Standards should be a framework for innovation

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

Lesley Bell writes . . .| I attended a conference in March put on by the Better Regulation Task Force in conjunction with the Kings Fund, entitled “Is Regulation Improving Care Standards?”. I personally was dissatisfied with the afternoon, mainly I think because the conference seemed to lack a proper focus ­ different speakers meant different things by the terms “standards” and “regulations”, without defining what they actually meant by the terms, and too much material was crammed into an afternoon. As always many speakers focussed on the national minimum standards for care homes for older people and there was very little reference to most of the other areas covered by the Care Standards Act. By the time I was ready to make a contribution to the short discussion session, it was brought to an end, so my voice was never heard. It did seem to be a good opportunity to explore the common issues, wasted. However there were some interesting points made which made me reflect in relation to the national minimum stand

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