The views of people in North West Hampshire on social care services in the area were being aired in Parliament this week at an event organised by the workforce regulator, the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Major reforms are currently being introduced to the social care system to tailor services to each person’s individual needs. The GSCC is looking at how social care workers might need to change the way they work to deliver different services to each person. As letters about issues such as care for elderly people, users of mental health services or disabled people, flood through the letter box of Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire, the GSCC was keen to hear his views on how services need to change.
Sir George Young MP was invited to the GSCC reception at the House of Commons to share North West Hampshire constituents’ experiences of social care and fill in a survey on how people working in social care can be better equipped to provide services that best meet local people’s needs.
Speaking at the event, which took place on Tuesday 22 April, Chair of the GSCC, Sir Rodney Brooke, said: “The future for social care is one of providing a more personalised service for individuals who require care, listening to their needs and developing the right solutions for them, rather than a one size fits all approach.
“Through his work in North West Hampshire, Sir George Young MP will be aware of a wide range of experiences of local people in accessing social care services and have ideas about how services could be arranged differently to better meet the needs of their constituents. This knowledge is extremely useful as we look at how the workforce can help to deliver these reforms.”
Sir George is a member of a Commission set up by Hampshire County Council, which is seeing how this agenda can be taken forward. "It was very helpful to meet practitioners, to get their views on this."
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Notes to editors:
1. A photograph featuring Sir George Young MP at the event is attached to this news release. If you have not received this, please contact Liz Hutchinson (details above).
2. The event, ‘Getting personal care right’, was held in the House of Commons on Tuesday 22 April 2008 and was attended by over 70 MPs, peers and representatives from other social care bodies. Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis MP spoke at the event.
3. The GSCC came into being on 1 October 2001. It was set up in England under the Care Standards Act 2000 to establish codes of conduct and practice for social care workers and employers, to set up a register of social care workers and to regulate social work education and training. Similar bodies exist in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
4. The GSCC currently regulates Registered Social Workers and social work students and the Government has announced plans for the registration of domiciliary social care workers.