What you need to know about our products, qualifications and GDPR

As you are probably aware, the GDPR – or the General Data Protection Regulation – came into effect in May and has changed the way all businesses keep data.

But it also has an impact on the content of our qualifications and products, and in some cases how those qualifications and products should be used.

We’ve produced a short video (less than two minutes) to let you know what we’re doing to make sure ALL of our products and qualifications are compliant with the GDPR.

In the meantime, if you are a Highfield centre and have a specific question, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

Or contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or info@highfield.co.uk

Everything you need to know about our new health and social care qualifications in just a minute and a half

As you are probably aware, we at Highfield Qualifications have launched a new range of 13 health and social care qualifications to support learners in roles within the healthcare, adult care and other related environments.

For more info, go to our health and social care section. 

New range of qualifications for the health and social care sector

A new range of qualifications that will bring clarity and structure to the training landscape in the health and social care sector has been launched by Highfield Qualifications.

The 13 new qualifications, which sit on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), will support learners in roles within the healthcare, adult care and other related environments.

Areas covered include principles of care planning, safeguarding and dignity in adult care, prevention and control of infection, and nutrition and health principles. Also covered are safe handling of medication, understanding diabetes, autism, challenging behaviour and mental health problems.

The qualifications are designed to support providers and employers looking to make the most of their European Social Fund (ESF) allocation and Adult Education Budget (AEB), as well as local education authorities with budgets covering health and social care.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield chief executive, said, ‘The 13 new qualifications will provide specific coverage of key areas that are vital to the sector. They also provide a clarity and structure to the training in health and social care that has long been needed and will make it easier for employers looking to recruit, or for existing staff to upskill in specialist areas.

Most importantly, the new qualifications will also allow providers and employers to make full use of the ESF and AEB, providing the high-quality training needed in the sector’. 

A summary of all the qualifications can be found at https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/compliance/healthsocialcare

For regular updates, go to https://twitter.com/askhighfield and https://www.facebook.com/askhighfield 

Guidance on new first-aid qualifications

A new video to help employers and learning providers understand changes to first aid training has been launched by awarding organisation Highfield Qualifications.

The video, available on Vimeo, covers both of the main first-aid qualifications used in workplaces, First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work, and provides an overview of the main changes.

The updated qualifications, which came into effect on 1 October 2017, have been introduced to make them more streamlined and relevant to workplaces and employers, while still meeting Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and RC(UK) guidelines. 

Key amongst the changes is making Emergency First Aid at Work a Level 3 qualification to align with other first-aid qualifications, removing the need to complete an accident report form from both qualifications, and guidance and amplification on key first aid terms to provide standardisation amongst first-aiders. However, assessment of first-aid qualifications will still cover practical skills and theory.  

The qualifications have also been reviewed against the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) so that they are recognised by government and meet the requirements for funding.

For more on first-aid qualifications from Highfield, go to https://www.highfieldabc.com/qualifications/compliance/firstaid2  

Highfield receives Dubai accreditation for lifeguarding

One of the Middle East’s leading awarding organisations has been accredited in Dubai to certify persons in lifeguarding, under new regulations designed to improve beach and pool safety.

Highfield MEA, part of the UK-based Highfield Qualifications, has been accredited under ISO standards and Dubai Municipality regulations by DAC, meaning that it can now offer approved training centres high-standard examinations and certification for persons working in the lifeguarding sector.

The organisation, which is registered with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), has been offering the certification of persons in Dubai and internationally for seven years and operates in around 40 countries.

It is hoped the new standards will help the Dubai Municipality to certify all lifeguards operating in the emirate before July 2017 as part of efforts to raise standards.  

Richard Sprenger, Highfield Chairman, said, ‘We’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this project for all their hard work. We believe that Highfield’s experience in providing internationally recognised qualifications will help to contribute to improving standards.

Because Highfield is part of a wider group of companies, we can provide approved training centres with a complete support package that includes resources and materials that will help candidates to meet the new requirements for July 2017.

For those centres whose lifeguards may also work outside Dubai, we can also issue international qualifications, meaning that businesses can continue to use existing training companies and qualifications with the confidence that independent assessment will provide compliance within Dubai’.

Rebecca Sprenger, International Director, added, ‘Customers can be confident that centres registered with Highfield will have the highest standards of quality assurance and client care, and that because we do not provide the training ourselves, the assessment process is entirely independent’.  

For more information, please contact 0971 4 449 4042 or email customerservices@highfieldabc.ae

You can also find out more information at http://www.highfieldabc.ae/

 

Two new qualifications to support care sector leaders

Health and Social Care QualificationsTwo new qualifications to support the training and development of current and future care sector leaders have been launched.

Developed by Highfield Qualifications and approved by Skills for Care, the qualifications are the most up to date in the sector that cover the principles of leadership and management for adult care, and the principles of commissioning for wellbeing.

The HABC Level 5 Certificate in Principles of Commissioning for Wellbeing (RQF) supports those for whom commissioning is part of their job role, and introduces the principles to new commissioners, enabling more experienced wellbeing professionals to review and update their knowledge. Although aimed at those who commission adult care and support services, it can be contextualised to support commissioners in health, housing and children’s care. It is the first of a suite of commissioning qualifications planned by Skills for Care.

The HABC Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) covers the knowledge and understanding needed to allow learners to move into higher level training, thus bridging the gap between level 3 and level 5 qualifications.  It aligns with the Management Induction Standards (2016) and covers areas such as communication, safeguarding, professional development, regulatory processes and performance management.

