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UKHCA Media Release

Regulation of social care in Wales - 03/07/2015

The professional body for the homecare sector, United Kingdom Homecare Association, today welcomes recommendations from The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee on the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill.

The Association is particularly pleased to see the Committee endorse the view that domiciliary care workers should be required to register with Social Care Wales (currently the Care Council for Wales) (Recommendation 38). This measure has broad support from provider organisations in Wales and the other UK administrations and carries particular benefits for professionalising an essential component of the social care workforce.

The Committee has also made a positive step in recommending that the statutory service regulator (the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales) reviews the efficacy of the commissioning of social care services by local authorities and health boards on the lives of people who use care services, and to require "local market stability reports" produced by councils themselves to comment on commissioning practice and the local labour market (Recommendations 28-29). UKHCA urges the Minister for Health and Social Services to extend this remit further, by requiring direct oversight of local authority commissioning practice by the regulator itself.

In addition to welcoming the intention to introduce a quality rating system of care providers in the Bill itself, UKHCA is pleased to see that the Committee has recommended the option for providers to request a re-inspection of services following reasonable time for improvement and without increasing the cost to the public purse (Recommendation 26).

Commenting on the Committee's recommendations, UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, who gave evidence to the Committee said:

"It is vital that the people of Wales can rely on a well-regulated care sector to ensure oversight of essential public services. We are indebted to Welsh Government and the Select Committee for the depth of its engagement with providers and stakeholders to ensure that a robust system of regulation is put in place."

UKHCA is committed to assisting Welsh Government in the additional work which will bring about the regulations necessary for the operation of the Bill once enacted.


Notes for Editors

1. UKHCA provided the Select Committee with written and oral evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee. The written submission can be found at

2. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

3. 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.

4. 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

5. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in Wales, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 4,500 homecare workers, who deliver over 5 million hours of care per year to around 16,600 service users, valued at £80 million per year.

6. 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.

7. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), 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.

8. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at

9. Interviewees from UKHCA for broadcast media are available on request.

10. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07920 788993
Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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