Integrate activity training that
benefits all.

NAPA is the expert in providing activities for people in care settings. Our staff and trainers are all experienced in the care industry, specifically in activity provision.

We are a charity and membership organisation dedicated to understanding the needs of people in care settings and equipping staff with the skills to enable people to “enjoy spending time purposefully and enjoyably doing things that bring them pleasure and meaning”, (SCIE 2011).

We firmly believe that activity is at the heart of good care and we aim through our training courses, to enable all staff to provide meaningful activities for individuals in their care.

NAPA is endorsed by Skills for Care, which means that we have a mark of quality for learning and development, and only given to the best learning and development in the adult social care sector. We have evidenced that we:

  • Support excellence
  • Have good processes in place
  • Deliver courses that are relevant and fit for purpose
  • Can prove that the people who’ve attended their courses are now delivering better care

‘Very interesting interactive training, lots of ideas flowing’
Anne Leeke

Did you know …

As a valued NAPA member, you will receive discounted rates on all courses and training we provide.

NAPA QCF qualifications

Looking for a formal qualification for your staff? NAPA recommends the QCF Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social care as the minimum requirement for any staff involved in activity provision. The Level 3 QCF Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care is the key qualification for Activity Team Leaders.

Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care (QCF) accredited by OCN London – Distance Learning

The OCN London Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care qualification enables those working, or intending to work, in the health and social care sector to develop their understanding of the potential benefits for individuals of engaging in both everyday activities and programmed activities.

From care staff to managers, activity organisers to day-centre staff, domiciliary workers to owners and volunteers, this course is suitable for all. It will support learners to contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of individual and group activities and to meet a range of individuals different needs. It will further learners understanding of the part activity has to play in providing person-centred care.

We also offer a specialised unit for those working in the learning disability sector.

Course content
The Award is made up of 4 units:

3 mandatory units:

  • Understand Activity Provision in Social Care
  • Understand the Delivery of Activities in Social Care
  • Understand the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care

Students then choose one of:

  • Dementia Awareness
  • Understand the Context of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

QCF Level 3 Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care – Distance learning

This course is aimed at Activity Coordinators with responsibility for leading and coordinating activity provision within a care setting.

The Level 3 Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care (QCF) develops understanding of the social benefits of providing opportunities for different kinds of activities in the context of care. This qualification provides a valuable insight to learners of ways in which activity provision can lead the way in providing meaningful and purposeful engagement for people. It will enable learners to contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of an activity based model of care.

Course content
The course is made up of 5 units:

  • Coordination of Activity Provision in Social Care
  • Equality and Diversity in Activity Provision
  • Implement Therapeutic Group Activities
  • Community Involvement in Activity Provision
  • Activity Provision in Dementia Care

‘Undertaking training allows you to improve your practical application by understanding the theories behind the activity experiences you undertake on a daily basis.’
Katy West

‘My colleague and I found the whole day fascinating, inspirational and hugely informative. We have already implemented some of the ideas and suggestions with staff this morning! Sylvie is a fantastic trainer and I know we will use most of what we learnt, to benefit our residents and staff, within our care setting.’

Amelia East

NAPA In-house training

We can offer training on a variety of activity related topics, please contact the NAPA office to book your training day.

The minimum number of delegates per day is 10, which equates to £70 per staff member up to a maximum of 30, which equates to just over £23 per person.

