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Why a good induction programme sets up carers with the skills needed to thrive in social care


Providing Care Employees with the skills they need to succeed is crucial and begins from day one.

TheChartered Institute of Personnel and Development, highlights the link between a new hire’s integration owing to a sound induction which is directly linked to an organisation’s values, policies and expectations.

An effective induction should make a new hire feel more comfortable, by providing clear expectations of their role and the organisation’s way of working It is fundamental to support new their understanding of how their role fits within the larger team.

How to Create Induction Training

1. Review the legislative and regulation requirements

It is essential that all employees understand their role and responsibilities under current legislation and regulations, as well as supporting guidance from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Fundamental Standards and Skills for Care Core and Mandatory Training. Training staff in these topics is essential for maintaining compliance, but it will also help staff to understand the requirements of the services they deliver and the support available to them, for them to fulfill the expectations of their role.

2. Consider your organisation’s strategic plan

Knowing what courses will meet your specific organisational needs requires some analysis. Before creating an induction plan for new staff, review your current organisational strategic plans. These plans should identify what the priorities are for your organisation, where to focus resources to strengthen operations and improve services and identify agreed outcomes or common goals. Your organisation will have core values and a statement of purpose that should underpin your training decisions, to ensure that values are aligned and everyone is working towards the same objectives.

3. Tailor the training to the specific role

There are some general topics that will apply to every new staff member, regardless of their role; however, there may also be role-specific training that will be required. For example, a kitchen assistant may be required to complete Food Safety training, whereas a care worker may be required to complete more care-related topics, such as Assisting a Person to Shower. Consider the role and responsibilities of each new staff member, and tailor the training accordingly.

 How Altura Learning can support you

Altura Learning has created a Residential and Home Care Mandatory and Orientation Course Suggestion Guide, you can download, to help choose the right courses for your induction and orientation training.

For more information, visit Altura Learning’s website or email


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