The latest training scheme will start in March 2015 in England for care workers staff including health care assistants (HCA’s) in hospitals, care homes and domiciliary carers who look after people in their own homes.
The new care training, which will include infection control, dementia care and patient dignity, will have a bearing on migrant workers who are helping to keep the staff-strapped service going.
Those who work in the private care sector are already trained in care: Common Induction, Mandatory CPD as well as the recently revamped NVQ now called QCF courses, which lead to an award, certificate or diploma in health and social care.
Students can also do a fully funded, free, Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care and be paid whilst studying - 'earn while you learn!
The government's reaction follows an independent review, in the wake of the NHS Stafford Hospital Scandal, which highlighted inconsistencies in training. Unlike the private sector, the NHS has never had to implement compulsory NVQ training for its care worker.
Care minister Norman Lamb said it was "essential that we drive up standards", adding: "There's lots of great care out there but there are too many cases of care falling down."
Last week we saw the shocking report of elderly patients being physically and verbally abused by carers. The government wants to be seen to be clamping down on such abuse, even if such incidents are rare in an industry which employs hundreds of thousands of care workers.
Care agencies, such as Concept Care Solutions and Dolphin Care are recruiting nurses and care workers to fill vacancies.
Right now they need health care assistants for NHS jobs paying up to £18 per hour, care workers for learning disability homes, RGN nurses and allied health professionals - email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.