• Sinéad Nolan

How to Get a Care Certificate

Starting a new role or job can be a daunting prospect. At Three Sisters Care we understand that this fear can increase when you have never worked or have been out of work for some time. Getting back into work can often require certain qualifications. New guidelines from the Care Quality Commission since 2015 stipulate that all healthcare workers must have the Care Certificate or an equivalent qualification to be able to work in the UK with vulnerable adults. What is the Care Certificate?

The Care Certificate covers the learning outcomes, competencies and standards of behaviour that is expected of support workers in the health and social care sectors. Some of standards covered in the Care Certificate include the 6 c’s: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. It is the expectation of all those working as healthcare assistants and adult social care workers to undertake this as part of their induction programme. While the Care Certificate is not a licence to practise, it is mandatory for working with us and many other care sector establishments such as nursing homes, hospice’s and home care providers. Simply put, undertaking the Care Certificate can help you get work in the care sector! Where? Here at Three Sisters Care we offer the Care Certificate training in our office in Shadwell – The course is run on 5 days over 2 weeks and we run regular training courses. You will be in a training group of up to 12 people. At the end you will hope to have attained a certificate that you can use to gain work in the care sector - or you can apply for work with us. Who? We are always seeking people with empathy, a caring personality and reliability as well as flexibility. We value male and female carers who speak a range of languages – especially Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati. Having a good level of spoken and written English is also essential for the Care Certificate training.

Saleema Gulbahar is the Care Certificate Trainer at Three Sisters Care. She says while prior experience is valued, it's also important not to be put off by lack of experience.

‘The Care Certificate is really about giving people the basic knowledge that’s required in order to go out and practise as a care worker,’ she says. ‘Most of the people we have don’t have any experience. Lots of people who come on the course have taken a career break or it is their first job for a while.’ ‘Of course, we do have some people who have lots of professional experience, but for some people it’s a change or a step.’

Previous trainees on the Care Certificate who are now employees with us include Aminal and Rahul.

Aminal says: ‘I have learned quite a lot and now I am more confident and have knowledge about how to deal with situations at my work workplace.

Rahul added, ‘I found the training fun and useful as it allowed me to learn the content in a good environment at my own pace and ask questions if I was unsure and get the help I required.’ What next?

If you’re interested in the Care Certificate you can contact us here at Three Sisters Care. The cost is £180. Please note that for those on JSA, the jobcentre can often pay for the course. To register, please complete and return the Booking Form (under the ‘Jobs’ tab on our website) with a £50 deposit. Your booking is only confirmed after receipt of deposit. Please pay the full balance 7 days before the course starts.

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