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Essential Training For Care Workers

Why essential training?

Skills for Care is the strategic development body for adult social care workers in England, and is responsible for setting the standards - the Common Induction Standards (CIS) - for people entering adult social care.

CIS were developed to meet the requirements of the General Social Care Council Code of Practice. Since October 2006 they have formed the national minimum standard requirements, specified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), for all new care staff.

CIS form the basis for social care staff registration throughout England, and are required to be met within the 12-week induction period that employers must provide for all new care staff.

CIS are linked to NVQ Health and Social Care Study Programmes, and provide preparatory training for entry into those programmes.

CIS will:

  • Provide a structured start for new care staff
  • Enable care workers to provide high quality care and support
  • Provide recognition for care workers in their chosen vocation
  • Prepare care workers for entry into NVQ Health and Social Care Study Programmes

If you want to become a Care Worker...

You must successfully complete a Common Induction Training course within the 12-week induction period that must be provided for all new care staff by your employer. This will provide you with nationally recognised training that will form the basis for successfully developing your career in Health and Social Care.

If you employ Care Workers...

You must provide all new care staff with a 12-week induction period, incorporating Common Induction Training, in order to meet the national minimum standard requirements for care staff specified by CQC.

What we mean by essential training...

All the courses listed below are certificated courses developed by Care2Care Training to meet CIS requirements. When taken together, with the employment based elements of the induction training, they meet the requirements in full.

They can be booked separately or in combination to suit your training needs.

The Essential Training Courses from Care2Care Training

Skills For Care: Common Induction Training

This 1-day course for all new care staff is designed to help the employer meet the CIS requirements. It will provide participants with basic coverage of each of the six Standards, with the exception of the employment based workplace training and induction requirements.

Participants need no prior knowledge or experience. They will gain a basic knowledge of the CIS requirements, which will be assessed at the end of the course. A copy of the assessment and its results will be sent to the employer together with certificates showing the areas covered.

Further training courses covering the following Standards in more detail are available separately:

  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
  • Infection Control
  • Medication and Health Care Procedures
  • Moving and Handling
  • Security
Fire Safety

This -day course will provide participants with the information needed to recognise fire hazards, respond safely to the occurrence of fire, communicate effectively with the Emergency Services, and quickly and safely evacuate a building. It is also designed to meet the requirements of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, and other appropriate legislation.

First Aid (Appointed Persons)

This 1-day course will provide participants with the information needed to deal with accidents or the occurrence of sudden illness, and give them the basic knowledge of first aid procedures required to give immediate care whenever and wherever it is needed. It is also designed to meet the requirements of the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, and other appropriate legislation. Participants will gain Appointed Person First Aid Certification valid for 3 years.

Health, Safety and Security Awareness

This -day course will provide participants with the information needed to ensure a safe working environment, by outlining the benefits and legal requirements of adopting effective health and safety measures in the workplace. It is also designed to meet the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and other appropriate legislation.

Infection Control

This -day course will provide participants with an overview of the key elements of infection control, an understanding of how infections might occur, and how good practice can reduce their likelihood and prevent the spread of infection. It is also designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Health Guidelines on Control of Infection in Residential & Nursing Homes, and other appropriate legislation.

Medication and Health Care Procedures

This 12-hour course will provide participants with an understanding of the procedures and risks linked with the administration of medication. This is an Edexcel accredited course.

Moving and Handling

This -day course will provide participants with the knowledge they need to reduce the chance of incurring an injury in the workplace. It is also designed to meet the requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, and other appropriate legislation.

Course Booking Information

Booking our courses is as easy as 1-2-3, it really couldn't be easier!

Simply follow these 3 easy steps...

  1. Choose the course(s) you want.
  2. Check with us for course availability and price.
  3. Phone, fax, email or post your course booking to us.**

We will confirm your booking by return of post, and send you course joining instructions 5 working days before the course starts.

**Telephone bookings must be confirmed in writing within 7 working days.

If you need further information...

Contact Care2Care Training for free, friendly and impartial advice, or visit the Skills for Care website at www.skillsforcare.org.

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