How Often Is the Statutory/Mandatory CSTF Updated?

Updating documentation means eliminating outdated information and dramatically reducing the risk of making mistakes, sending erroneous instructions to new employees and ending up with obsolete documentation.

This blog will discuss CSTF statutory and mandatory training requirements and how often is this guide updated.

What are statutory and mandatory training?

Statutory training is where a statutory body has mandated that organisations provide that training based on specific legislation. The most common sources of statutory training are the Health and Safety at Work Act etc.1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations,1999.

On the other hand, mandatory training is compulsory training that an organisation determines as essential for its safe and efficient delivery of services. It helps to reduce organisational risks and comply with legislation, regulations and guidance. Mandatory training also allows employees to complete their jobs safely and efficiently.

What is CSTF?

The Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) – a key part of the Trusted Frameworks workstream – is an enabler of the portability of statutory and mandatory training across the NHS. The CSTF aims to enable consistency in the core content of statutory and mandatory education and training by creating a set of documents and processes that support organisations that align with the same standard and scope.

Skills for Health launched the UK CSTF in 2013. Since October 2019, Skills for Health (SfH) and Health Education England (HEE) have collaborated to manage the CSTF for NHS Trusts in England, which currently comprises 11 statutory and mandatory subjects. E-learning for healthcare (elfh), part of HEE, also develops and manages national training packages aligned to the subjects in the CSTF.

What subjects are under the CSTF statutory and mandatory training guidance?

CSTF alignment requires the learning outcomes for each CSTF subject to be met. The CSTF does not prescribe training methods - however, some subjects will require a practical training component.

The following statutory/mandatory subjects required are:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Fire safety
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Information governance and data security
  • Moving and handling
  • Preventing Radicalisation
  • Resuscitation
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children.

How often is the statutory/mandatory CSTF updated?

The Statutory/Mandatory CSTF is typically reviewed and updated annually. Changes are made where needed to provide greater clarity or, if required, due to significant changes in national guidance or legislation.

Since CSTF was launched in 2013, Skills for Health has maintained and updated the CSTF through mechanisms including the following:

  • Providing access to the framework from the Skills for Health website.
  • Providing Framework Management support, with the responsibility to keep the CSTF subjects under review to ensure accuracy, currency and manage quality assurance processes and the required communications to alert users of any changes.
  • Conducting a formal review once a year, including participation by the key national endorsing and subject matter expert bodies. Through this process, any new subjects for inclusion in the framework have been identified and, where appropriate, incorporated.
  • Ensuring the framework documents are fully Version Controlled.

What are the benefits of the CSTF framework for organisations?

The key benefits of the CSTF for the different organisations are:

  • It provides consolidation and integration of available guidance that organisations can use to inform and rationalise the delivery of statutory and mandatory training activity.
  • It provides a guide for those who have accountability for corporate governance, is responsible for the delivery of training activity, and internal advisors to have a joint statement that they can use to audit and determine how the organisation can best meet or exceed the guidance offered here.
  • It helps organisations guide training delivery quality and consistency for the identified subjects.
  • It helps set more explicit expected staff performance levels following any core skills training delivery.
  • It can guide some of the measures that might be used to assess the effectiveness and impact of the supported training activity.
  • It can guide the development of a specification for organisations that might need/or wish to commission external training providers to deliver any core skills training.

Where can I find online CSTF statutory and mandatory training courses?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited courses for CSTF statutory and mandatory trainings for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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