Support Broker Training

NBN Support Broker Training – is it for you?

NBN Eastern Region Support Brokerage Course Dates 2015:

Day One:   Wednesday 16th October

Days Two-Five: to be decided by the group at the end of Day One!

Venue:
Orwell House
Cowley Road
Cambridge CB4 0PP

Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm but flexible if you have carer responsibilities or limited energy!

About the programme:

The programme was designed by disabled people and family carers in 2004 and has been modified. updated and spring-cleaned regularly since then to take on changes in legislation including of course the Care Act 2014. It’s thought provoking, funny, inspiring, challenging but most of all practical, down to earth and grounded in everyday reality.

The course helps you to focus on own lifestyle choices if you are a disabled person or family carer. The programme is also popular with disabled people, family carers, social workers, care workers, advocacy workers and people from all sorts of backgrounds who are natural problem solvers. Participants keep a practice journal and return with ‘live’ issues that are then built into the training sessions to ensure practical outcomes.

The NBN training model does not finish after the initial five days – the full programme should include ongoing local individual and peer supervision from a competent broker or similar who can provide practical assistance as well as person centred, supportive supervision. Brokers should also attend a minimum of four knowledge based seminars per year organised by your region or at national level to ensure a constant update in the quality of information, advice and guidance services.

Our 5 day programme is suitable for disabled people and family carers who want to work through plans for their own lives and/or become independent support brokers and anyone (including social care, health, education, housing and community development professionals) who want to learn the core skills and knowledge base of support brokerage to increase their effectiveness in their own chosen area of work.

Participants have the option of attending for days one and two as an introductory course; complete the full 5 day non-accredited programme with or without internal assessment or complete the accredited programme. See below for more details

The introductory programme is particularly useful for disabled people and family carers who want to gain an overview of best practice in self-directed support and the use of personal budgets as well as social care, health, education, housing and community development professionals who want to explore the potential of working beyond current professional boundaries.

Download the Eastern Region NBN Training Booking Form 2015 here

Please contact us for more information on course content and costs of the different options.
Contact: Tony Phillips 01223 420850/07764 922385
Hosted by the Cambridge Brokerage Network
email: tony@realife.org.uk

Course details

Check out our sample Training materials 2010 here – we trust you not to use any of this material without referencing NBN as the copyright holder…..

Training and Accreditation

In partnership with disabled people and family carers, the NBN has designed training programmes that cover the needs of everyone from a single disabled person wishing to do everything for themselves to a professional paid broker or other social care professional providing a full or part-time service.

The NBN training framework has been designed to provide a core for all NBN approved training.

Your training options explained

1. NBN regional programme:

5 day course followed by ongoing supervision and local seminars (NBN certificate of attendance)

Days 1 and 2: The first two days are suitable for anyone with an interest in an introduction to principles and practice. Participants wishing to proceed to days 3 and 4 complete a one month reflective journal on their experiences supporting at least one person/family in a number of brokerage roles.’

Days 3 and 4 are reserved for participants who wish to learn more about becoming paid or unpaid full or part time professional brokers.

Day 5 acts as a recall and review day.

The course allows one month between each set of two days for practical support work which can be focused either on the participants own support needs if they are a disabled person or family carer or for someone the participant is already supporting. Participants keep a practice journal and return with ‘live’ issues that are then built into the training sessions to ensure practical outcomes.

The NBN training model does not finish after the initial five days – the full programme should include ongoing local individual and peer supervision from a competent broker or similar who can provide practical assistance as well as person centred, supportive supervision. Brokers should also attend a minimum of four knowledge based seminars per year organised by your region or at national level to ensure a constant update in the quality of information, advice and guidance services.

2.  NBN 5 day programme with Internal Assessment
An internally-assessed NBN course has been developed by the NBN Eastern Region based on the same approach used by the General Social Care Council to assess social workers on their 100 work placements. Download the assessment paperwork here or contact Tony Phillips on 01223 420850 or 07764 922385

3. NBN accredited programme
We are pleased to announce that the NBN accredited course is now available.
This course now has nationally-recognised accreditation as 5 units at level 2 by OCN Credit4Learning.

4. NBN introductory programme
Days one and two of the 5 day programme act as a good introduction to core skills and knowledge and can be taken as a stand alone option.
5. Introducing our Kitchen Table Training
We introduced the idea of Kitchen Table courses in Cambridge in 2009 following requests from disabled people and family carers for a programme that fitted both stamina and availability. Kitchen Table courses are hosted by one of the participants in their own home and run for a series of half days to suit individual learning preferences. Further details from Kadie Chapman (Cambridge Brokerage Network) at: kadie@dial.pipex.com or call 01223 420850.

6. ‘Host your own’ programme
The NBN has developed over the years through the efforts of local people who want to create a brokerage service in their own area. We encourage individuals and organisations to co-host a training programme in new areas with us as a great way to put your new service on the map and to build a strong local team of disabled people, family carers and professionals working together.
Call Tony Phillips on 07764 922385 or email tony@realife.org.uk for details

Course cost:
Accredited 5 day programme: £750 per person
Assessed 5 day programme: £500 per person
Standard 5 day programme: £450 per person
2 day introductory course: £200 per person

Up to 100% bursaries are usually available for people who are unwaged subject to a minimum number of fee paying participants signing up to make the course viable. Please note that the accredited course only does have some fixed OCN registration and moderation fees – do call us for further information

Call Tony Phillips for further details on 01223 420850 or 07764 922385 or email tony@realife.org.uk

    nbnjigsawNBN East at Realife Trust, Orwell House, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0PP

The National Brokerage Network www.nationalbrokeragenetwork.org.uk

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