National minimum training standards and code of conduct

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The Department of Health (DH) commissioned Skills for Care and Skills for Health to develop a Code of Conduct and national minimum training standards for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England. Following extensive consultation with employers, these were published in 2013.

Skills for Care is working with the DH to clarify how they will be taken forward.

For now, employers are advised to continue to use the Common Induction Standards, which directly relate to the National Minimum Training Standards, and to continue with the existing qualifications, in particular the diplomas' in health and social care that signify occupational competence in a role.

In the DH response to Cavendish and Francis published in November 2013, the Code of Conduct is acknowledged. It highlights that Skills for Care and Skills for Health will review the code to ensure the language is readily understood and that there is synergy with the Social Care Commitment.

We expect to share further information through our enews during 2014 once decisions have been made. 


The Code of Conduct describes the standards of conduct, behaviour and attitudes that the public and the people who need healthcare, care and support should expect of workers providing this care and support.  

Code of Conduct

The National Minimum Training Standards define the minimum knowledge workers must have, irrespective of individual job role. 

National minimum training standards

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