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Training for Informatics in Social Care

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Skills for Care (part of the Sector Skills Council) is looking to ‘professionalise’ the role of informatics in social care. Over the last 18 months Skills for Care has been working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre to identify the social care informatics workforce in the statutory, private, independent and voluntary sectors in social care and to scope out their professional needs.

This current invitation to tender reflects specific gaps which were highlighted as priorities, but it is envisaged that more programmes will be identified as the project progresses depending on the successful implementation of these across the sector.

Invitations are sought from proven learning provider organisations with regard to 2 separate learning programmes for informatics as follows:

Introductory programme

The introductory programme will be for staff new to the organisation or new to either the role or to social care.  It will give a baseline from which to progress in the future.  Thus it can be studied by anyone who thinks it will be relevant to their role, or indeed forthcoming roles.

Leadership programme 

This course is based around equipping managers to lead an informatics workforce, to understand how they can collaborate with other areas / sectors to enhance their work outcomes, to effectively lead and equip informatics teams to ensure outcomes based performance, to have confidence in their product and the role of informatics, to influence decision makers in transforming services and organisations and to contribute to the wider discussion of the informatics profession.

Deadline for proposals: 28 Sept 2015

For more information, see: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Get-involved/Tendering-opportunities/Tender-adverts/Production-of-learning-and-development-materials-for-informatics.aspx

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Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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