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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA welcomes Welsh reforms that put citizens at the heart of care regulation - 30/04/2014

UKHCA welcomes Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas AM’s vision for the future of regulation and inspection of care providers in Wales, set out in her recent written statement.

We are pleased to see the Deputy Minister remains committed to taking a citizen-centred approach to regulation, refocused on the outcomes services achieve for users and carers.

We also welcome the intention to move from establishment and agency based regulation to a flexible, service based model, if the transition is handled sensitively.

However, we are disappointed the Deputy Minister is still considering re-introducing fees for providers to be registered with the care regulator, when the majority of those responding to the White Paper disagreed.

UKHCA Corporate Services Director Peter Randall commented:

“A significant proportion of social care in Wales is purchased by the state. If fees were imposed on providers, this would create a bureaucratic ‘churn’ of public sector funding, a situation we anticipate the Welsh Assembly’s proposed impact assessment will confirm.”

UKHCA has played a significant role in representing homecare providers’ views to the Welsh Government to inform their decision-making, and will continue to do so as the reforms move forward.

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Notes for Editors

  1. White Paper - The Future of Regulation and Inspection of Care and Support in Wales: Consultation – summary of responses, April 2014: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dhss/consultation/140415summaryen.pdf
  2. Written statement by Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas AM: http://wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2014/regulationandinspection/?lang=en
  3. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,100 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  4. UKHCA’s mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community. We do this by campaigning, and through leadership and support to social care providers.
  5. UKHCA has a vetting procedure for its members, all of whom agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at www.ukhca.co.uk/codeofpractice.aspx.
  6. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in the UK, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 119,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 2.79 million hours of care per week to around 166,000 service users, valued at £1.62 billion per annum.
  7. Homecare encompasses provision of personal care, to people in their own homes. For many, homecare is the alternative of choice for people who would otherwise need to move into residential accommodation.
  8. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) or Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland). However, homecare services are largely delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers working under contracts with the statutory sector.
  9. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?id=109.
  10. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Director of Policy and Campaigns
United Kingdom Homecare Association
Sutton Business Centre
Restmor Way
Wallington
SM6 7AH

Direct Line: 020 8661 8160
Mobile: 07920 788993
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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