The Care Certificate represents the biggest change to workforce development in the social care sector and is the first time that the same standards are being applied across health and social care.

Evidencing competence “in practice” and staff learning “during real work duties” are seen as a higher value outcomes than simply delivering staff training, under the new criteria.

The new standards encapsulated in the care certificate should ensure that the health and social care workers have the required values, behaviours, competences and skills to provide high quality, compassionate care.

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.

What is the Care Certificate?

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