Funding quality training

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

|By Lynne Phair| Of all the 38 standards in the National Minimum Standards, Standards 28 and 30 have possibly become the two which are causing the most problems for care home managers and owners ­ not because the standards themselves are too high to reach, but because of the enormousness of the task, and starting at a very low skill base (over the whole UK) with the expectation that some staff will be trained in such a short space of time, to a standard that is supposed to enhance the care of older people. In 2001 The Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) produced a report “Trained to Care”. They surveyed 480 care homes and identified that only 21 per cent of care staff had completed their NVQ2. They also estimated that just one qualification was costing in the region of £1,000. Despite this, care home owners who did invest in their staff felt that there were considerable benefits to the residents and the business. Although the media often focuses on the negative responses from some care home owners, responsibl

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