Pilot training scheme to create new adult care service managers


Introducing the new level 4 bridging programme, designed to help break progression barriers, boost confidence, and excel care staff towards leadership roles in West Yorkshire.

Introducing the NEW level 4 Transition to Leadership in Adult Care programme

A new training course designed to produce dozens of new health and social care managers – the first programme of its kind in England – has been launched in West Yorkshire.

The four-week Transition to Leadership in Adult Social Care course, which will be delivered by a mixture of in-person and online teaching, will see at least 72 current health and social care workers take the next steps to become a leader or manager before the end of the year.

The bridging course will prepare learners to take a Level 4 or Level 5 apprenticeship and comes at no cost to either the employer or the employee.


Who is eligible for the programme?

Anyone over the age of 19 working within health and social care and living in West Yorkshire is eligible for the course. The usual requirement for training of living in the UK for at least three years doesn’t apply to this course.

The training will be delivered by Realise and is fully funded by Skills Connect, a learning platform from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Creating leaders of the future

Lesley O’Connor, Head of Strategic development (Health and Social Care) at Realise, said: “With more than 150,000 vacancies in health and social care across the UK, recruitment and retention of staff remains an issue which needs further attention in the sector.

“Different approaches needed to provide a clear career pathway to help people progress and this programme is a great example of that. The emphasis is very much around managing innovation and change and ensuring health and social care settings in West Yorkshire have leaders of the future who are prepared to meet the challenges of being a modern-day manager in the sector.”

Kelly Townend, Contracts and Quality Manager at Skills Connect echoed this sentiment saying: “It’s crucial that we address skills shortages for health & social care with bespoke and employer-responsive programmes, to enable individuals to take the next steps in their career.”

Realise have worked exceptionally hard to create an innovative programme which will enable individuals to build and extend their knowledge and access progression opportunities whilst providing high levels of care to West Yorkshire residents. We look forward to the programme commencing!”

Kelly Townend – Contracts & Quality Manager at Skills Connect

People who complete this course will have the confidence and ambition to complete a Level 4 or Level 5 apprenticeship such as the Lead Practitioner or Leader in Adult Care, while employers will be investing time in their staff to ensure they have strong succession plans for their leadership positions.”

Lesley O’Connor – Head of Strategic development (Health and Social Care) at Realise

About the programme

The course will feature one classroom learning, in-person session on each of the four weeks, with the remainder of the training delivered online through webinars, one-to-one appointments with a tutor and drop-in sessions.

The course covers a variety of topics including designing and conducting research projects, quality assurance and improvement, ethical dilemmas and decision-making and codes of conduct and professional standards.

Read more about the new bridging programme here 

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