In June 2010, Skills for Care launched their refreshed Common Induction Standards increasing the number of standards (from 6 to 8) and outcomes (from 70 to 161). These are the Standards that people working in adults’ social care need to meet before they can safely work alone. The timescale to meet these Standards remains at 12 weeks. There will be a transition period of 12 months (until 10th June 2011) to move from the old standards to the new before the old standards are removed.
The Standards are for people entering social care, people changing roles and they are a highly recommended framework for Personal Assistants of people in receipt of a personal budget. They are also recommended as a benchmark for existing workers to use as continuous professional development to make sure their knowledge is at least at the level required for new workers. They can be used as part of your internal or external recruitment and selection process and are designed to act as an induction tool to identify what training an individual does and doesn’t need during their induction and refreshers to avoid wasting time and money repeating training where the knowledge has been acquired and maintained. It is most important that managers have a robust method for checking workers’ knowledge and that they are putting this knowledge into practice.
The Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety highlight the importance and value of strong and comprehensive induction and CQC will need to be assured that all staff have undergone thorough training and development.
Each of the online assessments for the Common Induction Standards take on average 8 minutes and approximately 1 hour to complete all of the Standards.
We have created 8 individual workbooks (plus an introduction) to provide supporting learning materials to the Common Induction Standards. The workbooks can be used by individuals (in hard copy or online) or with groups of people to support in-house training, coaching and mentoring. The workbooks are provided without additional charge as part of the Common Induction Standards assessments package..