Looking for a board position?

Looking for a Board position?

Need support to successfully achieve a public appointment?

Below are some exciting opportunities that will help you to Get On Board today!

Appointment of Chair to the Innovation Point Board

We have been asked by the sponsored division to let you have a copy of this advert and I would be grateful if you could circulate it as widely as possible.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 4 November 2016.  Our website can be viewed here: www.wales.gov.uk/publicappointments

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below. Regards  Leighton  Ffon / Tel : (029) 2082 5454 E-Bost: / E-Mail : SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk



Appointment of Vice-Chair and Independent Members to NHS Wales

We have been asked by the sponsored division to let you have a copy of this advert and I would be grateful if you could circulate it as widely as possible.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 16 November 2016.   Our website can be viewed here: www.wales.gov.uk/publicappointments  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below.  Regards  Leighton Ffon / Tel : (029) 2082 5454 E-Bost: / E-Mail : SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk


Chwarae Teg are recruiting for :

People Development Partner x 4 ( 2 x covering SEW, 2 x covering SWW)  Closing date: Midday 14th November 2016

Participation Partner – Covering North Wales; Home based  Closing date: Midday 7th November 2016

Adverts attached, any further information please contact Gemma Hughes HR & Recruitment Partner – 07950 492103, Gemma.Hughes@chwaraeteg.com



BAWSO have a current vacancy for a  Full Time  Administrator based in Swansea.   – advert attached

For more information about the post and application pack please email recruitment@bawso.org.uk or visit their website www.bawso.org.uk. The closing date for receiving applications for the above post is Monday 7th November 2016. 


Penodi Cadeirydd i Fwrdd yr Arloesfa

Gofynnwyd inni anfon copi o’r hysbyseb hon atoch chi gan yr is-adran noddi a byddwn yn ddiolchgar pe gallech ei dosbarthu mor eang â phosib.

4 Tachwedd 2016 yw’r dyddiad cau ar gyfer derbyn ceisiadau.   Gallwch weld ein gwefan yma: www.llyw.cymru./penodiadaucyhoeddus  Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau, mae croeso i chi gysylltu â mi ar y rhif isod.  Cofion  Leighton  Ffon / Tel : (029) 2082 5454 E-Bost: / E-Mail : SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Penodi Is-Gadeirydd ac Aelodau Annibynnol i GIG Cymru

Gofynnwyd inni anfon copi o’r hysbyseb hon atoch chi gan yr is-adran noddi a byddwn yn ddiolchgar pe gallech ei dosbarthu mor eang â phosib.  16 Tachwedd 2016 yw’r dyddiad cau ar gyfer derbyn ceisiadau.  Gallwch weld ein gwefan yma: www.llyw.cymru./penodiadaucyhoeddus  Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau, mae croeso i chi gysylltu â mi ar y rhif isod.  Cofion  Leighton Ffon / Tel : (029) 2082 5454 E-Bost: / E-Mail : SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk




Why the underfunding of domiciliary care matters – and what it means for Wales

There’s a really interesting article on the Institute of Welsh Affairs website this week which explores the implications of tightening budgets on the care sector in Wales.

Read more here: http://www.iwa.wales/click/2016/10/underfunding-domiciliary-care-matters-means-wales/

Getting in on the Act Bulletin – Issue 8




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In this issue:

New! Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

Hub records quarter of a million page views

New! Co-production expert classes

New! Secure estate e-learning module

New! User-led co-operatives factsheets

Coming soon!


Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

Welcome to the latest issue of the Getting in on the Act Bulletin. A new set of introduction and awareness resources around the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 is now available on the Hub.

The awareness-raising materials consist of a PowerPoint presentation, which provides an overview of the Act and what it means for the social care sector; four handouts on key parts of the Act, such as responsible individuals and the implications for local authorities and service providers; and a series of frequently asked questions on topics, such as workforce regulation, the regulation of social care providers and Social Care Wales.

