Leadership and commissioning may be among the areas focused on by a skills academy for the adults’ social care sector.
Proposals for training service users to employ personal assistants are also among proposals put forward by a consortium, which includes Skills for Care, the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the Department of Health.
The proposals, which have been submitted to adult learning body the Learning and Skills Council, so far form the only bid for the “employer-led, sector-based” academy, which is due to open in March 2009.
It was a key proposal from last year’s report for the DH on improving the quality and status of adult social care, by Denise Platt, chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
Skills for Care is to develop national standards to underpin the group’s proposals. A national accreditation scheme would allow training providers to apply for a “kitemark” for their own courses. Funding would come from several sources, including membership fees from social care providers.
A detailed business plan, which is being drawn up by Scie, will be submitted to the government next month.