A new programme of e-learning to support staff wishing to gain the Care Certificate has been created by Skills for Health.
The suite of courses cover the 15 standards that staff are required to demonstrate in order to gain the Care Certificate, which all healthcare assistants have been required to complete since 1 April 2015. These include awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities, blood transfusion, communication, consent, duty of care, fluid and nutrition, person-centred care, and privacy and dignity.
John Rogers, chief executive of Skills for Health, said: It is important to recognise that employers need support to implement change at a ground level; one of the reason's that we have developed new e-learning courses to work alongside the recently launched Care Certificate.'
Other e-learning programmes launched by the organisation include 'Stand by me'; a course designed to teach communication skills for those caring for people with dementia and their families, a course that explains personal health budgets, and a learning programme which allows healthcare professionals to self-assess their knowledge and skills.
Bryan Kessie, head of technical development at Skills for Health, said: 'Making sure that every member of staff is up to date on training without impacting direct healthcare delivery can be a challenge. E-learning provides the opportunity for organisations to deliver consistent and flexible training whilst keeping track of who has been trained and to what level. Our e-learning platform is also accessible remotely 24/7, so staff can work on training in their own time, without taking time away from their duty of care.'