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Hub’s quarter of a million page views

The Hub has recorded more than a quarter of a million page views since it was launched 16 months ago to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Designed as a one-stop-shop for all the information and learning materials about the Act, it launched with just seven pages in May 2015 and is now home to some 500 individual resource items. The most popular pages to date have been the home page with more than 60,000 page views, the information page on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act with almost 40,000 page views and the learning resources with more than 37,000 page views.

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New! Co-production expert classes

Interested in learning more about co-production? The Care Council and co-production consultants Ruth Dineen and Noreen Blanluet, the co-founders of Co-production Wales, are hosting four one-day expert classes on co-production in health and social care. The sessions, which are aimed at health and social care professionals in Wales, will look at the part co-production plays in public services and its key role under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The expert classes will take place on 16 November in Cardiff, 29 November in Carmarthen, 10 January in Llandudno and 13 January in Aberystwyth. For more information, visit the Hub’s Events page.

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Want to test your knowledge of assessing and meeting needs in the secure estate? A new bilingual e-learning module, which provides learners with a detailed overview of how the care and support needs of individuals in the secure estate should be assessed and met, is now available on the Care Council’s Learning Zone. The module is part of the fifth core module that explores how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 affects people in the secure estate.

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New! Secure estate briefing paper

A new briefing document on resettlement for local authorities without a secure estate establishment in their area has been added to the Hub. The five-page briefing document considers the implications of Part 11 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 for those local authorities, not only in regards to children where the responsibility normally remains with the home local authority, but also in the planning and delivery of adult prisoner resettlement. The new briefing paper is available here.

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A series of five factsheets on user-led co-operatives and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 has been published on the Hub. The factsheets, which were developed by Disability Wales and the Social Co-operation Forum, feature an overview of user-led co-operatives, a guide to user-led co-operatives under the Act, and information about how to set up your own co-operative. You can find the factsheets here.

The factsheets are the final set of learning materials developed by the Care Council in collaboration with the voluntary sector to be published on the Hub. The series of bilingual resources also explore advocacy, working with carers and working with deafblind people under the Act – you can find more information here.

APSO training for authorised officers

The first phase of training for authorised officers on Adult Protection and Support Orders (APSO) is taking place this month. Developed by Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) and IPC on behalf of the Care Council, the one-day training will take authorised officers through the process of applying for an APSO and is being delivered to two local authority authorised officers and one legal officer from each county in Wales.

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Sharing the Learning events

Would you like to find out more about the different learning materials now available on the Hub? The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 training group is running three half-day training events this autumn to familiarise workforce development leads in the social care sector with the wide range of resources on the Hub. The events are taking place in Cardiff on 11 November, Llandudno on 17 November and Port Talbot on 30 November. For more information, visit the Hub’s Events page.6c2c8a05-59b8-452b-a745-47aaa5ff252b.gif

Social Services Practitioners’ programme launched

The Care Council has commissioned The Open University, to work in partnership with it and local authorities, to deliver a two-year Social Services Practitioner programme pilot. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and its codes of practice highlight the need for those involved in assessments to have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to do so – underpinned by an appropriate social care qualification.

The new pilot programme aims to meet this need, qualifying workers to deliver a range of support services from advice to managed care, under the supervision of a registered practitioner. Completion will see candidates achieve a Certificate in Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) – a Level 4 qualification that will assure their competence in practice.

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Introduction and Awareness pack updated

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 Introduction and Awareness pack has been updated to reflect the codes of practice and statutory guidance. The pack is designed to give those who are affected by the Act an overview of the law and to provide a foundation for further in-depth and specialist training. It was the first in a suite of materials to be developed to support the implementation of the Act and aims to support training facilitators in delivering a short introductory awareness-raising workshop.

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Evaluation report published

An independent evaluation into the first year of the national training programme for the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, produced by ICF Consulting Services on behalf of the Care Council, is now available on the Hub. The bilingual report takes an in-depth look at how training was delivered up until the end of March 2016 and the impact the programme has had on the knowledge and skills of staff in the social care, health, independent and voluntary sectors.

