

Earlier in the year we held two Social Care Manager Forums, 1 in the Silver Birch Hotel in Omagh and the other in the Loughshore Hotel in Carricfergus, both events give Social Care Mangers the opportunity to come together to network and share their experience and practice.

The programme facilitated presentations through the morning event on a range of topics including NISCC’s priorities and direction of travel in the next four years and updates on the roll out of registration which now sits at 28,874 social care workers on the register, representing 81% of the overall register of 35,458. Of those, 12,687 represent the final phase of roll out for domiciliary care, day care and supported living workers. Congratulations to all the Social Care Managers and organisations who have worked hard to ensure social care staff are registered within the agreed time frame.

At the event RQIA outlined the continued good practice they have found during inspections across Northern Ireland. Annette Baines from Skills for Care presented on the Value Based Recruitment and Retention framework and toolkit currently available to support organisation in the UK. NISCC as part of the Social Care Work Force Partnership along with employers has commenced work in Northern Ireland to develop a similar framework to support employers utilise best practice in recruitment and retention of social care staff.

Tracey Reid from the Belfast Trust presented on the importance of understanding the social work role in social care within older people’s services. Other presentations included an update from Helen Mc Vicker on the Fitness to Practice Model. Brenda Horgan outlined the Standards of Conduct and Practice – Guidelines and Audit Implementation Networks (GAIN) work on Towards Safe and Effective Care.

MOVING FORWARD

NISCC are planning for the next Social Care Managers Forum in October 2017. We want to hear from Social Care Managers across different sectors in Northern Ireland  on how innovative practice continues to develop and improve the lives for service users. We also want to hear the issues that have importance to you as a Social Care Professional. Those Managers who would like to present to the next forum can contact NISCC contact paul.rooney@niscc.hscni.net

Social Care Mangers Network

NISCC sought information and interest at the Social Care Managers Forum on supporting the development of a network which could support Social Care Managers in sharing best practice, information and support to each other. This has been met with much interest from our registrants and NISCC will be working closely with organisations and social care managers in the  next while to learn and better understand how a virtual network could be best supported and developed. NISCC believe that it is important to continue to work closely with registrants,  employers and stakeholders to ensure Northern Ireland develops a World Class Social Care Workforce.

If you would like to contact us re the Forum please contact our Professional Adviser paul.rooney@niscc.hscni.net

Information on upcoming events will be circulated shortly.

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