Meeting the new standards

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|With the introduction of Minimum Standards, the pressure is on for care homes. Jan Cordwell considers how providers can be sure the NVQ training they receive will be suitable| Traditionally, care for some of the most needy and vulnerable client groups has been left largely to untrained workers, working long and unsociable hours, on low pay, and often with little access to training or support. Of the estimated 1 million care workers in the UK, only 20 per cent currently have a relevant qualification. But with the Care Standards Act, by 2005, at least 50 per cent of care workers will need to be qualified to NVQ Level 2 in care, 80 per cent of managers to level 4 and 80 per cent of staff working with children and young people to NVQ Level 4. For care providers and care workers, the pressure is on to source and fund training to reach the new standards. The quality of training can vary dramatically with, in the worst cases, more than 50 per cent of students failing to complete the programme. So how can care provi

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