Providers put case for less red tape

Social care regulation should be about quality not paperwork, a
sector leader has said ahead of a meeting this week with government
officials about reforming the national minimum standards.

Care provider associations were due to meet Department of Health
officials to give their views on which standards should be dropped
or revised.

Sheila Scott, chief executive of the National Care Homes
Association, said providers wanted the quality of their services
measured, “not whether their paperwork is up to scratch”.

The review of the standards is designed to support the
Commission for Social Care Inspection’s drive to make regulation
more user-focused and less bureaucratic for providers.

Other organisations due to attend the meeting were the English
Community Care Association and the UK Home Care Association.

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