Effective workplace assessment

Effective workplace assessment in adult social care

There are a variety of skills assessment practices across adult social care employers. Managers need to ensure the quality of their assessment processes in order to ensure that workers are competent and quality care is provided.

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 knowledge and competence rather than merely assume that learning will be applied.

How can Skills for Care help?

We've developed a 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.