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.

National recruitment campaign: Every day is different when you care
The Department of Health and Social Care is running a national recruitment campaign to drive applications into the adult social care sector. The campaign launched on 12th February with national and regional media engagement.

To support this campaign eTraining have developed a Free Manager Workshop to provide managers with tools, skills and ideas to improve the recruitment process of new staff into the Health and Social care sector. 

The work shop will cover topics such as:
Missions Statements
Equality and Diversity
Promotion and advertising
Interview process
Barriers and obstacles
Sharing ideas and success stories
plus, much more…….


Date: Thursday 28th March             Time: 10:00-12:00
Location: Barham Business park, Elham Valley Road, Barham, Canterbury Kent

To secure your FREE place contact Kim on 07760888498 or [email protected]

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.

FREE HR Session By Peninsula for Care Providers

Due to high demand for the HR session provided in February, Peninsula are offering another free event 09:30-13:00  in Canterbury on 09 May 2019. To view session content and booking details please follow this link.


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
New Dates to be announced soon    

 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
New Dates to be announced soon  

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.


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