The Care Certificate is a set number of standards which have been carefully developed by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. These standards, in the form of The Care Certificate, should make up part of the induction training when training new care workers, as these are what health workers, and social care workers, have to adhere to as part of their employment position.
Who needs to complete The Care Certificate, and what are the benefits?
The Care Certificate benefits everyone in, and connected to, health and social care. As something that links up to National Occupational Standards and units in qualifications, this is something that can be seen as the first step on the career ladder into any health or social care specialism. The Care Certificate enables workers who are just starting out in the industry to have the confidence that they are doing the job right and working to the same required standards as those members of staff who are more experienced. It then enables these health and care workers to deliver a high standard of care to their clients and patients. Although this certificate is most commonly undertaken by new employees, it is always there for existing employees who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge and understanding of the field. For CQC regulated providers, the Care Certificate is something that is expected of care workers who are joining health and social care, from April 2015 onward.
The Care Certificate is for all care support workers, clinical NHS workers, assistant practitioners, healthcare assistants, and anyone else who is working directly with patients in their everyday role. Such workers could be health or care workers in old people homes, mental health services, hospitals, GP Surgeries or perhaps going out into patient’s homes.
What are the standards in The Care Certificate?
The Care Certificate covers the skills and knowledge needed in order to be a successful care worker. There are 15 standards in total, including;
- 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 disabilities
- Safeguarding adults
- Safeguarding children
- Basic life support
- Health and safety
- Handling information
- Infection prevention and control
How can we take The Care Certificate?
HL Online Training are always happy to hear from anyone in need of taking The Care Certificate online. Whether you are an employer looking to book staff in for training, or an individual looking to complete it, Contact Us, and we can get back to you at your own convenience.
What does the Care Certificate consist of?
The Care Certificate comes complete with all the resources that the learner might need; both online learning features and workbooks, with relevant information that can be viewed online, or printed out for ease of use and reading. Each section provides the relevant advice on that specific ‘standard’ module. After working through the booklet, there is a multiple choice test available to which they will be graded, however if this is not passed successfully, the learner is given the opportunity to retake the test.
In order to support the new employees going through their initial training process, The Care Certificate package comes complete with Work Based Learning Competency Assessment Booklets, as well as a downloadable workbook which provides guidance every step of the way. Upon successful completion of all the 15 care standards within the course, the employer can issue the learner with a ‘Care Certificate’, which evidences that they have undertaken this compulsory training.
If you are looking for a straightforward way for staff to complete The Care Certificate online course, be sure to Contact Us at HL Online Training and arrange for us to set you up on our system. Our aim is to provide this online training via a smooth and comprehensive platform, which the learner can then undertake at a time that is suitable to them. This takes the hassle away from the employer, allowing them to focus on their day-job, and hands over the technical side to us, where we are on hand to offer any support the user may need.