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Citizens Advice report

Citizens Advice has published a report that aims to shape how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is put into practice, particularly in relation to Information, Advice and Assistance services, using examples of those who are receiving care and support, as well as those who are new to the social care system. Accessing and Paying for Social Care in Wales: A People’s Perspective also makes a series of recommendations about how the Act can help meet people’s care and support needs. To download the report, visit Citizens Advice.

Action on Elder Abuse conference

Do you work with older people? Action on Elder Abuse Cymru is holding its first national annual conference, Financially Safe and Secure? Protecting Older People from Financial Abuse, on 21 November in City Hall, Cardiff. The conference aims to share good practice and learning from across Wales and the UK. There will also be a number of workshops, including one on the role of advocacy and how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 aims to safeguard older people from financial abuse. For more information, visit Action on Elder Abuse Cymru.

Co-operative workshops

Are you looking to set up co-operative care and support services? The Wales Co-operative Centre is running four free workshops this November for those planning co-operative care and support services. The workshops are taking place in Wrexham on 1 November, Newport on 2 November, Caernarfon on 8 November and Carmarthen on 10 November. For more information, visit the Events page of the Hub.

Hub Prospectus

Looking for an overview of all the learning materials that are available on the Hub? The Hub Prospectus provides an at-a-glance hyperlinked guide to all the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 resources to make it easy for you to find the materials you’re looking for. You can download the Prospectus here.

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Case studies

A series of case studies around assessments for adults, children and carers.

Updated safeguarding pack

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Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act film

A short animated film that provides an overview of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.

Principles resource guide

An updated version of the principles resource guide.

Social enterprise resource guide

The guide to resources on social enterprises, co-operatives, user-led services and the third sector is being refreshed.


Find this bulletin useful? If so, please circulate it as widely as possible around your organisation. You’ll find this issue and previous editions on the Hub. We’d also love to hear from you if you have any news or are planning any events around the Act. Email us at hub


SUSY videos showcase solidarity economy

Social Co-op Forum member, Pat Conaty, is currently working on a three-year ‘SUSY’ project, which has brought together 26 partners from 23 European territories. The project is focusing on the solidarity economy in the North West of England, the North East of England, Greater London and the South East of England, in addition to the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Co-op College have made three short films to explore what motivates the people involved in the solidarity economy, and how it benefits both the people employed in this way and those using their services and products.

More information can be found at: https://www.co-op.ac.uk/2016/01/susy-videos-showcase-solidarity-economy/



Care to Co-operate Autumn workshops launched – Getting in on the Act: How to Set Up and Run Co-operative Care and Support Services

This free practical workshop is designed for people planning to set-up co-operative care and well-being support services.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act creates exciting opportunities for how care and well-being support services are delivered in Wales. It calls for more co-operatives, social enterprises, and user-led groups to be involved in providing personal care and well-being support services. This is because these organisations seek to place people at the heart of decisions about the type of support they access.

This innovative workshop is designed for people who are planning to set-up new care and well-being support services encouraged by the Act. It provides a comprehensive overview of how to develop a new service from an initial idea.

Through a combination of presentations, films and group activities, the workshop will guide you through the steps involved in finalising your business strategy, choosing your legal model and governance, and taking advantage of new opportunities to grow.

You will have the chance to apply your learning through an interactive case-study, where the decisions you make will determine the strategy and legal structure, of a potential service.

The aims of the workshop are:

  1. To show how the principles of co-operation link to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.
  2. To provide a practical step-by-step guide to forming a business strategy.
  3. To introduce a range of legal models and show the differences between them.
  4. To provide an overview of governance responsibilities and shared decision-making.
  5. To give participants the chance to test and apply their learning.
  6. To provide practical examples of opportunities to grow and develop services.

