Elevate Training and Development Social Work CPD Newsletter July 2013


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Elevate Training and Development Social Work CPD Newsletter July 2013

  1. 1. June 2013 Volume 1, Issue 2 Social Work CPD Special Interest Article and Feature: ASYE: Do Locum Social Workers Need To Do This? • What is the Assessed and Supported Year In Employment • What does the skills council say? PLUS What Every Consultant Needs To Know About the ASYE, Holistic Assessment and PCF Also in this issue: Practice Issues CPD Training Stress management Webinar of the Month Book Review Future Training 90 Day Court Skills Programme Elevate Training and Development “Supporting the Continuing Professional Development requirements of Independent & Locum social workers” Welcome This is our second newsletter of the year for consultants and we would like to thank those who have already given feedback about its usefulness in supporting recruitment companies who use our service to help locum social workers access the training portal. We have been busy adding lots of good content to the website and some of the highlights News From Elevate ASYE: Do Locum Social Workers Need To Do This? News this week indicates that the old practice of NQSW‘s only needing to get experience as an unqualified social worker before being placed as a social worker, to the new ASYE requirements has begun across many local authorities affecting work placements of locum social workers who are not on ASYE courses. The social work reform board agreed that all NQSW’s would now need to complete the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment without exception. Some recruitment companies do not place social workers who are NQSWs or may not do so now the criteria has some of the highlights include a complete training page on court skills which is what you as consultants have told us is the major request from your candidates. On the resource page we have as of today 6 webinars on court skills also uploaded as audio’s for those who just want to listen. Password Issues Please encourage your locums to confirm their the link which we send them from Elevate Training and Development. This allows us to send them information about the live training and also their important documents Reflective logs Please remind locums to complete them and send them in to us for evidence of learning. changed. However the changes came into force in September 2012 and some social workers who qualified in July 2012 may need to be put on the ASYE, they include those who are currently practicing as locums. Several consultants have contacted us to discuss if our training supports the ASYE. Our answer is our CPD training is designed for social workers at all levels of the PCF (Performance Capability Framework) including NQSWs. However the ASYE is not just about CPD training it is a process of post qualifying achievement. We contacted the ASYE Team at the Education Department for more information and they told us “The ASYE can be used in all settings including the voluntary, private and independent sectors. The role in which the NQSW is employed needs to include work that is of a sufficient level and kind to meet the expectations of all nine domains of the PCF at ASYE level. We would encourage small employers to join partnerships in their area to ensure sufficient support is available for the NQSW and employers. This is in line with Social Work Reform Board partnership principles.” The ASYE Team See Guidance Below
  2. 2. “Good Practice is Listening to what service users and Carers say, then doing it!” The HCPC have approved the 2012 - 2013 Fitness to Practice Annual report, for the first time social workers will be included following the transition from the GSCC. This is of particular interest to consultants as tracking the Fitness to practice criteria and outcomes of cases is relevant on several levels. In June 2013 a Social Worker was suspended from the register by the HCPC. The Panel decided the HCPC Update: Social Work the Protected Title Hertfordshire Council have introduced a Specialist Social Care team for Asperger’s Syndrome. Hertfordshire Council explained that after gathering a lot of feedback from Carers, those suffering with Asperger’s Syndrome and many with high-functioning autism, they decided to implement changes to help with the requests. A spokesperson expressed that ‘consistent complaints about problems fitting in to the Practice Issues: Herts sets up team for Asperers Rekindle your interest in your job Find out all you can about a “Hot” topic in your field: If you are to remain in your job you need to stop your dwindling interest in your work and revamp your awareness of why this is the job for you. Social Work Wellbeing: Stress Management Tips The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to suspend Joanna Clare Burgess from the Register for a period of twelve months with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period. This was because she was convicted of one count of using threatening or insulting words or disorderly behavior within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress at Kettering Magistrates’ Court. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally. traditional learning disability and Mental Health services’ lead them to request being supported in a different way. So, Hertfordshire Council listened and started to develop a new team exclusively for Asperger’s Syndrome cases. The team is multi-skilled, bringing in the best and most experienced for the job. It consists of a manager, four social workers, a specialist transition coordinator, and employment officer and two community care officers. Alongside this will work an Asperger’s expert; a person with Asperger’s who can be relied upon to support and advise sufferers and their families. The team will support families in many different areas including future planning, further education, financial advice, employment and housing. Many professionals have updated legislation regularly sent to them or look in social work magazines. Surf the internet for the issues and talk about it in team meeting. See what other teams or authorities are doing about the subject. Write a summary about the key points and send them to your colleagues