Jason Sprenger, the Highfield Chief Executive said, ‘Supporting the development and training of current and future leaders in the care sector is paramount if it is to have the skilled individuals it needs to deliver services in an increasingly challenging environment. These are the most up-to-date additions to a suite of qualifications that focus on the principles of commissioning for wellbeing and the principles of leadership and management for adult care, and have been developed to a Skills for Care specification’.

For more information, go to http://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/compliance/healthsocialcare, phone 0845 2260350 or 01302 363277, or email info@highfield.co.uk 

Find out more about Highfield at our new event

new eventWe will be holding a number of events across the UK to introduce you to Highfield and provide further information on our family values, policies and benefits, as well as guidance and support on our registration process.

The events will also provide a platform for feedback to discover how we can continue to improve our services, products and/or qualifications, to become both your awarding organisation and product provider of choice.

The session will also include a food safety update delivered by an expert speaker, focusing on key topics and current issues within the industry.

Dates and locations are:

Friday 9 December 2016 – Doncaster

Food safety presentation delivered by Sarah Daniels

Monday 12 December 2016 – Newcastle

Food safety presentation delivered by Jude Hutchison

Tuesday 3 January 2017 – London

Food safety presentation delivered by Richard Sprenger

Thursday 5 January 2017 – Walsall

Food safety presentation delivered by Richard Sprenger

Tuesday 17 January 2017 – Belfast

Food safety presentation delivered by Professor Chris Elliott

Tuesday 31 January 2017 – Wales

Food safety presentation delivered by Euan MacAuslan

 Areas covered in each event will include:

  • How to switchover from CIEH to Highfield, and our support for you during that process
  • The range of qualifications we offer, and areas for development
  • An introduction to the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts
  • Highfield future and the move over to the RQF
  • How we provide ongoing support to centres
  • Associated training materials from Highfield International
  • A food safety update from a subject matter expert
  • How can we improve our service, products and qualifications
  • What you want from an awarding organisation

Each morning event (09:00am – 12:00pm) is FREE to attend and is open to not only CIEH customers, but also training providers who would like to find out more about delivering qualifications from Highfield. It goes without saying that we would welcome any of our current customers who would like to attend, it is always good to catch up, receive feedback and see how we can improve.

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here. Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling our Sales team on 0845 226 0350 or by emailing the Events team at events@highfield.co.uk. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book now to avoid disappointment!

We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

CIEH – voluntary surrender of recognition

CIEHAs many of you will be aware, the CIEH has announced it intends to surrender its status as a regulated awarding organisation and is withdrawing its regulated and non-regulated qualification provision. We recognise this is a deeply worrying time for existing CIEH centres, many of whom will have already allocated budgets and purchased resources for programmes of learning and assessment.

Highfield has been operating in the compliance market for over 30 years and has been one of the UK’s leading providers of food safety, health and safety, first aid and numerous other vocationally related qualifications since our awarding arm was established. Highfield is passionate about supporting businesses and continuously raising standards, and currently provides qualifications and learning resources to over 2 million learners per year. Our Chairman Richard actually developed most of the original CIEH food safety courses and is recognised as being one of the world’s leading industry experts.

Highfield is already providing assistance to numerous organisations affected by the announcement and will be offering free registration (usually £400) to all UK-based CIEH centres until 31 December 2016. We will ensure that, given the opportunity to work with you, the transition over to Highfield will be seamless. Also you will have the added benefit that Highfield offers all of the main qualifications (and many more) that were offered by the CIEH. This means you will only need to register with one awarding organisation if you offer a full suite of food safety, HACCP or health and safety qualifications. Our range of compliance qualifications can be viewed here.

Highfield has a very experienced team who can help at any time with any questions you have, however, we also offer a free-to-subscribe food safety LinkedIn group, which has around 1,000 members. If you would like to discuss food safety-related issues with fellow trainers, you may wish to consider joining this group. You can join here

As the UK’s leading provider of compliance qualifications, we are proud to work with a wide range of small and large training providers, colleges, local authorities and corporate clients. Our brand is well known and respected throughout the UK and internationally.

To speak to a member of our team, please call us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277, or email us at sales@highfieldabc.com

Sector skills councils launch consultation on future qualifications

Following the government’s changed policy on qualifications and apprenticeships across all sectors, the two sector skills councils responsible for the health and adult care workforces – Skills for Health and Skills for Care – have been working together to consider the future approach to health and adult care qualifications.

Both sector skills councils are committed to qualifications that have, at their core, shared knowledge and skills, which support the vision of employers and provide integrated services and the portability of skills and knowledge across the health and adult care workforce.

sector skills councils

Following a review into the content of current qualifications, they are holding an open consultation that will allow healthcare professionals to have their say on the councils’ proposed content changes to level 2 and level 3 health and social care diplomas.

Further information on the imposed changes is available here.

The questionnaire will close on Wednesday 10 August 2016.

Important Qualification Expiration Reminder

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance would like to remind all centres that the last date for new registrations for the HABC Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF) will be Thursday 30 June 2016. HABC approved centres will have until 21 July 2016 to complete their programmes (unless special considerations are applied) and apply for learner certificates.

This qualification has been replaced by the HABC Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF), which is supported by both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Skills for Health. It has also been approved for delivery to pre-16 year olds.

This is a 1-credit qualification, typically delivered over a half-day course (minimum contact time of 4 hours) and contains the following unit:

  • Basic Life Support and Using an Automated External Defibrillator

Please note: while in-depth AED training is not currently a compulsory component of first aid at work and emergency first-aid courses, the HSE welcomes AED training being incorporated into them. This is a stance that HABC supports and we strongly encourage our centres to consider this moving forward. Further information on the HSE welcoming the addition of AED awareness training into first-aid courses is available here.