There are well over 22 million people aged 50 and over, a third of the total UK population. About 10.8 million of those are over the age of 65. There are now more people in the UK aged 60 and above than there are under 18. This brings along its own set of challenges with an estimated 700,000 dementia patients expected to double in the next decade.
In this sector there is a set National Minimum Training Standards for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. These are as follows;
- Healthcare Support Worker (including an Assistant Practitioner) in England who reports to a registered nurse or midwife; Healthcare Support Workers reporting to other healthcare professionals are not currently included.
- Adult Social Care Worker in England; This could either be in an independent capacity (for example, as a Personal Assistant); for a residential care provider; or as a supported living, day support or domiciliary care worker. The Code does not apply to Social Work Assistants.
The standards do not seek to set out competences for workers, but correspond to the underpinning knowledge within the core competences for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. The aim of having such standards is so that;
- Workers in the sector understand their roles
- Understand their relationship with others
- Work in ways that have been agreed with their employer and
- Work in partnership with others
We at Global Skills particularly pride ourselves in our ability, resources and experience in delivering courses targeting this sector. Over the years we have nurtured relationships with leading employers within the industry thereby enabling learners to connect with employers to pursue their dream careers.