When, where and how to book:

Tuesday 1st November

Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

10am – 4pm

Lunch will be provided

To book a place please click here

Wednesday 2nd November

Castle Room, Newport Centre, Newport

10am – 4pm

Lunch will be provided

To book a place please click here

Tuesday 8th November

Galeri, Caernarfon

10am – 4pm

Lunch will be provided

To book a place please click here

Thursday 10th November

Hafan Cymru, Carmarthen

10am – 4pm

Lunch will be provided

To book a place please click here

New report into Social Innovation in home care of the elderly

New Report: Why we need social innovation in home care of the elderly 19th September 2016

Professor Ian Rees Jones collaborates on new Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) report. The joint report launched on 12 September 2016 at the Fairer Futures: Reshaping Care for Older People symposium, argues that, with a social innovation approach, local authorities could provide better home care which benefited carers and cared.

Published to coincide with the symposium, a collaboration between Alliance Manchester Business School’s Health Services Research Centre, WISERD, the Fairness at Work Research Centre and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research into Ageing, the report argues that having good intentions alone in adult care is not enough.

See more at: http://www.wiserd.ac.uk/news/latest-news/new-report-why-we-need-social-innovation-home-care-elderly/#sthash.CPpkOby5.5upEnAPP.dpuf

New user-led co-operative factsheets now available

A set of five factsheets have been developed by Disability Wales and the Social Co-operation Forum, to help implement the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, with a specific focus on user-led co-operatives.

The resources aim to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of user-led co-operatives in providing social care and support; inspire the development of user-led co-operatives delivering social care and support; and provide information to support the development of user-led co-operatives.

The factsheets can be accessed on the Care Council for Wales Learning Hub:


“Getting Social Businesses in on the Act” – Part 1 of 7

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act – New market opportunities for Welsh social businesses

1. Preamble

Social Business Wales exists to support social businesses to grow via strategies focused on developing products and services, diversify into markets and through collaboration. Its Market Development Advisers specifically look for opportunities to help our clients access new markets and market segments in order to grow their businesses. Social Business Wales is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre as part of Business Wales services.

We’ve embarked on an investigation to establish the most appropriate and accurate knowledge and information to assist social businesses secure new market opportunities from the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which switched on from the 6th April 2016.  Our aim is to provide insight on the routes and inroads to local authorities and their relevant partners, particularly the local health boards, for social businesses wanting to offer care and support services in line with the new Act.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is a new framework encompassing clear principles that apply to how local authorities and their local health board partners ensure that people’s care and support needs are met, and in supporting people to achieve wellbeing. The implementation of the Act requires very significant changes in the way social services are planned, commissioned and delivered characterised by the five principles. People in the community – that’s you and me, and also you over there – may design and operate their own services.

Here’s the good news. In delivering the new Welsh law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support and of carers who need support, local authorities must act and develop the duty placed on them to promote social businesses. Local authorities and their partners must also promote people’s involvement at every level of planning, designing, promoting and operating services. Section 16 in the general duty of the Act will be an important element in the goal.

Section 16 concerns alternative models of care and support, alternative to a public sector provision or an independent/private sector provision. Alternative delivery models (ADMs) can provide additional opportunities in meeting people’s needs and well-being. Welsh Government expects more alternative models of care and support to be developed over time.

2. Background to the Act

The 2011 Welsh Government White Paper ‘Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action’ set out a new transformational vision for the sector grounded in offering the best possible outcomes for those who need care and support, ensuring that people have a stronger voice and real control over the services they receive, and delivering consistent, high-quality social services, which are sustainable for the future.

Much of this programme for change is encapsulated within the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Act received Royal Assent in May 2014 and took effect from 6 April 2016. It creates a new legislative framework, bringing together and modernising the law for social services in Wales[i].

3. Brief overview of the Act

The overarching purpose of the act is to improve services extending across a wide range of activities that help people who have care and support needs to secure their well-being. This is no longer just the function of local authorities but now involves partnerships with local health boards and other relevant service providers such as social enterprises and co-operatives and crucially, Welsh citizens.

The legal framework aims to modernise social services law based on a set of five clear principles that apply through the eleven parts of the Act to transform social services. The key groups of citizens that the Act is focused on are:

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Carers.

