UWTSD Workplace Development Fellow

I am honoured to have been have been made a Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity St David. As A Worplace Development Fellow, I will be working alongside my colleagues in the Wales Institute for Work Based Learning on the GWLAD (Growing Workforces through Learning and Development ) project.


EWC Registration

I am now registered with the Education Workforce Council (Wales) as a Further Education Teacher



MA in Professional Practice


I am very proud to announce that I recently completed my Master’s Degree in Professional Practice with a Merit Pass.

The course at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids (Carmarthen) was a part-time modular MA, with modules on Designing and Implementing a Workplace Mentoring Process, Professional Practice / Recognition of Acquired Learning and finally a Work-Based Research Project focused on PBS.


My dissertation (27,500 words over 150 pages) for this final module was entitled:


Comparing the effects of Restrictive Physical Interventions training with that of Positive Behaviour Support theory training on the thoughts, beliefs and confidence of social-care support staff”


I am hugely grateful to the support of New Directions in Rugby, who kindly allowed me to focus my research project on their staff and the excellent PBS support that they deliver. Special thanks go to CEO Doreen Woodward, HR Manager Lorna Brindley and Service Manager Sam Slater, without whose generous cooperation I would not have been able to complete my study.




The following is a selection of some of the successful projects that Del Harries Training & Consultancy have been working on in 2015:


Llaw yn Llaw / Powys


We are pleased to continue providing training for Powys County Council’s social care staff on an Associate basis on behalf of Llaw yn Llaw. This continues a working relationship with Powys that stretches back to 2008.


Recent training we have provided for Powys (on behalf of Llaw yn Llaw) includes:


  • Challenging Behaviour & Autism

  • Autism & Asperger’s Awareness

  • Dementia Awareness

  • Challenging Behaviour in Dementia

  • Mental Capacity

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

  • Two-day Person-Centred Dementia Care & Support workshops


Connecting Learners


We are very grateful to be working in collaboration with Connecting Learners to provide training to Neath / Port Talbot, Cardiff, Caerphilly and Torfaen Councils, Action for Children in Neath and Port Talbot, The Forge Care Centre in Cardiff and New Directions Care & Support in Brynmawr. More information about the excellent work that Connecting Learners do can be found at:





One of our most rewarding customers to work with are Walsingham Support, who are currently promoting the importance of service-user happiness:


We provide autism training and consultancy support to Walsingham in Wales and England (Swansea / Neath & Port Talbot, London & Central, Tamworth , Carlisle and Middlesborough).

Walsingham recently highlighted the importance of good autism training in the following press release:


As well as supporting Walsingham’s staff to understand Autism, we continue to provide training in Mental Capacity & DoLS, Mental Health Awareness, Safeguarding and Reporting & Recording.

In addition, our Management Development workshops (for new and existing team-leaders) have been a particular success.




In February and March we were proud to support GAVO Tredegar with the Lift/Tackling Workless Households Project. This scheme prepares people who have been unemployed for at least six months to find social care work in the Communities First areas of Ebbw Vale and Tredegar. GAVO asked us to get involved by delivering Dementia, Mental Capacity, Record Keeping and POVA training to provide a grounding in social care.


Pembrokeshire County Council


In early May we delivered our first training (in Mental Health Awareness) to housing and social care staff from Pembrokeshire County Council. We were delighted with the feedback and hope that this will be the first of many positive workshops!


Many thanks to all of our customers, old and new!