The Care Certificate was commissioned by the Department of Health and developed in partnership by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. It replaces the Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS). The course is relevant to all Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers and it is recommended that all individuals with a new Care role complete this certificate within their first 12 weeks of employment.
Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.
The Care Certificate was developed, as part of the Cavendish Review work, jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. It:
applies across health and social care
links to National Occupational Standards and units in qualifications
covers what is required to be caring, giving workers a good basis from which they can further develop their knowledge and skills.
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. Although the Care Certificate is designed for new staff, new to care and offers this group of staff their first step on their career ladder, it is also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge.
There are 15 standards in total, underpinned by the Chief Nursing Officer’s 6 C’s (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment).
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
Basic Life Support
Health and Safety
Infection Prevention and Control
Replaces both the mandatory Common Induction Standards (CIS) and National Minimum Training Standards (NMTS) in one course
Care certificate compliments the Health & Social Care diploma
CPD accredited record of achievement
Flexible online delivery
Excellent additional learning resource
Fully industry compliant
Course delivery and duration
The 15 mini-courses are e-learning based and each take approximately 30 minutes in length to complete. Learners can access the course via PC, Mac, tablet etc.
The care certificate is flexible so that learners can complete the standards that are specific to their role, in whichever order fulfils their requirements.
The care certificate will provide the necessary underpinning knowledge to achieve each standard. At the end of each mini-course there is a multiple choice assessment to test knowledge gained. All results are saved and accessible online.