Training remains problematic for many care home operators


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

Attending Care Agenda as a sponsoring supplier, I was quite surprised at the apparent need for mandatory and bespoke training in the care sector on a national level. Having been in this industry for the past 10 years, starting out as a care assistant (without being given any training!), subsequently qualifying as a nurse and then entering into the training arena, I believe (along with most people) that providing quality training for all staff is essential to deliver high quality care. So why are there so many barriers? Currently the main drive for training is around the Government’s initiative to train staff to NVQ level 2 (Train to Gain). However, for an individual to complete an NVQ and for an employer to meet both legal and professional standards, training in mandatory and bespoke areas (usally undertaken as short courses) is essential. There are six to seven mandatory training courses which employers must make available to staff to meet CSCI and other legal requirements. In addition, there are the bespo





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