Social Care Commitment Week kicks off on Monday 7 November both to celebrate the progress of those that have already signed up and also to encourage more employers to make the commitment.
Over the last three years more than 3000 employers – and thousands of their employees – have used the commitment’s seven ‘I will’ statements to help them support people who have care and support needs to access high quality services.
The ‘I will’ statements are associated tasks that everyone who signs up to the commitment needs to do and the key to its success is that it is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of different employers.
An independent evaluation of the Social Care Commitment found 93% of employers surveyed said they would recommend signing up to others. That’s because amongst other benefits 67% said staff turnover had reduced, 65% reported that dignity in the care provided had improved and 63% of employers said there has been an improvement in how staff are trained and developed.
The other big plus of the commitment is that employees can sign up too with slightly different ‘I will’ statements and associated tasks. Employees who made their own commitment said the most significant benefits are improving the quality of care they deliver which leads to a range of day to day benefits including improved training, common goals and better team work.
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “The positive feedback tells us that signing up to the Social Care Commitment really does help employers develop the skills and knowledge of their workers which is the bedrock of high quality services.
“All this week our dedicated helpdesk team are standing by to help employers sign up and find out how to make best use of the commitment.”
Another plus point of signing up is employers can use statements and tasks as supporting evidence for Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections and CQC registered organisations will be listed on the ‘who’s signed up?’ page of the Social Care Commitment website and the NHS Choices website.
Vicci Dodds is the Registered Manager at Old Court Barn which is a residential care home which specialises in caring for people with learning disabilities. Vicci signed up last year and is urging other employers to give it a go.
Vicci Dodds said: “I signed the Social Care Commitment to show that we are committed to delivering a high standard of care to our residents. We encouraged all staff to sign the Social Care Commitment and it enabled us to reflect and evaluate our work practices.
“We used the ‘I will’ statements and tasks as training sessions to ensure all staff are trained at the same level. The group sessions enabled everyone to talk about the meaning of each task and how we are meeting it or could improve.”
• During the week, employers can either sign up or publicly declare their commitment on social media by using the hashtag #SCCWeek. For more information on how you can get involved visit www.thesocialcarecommitment.org.uk/sccweek