The Act puts in place the legislative framework to support the transformation of the way people’s needs for care and support are met and make social services in Wales sustainable. There are a number of key principles and themes that underpin the Act. They are:

  • Focus on people – ensuring people have a voice and control over their care and support to support them to achieve the outcomes important to them and also ensuring services are designed and developed around people.
  • Well-being – measuring success in relation to outcomes for people rather than process.
  • Prevention and early intervention – delivering a preventative and early intervention approach to minimise the escalation of need and dependency on statutory services.
  • Partnership and integration – effective cooperation and partnership working between all agencies and organisations, including health, to best meet the needs of people.
  • Accessibility – improving the information and advice available to people and ensuring that everyone, irrespective of their needs, is able to access that information.
  • New service models – the development of new and innovative models of service delivery, particularly those that involve service users themselves.

Over the following week a series of short blogs will highlight a number of routes for you into the Act and into new business opportunities. Tomorrow we’ll discuss well-being and how it relates to social businesses.

[i] Extract from ‘The national statement of joint working explains the broad responsibilities of key national organisations in working together towards the commencement of the Act on 6 April 2016 – CCW Learning Hub

On-the-ground help has arrived to support co-operative approaches to social care and well-being

The Welsh Government has funded the Wales Co-operative Centre to provide north and south Wales-based development advisers who can help Welsh citizens and communities form their own social care and support organisations. The new Social Services and Well-Being Act has strong aspirations for citizens who use care and support services to have “a strong voice and real control”. Creating and running your own local, democratically controlled organisation is a powerful way of ensuring your voice is heard. But it isn’t easy to start up a new venture without good advice and guidance from someone with legal and technical know-how. And if you want to provide good quality care and support there can be regulations to comply with, and ways of providing excellent services that may not be obvious and need to be learned.

On both these challenges, the new “Care to Co-operate” team will be there to support you to avoid making unnecessary mistakes or reinventing wheels.

It will also be there to help existing agencies (like my own charity Cartrefi Cymru) to offer the rights and responsibilities of active membership to the people who use our services. It won’t be easy to change from a top-down approach to a bottom-up model in which beneficiaries/service-users become the members and co-owners of a co-operative organisation.  And it won’t only be managers who will have to learn new attitudes and skills but people who use services, and families too.  Taking control can be a big step. Speaking up can take confidence.

Once again, the development advisers at “Care to Co-operate” will be there to help us.

And these are challenging developments for statutory authorities like health boards and social services departments. The new Act puts a duty on local authorities to promote social enterprises, user-led organisations, and co-operatives. Growing numbers of professionals can see the good sense of promoting the self-help capacity of citizens and communities, not just because public funds are tight but because NOT to do so is frankly daft.  It’s daft to treat citizens as just people in need of paid help. Everyone has got something to give, and what most people need are unpaid social relationships. But it is one thing to see the huge potential in nurturing people’s skills and strengths in co-operative organisations and another thing to actually make it happen.

The “Care to Co-operate” project is also there to help public bodies play their part in enabling citizens and communities to help themselves.

As Chair of the Social Co-operation Forum, I am absolutely delighted to see this project come to fruition. The Forum, a network of citizens, support providers, researchers and co-operative enthusiasts, has worked with the Wales Co-operative Centre for several years, in support of what we loosely call “social co-operation”. By this we mean any form of co-operative, self-help organisation controlled by its members with a social purpose, such as bringing people together to solve problems in their communities. For social co-operation the focus is on providing care and support, or inclusive employment, or a range of activities that promote an individual’s well-being.

We’ve learned a lot in recent years about the success of social co-operation in countries like Italy and Canada. But the exciting thing is that we now have some expert resources to help us succeed in Wales.

You can contact the Care to Co-operate team via http://wales.coop/care-to-co-operate/ or telephone 0300 111 5050.

If you’d like to find out more about the Social Co-operation Forum (or Cartrefi Cymru and its co-operative journey), please drop me an email: adrian.roper@cartrefi.org.

Adrian Roper

CEO Cartrefi Cymru