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Health and Social Care


If you would like to work with children and young people in Health and Social Care settings in England, you would be advised to consider the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. 

 

For those in Wales and Northern Ireland there are specific Children and Young People Health and Social Care qualifications designed and approved for you. 


Alternatively you might want to work with adults in a health or social care setting such as nursing homes, care homes, hospitals or in care in the community. You may also have a special interest in working with people who have dementia or learning disabilities. Both the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England consist of three distinct pathways that cover these areas. 


For Wales and Northern Ireland the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales & Northern Ireland have a specialised unit for those looking to work as social workers. 


In addition you might be interested in acquiring shorter specialised qualifications in Paediatric First Aid, Assisting and Moving of Individuals, Prevention and Control of Infection and Food Safety and Nutrition. These are available in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and cover children and young people and adult settings. 


Care Certificate

Since April 2015 employers have been required to implement the Care Certificate as part of their induction process for employees new to care.  The Care Certificate applies across the continuum of the health and the social care sectors and identifies the introductory underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills practitioners must demonstrate to ensure the delivery of high quality consistent care.  

 

The origins relate back to recommendations from the Cavendish Review and the Care Certificate was developed in collaboration with Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health.


CACHE endorsement adds value providing a benchmark of high quality for your training programmes.  Why not endorse your bespoke Care Certificate training or induction programme with us?  See here for more information.

View the CQC’s position on the Care Certificate here 

Support materials
There are a variety of resources available to assist with both with the delivery and assessment of the Care Certificate.  The following materials can be downloaded from the Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health websites.

The Standards  
Guidance Document 
The Framework (Assessor)
The Workbook
Care Certificate Presentations
Self-Assessment Tool
Mapping Document
Frequently Asked Questions

You can also view the Skills for Health support video Are you ready for the Care Certificate? 

Skills for Health have extended their e-learning provision.  Explore their e-learning brochure for information regarding programmes that link to the Care Certificate standards. 

Links to other qualifications
There are links between the Care Certificate, the National Occupational Standards and units within qualifications.  Following completion of the Care Certificate employees could progress to the following regulated qualifications:

Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF)
Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings (QCF)
Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Early Years and Childcare Settings (QCF)
Level 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety and Nutrition in Health and Social Care or Early Years and Childcare Settings (QCF)
Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia (QCF) & Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care (QCF)
Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (QCF)
Level 2 Certificate in Assisting and Moving Individuals for Social Care Settings (QCF)
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication (QCF)
Level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services (QCF)
Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support (QCF)
Level 2 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector (QCF)
Level 2 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health (QCF)
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication (QCF)
Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF)
Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia (QCF) & Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care (QCF)
Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (QCF)
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)
Level 3 Award, Certificate and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (VRQ)
Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services (QCF)
Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support (QCF)
Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector (QCF)
Level 3 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health (QCF)
Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Healthcare Support in the Paediatric Setting (QCF)
Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF)
**NEW** Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits)​


In addition if a specific skills gap has been identified relevant units can be taken standalone or together as a package to support ongoing continuing professional development. 


So what type of jobs are available?

Our qualifications cover a wide range of job roles from assistants to managers, including:


•  Care Assistants - working in residential or supporting living settings

•  Senior Care Support Workers - working in domiciliary services

•  Healthcare Support Workers - working in community and primary care environments

•  Healthcare Assistants - working in acute health environments

•  Care Home Managers

•  Community-Based Senior Support Workers - including those working in specialist areas e.g. learning disabilities

 

The Skills for Care​ website will provide you with more detailed information about the sector.