Fifty plus staff achieve the Care Certificate
26 October 2017

Fifty plus staff achieve Care Certificate qualification

More than fifty healthcare support workers at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) have become the latest to achieve the Care Certificate – an assessment which demonstrates their competency and skill in providing safe, high quality care. SCFT gained Skills for Health Quality Mark for its Care Certificate programme in April 2016. 

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.

Since 2014 SCFT has supported over 300 healthcare support workers to progress in their careers and obtain the Care Certificate qualification.

Lucy Scragg, Deputy Director of Nursing – Workforce Education, 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.”

Maxine Baxter, Health Care Assistant (HCA) at SCFT said: "The Care Certificate course was very interesting. I learnt a great deal about all the different subjects that we had. The lecturers made it all very interesting to listen to and the inter-acting which we all participated in was really good. The course has helped us all to develop into a good team and to help each other when needed. I would highly recommend all HCA’s to do this course as I found it has helped me immensely.”

Sarah Waterman, Health Care Assistant said:“I found the Care Certificate really informative. It covered a wide range of topics all of which where very interesting. It was presented in a relaxed and friendly manner. Mostly it made me feel valued and inspired me within my role.” 

Sarah Scott, Therapy Technician said: “Working in a therapy team my knowledge and skill set is limited to occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Completing the Care Certificate has enabled me to expand my skill set to include nursing based skills such as taking patient observations and urine dips. These skills have proved invaluable.”