The Care Certificate will be introduced in April 2015, replacing both the National Minimum Training Standards and the Common Induction Standards.  Commissioners need to be aware of this important change for social care providers and to ensure this is appropriately reflected in commissioning practice and contract management.

Following the Francis Inquiry, Camilla Cavendish was asked by the Secretary of State to review and make recommendations on the recruitment, learning and development, management and support of healthcare assistants and social care support workers.

The resulting report, published in July 2013, found that the preparation of healthcare assistants and social care support workers for their roles within care settings was inconsistent, and one of the recommendations was the development of the Care Certificate. The Care Certificate has been developed in partnership by Department of Health, Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health.

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The Care Certificate standards guidance will be released at the end of January and providers will be expected to ensure staff are working towards the Care Certificate from April.

Achievement of the Care Certificate should ensure that social care staff have the required values, behaviours, competences and skills to provide high quality, compassionate care.

Skills for Care are also hosting local events for registered managers. Please see locations and dates below, and further information.

·         Exeter – 13.03.15

·         Wyboston – 19.03.15

·         Derby – 23.03.15

·         Warrington – 23.03.15

·         Leyland – 24.03.15

·         Colchester – 24.03.15

·         Preston – 24.03.15

·         York – 26.03.15

·         Cambridge – 27.03.15

·         Gatwick – 27.03.15

·         Taunton – 27.03.15

·         Walsall – 27.03.15

·         Manchester – 30.03.15

·         London – 30.03.15

·         Gloucester – 30.03.15