26 / 3 / 2015 11.42am
Referring to it as ‘best practice’ for the induction of new healthcare assistants and social care support workers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has welcomed the launch of the Care Certificate.
The Commission is to issue guidance on what it will expect of providers who employ health care support workers and adult social care workers. It specifies that they should be able to demonstrate that those staff have, or are working towards gaining, the skills set out in 15 Care Certificate standards.
The CQC guidance for providers will be issued under Regulation 18 on 'staffing', and Regulation 19 on 'fit and proper persons employed'. It will also include links to the relevant Care Certificate materials to signpost providers to resources that can help them implement the standards as part of their induction and staff development programmes.
Employers of health and social care support workers are expected to implement the Care Certificate for new staff from April 2015. Visit our Care Certificate web page for more information on its background, and guidance for employers.
Find out more about CQC's position on the Care Certificate on its website.