The Care Certificate is nationally recognised set of standards for health and social care workers. It was introduced
in 2015 following the 2013 Cavendish Review. It is designed to support the unregulated workforce by providing
guidance on introductory knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver care which is safe, compassionate
and individually focused.
All sessions will be via Zoom except for Basic Life
Support. We hope that COVID restrictions will have lifted sufficiently by then to enable this to be a face-to-face
classroom session. All sessions run 0930-1300.
Skills for Care (https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/) suggest that the Care Certificate:
“ - is the beginning of the career journey for those new to care
- is a foundation for health and adult social care integration
- ensures those new to the sector are supported
- is endorsed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- is a CQC expectation – all employers should now be offering it.”
They also suggest that the Care Certificate is suitable for people new to healthcare but also for those wanting to
improve or refresh their knowledge and skills.
The content of the Care Certificate is based around 15 core standards:
understand your role
your personal development
duty of care
equality and diversity
work in a person centred way
privacy and dignity
fluids and nutrition
awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability
basic life support
health and safety
infection prevention and control
Skills For Care (https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/inducting-staff/care-certificate/CareCertificate.aspx) provide the infrastructure and necessary paperwork for employers to facilitate the programme
themselves. However, we understand this is sometimes difficult to manage and we feel that by teaching a cohort
of learners, we are creating an opportunity for peer support and a “community of learning”.