It is a mandatory requirement for people working in the Health or Social Care sectors to complete an induction with their employer, which includes learning about the skills and knowledge required for their employment/job role. The Care Certificate offers a structure for induction for those working in adult social care or as healthcare assistant/support workers.
The expectation is that it will be completed within the first 12 weeks of employment. The Care Certificate replaces the Common Induction Standards and National Minimum Training Standards. It may be used in care and health settings in England from April 2015.
The Care Certificate standards are listed below:
- Understand your role
- Your personal development
- Duty of care
- Equality and Diversity
- Work in a person centred way
- Privacy and Dignity
- Fluids and Nutrition
- Awareness of Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities
- Safeguarding Adults and Child
- Basic Life Support
- Health and Safety
- Handling information
- Infection Prevention and Control