Bexley takes an Everyday Learning approach to staff learning and development believing in the 70:20:10 approach where 70% of learning happens through experience, 20% through learning from and with others and 10% occurs through formal and structured learning.
Learning and Development and Continuing Professional Development within Adult Social Care is the golden thread in delivering sound, professional services. We believe we provide a sound framework of opportunities that enables our staff to Begin, Flourish, Excel.
Bexley Adult Social Care has a history of supporting staff towards professional qualification and a great track record in retaining those we support in this way.
We currently have 3 routes to social work qualification within Adult Social Care and we are looking forward to engaging with the new Social Work Degree Apprenticeship
- Open University – undergraduate, part-funded route into social work via the Open University BA (Hons) Social Work Degree programme with 5 staff from within the Department at various stages.
- New in 2017; Open University – post graduate Diploma in Social Work.
- We partnered the Think Ahead organisation in 2017 in a fast-track Diploma in Social Work/MA in Mental Health Services with 4 external participants joining Bexley from September 2017 with a view to appointment as NQSWs from September 2018.
Further information detailing the Adult Social Care Pathways please click here.
For information on Bexley’s Career Framework click here.
PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN BEXLEY
The new structures we’ve introduced mean you can look forward to improved career opportunities. They greatly improve the opportunities for a member of staff at the level of Social Care Assistant to qualify as a Social Worker or Occupational Therapist, gain professional knowledge and expertise, develop and meet clear Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plans within a framework that supports progress to a role as a Senior Practitioner. In Bexley, we expect our people in senior roles to provide leadership to their colleagues in terms of professional practice, and to share their expertise freely.
MANAGEMENT ROLES IN BEXLEY
In Bexley, we support experienced and highly performing staff to progress to management positions, which may include working across health and social care.
Over their first six months of employment, all new staff receive an extensive induction that includes an introduction to the Heads of Service, a service overview, detailed information on service standards and expectations and access to a range of core and additional e-learning and development resources. Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) are extended the 12-month Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) to ensure a sound introduction and consolidation in the role of Social Worker. This is accompanied by excellent supervision and support with regular discussion and opportunities for personal and professional development.
For information about ASYE, Click here.
BEXLEY COACHING & MENTORING ACADEMY
In this day and age it is the norm for all top sports and business people to have a coach; many consider it a ‘must have’ to maximise their inner potential and perform at the highest level. The Bexley Coaching and Mentoring Academy makes more than 350 Executive Coaches, Super Coaches and Mentors available to you to support and enable your career development, progression and high performance.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Learning and Development priorities are service-led, aimed at ensuring delivery of the Adult Social Care Vision to Bexley residents. We commission a wide range of courses and other resources for social care professionals that are carefully designed to meet best-practice standards, legal requirements and to enhance and develop staff skills, knowledge and behaviours. Our approach is based on putting the learner at the centre of the learning experience. So, as well as some mandatory training, you’ll have access to a tailored programme of learning and development aimed at meeting service priorities and developing individual staff competence and be provided with access to Bexley’s e-Learning portal that offers courses on a huge range of subjects. However, we also know that most of the best learning happens every day, out in the real world with people pushing themselves to find new ways of working.