Effective workplace assessment

Effective workplace assessment in adult social care

There is a variety of practice among social care employers in assessing their workers’ competence.

Both concern for the quality of care delivered, and the introduction of the Care Certificate last year mean that managers need to assure themselves about the quality of their worker assessment processes.

Why assess your workers?

Many adult social care employees have to work outside of the direct line of sight of more senior workers and so an assessment of competence is essential to know that they can deliver safe and effective care. Assessment is also used to ensure that workers have met parts of the Care Certificate.

Training alone does not guarantee that a worker understands what was taught and the standards of care that must be delivered. Every employer has a responsibility to assess competence rather than merely assume that learning will be applied.

How can Skills for Care help?

We have developed guide which covers all you need to know about workplace assessment such as:

  • What is assessment? 
  • What does an assessment look like?
  • Different ways to assess
  • The role of the assessor
  • Assessing the Care Certificate
  •  Occupational competence 
  • Assessing knowledge and competence 
  • Assessing in homecare 
  • Holistic assessment 
  • Providing feedback 
  • Observing personal care 
  • Sign off
  • Evidence and record keeping

The Effective workforce assessment guide is available from our bookshop for £20. Visit our bookshop today to get your copy.

Effective workplace assessment summary 

Our free guide gives a summary of how you can start to enforce and practice effective workplace assessment. It also gives further insight of what is in the main guide.