The CQC chief inspector of Adult Social Care has suggested that now might be the time to start a conversation about the introduction of a professional register for care workers in England.
Speaking during a recent press conference, ahead of the launch of the CQC’s State of Care report, Kate Terroni said there appears to be “an appetite” from multiple stakeholders in social care for a “competency-based care worker register” for individuals delivering regulated care.
England is currently the only country in the UK not to impose compulsory registration of adult social care workers.
The main purpose of registration is to enforce standards, training and consistency of care throughout the sector. Registration also means that registered care workers are accountable for their conduct and their practice, thus protecting vulnerable people from harm and boosting professional standards.
Terroni said that while the government’s recent promise to invest £500 million into the adult social care workforce to support professional development is welcome, there is a “real aspiration for a long-term workforce plan”, as well as a professional register for care workers in England.
“It’s interesting to note that we’ve been talking with stakeholders and there appears to be an appetite to start a conversation about whether there might be value in looking at a competency-based care worker register for the workforce delivering regulated care,” she said.
“So the question has been raised about might a register support the unification of the workforce, the prestige of status and all the other stuff we want to see happening.”