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.
Liz Leathem Assistant Director Adult Services said:
“Bryson has been delivering domiciliary care services to older people and people with a physical disability for more than 20 years and central to this delivery has been a competent and committed workforce. Our Care Workers are at the forefront of support services that are often challenging and demanding and registration will provide them with formal recognition that the role they are performing is valued and important. Bryson aims to continuously improve outcomes for service users and their informal carers. The registration process will ensure that Care Workers have the necessary skills and qualities to provide excellent person-centred services and people can be assured that our workers are fit to practice.”
Colum Conway, NISCC Chief Executive said:
“We would like to thank Liz and the team at Bryson Care for hosting our registration information session in Belfast. 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 The Spectrum Centre. 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 NISCC at www.niscc.info Guides to workforce registration are published on the NISCC website and YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJcR5jHO20wg_bCYxcsZng .