This course includes classroom and online mandatory training courses and qualifications for care home staff. In this context, care home mandatory training covers both residential care home and nursing home training requirements.

Care Home Training

Select from our wide range of mandatory training courses for care homes:

Mandatory training courses for community care providers

Typical beneficiaries of our community care statutory and mandatory training courses include:

Meet statutory, regulatory and professional requirements

Our statutory, mandatory and specialist training courses comply with UK Legislation and recommended practice:

Mandatory training for care homes

Here at The Mandatory Compliance Group, we receive a lot of calls from health and social care providers asking:

  • ‘is there a list of mandatory training courses for health and social care staff?’;
  • ‘is there a CQC list of mandatory training courses for adult social care workers?’;
  • ‘which mandatory training courses should be completed by care home staff?’;
  • ‘is the Care Certificate mandatory for care home staff’?

In this article, we aim to provide answers to these questions and provide guidance regarding care home mandatory training requirements. Firstly, let get things clear, ‘there is no single list from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) stating the mandatory training requirements for care homes and other adult social care providers’.

Please note the guidance we have provided in this article here is for adult social care providers in England. Health and social care providers in the rest of the UK should refer to guidance from relevant bodies in their respective countries as noted above.

What is statutory training for care homes?

Statutory training is the training usually required by law or where a statutory body has instructed an organisation to provide training on the basis of specific legislation, e.g. the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Care homes often describe this as ‘essential training’ or ‘compulsory training’. Statutory training ensures that care home staff have the knowledge to maintain a healthy and safe working environment for themselves, their colleagues and residents within the care home setting.

What is mandatory training for care homes?

In general, mandatory training is the training that a care home determines as essential for safe and efficient practice and in order to reduce organisational risks and comply with policies, government guidelines and regulations.

What is the difference between statutory and mandatory training?

Many people ask us ‘which courses are statutory for care homes’ and ‘what is the difference between mandatory and statutory training for care home staff?’.

Statutory training is required to ensure that the care home is meeting any legislative duties. Mandatory training is an organisational requirement to limit risk and maintain a safe working practice. Each care home has a responsibility to provide various statutory and mandatory training and to ensure that all care home staff attend or complete appropriate training courses.

For the purposes of this article, we will use the term ‘mandatory training’ to refer to both statutory and mandatory training in the context of care homes in England.

Which training courses are mandatory for care homes?

Care home mandatory training is the training that adult social care providers provide their staff to meet both statutory and regulatory requirements, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, local authority requirements, service commissioners’ requirements and any other directives from the Care Quality Commission.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, all care organisations have a legal responsibility to provide care staff with health and safety awareness training, including risk assessments and fire safety.  Other mandatory training courses for care staff include manual handling of objects, moving and handling of people. In addition, care staff and catering staff involved with the preparation and serving of food to residents and service users should also complete appropriate food safety and food hygiene courses as part of their mandatory training.

The table below highlights the main training modules that are recognised as mandatory for care homes:

Type of Training Requirement Source for Mandatory Training
Health and Safety at Work Statutory requirement (Health & Safety at Work Act 1974)
Fire Safety/Fire Warden/Fire Marshal Statutory requirement (Health & Safety at Work Act 1974)
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Human Rights Act 1998
Equality Act 2010
Infection Prevention and Control Health & Social Care Act 2008:
Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Infection and Related Guidance (Dec 2010)
Manual Handling of Objects + Safe Moving & Handling of People Manual Handling Operations Regulations, 1992 as amended
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999
Safeguarding Adults at Risk Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Safeguarding Children Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Additional care home mandatory training courses

In addition to the core mandatory courses above, care home staff may require the following optional/additional mandatory training modules:

Is the Care Certificate mandatory for care homes?

Many health and social care providers ask ‘is the Care Certificate mandatory for care home staff?’. Despite common misconceptions, the Care Certificate is not a compulsory requirement for health and social care providers. However, the Care Certificate standards are based on the core statutory and mandatory training courses for care organisations and it only makes sense to use it as the basis of induction training and additional mandatory training updates and refresher courses.

The Care Certificate provides all the core skills and knowledge for those who are new to the health and social care sectors and it is recommended that they complete it within the first 12 weeks of employment. Following their training needs assessment, care home providers can determine the Care Certificate courses that are mandatory to ensure that they provide the most optimum services to residents. Skills for Care provide extensive Care Certificate guidance for health and social care providers. Additional information and Care Certificate guidance can be found from Skills for Care, local authorities, Care Quality Commission.

How do I book for care home mandatory training?

The Mandatory Compliance Group offers mandatory training bundles for both the Home Care and Care Home sectors that includes training for all these subjects at discounted prices.

Contact our Support Team to discuss your care home mandatory training requirements.

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