The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of workers in care giving health and social care roles. It is made up of 15 Standards that that will be covered as part of a structured learning and induction programme.
Care Workers need to demonstrate they have the required knowledge, skills and behaviours that meet the Standards, which can be achieved in a number of ways. However, as a minimum it will include one or more observations of the Care Worker working with Service Users.
The Care Certificate was introduced in April 2015 and applies to all new Care Workers. Those that were already working in the care sector did not have to complete the Certificate whilst working in the same job role with the same employer unless it is felt it would benefit completing it.
New Care Workers, and those without one in a new role, will complete the Care Certificate. However, those that have previously worked in the Health and Social Care Sector, or have an Apprenticeship or Diploma in Health and / or Social Care, may be able to have a flexible approach to the completion of the Care Certificate applied. The flexible assessment approach will consider the Care Worker's previous experience and / or qualifications.