Hospices become Registered Training Organisations

Categories: Education.

The organisations will now appear on the national register called ROTO (Register of Training Organisations). This paves the way for both organisations to expand their developing QCF qualification provision for end of life, dementia and other health and care programmes.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the national credit transfer system for education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. As part of the system, students study a number of units which build up to a vocational qualification – either an award, certificate and diploma.

ROTO is an important step in continuing the work with further education colleges that has begun with South Staffordshire and Bromley College.

This good news comes hot on the heels of winning a joint bid from Skills for Care to provide vocational qualifications free of charge for health and social care staff in each hospice region. The vocational training and qualifications being run jointly from September 2013 to March 2014 are as follows:

  • Level 2 and 3 Awards in understanding end of life care.
  • Level 3 Certificate in working in end of life care.
  • Level 5 Certificate in managing end of life care and significant events.

St Giles Hospice and St Christopher’s Hospice are working together to bring these new vocational education programmes to the staff in their local care homes, care agencies and NHS trusts.

Sally Garbett, education projects manager at St Giles Education and Skills, said: “The teams at both hospices are delighted to have met the national training organisation standards. This opens the doors for us to develop our collaborative relationship with our local colleges. The funds secured from Skills for Care will enable us to run high quality vocational training, giving qualifications to local health and social care employees free of charge. This will help drive up the quality of end of life care, meeting many of the recommendations of the recent Cavendish Review in which we were involved.”

Both hospices have already delivered vocational qualifications this summer for 17 to 19 year olds interested in a career in care and St Giles Education and Skills has run pre-employment training for staff who have subsequently started work for The St Giles Care Agency.

For more information contact Dion Bachmann, education business manager, St Christopher’s Hospice, on 020 8768 4659 or email d.bachmann@stchristophers.org.uk

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