Health and Social Care

Our Health and Social Care qualifications are designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to work with some of society’s most vulnerable people, including the elderly, children, and adults with learning difficulties.

Find out more about our growing Health and Social Care offer

 

Why work with CACHE?

Launching September 2017

We are strengthening our offer to provide you with greater flexibility to develop programmes of learning which meet the individual needs of your learners. 

From September 2017, we will be growing our portfolio by launching over 30 new Health and Social Care qualifications. These qualifications are currently provided by NCFE and are being realigned to the CACHE portfolio.

Care Conditions

Mental Health

  • Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in Mental Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working with People with Mental Health Needs
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

Stroke

  • Level 2 Award in Stroke Awareness
  • Level 3 Certificate in Stroke Care Management

Health Conditions

  • Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions

Learning Disability

  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Dementia

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

Autism

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Diabetes

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

Alcohol

  • Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness

Sexual Health

  • Level 1 Award in Sexual Health Awareness

Specialist Care

End of Life Care

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

Nutrition and Health

  • Level 1 Award in Nutrition and Health
  • Level 2 Award in Nutrition and Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health

Care Planning

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Care Planning

Infection Prevention and Control

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

Mental Capacity

  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act

Medication

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

Counselling

  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

Core Practice

Personal Safety

  • Level 1 Award in Personal Safety Awareness

Stress

  • Level 1 Award in Stress Awareness

Well-being

  • Level 1 Certificate in Well-Being

Working with Children

  • Level 1 Award in Working with Children

Helping Skills

  • Level 2 Award in Helping Skills

Customer Support

  • Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

Dignity and Safeguarding

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

Information, Advice and Guidance

  • Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance

Sector Specific

Working in the health sector

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in the Health Sector

For more information email info@cache.org.uk

Current Portfolio

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.

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.

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 or 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 qualifications:

Level 2

Level 2 Award in Awareness of End of Life Care
Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection
Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Early Years and Childcare Settings
Level 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety and Nutrition in Health and Social Care or Early Years and Childcare Settings
Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia & Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care
Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Level 2 Certificate in Assisting and Moving Individuals for Social Care Settings
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
Level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services
Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
Level 2 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector
Level 2 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection

Level 3

Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia & Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care
Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid
Level 3 Award, Certificate and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector
Level 3 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health
Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Healthcare Support in the Paediatric Setting

Level 4

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England)

Level 5

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (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.