Whilst the Care Certificate is the national minimum standard of competence, it is sometimes difficult for an employer to know whether they should recognise a care certificate issued elsewhere, as there is no common standard or measure applied to those who issue the award. 

South Yorkshire Region Education and Careers (SYREC) aims to provide a degree of assurance across the health and social care sector by maintaining a list of approved awarders. Those appearing on the list are able to demonstrate that they support staff to develop in a structured manner. 

What is an Approved Awarder 

Simply put, an approved awarder is an organisation that issues Care Certificates that other organisations can be confident of.  This is because they have shown that they have structured systems for training, development, support, and assessment of learners. An approved awarder is, therefore, able to demonstrate quality in their processes, giving their staff, other organisations and themselves confidence that those achieving the Care Certificate are able to satisfy the standards of the award. 

Why is this important?

Approved Awarders demonstrate that their staff are well trained and competent and so able to provide high quality care and support. The benefits include appearing on the list of SYREC Approved Awarders that will not only promote employers as examples of good employment practice, it will also be evidence to CQC and contractual partners that staff training commitments are addressed. 

As it is also important to be as efficient as possible, assurance that employees have been trained effectively supports employers to reduce costs and training workload by reducing unnecessary repetition of training. Where all partners in the wider Health and Social Care arena work together, efficiencies can be achieved whilst quality is maintained. 

Additional benefits include: 

  • Raises the profile of your business as a person centred organisation for both the staff it employs and the people it supports 
  • Quality assurance re learning and development in place for employees both new to care and existing staff 
  • Reflective tool to help you scrutinise processes and practice re induction and ongoing learning and development 
  • Improves staff morale – a caring organisation 
  • Will ultimately save time with induction if more providers were on board and quality marked as a trusted assessing organisation

List of approved Awarders

Title of Organisation

Contact

Date of submission

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Name: Brian Burke

Job Title: Learning and Development Manager

Email: brian.burke1@nhs.net

August 2021

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Name of contact: Vicky Waller              

Organisational address: Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2EP

Telephone number:01226 432157

Email: Victoria.waller@nhs.net

August 2021

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

 

Name: Stephanie Allen

Organisational address: Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust,Fulwood House, Old Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S103TH

Telephone number: 01142263111

Email: stephanie.allen@shsc.nhs.uk

August 2021

Vida Healthcare

Name: Victoria Hull, Senior Accredited Learning Officer

Email: vhull@vidahealthcare.co.uk

October 2021

Doncaster Council

Name Gill Adams, Senior Accredited Learning Officer

Email: gilladams@doncaster.gov.uk

October 2021

 

How does my organisation become an Approved Awarder?

Simply complete the questionnaire and send it to us at the address included. The SYREC Care Certificate working group meets 3-4 times per year. Amongst other things, we review submissions from organisations, where necessary seek clarification, and maintain the list of approved awarders. Once your submission has been accepted, your organisation will be added.

Update of approval status

At present, there is no time limit for how long Approved Awarder status will last, although this is under review. 

SYREC Care Certificate Approved Awarder Logo

You can download a copy of the SYREC Care Certificate Approved Awarder Logo here.

Example of Certificate 

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