NCHA calls for hold-off on POVA rules

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

The National Care Homes Association (NCHA) has appealed to health minister Stephen Ladyman to suspend the requirement for all staff to be checked against the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) list to prevent association members contravening the law, until he can guarantee that all checks will be completed within the promised timescales. Care providers are required to provide adequate staffing levels, and also have checks against the POVA list completed before employment begins. The NCHA says it is often impossible for care home managers to meet both these legal requirements simultaneously. The NCHA said it accepted that the first few months of the establishment of the POVA system would be difficult but said that six months on, the situation was not resolving itself. Staff within the association who have dealt with close to 30,000 CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) applications since April 2002 were losing faith in the “POVA first” system. “Our advice to our members has always been that a manager¹s first prio

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