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Although your Summer Break may feel in the distance past I hope it was a good one and you returned to work feeling refreshed and ready for the new academic year?

New Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (Maternity)

Healthcare support staff can work in a variety of different settings within the NHS and private care facilities. The role of the support staff is to provide assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients.

The ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (Maternity) is for those working in a Maternity environment.  They are essential to the delivery of high quality, safe care for women, neonates and families during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period. Their roles are varied depending which maternity setting they work in, but in all areas they are responsible for delivering care under the supervision of registered midwives.

Typical roles include maternal and neonatal observations, effectively responding to emergencies, health promotion and infant feeding support. Their roles and duties are outlined in the Royal College of Midwives Roles and responsibilities of MSWs published in 2016 and more recently and in more depth in the Health Education England MSW Competency, Education and Career development framework.

The content of this qualification also aligns with the knowledge and skills required for the Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard. The content is applicable to the role of Maternity Support.

This qualification is now open for learner registrations and confirms occupational competence in this area.

ABBE Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and CSCS Cards

To achieve a CSCS Green Card, learners are required to achieve the ABBE Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, or equivalent qualification. Once this qualification has been achieved, learners need to achieve the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

Once learners have successfully achieved both components, they can apply to CSCS for a Green Card.

CITB Website Details for the Test are as Follows: About the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test – CITB


ABBE Enquires

Please use the ABBE Enquiries email abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk for the following:

  • EQA reports
  • CRFs
  • Centre applications
  • Additional qualifications
  • General enquiries

This email is always monitored, whereas personal emails may not be monitored if, for example, when someone is on annual leave etc.

 External Quality Assurers (EQA)

ABBE is looking for qualified EQAs in the following areas:

  • Insulation Building Treatments (IBT)
  • Thermography
  • Building Control
  • Town Planning
  • Energy
  • Fire

However, if you are experienced in these areas but are not a qualified EQA you may consider becoming an EQA.  If so, ABBE work with a centre to offer the Assessor, IQA and EQA qualifications, for more details on the qualification and costs please contact:


  Learner registrations

This is a reminder that all learners MUST be registered for their qualification as soon as they begin their training.

We have received a number of CRF requests for learners that have been registered for the qualification on the same day, or only a few days before the CRF claim is made by the centre. If the learner registration and the CRF claim are within short proximity, we will be unable to process the CRF.  All learner registrations must be paid before we will process CRFs and issue hard copy certificates.

As part of the centre agreement, all centres have agreed to register learners for their qualifications as soon as they begin training.

When you complete the registration spreadsheet, Column H, Registration Date, MUST be completed with the date that you are uploading the spreadsheet onto Parnassus.  We will check all submissions and will delete any files that do not meet these criteria.  We will notify you of all files that we have deleted.  These will then require a new upload causing delays to the registration and certification of your learners.

We recognise that there are some training courses that only take place over one day only; learners on these training courses should be registered on the day of the training programme and the spreadsheet uploaded on that day.

Please note: It is very important to register a learner using their full name, the one which appears on their ID e.g. Passport, Driving Licence etc. as this will ensure that their certificate is printed with the correct name.

This is even more important when using Pearson Vue centres or OnVue remote invigilation as their ID will be checked against the name they have registered under.  If their ID and registered name do not match this will cause problems and stop them from registering for their examination.

 ABBEs Fees

In the light of COVID we will not be increasing our fees again this year (1 August 2021 – 31 July 2022).  We recognise that the last 12 months has been very difficult of all concerned and so want to help with recovery by not increasing our fees and by still offering our high level of customer service.

News from FE Week ……..

Spending review: FE budget fears as departments asked to find ‘at least’ 5% savings

The Department for Education has been asked to find savings of “at least” 5 per cent, leaving it facing cuts that could amount to £4.5 billion and prompting fears of an impact on FE budgets.

The Treasury announced this week that the spending review, a plan for public spending over the next three years, will accompany the autumn budget on October 27 this year.

Ministers have announced plans to increase funding for health and social care in the wake of the pandemic by raising national insurance contributions, but are looking to find savings elsewhere.  Click here to read the full article.

ESFA opens up claims against AEB clawback

Colleges facing adult education budget clawback have four weeks to make their case to keep the unused cash.

Six months after announcing the controversial 90 per cent threshold for 2020/21 adult education budget reconciliation, the Education and Skills Funding Agency are from today open to receive business cases from affected colleges.

To be eligible, colleges must have delivered less than 90 per cent of their adult education budget allocation for 2020/21 and must explain why meeting the threshold was not possible in their local area.

HSE respiratory health inspection initiative for the construction sector

Site inspections across Great Britain throughout October 2021

This year HSE is focusing on the respiratory risks to construction workers from exposure to dust. Every week, workers develop lung diseases that can be severe and cause an early death.

Find out about the risks and how to protect your long-term health.


You have a legal responsibility to protect workers and if you do not do this adequately, you put yourself and your business at risk.

Construction workers:

Don’t gamble with your future health by taking unnecessary risks today.

Small builders:

Plan jobs to eliminate the risks from dust where you can. Otherwise, use measures to control dust and minimise the risk to yourself and others.


Find out your rights, roles & responsibilities

I want to find out how to stay safe and keep my workers safe

  • The inspection initiative will run from Monday 4 – Friday 29 October, 2021.
  • The purpose of this initiative is twofold:(i) To support HSE’s continuing strategy to improve the health of construction workers.
    (ii) To support industry by raising awareness of health issues in relation to dust exposure.

 Further information

  • This is not a one-off initiative but is part of HSE’s wider-phased, strategic plan developed to improve health within the construction industry.
  • The Health in Construction Leadership Council (HCLG) and Tier 1 industry contractors continue to support HSE’s long-standing commitment to improve health in the construction industry. HCLG is carrying out a parallel and complementary lung health initiative amongst its members, with extensive site visits throughout October to assess measures in place to protect workers from the respiratory risks from exposure to dust. Shared insights will provide HSE with a wider dataset to evaluate ongoing practices across industry and help inform the way HSE delivers future sector health initiatives.

For more information, view HSE’s press release

Good ventilation in the workplace can help reduce the spread of coronavirus

HSE is supporting businesses to reduce the risk of coronavirus as more people return to the workplace.

Alongside cleaning, hygiene and handwashing, good ventilation is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.

As coronavirus spreads through the air, the virus can build up in poorly ventilated areas, increasing the risk of infection. It is a legal requirement for employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace.

Maximising the fresh air in a space can be done by:

  • natural ventilation which relies on passive air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened
  • mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts to bring in fresh air from outside, or
  • a combination of natural and mechanical ventilation

Our updated guidance looks at how to identify poorly ventilated areas and steps you can take to improve ventilation. It includes a video to help you.

To support businesses further in understanding the working safely guidance and how to implement COVID measures, HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections by calling, visiting and inspecting all types of businesses.

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus web pages.

Customer Contacts

As always, please feel free to send the ABBE Newsletter to any colleagues in your business who you think would benefit from this information. Alternatively please contact us on abbeenquries@bcu.ac.uk with your email details in order for us to add them to our distribution list.

Many Thanks

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