Update to health and social care SASE frameworks

SASE Framework Update

As you are probably already aware, the apprenticeship sector is currently undergoing a number of significant reforms. As well as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy – which changes the way in which apprenticeships are funded – new apprenticeship standards have been developed that are gradually replacing the old frameworks known as SASE (Specification of apprenticeship standards for England). 

This includes the SASE framework for the health and social care sector. 

Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
From 29 December 2017, the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care will close. These will instead by replaced by the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Work Apprenticeship standards and assessments plans from January 2018, and which will become the only apprenticeship route for apprentices working at level 2 and level 3 in health and social care. 

The Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) and the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) will be withdrawn on 31 December 2017 and will be replaced by the Level 2 Diploma in Care and the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, which will launch on 1 January 2018.

You won’t need to do anything to maintain your approval with us. Your account manager will transfer any registrations you have for the withdrawn QCF qualifications over to the new RQF qualifications at no further charge. Please note, if you are transferring to the new RQF qualifications, it is essential that you fully review the qualification specifications before delivery takes place.

Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management
Skills for Care has recently issued the following statement (available here):

The trailblazer group has advised that the revised version of the Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard has been submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for review and approval. The revisions reflect feedback from stakeholders and requirements from IfA. It’s unlikely to be completed before January that impacts on the planned availability of the standard for delivery from January 2018. Due to this the IfA will not consider the relevant assessment plan.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new standard and ensure the continuity of apprenticeship provision at level 5, the current SASE Framework level 5 apprenticeship will remain open for new registrations until 31 August 2018.

 

This has been agreed between Skills for Care, awarding organisations and the adult care trailblazer group.

The registration period for the existing qualification Level 5 Leadership and Management will be extended by all awarding organisations until 31 August 2018 (agreed by the Joint Awarding Body Quality Group – JABQG).

The new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care will be launched on 1 September 2018, by which time the apprenticeship standard assessment plan will be expected to have been published.
 

This means that the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) will be transitioned to the RQF from 1 January 2018 with no changes made to the content or assessment. Centre approval and direct claim status will transfer automatically, and your account manager will be happy to transfer any unused registrations for you.

The launch of the new level 5 diploma will be delayed until 1 September 2018.

For more information on the withdrawal and launch of health and social care qualifications, please visit here.
 
Get in touch if you have any questions regarding this SASE framework.

To find out how Highfield Assessment compares to its competitors, please visit here.

Overview of key changes in health and social care

If you work in the health and social care sector, you already know that there are plenty of changes happening, particularly in the world of learning and development. 

To help you navigate all the upcoming developments, we’ve put together a quick guide of what is happening and why. 

Withdrawing the QCF 
The current Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) will be withdrawn to make way for the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in December 2017. In readiness for this transition and the new Skills for Care (SfC) and Skills for Health (SfH) qualifications guidelines, there will be new replacement qualifications for the health and social care sector.

Here’s what is changing:

  • units (with the same title) provided by awarding organisations no longer have to be worded exactly the same, however the content will be very similar 
  • each awarding organisation can focus on particular optional unit content within their diplomas and other qualifications for social care 

Here’s what’s staying the same: 

  • a range of high quality qualifications will still be available to meet the learning needs of those working in social care 
  • familiar levels and titles will stay for familiar qualifications, such as awards, certificates and diplomas at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 
  • qualifications can still be made up of units 

For more information on the RQF and what this means for qualifications, go to http://www.highfieldabc.com/rqf

Key changes within the sector
Skills for Care (SfC) and Skills for Health (SfH) are working together to support the government’s agenda on integration, transferability and opportunity for learners and workers in both health and adult care services. As a result, both organisations have jointly developed the core knowledge and skills to be used within qualifications. 

To ensure that the core content developed in new RQF qualifications stays consistent and transferable, SfC and SfH have developed qualification specifications – in consultation with employers, learning providers and awarding organisations – upon which the new qualifications must be based.

The specifications outline the mandatory and minimum content expected within a particular qualification, as well as information about its size, level, assessment principles and guidance for optional units. 

The range of optional units offered within the qualifications is now open to each awarding organisation and will therefore vary. However, awarding organisations must provide a sufficient range, number, content and level to enable learners to contextualise their learning to meet needs. 

Those qualifications submitted to SfC and SfH that meet the specifications will receive approval and carry the appropriate logos, making it easier to identify which qualifications are recognised. We fully expect Highfield’s qualifications (listed below) to meet these specifications.  

