We are increasingly receiving questions from colleagues about Care Certificate Training in our free workshops around the country and want to take this opportunity to pass on what we know to the sector:
- The Care Certificate is intended to provide clear evidence that a health or social care worker is competent and safe to support vulnerable people whilst providing high quality compassionate care and support.
- The Care Certificate and Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulation and inspection have clearly set out the outcomes that must be achieved, whether this is through training or alternative learning and development activities. There is a clear requirement to provide evidence that staff have been assessed in the workplace to demonstrate their competence and safety to practice.
- In order to be signed off against their Care Certificate staff will not have to complete a set of mandatory training courses. Instead they will have to evidence that they have relevant knowledge and understanding of the standards set out in the Care Certificate and, most importantly, that they are able to put this into practice for their job role.
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- Under the requirements of the Care Certificate each member of staff must have an individual portfolio, including evidence that their practice has been assessed in the workplace during the health or social care worker’s real work activity as observed by an assessor. This assessor will usually be their manager or supervisor, they do not need to be a qualified NVQ/QCF assessor. However, the registered manager has the responsibility of verifying the quality of teaching and assessment that has been provided before signing off the Care Certificate themselves.
- It applies a similar approach to NVQ’s or QCF’s where the learning and development opportunities are considerably wider than just formal classroom or e-Learning. That is not to say that formal training is no longer required, but instead opens the door to evidence a much wider programme of learning and development.
- As an extension to the tools we have provided to the sector since 2007, The Grey Matter group have already developed online e-Assessment and e-Portfolio services for the Care Certificate which have been piloted as part of the Skills for Care national pilot. Check back soon for the results of the pilot.
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- For colleagues who have already completed the Common Induction Standards we will provide a top-up assessment to enable you to evidence knowledge, understanding and practice against the new Care Certificate standards and learning outcomes.
- We will also be continuing our popular free e-Learning for the Care Certificate across the health and social care sectors to support staff as they generate their evidence portfolios. Get in touch to find out more.
- We are often asked in our workshops what will happen to the Common Induction Standards? You will need to continue to use the Common Induction Standards until the 1st April 2015. Any of our customers who use www.cis-assessment.co.uk for their Common Induction Standards will receive a free upgrade to the Care Certificate and will already have implemented the evidence based practice needed to meet the new style of regulation and inspection.
Please do get in touch to find out how we can support you and your staff during this period of change to workforce development in health and social care settings.