Update on the development of the Care Certificate


03 / 12 / 2014 12.16pm

The Care Certificate has been field tested with a range of employers across health and social care to establish whether the content and delivery is fit for purpose, and the initial feedback is good.

The certificate is one of the recommendations from the Cavendish Review to help prepare healthcare assistants and social care support workers for their roles within a care setting. The review recommended that the certificate should:

  • be applicable across health and social care
  • be portable between roles and transferable between employers
  • build upon the existing and tested Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS)
  • encourage quality and consistency of delivery by being prescriptive about observation and assessment in the workplace
  • work with, and as part of, existing qualifications
  • equip people with the skills and knowledge to be able to provide quality care and test their capacity to be caring.

So far, the analysis of the feedback received by HEE indicates that the draft proposals for the certificate are about right in terms of content and process. HEE, Skills for Care and Skills for Health have made a number of recommendations which have been agreed by the Department of Health's Governance Assurance Board.

HEE is expecting to roll out the certificate to new starters from April 2015 and materials to support employers to prepare for the certificate, including revised standards and guidance, will be available from January 2015. Updates on local and national events to share the work of the pilots will be available shortly.  

Find out more on our Care Certificate page.


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