21st February 2012
Department of Social Care Consults on Regulation of Care Bill
The Department of Social Care has drafted a new Regulation of Care Bill that is intended to ensure that care services on the Island are properly regulated such that the public and service users can be confident in the quality of care services available. Care services consist of social care (provided by the Department of Social Care, and the private and third sectors) and non-NHS health care services.
Minister of Social Care Hon Chris Robertshaw MHK said:
“Effective regulation of the Island’s care services and social care workforce is essential if the public, service users, their carers and relatives are to be confident in the services they receive. I want to ensure that this new legislation provides the correct balance between protecting service users and at the same time encourage the provision of a vibrant care service market. That is why we are running an extended public consultation to ensure everyone has the opportunity to give us their views.”
Currently there are four Acts that cover the regulation of some of the Island’s care services. These Acts are dated and no longer reflect the way care services are provided. There is also a demand from a number of key stakeholders for a stronger regulatory system as currently a number of social care and non-NHS care services are not regulated at all.
The Regulation of Care Bill will introduce a comprehensive, robust and proportionate regulatory system. It will also provide more protection for care service users many of whom are society’s most vulnerable people.
In relation to childcare any regulation has to take into account the varied care arrangements that parents make for their children. Therefore the Bill differentiates between those childcare providers operating on a commercial basis, who will continue to be regulated, and parents setting up their own personal arrangements with friends and family. However we wish to consult very carefully on this matter throughout the consultation period.
The public consultation and consultation meetings will take place throughout March, April and May and the consultation will end on the 25 May 2012. Regular updates will be posted on the Department of Social Care Website.
The Department wants to hear view from both the general public and social care and non NHS care providers. More information about the proposals is available:
• On the Department’s website – www.gov.im/socialcare/consultations.gov
• At public meetings – there will be a number of public meetings where you can drop in to get more information and speak to a member of staff. These will be widely advertised on our website and through the media.
• At stakeholder meetings – there will be meetings for businesses who may be affected by the proposals. Letters will be going out to all known providers but if you think your business may be included in the proposals then please call 687044 for more information.
• By picking up a paper copy of the consultation document from: - The Department of Social Care, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas - Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas - Local GPs surgeries and Commissioners offices across the Island.
There are a number of ways to make sure your views are heard:
• Email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Complete our online survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DSCRegOfCareConsultation
• Write to us – Department of Social Care, 4th Floor, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas, IM1 2RZ