With all the changes within learning and development for Health & Social Care and following the Francis Inquiry, Camilla Cavendish (British Journalist and Policy Advisor) 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 is an identified set of 15 standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life and was jointly created by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. If you wish to read further about the Care Certificate then please follow the link below.


It was officially launched from April building on, and ultimately replacing, the Common Induction Standards (in adult social care) and the National Minimum Training Standards and provides the framework for within Health and Social Care.

The Care Certificate is referred to in the CQC’s guidance as a benchmark of how providers can meet the staffing regulations, and may be actively looked for by CQC inspection teams. Guidance is being issued to providers with reference to the Care Certificate made under Regulation 18 on staffing, and Regulation 19 on fit and proper persons employed.

Regarded as ‘best practice’ for the induction of new healthcare assistants and social care support workers, the Care Certificate will also offer existing staff opportunities to refresh or improve their knowledge.

Our training department will be contacting all our personal assistants to complete a Self-Assessment Tool created by Skills for Care.  Each of the standards is listed with a check list to allow you to rate your own knowledge and skills so we can identify any additional training needs where required.

Once we have received their completed Self-Assessment Tool we will map their evidence across to identify any knowledge gaps and where necessary, the training department will post out the relevant standard with questions to complete.