Embrace Learning Become First e-Training Provider to Offer Courses Covering the Care Act 2014
Leading health and social care course provider Embrace Learning has worked with the charity Carers UK to develop the UK’s first e-learning courses to acknowledge the Care Act 2014. The four new courses will educate carers and employers of carers about how the Care Act 2014 legislation will affect them at work.
The Care Act 2014 addresses the responsibilities of local authorities and employers for the health and wellbeing of carers who care for family or friends on a non-professional basis. The new legislation governing carers’ rights, welcomed by many health and social care professionals and care charities, will not come into effect until April 2015.
Individuals caring for family members who become ill or disabled often have to sacrifice important elements of their lives and don’t receive the vital support they need. The Care Act 2014 aims to solve this problem, and one of the fundamental rights carers will be entitled to is the right to request flexible working arrangements, which will help them cope with the demands associated with being a carer.
Michael Burke of Embrace Learning said, “The Care Act 2014 is an important change in the law which will affect authorities and businesses nationwide – there’s around 7 million carers in the UK and 67% of them are in employment. Employers especially will have to adapt to accommodate the needs of carers, which is why we have worked closely with Carers UK to produce our Courses for Supporting Carers e-learning. We are confident that Embrace Learning are the first e-learning providers to offer these courses in light of the new Care Act 2014.”
The range of online courses are specifically designed to provide support for carers themselves and for employers and managers. The Care Act Unpacked: this is a frontline support for carers course which equips carers with key information about the new Act including the assessment criteria for support and financial help. For businesses, the Supporting Carers at Work: a line managers’ guide is an excellent comprehensive guide managers will need to understand the legal rights of carers in the workplace. It explains how to identify employees who are also carers and highlights the importance of providing support for those members of staff.
Although the Care Act 2014 will not be implemented until Spring 2015, all employers need to start looking at their policies now and prepare for change. “It is going to have a greater impact than many people may anticipate”, said Mr Burke.
To find out more about the courses, visit http://www.embrace-learning.co.uk/.
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About Embrace Learning: We provide e-learning and blended learning resources in a range of areas including the Health and Social Care sectors. Our aim is to further the use of educational technologies in work-related training.