A list of SfC approved qualifications for the care sector can be found at http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/Qualifications/Approved-qualifications.aspx

New Highfield adult care qualifications 
Highfield has developed the following qualifications for the RQF: 

  • Highfield Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) 
  • Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) 
  • Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) 
  • Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care Services (RQF) 
Highfield Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)
This new RQF qualification will replace the HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) (600/4122/5). The HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) will expire on 31 December 2017. Centres will have until 31 December 2019 to complete learners and apply for certification. The last date a learner can register for this qualification will be 31 December 2017.

At level 2, this new RQF qualification will be the common qualification for both the health and adult care services, allowing learners to enter either workforce.

The qualification has been written in line with the minimum requirements set out by SfC and SfH, and confirms the competence of those who work in health and adult care services in England.

The Highfield Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF) will also link with the knowledge and skills required within the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standards, supporting roles such as adult care worker, healthcare assistant/support worker and personal assistant.

Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)
This new RQF qualification will replace the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) (600/4121/3). The HABC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) will expire on 31 December 2017. Centres will have until 31 December 2020 to complete learners and apply for certification. The last date a learner can register for this qualification will be 31 December 2017.

This new RQF qualification is suitable for learners working in adult care. The qualification will develop and confirm the competence of those who work within adult care services in England.

The Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) will also link with the knowledge and skills required within the Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard, supporting roles such as lead personal assistant and lead adult care worker.

Additionally, Highfield will also be launching (expected for November2017) the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF) for those working in the health sector. There will therefore be two level 3 qualifications available from Highfield in this area.

The Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) qualification will include the same mandatory unit content as found in the new Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF). (NOTE: the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF) will also include some additional mandatory content, as developed collaboratively by AOs and Skills for Health).

Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)
This new RQF qualification will replace the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF) (601/6015/9). The HABC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF) will expire on 31 December 2017. Centres will have until 31 December 2020 to complete learners and apply for certification. The last date a learner can register for this qualification will be 31 December 2017.

This new RQF qualification will contain Skills for Care’s minimum requirements that develop and confirm the competence of those who are working within adult care services in England.

The Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) will also link with the knowledge and skills required within the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care apprenticeship standard.

Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care Services (RQF)
This new RQF qualification will replace the HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits), pathways Adults Management and Adults Residential Management ONLY. The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits) will expire on 31 December 2017. Centres will have until 31 December 2020 to complete learners and apply for certification. The last date a learner can register for this qualification will be 31 December 2017.

This new qualification will contain Skills for Care’s minimum requirements for developing and confirming the competence of those who are working within adult care services in England as managers.

The Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care Services (RQF) will also link with the knowledge and skills required within the Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship standard, supporting roles such as managers/advanced practitioners.

Withdrawal of QCF Health and Social Care Qualifications
From January 2018, only RQF qualifications will be available from Highfield. Learners who enrol on QCF qualifications prior to January 2018 should continue their study. However, they must complete their study before the certificate end date provided in the table below:

Table 1

Qualification to be WITHDRAWN Withdrawal date Certification end date SASE framework closure
HABC Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia (QCF) 31 December 2017 31 December 2019 N/A
HABC Level 2 Award in Awareness of End of Life Care (QCF) 31 December 2017 31 December 2019 N/A
HABC Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings (QCF) 31 December 2017 31 December 2019 29 December 2017
HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) 31 December 2017 31 December 2019 29 December 2017
HABC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) 31 December 2017 31 December 2020 29 December 2017
HABC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF) 31 December 2017 31 December 2020 N/A
HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits) 31 December 2017 31 December 2020 29 December 2017

Overview of replacement qualifications in the sector

Table 2

QCF/current qualification Replacement/new qualification (RQF) Related to apprenticeship standard Qualification launch date
Health and adult care – merged qualification
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

 

(Will include the same mandatory units as other AOs who have worked in collaboration with SFH/SFC)

 

Optional units will differ between AOs

Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker (approved for delivery) Jan 2018 launch
Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support (QCF)

 

Highfield Qualifications does not currently offer this qualification

Level 2 Adult Care Worker (approved for delivery)
Adult care only qualifications
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

 

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

 

(Will include the same mandatory units as other AOs that have worked in collaboration with SFH/SFC)

 

Optional units will differ between AOs

Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker (approved for delivery) Jan 2018 launch
Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF)

 

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

 

(Will NOT include the same mandatory units as other AOs)

 

Optional units will differ between AOs

Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (not approved for delivery) Jan 2018 launch

What this means for you
The content changes should not impact greatly on your current delivery. However, please be aware that you must fully review the specifications of these qualifications before delivering them. 

