Care home staff 'made to train'

Care home staff will have to undergo compulsory training under Government plans to protect the elderly, Health Minister Norman Lamb has told The Daily Telegraph, in the wake of a number of scandals over pensioner neglect.

Age UK welcomes plan for compulsory care training

The charity Age UK wants the enforced care worker training to teach staff how to notify authorities about suspected abuse or the poor treatment of the elderly by colleagues.

We also need to make sure that staff with the right values are recruited into caring roles and that they remain supported by a system that values and rewards the important work they do.

– Age UK's Michelle Mitchell

The push for training comes after a series of scandals in which elderly and disabled adults have been mistreated in NHS hospitals and private care homes.

Read: Call for "zero tolerance" on poor care after Mid Staffs scandal.

Read: Government plans to stop a repeat of Winterbourne View abuse scandal.

Lamb demands 'clear standards' for care home training

Health Minister Norman Lambhas told The Daily Telegraph it is not acceptable that there are no “clear standards of the training that must happen in a care home”.

He told the newspaper:

I would not want a loved one of mine - or indeed myself - to be cared for by someone who has no training.

Criminal prosecutions must follow in the "most outrageous" cases of abuse but reforms are needed to improve the quality of care more widely in nursing homes and in pensioners' own homes, he said.

The Liberal Democrat minister said the new regime must not create “a tick box” culture, adding: “But the bottom line is, I don’t want a loved one being looked after by someone who has really no idea what they are doing.”

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Report: Compulsory training for care home staff

National minimum standards are expected to be created to protect nursing home residents. Credit: ITV News

Care home staff will be made to undergo compulsory training under Government plans to protect the elderly in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

Health Minister Norman Lamb told the newspaper the lack of basic requirements for training care workers was leaving pensioners in the hands of staff who have "no idea what they are doing".

Proposals expected in weeks will suggest national minimum standards for preparing new recruits to work in nursing homes, according to the report.

Carers who help with tasks like washing and dressing elderly people in their own homes will also apparently be required to complete the training.

Read: Call for "zero tolerance" on poor care after Mid Staffs scandal.

Read: Government plans to stop a repeat of Winterbourne View abuse scandal.