How we support you

Support, supervision and development


Here at East Sussex adult social care, we are keen to promote a learning culture and support the development of all staff. We have a comprehensive in-house training offer, with opportunities to attend training and workshops on a wide range of topics from autism and dementia to motivational interviewing and reablement. Additionally, we support staff to undertake vocational qualifications through our Qualification and Assessment Centre, which is currently expanding to offer Apprenticeships and new learning and development pathways for all staff.


We are committed to providing quality supervision and support, including professional (or clinical) supervision.

Time spent in formal and informal supervision is valued by all and seen as an activity that supports staff and contributes to their development.

Professional development

Our appraisal approach is closely aligned with your duty to provide evidence of competence in order to maintain your Health and Care Professions Council registration.

All registered professionals working for us are given a minimum of five days every year to concentrate on professional development activities.

Newly qualified social workers

For newly qualified practitioners, our assessed and supported year in employment programme provides you with a supportive introduction to social work in your first year of post-qualifying practice.

Training and qualifications

Our training team provides a wide variety of courses for staff including training on safeguarding, the Care Act 2014, prevention and reablement, end of life care, mental health and learning disabilities.

Professional qualifications can also be obtained through the East Sussex Qualification and Assessment Centre, which offers a wide range of courses that use a blended learning approach. Learners can expect to receive one-to-one support from an assessor.

We have a comprehensive corporate training directory which is frequently refreshed. Our training facilities in Lewes and Eastbourne are modern, comfortable, adaptable, easily accessible and use the latest equipment.

Management development

We are well aware of the important contribution managers make to developing our workforce. That is why we invest in a range of quality leadership and management development programmes. These are constantly reviewed to ensure that managers are equipped to work in a complex, constantly changing environment.

Workshops are offered for aspiring managers, support for first-time managers and a range of interventions that include managing remote teams, facilitating and enabling change as well as a choice of core skills and knowledge development programmes.

This all feeds into a working environment that is supportive, friendly and nurturing.

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