Highfield will be creating new, updated assessment paperwork for the RQF qualifications that will be available to download from the members’ area of www.highfieldqualifications.com . Important: centres must ensure they are using the correct paperwork.

The approval criteria have not changed for the new health and social care qualifications.

Due to the changes to content within these qualifications, please be aware that the sampling of learners’ work will take place by our external quality support (EQS) team prior to certification in order for support to be provided to your centre. Therefore, we ask that you to keep us informed when you have learners’ claims to complete.

Posting courses
As our new qualifications launch on 1 January 2018, you may continue to offer QCF qualifications until 31 December 2017, as you do now.

Updates to training resources
Please be aware that Highfield International is updating its supporting training materials in line with the new qualifications and will be providing full information on this in due course.

New Highfield Health Qualification

Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF)
This qualification is part of a new suite of qualifications developed through Skills for Care and Skills for Health, which are working towards qualifications that have at their heart shared core competences with optional specialisms to meet the requirements of both health and adult care services.

At level 3, there will be two separate qualifications in this field. These are:

  • Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

The Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF) qualification will include the same mandatory unit content as found in the new Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF). However, it will also include some additional mandatory content, as developed collaboratively by AOs and Skills for Health.

This qualification is also developed to align with the knowledge, skills and behaviours within the Level 3 Senior Health Care Support Worker Standard. Highfield will be offering units to support those learners who work in the following areas:

  • Adult Nursing Support
  • Mental health Support
  • Children and Young Peoples Support
Replacement/new qualification (RQF) Related to apprenticeship standard Qualification launch date
Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF)

 

Highfield will be offering optional units for 3 specific areas:

  • Adult Nursing Support
  • Mental health Support
  • Children and Young People Support

 

L3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker

 

Option 1: Adult Nursing Support

Option 2: Maternity Support

Option 3 Theatre Support

Option 4: Mental Health Support

Option 5: Children and Young People Support

Option 6 Allied Health Profession – Therapy Support

Nov 2017 Launch
     

The Qualification Development Team
Highfield Qualifications

Highfield joins Care Learning Coalition

Care Learning CoalitionHighfield has become part of the Care Learning Coalition (CLC), a new initiative by Skills for Care to raise the standards of training in the health and social care sector.

Developed as a network for learning and development providers who are committed to raising the quality of training, the CLC brings together Skills for Care’s endorsed providers and provides them with a certificate and logo to demonstrate their support.

The Endorsement Framework is a mark of quality that is given to the best learning and development in the adult social care sector. 

Highfield became an endorsed provider with Skills for Care for its innovative e-learning package to support learners and employers undertaking the Care Certificate, receiving the prestigious Approved e-Programme accolade being awarded Recognised e-Provider status.

The Care Certificate workbook was developed by Highfield in 2015 on behalf of the Partnership, made up of Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health. Highfield elearning’s resource was developed independently of the Partnership, but mirrors the content of the workbook and was created by the same team of health and social care sector experts.

To find out more on the CLC, go to http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/Endorsement-framework/Endorsement-framework.aspx

Apprenticeship Standard for Wellbeing Support Workers

Skills for Healthwellbeing support workers has launched a consultation on proposals to develop an apprenticeship standard for the wellbeing support workers job role at Level 2 after an expression of interest for health promotion assistant was rejected by the government.

The survey aims to gather opinions on whether the new role profile looks accurate or needs amending, and will gather feedback on how employers refer to the role internally, how many people are employed in the role (or would look to employ once the apprenticeship route is available) and whether you would be able to support the new expression of interest, due to be submitted in November.

To take part in the survey, click here. To find out more on the new healthcare apprenticeship standards, click here.

If you replied to the health promotion assistant survey, or are named as part of that steering group, please also respond to this one so that a new expression of interest can be developed.

The survey runs from from 19 October until 12:00 pm on 16 November 2016.

 

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.

Care Certificate events 2015

Care Certificate Events

Apprenticeships at Tower Project – 10Oct13
Skills for Care

Over the next few months, Highfield will be attending a number of events to bring you all the latest in training and education resources for the Care Certificate and health and social care sector.

