Support2Independence

28
Jul

Wirral-based support and care provider Support2Independence recently became one of the first organisations in the country to undertake assessment for the new standard 76006 Code of Practice for Learning and Development.

The assessment was carried out by Centre For Assessment, with the standard offering guidance and recommendations on approaches for an organisation in relation to planning, supporting and evaluating learning and development.

The assessment was carried out by Centre For Assessment, with the standard offering guidance and recommendations on approaches for an organisation in relation to planning, supporting and evaluating learning and development.

76006 has come along at the right time for Support2Independence, as it looks to move away from using Investors In People as a benchmarking standard due to increasing costs, with Jon King, Director Of Services at Support2Independence explaining: “As a Health and Social Care provider we strive for maintaining our high standards of care provision and we have been using Investors in People for external verification and quality assessment for the past 5 years in tandem with The Customer Service Excellence Award.

“The Health and Social Care sector has to be prudent with its expenditure during times of austerity and so we were mindful of the increasing costs of Investors in People, as well as the new standards and inspection regime. We had to evaluate the time and costs of inspection versus the likely benefits of the new standards for an SME.

“With this in mind we looked for another standard to benchmark strategic elements of the business which has been met by Investors in People. We soon identified 76006 Learning and Development for benchmarking our practices for learning and development.

“With our previous preparation for IIP we were in a good place to passport our evidence and practices against 76006 Learning and Development. The process of assessment was targeted, efficient, collaborative and inclusive. The feedback was constructive and provided some richer approaches to learning and development which we can see will provide some better outcomes for some individuals and as an organisation as a whole.

“For Support2Independence, 76006 Learning and Development has been a welcome replacement for Investors in People, providing us with the external verification, expertise and benchmarking we were looking for to ensure the organisation continues to provide high standards of service provision.”

Support2Independence is a not-for-profit support and care provider with a focus on quality provision and offer a friendly and professional service which always goes the extra mile.  Its senior management team has over 40 years of experience in delivering care to a wide range of clients in many different support settings.

It provides person centred services across the northwest to adults with a Learning Disability, Mental Health issues or with acquired Brain Injuries within their own homes or in the community.

Support2Independence is also an accredited specialist provider by the National Autistic Society and deliver specialist bespoke services for adults with Autistic Spectrum conditions including Asperger’s syndrome.

It also designs person centred services around more complex and exceptional people who need services and teams built around their specific needs or disabilities.

The 76006 assessment demonstrated that Support2Independence is an organisation that fully understands the importance of learning and development of its staff and has taken steps to embed this belief within its operational processes.

Assessor Michael Lynch said: “76006 provides a framework for organisations to examine their approach to planning, implementing, sourcing, assessing and evaluating learning and development for staff. 

‘The guidance document indicates key areas where an organisation should be mindful of in terms of their approach to supporting learning and development. Having assessed an organisation and trained delegates in line with the framework, there was obvious synergy between the theory and the reality of a business.”