7 things you need to know about the care certificate7 things you need to know about The Care Certificate

Are you thinking of doing The Care Certificate? Here are eight things you should probably know before you start.

1. The Care Certificate is a set of standards

Social care and health workers use a set of standards set out in The Care Certificate throughout their day. Theses minimum standards are normally covered in the introduction when you become a care worker.

Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health developed The Care Certificate together and so these standards apply through social care and healthcare. It also links to National Occupational Standards and units in qualifications and gives care workers an understanding of care, which they can build on in the future.

2. It’s not mandatory, but…

Although The Care Certificate is not mandatory to work in care, it covers essential topics that help carers throughout their working day, every day, for life and therefore it is a valuable and indispensable tool for anyone starting off on a career in health care.

 3. The Care Certificate is designed with non-regulated workers in mind

If you are a non-regulated worker then The Care Certificate is perfect for you. It will give you confidence and piece of mind that all workers have gone through the introduction to care and have acquired the same skills, knowledge and behaviours, which help you to deliver considerate, safe and superior care.

By studying The Care Certificate you can set off confidently on your career journey. Although there are other training and education elements that will aid you in your specific line of care, The Care Certificate goes a long way to putting you on the right track to a successful future in care.

Even though the Care Certificate is aimed at new carers, it can also benefit careers already in the sector by refreshing their skillset and knowledge.

 4. The Care Certificate workbook is a free downloadable resource

The Care Certificate workbook can be downloaded free here so you can review the contents of the course before you even start. This helps you to prepare and gather any questions before hand.

The workbook is divided into each of the sections you will study and is outlined by aims and outcomes. At the back of the workbook, you will find a glossary of terms.

 3. There are 15 standards of the Care Certificate

The Care certificate is split into 15 different standards, these are:

1.) Understand your role

2.) Your personal development

3.) Duty of Care

4.) Equality and diversity

5.) Work in a person-centred way

6.) Communication

7.) Privacy and dignity

8.) Fluids and nutrition

9.) Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities

10.) Safeguarding Adults

11.) Safeguarding Children (as per Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health 2014 guidelines)

12.) Basic Life Support (as per current UK Resuscitation Council guidelines)

13.) Health & Safety

14.) Handling Information

15.) Infection prevention and control.

Follow the hyperlinks to download and print off the individual standards of the Care Certificate.

6. Complete the knowledge competency sections of each workbook

At the end of each section of the workbook, there is a knowledge competency section which you can fill in. This allows you to review what you have learned and how well you have learned it. Plus, you can review your work in the future to see how you have progressed

 7. You don’t need to use the Care Certificate Workbook, but…

Although, it’s not essential for you to use the workbook, it is highly recommended that you do. The layout has been designed for easy use and has a knowledge competency section to better help you understand what you’ve learned as you go through.

Furthermore, it has not been printed as a hardback. This means that costs have been kept to an absolute minimum and that you can use the resource for free. Aside from this, you can keep all your work that you have done, and refer back to it in years to come.