Care workers to re-register with GSCC after six years

Care workers will be registered for a six-year initial period, according to Lynne Berry, chief executive of the General Social Care Council.

Berry told delegates at the National Children and Adult conference 2006 that domiciliary workers and staff in residential homes for children and adults will begin to be registered next year and they are waiting for a date to be set by the government.

In the first six years staff will have to carry out 30 days or 180 hours of post-registration training and learning at a level of qualification such as NVQ level two or similar award, or meet the induction standards. After the first six years, workers will have to re-register every three years.

Berry said that the GSCC aims to register 750,000 workers care workers in addition to the 74,000 social workers and 10,000 students already registered.

Sheila Scott, chief executive of the National Care Association, said that the system needed to be streamlined as already care home managers are registered under the Commission of Social Care Inspection.

She also said that social care workers needed to own the process if they are to be motivated to register.

Scott also said that in the long-term employers should no longer pay for registration. She added that if the workforce is to be given higher status with registration then government and employers will have to consider raising pay rates.

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