Care Academy

Care Academy

Care Academy training for individual employers and Personal Assistants (PAs)

Free training for disabled people employing a personal assistant and their personal assistants (PAs).

New for 2019 – Self help via online learning plus new employer and PA induction training.

The dates and times for the workshops this Autumn have just been released, please scroll further down this page. ūüôā

For many people, using their direct payments to employ a personal assistant in care is a very good option. It allows you to be in control of who helps you in your daily life and your care. This means, however, that you become an employer, which involves a certain amount of knowledge. At The Disability Resource Centre, we can help you through this process. Our induction courses will teach you how to look after your employees and meet regulations.

In addition, we provide training to enhance the skills of your personal assistant, with general and bespoke training courses, all meeting the standards of the Care Certificate, as well as training in specific health conditions.

To achieve the care certificate qualification all our workshop attendees will need to arrange an assessment in their place of work, by their employer.

This free training is available for disabled people employing a personal assistant and their personal assistants.

If you are a newly-employed, or existing personal assistant, we will help you improve your skills in a way that is specific to your role.

Our courses are also available to external agencies. Please contact us for prices.

The Care Certificate is aimed at health and social care workers, both those already in employment, and those starting a new job. By attending the following workshops marked by an asterisk (*), you could complete all the knowledge based elements of the Care Certificate.

All workshops take place at The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP.

For more information please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.


Workshops for employers

Induction programme to help you understand your new role

  • Recruitment of PAs
  • Equality and diversity
  • Attend PA workshops

Workshops for PAs

  • Understand your role
  • How to work in a person-centered manner
  • How to communicate well
  • Maintaining privacy and dignity¬†
  • Your duty of care
  • Safeguarding
  • Moving and handling¬†
  • Basic life support
  • Health and safety
  • Infection prevention & control
  • Fluids and nutrition
  • How to handle information

Awareness sessions can include specific health conditions such as deafness, autism, dementia & mental health.


Support groups for employers and PAs

Learn from other people doing the same role as you.


Useful links

Skills for Care Information Hub

All about the Care Certificate on the Skills for Care website

An A to Z of links to all the learning and development resources on the Skills for Care website

Find best practice and the very best resources for PAs and carers on the Learn from Others website

The all important Care Certificate Standards, a PDF from the Skills for Care website

A full set of links to all the resources and support for the Care Certificate on the Skills for Life website


Care Academy workshops leading to the Care Certificate

Here are the dates and times for the workshops this Autumn:

Workshop

Date

Time

Introduction to working in Health and Social Care (Personal Assistants)

Every Friday

10:00 – 12:00

Moving and Handling

3/9/2019

09:30 – 13:30

Introduction to Care Academy

6/9/2019

13:00 – 15:00

*Understand your role

13/9/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Handling Information

13/9/2019

13:00 – 16:00

Moving and Handling

17/9/2019

09:30 – 13:30

*Health and Safety

20/9/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Infection Prevention and Control

20/9/2019

13:00 – 16:00

Employers Support Group

26/9/2019

13:00 – 15:00

PAs Support Group

26/9/2019

13:00 – 15:00

*Learning Disability Awareness

27/9/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Your Personal Development

27/9/2019

13:00 – 16:00

*Duty of Care

4/10/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Fluids and Nutrition

4/10/2019

13:00 – 16:00

*Safeguarding

11/10/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Communication

11/10/2019

13:00 – 16:00

*Privacy and Dignity

18/10/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Work in a Person Centred Way

18/10/2019

13:00 – 16:00

Moving and Handling

22/10/2019

09:30 – 13:30

Deaf Awareness

24/10/2019

09:30 – 12:30

Introduction to British Sign Language (session 1)

24/10/2019

13:00 – 16:00

Employer Support Group

31/10/2019

13:00 – 15:00

PA Support Group

31/10/2019

13:00 – 15:00

Introduction to British Sign Language (sessions 2 and 3)

31/10/2019

09:30 -16:00

*Emergency First Aid

8/11/2019

09:30 – 16:30

*Mental Health Awareness

15/11/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Dementia Awareness

15/11/2019

13:00 – 16:00

Direct Payment Awareness

22/11/2019

09:30 – 12:30

*Equality & Diversity

22/11/2019

13:00 – 16:00

Employers Support Group

28/11/2019

13:00 – 15:00

PA Support Group

28/11/2019

13:00 – 15:00

Food Safety

29/11/2019

09:30 – 16:30

Moving and Handling

5/11/2019

09:30 – 13:30

Moving and Handling

19/11/2019

09:30 – 13:30

*The Care Certificate is aimed at health and social care workers, both those already in employment, and those starting a new job. By attending the following workshops marked by an asterisk (*), you could complete all the knowledge based elements of the Care Certificate.

The training is mapped to the Care Certificate to ensure that it meets the industry standards and results in the highest quality of care. The Care Certificate provides really important and worthwhile training to help in your role, and promote your career development. It forms the building blocks to further progression to a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.


If you are interested in becoming a Personal Assistant (PA), we have drop in sessions on Fridays from 10am Р12 noon for you to find out about becoming a personal assistant in care.


  

Please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.


All workshops take place at The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP.

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