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Digital Leadership Programme

Skills for Care and The National Care Forum have refreshed their successful digital leadership programme designed specifically for registered managers working in social care.

The four day programme, delivered virtually, has been developed to build confidence and ability to identify and embed digital technology in the delivery of care and support.

Programme objectives

  • The digital basics – Equipping the essential knowledge for understanding digital technologies in care, providing the foundation of knowledge for the modules that follow.

  • Leadership and transformational change – A good leader must possess strong change management skills. This module considers change management with a digital lens, developing an understanding of leadership styles and influence, methodologies for procuring technology, developing and aligning digital strategy and ‘baking in’ feedback into the process.

  • Co-production – Designing and developing with people in receipt of care, identifying their needs and expectations provides better defined, safe and ethical solutions.

  • Using data to create change – An effective digital leader can use data and feedback to lead decisions, defining what data technology needs to collect and analyse will provide opportunities to improve, influence and inform innovation.

How it helps managers

The Digital Leadership programme is a national development between Skills for Care and The National Care Forum for both new and experienced managers of adult social care services.

The learning programme will support managers to have the underpinning skills, knowledge and models of digital leadership that can be practically applied when implementing technology in a care service and promote best practice.

It will improve confidence in identifying how digital technology supports the delivery of quality care and will enable managers to identify technology in the market, understand the barriers to technology adoption and how an organisation may choose to address them.

The programme includes an emphasis on reflection, helping individuals to learn from their day-to-day experiences and think about how they can do things differently or get better at recognising what they do well.

Funding

ASC Training & Development Fund
 The Digital Leadership Programme will be eligible for £510 reimbursement from the new ASC Training and Development Fund, which will be available to access for all Social Care providers. 
 

the government launched its replacement for the Workforce Development Fund which was administered by Skills for Care. The new Adult Social Care Training and Development Fund will be administered by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on behalf of DHSC. Through this new fund, eligible adult social care employers can claim varying levels of reimbursement for spend on upskilling the adult social care workforce in England. 

Please be made aware that despite detailing that £50 million is available to support the uptake of the newly developed Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate, the guidance offers no detail on the total amount of funding backing the training and development fund. It is unclear what funding allocations will be made towards a) revalidation training and b) care skills training beyond the Level 2 Care Certificate. 

ASC employers can get reimbursement for: 

  • care skills funding, including for the newly developed Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate 
  • revalidation funding
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Claims for funding from the new fund will be eligible for learning and development started on, or after, 1st April 2024. For learning which is already in progress and started on or before the 31st March 2024, claims can be made to the WDF administered by Skills for Care 

Email info@nationalcareforum.org.uk for more information  

This training has supported me to sort of facilitate our vision. We want all our staff to have access to the organisation through an individual email system where we can communicate to people straight away, where they have our policies and procedures at the tip of their fingertips.

There was really great interaction amongst all of us. You get to interact with different people in the whole group, not only the same person. We can really communicate with others, sharing ideas and find out how others are doing.

Programme delivery and structure

The Digital Leadership programme is available from Skills for Care and delivered in partnership with the National Care Forum.

The programme consists of two 5 hour modules and two 3 hour modules and runs across 4 days. It is delivered over a 6-week period to enable the learning from each day to be put into practice between sessions.

The programme is delivered virtually. It’s interactive and learners will participate in a variety of group and individual activities.

Learners will need to be able to commit to attend each of the four modules and be able to spend time developing an action plan and creating a presentation which will be delivered by the learner on day 4 of the programme.

Learners will only be able to receive a certificate of completion if they have participated in all four modules.

Please Note: Due to the interactivity of the programme, learners will be required to have a working camera, speakers and microphone.

The facilitators of the programme have been selected by us for their extensive adult social care experience and digital expertise, gained from co-produced digital transformation within the sector in varied settings.

The programme workshops, delivered between the hours of 10:00am – 16:00pm

2024 Dates

Workshop 1 – The digital basics

Thursday 13 June 2024, 10:00 – 15:00

Workshop 2 – Systems knowledge and governance

Thursday 20 June 2024, 10:00 – 13:00

Workshop 3 – Being a digital leader

Thursday 4 July 2024, 10:00 – 13:00

Workshop 4 – Critical thinking and action planning

Thursday 13 July 2024, between 10:00 – 15:00

To find out more about the learning outcomes of each workshop please click here.

Cost and funding

£575 + VAT per person

There is also an option for the programme to be delivered in-house to up to 20 people and the cost for this would be £11,500.