Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings visited The Christie on Friday 27th March to present certificates and badges to nursing staff who qualified for the Christie Care Certificate. This is the specialist cancer centre's training standard which meets all of the requirements set out in the national Care Certificate (officially launched earlier this month) as well as encompassing Christie specific criteria.

Health Education England (HEE), Skills for Care and Skills for Health worked together to develop the Care Certificate, which every new healthcare support worker (HCSW) nationally must undertake from 1st April 2015. It will replace the Common Induction Standards and the National Minimum Training to meet the essential standards set out by the care quality commission.

Jackie Bird, Executive Director of nursing & quality at The Christie, said: "We took part in a steering group for the Care Certificate with Health Education North West in June last year. As part of this, we agreed on the national standards but identified areas where we felt there were gaps relating to the specialist care we provide at The Christie. We added six further standards to it to create The Christie Care Certificate, ensuring that we deliver the best possible care to our cancer patients.

We were honoured to welcome Jane Cummings to the Trust to present these certificates to staff. I am immensely proud that we already have staff achieving the national standard of care here at The Christie. All new HCSWs will undertake the Christie Care Certificate and all existing staff will be given training to ensure their skills are updated to meet this level.

The national Care Certificate provides clear evidence to any employer, patient or individual receiving care and support, that the health or social care worker looking after them has been trained to a set of standards. It gives them confidence that they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate and high quality care and support. The Christie Care Certificate provides all of this plus the additional essential standards of care required by Christie patients including; personal care, specimen collection, weighing, measuring and urine testing, blood glucose monitoring, recording vital signs and blood sampling.

During her visit to the Trust Jane Cummings also took part in a number of Q & A sessions following presentations from Christie nursing staff on education, research and specialist care including dementia at The Christie.