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Skills for Care publishes health care delegation guidance

Skills for Care, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and sector partners have co-developed voluntary guiding principles to support person-centred, safe and effective delegation of healthcare activities to care workers, including personal assistants.

A delegated healthcare activity is an activity that a regulated healthcare professional, such as a nurse, nursing associate, occupational therapist or speech and language therapist, delegates to a paid care worker.

These are activities, often of a clinical nature that support people’s care and independence, such as supporting a person with diabetes to manage their insulin administration or with simple wound care. 

The principles include how to create the right conditions for delegation and decision-making with the right resourcing, understanding roles and responsibilities across health and social care, and what good governance, learning and development, and ongoing support looks like.

Minister for Care Helen Whately said:This is a step forward to develop the careers of the social care workforce… as well as easing pressure on our healthcare staff.

“Delegation is an important part of social care both for staff and for people needing care, giving them a chance to be a part of the decision about who carries out daily treatments so they can have the friendly face of a regular care worker.”

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