NCSC issues staffing guidelines

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

The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) has issued guidelines to all of its inspectors on the application of regulations and standards relating to staffing levels in care homes. The standards indicate that the ratio of care staff to service users must be “determined according to the assessed needs of residents”. The Commission says guidance received from the Department of Health (DoH) will enable it to interpret this standard and to communicate to service providers the way in which it will assess the appropriateness of staffing levels. At the Laing & Buisson annual conference on long term care, held in February, health minister Jaqui Smith said she had held off from issuing guidance as it was likely that care providers would use prescribed staffing levels as a lever for more central government funding. The guidance indicates that for existing care homes, staffing levels should be maintained during the next 12 months. During this period, existing care homes for both older people and younger adults may no

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