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Care home training standards 'must be maintained'

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Proposals to remove minimum training standards for care home staff must be reversed, according to the union UNISON.

At present, care homes and care providers have to train at least 50% of their staff to NVQ Level 2.

However, the new super-regulator the Care Quality Commission is currently consulting on plans to remove this minimum training requirement, leaving companies to set their own standards for training.

UNISON has warned that cutting minimum training standards could leave people with a lower standard of care.

Helga Pile, UNISON national officer for social care, said: “If the care regulator doesn’t require companies to train their staff, it is likely they will make cutbacks to save cash.

“At a time when children’s social care is moving to level 3, removing the minimum qualification level for workers in adult care services will be a huge backwards step,” she added.

“We should be working towards higher standards of fully accredited training, with time off for staff to get their qualifications,” said Ms Pile. “People who depend on these services will pick up the bill if they end up with lower quality care.”

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  • quality should be standardised across the country for once and for all and appropriate training and qualifications are essential to attain this with regular controls. it is only then that the elderly will get the care they deserve and get what they are paying for.

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