The Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

This fund is offered by the Department of Health to support the ongoing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector. It supports a range of units from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and some non-accredited learning programmes that have been completed and signed off by an internal verifier where the learner’s certificate is issued between 1 January to 31 March 2018.

The fund also supports the cost of substituting your staff who take time off their rota to undertake QCF training.

It does not support:

  • mandatory training
  • care certificates
  • food hygiene
  • first aid
  • moving and assisting
  • induction and refresher courses

Please see the current list of funded courses.

How to apply

Switched On Consultancy manages the fund for Kent. Contact Rogelio Alsina by email [email protected] or phone 0208 133 2839 if you’re interested in applying for funding for your care service.

Quality training is key to ensuring a competent and qualified workforce.

The following 2 links will be helpful for Registered Managers when looking for quality assured training providers.

Skills for Care finds and badges learning providers who can show high-quality learning and development to the social care sector. You can search their endorsed providers here;

The Skills for Health Quality Mark endorses superior delivery of learning and development in the health sector.

This link takes you to a list of Quality Mark providers offering training courses for health and care providers.

MidKent College training – free

Due to the availability of government funding, MidKent College is able to offer a range of short qualifications at no cost to applicants aged 19 or over who have lived in the EU for at least 3 years. A variety of fully-funded courses suitable for upskilling your employees – develop your team’s professional skills at no cost to your business.

Funded places are limited so please book early to secure your place. See details of courses and how to book.

Safeguarding training

We also offer free safeguarding training under the Care Act training for all care providers.

There are also costed options for Safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty training. See details of the course and find out how to book.

Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act, and Adult Safeguarding learning opportunities

Please find below a link to our site where you will find details of e-learning and face to face training opportunities for your organisation to access.

In summary, we have the following:

The Care Act 2014:

  • Introduction to the Care e-learning – Free access
  • Further resources on the Care Act and its impact – Free access

Safeguarding Adults:

  • 3 e-learning Modules at Level A: £35 per person, per module

Mental Capacity Act:

  • Mental Capacity Act Level 1 – Statutory Principles e-learning module: £25 per person
  • Mental Capacity Act Level 1a – Five Statutory Principles face to face course (half day): £50
  • Mental Capacity Act Level 1b – Assessment of Mental Capacity face to face course (half day): £50
  • Mental Capacity Act Level 2 – Supporting Decision Making Face to face course: £99 per person
  • Mental Capacity Act Level 3 – Decision Making authority and best interests Face to face training: £99 per person
  • Mental Capacity Act Level 4 – Restraint and Restriction face to face course (half day): £50 per person
  • Mental Capacity Act Level 5 –  DOLS face to face course: £99 per person

All of the above courses are bookable on line at the link below:

If you would like to book an in-house course for your organisation please contact Jen Neal at  [email protected] for an all-inclusive price.


STOMA Training Session – Provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) Stoma Services


This free session is available to care workers, in-house trainers, managers and nurses from care homes and Homecare services. Personal Assistants also welcome.

Program for the session

  • Introduction to Stoma Care team
  • Questions from attendees
  • What we do and don’t do!
  • Introduction to stoma care (including different types of stomas and what to expect)
  • Skin health
  • Practical – looking at different products
  • Revisit the questions from the beginning of the session
  • How to contact and find the Stoma Care team


Please choose one of the following;

Dates available Where Time

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

20 places

Tender Loving Carers Domiciliary Ltd,

108-109 John Wilson Business Park, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3QT


Tuesday 12th February 2019

20 places

Kent CC

Thistley Hill, Melbourne Avenue, Dover, Kent CT16 2JH


 Please complete the application form and return to;

[email protected] – Please return with heading “Stoma Training”

Please note; Depending on the demand for places we may have to limit attendees from each organisation.


Moving and Handling Training

Dates for the February and March sessions are now available to book onto the FREE training.

Date and Time Venue
Monday February 4th – 09:30 – 16:30 Aylesford
Thursday February 7th – 09:30 – 16:30 Chatham
Monday February 11th – 09:30 – 16:30 Aylesford
Tuesday February 12th – 09:30 – 16:30 Whitstable
Monday February 25th – 09:30 – 16:30 Aylesford
Tuesday February 26th – 09:30 – 16:30 Northfleet
Thursday February 28th – 09:30 – 16:30 Folkestone
Thursday March 7th – 09:30 – 16:30 Dover
Thursday March 21st – 09:30 – 16:30 Tunbridge Wells
Thursday March 28th – 09:30 – 16:30 Aylesford

Please complete form and send to [email protected] to book your places.

