Delivering Excellence Through Assessment

Delivering Excellence Through Assessment. Knowledge plays a fundamental role in competence and we believe that checking knowledge is the starting point for quality care.

20 days after Skills for Care launched the refreshed Common Induction Standards we have uploaded the updated version of our online assessments! I want to extend a big Thank You to the team at http://www.cis-assessment.co.uk/ for all of their effort over the past three weeks.

Over the course of the next two weeks we will be completing the final testing and review process before making them available to all of existing cutomers free of charge.

If you would like to be part of the testing process during the next two weeks please get in touch via the contact us form http://bit.ly/bSXmlm

Please do get in touch if you have any questions and once again a BIG thanks to everyone who has put in the effort since June 10th.

The General Medical Council according BBC 6 O'Clock News is "extremely concerned that there is a gaping hole in procedures and they cannot assess the competence of doctors coming to work here from Europe".

Judith Morris on this evenings news was reporting on the death of David Gray who given a fatal overdose by a german doctor who has today been struck off at a GMC hearing.

Andrew Lansley the Heath Secretary also said he would be "working closely with the GMC to ensure that foreign health workers are not allowed to practice unless they have proven their competence and language skills."

Perhaps someone could give him our number?

Eileen Munro has been asked by Michael Gove (Education Secretary) to "cut red tape, improve IT and build confidence" according to Community Care. http://bit.ly/b9RwDa

Furthermore to look closely at the Hackney Model of Social Work, which interestingly is one of the London Boroughs that use our online assessments to support the Supervising Social Workers that work with their Foster Carers.

In addition the Community Care article states "Another area Munro and her panel will examine is how IT systems can "contribute to strengthening good practice." CIS Assessments online assessments used in Hackney and many other Local Authorities across the country are used to ensure that staff have the knowledge required to do their job safely and knowledge in our opinion os the foundation of good practice.

Does any one have Eileen's email address?

I have just listened to the Radio 4 You and Yours program from Monday of this week, which is available at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00slb6n

Pamela Wells shared her experiences of the abuse and neglect that her husband faced over a 2 year period in a care home along with similar experiences that other people have shared with her since. Pamela has weritten a 17 page report about her experience which is available to download at: http://bit.ly/aJZUs7

What puzzles me is that these are all things that should never have happened if staff had been properly supervised, selected and trained; maybe the new Common Induction Standards will bring some focus to these issues when they are released tomorrow.

Perhaps the new CQC quality ratings that Amanda Sherlock describes in the Radio 4 interview will also have some impact, because they are going to focus on what individuals in care actually experience. I also thought Amanda's comment that "we need to raise expectations" was interesting, does this mean that CQC are going to be more rigourous in their inspection regimen?
From what Skills for Care say in their Refreshed Common Induction Standards document: The CQC Essential Standards of Quality and Safety highlight the importance and value of strong and comprehensive induction and they will need to be assured that all new staff have undergone a thorough induction process. You never know!

Later this week we will start work on the NEW Common Induction Standards, when Skills for Care release the Standards on Thursday.

Over the past few weeks we have been preparing revised versions of our workbook and the assessments in readiness for the changes, so we hope to have the new assessments and workbook available very soon.

All of our existing customers will receive a copy of the workbook FREE of charge and we are looking forward to working with Skills for Berkshire who are going to review it along with the Berkshire Local Authorities.

Please visit the blog or the news page for further updates over the coming days.

Please also see the previous blog / news item entitled "Do more with less", which is also related to the Common Induction Standards.

What a fantastic blog from Community Care! http://bit.ly/bSS8nU

In an era of budget cuts organisations will need to evidence "the cost-effectiveness of social care interventions and this will be a key task if the sector is to fight for and keep funding in the coming months."

Over the past four years we have helped our customers to do exactly this, evidence that training, coaching, e-learning or any intervention is having the required effect - ie knowledge and an impact on outcomes for the people who access services.

Furthermore, using onlione assessment also enables organisations to measure the effectiveness of training and evidence whether or not the intervention has been successful, or if it was even required in the first place.

Check back next week for more announcements after the release of the refreshed Common Induction Standards or visit the website www.cis-assessment.co.uk

Skills for Care have recently confirmed that the release date for the New Common Induction Standards will be June 10th - next Thursday!

The Standards have changed quite dramatically since the draft standards and so will require some work in order to map across from the existing 6 standards, however Skills for Care have confirmed again that there will be 8 standards, but they still need to be completed in 12 weeks.

www.skillsforcare.org.uk/cis

Please check back for more information after June 10th or visit www.cis-assessment.co.uk

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