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8 August 2012
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) welcomes the publication of Margaret Flynn's serious case review following reports of patient abuse at Winterbourne Private Hospital.
Anna van der Gaag, Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council said:
“This report makes clear the serious and systemic nature of the failings at Winterbourne View, including the lack of compliance with ethical codes and standards, the lack of adequate training and supervision of staff and the lack of collaboration and communication between agencies. We will be playing our part along with other organisations to make sure that the recommendations in the report are followed up with action and that every effort is made to ensure such appalling abuse does not happen in the future”
Since the publication of the government command paper in February 2011, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has been working to ensure that social workers in England transferred from the General Social Care Council into regulation by the HCPC. Having completed this work, the HCPC is now addressing the important issue of the regulation for the adult social care workforce and social care workers in England.
Marc Seale, Chief Executive of the Health and Care Professions Council,
“The HCPC has begun to explore a range of options in collaboration with other agencies to establish an efficient and effective regulatory regime for this workforce. These include an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of both statutory and voluntary regulation of care home managers as well as investigating alternative proposals for regulating care workers in England, including a negative register.
“The HCPC has already met with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for explorative discussions on how as regulators of systems and professionals we can improve our cooperation. Margaret Flynn's report will inform our decisions and assist us in our work in this area.”
A considerable amount of work still needs to be done and may require legislative approval. However, an initial proposal on establishing a regulatory regime for care managers and care workers in England will be presented to the Council of the HCPC at the next public meeting scheduled for 18 September 2012.