The Care Certificate
The Care Certificate is a set of standards that social care and health workers stick to in their daily working life. It is the new minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training of new care workers.
The Care Certificate was developed jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. It:
The Care Certificate was introduced in April 2015 and it is now expected of all those working as healthcare assistants and adult social care workers to undertake this learning as part of their induction programme. The Care Certificate was created as a result of the Cavendish Review which was published in July 2013. This review was part of the response to the Francis Inquiry into the failings of care at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.
The Cavendish Review found that the training and development of healthcare assistants and adult social care workers was often not consistent or good enough. Cavendish proposed that a new ‘Certificate of Fundamental Care’ be created to improve this and that led to the ‘Care Certificate’.
The Care Certificate covers the learning outcomes, competences and standards of behaviour that must be expected of support workers in the health and social care sectors. It aims to make sure that you are caring, compassionate and provide quality care in your work.
The certificate builds on and replaces the earlier induction programmes: social care’s Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS). There are 15 standards that make up the Care Certificate.
The standards take account of:
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 knowledge.
Stay ahead of the competition by having our EQF mapped certificate. Our mapping document sets out how the Care Certificate standards map across to other resources used within social care and health, including the previous Common Induction Standards and units in the qualifications and credit framework (QCF).