Working with Adults

Welcome to the Adult Care Workforce Development Pages

Our vision is to improve the quality of people’s lives in York by developing a skilled, confident and competent adult care workforce who are able to deliver truly person centred care. We want a workforce who can work in partnership with carers, families and communities to support individuals to retain and regain their independence, providing care and support with skill, compassion and imagination.

We will achieve this through:

  1. A skilled and competent workforce
  2. Working together
  3. Strong and effective leadership
  4. Knowing what we need from our future workforce

The Adult Care Workforce Strategy has been developed and agreed by our partners within the private; voluntary and independent sector and outlines our key priorities which reflect both local and national challenges.

The Workforce Development Unit provides a delivery mechanism for high quality and accessible training for the adult care workforce in York. It is crucial that our workforce engage with ongoing professional development to ensure that best possible quality of care.

An annual training prospectus is available for the whole of the adult workforce in York. As well as traditional training, a range of e-learning packages are available for our workforce.

For further details please see the useful links below.


Become a Dementia Friend

The council is supporting a new national dementia awareness campaign by Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, which encourages people across the country to become Dementia Friends by watching a short interactive video online to increase their understanding of the disease and how it affects the daily lives of people with the condition.

Arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK, one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. In York it is thought there are 2,725 people currently living with dementia and this is expected to rise to 3,209 by 2020.

The campaign aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015.

You can watch the Dementia Friends video online at 

People who become a dementia friend get a free pack, including the Little Book of Friendship with helpful tips and ideas on about supporting people with dementia and their carers and a Dementia Friends badge.


Your Support Networks

We aim to support the workforce in developing and improving knowledge and skill levels in adult social care and welcome suggestions to improve the training offer.

eLearning Opportunities

View a range of online training courses available to the Adults Workforce.

Browse and Book Courses

Book online, view course aims and track your training history.



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