Staff training and the funding maze

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

|By Martin Wigg| In 2005 care homes will be required to achieve compliance with the National Minimum Standards in respect of Staff Training (NMS 27 ­ 30). The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) says TOPSS England will determine at which point in the year compliance is required. When I put the question to TOPSS chief executive officer Andrea Rowe at the Eastern Region committee meeting recently she said the date was yet to be finalised, but was likely to be towards the end of the year. The “core” National Minimum Standards training requirements include the TOPSS Induction and Foundation, NVQ Level 2 (50 per cent of all care assistants. NB These figures vary depending on the service user category), NVQ Level 4/Registered Managers Award, Manual Handling, First Aid and Food Hygiene. NMS 30.4 states that, “All staff (are required to) receive a minimum of three paid training days per year”. Irrespective of the fact that staff training is “best practice” the requirements amount to a significant figure in any

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