Hi, I’m Hayley and I work for West Sussex Partners in Care. I’d like to introduce you to WSPiC!
We are the Care Association for West Sussex, representing social care services and managers that are working incredibly hard to provide an excellent standard of care. I’d like to tell you a bit about what we are currently doing to support our providers in West Sussex.
We keep providers informed. Our weekly newsletters and update emails offer useful, varied information for people working in social care. We include guidance updates, events, training opportunities and Skills for Care amongst many other things. We are working on a new look website, which is really exciting! We’re going to be using the new site as a platform for sharing resources, training and a ‘good news’ blog, as well as CQC updates, podcasts and projects we’re involved in.
One of our key aims is to champion social care, using social media, our website and our annual Accolades ceremony to highlight the amazing work that goes on every day. The nominations we received for the most recent ceremony were simply awe inspiring and incredibly difficult to judge! It has never been more important to raise the profile of good care and ensure everyone knows just how wonderful the social care workforce is.
We currently run virtual events, although we’re looking forward to returning to face to face meetings when it is safe to do so. Our meetings cater to everybody- from our formal, quarterly Managers Forum which hosts different speakers, to our informal coffee morning style Worries Wants and Wishes, which is a safe space for managers to get together, support each other and share experiences and ideas. We’ve also been supporting our members with recruitment challenges, holding regular meetings with Skills for Care and assisting organisations to sign up to the Kickstart Scheme.
Our passion has always been for driving up standards in social care. We represent providers in West Sussex, both at local and national levels. Our dedicated Board of Directors are members of the Care Association Alliance, Safeguarding Adults Board, The Outstanding Society and Skills for Care Networking group amongst others. We realise that as a collective, we are better placed to communicate with our commissioners; to influence the policy makers and the better informed we are the more influential we are likely to be. We are working hard to ensure you have your say- engaging with care providers and giving you the opportunity to have your voices heard. We recently held a meeting with our domiciliary care owners/managers and West Sussex County Council to discuss the next tender process and ensured our members had their chance to highlight their views and opinions before the process was finalised.
This is us! If you’re in West Sussex, feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!