Social Care

Supporting the Social Care workforce

Skills for Care
Skills for Care

For the latest information on adult social care sector- visit Skills for Care website

Events and Networks

View list of local and national events and networks that support the adult social care sector with their workforce development needs.

Careers in Social Care
Think Care Careers

Find out more about the various roles available in social care.

News and Events

  • Knowledge and library services

Social Care App – Free educational App for care home colleagues

End of Life Care

Social care nursing placements offer a wealth of opportunity with employers and practice learning partners playing a key role in supporting students to reach their full potential in developing their knowledge and skills within the learning environment.

With an ongoing demand for nurses and nursing associates within the sector there is a need to increase placement capacity. This guidance is aimed at employers and those considering hosting students to help them navigate the process of linking in with higher education institutions and highlights the benefits that there are for employers in hosting students. 

It’s been developed in collaboration with: 

  • higher education institutions nationally
  • student nurses and nursing associates
  • employers who are already hosting students
  • regional integrated care boards
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council and partner agencies who are committed to increasing placement capacity within social care.

How to make the most of student nurse placements in social care settings

Supporting the understanding of nursing placements within social care. This guide is aimed at social care employers, student nurses and higher education providers.

Care Certificate: The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors.


Core and Mandatory Training:  Guide to developing your staff – Core and mandatory training, refreshing knowledge and skills in a variety of topic areas based on a review of legislation, guidelines, statutory guidance, standards and recommendations

End of Life Care

Every Mind Matters: expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing for Registered Managers: a bite- size practical guide

The Care Workers Charity
Mental health and wellbeing fund available from the Care Workers Charity, as well as crisis grants and emergency fund.

Helplines for social care workers
■ Shout provides a free 24/7 text
support service.
Text FRONTLINE to 85258 to talk by text with a trained crisis volunteer.
■ Call Samaritans’ dedicated
confidential support line for free on 0800 069 6222
■ Call Hospice UK grief, bereavement and trauma line 0300 030 4434 free and in confidence