Why was the Care Certificate introduced?

Manprit Chattha

30-08-2023

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In the care sector, the quality of care provided to patients and service users is of utmost importance. The Care Certificate was introduced to recognise the need for standardised training and improved standards for healthcare assistants and support workers. This blog post will explore the Cavendish Review and the subsequent development of the Care Certificate and their impact on improving induction training and standards.

Background

Background - Why was the Care Certificate introduced - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

The Cavendish Review was established following reports such as the Francis inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust highlighted issues with the healthcare assistant and support worker workforce. These reports called for improvements in recruitment, training, and supervision of healthcare assistants and support workers in order to prevent future instances of poor care and abuse.

The Cavendish review

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The Cavendish Review aimed to investigate and recommend ways to ensure that all individuals receiving care services are treated with compassion and competence. One of the review's key recommendations was the development of a national code of conduct and national training standards for healthcare support workers. This recommendation emphasised the need for clear identification and differentiation between registered nurses and healthcare support workers and the requirement for registration before providing personal care.

Objectives of the Care Certificate

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As a result of the Cavendish Review's findings, the Care Certificate was created. Developed by Health Education England, Skills for Care, and Skills for Health, the Care Certificate aimed to address variable training and induction practices among health and care support workers. It was introduced in April 2015 and sets out 15 standards covering the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that new health and care support workers are expected to attain or work towards within their first 12 weeks of employment. By standardising the training process, It provided a framework of occupational standards and competencies across the entire health and social care field, aiming to improve the quality and consistency of care provided by support workers.

Training of the Care Certificate

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By upskilling and becoming an in-house trainer, you can impart your organisation's values to your staff and demonstrate their impact on their role. As a trainer, you can build a rapport with your employees by training them to the levels of the Care Certificate, creating a competent team to deliver safe and effective care.

When you enrol in train-the-trainer courses, you can benefit from more than just training materials. You will also have access to a Learning Management System (LMS) that assesses the effectiveness of your training. Our ComplyPlus CQC Compliance System is integrated with the LMS and stores all the important documents needed for compliance. This includes policies and procedures required to meet the Standards of the Care Certificate and legislative documents, including the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. These policies must be followed in order to ensure the best possible quality of care and compliance with regulations.

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Conclusion

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The Care Certificate, originally referred to as the Certificate in Fundamental Care in the Cavendish Review, aimed to establish a common standard of training for healthcare support workers and adult care workers in England. Overall, the Cavendish Review and the subsequent development of the Care Certificate were significant steps in addressing the concerns raised about the training and quality of care provided by healthcare assistants and support workers. They aimed to ensure that these workers receive appropriate training, have clear standards to adhere to and contribute to delivering compassionate and competent care to patients and service users. By training and becoming in-house trainers, individuals can impart their organisation's values to staff, ensuring compliance with regulations and providing safe and effective care.

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About the Mandatory Training Group

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By making things simple and designing interactive e-learning content, we can provide meaningful training programs at all levels and enhance the capacity and resilience of individuals and organisations.

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Why was the Care Certificate introduced? - References and resources - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

References and resources

British Association of Social Workers (2023) - The Cavendish Review
Kings College London (2023) - What can we learn from the innovation of The Care Certificate?

About the Mandatory Training Group

Why was the Care Certificate introduced? - About The Mandatory Training Group UK -

The Mandatory Training Group is one of the leading UK providers of CPDUK-accredited statutory and mandatory training, continuing professional development (CPD) courses, eLearning software and workforce development solutions for all sectors.

By making things simple and designing interactive e-learning content, we can provide meaningful training programs at all levels and enhance the capacity and resilience of individuals and organisations.

Click here to see our wide range of accredited online courses and training programmes for various organisations.

References and resources

Why was the Care Certificate introduced? - References and resources - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

British Association of Social Workers (2023) - The Cavendish Review
Kings College London (2023) - What can we learn from the innovation of The Care Certificate?

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