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Training and development for those already working in adult social care

Find out more about ongoing training and development we can offer you if you are already working in adult social care.


In response to Covid-19, we have changed the way we deliver training following guidance Skills for Care: Covid-19 - essential training.

We will now offer training in a range of ways using digital resources where possible. We continue to offer a range of distance learning courses.

There are always opportunities to develop and progress in social care. As our population gets older and people are living longer, we face more complex challenges every day. This means that care organisations are working in new ways, creating lots of new and exciting job roles.

We understand that people lead busy lives and that working in care often means working different hours each week making it hard to study. That's why the Care Academy offer a range of distance learning courses in addition to its traditional training offer.

Ready to find out more? Ask about the County Durham Care Academy online.

Online learning and resources

Social Care Information and Learning Services (SCILS) is an online learning resource/community dedicated to the Health and Social Care sector. A wide range of social care materials are available either for online or group learning along with other services that support social care professionals in furthering their knowledge.

Education Information and Learning Services (EILS) provides information and materials relating to the care of children.

Local social care providers are currently able to use SCILS or EILS free of charge, as this access has been funded by the council. Please use the County Durham Care Academy online form to request your SCILS/EILS log in code. 


See Care Academy courses for further information about our range of courses.

Activity Coordinator support

In unprecedented times it is more important than ever to enhance the lives of vulnerable residents and create an environment where they can have experiences to enhance their physical health and emotional well-being. That's why we are providing a range of help and support for the county's Activity Coordinators. See our Activity Coordinator support page.

Planning your career

If you would like more practical advice on planning your career in care visit Skills for Care - develop your career.

Contact us
County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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