NCSC’s Heather Wing explains regulation issues to the NCMA annual conference

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

Now entering its second year, the National Care Managers Association (NCMA) held its annual conference as part of CareExpo 2003. Opened by Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson, the conference was also addressed by the National Care Standards Commission director of adult services Heather Wing, who gave an account of the NCSC’s operations since it became the national regulator in April last year. Ms Wing said about 2,000 care homes had closed in order to operate under the aegis of the Government’s “Supported Living” scheme, and many other homes were applying to make the transfer. “This has had a significant impact on the industry,” Ms Wing said. Consistency was something the Commission was still working towards, but Heather Wing said a lot of progress had been made. “We were never going to achieve consistency across the country in our first year of operation – I doubt that any organisation could,” she said. “However, providers should find that there is more consistency in future inspections. Some inspectors, in so

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