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Scotland gives green light to mandatory registration of care home staff

Scottish care minister Maree Todd MSP has accepted all 38 recommendations of a care regulation review that will bring in mandatory registration of care home staff.

In a response to the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation of Social Care in Scotland the minister for social care, mental wellbeing and sport said she had “heard the strong desire for change across the social care landscape”.

Taking a phased approach to implementation of the recommendations, she said the priorities would include the development of portable qualifications and, subsequently expansion of the regulatory landscape.

In October the IRISR recommended that care home staff in Scotland will need to be registered before starting work in social care, and be able to take advantage of portable qualifications that reflect the skills required to work in the social care sector.

Another priority will be a review of the Health and Social Care Standards focusing on human rights, ethical commissioning and outcomes and in support of the National Care Service.

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