New rules mean more paperwork

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

By Gideon Burrows Public and private homecare providers will have to keep records of service delivery as well as detailed accounts and publish a health and safety policy under new government standards for homecare. The new regulations, due to be published by the Department of Health for final consultation in October, and which will be implemented from April next year, are part of the rolling-out of the Care Standards Act 2000. Peter Dunn from the Department of Health social care group which drew up the standards, gave an overview of what the new regulations would cover at a recent Help the Aged conference. Homecare providers will be obliged to publish a statement of purpose and quality assurance, to have written terms and conditions, to have written contracts with clients and to have mandatory staff training and supervision. They will also have to say how quality of service provision is ensured and evaluated. All care providers will have to register with the National Care Standards Commission and will be ins

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