It’s good to talk

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

Writing in this issue of _Caring Times_, the chief executive of specialist care provider TRACSCARE Eric Millard says the bringing on-line of new facilities is being hampered by a reluctance on the part of the regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), to consult with providers during the various phases of development. This issue also cropped up in a recent “round table” seminar on care home valuation, sponsored by Savills, which was reported in detail in the June issue of _Caring Times_. Like Mr Millard, providers at the seminar were concerned that significant costs and delays in commissioning could occur if an inspectorate required changes to be made once a facility had been built. Amanda Sherlock, CSCI’s regional director for the Southeast said that, while CSCI had a duty to work in partnership and to point providers in the right direction, it did not have the power to give an assurance of registration prior to a facility being built. Perhaps the CSCI should be given that power – n

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