Chef’s qualification for workers within the Social Care Sector

New qualification available for Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

CTH (IOH) Level 2 Specialist Award for Chefs in Health and Social Care has now been added to our list of funded qualifications and learning programmes for the Workforce development Fund (WDF). Employers can claim £180 towards completion of this qualification.

The qualification aims to develop learner awareness of diet and appetite issues, with a focus on nutrition and hydration being important in menu planning to enhance the health and wellbeing of people receiving care and support. It will also focus on chefs in this environment being supported to ‘texture-modify’ food for individuals with dysphagia.

This qualification supports the new International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework which emerges in April 2019 to guide chefs on texture descriptors and testing methods.

Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH Awards) are seeking learning providers who are interested in delivering this qualification. For more information please contact CTH – [email protected], 020 7258 9850.

The CTH (IOH) Level 2 Specialist Award for Chefs in Health and Social Care (603/2227/5) has now been added to the list of funded qualifications for the Workforce development Fund (WDF). Employers can claim £180 towards completion of this qualification.

Cybercrime Train the Trainer Course

Commissioned by:  Kent Community Safety Partnership (KCSP)

Funded by: Kent Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

Organised by: Kent Community Safety Team (KCST)

To be delivered by: Kent Police Cyber Protect and Prevent Team

The Cybercrime Awareness Train the Trainer Course will be delivered by the Kent Police Cyber Protect & Prevent Team.  As 52% of all reported crime in Kent is online, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to hear about the current trends that Kent is facing.  

The aim of this training is to provide professionals with the relevant knowledge to be able to raise awareness of Cybercrime within your teams, organisations but most importantly within the community ensuring individuals get the advice they need to protect themselves in future.

 We would therefore like to invite you to attend one of the Train the Trainer courses listed below.  As a participant, you will be provided with a PowerPoint presentation and signposted to relevant booklets/videos etc for use when cascading this learning.  

Please note that as a delegate of this course, there is a requirement that you will feedback details of who you have trained in the 6 months after attending the course.

  1. Date: Monday 4th March 2019 (AM)

Time:              9.30 am start – 12.30 pm finish

(Registration between 9am – 9:30am)

Venue:           Oakwood House, Maidstone


  1. Date: Monday 4th March 2019 (PM)

Time:              1.30 pm start – 4.30 pm finish

(Registration between 1pm – 1:30pm)

Venue:           Oakwood House, Maidstone


  1. Date: Monday 25th March 2019 (AM)

Time:              9.30 am start – 12.30 pm finish

(Registration between 9am – 9:30am)

Venue:           Oakwood House, Maidstone


  1. Date: Monday 25th March 2019 (PM)

Time:              1.30 pm start – 4.30 pm finish

(Registration between 1pm – 1:30pm)

Venue:           Oakwood House, Maidstone

Cost:               FREE

To apply for a space on one of these events, please complete the booking form below and e-mail it to: [email protected]

Please ensure you provide your first and second choice of course, as if your first choice is full we will aim to allocate you a space on your second choice.    

All booking forms must be received no later than 20th February 2019.  We will email you by 25th February 2018 to confirm if you have been successful in securing a space.  However, if you are unsuccessful, we will add your name to a waiting list should a place become available due to cancellation.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) resources

Find training and available resources in your local area of Ashford or Canterbury. Further districts will be available in the next up and coming months.


Skills for care resources

See a list of useful resources for providers with guidance on how to use them including how to give good and outstanding care.

Mental health and wellbeing

Use this conversation starter tool to help break the ice and talk to people about their mental health issues.

Data protection

Next year, the law will be changing on data protection and the Data Protection Act will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). There will be penalties if you don’t comply with the new rules on storing and handling personal data.

See more information on the GDPR changes by Skills for Care.

Some CCGs in Kent are inviting providers to set up a secure email to support them with these changes. Contact your local CCG for more information.

Sepsis screening tool for homecare

The UK Sepsis trust developed a sepsis screening and action tool to be used by Home Care services and Community Carer’s.

Care Improvement Works

See the Care Improvement Works website for resources and tools if you are an adult social care provider regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The tools are designed to support you to strengthen the quality of your service.

The resources can help you to plan for a CQC inspection, respond to internal audits and deliver good/ outstanding care. It also gives you easy access to products and services from Skills for Care, SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence