Skills Platform News

COVID-19: One in three charities has cancelled services due to lack of digital skills or tech
07/05/2020
Our survey of charity digital skills has been updated to include information on how COVID-19 has affected the sector. One early finding is that one in three lack the skills or tech to cope. Read More

New guidance released on CSTF mandatory training during Covid-19
30/04/2020
New guidance released by Skills for Health and Health Education England following a review of the minimum requirements for statutory and mandatory training during the Covid-19, has identified that four key subject matters should be focused on to ensure training is maintained for frontline workers. Read More
 
Coronavirus Update - Our Promise to You
14/04/2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases rise and concerns around the pandemic escalate, we want to reassure you that the Skills Platform are committed to supporting our customers, the NHS and wider healthcare sector during this novel crisis. Read More

Improving the care for people with autism and learning disabilities
10/02/2020
In October 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) released their annual assessment of health care and social care in England. The document, aptly named ‘State of Care’ reported that, despite challenging times, most of the care given across England is good and, overall, the quality is improving slightly. However, they also reported that service users are not always having good experiences and sometimes people don’t get the care they need until it’s too late and things have seriously worsened for them. Read More
 
New Oral Health mandatory questions added to Effective: Key Lines of Enquiry
04/02/2020
CQC published a report ‘Smiling Matters’ in June 2019 which details an in-depth review on the state of oral health care in care homes across England. Since October 2019, new questions to improve oral care in care homes have been added to the Care Quality Commission’s ‘effective’ key line of inspection inquiry. Read More

Workforce Development Fund 2019-20
30/01/2020
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding opportunity for adult social care employers in England. It’s a finite pot of money which allows you to reclaim some of the costs incurred through the achievement of advertised qualifications and non-accredited learning programmes by your workforce on completion of the learning. The fund supports the continuing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector. Read More
 
Not Such a Blue Monday
20/01/2020
The third Monday of January has the uninspiring title of Blue Monday. Apparently, a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year, using formulae based on weather conditions, financial debt, time since Christmas, the time since failing our new year’s resolutions and low motivational level!! Cheery stuff. Read More

Christmas Support Hours
17/12/2019
Full details of the Skills Platform's support availability during the festive period Read More
 
It’s that wonderful time of the year - Influenza Season!
22/10/2019
The clocks are turning back, and nights are drawing in; somehow, with a blink of an eye summer has gone for another year. This time of seasonal change brings lots of emotions - the more organised amongst you may have all but finished your Christmas shopping, others will be counting down the days until the annual ward night out whilst some of you will simply be wanting to hibernate for a few months. Yet, love it or hate it one thing is for sure: everyone wants to escape the winter bugs, especially the dreaded ‘flu'. Read More

Residents in care homes 'missing out on dental care'
16/07/2019
The recent publication of the CQC report, Smiling Matters: Oral health care in care homes found that both a lack of access to dentists and insufficient support provided by care home staff is leading to a worrying state of affairs for residents' dental health. Read More
 
New guidelines for epilepsy care in the community
18/06/2019
New guidelines for professional carers administering buccal (ormomucosal) midazolam for epilepsy patients in the community have been published by the Epilepsy Nurses Association (ESNA), replacing the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC) guidelines. Read More

Charity Digital Skills Report 2019 Launched
13/06/2019
The Charity Digital Skills Report is the definitive survey of the digital skills landscape across the third sector. Now in its third year, the report provides an annual barometer of the state of digital skills within the charity sector. Read More
 
The balancing act: staying healthy in a demanding caring role
13/05/2019
Caring for others can take its toll on your body, mind and emotions. Yet, even though you may be an expert at looking after your patients, are you giving your own wellbeing the same attention? Read More

The story behind The Charity Digital Skills Report
25/04/2019
If you were trying to improve your fitness, what’s the first thing you’d do? You might join a gym, get advice from a personal trainer or start working out with a friend. Either way you’d probably want to know where you were at before setting yourself some goals, whether it’s running a 5k or doing a triathlon. If you want to move forward you’ve got to find out where you are. That’s the rationale behind The Charity Digital Skills Report. Read More
 
Empowering Patients
18/02/2019
Fortunately, 21st century healthcare is gradually moving away from the out-dated ‘doctor knows best’ model to one which is more person-centred. For you, as a health care practitioner, this means working with your patients - exploring what they already know, educating and empowering them to live the best they can with their conditions. Read More

World Cancer Day 2019
04/02/2019
Feb 4th, 2019 marks the 20th World Cancer Day (WCD) - a day that aims to bring people, communities and countries together to raise awareness and take action in the global fight against cancer. Read More
 
Skills Platform Summer Special: 10% Discount on eLearning
02/08/2018
Throughout August, visitors to the Skills Platform can enjoy an extra 10% off all eLearning courses from Skills From Health by using the promotional code 'summer18' at the checkout. Read More

Launch: The Care & Support West Training Hub
18/04/2018
Care and Support West, a leading body representing social care and health providers in the South West has joined up with Skills for Health’s Skills Platform to create an integrated online training hub for local providers. Responding to member feedback, Care and Support West has worked with the Skills Platform tackle to tackle urgent issues surrounding the provision of quality, evidence-based training in the adult care sector. Read More
 
 
The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre Network
15/02/2018
The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre (WYHEC) has spent the Autumn period working with partner organisations across health and care as well as private, voluntary and not for profit sectors to identify key areas where they could collaborate to provide cross sector training to staff. Read More

 
Digital Skills Report: Our Partnership With The Charity Learning Consortium
22/01/2018
This year, we are proud to be partnering with the Charity Learning Consortium to help expand the reach of the 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report. The Charity Learning Consortium offer cost effective, quality eLearning to more than two million people in the third sector across the UK Read More
 
 
Skills Platform September 17 Newsletter
08/09/2017
Welcome back to the latest Skills Platform Training Bulletin for September. Whether you have kids at school or not, it certainly feels like it's back to work time this week. With this in mind, we've picked out some courses that might come in handy. Read More