What is the Difference Between Statutory and Mandatory Training?

What is the Difference Between Statutory and Mandatory Training?

What is the difference between statutory and mandatory training?

Health & Social Care Training Courses

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates health and social care providers in England. Health and social care employers have a responsibility to ensure that their staff are qualified to the appropriate level, their practice is up to date and that they have attended the required mandatory and statutory training courses.

However, there is a lot of confusion regarding what constitutes these types of training and indeed, the difference between statutory and mandatory training. In this article, we will define mandatory and statutory training, give examples of each and explain the differences between these types of training in the context of healthcare and social care sectors.

What is mandatory training?

Mandatory training is training that is determined essential by an organisation for the safe and efficient running in order to reduce organisational risks and comply with policies, government guidelines and regulatory frameworks. For the purposes of this article, we will be using ‘mandatory training’ as the catch-all phrase to cover both statutory and mandatory training.

Which training courses are mandatory?

The Mandatory Training Group has developed mandatory training courses for NHS Trusts, private hospitals, locum and recruitment agencies and private health and social care organisations. These statutory and mandatory training courses typically cover the following modules:

  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Health and safety at work (including COSHH and RIDDOR)
  • Information governance (Including Data Protection, data security awareness and Caldicott principles)
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Food hygiene/food safety awareness
  • Manual handling of objects and people moving and handling
  • Basic life support (including practical sessions and assessments)
  • Safeguarding adults at risk
  • Safeguarding children
  • Conflict management/Conflict resolution
  • Lone working awareness

What is statutory training?

Statutory training is the training which an organisation is legally required to provide as defined by law or where a statutory body has instructed organisations to provide that training on the basis of legislation.

Why is compliance training so important?

Compliance training helps in understanding the legal boundaries within which an organisation operates. It serves the purpose of educating employees on the laws and regulations pertaining to health and social care and their specific job function.

Which training courses are statutory?

In all healthcare and social care settings, including NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers and care homes, all new employees are required to undertake core health and safety awareness and training as part of their statutory training. This usually covers the following:

  • Awareness of the local health and safety policies and procedures
  • Awareness of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations
  • Understand the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
  • Fire safety awareness training
  • Manual handling training
  • Basic risk assessment training (including clinical risk assessment for clinical staff)
  • Annual updates in essential statutory areas of fire safety and manual handling.
What is the difference between statutory and mandatory training?

So what is the difference between statutory and mandatory training? The majority of healthcare and social care organisations use the term ‘mandatory training’ as a ‘catch all’ to cover both mandatory and statutory training.

NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers, care homes and other Care Quality Commission regulated organisations have a responsibility to provide various statutory and mandatory training courses and to ensure that their staff attend. Statutory training is required to ensure that the organisation is meeting any legislative duties. On the other hand, mandatory training is an organisational requirement to limit risk and maintain safe working practice.

Why is mandatory training so important?

The purpose of mandatory training is to assist health and social care employees to achieve the high standards expected by the organisation. commissioners, regulators and the general public. Both statutory and mandatory training help to equip health and social care professionals with essential skills and knowledge, awareness of legislative updates, regulatory frameworks and their professional responsibilities. Completion of mandatory/statutory training is an important process for all employees, and is stipulated in their employment contracts.

Statutory and mandatory training frameworks

There are many mandatory training frameworks that guide healthcare and social care providers. Examples of statutory and mandatory training frameworks include Skills for Health’s UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF), the Care Quality Commission inspection standards, NHS resolution risk management standards and NHS commitment to meet the standards for better health. Statutory/mandatory training frameworks vary depending on:

  • Local training needs assessments
  • Needs of the health and social care workforce
  • Risks encountered in the working environment (clinical and non-clinical)
  • Requirements and standards set out by insurers
  • Corporate and clinical governance frameworks
  • UK-wide and country specific requirements
  • Equality and diversity considerations.

What are the benefits of statutory/mandatory training?

General benefits from providing their employees with appropriate statutory and mandatory training include:
  • Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees
  • Increased employee motivation
  • Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
  • Increased innovation in strategies and products.

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