Care certificate and mandatory training

Care certificate and mandatory training

It is a mandatory requirement for people working in the Health or Social Care sectors to complete an induction with their employer, which includes learning about the skills and knowledge required for their employment/job role. The Care Certificate offers a structure for induction for those working in adult social care or as healthcare assistant/support workers.

The expectation is that it will be completed within the first 12 weeks of employment. The Care Certificate replaces the Common Induction Standards and National Minimum Training Standards. It may be used in care and health settings in England from April 2015.
The Care Certificate:

  • applies across health and social care;
  • links to competences (National Occupational Standards) and units in qualifications;
  • covers what is required to be caring;
  • will equip workers with the fundamental skill they need to provide quality care; and
  • gives them a basis from which they can further develop your knowledge and skills as their career progresses.

The Care Certificate standards are listed below:

  • Understand your role
  • Your personal development
  • Duty of care
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Work in a person-centred way
  • Communication
  • Privacy and Dignity
  • Fluids and Nutrition
  • Awareness of Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities
  • Safeguarding Adults and Child
  • Basic Life Support
  • Health and Safety
  • Handling information
  • Infection Prevention and Control