Inspectors’ training

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

Marion Witton highlights the need for consistency in the training and qualification of inspectors. As part of the preparation for the setting up of the new regional Commissions for Care Standards (provided the Bill gets a slot in the Queen’s Speech), the Social Services Inspectorate has established a group to look at how the training needs of inspectors may be met. This working party includes representatives of residential and nursing homes providers, which seems very sensible as it is in everyone’s interests to have properly trained and professional inspectors. A general recognition has developed that inspectors need training in the skills required for the job. However, unlike teachers, nurses and social workers who have recognised qualifications and a pre-requirement to be trained in the specific area of work, inspectors still have, as yet, no formalised training although there are now several universities, and one private organisation, which provide specialised training. Unsurprisingly, inspection units a

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