Caring Counts: a self-reflection and planning course for carers was developed by The Open University in Scotland with and for carers. It can also be used by non-carers and front-line workers to improve their understanding of carers.
Caring Counts in the Workplace (a reflection and planning course for managers and policy makers) is a new version of the original course, created for managers and policy makers and aimed at supporting carers in the workforce. We have developed this in collaboration with the Equal Partners in Care project (SSSC and NHS Education for Scotland) and with Carers Scotland.
Caring Counts in the Workplace is for employers who recognise that fostering an environment where each and every member of staff feels supported in the workplace is good employment practice, and who understand the benefits of having ‘carer positive’ policies and working practices.
This course links to the criteria for the Scottish Government’s Carer Positive iniative, which is awarded to Scottish employers and organisations who are striving to be ‘carer positive’ workplaces. It also links to the Core Principles for Working with Carers and Young Carers (NES/SSSC 2013), which is the Scottish framework to support workforce learning and practice. You can find out more about the Core Principles on the Equal Partners in Care website.
Managers and policy makers
This course will help you to develop a clearer understanding of the issues faced by carers as they juggle their caring role with their working life. It will also help you gain a greater appreciation of carers’ personal qualities and recognise the range of highly transferable skills and attributes that people develop in a caring role, and which can enhance their employability and value within the workforce.
By studying Caring Counts in the Workplace you will have the opportunity to gain a digital badge. You can find out more about Caring Counts badges in the Resources section under Badges and quizzes.