Skills for Care has made it much easier for people who employ their own care and support staff to register on the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) by simplifying the questions being asked.
The new easy to use questionnaire for people who employ their own care and support staff makes it much easier for individual employers to register their details and complete their employee records.
The new changes, which have been created in consultation with employers, were driven by the need to know much more about this group of employers. There are now 114,500 direct payment recipients according to Skills for Care's 'State of the Adult Social Care Workforce' report.
Individual employers will now be able to apply for Training Strategy Implementation (TSI) funding to help train their personal assistants and be better able to track their staff training to make sure it matches their care needs.
From October 2010 employers will be able to look at how much they are paying their staff in comparison to other employers in their area and can easily access detailed information about the best way to recruit personal assistants from their local community.
"NMDS-SC is now the gold standard for data about adult social care but when it was set up it was designed to track organisations which is why we have created a much simpler questionnaire for individual employers," says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen.
"There has been a huge growth in this group of employers so these new changes will help them access support for training their personal assistants. It will also help us track their growth so Skills for Care can take a much more strategic view in how we support the training and knowledge needs of those employers and their staff."
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The NMDS-SC is part of Skills for Care's commitment to supporting individuals who employ their own care and support. For more information on our other products visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/individualemployers
Source Skills for Care