Care Certificate Training Course
Who should do the Care Certificate?
Health Care Assistants, Assistant Practitioners, Care Support Workers and those giving support to clinical roles in the NHS where there is any direct contact with patients. Care Support Workers denotes Adult Social Care workers giving direct care in residential and nursing homes and hospices, home care workers and domiciliary care staff. These staff are referred to collectively as Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW)/ Adult Social Care Workers (ASCW). Other roles in health and social care such as caring volunteers, porters, cooks or drivers that have direct contact with patients and service users could also undertake all or some of the Care Certificate, but in order for the Care Certificate to be awarded the person must achieve success in all of the outcomes and assessment requirements.
What does the Care Certificate cover?
The Care Certificate is the start of the career journey for these staff groups and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practice within their specific sector. The Care Certificate builds on the Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS) and sets out explicitly the learning outcomes, competences and standards of behaviour that must be expected of a HCSW/ASCW in both sectors, ensuring that such a HCSW/ASCW is caring, compassionate and provides quality care. The Certificate also reflects how these behaviours are underpinned by the Chief Nursing Officer’s 6Cs (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment).