New guidance released on CSTF mandatory training during Covid-19

New guidance released by Skills for Health and Health Education England following a review of the minimum requirements for statutory and mandatory training during the Covid-19, has identified that four key subject matters should be focused on to ensure training is maintained for frontline workers.

Skills for Health have been working closely with Health Education England to review the most critical training needs based on the Core Skills Training Framework. It is vital that frontline staff focus on critical training to help fight the virus and save lives.

Staff returning to the NHS

Staff who have left the NHS and are now returning to practice to support the management of Covid-19 cases, should undertake four statutory/mandatory e-learning modules as part of the induction to their role, prior to starting in post:

  1. Health, Safety and Welfare
  2. Fire Safety
  3. Infection Prevention and Control – Level 2
  4. Resuscitation – Level 2

We’ve created a dedicated elearning bundle on the Skills Platform to help fight Coronavirus. You can access it by clicking the button below.

This bundle includes the above four CSTF training modules, plus the free Skills For Health Covid-19 Awareness course.

Core Skills Training Framework

The Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF), launched in 2013 by Skills for Health, aims to enable consistency by providing guidance on minimum standards, including refresher periods, of required core statutory and mandatory education and training and is used widely across the NHS.

Whilst the other training standards in the CSTF are important, if it’s not possible to do all 11 training in the framework, then new staff or those returning to the frontline should focus on these 4 core subjects, during the crisis.

To review the new guidance from Skills for Health and HEE, please click here.


For all COVID-19 related courses available via the Skills Platform, please click here

This post was last modified on 29 March 2021

Tags: COVID-19

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