Belong chosen to pilot leadership initiative
Caring Times, December 2012
Not-for-profit care provider Belong has been selected by the National Skills Academy for Social Care to pilot the Leadership Qualities Framework, a Government initiative aimed at transforming adult social care through improved leadership.
Commissioned by the Department of Health, the scheme aims to educate the care sector about the need for leadership behaviours in staff, giving them the confidence and knowledge to deliver best practice in every area of care.
Belong will be piloting an Organisational Assessment Tool (OAT) that will be used to assess against the framework, designed to diagnose an organisation’s current leadership position. The OAT will then identify areas for improvement and prescribe a set of clearly defined actions to improve leadership across the board.
Belong’s operations director, Tracy Paine, said: “Belong is delighted to be a part of the evolution of social care, and is keen to innovate and share best practice in order to improve the standard of care for everyone, in every organisation. Developing staff is absolutely key to delivering a high quality service, and we are looking forward to trialling the new assessment tool.”
Based on the concept that leadership should be practised across sector, from care workers and team leaders, to managers, employers, commissioners and training providers, the LQF aims to provide bespoke training programmes, which promote five core behaviours. Representing the essential skills required by the social care workforce, the framework will develop skills in communication, courage, adaptability, respect and responsibility.