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Do You Understand What The Care Certificate Is?

The Care Certificate is a set of standards that social care and health workers need to adhere to in their daily working life.

It is the current minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training of new care workers.

The Care Certificate covers what is needed to be caring, giving workers a good basis from which they can develop their knowledge and skills. Designed with workers in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that all workers have the same induction – learning the same skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.

The certificate is the start of the career journey and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practice within their specific sector.

Although the Care Certificate is designed for new staff it is also an opportunity for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge.

What are the standards expected in the Care Certificate?

  1. Understand your role.
  2. Your personal development.
  3. Duty of care.
  4. Equality and diversity.
  5. Work in a person cantered way.
  6. Communication.
  7. Privacy and dignity.
  8. Fluids and nutrition.
  9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities.
  10. Safeguarding adults.
  11. Safeguarding children.
  12. Basic life support.
  13. Health and safety.
  14. Handling information.
  15. Infection and control.

These standards are minimal and we should always strive to give a service above these.

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