This will enable the continual development of the workforce, while professionalising the social care sector and safeguarding the most vulnerable in society say GMB
GMB, the union for social care workers, welcome the written statement by the Welsh Government on the registration of care workers. See notes for copy of statement by Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services dated 13th November 2015.
Kelly Andrews, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB welcome the written statement from Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Care, on the registration of care workers.
All domiciliary care workers are to be registered by 2020 and residential care workers to be registered by 2022.
The army of hundreds of thousands of care workers is as vital to the support of our elderly, vulnerable and ill as nurses and doctors. For too long they have had second class status and second rate working conditions, belittling the roles they carry out and denying them the recognition they deserve.
Registration will begin the process of professionalising care workers, ensuring minimum standards of training, qualifications, skills and experience, pushing up the quality of care and providing better levels of safeguarding. This will safeguard the most vulnerable in society.
Where Wales is leading the other UK jurisdictions must follow. “