And at each event you’ll be able to try one of the most comprehensive e-learning systems for the Care Certificate, as well as a range of other material to support learners in the health and social care sectors.

The events scheduled so far include:

IMG_0166The software, from Highfield e-Learning, is designed to support delivery of the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate. It can be fitted into existing workplace induction programmes and covers all 15 standards included in the Care Certificate, with a 30 minute course for each of the standards to test knowledge and understanding.

The e-learning is flexible so that each learner can complete the standards specific to their role, and is mapped to official health and social care qualifications so that prior learning can be recognised. It is also fully customisable so that it meets the needs of individual organisations, and trackable so that learner progress can be monitored and verified.

IMG_0082Staff will also be on hand to discuss the qualifications available from HABC, including our suite of health and social care qualifications, and its range of compliance qualifications such as first aid, manual handling and health and safety.

And there will be a range of learning resources from Highfield.co.uk covering subjects such as infection control, first aid, dementia and health and social care.

For more information on attending each event, follow the links above.

Care certificate e-learning from official workbook developer

One of the most comprehensive e-learning systems for workers taking the Care Certificate has been launched by the group that developed the official workbook.

The software, from Highfield e-learning, is designed to support delivery of the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate. It can be fitted into existing workplace induction programmes and covers all 15 standards included in the Care Certificate, with a 30 minute course for each of the standards to test knowledge and understanding.

The e-learning is flexible so that each learner can complete the standards specific to their role, and is mapped to official health and social care qualifications so that prior learning can be recognised. It is also fully customisable so that it meets the needs of individual organisations, and trackable so that learner progress can be monitored and verified.

HF Care Cert2Highfield e-learning is part of the same group as Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), which was commissioned by Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health to develop the official Care Certificate workbook to support its introduction across the health and social care sectors from 1 April 2015.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield E-Learning Managing Director, said, ‘Our e-learning has been put together by many of the key people involved in the development of the official Care Certificate workbook, and goes the extra mile in making delivery of the Care Certificate – which may seem a burden to some – an engaging and motivating experience for learners.

The feedback we have received from the health and social care sector is extremely positive, and we have already begun working with some of the leading training providers and employers to help make sure their learners and staff are compliant with the requirements of the Care Certificate’.

HF Care Cert1Prices per licence are (not including VAT):

  • 1-9 users – £35 plus VAT each
  • 10-99 users – £30 plus VAT each
  • 100+ users – £25 plus VAT each

We also plan to offer the modules from the Care Certificate as 15 individual courses. Each one will be priced at £2.50 per unit.

To order, call 0845 226 0350 or email sales@highfield.co.uk

For more information, go to www.highfieldelearning.com/products/care-certificate

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Media Contact: Mark Phillips, Communications Manager
Tel: 0845 2260350 ~ Email: mphillips@highfield.co.uk

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 5 DiplomaA new Level 5 diploma has been launched to improve the leadership skills of workers in the health and social care sector.

The HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (80 Credits) (601/2344/8)  is aimed at employees who are working as care managers or advanced practitioners and who want to develop their skills further.

It is hoped that the new qualification, which is already being used by a number of training providers, will improve overall leadership skills across the sector at a time when it is experiencing unprecedented scrutiny from the media and politicians, and facing a future explosion in demand for social care services from an ageing population.

A report by Skills for Care and Development in 2011 found that whilst 48 percent of staff in the sector hold a professional qualification – and are more likely overall to hold a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification compared to other sectors – health and social care workers are less likely to have a L5 qualification relating to leadership roles.

Likewise, the report found that the workforce was dominated by female workers (80 percent of all health and social care workers, representing one in 10 of all women employees in the entire UK), who have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership positions.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘Businesses in the sector are facing real challenges in terms of ensuring their workforce has the skills to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population whilst managing tighter budgets. Through this qualification, providers will be able to develop the next generation of leaders capable of dealing with the new realities the sector is facing, whether that is funding and resource allocation, contracts, regulation and inspection from local and national agencies and working positively with what is one of the most diverse workforces of any sector’.

The qualification is the seventh from HABC supporting the health and social care sector and forms part of a full staff-development suite now available to training providers and employers, including entry level qualifications at Level 2 in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care as well as specific qualifications covering dementia awareness.

A new 90-credit diploma version of the qualification has also been launched, developed specifically to be added to the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (80 Credits)

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ £110.00

HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits)

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ £110.00