What We Do
Welcome to CareMatch, a web based recruitment site, funded through Staffordshire County Council, which supports job seekers seeking employment in the Social Care and Health Sector and employers seeking staff in the Sector. The CareMatch service works to support the agenda of the sector skills council - Skills for Care.
CareMatch is here for YOU and links people with jobs in a simple, efficient way that is FREE to those seeking work and those advertising job vacancies in the Staffordshire area.
For support with using the website and our full range of services, call us for FREE on 0800 328 4122.
- Opportunity to advertise job vacancies on the CareMatch website to a large database of jobseekers (currently FREE to employers recruiting in the Staffordshire area)
- Support to recruit a wide range of professionals within the sector including qualified and non-qualified care staff, nurses, support staff e.g. domestics, cooks
- Information on free training, funding, conferences, resources, Skills for care & government papers
- Access to stands at CareMatch recruitment events
- Links to our network of Training Providers
- Guidance on how to benefit from a range of recruitment projects we are involved in, such as Care Ambassadors, pre-employment training, apprenticeships, volunteering and work experience
To take advantage of the benefits listed above, register for FREE today or call 0800 328 4122.
- Search and apply for jobs on the CareMatch website
- Post your CV, photo and video message so that employers can search for you and contact you about jobs
- Find out information on jobs fairs, training courses, volunteering, as well as organisations and projects that can help you find a job
- Get careers information and advice about working in social care
To take advantage of the benefits listed above, register for FREE today or call 0800 328 4122.
- Information on training courses &qualifications available
- Opportunity to look for additional PA work to top up part-time hours or new PA job roles
- Information on new legislation, resources & information specifically relevant to current PAs
- Access to support & networking events for PAs & their employers
Introduction to the Care Certificate (New): Inductions for care workers are changing!
Two sessions around the new Care certificate, working in partnership with the Grey Matter Group and Skills for Care. These two sessions will be available around the county to any social care service. It is aimed at staff in a supervisory/managerial position to aid them in supervisions and inducting new staff. This is a continuation from the classic common induction standards.
For dates and to book places please contact the Carematch team on: 01785 355795 or email: email@example.com
Care Act Training Sessions (NEW)
- The key facts about Adult Safeguarding with regard to the Care Act 2014
- Implementation of the Act and subsequent changes to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Inter-agency Adult Protection Procedures
Infection Control Training: Regular training sessions for homes are provided around the county by the Partnership Trust's Infection Control nurses. The sessions are free to homes. NEW There are also Dom care specific sessions which have a nominal charge of £5 per person.
For dates and to book places please contact the infection control team on: 01543 412987 or email Infection.firstname.lastname@example.org
Light box Resource to assist with in-house infection control training
WHERE ARE YOU ON THE IT SKILLS PATHWAY? Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneNote
The IT Skills Pathway covers the full range of competencies for users of IT, from basic through to advanced levels. It has been developed in partnership with Health and Social care organisations to provide an officially recognised route of learning and certification for the whole workforce.To get access to the learning send an email contact for each staff member and we will send them a Delegate ID plus link to their learning module.
Let me know if your staff are using Windows 7 or Windows XP and if you want introduction, basic or advanced training. Send your request to Julian Cragg.
Adult Protection Awareness Training (on-line)
E-learning licences are available for an on-line training session provided by Staffordshire CC. Licenses are allocated, on a quarterly basis, to individuals and allow them 12 weeks to complete a 2hr session.
Liz Osburn 07896 186554 or email email@example.com
Adult Protection Awareness: Half day sessions provided in venues around the county by Staffordshire CC Safeguarding Team trainers. Please note: We can only allocate 3 places per establishment per event.
Safe Guarding for Provider Managers: Half day workshop provides managers with the opportunity to discuss the safeguarding challenges within their care environment. Please note: We can only allocate 3 places per establishment per event.
Mental Capacity Act (MCA) & Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) Training: Half day sessions provided in venues around the county by Staffordshire CC Safeguarding Team trainers. Please note: We can only allocate 3 places per establishment per event.
