Regulator moves closer to setting up ‘negative register’ of adult care staff

The Health and Care Professions Council has produced a policy statement confirming that it will move ahead with its plans to regulate care workers in England, subject to government approval.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has confirmed it will push ahead with proposals to introduce a system of “negative registration” for social care workers in England.

The social work regulator yesterday published a policy statement setting out its intentions for the wider adult social care workforce in England.

If the proposals are approved by government, a national code of conduct would be applied to workforce and the HCPC would consider serious complaints made about individual professionals; any decisions to uphold a complaint would be made public, as would the resulting sanction.

A “negative register” would be maintained of those found unfit to practise.

The HCPC also proposes to set up a statutory register for registered managers of care homes, arguing that this group of professionals is responsible for overseeing standards. It will now look at establishing the potential costs and setting up a formal consultation.

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