New Standards for underpinning safe and effective care

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Healthcare support workers and adult social care workers play an important role in delivering high quality care.

We are pleased to announce that Skills for Health and Skills for Care have been invited by the Department of Health (DH, England) to develop a framework that will ensure healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England are supported in delivering safe and effective care through the development of a Code of Conduct and minimum standards including those for induction. The outcomes of the project will be used to inform any future plans for voluntary regulation of these roles.

In discussion with DH, Skills for Health and Skills for Care are developing the project plans and identifying the outcomes to be delivered. We will present a first draft of the project plan to DH by the end of January 2012. Once these have been agreed by all parties, we will begin the project with a range of stakeholders to progress the initiative taking account of similar work that has already been undertaken especially in other UK nations.

To find out more please email

UK’s first ever Core Skills and Training Framework

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Skills for Health is developing a common framework for statutory and mandatory training for the UK health sector, building on work already undertaken in several NHS regions in England. In parallel, consultation is underway with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The core framework will offer the health sector common guidance and standards in this key area of learning for all health sector staff.

A consultation on the demand and support for a Core Skills Framework has just been completed with over 1000 responses. Initial analysis confirms very strong support for this initiative and overwhelming agreement on the need for standardisation. A full report of the analysis is available on our website.

The Core Skills Framework should be available to organisations from April 2012 and will:

  • provide up-to-date and authoritative guidance on minimum required standards
  • help support quality assurance of training
  • enable cost saving through reducing unnecessary duplication of training
  • encourage portability and recognition of appropriate learning.

The benefits of the Core Skills Framework will be further enhanced through use of the Skills Passport system being developed by Skills for Health.

For more information on the framework please contact