Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Following the news that we are to launch our first Skillsfirst accredited qualification 'Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care', we have been inundated with questions about how best to integrate this into current induction training plans. Common questions include;
- How does this fit with Common Induction Standards training?
- What funding is available and how do we access it?
- Does the qualification build credits towards Health and Social Diploma?
So in order to provide a little more clarity, we have provided the following flowchart along with some additional information to help contextualise why this qualification is so important.
Example Learner Pathway
* Learners who have completed CIS outside of Care Academy can jump straight to step 2. Alternatively, learners who are not required to undertake CIS (i.e. Apprenticeships) can also register directly onto qualification.
Skills for Care
SfC state: ‘The new standards (CIS) mirror exactly the new mandatory and core units for Health and Social Care diplomas, so that if the CIS are done well, any evidence of the knowledge gained will be direct evidence that can be used towards the diploma. So there is an incentive for learners and employers to ensure that the CIS are delivered effectively as this will save time when moving on to the diploma. To find out more visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk
The CIS programme available within Care Academy has been reviewed by national awarding organisation Skillsfirst and learners undertaking our programme will be equipped to undertake the assessments required to achieve Level 2 certificate ‘Preparing to work in Adult Social Care’.
Care Quality Commission
CQC expects service providers to demonstrate good practice in meeting the essential standards of quality and safety and in delivering positive outcomes for people who use services. With specific reference to workforce training and development CQC state that “Care providers must show that they are complying with the relevant regulations covering staff competence and training. The ‘relevant regulations’ in this context mean the Common Induction Standards. Furthermore, on completion of CIS all care practitioners should be offered the opportunity to achieve a recognised vocational qualification, with the current recommended qualification being the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. To find out more visit www.cqc.org.uk
Workforce Development Fund
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care via a network of organisations and employer led partnerships. WDF supports the achievement of qualification units and continuing professional development across the adult social care sector in England. Funding is available at a rate of £15.00 per credit for qualifications on the Qualification and Credits Framework (QCF). To find out more visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk