The Skills Platform, part of Skills for Health, has today launched a free new toolkit designed to directly support those responsible for delivering the Care Certificate to new employees as part of their induction and for upskilling current employees working in health and social care charities.
Designed to meet the requirements set out in the Cavendish Review, The Care Certificate is a set of 15 minimum standards which specify the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to provide compassionate, safe, high quality and consistent care. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) expects the Care Certificate to be implemented by relevant charities; it is a requirement for health and nurse Apprenticeships and is also more recently, a key component of Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeships.
The Skills Platform launched The Care Certificate Implementation Toolkit to drive improved implementation of the Care Certificate across all health and social care settings – thereby delivering improved standards, consistency and ultimately better patient outcomes. It includes top tips linked, quotes from practitioners and links to valuable resources. It also offers guidance and examples of good practice based on a programme designed and run by St Christopher’s Hospice, who were involved in the original pilots and were the first organisation to have their programme certificated by an Awarding Organisation.
John Rogers, CEO of Skills for Health, commented: “With 1.3 million health and social care staff working across the UK, we are proud to have created this toolkit to help employers new to the Care Certificate by empowering them to feel confident about what it was designed to do and helping them to decide the best way to implement it successfully in their organisation.
“From small independent care homes, to experienced learning and development teams, our toolkit also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge and skills – using the standards and assessment criteria within the Care Certificate to assess their existing and ongoing training needs.”
For more information or to read the Care Certificate Toolkit, head along to: https://www.skillsplatform.org.uk/content/care-certificate-implementation-toolkit.