Negative register of Adult Care Staff
- 10 Dec
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has confirmed it will push ahead with introducing a "negative registration" for social care workers in England.
The HCPC has produced a policy statement confirming that it will move ahead with its plans to regulate care workers in England, subject to government approval.
Since the Winterbourne View case has highlighted a forgotten area of redulated monitoring for vulnerable people, a way to regulate poor care has been at the forefront of the government's priorities to prevent abuse in circumstances such as this.
The social work regulator has published a policy statement setting out its intentions and proposals for regulating the adult social care workforce in England.
The proposal aims are:
- To enhance public protection through a proportionate, targeted and cost-effective approach to regulation of this workforce.
- To support the delivery of high quality services in the care sector and the responsibility of individuals and organisations for those services.
- To complement other ‘sector-led' initiatives aimed at assuring and improving quality.
If the proposals are approved by government, a national code of conduct would be applied to workforce and the HCPC would consider serious complaints made about individual professionals; any decisions to uphold a complaint would be made public, as would the resulting sanction.
Social workers are qualified professionals registered with their respective regulator in each of the four countries (including the HCPC in England). Social care workers are currently unregulated in England and include a wide range of individuals working in social care, including staff who work in residential care homes and those who provide domiciliary care.
A "negative register" would be maintained of those found unfit to practise.
This follows a new consultation set up by Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister, which will go on for 12 weeks, to monitor the finances of large care companies. It intends to set up a red flag system to spot early warnings for when a care company is beginning to fail, so that those in care will not be affected and the quality of care will not suffer.
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