The rise and fall of National Minimum Standards


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

JEF SMITH reflects on the pending demise of National Minimum Standards – and what comes next

Ten years ago I sat round a square of tables in Alexander Fleming House, then the Department of Health’s main London base, with about 30 other people involved in social care. Our task was to set out the basic elements of care in a residential home and our report, Fit for the Future, published early in 1999, provided the first draft of what became the National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People.

Despite tough chairing from Kina Lady Avebury and sterling staff work by Gillian Dalley and her colleagues at the Centre for Policy on A





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