New Workforce Standards of Conduct and Practice Launched

30 September 2015

New Workforce Standards of Conduct and Practice Launched

Today at Ardkeen Supported Living Facility in south Belfast, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) introduced the new Standards of Conduct and Practice for Social Care Workers and Social Workers.  The new Standards will be effective from 1 November 2015. They describe the values, attitudes and behaviours expected of these workers in their day to day work. They also outline the knowledge and skills required for competent practice. The Standards apply to all those working in social work and social care job roles and are a key component of their professional registration with NISCC.  NISCC Chief Executive, Colum Conway said: “I would like to thank Stephen Mathews, Chief Executive of the Cedar Foundation, and the tenants and staff here at Ardkeen for generously hosting the launch of our new Standards today. Our role is to raise standards in the social care workforce and to ensure registrants develop their skills throughout their career.”

“As we were looking round this facility today, we can see first-hand how innovative technologies are being incorporated into daily life for people with complex disabilities. The support workers here at Ardkeen seamlessly combine housing support, personal care and technology to increase each tenant’s independence and enhance their quality of life. This is a living example of how NISCC registered workers are continually updating their skills and knowledge to deliver care and support in a rapidly changing environment.”

Ardkeen resident Fiona Currie shared her personal experience of disability and the positive experience of living in Ardkeen. She described how the sensitive design of her home and the integration of assistive technology to complete daily tasks such as opening blinds or turning on the lights enabled her to live a very independent lifestyle. Fiona pointed out how important it is for support staff to be flexible in their approach to their job and for them to be skilled in providing one-to-one support. She said that the new Standards will strengthen the confidence of tenants in their support staff.
Today’s event is part of a series of events NISCC is hosting to introduce the new Standards. Throughout October, NISCC staff will be providing Standards workshops for social care workers and employers in Belfast, Lisburn, Antrim, Portadown, Fivemiletown and Derry.

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