Question: Why do you need a Care Certificate and a code of conduct?

The Code of Conduct describes how a support worker should behave and the Care Certificate describes the minimum things they must know and be able to do. The Code of Conduct ensures you can: be sure of the standards your worker is expected to meet.

Why are codes of conduct important in care?

The Code helps employers to understand what standards they should expect of Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers. If there are people who do not meet these standards, it will help to identify them and their support and training needs.

Do I need a care certificate to work in care?

Is the Care Certificate mandatory? There is no statutory requirement for providers to implement the Care Certificate so the Care Quality Commission (CQC) cannot enforce it. CQC inspectors do however have powers to enforce regulations covering staff training.

Who needs a care certificate?

If you fall into the following three categories, youll be expected to complete the Care Certificate: Youre new to care. Youre currently employed as an adult social care worker. You provide direct care in a residential home, nursing home, hospice or are a home care worker.

What is a care certificate equivalent to?

Your employers are right. The Care Certificate is not equivalent to NVQ 2 or to a Level 2 Diploma in Care. The Care Certificate is a set of 15 standards that sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected for specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. Qualifications can play an important role.

Is the care certificate easy?

Completing the Care Certificate is not as easy as sending staff on a training course. Classroom-based training, distance learning or e-learning can help with many of the more theory-based standards, although distance learning or e-learning alone is likely to be insufficient for Standard 12: Basic Life Support.

What is the point of the care certificate?

The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. Its made up of the 15 minimum standards that should be covered if you are new to care and should form part of a robust induction programme.

What is involved in a care certificate?

The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. Its made up of the 15 minimum standards that should be covered if you are new to care and should form part of a robust induction programme.

Does a care certificate expire?

The certificates do not expire however best practice suggests a renewal period of 3 years for training. The recommended renewal date of is printed on your certificate. Please check with your employer for their best practice and renewal policy.

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