Is the NCSC consistent in its inconsistency?
|Is it possible to have consistency between and within the eight regions for the NCSC? Karen Rogers reflects| Starting next month, Caring Times intends to run a survey which will attempt to gauge the level of consistency both between and within the eight regions and area offices of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC). Although we are only a quarter of the way through the yearÂ¹s inspections, there are inevitably some concerns emerging about consistency. Lack of it was a major problem with the previous system and this has the potential to continue despite the fact that we have National Minimum Standards. The introduction of national standards should in theory mean the end to inconsistency, but interpretation of the standards is a different matter. There is also local discretion and the constant changes have resulted in confusion to providers, regulators, valuers and lending institutions alike. Consequently many care providers are seeking advice about application and interpretation of regulations, sta