Next phase of reviewing Health, Social Care and Childcare qualifications starts

This consultation has now closed.

To view the report, click here.

Qualifications Wales has launched the next stage of its review to overhaul qualifications in the key health and social care sector.The independent regulator published its report in July, identifying issues surrounding complexity and lack of consistency in the current system.

As a result, it recommended the introduction of a new suite of qualifications for the sector, covering health and social care, childcare, playwork and the management of care.

Qualifications Wales has now started a consultation exercise to seek views on the potential introduction of controls which would see only one approved version of each qualification permitted for use on funded programmes of learning in Wales. Under this system, awarding bodies would be able to compete to develop and deliver unique new qualifications to meet the needs of learners in Wales.

Awarding bodies, learning providers and any other interested parties are invited to consider the consultation document and feedback their views.

Cassy Taylor, Associate Director for Vocational Qualifications, said: “We’re pleased to start the next phase of work in the Health and Social Care sector. It is one of the largest employment sectors in Wales and affects so many people in our society.

“We welcome all responses to the consultation which sets out our views on how we can secure the best new qualifications for learners in Wales. Further information is available on our website, where we explain the options in detail and why we favour this approach.”

The consultation launched on 1 September and closed on 5 October at 6pm.

Please find the consultation here.