COVID-19 plan: Time for reflection and a need for clarity

11 May 2020

Social Care Institute for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith has welcomed the Government’s announcement about its conditional plan over lockdown. She says that this is the time to reflect on recent challenges in the social care sector; and asks for further clarity so that the care workforce can continue to provide a good quality service over the next few months.

Kathryn says:

This is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and to acknowledge the recognition of the cruciality of the social care sector over the last two months. Care services have been up against it in a way that’s not happened to our sector before but the workforce has risen to that significant challenge, working hard to continue to provide quality care and support. What’s needed now is further clarity for social care so that providers can be confident that they are doing their best for their staff and the people who need their services. We will continue to press for the best quality safeguarding of people, the adherence to the Mental Capacity Act and Care Act 2014; and in other areas of social care that safeguard people’s freedoms and gives them the best experiences and outcomes. In support of this, SCIE launched new staff training virtually in safeguarding, with over 3,000 people signing up to our training in 24 hours; we know that these issues are really important to the sector.

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