Social Care Worker PRTL

Social care workers are normally registered for a five-year registration period. During that time, they must complete 90 hours of PRTL -  study, training, courses, seminars, reading, teaching or other activities which could reasonably be expected to advance their professional development, or contribute to the development of the profession as a whole.


NISCC PRTL Requirements and the Continuous Learning and Development Standards for Social Care Workers

  • The PRTL Requirements are about your learning and development and how you plan, record and account for this to NISCC.
  • The Continuous Learning and Development Standards are about what you need to know to do your job effectively. Your training plan should take these Standards into account.

Social care workers are required to focus their PRTL on the five core Continuous Learning and Development Standards

PRTL requirements to maintain registration will vary according to job role.  Social care worker's role is to provide service users with direct personal care and practical support. Click on the headings below to find out about the Continuous Learning and Development Standard required for a social care worker role.  The full PRTL Standards document is available to download from the resources at the bottom of the page.

The service provided by the registrant is underpinned by the quality of interaction and engagement with service users, carers and families and involves applying key values such as dignity, respect, independence, rights, choice and safety. This requires the registrant to be honest, reliable and accountable for the care they provide. The registrant must demonstrate and apply understanding of the principles of care as appropriate to his/her practice, taking account of the work context and job role. This will include adherence to the NISCC Standards of Conduct and Practice and the values outlined in the Quality Standards for Health and Social Care (DHSSPS 2006).

The registrant must understand different forms of abuse, the signs and symptoms of abuse and have an awareness of when individuals are or might be vulnerable to abuse. Within the context of the service user group, job role and work context, the registrant should understand his/her particular responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and know how and when to act appropriately, including reporting to a senior colleague.

The registrant must know how person centred care is informed by appropriate levels and methods of communication, which can include written, verbal or other creative approaches. Within the context of his/her particular responsibilities, job role and work context, the registrant should communicate in a timely and effective way with users, carers, families and colleagues and be able to maintain or update relevant written records to support communication.

The registrant must have skills, knowledge and understanding specific to the needs of the service user group, job role and work context. Depending on the level of responsibility and accountability for the service, direct skills and knowledge should reflect the individual registrant’s specific role to provide a high quality personal care or social care service for users, carers and families.

The registrant must have knowledge and understanding of the health and safety issues relevant to the context and job role and to undertake work with service users, carers and families without causing risk of injury or harm to self or others. The registrant should understand his/her particular health and safety responsibilities and where relevant, those of other disciplines, and know how to act appropriately within the boundaries of own job role. Compliance with mandatory health and safety training which assists organisations to meet DHSSPS legislative requirements and minimum standards against which they are regulated is essential. This training is detailed in the Guidance for Mandatory Training in Regulated Settings (RQIA) 2010.

There are supplementary standards for senior care workers and other managers. They are intended to support high quality service delivery, governance and performance management. They also link with priorities within the PSS Development and Training Strategy (DHSSPS) 2006-2016, the Quality Standards for the Health and Personal Services (DHSSPS 2006) and the minimum care standards for regulated settings.

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