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Why qualifications are pivotal to HSC recruitment and retention strategies

Posted in Food for Thought on April 11th, 2022

As we wrote not long ago, the Government recently published a white paper entitled ‘People at the Heart of Care: which has committed £500 million of funding to help address some of the ongoing issues faced in the Health & Social Care (HSC) sector. A proportion of this money will...

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Care Home Employers: New government white paper published

Posted in Food for Thought on April 1st, 2022

If you work in the care sector, you are undoubtedly aware that a new government white paper was published recently, entitled ‘People at the Heart of Care: adult social care reform’. As you’d expect from a document of its ilk, it’s very in-depth, but we’ve read and digested it so...

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Why EdgeWorks™ is key to FitzRoy’s Recruitment & Retention strategy

Posted in Food for Thought on March 21st, 2022

Leading learning disabilities charity FitzRoy recently got in touch to tell us why joining EdgeWorks™ Funding Alliance is key to improving their Recruitment and Retention, as they look to buck the trend of high staff turnover, vacancy rates and competition for quality staff. FitzRoy also shared an insight into how they...

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Introducing… the 20 minute working week!

Posted in Food for Thought on February 25th, 2022

OK, so a 20 minute work week really is wishful thinking… but we at EdgeWorks™ CAN drastically reduce the time it takes to manage your complex Health and Social Care training plans… Our system, EdgeWorks™ Care Academy, streamlines and automates your tracking and reporting. In fact, this task will usually only...

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EdgeWorks™ launches first-of-its-kind ‘Funding Alliance’

Posted in Food for Thought on January 17th, 2022

We are excited to announce that we’re launching a  pioneering new programme called ‘EdgeWorks™ Funding Alliance’. It’s set to be the only ‘Health & Social Care (HSC) Funding Alliance’ dedicated to winning bids that support recruitment, induction and in-work progression. After years of working within the HSC sector,  creating the...

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HSC news: deadline for Workforce Development Fund (WDF) applications coming up

Posted in Food for Thought on January 17th, 2022

The 2021/22 Workforce Development Fund funding stream is closing soon, with final declaration forms to be submitted by 28th February 2022. The fund, which was released last year by the Department of Health, to be disbursed by Skills for Care, can be put toward a wide variety of courses and...

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EdgeWorks™ Funding Alliance update

Posted in Food for Thought on September 16th, 2021

For many Health and Social Care (HSC) employers securing access to funding to support recruitment, training and retention often feels like a lottery, with many organisations lacking the in-house expertise or resources to fully identify and win bids. This means many are simply missing out on significant support that can...

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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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