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The Care Certificate

The Care Certificate

What is the Care Certificate?

From April 2015, new health and social care workers should be inducted according to the Care Certificate framework. This replaces the Common Induction Standards and National Minimum Training Standards.

There are 15 standards within the Care Certificate which cover a wide range of subjects and topics. Skills for Care recommend that a new full time employee should complete the Care Certificate within 12 weeks of starting their new role.

The employer issues the actual Care Certificate itself based upon being able to prove that the requirements of the Care Certificate have been properly achieved. The employer's self certification of the Care Certificate must be incorporated into the overall system of Quality Assurance under the oversight of their inspection authority.

The Care Certificate is the start of the career journey for these staff groups and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practice within their specific sector. Although the Care Certificate is designed for staff who are new to care and offers this group of staff their first step on their career ladder, it is also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge.

Why is the Care Certificate being introduced?

Following the report of the Francis Inquiry in 2013 which identified serious failures to provide healthcare, Camilla Cavendish was asked by the Secretary of State to review and make recommendations on the recruitment, learning and development, management and support of healthcare assistants and social care support workers, to help ensure that this workforce provides compassionate care.

The resulting report, The Cavendish Review: An Independent Review into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and Social Care Settings (July 2013) found that preparation of healthcare assistants and social care support workers for their roles providing care was inconsistent. The report recommended development of a Certificate of Fundamental Care – the "Care Certificate".

When is the Care Certificate being introduced?

The Care Certificate was introduced in April 2015.

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