Domiciliary care: Delay to staff registration nears two-year mark

The Department of Health is still not ready to order the General Social Care Council to open the register to home care staff, almost two years after it was originally due to take place.

In a statement given to Community Care, the DH said it remained committed to registering domiciliary care staff, in the interests of public protection and staff quality.

But a spokesperson for the department added: “We are currently in discussion with GSCC on how best to achieve this. Work is continuing on the various strands of development needed to take registration of home care workers forward.”

Originally promised in April 2007

Since 2006, when then care services minister Liam Byrne announced the social care register would be opened in stages to residential and domiciliary care staff in April 2007, this has been multiply delayed:-

Last November, in an interview with Community Care, outgoing GSCC chair Rodney Brooke described the delay in the registration of home care staff as “a big disappointment”.

The DH spokesperson added that registration needed to be cost effective and based upon the best available evidence, and should not impose an unnecessary burden on the sector.

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