POVA and the crippling cost of suspending staff

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

As long term providers of specialist insurance services to the care home market, at GR Patrick & Co we have become increasingly aware of the difficulties that arise as a result of POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) investigations. Not least of these is how operators meet the burden of staff suspension costs. Implemented in July 2004 under the provisions of the Care Standards Act 2000, the POVA scheme dictates how allegations of abuse received from any source must be acted upon. Firstly, only minimal action can be taken before a strategy meeting has determined who will carry out the investigation. External investigations have increased significantly in recent years and it may be decided that the police, local authority or other commissioning body will be responsible rather than the employer. The strategy meeting may require an employee to be suspended irrespective of the opinion of the care home owner. There must always be reasonable grounds to suspend, such as the potential risk to a service user if alleg

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