GSCC functions could shift under White Paper proposals

    The General Social Care Council will become purely focused on regulating social work with its social care responsibilities transferred to another body, under proposals set out today in the social care White Paper.

    It will become the General Social Work Council, while the current Health Professions Council will take on responsbility for overseeing the rest of the social care workforce and be renamed the Care Professions Council.

    The GSWC will retain responsibility for regulating social work education and also fall under the remit of the Commission for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, which oversees all of the health regulators.

    The announcement precedes the Department of Health’s long-awaited review of the cost-effectiveness of the three adult social care workforce delivery organisations that it funds, the GSCC, Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

    Responding to the announcement, Jenny Owen, president of the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services, warned the proposals needed “further exploration”.

    “The creation of an independent body to provide information and guidance to adult social care services would be better seen in terms of a strengthened Social Care Institute for Excellence,” she added.

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