No!  The Care Certificate does not form part of the legislation, however CQC do refer to the Care Certificate very specifically in their regulations, so whilst it is not technically mandatory – you will be inspected against it.  For example if as an organisation you choose do something other than the Care Certificate or not complete all of the outcomes in the Care Certificate, you will need to demonstrate to CQC that your induction meets the needs of the staff you employ and the needs of the people you support.

Is the Care Certificate mandatory?

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