Care England has welcomed a report from the department for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (BIS) that has highlighted the increasing level of red tape, bureaucracy and duplicated procedures faced by the care home sector.
The care home association commends BIS for the report, Cutting Red Tape: Review of Adult Social Care – Residential and Nursing Home Sector, and thanks the department drawing attention to the issue.
Care homes do incredibly important work and the system must work to support care home staff in delivering a person centred care service, Care England says.
“An effective regulatory and monitoring system is vital and recognises and rewards good care, but at the heart of this must be a balance that allows staff to do their jobs and build up caring and respectful relationships with residents. Duplicate information requests, and numerous visits from agencies who don’t share their information, adds to the workload. Many local authorities and CCGs, who all purchase care from the same homes, must align their contracts and monitoring activity,” demands Professor Martin Green, OBE, chief executive of Care England.
“We need to use every penny effectively and that means as much as possible must go to frontline care. We cannot keep re-examining this issue. We want to see action from the government and statutory agencies to work with providers on tackling duplication and unnecessary paperwork to ensure we do not lose sight of our primary reason for doing the work we do – to care for the person,” Professor Green adds.
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