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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA's response to the NICE homecare guideline - 23/09/2015

UKHCA welcomes the NICE Homecare Guideline issued today and believes that homecare providers and front line care workers will find it beneficial in their daily practices.

UKHCA Policy and Campaigns Director, Colin Angel said:
“The guideline highlights the necessity for individualised approaches to care and reflects the evidence base of what we know will best support people with social care needs at home. It is vital that these approaches are implemented by front-line workers and those responsible for commissioning services, particularly in relation to the time available to provide dignified care.
“We know that people who use home based care value the relationships that they build with those who support them, but can be frustrated if their care is not properly coordinated between different professionals. Therefore we are particularly pleased to see the recommendation of a “named care coordinator” principle in the Guideline."

To view the NICE Guideline visit:

Notes for Editors

  1. The NICE Guideline: 'Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes' is available from: and accompanying NICE press release from: Bridget Warr chaired the Guideline group that produced the NICE Guideline. (Bridget is also UKHCA Chief Executive.)
  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. There are over 9,100 registered homecare providers across the UK, the majority of which (84%) are in the independent and voluntary sectors. We estimate that these organisations employ over 438,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 6.29 million hours of care per week to around 536,000 service users, valued at £5.2 billion per annum.
  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. A high resolution royalty-free image of Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director, quoted above, is available from:, and Bridget Warr from:
  10. Interviewees from UKHCA for broadcast media are available on request.
    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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