Posted on September 25, 2013

'Social care commitment' for those in the care industry

Plans to have those in the care industry sign up to a 'social care commitment' have been met with approval by a number of organisations and bodies. The plans have come from the Department of Health, with the intention of improving the public's confidence in care services across the country.  The commitment will include seven statements that have been developed following discussions with healthcare professionals from organisations such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).  All those in social care, including care at home workers and residential care workers, will be expected to sign. The chief executive of the CQC, David Behan, has stated that organisation leadership and the right levels of support and leadership for staff are important, and that this agreement will be taken into consideration for future inspections.  Bill Mumford, the chairman of the VODG, has also declared that the statement is a good thing as it will help to focus on the behaviour of staff.  It will also help workers to put their employer's company values into action. Those who have concerns will be able to check online to see if workers have signed up to the commitment, which is said to support the high standards set out by the social work sector with a focus on the training and supervision of care workers.  The public needs to be reassured that those who are working in areas such as domiciliary home care are trained and professional.  A number of care organisations have stated that they will be encouraging their members to sign the commitment.
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