The New Care Certificate

The New Care Certificate is the certificate Healthcare Assistants and Social Care Support workers must earn within 12 weeks of starting a job. Following the Francis Inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and reports of failings in other hospitals and care homes, the Government realised that there was inconsistencies in training given to Carers in the UK. The inquiry and the subsequent Camilla Cavendish’s review called for care/social workers in England to be given at least two weeks’ training to prepare them for providing basic care in hospitals, care homes and for patients in their homes. Ms Cavendish said healthcare assistants should have to earn a “certificate of fundamental care” which comprises of a set of standards that health and social care workers must adhere to in their daily working life. By everyone receiving the same type of training, it will given service users the confidence that care workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.
To achievement the Care Certificate, healthcare support workers must undergone training the following areas:
The 15 standards in the Care Certificate are:
  1. Understand your role
  2. Your personal development
  3. Duty of care
  4. Equality and diversity
  5. Work in a person centred way
  6. Communication
  7. Privacy and dignity
  8. Fluids and nutrition
  9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability
  10. Safeguarding adults
  11. Safeguarding Children
  12. Basic Life Support
  13. Health and Safety
  14. Handling information
  15. Infection prevention and control
The official launch will be in March 2015 for employers to start using the Care Certificate as of April 2015. The question now is how ready is your care/nursing home/agency? Should you require any help, Flexlearn can help training your Carers or work in partnership with your training team to get your organisation ready before March 2015. Call them on 020 8555 6207 today for more information
Do you any questions about training your staff or  looking to hire a Care Agency for your loved ones? Speak to someone from Care Agency London today on 020 7097 3937

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