Posted on November 20, 2013

Campaign for registration of carers

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a campaign to encourage the registration of care at home and other health care workers. The campaign, which is named Be Sure, is designed to offer advice to families with relatives receiving domiciliary home care or who have moved into residential care homes with regard to checking the registration of care professionals.  The campaign includes a short film that has been scripted to show the potential dangers of using care workers that are not registered with the local council. The chair of the HCPC, Anna van der Gaag, has noted that the vast majority of people currently working as carers are doing so safely, with the right qualifications and registrations; however, there are some working as carers and health care professionals who have not registered with the local council.  This gives the patients little redress in the event of a problem.  If a worker is registered but is not working to the required standards then action can be taken.  The organisation is also able to take action if a carer states that they have the required registration when they do not. The importance of checking the register of carers and health care workers is being promoted through the campaign.  Those who have concerns can visit the website of the HCPC and search for the relevant registrations.  The organisation has plans to show the film and promote the campaign at the Birmingham Care Show, which is to take place on 12th and 13th November.
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