31st March 2017 is a landmark date for social care services in Northern Ireland. This is when it becomes a legal requirement for all social care workers in domiciliary care, day care and supported living settings to be registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. From this date, all care workers must be signed up to NISCC published standards for their daily practice.
Edel Aiken, Lakeland Deputy Manager, said:
“Our aim is to improve the health and well-being for residents in West Fermanagh, particularly older people and those with physical disabilities. Key to achieving this are the 160 care workers we have working for us; providing quality services to over 400 people in the Fermanagh area, 24/7. We are proud to say that we have a highly skilled workforce with approximately 80% of them having successfully completed the NVQ Level 2 in care qualification. Registration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council provides public recognition for their commitment to their care career.”
Lakeland’s service managers and staff for were joined by colleagues from Western Health and Social Care Trust to learn about the NISCC Standards for social care workers and how to use the NISCC Online system for care worker registration. Pictured at the event are Lakeland Community Care staff- Edel Aiken (Deputy Manager), Amanda Ward (Care Co-Ordinator) and Catherine McKenna (Senior Care Assistant)
Colum Conway, NISCC Chief Executive said:
“We would like to thank Edel and the team at Lakeland for hosting our registration information session in Fermanagh. There are around 12,000 people to be registered by March 2017 and we will only achieve this with the support of managers and team leaders like those who took part in the event at Belcoo. Registration ensures that social care workers know, understand and are able to do their job well and safely; that they have the right attitudes and values and that they behave properly when they are doing their job. People who use care services, their families and carers can be confident that they will receive high quality care services from registered professionals.”
NISCC will be hosting further workshops around Northern Ireland in the Autumn. Information will be sent to social care organisations and published on the Registration & Standards section of the website. Guides to workforce registration are published in the 'How to Guides' section and on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJcR5jHO20wg_bCYxcsZng