24th March 2015

Image: Hospital bed.Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health comment on the BBC programme Inside Out in the East (aired 23 March 2015):

“We recognise that there needs to be a more consistent and standardised approach to training and skills development for Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) and adult social care workers across the country and understand that supervision and support is vital. This is one of the major driving forces behind the introduction of the Care Certificate.

“From April 2015, all new Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), Assistant Practitioners, adult social care workers and others who work in direct contact with patients and people who need care and support will need to complete a Care Certificate in order to carry out their roles effectively. Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health have worked in partnership to build on existing and tested standards such as the Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS) to develop 15 key standards which individuals will need to complete in order to be awarded the Care Certificate.

“We would also encourage all health care employers to adopt the Code of Conduct, as it makes clear the expectations on support workers to raise concerns and only to undertake delegated activities that they are competent to do.

“The Social Care Commitment is the adult social care sector’s promise to provide people who need care and support with high quality services. Employers and employees, across the whole of the adult social care sector, sign up to the commitment pledging to improve the quality of the workforce.”

“The launch of the Care Certificate is intended to provide robust training for support workers, but also have a direct and positive impact on the delivery of patient care.”