Training opportunities in Adult Social Care

Adult Social Care Learning and Development leads and supports the development of the adult social care workforce in Milton Keynes. Our aim is to ensure that the workforce is equipped with the knowledge, competencies and skills to deliver services of the highest quality, and in accordance with statutory, regulatory and professional requirements.


We have an extensive programme of Learning and Development covering a wide range of opportunities from short courses to full qualifications. The programme is updated regularly throughout the year.

Social Work Training

In Milton Keynes, we believe that our staff are our greatest asset and we therefore seek workers to help drive our vision. Motivating our workforce is paramount. We will make sure that when you join us, you will have access to all the training, coaching, and development you need to achieve your goals. We seek to improve social work practice through:

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities

  • Reflective supervision

  • Peer group supervision sessions

For Social Work staff, a number of mandatory training courses are provided:

  • Safeguarding Adults

  • Mental Capacity Act

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

  • Autism

  • Social Care Law update

Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW)

The assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) is a programme that gives newly qualified social workers (NQSW) extra support during their first year of employment. The programme aims to develop their skills, knowledge and professional confidence. At Milton Keynes Council, we ensure that we enable the NQSW to consolidate their degree learning, develop capability and strengthen their professional confidence in an employment environment.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Opportunities

A CPD programme is available for qualified Occupational Therapists (OT), Social Workers, Best Interest Assessors (BIA) or Approved Mental Health Practitioners (AMHP) to maintain their professional registration.  Staff are also supported to achieve post qualifying awards, such as:

  • Practice Educator (Stages one and two)

  • Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP)

Other qualifications available: 


​As the prevalence of dementia is increasing and we are supporting people to stay in their own homes for longer, MKC is striving to achieve excellence in Dementia care. Two Dementia specific qualification programmes are available to enhance the knowledge of our staff.

Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia

Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care

  • Dementia Awareness

  • Dementia and Medication

  • Virtual Dementia Tour

  • Dementia – Communication and Interaction

  • Dementia Awareness

  • Dementia and Medication

  • Virtual Dementia Tour

  • Dementia – Communication and Interaction

  • Dementia – Person Centred Care and Support

  • Dementia – Creating Dementia Friendly Environments and Meaningful Activities

End of Life

MKC delivers the End of Life Programme to develop our staff to feel confident when supporting people who are nearing the end of their lives, and enable staff to achieve a relevant qualification.

  • Award in Awareness of EOL                                                

  • Certificate in Working in End of Life Care    






Social Care Training

New to working in Social Care?

Full support will be provided to complete the Care Certificate - a four-day course giving you all the underpinning knowledge you need to work in care. Regular supervision and observations will support you to feel confident in providing good care.

Worked in Social Care before?

Statutory refresher training to update knowledge and skills:

Registered Services Mandatory Training – Day 1

  • Safeguarding Adults and Children

  • Mental Capacity act

  • Deprivation of  Liberties Safeguarding

  • Equality and Diversity

  • Communication

  • Dignity

  • Person-centred care

  • Reporting and recording

Registered Services Mandatory Training – Day 2

  • Infection prevention and control

  • Health and safety

  • Fire safety

  • Food hygiene

  • Fluids and nutrition

Registered Services Mandatory Training – Day 3

  • Emergency First Aid

  • Moving and positioning people

       (including Hoists)

Following completion of the statutory training, there will be opportunities to develop further skills and knowledge in service specific areas, such as Dementia, Autism, Learning Disability, Stroke and Parkinson’s.

Other Training Opportunities

Functional Skills Training and Qualifications

Functional Skills English and Maths Level 1 and Level 2

Functional Skills qualifications enable individuals develop confidence and fluency in Maths and English. They equip the learner with the practical skills required in work and everyday life.

​MKC Qualifications Centre will support you to achieve these qualifications, which will help you to function more confidently, effectively and independently.

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