Skills for Care update

Mandatory training and development for social care staff vital in the light of damning report


The national report which has painted a damning picture of services for people with learning disabilities in NHS care homes and a London hospital “reinforces, yet again, the continued need for mandatory training and development — and a national audit of care homes.”

That is the view of Andrea Rowe, Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care – the workforce development organisation for social care in England and part of the Sector Skills Council.

Today she stressed that the “appalling” treatment of people with learning disabilities at units run by the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, put a “dark shadow on the dedicated and unremitting round the clock care which is undertaken by the many thousands of committed carers and health workers across the country.”

And she added:

We would strongly recommend that NHS workers become subject to the same mandatory training as social care staff. It is vital that social care managers adhere to mandatory training and development specified by the Care Standards Act.”

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