Three routes have been designed for domiciliary care workers to join the Register of Social Care Workers to help develop a skilled and qualified workforce that can meet the challenges of the future.
The routes will cover those already with a required qualification, experienced workers who do not have a qualification and newer workers, who may be part-time, with not enough time to complete a qualification before they need to register. All domiciliary care workers in Wales have until 2020 to register voluntarily before it becomes mandatory.
A majority of workers already hold a required qualification and they will be able to proceed directly with their application to register. For experienced workers without a required qualification, but who have worked in domiciliary care for three of the past five years, there will be a route to register by getting their manager to confirm their competence to Social Care Wales.
Registering through both these routes will mean workers will not need any further qualification to re-register in three years’ time. They will only be expected to do a specified amount of professional development, like all other practitioners on the register.
Workers who may be part-time, don’t have a qualification and have not worked in domiciliary care for three of the past five years will be able to apply to register after successfully completing a short online course and assessment which will provide them with a Social Care Wales values and principles award.
There will be separate awards for those working with adults and children and young people. Once registered, they will need to complete a required qualification by the time they have to re-register in three years’ time.
More detailed information will be available in the new year about the short course and assessment, which will be based on the first two sections and workbooks of the all-Wales induction framework.
Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, said: “It’s vital that we have a skilled and qualified domiciliary care workforce that supports some of the most vulnerable people in our society in their own homes every day. We think the three routes to registration will help us achieve that goal.
“Although we know most domiciliary care workers already have the required qualification to register, it’s important to recognise there are excellent, experienced workers who may not have a qualification but have the skills and competence to do the job to a high standard. We cannot afford to lose people with this level of experience and knowledge, which is why we have made it possible for employers to provide formal confirmation of their competence.
“For those perhaps newer to care, work part-time and cannot complete a full qualification before they register, we have designed a route which tests their knowledge of the principles and values associated with quality care. This will provide them with an important foundation which they will have to build on after registration by completing one of the required qualifications.
“In designing these three routes to registration, our prime consideration has been ensuring the quality of care to people who receive care and support from domiciliary care workers, while also considering the needs of employers and the different circumstances of those currently working in these roles.
“The three routes to register will make sure that all domiciliary care workers registering by 2020 will either already have the qualifications, skills or experience they need to provide a safe, high-quality service or be working towards them in a structured way,” added Sue.