This policy is intended to set out the values, principles and policies underpinning this home’s approach to induction and foundation training for staff




This home understands induction training to refer to the initial training given to new members of staff, to orientate them to the job and the workplace, to get them up and running in their role and to ensure that they are working safely and competently as soon as possible.  The home believes that a planned programme for the induction, training, and development of new staff is essential to ensure good practice and the provision of a high quality service.  The home believes that without induction training, new staff will be unclear as to the home’s objectives and values and the precise natures of their jobs.


The home adheres fully to the National Care Standards on training which requires the registered manager of a home to ensure that residents individual and joint needs are met by appropriately trained staff.  Induction training is an important part of the home’s staff development and training strategy.  Further training is required as the role develops: i.e. on promotion to a senior role. 


The home’s induction programme is developed in accordance with the Common Induction Standards that have been developed by Skills for Care, the national organisation responsible for social care training (or equivalent organisation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).  This means that all new staff will receive induction training within the first 12 weeks of their employment in accordance with the corresponding national occupational standards.  Although a fully encompassing training programme is provided to all staff on commencement of employment, and annually to all staff, it is also the responsibility of the individual staff member to attend all training offered.  These are annually updated to maintain competence for their role.  Full training records are kept and the CQC also inspects the home against these standards.




All new staff receive a structured induction training programme within 12 weeks of their starting, which is based on the Common Induction Standards set by Skills for Care, i.e.


Standard 1                  Role of the Health & Social Care Worker

Standard 2                  Personal Development

Standard 3                  Communicate Effectively

Standard 4                  Equality and Inclusion

Standard 5                  Principles for Implementing Duty of Care

Standard 6                  Principles of Safeguarding in Health & Social Care

Standard 7                  Person Centred Support

Standard 8                  Health & Safety in an Adult Social Care Setting



Induction training will also cover all of the home’s key policies and procedures that relate to service user’s care, welfare, protection and safety and all those that relate to staff Health & Safety as required by the National Standards and Regulations.





These include:


  • Communicable diseases and infection control
  • Confidentiality and disclosure of information
  • Control of exposure to hazardous waste (based on COSHH Regulations)
  • Fire Safety
  • Hygiene and Foods Safety (Food Safety Act 1990 and Regulations 1995)
  • Record keeping and access to files
  • Health & Safety
  • Moving and Handling residents
  • Dealing with accidents and emergencies
  • Responding to abuse (Safeguarding) 


    On appointment, staff will be issued with a copy of the Common Induction Standards and a workbook in which they can record progress.  Progress towards completion will be discussed weekly or no more than fortnightly with a designated supervisor, who will be a senior or experienced staff member.  On completion, the training record will be signed off by the registered manager and the person will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.


    The home has a “Safe to Leave” policy based on CSCI / CQC guidance.  It recognises that staff need close supervision and support throughout the induction period.  Before any new staff member is allowed to work on their own or with relatively inexperienced colleagues, the home carries out a full assessment of their competence to do so, which includes an assessment of any risks arising as a result of their working unsupervised.


    Induction training in the home is the responsibility of:






    Signed:  ____________________________________________________



    Date:  ______________________________________________________



    Policy Review Date:  ___________________________________________





    Use the following frameworks to record evidence of achievements against the Common Induction Standards.  They can be used as working tools to assist completion of the formal workbooks and progress logs produced by Skills for Care.


    A    Has no / little understanding of this element yet


    B    Has achieved partial understanding


    C   Has achieved adequate understanding


    D   Has achieved an excellent understanding