12 / 5 / 2015 11.33am
In March 2015, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) welcomed the Care Certificate, referring to it as ‘best practice’ for the induction of new healthcare assistants and social care support workers. The CQC is to issue guidance on what it expects 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 the Care Certificate.
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. The CQC understands that employers may not have fully implemented the Certificate by 1 April, but expects that they should be working towards having done so by the Autumn of 2015.
Find out more about CQC's position on the Care Certificate on its website.