Standards herald the start of a challenging new era

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

|Regulations and Standards have been published, but Lesley Bell says many grey areas still need to be clarified| At long last the National Minimum Standards for Domiciliary Care and the accompanying Regulations have been published with implementation at the beginning of April. At last the vacuum created by the uncertainty over the standards has been filled and the homecare sector can begin to plan and develop the services within the context of the standards and knowing what is expected and required. At a recent meeting someone suggested we should be opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate their publication, however all I can feel is an enormous sense of relief, rather than celebration, and the need to move forward. To say that the standards have been a long time coming and are well overdue, is an understatement. It seems to me that I have been living with it for a significant part of my working life. It is more than 10 years since the Joint Advisory Group of Domiciliary Care Associations (JAG) began to lob

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