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Mandatory Training for Health and Social Care Workers

In many sectors of British employment, there are standards that employees must meet in order to work, and be considered fully competent in their role. In few sectors is this as important as health and social care, which employs millions in this country alone, and serves nearly everyone in matters of health and more. In this article, we’re going to look at mandatory training in this sector; what it is and what it should cover.

Firstly, let’s clarify what health and social care refers to. It’s actually a hugely broad grouping that covers anything to do with healthcare, which might include hospitals, surgeries and clinics, and anything to do with care, which can include elderly care homes and community work.

What does it mean for training to be mandatory?

Given the sensitivities surrounding health and social care, it’s hugely important that all members of staff are thoroughly trained. As a result, organisations including the government, local governing bodies, individual NHS trusts, and right down to individual businesses, will all have types of training that are deemed mandatory in order to work in the sector. These are set in different ways, with many training providers following systems such as Skills For Health’s Core Skills Framework.

It’s important to note that mandatory training generally refers to all of the smaller elements that make up an overall skill set that almost everyone working in health and social care should have. There are many different Health and Social Care qualifications that can be taken for different job roles, and while they might be mandatory for a particular job, they’re not relevant to everyone.

What are the most common mandatory elements of training?

Below are some of the major elements that will be found in most training courses for healthcare and social care workers. It’s important to make clear that no single set of training types will be applicable to all health and social care providers, whether public or private.

Equality, diversity and human rights - As health and social care workers have a responsibility to maintain a happy and healthy society where possible, it’s very important that they understand the rules and approaches that form best practice when it comes to dealing with the issues of equality and diversity, as well as knowing what the recognised human right are and how this applies to everyday work.

Health and safety - This is a recognised subject in most workplaces, but as health and social care workers often have a responsibility for looking after others, it’s especially important that they understand how to keep people safe in whatever environment they’re working in.

Fire safety - Similar to the above; fire safety training is mandatory in most workplaces, and it becomes even more important when you are caring for people who may not be in a position to follow fire safety best practice of their own accord.

Manual handling - When it comes to health and social care, manual handling often means the moving of people themselves, which poses a risk to both worker and patient. As a result, it’s very important to have good training in this subject.

Infection prevention and control - Infections in health and social care settings are a major risk, which is why providers will place a major focus on ensuring that people do not become ill while under their care. This covers things like identifying signs of infection, and ensuring that it does not easily spread.

Safeguarding - This is all about protecting people, especially those who are vulnerable, from harm, abuse or neglect. Depending on the working environment, this training may be geared either towards adults or children.

Information governance - Confidential information is naturally very prevalent in this industry, and it must be handled correctly to comply with law. As a result, information governance is an essential part of health and social care training.

Seeking further training

Most organisations will look to outside training providers so serve their mandatory training needs. Here at Virtual College, we’re very pleased to be able to offer a variety of online healthcare courses and packages to suit this industry. All courses are mapped to Skills for Health’s Core Skills Training Framework. As a result, they meet National Occupational Standards, GMC/NMC Standards, CQC – Essential Standards of Quality & Safety and NHS Litigation Authority Standards. The courses are all CPD certified and also meet the Care Certificate standards where applicable. What’s more is that healthcare e-learning means less time away from the ward, care home, or wherever you or your employees work.