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.

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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