Skills academy offers support to social care’s top leaders

The National Skills Academy for Social Care has launched a programme to help social care's senior leaders succeed in meeting the many challenges that face them.

Social care is changing as never before, and people at senior levels are facing an unprecedented range of challenges, whether they sit in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, writes Debbie Sorkin, head of membership and engagement at the National Skills Academy for Social Care.

The skills academy believes that good leadership makes a significant difference to the lives of service users, communities, organisations and the staff who work in them. Supporting the development of senior leaders is crucial to ensuring high-quality leadership of current social care agendas and future transformation of the sector.

With this in mind, the skills academy has developed a flexible and responsive programme for people in senior level positions in social care. The Top Leaders programme is designed to focus on the specific issues facing chief executives and directors, and bring leaders together to develop their practice, build peer networks across health, social care and allied sectors, and benefit individuals and organisations alike. 

The first programme starts in May. Topics include:

• integration of health and social care
• the emerging social care market
• role of service users and communities
• funding challenges
• managing risk
• alternative business models
• the future shape of social care

The programme is backed by the following organisations:-

 The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

 The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

 The English Community Care Associastion

The National Care Forum

The programme is offered at a special subsidised rate:

Skills academy organisational/partner members £750 + VAT

Skills academy organisational/partner non-members £950 + VAT

Places are limited, so email the skills academy to book your place now. 

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