Care Certificate

carer steadying hands on a walking stick

Launched in March 2015, Skills for Health, Skills for Care and Health Education England worked in partnership to develop the Care Certificate, which was developed as part of the Cavendish Review.

The Care Certificate is aimed at equipping health and social care support workers, including healthcare assistants, assistant practitioners, and nursing associates with the knowledge and skills which they need to provide safe and compassionate care.

To do this, individuals will need to complete the Care Certificate within the first 12 weeks of beginning the process and meet all of the 15 care certificate standards

Each standard is underpinned by a learning and assessment criteria, and include topics such as duty of care, working in a patient-centred way, and communications.

Many employers are now offering the care certificate as part of their apprenticeship programme or T Level industry placement. 

Resources and further information

For more information on supporting you with delivering the care certificate in your organisation, there are a number of resources available on the Skills for Health website, including e-learning packages.

The NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) also has a range of tools and functions which enable employers to enter, store and analyse historical and current information about their workforce- including information on the Care Certificate. Access the ESR website for some practical suggestions about how to manage this process.

Other organisations, such as the National Skills Academy for Health and National Numeracy Challenge have also developed resources to support employers to deliver the care certificate.


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