ECCA: regulator should check with providers when appraising councils

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

In assessing the performance of local authorities in how they provide and commission social care services, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) should seek the views of local providers. This point was made by the English Community Care Association (ECCA) in its response to the CSCI’s consultation on A New Outcomes Framework for Performance Assessment of Adult Social Care. ECCA chief executive Martin Green said providers were in a good position to comment on a range of areas such as how a council undertakes commissioning, tendering, contracting and monitoring processes and ways in which councils conduct assessment and meet legal obligations. Mr Green said adult social services departments should be better skilled to work with the independent sector and that there should be no push, overt or covert, either towards admitting people to council-run services rather than independent services, or forcing people to move from one care environment to another solely based on financial reasons. “If, as a r

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