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28 Sep

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For some health and social care providers, training can feel like a minefield.

The fact is, there is no set list of training that every organisation must provide for their teams.

Each service is individual, and it’s the people supported and their needs that will dictate what training staff should have.

There is also the consideration of who needs what. So, which members of staff should go on each course, and what level they need to be trained to.

The goal is that every member of staff is sufficiently trained to be confident to perform in their role. Ultimately, this will result in providing the best possible standards of care for the people they support.

Training shouldn’t be a one-off event either. It needs to be regularly updated with refresher training and monitored during supervisions.


So what kind of training do care providers need to consider?

Of course, there will be some training that most likely will feature on every care provider’s agenda. The mandatory elements like induction training and the Care Certificate, safeguarding and manual handling. In addition, services with contracts with their local authority will have prescribed courses to cover, either run by the council or advised to have in place with their own choice of training provider.

Interestingly, Safeguarding, Dementia, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are the main areas of concern in training across the board according to recent studies by Community Care.

The focus for care providers should always be ensuring that training is service specific and person centred.

The options for providers vary, but bespoke in-house, face to face courses are highly effective and the most common type of training in this industry.


Essential Training Checklist

A great training provider’s aim is to help Managers and Owners of health and social care services by taking away any stress or confusion with training.

Here’s a handy checklist of training courses to consider. It’s worth noting, that this list is not exhaustive – but could help to make a start on assessing what you have got in place and what you may need to get in place.








The Care Certificate – up to 24 people 5 days
Autism 3 hours
Acquired Brain Injury 3 hours
Care Planning 3 hours
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) 3 hours
Dementia 3 hours
Diabetes 3 hours
Diabetes and the administration of Insulin 4 hours
Dysphagia (Swallowing Difficulties) 3 hours
End of Life Care 3 hours
Epilepsy 3 hours
Epilepsy and the administration of Buccal Midazolam 4 hours
Equality and Diversity 3 hours
Fire Safety 3 hours
Fire Safety with Extinguishers 3 hours
Fire Warden with Extinguishers 4 hours
First Aid
Basic Life Support (BLS) 3 hours
CPR & Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (Level 2 Award) – up to 12 people 1 day
Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 3 Award) – up to 12 people 1 day
First Aid at Work (Level 3 Award) – up to 12 people 3 day
First Aid at Work (Annual Refresher) – up to 12 people 3 hours
First Aid at Work (Requalification) – up to 12 people 2 days
Food Safety Awareness 3 hours
Food Safety Level 2 Award 1 day
Food Safety Level 3 Award 3 days
Health & Safety Awareness 3 hours
Infection Control 3 hours
Managing Challenging Behaviour 3 hours
Medication Administration 3 hours
Mental Capacity Act (MCA) & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) 3 hours
Moving and Handling of people and objects 1 day
Moving and Handling of objects 3 hours
Moving and Handling of people and objects (Refresher) 3 hours
Nutrition 3 hours
Parkinson’s Disease 3 hours
Personality Disorder 3 hours
Positive Behaviour Support 3 hours
Pressure Ulcer prevention and management 3 hours
Privacy Dignity and Respect 3 hours
Record Keeping 3 hours
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults 3 hours
Tissue Viability 3 hours
Train the Trainer – Basic Life Support – up to 12 people 2 days
Train the Trainer – Fire Warden – up to 12 people 2 days
Train the Trainer – Moving & Handling – up to 8 people 4 days
Whistleblowing 3 hours
Wound Care and Management 3 hours

For a printable version of the training checklist or for any queries, feel free to get in touch via info@thtrainingsolutions.co.uk

To read more about the Health and Social care courses we deliver at TH Training Solutions check out our page https://thtrainingsolutions.co.uk/health-social-care/