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Portable Training Certificate in Care

I now work on my own, however, in my years of working in care, I have worked in different organisations. Some have been supportive which has enabled me to achieve a successful career. Others are only preoccupied with just meeting the basic legal requirement for staff development. 

Staff development should go beyond manual handling and medication training. However, the key problem here is that these basic training certificates are not valued. When you change employers, you are required to sit down and go through the same training you have done probably a few months back. 

Training in the sector needs to be standardised and regulated. If a care worker completes a Mandatory training with one training provider, they should be able to carry the certificate to another employer within a specified period.



How does your employer help you to develop your skills or career?

I previously worked with an organisation that was willing to invest in me. They not only provided the mandatory training but were prepared to sponsor my further education and provided further training beyond the statutory requirements. 

What would you like to happen to enable you to develop your skills and career more?

See above.

edited on Nov 8, 2018 by Isabel DHSC

Joseph DHSC 9 months ago

Hi Mohammed,

Thank you for posting your idea. The challenge you've highlighted is one that NHS staff have told us is also an issue for them - having to repeat training every time you move between employers must be very frustrating (not to mention time consuming).

I have a few questions - are you talking specifically about the Care Certificate, or training more generally? If the latter, can you give some examples of the sort of training you've had to repeat? And finally, do you know why a new employer might not be willing to accept training completed in a previous employer as having been completed?


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Jamie 9 months ago

I am a Cardiographer and I have to go to a charity and apply for grants to fund my ECG training/examinations myself, no financial support for vital training to do my job from my trust at all. I think this happens in a lot of professions and hence the mass exodus to locum agencies and skyrocketing staffing bills, if the NHS doesn't provide training, someone else will and it will be a lot more expensive for the NHS in the long run.

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Mohammed Gbadamosi 9 months ago

Thank you Joe for your comment. I am referring to general training such as Manual Handling, Medication Administration etc. New employers do not accept prior training certificates as they are unable to validate the authenticity. There is standard to training in care so there several mushroom training provider who are not qualified. The training in the care sector needs to be standardized and regulated

When comes to Care Certificate, it is not fit for purpose! The certificate was designed as an entry qualification. It was supposed to be a minimum of 12 weeks, however, there are training providers now offering this as an online course. Anybody can go on to the skills for care website download and issue the certificate and sign it off as a Registered Manager. Who is regulating and monitoring standards? No one. What assurance does a provider have that the person with a care certificate is competent?

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Sarah O'Connor 9 months ago

I have been discussing this as part of work I am doing with a group of local care homes. We all agree that there are lots of training and development opportunities that we could share however often we are told there are corporate constraints that mean staff must only attend training that is branded by their company. This limits the development of staff and often leaves courses half subscribed (due to poor uptake or sudden shortness of staff that has to be prioritised). We work in social care but our development appears 'owned' by our employers. NHS trusts will often pool training to maximise not only the trainers time but the quality of the experience for their staff. Social care needs to catch up fast!

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