MPs have called for the mandatory registration of care home workers within three years in a new report.
Their thoughts, detailed in Elevation, Registration & Standardisation: The Professionalisation of Social Care Workers calls for legislation to be put in place implementing a new UK-wide qualification for care workers, starting from a reformed, compulsory and accredited Care Certificate.
Under plans for registration, there would also be clearly defined job titles consolidated by badging the attainment of credentials/qualifications, with a corresponding pay banding stratum similar to those used in NHS services.
To implement the proposals, MPs in the APPG for social care call for the establishment of a new identifiable national care body. This will have a bespoke identity and livery, implying equal status with NHS staff, and will consolidate into one single body the funding allocation for workforce training in England.
A single career development pathway (CDP) with badging/digital credentials would enable transferable recruitment and confidence/integrity for the provider, “reducing the chronic waste of resources in training repetition and excessive emphasis on expensive, continuously duplicated induction programme,” say MPs.
APPG joint chairs Louise Haigh MP and Gillian Keegan MP.added: “Few would argue that a major upheaval of the sector is required. It would seem self-evident that the higher the quality of the training that care workers receive, the more care work will be given the status and respect it deserves. In turn, more people will be attracted to it, and vitally, if there is real scope for career development & learning new skills – people will remain in the care sector. It is time to value, respect and elevate those who work so hard to provide care, and transform this world of work and healthcare for the better.”
Kelly Andrews, GMB national officer for care, added: “Care workers’ skills and knowledge must be recognised – we need a national council to lay the foundations for a standard framework for training.
“That is a first steps towards a national social care body to establish national bargaining of terms and conditions of employment. The time for talking is over – now is the time for action.”