The Welsh Government has confirmed its intention to implement a mandatory register of adult care home professionals from April 2022, with voluntary registration open from this April.
Following the consultation amending The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016, the Welsh Government has also clarified its intention to include agency staff, but exclude volunteers, from the registration requirements. Professionals with existing registrations, for example nurses, will also be excluded from mandatory registration, provided their work in social care is predominately in their professional capacity, ie a nurse is nursing rather than acting in a managerial capacity.
In addition, the new regulations will require directors, trustees and members of boards or committees (other than a Local Authority or Local Health Board) to provide, as part of the application to register, additional information about any previous applications to register under the 2016 Act, the Care Standards Act 2000 and any other applications or registrations in relation to a regulated service elsewhere in the UK.
The regulator, Care Inspectorate Wales will also be able to scrutinise applications from directors, trustees and members of boards or committees of the organisation seeking registration for evidence of certain offences and of misconduct or mismanagement in the provision of a regulated service.
The new provisions for the registration of adult social care workers follow plans to introduce the mandatory registration of domiciliary care workers from 2020.
- Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has welcomed a new Welsh Government consultation to consider additional funding for social care. This may include the introduction of a social care levy in Wales.