Accredited inspection of care homes pilot programme announced


Posted on November 7th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has called for participants in a pilot assessment programme for the accreditation of care home inspections. The scheme is for organisations that perform inspections of residential adult social care providers and aims to improve the standard of care.

Participants will be assessed by UKAS against the international standard ISO/IEC 17020:2012 (Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection). This sets out general criteria for impartiality, competence and performance capability of inspection bodies.

UKAS development manager Lal Ilan said. “One of the key objectives of the pilot programme is to verify the appropriateness of the standards used for inspection and their application in the inspection of care homes.

“The objectives and terms of the pilot project will be discussed with key stakeholders and those organisations expressing an interest to participate in the pilot programme.

“On satisfactory completion of the UKAS assessment process, successful applicants will be accredited to the internationally recognised ISO/IEC 17020 standard. This will provide a clear market differentiator to accredited organisations that perform inspections of residential adult social care providers and help generate confidence in the standards and quality of care.”

Organisations wishing to express an interest in participating in the pilot programme are requested to contact the UKAS Development Coordinator alison.severn@ukas.com by 29th November 2013.





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

Care homes discounted in end of life care

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I am sure that we all want those who we care for to experience ‘a good death’ when the time...

Perhaps I’m ‘app’athetic

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I’ve got an app in my toolbox that allows me to bang-in nails – I call it a hammer. I’ve...

Fond memories of long distance discomfort

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

The Ford Anglia, the earliest models of which were built in 1939, was a great car for a small family;...