Award Nomination

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Opps Training has been privileged in being able to support St Mungo’s ( over the years by training their annual intake of apprentices.  This year St Mungo’s and its partnership with Opps Training has resulted in a nomination for an award through the Training Journal  Watch this space!PRINT READY_TJ awards 2014_Finalist

Two day course in Awareness of End of Life Care

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Opps Training will be running a 2 day training course on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August for the EDI Level 2 Awareness of End of Life Care.  Taught by one of our highly experienced health and social care assessors; this is a fantastic opportunity for care professionals.

A free lunch will be supplied on both days. The total cost of the course will be £99 + VAT per person, however employers can claim £45 back through Skills for Care’s Workforce Development Fund.

Please do not hesitate to call us on 01480 415930 for further details or to book your place.

Baroness Julia Neuberger recently led an independent review of end of life care which has highlighted the need for an individual patient’s circumstances to be taken into account. Opps Training has successfully developed a programme which supports practitioners in providing responsive end of life care and which meets national occupational standards.

Booking will be run on a first-come first-serve basis so confirm your interest early to avoid disappointment. Call us on 01480 415930 now.

End of Life Care leaflet

Care Leadership and Management

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

It is all systems go at Opps Training!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in our bid to Skills for Care for funds to develop resources to deliver the Higher Apprenticeship:  Care Leadership and Management.

Luckily for employers, funds to support the delivery of the programme can be secured through the Workforce Development Fund and through the National Apprenticeship initiative. Early signs indicate that this well thought out apprenticeship is going to be very popular with employers and those who are keen to gather experience, skills and expertise at that level.

Course information and details on how to enrol will be up on our website soon, so make sure you keep coming back to check. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our mailing list and we will let you know when the course is available. In the meantime, please feel free to click here to view the Apprenticeship framework for this course.

Government Funding – Alternatives to Apprenticeships

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

We are now in a new academic year which heralds the new government funding regime and new opportunities. We are posting this update to brief you on current qualifications and invite you to talk to us in more detail on how we can support your training and development requirements.


Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Whilst the level 2 diploma is a central requirement for organisations operating in the care sector, the most recent government guidelines show that funding has become tighter. For those aged 19 – 23 without an existing level 2 qualification of any sort, full funding is still available. Part-funding is available for those aged 24+  if they work in a Small or Medium Enterprise, but no funding is available if they work for a larger organisation.

Read more about the course here.

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Funding is tighter for the standalone level 3 Diploma than for the level 2. For those aged 19 – 24 without an existing level 3 full funding is available. For everyone else there is no funding available.

Read more about the course here.

We deliver both the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma as a standalone course. Please contact either Vince Davies or Barbara Seymour on 01480 415930 to check what funding you will be able to access for your staff.

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care

Opps is delivering the Level 5 Diploma to a number of different organisations. The Diploma has a number of pathways to choose from:

Adults Advanced Practice Pathway

The units in this pathway are to support anyone who is working in a senior carer /practitioner or first line management role in adult services. The Advanced Practitioner’s main responsibilities will be in providing services although they may have some management/supervisory responsibility. Their job role will include fewer routine tasks than at the other levels and more non-routine tasks acting upon their own initiative. The advanced practitioner may be part of a senior team but unlikely to be in a position to make strategic decisions regarding the service. They will be supported and supervised by someone more senior but this may be someone who doesn’t work in the same location e.g. an owner; regional or group manager. Their job title will reflect the seniority of their practitioner status and experience.

Adults’ Residential Management

This pathway is suitable for anyone working in a leadership position within a residential service for adults.  It is likely that they will be the registered manager or be managing across a number of services and taking a strategic lead in both service delivery and development.

Adults Management

This pathway is suitable for anyone working in a leadership position within adult services.  It is likely that they will be the registered manager or be managing across a number of services and taking a strategic lead in both service delivery and development.

 Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund

Although there is no government funding for the Level 5 there are funds possibly available to support Health and Social care qualifications including the level 5 Diploma through the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund.

Please contact either Vince Davies or Barbara Seymour on 01480 415930  to talk about costs for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care.

Alternatively, click here to book your place online today.

Standalone Units

Many of our clients are finding that Apprenticeships are not useful for some of their staff.  The Government is committed to funding Apprenticeships for existing staff and those coming into the sector.  Opps Training will continue to deliver apprenticeships however, we are now able to offer a new approach that we feel will have long term benefits to our clients.

The old NVQ’s were replaced by Diplomas Level 2 and 3 sometime ago.  The Diplomas are more demanding and most definitely secure the very highest of standards in a health and social care practitioner.

Opps Training is offering bite-size units of each Diploma to enable learners to prioritise their professional development and spread their studying time over a longer period of time.  The competitive costs to the employer are commensurate with the time needed to support their staff on an apprenticeship scheme.

These are accredited units for which the learner will receive a certificate from the accrediting body and will count towards their completion of the full diploma.

We are offering the following units at levels 2 and 3.  Where a learner is committing to more than one unit, or where there are groups of learners, Opps is able to offer a discount.




Level 2 Units
Person Centred Approaches



Dementia Awareness



Person Centred Approach to Care and Support for individuals with Dementia



Equality and Diversity



Level 3 Units
Person Centred Approaches



Understand Process of Dementia



Introduction to personalisation in social care



Facilitate person centred assessment/planning/implantation and review



Support person centred thinking and planning



Support Individuals at the end of Life



Support positive risk taking



Equality and Diversity



Model of delivery:

Each unit will be delivered in the workplace.

Please contact either Vince Davies or Barbara Seymour on 01480 415930 to find out more or to book your course.

Are you 16 – 18 and looking for a career in Health and Social Care?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

OPPS is offering a fantastic opportunity for young people in Cambridgeshire to take their first steps towards a career in Health and Social Care. Over the next few months OPPS will be training 78 young people from the local community. The 4 week long course will award technical certificates in Health and Social Care and give those completing the course a stepping stone into the industry. The course comprises of 4 weeks classroom based training, one week work placement and is completely free! The first course will take place in Huntingdon and begin on the 20th February.

Want to find out more or enrol on the course?

You can contact OPPS via our website, email or telephone:

01480 415930

Course details:

Certificate in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care

Modules included in the course:

- Principle of communication in adult social care settings

- Principles of diverstity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings

- Understand the role of the social care worker

- Understand the person centered approaches in adult social care settings

- Understand health and safety in social care settings

- Understand how to handle information in social care settings

- Principle of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

- introduction to duty of care, social care or children’s and young peoples settings

Clare Leahy, Opps assessor for Health and Social Care

Monday, January 9th, 2012

When my peer group and I were asked for a volunteer to write a short blog for the Opps website, as usual I spoke before thinking! As a ‘newbie’ to the company, and still getting my head around how the Health and Social Care apprenticeships work, I really should have hid behind my notepad!

But, here I am, with what I hope to be an interesting, and hopefully inspirational thought on the apprenticeship learning journey.

To be able to make a positive contribution to individuals needing care and support is invaluable; gaining an apprenticeship can be the beginning of your professional journey, enabling you to climb the ladder within your role, or diversify to find your ‘niche’.

Be creative in your role; use your apprenticeship as a platform for improving standards in your workplace every day. Question and reflect upon your daily practice – ‘that was ok, but what could I do better next time?’  Put yourself into the shoes of the person you are providing care for – is it good enough – if it isn’t, how can I change it.

‘If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed’ (David Viscott)