Let’s have some guidance up front

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

|The National Minimum Standards still require a lot of clarification. Martin Wigg hopes that the NCSC will take the lead, rather than letting decisions have to be made by tribunals after the event| We have national standards, but do we experience a consistency of application? The short answer is no. After more than a year it is perhaps not unreasonable to ask, why not? It is possible to surmise why the lack of consistency continues despite the fact that the implementation of the Act was heralded as having this as one of its objectives. In the first place the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) has still not produced its Code of Practice and so inspection officers must remain at a loss as to how to proceed with inspections, registrations and the issuing of notices. However, credit where it is due – I have been working in Devon recently and was most impressed by the manner in which the local NCSC team approached its business. This team seem determined to fulfil the NCSC1s commitment to support and encoura

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