06th July 2016

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Following the Government’s changed policy on qualifications and Apprenticeships across all sectors, the two Sector Skills Councils responsible for the health and adult care workforces, Skills for Health and Skills for Care, have been working together to consider the future approach to health and adult care qualifications.

In doing so, we are also committed to the government agenda on integration and are therefore seeking to provide greater clarity, transferability and opportunity for workers within both adult care and health.

Skills for Health and Skills for Care are committed to qualifications which have, at their core, shared knowledge and skills that support the vision of employers providing integrated services and the portability of skills and knowledge across the health and adult care workforce.

Within this context, we need to take account not only of changes to qualification regulation but also of other developments affecting health and adult care qualifications in England, including the work in each sector on new Apprenticeship standards.

In summary, we are proposing that at Level 2, there will be an integrated Diploma qualification in care which will replace the L2 Diploma in Health and Social Care and the L2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support. There will be no barrier to entering either the adult care or health workforces.

At Level 3, we are proposing sector specific Diploma qualifications in health and a Diploma qualification in adult care. These will all have, at their heart, shared core competences with optional specialisms to meet the requirements of health and adult care services.

We need your feedback

Skills for Health and Skills for Care are inviting stakeholders to comment on the draft shared core content for both the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. To provide your feedback, please visit the online survey here. This survey will close on Wednesday 10th August 2016.

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