A new membership organisation aimed at raising standards in the care quality sector will launch this month.
The National Care Quality Professionals Association (NCQPA) will recognise and help promote credible care consultants to care providers in need of their support.
The organisation said it will require prospective members to meet rigorous standards, reassuring care providers using their services that they are commissioning the right independent experts and care quality professionals.
NCQPA chief executive Samuel Barrington (pictured) said: “There’s a real need to raise national standards in the care quality consultancy sector.
“Care providers need to be assured that when they engage a consultant that that person is the expert they say they are, and that they have the relevant background, qualifications, experience, relevant insurance, up-to-date DBS, and so on.
“But it’s difficult to check those things – unlike a profession such as nursing, care quality consultant is not a legally protected title, and literally anyone can call themselves one.”
If care quality professionals are successful in their registration with the NCQPA, they will receive a quality mark that will demonstrate to potential clients that they have met quality assessment standards.
Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group for York and North Yorkshire, and former chair of the United Kingdom Homecare Association said he welcomes the formation of this new association and hopes it achieves its aim of driving up standards in social care consultancy.
“Everyone who engages a consultant, with the aim of improving the care they deliver to their clients, deserves to know they are doing so with the confidence that the service they receive will be at the standard and quality they are looking for,” he said.
“This will hopefully provide peace of mind for those engaging consultants and also support those consultants who are able to provide a good, professional service towards the improvement of social care delivery.”
Member benefits will include discounted rates on NCQPA care quality training, workshops and events. For further information on the NCQPA, click here.