The new Care Certificate and home care

We take the training of our staff very seriously at Good Oaks Home Care – especially when it comes to inducting new staff into the care sector.

This April, an important new framework will be introduced, that is being heralded as the biggest change to workforce development in the social care sector.

It’s also the first time that common standards are being applied across health and social care, so it’s a very exciting development.

This framework is known as the Care Certificate and it is being introduced as a response to The Cavendish Review (July 2013), which found that preparation of healthcare assistants and social care support workers for their roles within care settings was inconsistent.

The Care Certificate will replace the existing Common Induction Standards as a much more thorough and in-depth framework, increasing the number of applicable standards increasing from 8 to 15.

The change will represent a challenge for all care providers, including home care services and residential care homes.

At Good Oaks, we’re pleased to say that all sections of the Care Certificate are covered by various aspects of our existing induction. This underlines our commitment to training our home carers to the highest standard.

The challenge for us will be exactly mapping each standard to each training session and assessment – and this is something that we’re working on at the moment.

We’re looking forward to taking part in our local Partners in Care Care Certificate workshops in February 2014, which will be a great opportunity to discuss the implementation with other care providers in Bournemouth and Poole.

A few quick facts:

The Care Certificate is…

  • Applicable across health and social care, and portable from sector to sector and employer to employer;
  • Underpinned by the Chief Nursing Officer’s 6 Cs: (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment);
  • Required to be completed before carers can work unsupervised

To find out more about the Care Certificate, visit the Skills for Care website:

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