Care support staff will have to have a certificate before working unsupervised, confirms health minister. The government has accepted Camilla Cavendish’s recommendation to develop a certificate of fundamental care for health care assistants and home care workers, says Health minister Earl Howe.

Care Certificate

Unregistered care support workers will soon have to obtain a “care certificate” to show they have completed basic training before they are allowed to work unsupervised, the government has announced.

Earl Howe has revealed that Health Education England (HEE) will lead work on developing a certificate of fundamental care, as recommended by Camilla Cavendish in her review of regulation and training in the sector earlier this year.

Speaking to the House of Lords yesterday ahead of the government’s formal response to the Cavendish Review, Howe said: “Our goal in introducing the care certificate is to ensure that healthcare assistants and social care support workers receive high-quality induction in the fundamentals of caring. This should ensure that they understand the skills required and that they demonstrate the behaviours needed to deliver compassionate care.”

Howe said he had pushed “incredibly hard” to make this announcement now rather than waiting for the formal response to the review, because he recognised the strength of feeling on the issue. He went on to say it was too early to know what the care certificate would look like, but said it would build on the national minimum training standards published by Skills for Care and Skills for Health in March, as Cavendish recommended.

Here at HomeCareDirect we welcome this news as too often we hear stories of people who have been cared for by un-trained or inexperienced carers.  We take great pride in our individually tailored training schedules that all the personal assistants we employ have – this training far exceeds minimum standards and in many cases involves the person who requires care being part of the training session.  HomeCareDirect already adhere to the Skills for Care national training standards and will watch the progress of the care certificate with great interest.  Please share your thoughts with us by getting in touch here.