Activities for people with dementia

Providing activity for those living with dementia is challenging, this day will explore the different levels and stages of dementia covering how to provide appropriate activities for the individuals needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what activity is
  • Understand the stages of dementia and how to provide appropriate activities
  • Understand how to evaluate activities for individuals with dementia

Adapting activities for differing abilities

This training day will give participants the opportunity to explore the theory of how to adapt activities for clients of varying abilities. There will be an opportunity to carry out some practical, hands on trials.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what constitutes an activity
  • Understand the basis of adapting an activity
  • Understand how to assess the abilities, needs and wishes of individuals
  • Understand how to evaluate activities for individuals
  • Have the basis for activity planning for individuals
  • Have the knowledge to use the “Things to do” section of the NAPA Magazines for all client groups

Dementia – moving away from drugs

This workshop style training will give staff an opportunity to explore the effects of antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of individuals with dementia. This will be countered by the exploration of the possibility of improving individual’s lifestyles whilst using well-being and person centred techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the potential side effects of antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of dementia
  • Explore improving the well-being of individuals with dementia
  • Understand methods of “decoding” behaviours of individuals with dementia
  • Understand the impact of environmental factors, and/or external influences on individuals with dementia

Exploring Best Practice around CQC Quality Ratings and Activity Provision

This workshop style training is aimed at management staff, who are keen to develop their care team in order to create a culture of meaningful engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the importance of meaningful engagement
  • Explore techniques for team development around activity provision
  • Gain an awareness of the CQC Quality Ratings around activity provision
  • Understand how to evaluate activity provision

Fit as a Fiddle – creating a volunteer scheme?

The training course aims to train a group of volunteers along with the Activity Coordinator; carers and core Catering Team to come up with different ways of holding a tea party. It will also encourage movement and engagement among residents of all abilities.

‘Thank you for the inspiring course that was set up yesterday, I feel we have come away with a new way of thinking and new ideas.
Activity Coordinator, Suffork

Leadership skills for activity providers

This workshop style training day is aimed at Activity Staff who are in a leadership role, but may not have had any previous leadership or management skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore essential leadership skills
  • Understand the impact of good leadership on developing an effective activity team
  • Understand the importance of effective communication                                
  • Understand how to carry out 1:1/Supervision with team members

Mealtimes – a key activity

This day explores the activity potential of mealtimes in care settings. Often not seen as a time where activity can be encouraged. This day explores the possibilities and opportunities those mealtimes create.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the social benefits of mealtimes as an activity
  • Understand the impact of environment on mealtimes
  • Understand the importance of effective communication at mealtimes
  • Understand how to create a “dementia aware” dining experience

The value and importance of activity in care settings

The day explores the value of activity provision to not only the resident but to the care home itself.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why is activity important
  • Why activity should be integrated into everyday care
  • How to enable meaningful activity involving all staff

‘… Sylvie is an amazing trainer and her passion has really reinforced our existing beliefs and practices’
Activity Coordinator, Suffolk

The whole home approach

The provision of activity is not the sole responsibility of one person; this training day explores the vital role, to person centred activity provision, that can be achieved if the whole home are fully involved in an activity based model of care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what activity is
  • Understand how to assess the abilities, needs and wishes of the individual
  • Understand how activities can be used to encourage team work
  • Understand how to embed activities into everyone’s role

NAPA Recognised CPD Providers and Courses

Gaining qualifications in the field of activity provision offers credibility in the workplace and confidence for the individual. For the workplace it can offer an assurance of basic knowledge and competencies in its activity team. For the resident it should lead to greater understanding of needs and planned delivery of services. For the regulator it offers reliable evidence when looking for a workforce fit for purpose.

Gaining a qualification though is only the start of the journey to continually improve working practices. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important to support best practice and to develop as an individual.

The NAPA Activity Worker and NAPA Activity Leader registers were introduced for those that have completed qualifications in activity provision and wish to continue to learn and develop. Please contact NAPA for further information.

Our Training Offer

Our Training & support Brochure details our most popular training modules however we are always willing to tailor these to suit your specific needs.  We strive to keep training course fees as low as possible in order to encourage maximum uptake.

Our NAPA Registers

This innovation is designed to encourage those that have achieved an accredited qualification to continue to develop their knowledge through Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We only require 3 days of CPD per annum. Study can include attendance on activity related courses, reading research materials or attendance at relevant conferences. Supporting materials can be found in the Members Only section.