Domiciliary Care – Mandatory Training for Domiciliary Care.
What is Domiciliary Care?
Domiciliary care is provided to people who still live in their own homes but who require additional support with household tasks, personal care or any other activity that allows them to maintain their independence and quality of life.
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.
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Here at Mandatory Compliance, we receive many questions about Domiciliary Care training. We have provided answers to the most frequently asked questions about Domiciliary Care training.
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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.
Domiciliary care providers 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 domiciliary care setting.
In general, mandatory training is the training that a domiciliary care provider determines as essential for safe and efficient practice and in order to reduce organisational risks and comply with policies, government guidelines and regulations.
Many people ask us ‘which courses are statutory for home care’ and ‘what is the difference between mandatory and statutory training for domiciliary care staff?’.
Statutory training is required to ensure that the homecare providers are 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 domiciliary care 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.
Our statutory, mandatory and specialist training courses comply with UK Legislation and recommended practice:
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)|
- Food Hygiene/Food Safety
- Complaints Handling
- Information Governance (Data Handling/Data Security Awareness/GDPR)
- Lone Working Awareness
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations
- Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
- Awareness of Mental Health Conditions
- Dementia Awareness
- Learning Disability Awareness
- Mental Capacity Act (MCA)
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
- Managing Violence and Aggression (e.g. PMVA/MVA/MAPA for those working in mental health settings)
- Documentation and Record Keeping
- Care Certificate.
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.