Skills for Care tackle core skills in social care


Skills for Care has launched new learning activities to help care workers develop English, number, digital and employability skills such as team work and problem solving.

Core skills ensure workers deliver high quality and safe care and support, to complete everyday tasks such as communicating with the individuals they support, writing a care plan, booking a health appointment online and recording fluid intake.

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There is also guidance for managers to help them address core skills in the workplace and develop the core skills of their staff.

Why you can’t ignore core skills in social care

  1. There are higher than average skills gaps in the sector

A report by UKCES claims that despite a surge in job openings, the number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130% since 2011 in the UK.


In the health and social care sector, around 19% of employers reported having skills gaps in their workforce (compared to 15% for total economy).



  1. Social care is all about communicating

High quality care is underpinned by good communication skills.

It’s needed to engage with people who need support to understand their care needs and communicate with colleagues and health professionals to ensure person centred care can be delivered.


  1. CQC requirements

Reporting is now an important aspect of any social care service, to ensure you can evidence how the care you provide meets CQC key lines of enquiry.

English skills, including writing, reading and spoken communication, ensure that this evidence is recorded accurately.


  1. Increasing demands to make the move to digital

In one survey, Skills for Care reported that 95% of participants used digital technology for at least one work related activity.

Digital technology is increasingly being used across a range of social care tasks including the use of e:learning, assistive technology such as falls monitors, digital care plans, telecare systems and internet searches.

Digital skills ensure workers are confident using appropriate digital technology in your role.


  1. Keeping workers happy and healthy

The Health and Safety Executive describes stress at work as a ‘major problem,’ accounting for around 40% of all work-related illness.


Work-related stress is a particular issue in social care. Yes, care work is rewarding: but it is also inherently stressful.


The ability to manage your own resilience, health and wellbeing is one of the core skills care workers need to ensure they stay happy and healthy, and therefore motivated, at work.


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