Improved and More Effective Health and Social Care Regulation

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2014 Local Government Service Group Conference
21 February 2014

Conference welcomes the move from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to invest more resources into the regulation of health and social care services. It also welcomes the return to a specialist form of inspections which UNISON has long called for.

Although this change in inspection methodology is welcome it is vital that regulation of hospitals and GPs is not prioritised and results in the regulation of adult social care being neglected. It is also vital that the Care Quality Commission is able to highlight the links between working conditions for the adult social care workforce and the quality of care they can provide. The Ethical Care Campaign has highlighted how important good working conditions are linked to the provision of good quality care.

Conference calls on the Service Group Executive (SGE) to campaign for the CQC to:

1)Ensure that the regulation of adult social care services across local government, the voluntary and private sectors is as well resourced and robust as possible.

2)Be given powers to regulate how local government commissions adult social care services.

3)Highlight the impact that poor working conditions have on the provision poor quality care within adult social care services.