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Certification for healthcare support workers draws closer

Mandatory training and certification for health care support workers is now one step closer. 

The Care Act, which received Royal Assent this week, has introduced a Care Certificate, which is intended to reassure patients of the skills, attitudes and competence of the people looking after them. 

Studies piloting the scheme are soon to begin, with a full roll out across England expected from March 2015. 

Norman Lamb, Minister for Care and Support said: “The Act delivers key elements of the government's response to the Francis Inquiry into the awful events at Mid Staffordshire hospital, increasing transparency and openness and helping drive up the quality of care across the system.”

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing said: “The provisions passed yesterday represent a very important step in tackling one of the defining issues facing the care sector.

"Through the RCN's lobbying on the Care Bill, we have driven the debate forward, resulting in the government action which has reached the end of its passage through parliament today.

“The NHS could not function without this vital group of staff, and the importance of their role should be reflected in the training they receive. We look forward to these provisions becoming law, and the reality in all health and care settings, in the near future.”