Care Certificate Course

Since the introduction of the Healthcare Certificate 2015, it is now expected that all staff currently working and entering adult social care workers as well as healthcare assistants within the health sectors throughout the United Kingdom have a formal log of their training and professional development. 

The standards

  1. Understand your role

  2. Your personal development

  3. Duty of care

  4. Equality and diversity

  5. Work in a person centred way              

  6. Communication

  7. Privacy and dignity

  8. Fluids and nutrition

  9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities

  10. Safeguarding adults

  11. Safeguarding children

  12. Basic life support

  13. Health and safety

  14. Handling information

  15. Infection prevention and control

The Care Certificate was developed jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. It:

  • applies across social care and health

  • links to National Occupational Standards and units in qualifications

  • covers what is needed to be caring - giving workers a good basis from which they can develop their knowledge and skills.

Who is it for?

Designed with non-regulated workers in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same induction - learning the same skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.

The Care Certificate is the start of the career journey and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practice within their specific sector.

Although the Care Certificate is designed for new staff, it also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their underpinning knowledge. 

How long does it take to complete the Care Certificate?
During the piloting of the Care Certificate in 2014, the indication was that for a full-time member of staff, the average amount of time taken to complete the Care Certificate was 12 weeks.

It is likely that employers will find that the time taken to complete the certificate will vary depending upon a range of factors, including; the hours worked by the learner, teaching methods chosen, previous educational achievement, resources and opportunities for assessment, and the availability of assessors.

All candidates that undertake New-Start Education Healthcare Certificate courses will have regular contact with their tutors for the period that the training. This will be in the method of 1-2-1 and email and Skype teaching sessions. Every student is able to join the Learning Forum and share experiences and connect with other students on the Healthcare Certificate course.

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