Introducing new practice guidance for domiciliary care workers
Gerry Evans talks about new guidance for domiciliary care workers and explains how you can comment on it's content.
Well the guidance has been developed as part of a range of initiatives that Social Care Wales is developing to support the work of the care workforce in Wales. We're very aware that the work that's being done is becoming increasingly complex, increasingly demanding and requires higher levels of skill so this guidance has been developed so health care workers carry that work through to the best possible level.
It's been developed through discussions with other with care workers, their managers and others and as I say it's there to be helpful, to help them do their job to the best possible standard.
The purpose of the guidance is primarily for domiciliary care workers to help them to do their job. It draws on the professional code of practice for social care and covers those sorts of areas. As I say it's a practical guide for the workers to help them in their work but it's also for others as well as for managers of care workers to make sure that they have things in place to support the care workers in the role that they undertake. It's also for those people who receive care services it's a chance for them to see what's involved in the care worker role and how is it that the care worker can help me.
The guidance covers a whole range of areas and it's meant to reflect the breadth of the role of the care worker. Anything from making sure that the individual receiving the care is at the centre of the care that's delivered, all the way through to training and how they can keep up with policies and the best way to practice is a care worker. So all of those areas are covered in the fair amount of detail that isn't available in the code of practice, but it's very specifically aimed at those providing care in people's homes.
Social Care Wales consulted over the summer on the proposal to register the care workforce in Wales and we're looking at the responses to that at the moment. If the decision is made to proceed to register domiciliary care workers, the guidance will be there again to help care workers make sure they meeting the standards required to be a registered social care worker. If the decision is made not to proceed to register the care workforce we will still be issuing the guidance as a practical tool to help the care worker in their role.
We want people to give us their comments basically on the guidance. As I say it's been developed in discussion with some care workers but we're particularly interested in hearing about the content of the guidance, the style, how understandable it is and how practical it is in terms of helping people to do their role. So we want those sorts of comments so we can finalise the document and hopefully have the final version available by April of next year.
The consultation is running for 12 weeks and it started at the end of October and will run through to the 19th of January. Individuals can download the guidance from our website so we're asking them to have a look to read it possibly discuss it with colleagues or others and then to submit their comments on the survey that's provided alongside the documents on their website so we look forward to comments that will help us finalise the document and improve and make it useful for the care workforce.