Codes of practice, certification and registration for care workers
Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive and terminal disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.
As MND is a progressive condition, a person’s care needs will greatly increase over time and they will need more support from others, which may include care workers.
This information explains what registrations, memberships and practice may be expected of care workers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Skills for Care introduced the Care Certificate in April 2015. It describes the minimum things workers must know and be able to do.
It is a set of standards that health and social care workers must adhere to in their daily working life. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure new staff successfully complete the Care Certificate. The standards have been designed to give confidence that workers have the introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support. The certificate is intended to form one part of the induction for staff who are employed as:
- health care assistants
- assistant practitioners
- care support workers: this includes adult social care workers giving direct care in residential, nursing homes and hospices, home care workers, domiciliary care staff (known collectively as healthcare support workers (HCSW) or adult social care workers (ASCW)).
To be awarded the certificate, the person must demonstrate they have achieved all of the required competences. The certificate also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct describes how workers should behave.
It states the standard of conduct expected of all healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England. The code outlines the behaviours and attitudes that people who use care and support should expect from those workers signed up to it. The Code of Conduct is voluntary, but is seen as a sign of best practice.
Social Care Wales
This register is intended to ensure that all social workers and social care workers are suitable for work in social care. The following groups of workers must register to practice:
- qualified social workers using the title social worker (Section 111 of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016)
- students studying approved social work degrees in Wales
- residential child care managers and workers
- adult care home managers
- domiciliary care managers.
The register is voluntary for:
- adult care home and domiciliary care workers
Code of Professional Practice in Social Care
The Code of Professional Practice in Social Care is compulsory for those on the Care Council for Wales Register. It is, however, relevant to the whole social care workforce. It sets out an excellent set of principles to abide by.
The new Code of Professional Practice in Social Care was introduced in Wales on 1 July 2015. It empowers the social care workforce to put the wellbeing of individuals at the centre of decisions about their care and support.
Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) Register – Social care workers and managers
NISCC is the regulatory body for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. Registration is compulsory for social care workers in adult residential care homes, nursing homes and residential child care settings. Social care managers in residential care homes, day care settings and domiciliary care settings must also be registered.
There is now a staged plan to register all social care workers who provide care and support for people in their own homes in Northern Ireland. This process of registration is due to complete in December 2016.
NISCC Codes of Practice
All registrants on the Northern Ireland Social Care Council Register must meet the standards within its Codes of Conduct and Practice in order to maintain their registration. The codes set out the necessary behaviours of care workers. Every social care worker and employer should have access to a copy of the codes.