Social care coaching academy joins forces with charity
Skills for Care, a charity tasked with improving leadership and skills in the adult social care sector in England, has joined forces with learning and development consultancy Aston OD in a deal aimed at boosting workforce performance across the sector.
Established in 2003, Aston OD has worked with organisations in the UK health sector – and other industries – to improve performance through team based working.
Aston’s unique offer was developed by founding partners Professor Michael West and Lynn Markiewicz from a sound research base and now includes a range of online team tools and resources supported by learning and development.
Skills for Care is an independent registered charity based in Leeds, working with the Department of Health and others to drive up skills and knowledge among England’s 1.45m social care employees.
Michael West, founding partner, said: “Skills for Care is a great home for Aston OD, we are so pleased to have found a partner that not only shares our passion for improving health and social care but supports our vision to enhance performance through team based working. There is no better place for us to be to begin the next phase of Aston OD’s development.”
Dame Moira Gibb, Chair of the Skills for Care Board, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand Skills for Care’s commercial offer as part of our ambition to secure ongoing investment in leadership and workforce development across social care and health.
“At a time when working collaboratively across boundaries is essential to improving health and social care systems, Aston OD’s product offer is particularly relevant and valuable.”
BCMS Lead Advisor Jim Whitaker, who led the transaction, added: “Deals like these between a charity and a private business are rare, but this is our second transaction of this type this year.
“It demonstrates the benefit of searching far and wide for the perfect partner, and we are confident this tie-up will be a force for good in the ongoing campaign to drive up standards in the adult care sector.”