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EdgeWorks™ launches Health and Social Care funding alliance

Posted in Food for Thought on March 31st, 2021

During 2020 EdgeWorks™ secured access to £2m+ worth of funding to help our clients recruit and train their workforce. Typical funding values started around £5,000 for micro-employers with some larger clients securing well in excess of £50,000! This year we intend to improve on that figure, but we need employers...

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Relying on Excel can seriously damage your training and compliance

Posted in Food for Thought on December 4th, 2020

The UK government recently lost almost 16,000 positive coronavirus test results primarily because they were relying on the use of Microsoft’s Excel XLS format to underpin their data processing. This would almost be laughable if wasn’t so serious. Everybody knows that Excel is not designed to support business-critical data right?...

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The £15m training fund which only 10% of organisations are accessing

Posted in Food for Thought on November 11th, 2020

Every client we speak with tells us they could benefit from access to more funding to help deliver their training – so why are almost 90% of care providers not accessing the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). So let’s start with some basics. Skills for Care is funded by the Department of...

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Oral health training for care homes

Posted in Food for Thought on November 4th, 2020

EdgeWorks™ is pleased to announce the launch of our latest online training course ‘Oral Health for Care’ which is designed to help our clients meet their obligation to provide regular oral health training for all care staff. The course has been designed to meet the recommendations of Care Quality Commission...

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Is marking traditional workbooks during COVID-19 a bad idea?

Posted in Food for Thought on August 28th, 2020

During the past month’s schools, colleges and universities have been advised against the unnecessary marking of workbooks as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 and we think that’s sensible advice. Whilst the science behind how the virus spreads vary, everyone agrees we all need to mitigate transmission as much...

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Domiciliary Care Worker Registration

Posted in Food for Thought on April 7th, 2020

Changes to registration as a result of Covid-19 The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown have had significant effects across the care industry and its workers. In response to this difficult time, the registration process with Social Care Wales has altered to accommodate for the current challenges faced by services and...

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COVID-19 Statement

Posted in Food for Thought on March 16th, 2020

Here at EdgeWorks™ we are fortunate that our business model already enables us to facilitate ‘remote working’ for many of our staff. However, with effect from Wednesday March 18th 2020 we are implementing a ‘work from home’ policy for all staff including members of our administration team. In order to...

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Social Care Wales mandatory registration made easy

Posted in Food for Thought on March 14th, 2020

How we made care worker registration so much easier! Here at EdgeWorks™ we always try to stay ahead of the game and we do this by listening to our clients and then acting upon their feedback. So, after hearing many of our clients complain about the difficulty in getting staff...

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Giving you the Edge… the funding Edge

Posted in Food for Thought on July 25th, 2019

Is your current training provider or e-learning system simply a cost to your organisation, or do they deliver real value? That is, value in the form of helping you to access a variety of funding streams that can really turbo-charge your training strategy? Our added value In order to demonstrate...

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The “art” of the 20-minute work day

Posted in Food for Thought on June 8th, 2019

If there’s one word that strikes fear into the heart of any manager in any industry, it’s compliance. One of the things that makes compliance even more daunting than it is already, is the fact that it seems to take – or threaten to take – an exorbitant amount of...

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What every HR and training manager needs to know about the cost of inkjet printers

Posted in Food for Thought on May 11th, 2019

Inkjet printers. Do we sell them? No. Do we work on commission with anyone who deals with them? No. Do we use them? Well, yes we have done in the past, until we realised the whole printing experience was getting a little too pricey for our liking. That’s why this...

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Do you want to fast-track your induction process?

Posted in Food for Thought on December 3rd, 2018

EdgeWorks™ is pleased to announce the launch of our fast-track screening assessments designed to support initial diagnostic screening across the English (Care Certificate) Welsh (All Wales Induction Framework) and Scottish (Preparing for Practice) induction programmes. Written by subject matter experts the fast-track screening assessments will enable employers to avoid the...

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Common myths you need to know about Care Certificate

Posted in Food for Thought on November 23rd, 2018

Myth #1: Some e-learning providers claim they have been ‘licenced’ or are ‘accredited’ by Skills for Care to award the Care Certificate. Fact: Skills for Care says; ‘No provider has been licensed to award the Care Certificate, Such a licence does not exist and furthermore no providers are accredited to...

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Voluntary Organisations Disabilities Group (VODG)

Posted in Food for Thought on October 8th, 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disabilities Group (VODG) represents leading not-for-profit providers of services and support to disabled people. One of their key objectives is to bring organisations together to share knowledge, experience and promote good practice. Over the past 10+ years EdgeWorks™ has been fortunate enough to meet and in some instances...

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New Welsh induction framework e-learning launched

Posted in Food for Thought on April 3rd, 2018

EdgeWorks™ Care Academy is pleased to announce the launch of its All Wales induction framework for health and social care (adults) e-learning. It can be used to structure the induction process or to inform your current induction programme. The statutory guidance for Service Regulations 36 states; Service providers ensure they...

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Why 2018 is shaping up to be a great year

Posted in Food for Thought on December 8th, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on the year’s highlights and share with you some of the opportunities we have identified for the next 12 months. A willingness to adopt learning technology as part of the mix After 20 years working in this space, we definitely...

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The same old actions deliver the same old results

Posted in Food for Thought on September 15th, 2017

Acknowledge the issues and change will happen We meet many HR, L&D and training managers who struggle to improve their training delivery because of legacy paper-based administration, old HR systems and internal processes that are no longer fit for purpose. How can you be expected to upskill a workforce with...

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EdgeWorks™ successful in application to join Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) main provider list for delivery of Apprenticeships

Posted in Food for Thought on May 17th, 2017

Following our recent acceptance onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) list of approved providers, EdgeWorks™ is pleased to announce that we have now also achieved ‘Main Provider’ status. ‘Main Provider’ status places us alongside the very best colleges and private training organisations in the country and enables us...

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Are you still “guesstimating” your employee compliance?

Posted in Food for Thought on May 16th, 2017

People are the most important asset of any care provider and are at the heart of any successful organisation. Yet we still see many providers struggling to track and make sense of complex training matrices. Busy managers often lack the tools and systems to provide detailed and accurate data on simple...

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Care Apprenticeship End Point Assessments (EPA)

Posted in Food for Thought on March 22nd, 2017

Key to the successful achievement of an Apprenticeship standard will be the End Point Assessment (EPA) which will typically be conducted by an independent Awarding Organisation or similar. EPA for care workers will consist of both a situational assessment (60 multiple choice questions) followed by a professional discussion and evidence...

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