Care providers are expected to train their staff to a level that ensures the safety of both employees and service users. This includes statutory training – that is, training that required by law – as well as any other training deemed necessary for the type of work carried out. This is known as mandatory training.
What is statutory care training?
Every care worker must undergo statutory training. The law itself doesn’t list all the courses the employee must undertake. However, statutory bodies in the UK do instruct care providers on what training is needed to comply with the law. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the UK governing body responsible for care standards. Any organisations that are regulated by the CQC should provide the following statutory training:
- Awareness of the local authority health and safety policy
- Awareness of the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
- Manual handling training
- Basic risk assessment training
- How and when to report injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR)
- Fire safety awareness training
Is mandatory care training the same as statutory care training?
The main difference between statutory and mandatory training is that while statutory training is necessary to comply with the law, mandatory training is necessary within a specific organisation. So what is mandatory for one care provider may not be mandatory for another.
Having said that, some organisations will include statutory training in their definition of mandatory training.
What are some common examples of mandatory care training?
As mentioned above, what constitutes mandatory training can differ from care provider to care provider. So if you want to know what courses apply to you, the first thing to do is to talk to your employer.
The Skills for Health UK Core Skills Training Framework sets out recommendations for mandatory care training. Many agencies and care providers now abide by these recommendations. Examples training courses required under the SfH framework include:
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Information Governance
- Conflict Resolution
- Safeguarding Adults
What other skills do care workers need?
In order to become a carer, you will need English, numerical, digital and employability skills. ‘Employability skills’ include problem solving and team work. These are known as core skills. The Skills for Care website has a useful guide to these requirements.
Where can I find mandatory care training courses?
Specialist training companies provide courses for carers on statutory and mandatory subjects. Knight’s Agency is a UK-based training company that offers a wide range of mandatory care training courses. Topics include:
- Adult Safeguarding
- Awareness of Mental Capacity Act/DOLS
- Basic Life Support
- Care Certificate Assessor
- Fire Safety
- First Aid
- Food Safety
- Health and Safety
- Hoist Awareness
- Moving and Positioning of Objects and/or People
This includes courses for managers and ‘train the trainer’ courses. We also offer training on other areas of clinical practice, as well as business skills.
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