National Minimum Training Standards

The National Minimum Standards are for people entering social care, and those changing roles or employers within social care.

The effective implementation of the standards is a significant step towards the delivery of high quality care and support.

The Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety guide highlight the importance and value of strong and comprehensive induction and they will need to be assured that all new staff have undergone a thorough induction process.

They are designed to be met within a 12 week period to enable care workers to demonstrate providing high quality care and support. It provides recognition for their work, and prepares them for entry into future training and qualifications.

The Standards

  1. The roles of the Healthcare Support Worker and Adult Social Care Worker
  2. Your personal development
  3. Effective communication
  4. Equality, diversity and inclusion
  5. Duty of care
  6. Safeguarding
  7. Person-centred care and support
  8. Health and safety
  9. Handling information
  10. Infection prevention and control

The standards now map across to the mandatory units of the new Health and Social Care Diploma to ensure there is consistency of approach for the workforce.

The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England

As a Healthcare Support Worker or an Adult Social Care Worker, you make a valuable and important contribution to the delivery of high quality healthcare, care and support.

Following the guidance set out in this Code of Conduct will give you the reassurance that you are providing safe and compassionate care of a high standard, and the confidence to challenge others who are not.

This Code will also tell the public and people who use health and care services exactly what they should expect from the service and teams.

The code states that Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England will;

  • Be accountable by making sure you can answer for your actions or omissions
  • Promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers at all times
  • Work in collaboration with your colleagues to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, care and support
  • Communicate in an open, and effective way to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers
  • Respect a person’s right to confidentiality.
  • Strive to improve the quality of healthcare, care and support through continuing professional development
  • Uphold and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Further details

For further details about both National Minimum Standards and the Code of Conduct visit the Skills for Care information page.

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