Care Certificate: All You Need To Know

Officially launched in March 2015, the Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life.

Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.

HEE, Skills for Care and Skills for Health have made a number of recommendations about the implementation of the certificate:

  • individuals will need to complete all 15 standards to be awarded the Care Certificate
  • the Care Certificate should be prioritised by employers for ‘new staff, new to care’
  • 12 weeks will remain as the guidance time frame for a full time individual to complete the Care Certificate
  • the minimum level for quality assurance of the Care Certificate, and the certification itself, will be the responsibility of employers
  • in addition to events and workshops, a suite of materials will be made freely available for employers to download and use to support them in implementing the Care Certificate.

For all you need to know about the Care Certificate including the standards, guidance, assessor framework, self-assessment tool, workbooks and FAQs visit the Skills for Health website.

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