Assessing Capacity & Making Best Interest Decisions: Half day sessions that provides revision about the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and increase knowledge that support effective practice in assessing capacity and making best interest decisions.
Dignity Champions Network: Staffordshire host a dignity champions network three times a year, including annual dignity awards to outstanding people and organisations promoting best practise. The network focusses on sharing best practise, mutual peer support and making links plus training and mentoring opportunities.
Scils web-site (training): Staffordshire CC has subscribed to this web-site to allow care services in Staffordshire to access (free of charge) on-line courses and to download short course training materials on a number of topics to support in-house training sessions. The materials are suitable for all services including older people, children, learning disability, mental health and dementia. This site also has a regular newsletter facility and a forum to post questions.
Access to this site is easy! Before you use it for the first time, email the Care Marketplace team firstname.lastname@example.org and request the 'pre-paid registration number' then;
- Log onto www.scils.co.uk
- Click on 'register'
- Enter the pre-paid registration number
You will then be asked to enter your own password which you continue to use every time you log onto the site.
Social Care TV E-Learning: The Uk's first Recognised Provider of quality e-learning specifically for health & social care. It is free to register and the site offers training from £3 per person as well as regular free courses.
www.social-care.tv or call 01953 853070
Access to training providers: We support social care organisations to find suitable workforce learning providers through our training provider network. This can be for mandatory training, diplomas and specialist topics. Managers can email us their requirements.
More information can be accessed through the Care Market Development Team; email@example.com or 01785 355795
Staffordshire Marketplace: NOTE - This site is replacing Purple Pages over the next few months.
NEW - What is the Staffordshire Marketplace?
The Staffordshire Marketplace is the new directory of wellbeing and support services, activities and events for all ages across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It gives users more choice and control by allowing them to browse, compare, book and buy services from anywhere at anytime.
What can the Marketplace do for me?
Through the new Marketplace providers can -
- Advertise their products, services and events for FREE
- Build their own website and on-line store, with ongoing support from our experts
- Raise their profile and attract new customers
- Compete with other businesses
Who can join the Marketplace?
Whether you offer coffee at the local community centre, care and support, sports and leisure activities, things to do in the community (or anything else that supports independence and wellbeing) the Marketplace will be a great place for you to showcase what you do.
It's FREE to register your service - just click visit Staffordshire Cares.
Business Helpline: Expert advice and support for businesses in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. Tel: 0300 111 8002 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Resource for Dom Care: NEW - Skills for care resource 'Better Domiciliary care for People With Dementia'. It has some good tips, useful case studies and is free to download.
Resource to identify equipment and A.T. solutions to support needs: NEW - On-line tool to assist people in recognising what assistive technology there is out there to support them with a particular issue.
The web-site allows a user to select a particular topic they are having difficulty with and then answer a series of questions that result in a person specific report offering equipment and assistive technology (A.T.) suggestions. Web-site. www.asksara.org.uk
Social care Institute for Excellence (SCIE): Do your residents have good and consistent access to a GP, as is their right? Maintaining access to a GP means that social care and health services are more integrated generally and can help in addressing unnecessary hospital admissions.
Follow this link for a excellent downloadable resource 'GP services for older people: a guide for care home managers'
Care Quality Commission (CQC): The CQC web-site offers lots of support & guidance around meeting regulations. A recent document 'A Fresh Start' offers information on the new regime for registration, inspection and the implementation of a new rating system.
The document can be downloaded here.
Care Act (NEW): The Skills for Care web-site has a range of information resources to help providers understand and implement their responsibilities under the new Care Act.
Managers Quality Networking Forum (February & September): Twice a year forum for Directors, Owners & managers. The event consists of a variety of sector specific workshops, a networking lunch, opportunity to visit stands and hear from national, regional & locally invited speakers to offer updates on developments within the sector (CQC, Skills for Care, National Skills Academy, Health colleagues, Commissioners, voluntary organisations etc).
Web-page for Activity co-ordinators: A web-page dedicated to Activity Co-ordinators is available on the Carematch web-site. The page provides support, resources, activity ideas, sharing of information and good practice to support the provision of meaningful & purposeful activities. Training opportunities for co-ordinators is also found here.
