05th March 2015

Image: Care Certificate LogoWith the new Care Certificate for health and social care support workers due to officially launch in March 2015, Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health have developed a range of support services and resources to help you implement the Care Certificate in your organisation.

Care Certificate (e-learning) – Coming Soon!

Beginning March 2015, all new healthcare support workers must complete a Care Certificate in order to carry out their roles effectively. Skills for Health have worked in partnership with Skills for Care and Health Education England to develop the Care Certificate learning outcomes and the associated workbook.

In addition Skills for Health have developed a suite of e-learning courses that cover the care certificate standards which allows staff to undertake learning at a time and place that is convenient for them. It is made up of a combination of both the Statutory and Mandatory UK Core Skills courses and the Clinical/Care UK Core Skills that together provide key learning outcomes of the Care Certificate.

Who is the Care Certificate for?

New Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), Assistant Practitioners, Care Support Workers and any other healthcare support worker in direct contact with patients.   

Statutory and Mandatory UK Core Skills for Health

  • Information governance
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Moving and handling
  • Patient moving and handling
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Fire safety
  • Conflict resolution
  • Infection prevention and control 

Clinical / Care UK Core Skills

  • Duty of care
  • Privacy and dignity
  • Fluid and nutrition
  • Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability
  • Communication
  • Your healthcare career
  • Person centered care

  • Quality assured skills development

    We work hard to improve the quality of training provision available to healthcare support workers and to ensure managers know how and where they can access great training for their staff.

    The National Skills Academy for Health are developing a network of Excellence Centres and approved delivery partners put employers in charge of local learning, helping you to share scarce resources and to develop and deliver cost-effective training to meet Care Certificate requirements.

    In addition, the Skills for Health Quality Mark, provides a framework that defines and endorses superior learning and training standards that healthcare employers need to cultivate a world-class workforce.

    By selecting a provider who holds the Quality Mark for your Care Certificate development programmes, you can be sure that the training will be of a consistent high quality and will demonstrate to your community your commitment to excellence in workforce development and patient care.

  • The Knowledge Exchange

    The Academy’s online Knowledge Exchange contains comprehensive information about the Care Certificate. It includes the latest Care Certificate news, articles on key topics, such as the 15 standards and the assessment process, and provides a single point of access to free resources from the Care Certificate’s partners.

    Access to the Knowledge Exchange is one of the benefits of becoming a National Skills Academy for Health Employer Partner. If you provide health or care services within England as part of the NHS or in the independent or voluntary sectors – whether you have one employee or several thousand - you can register as an Employer Partner for free.

  • Webinars

    The Care Certificate will feature prominently in the National Skills Academy programme of free webinars for 2015. The first, ‘Implementing the Care Certificate: Addressing the challenges’ took place on 04 March 2015.

  • Assessor development and resources

    The National Skills Academy’s interactive sessions for assessors and mentors will launch soon and provide Care Certificate assessors with practical tools, knowledge and confidence to successfully undertake their role in making clear and consistent assessment decisions.