The General Social Care Council (GSCC) has confirmed to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) that it is postponing its proposal to extend registration to the wider care workforce, including home care workers.
In a message to the REC, the GSCC confirmed the extension was being put on hold while areas of its work were reprioritised to accommodate the extra planned registration.
Commenting on the today's announcement by the GSCC, Peter Cullimore, Chair of REC Nursing and Social Care, said: "We note with interest that the Government has delayed once again the planned roll out of registration to the wider social workforce and to undertake a review.
We feel the way in which this was originally designed would have achieved very little in improvements to the standard of care received by clients and we would encourage the GSCC and the Department of Health to give careful consideration to the plans.
Peter Cullimore continued: There were two reasons why the Government wanted to roll out registration to care workers :- to improve the safety of clients by providing a list of people who are not suitable to work, and to help to improve the status of workers. With the establishing of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, we are confident that the Vetting and Barring Scheme would provide the desired barred list.
He concluded: Whilst enthusiastic about improving the status of care workers, this would not happen without improved pay which is at present kept down by the Local Authority payments to care homes and agencies. If then it is decided to register care workers, we believe that individual care homes and organisations registered with the Care Quality Commission should be able to register workers and then just inform the GSCC of the registration."