Staffordshire Provider Network: We host the Staffordshire Provider Network which is held twice a year. Social care providers attend and chair this meeting to discuss various topics affecting the social care sector. Providers advise what they would like to discuss and we invite professionals along to support on these topics. Managers/owners from all types of service are welcome to attend.
For more information or to join the network contact Jo Adams 01785 355831 or 07817 218067 Or email email@example.com
Skills for Care - Value Based Recruitment Toolkit: The skills for care web-site have a toolkit to assist managers with recruiting people with the right values and behaviours to undertake such an important role. These social care values - including compassion, dignity, integrity, respect and responsibility are what make the difference in delivery of care and support services.
The Toolkit contains:
- A personality profiling questionnaire for candidates
- The Leadership Qualities Framework as a guide to behaviours and values
- Finders Keepers to help recruit and retain staff
- Easy to access advice and information
- Examples of job ads and interview questions
The toolkit is free to download or print off and can be found here.
Free Job advertising via Carematch: Staffordshire CC 'CareMatch' website is managed by the Care Market Development team and has a number of free resources social care organisations can utilise. You can advertise job vacancies free of charge, search a bank of social care job seekers, book places on training courses/events and access relevant on-site resources.
To upload a vacancy, register as an employer. For more information or support on the Carematch website, contact Victoria Cotton Tel;01785 355795
I Care... Ambassadors: We co-ordinate an Employer partnership of I Care... Ambassadors. Ambassadors are people who work in social care services and help to promote recruitment to the sector by sharing their enthusiasm & breaking down negative stereotypes. They support organisations to recruit new staff and market their service. New employers are welcome to join the partnership.
More information can be accessed through the Care Market Development Team; firstname.lastname@example.org 01785 355795
National Apprenticeship Program: We can support employers to recruit and train apprentices. We support employers to access funding and link them with training providers and people seeking opportunities.
For more information, please contact; email@example.com 01785 355795
National Skills Academy's (NSA) Mentor Scheme for Managers: NSA is in the process of establishing a mentoring offer specifically for Registered Managers working in residential and domiciliary care as part of a wider suite of targeted offers to this professional group.
For more information about the programme, visit NSA Social Care or contact the Skills Academy on 020 7268 3082
Skills for Care Workforce Development Funding (WDF) Provides financial support for QCF accredited training: Staffordshire County Council have a 3 year partnership agreement with Skills for Care, to distribute WDF to private and voluntary (adult) social care services to support the provision of QCF accredited qualifications and short courses for their workers, where there has been a cost to the organisation. WDF is paid out at £15.00 per credit and is a contribution towards the cost of individuals in an organisation achieving relevant QCF qualifications. For e.g. Diploma in Health & Social care is 46 credits x £15 = £690 QCF Dementia Awareness award is 8 credits x £15= £120.
Please note this fund cannot be claimed from more than one partnership.
To apply for an information pack, full list of eligible units and a claim form please contact Julian Cragg via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Gale Tew on: 01785 355795.
Once registered, receive payments by sending us verified QCF units/qualifications from the acceptable units list. Current funding is available for workers who have undertaken QCF accredited training, since January 2013 and runs until march 2015.
National Skills Academy's (NSA) Local Network Fund: Funding of up-to £1,500 is currently available to enable groups of managers (6+) to come together and set up a local network group. Any manager can apply for funding to set & run meetings locally to share experiences and good practice, obtain information about new developments in social care, and learn from each other to build expertise, knowledge and leadership confidence.
For more information about the programme, go to https://www.nsasocialcare.co.uk/registered-managers-local-networks or contact the Skills Academy on 020 7268 3082.
If you are interested in joining current groups in Staffordshire please contact Penny Lawlor 07815 827430.
CareMatch has a range of media packages for companies who offer products and/or services to the health and social care sector. Whether you're a training provider, an employer or an industry related business CareMatch will have an advertising opportunity for you. To explore these options please contact the CareMatch team today on 0800 328 4122.