Wakefield Adult Education Service – Online Courses 2022

Wakefield Adult Education Service have released their Online Learning Course Guide for 2022.

Included in this guide are over 40 nationally recognised qualifications which can be completed in 8-10 weeks. This includes a number of courses relating to Health and Social Care, Mental Health and Special Education Needs, including:

Prevention and Control of Infection

Principles of End of Life Care

Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy in the Workplace

Principles of Dementia Care

Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Equality and Diversity


If you have any questions about these courses, please contact Stacey Grandidge at

You can view the full guide for 2022 here.

Free Advanced Care Planning and Bereavement Webinars

Do you want to work with individuals and groups in your community?

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives/care?

Can you support people to have better, more personalised conversations about Advance Care Planning (ACP) and bereavement that are tailored to their needs?

If yes, become a Champion!

The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership in collaboration with Wakefield Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and Overgate Hospice are offering free webinars to upskill people working or volunteering across health, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Advance Care Planning and Bereavement Support.

This will help to build the emotional resilience of our communities and will support you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to help people plan ahead for their health and social care needs and support those who are bereaved, whilst tailoring their plans to reflect what matters to them.

This training will equip you with the essential skills to have better, more personalised conversations, offer support and sign post when further help and information is needed.

Sessions are available on;

Thursday 2nd December 12:30-16:00


Tuesday 18th January 09:30-13:00

You can view the poster here and the application form here.

The below resources provide some more information on Advance Care Planning and the difference it can make to people:

With dementia;

Living with learning disabilities;

Advance Care Planning – YouTube


Community Volunteering training course

Wakefield Adult Education Service are offering a new Community Volunteering course for learners aged 19+ who are wanting to gain an understanding and prepare for a role within a voluntary organisation.


This course will teach you:

The role of a volunteer within a voluntary organisation

The activities of volunary organisations

The skills required to be a successful volunteer

The regulatory frameworks that may apply to being a volunteer


This course will take place at Manygates Adult Education Centre, with 2 hour weekly lessons for either 4 or 12 weeks.

Further information, and details on how to enrol, can be found on the course leaflet here.

Wakefield Adult Education Service – Training available

Wakefield Adult Education Service have further expanded their successful FREE online learning offer and now deliver 29 virtual learning programmes.


Topics for learning courses offered include, but are not limited to:

Self-harm, Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental health

Prevention and Control of Infection

Principles of Business Administration

Allergy Awareness

Equality and Diversity


Further details on the range of learning programmes available can be found here.

For further information, or for information on how to enrol onto one of these programmes, please contact Lauren Rose at


Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programme

Making personalised care happen calls for new types of leaders who can work across orgaisational boundaries, make connections and bring staff, people and communities together to drive change.

There is currently the opportunity for colleagues to join the Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programme, co-delivered by national experts, many of whom have lived experience and a long history of leading change. This programme is free of charge and applications are invited from teams and individuals across the NHS, Councils and the Voluntary sector (VCSE).

Further infromation can be found on the event poster here.

Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th September.

Further infromation on cohort dates can be found here.

Public Health Training Recruitment Open Day

The Yorkshire and Humber School of Public Health are recruiting as part of an annual national programme and are hosting an online Recruitment Day on Thursday 7th October 2pm-4pm.

The event flyer can be found here.

Do you want to join an exciting Public Health training scheme and contribute to improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities for our local communities?

Do you have a medical degree with current GMC registration and a minimum of 2 years postgraduate medical experience OR do you have 48 months’ work experience (including 24 months at Agenda for Change 6 work experience which is relevant to population health practice) over the previous 4 years and a degree at 2.1 or above or a master’s degree?

This event will give you a chance to learn about the Public Health Training Programme and meet the Head of School, Val Barker, and the Training Programme Directors, Susan Hird and Shirley Brierley. You will also hear from Registrars currenly on the Progrmme, about the application process and about the training programme itself.

Click here to book a place on the recruitment day.

Other useful links:

The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery Website – Provides useful information for anyone interested in public health training in Yorkshire and the Humber. Please view this website, the videos and all links before attending the open day.

Faculty of Public Health Website – Provides specific details about recruitment and eligibility, which will be updated for 2021/22 in October 2021.

Leadership courses available for VCSE colleagues

There are currently 2 free courses available from the Open University Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL).

The first course focusses on developing leadership practice in voluntary sector organisations and the second on collaborative leadership in voluntary sector organisations specifically. More information on these courses can be found here.

These courses are totally free, online and can be completed at the learners own pace.

The FutureNHS Collaobration are also facilitating a series of ‘learning clubs’ for groups and organisations who want to learn together, and have also supported others to develop their own learning clubs in local communities and places to help share practice and knowledge across organisations.

If you would like to chat about these courses, please get in touch with the CVSL at or contact David Haslam directly at

End of Life Care Training for H&SC Support Workers

Free places are available for health and social care staff working across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to attend virtual, interactive education sessions around end of life care. These sessions are available for staff in bands 1-4 who work in any care setting.

The training sessions cover 4 key areas of end of life care:

1) Supporting personalised and advance care planning discussions at the end of life

2) Difficult conversations at end of life

3) Care of patients in last weeks and days of life

4) Bereavement and loss (including self-care)


Do you look after patients/clients at the end of life?

Do you support patients/clients and those important to them to start to think about their care as they become less well?

Do you want to gain more skills and knowledge around end of life care and having those challenging conversations?

Then these courses are for you!


Further information, including details on the date/times of sessions and how to book, can be found here.

Psychological First Aid and Post Incident Facilitator Training

In response to the ongoing stress and trauma experienced by staff in response to COVID and other untoward incidents, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub have commissioned training to create a cohort of debrief facilitators within the Partnership. They are aiming to creating a community of Level 3 accredited facilitators that are coordinated and supported by the hub, but also have autonomy to develop interventions within their own organisations and teams.

Post Incident Facilitation is a group intervention. It is aimed to mobilise connections and peer support following a serious and distressing incident. By sharing experiences, coping strategies and reactions to the event the emphasis is on creating a supportive conversation that destigmatises trauma reactions, creates a shared understanding, builds team support and where needed encourages early signposting to more specialist interventions. All these factors have been shown to be helpful to staff following experiencing potentially traumatic events.

The training course content is delivered over 5 days, with the first cohort undertaking training in June and July 2021 and the second undertaking training in September and October.

Course dates

Cohort 1:  28th and 29th June, and 5th, 6th, and 7th July

Cohort 2:  23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th September, and 1st October.

Further information can be found here and the expression of interest form can be found here.

Please note the deadline for EOI is the 25th April 2021.

Skills for Care CPD Training Packages

Skills for Care and the University of Huddersfield, in conjunction with NHS Health Education England, have developed a series of training packages to assist health and social care staff with their continued professional development during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are currently 7 training packages on offer, which each offer the opportunity to access virtual learning on your chosen topic and attend a webinar, with dates available from April-September.


Available topics include:

Psychological Wellbeing and Resilience in Social Care Settings

Supporting People with Long Term Conditions

Recognising and Responding to Service User Deterioration

Practice Assessor Preparation

Nail Care

Infection Prevention and Control

Loss, Grief and Bereavement for the Social Care Workforce


For further information, please view the dedicated page here.