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.
Alternatively, if you 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, or you 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.
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.
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.
Our 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
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View the CQC’s position on the Care Certificate here
• The Standards
• Guidance Document
• The Framework (Assessor)
• The Workbook
• Care Certificate Presentations
• Self-Assessment Tool
• Mapping Document
• Frequently Asked Questions
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:
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.