March 9, 2012

Work on national minimum training standards and code of conduct due to begin in April

Skills for Care report that development of national minimum training standards and a code of conduct for healthcare support workers reporting to registered nurses and midwives and adult social care workers in England is due to begin in April 2012.

The Department of Health has commissioned Skills for Health and Skills for Care to produce a final report including the proposed code and standards, by September 2012.

Project aims are reported as including:

  • To "define minimum training or induction standards for a range of ‘core’ health and social care support tasks"
  • To "clarify the training requirements and levels of accountability for those workers undertaking a wide variety of functions in addition to the ‘core’ support tasks across health and social care"
  • To "identify the standards required for healthcare assistants"

It is reported that the code of confuct and standards will be used by "commissioners, employers, supervisors and direct users of services to assure themselves of the competence and behaviours of healthcare support workers and adult social care workers".