21st June 2019

Image: Approved training.We are all aware that inadequate training can cost lives, hence our firm believes in quality assurance of training.

It has come to light that some commercial training organisations, providing services into the NHS and the wider health sector, are actively stating that their training programmes – particularly for stat-man training and the Care Certificate – “Align with Skills for Health” or they provide “Skills for Health aligned training.”

We view use of our name in this way to be inappropriate and misleading and fear that buyers are being misled by the perception, or inference that Skills for Health has endorsed or approved such training programmes. Purchasers of training must be aware of this appropriation, as it is untrue and inaccurate and we will not hesitate from taking appropriate action against the inappropriate use of our name.

Purchasers of training (or of agency staff) need to note that significant variance exists in both the quality and the cost of training programmes offered for core skills training across the health sector, especially within elearning. In addition to this, training providers are permitted to state that their training offer aligns with the “Core Skills Training Framework” or “The Care Certificate” but this is purely a self-declaration by the provider and should be treated as such.

We would highly recommend purchasers and procurement authorities seek sufficient evidence to satisfy themselves as to the quality and accuracy of such training programmes. Purchasers and procurement authorities should not ask training providers to confirm if their training “aligns with Skills for Health” but rather seek confirmation of alignment with the Core Skills Training Framework, or Care Certificate and appropriate evidence. It is important to remember that poor procurement may put patient safety at risk.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us here.

Skills for Health, through its Quality Mark schemes, has approved certain training providers and details of these can be found via Core Skills, Compliance, Streamlining or Quality Mark.