  3. 3. The ASYE is based on the holistic assessment of the capabilities of social workers entering their first year of practice. They need to pass this year in order to practice as a qualified social worker and progress along the levels of the PCF. The College of social work states the following in their document “Principles and conditions for holistic assessment” These principles apply to assessment across the whole of the professional capabilities framework. 1. Assessment is progressive over a period of time (e.g. initial qualifying placement, ASYE), leading to effective summative assessment. 2. Assessment must be consistent with the appropriate PCF level descriptor, and include sufficiency and depth of evidence across all nine domains. What Every Consultant Needs To Know About the ASYE, Holistic Assessments and the PCF “All of your locums need to have a Continuing Professional Development Profile.” 3. Individual capability statements will be important in terms of providing detail of expectations for each domain, and particularly significant to identify gaps, areas of development or concerns. 4. The assessment process and judgment must be trustworthy, reliable and transparent (e.g. include clear guidance in handbooks, assessment panels, triangulated evidence, audit trails) 5. Evidence must include the ability to reflect critically, including reference to different sources of knowledge and research. 6. The learner will contribute evidence for assessment but the professional judgment of sufficiency must be made by a registered social worker (at initial qualifying level, assessors must meet the Practice Educator Professional Standards). Finally….. We are here to help you ensure you retain your locums and this is a partnership Encourage your locum social workers to read the PCF which is relevant for all social workers not just NQSW’s Encourage your locum social workers to undertake learning activities on the website – there is lots of choice Let us know if they would like other training areas covered Contact us to let us know how we can help with any issues Encourage Locums to evidence their learning Discount of the Month: 60% off normal price now £414 Court Skills Intensive 90 Day Coaching Programme A whole day total immersion workshop – with fellow delegates, the social worker gets a chance to work on delivery & prepare for court and includes: • Mindset – we spend time looking at internal voices and coping mechanisms, building up resilience and social work expertise • Evidence giving – interviewing and cross examination practice • Close examination of statements and care plans • Understanding of how the legal system operates, court rules, legal language, roles & responsibilities The day will be facilitated by Team Managers in Frontline teams, a Solicitor and a Children’s Guardian and an Expert Witness Follow up repetition and embedding sessions – 3 Mentoring and coaching sessions held on a monthly basis Monthly online community Final webinar at 90 days CPD Certificate “Court Skills Intensive 90 days coaching programme” based on reflective log submission CD on court skills to use at home Attendance is by Application only please email info@SocialWorkProcesses.co.uk
  4. 4. Diabetes is an epidemic challenging not just the health service but also social care services. The rise in diabetes has had an impact on adults and children’s services. Presented by Katherine Holden, an experienced Holistic Health Coach Solicitor and author Lynn Davis allowed us to interview her for our court skills training, the audio is available for those who undertake our intensive court skills coaching programme. See You in Court is a guide for social workers on being a witness in care Book Review: See You in Court: A Social Worker's Guide to Presenting Evidence in Care Proceedings Lynn Davis Elevate Training and Development is a training company that offers virtual learning environments as well as face to face training. Our training to About Our Company Elevate Training & Development 132 Hither Green Lane London SE13 6QA PHONE: 0208 852 8881 E-MAIL: info@SocialWorkProceses.co.uk Twitter @gradle Director Gradle Gardner Martin Administrator Emman Sioco Larissa Martin Trainer/ Training Manager Sandy D’silva process of giving evidence, including how to deal with cross- examination. The material is supported by case studies and checklists. It is available to buy in our resources section or at Amazon. proceedings. This book answers questions frequently asked by social workers in real cases, and gives information on court structures, basic rules of evidence, the roles of those involved in the proceedings, and court etiquette. It also discusses the trained in Naturopathic Nutrition, she can be contacted through our website. The webinar was not intended for medical advice but to offer social work practitioners an understanding of how people use alternative medicines. There were interesting questions and discussions which were generated and the website contain questions and handouts that will help professional self development. Locums should complete their reflective logs if they undertake this learning. locum and independent social workers offers accessible training at a reasonable price. We are skilled and practicing social workers in the field and we are keen to support the continued profession of social work. Please contact us for a full brochure. Webinar of the Month: Diabetes, the social challenge The Training Portal for Social Workers www.SocialWorkProcesses.co.uk