Homecare and the National Care Standards Commission

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|National Care Standards Commission director of adult services Heather Wing explains the Commission¹s role in administering the new Regulations and National Minimum Standards for homecare| From April 2003, domiciliary care and nurses agencies will come under the regulation of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC). Domiciliary care i.e. care received by a person in their own home, has previously been unregulated, although in some areas local authorities did run local voluntary accreditation schemes. Nurses agencies were previously regulated by local authorities across England. This absence of regulation in respect of domiciliary care, and differing approaches by individual authorities relating to nurses agencies, has meant a variable application of standards and inevitable inconsistencies in protection of vulnerable people. The Regulations, set by government under the provisions of the Care Standards Act 2000, cover domiciliary care agencies which are run by independent operators and local authorities

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