Owners appeal to NCSC for cross-regional consistency

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

Care home owners have asked for countrywide consistency during inspections by officers of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC). The plea was made to NCSC director of corporate policy and communications Trish Davies when she addressed the AGM of the National Care Homes Association (NCHA) held recently. At a fiery meeting, members told Ms Davies that nationally-agreed policies relating to inspections were not filtering down to local area level, resulting in inconsistencies in inspections from one region to the next and exacerbating tensions that may exist between some care home owners and their local inspectors. NCHA chief executive Sheila Scott said that, while her association enjoyed a good relationship with the Commission at national level, members were very concerned that this was not being transferred locally. “Locally, inspectors are saying that their role is a policing one and they are not there to advise homes on how to meet certain standards,” Mrs Scott said. “There will be people in this room

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