Pitkeathley to be temporary chairperson of GSCC

    Baroness Pitkeathley will be temporary chairperson of the
    General Social Care Council, it has been announced.

    Pitkeathley, who is not seeking permanent appointment to the
    post, will preside over the GSCC until the appointment is made
    later this year. Fourteen members appointed to the council, were
    also announced by health minister Jacqui Smith.

    Lay members of the council include former adviser to the NHS
    Executive Tanzeem Ahmed, disability equality trainer Christine
    Barton and former NHS chief executive Dr Malcolm Clarke.

    Chairs of the Council for Disabled Children, Harry Marsh, and
    Disability Alliance, Susannah Hancock, were also appointed.

    Judith Weleminsky, former chief executive of the National
    Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Ann James, GSCC Advisory
    Group member, complete the council’s lay membership.

    Smith said: “Service users and carers will be at the heart of
    the GSCC, and the council will therefore have a majority of lay
    members and a lay chair.”

    “The overall membership of the GSCC reflects a diversity of
    stakeholder interests, and the members bring expertise in a number
    of areas which will serve the council in its formative years,” she

    Terry Bamford, retired director of housing and social services
    at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Arthur Keefe,
    chairperson of TOPSS England, have been appointed as non-lay
    members of the GSCC.

    Other non lay members announced by Smith include Helen Baker,
    trained social worker and chairperson of the Oxfordshire Learning
    Disability NHS Trust, Lynda Deacon, child protection officer and
    staff tutor at Open University and Bill McClimont, director and
    elected chairperson of the UK Home Care Association.

    June Thorburn, director of the centre for research on the child
    and family at the University of East Anglia and Beverley Prevatt
    Goldstein, project manager at BECON (Black minority ethnic
    community organisations network) conclude the group of seven non
    lay members.

    The non-departmental body will work to improve quality in social
    care by promoting high standards in conduct, practice and

    The first tasks for the GSCC will be the publication of codes of
    practice and determining the requirements for registering the
    workforce. The first group to be registered will be social workers,
    and the GSCC is expected to open the register in late 2002/early




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