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Fifty staff awarded Care Certificate at special ceremony
22 July 2016

Fifty staff awarded Care Certificate at special ceremony

Congratulations to fifty healthcare support workers who have become the latest to achieve the Care Certificate – an assessment which demonstrates their competency and skill in providing safe, high quality care.

This is the second event we've held to celebrate the Care Certificate since its introduction as a pilot in June 2014. Staff received their certificate from Jayne Thwaites from Health Education England’s Kent, Surrey and Sussex team at a special regional celebration event in Crawley.

The Care Certificate assesses the skills and knowledge required to provide safe, effective and compassionate care. It is awarded to staff in healthcare roles who have demonstrated they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, including caring with privacy and dignity, awareness of mental health (including dementia and learning difficulties), safeguarding and infection control.

To date we have supported 23 healthcare support workers to progress – 12 are completing a foundation degree to become assistant practitioners, eight are completing access courses for further education and three are undertaking professional training.

The Trust gained Skills for Health Quality Mark for its Care Certificate programme in April 2016. 

Penny Bolton, Head of Service for Adult Therapies and Rehabilitation at SCFT said: “I’d like to say a big well done to all the staff who received their certificate. Our healthcare support workers have worked hard to achieve the requirements, so it’s really important that we mark their achievement. We support our staff to develop and progress in their careers and encourage new people to join our SCFT family who are passionate in providing high quality, compassionate care.”

James Baker, Therapy Technician at SCFT said: “The Care Certificate has been of great benefit to me personally. To have a thorough introduction to a broad range of healthcare practices has helped me to build my knowledge, developed my skills and given me a lot more confidence to provide excellent patient care”.