I’ve talked many times about the benefits of making the Social Care Commitment, but I am often asked by hard pressed employers how it fits in with other initiatives and standards they have to meet day in and day out. With resources stretched for everyone, employers are rightly asking ‘what’s in it for me?’
As ADASS is encouraging commissioners to build the Social Care Commitment into their processes, signing up to the commitment can ensure employers remain competitive during commissioning.
Another critical way in which the Commitment can support you is by generating evidence that demonstrates you are meeting Care Quality Commission (CQC) essential standards.
The employer statements from the Social Care Commitment correspond with the Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOE) in residential care statements and the CQC Fundamental Standards for Care.
When employers and employees make their commitment, they automatically create a development plan at the same time, recording the tasks and activity that the employer or employee has promised to put the commitment into practice. As these tasks are based on the Social Care Commitment statements, they can be easily mapped across to the KLOE and fundamental standards and used as evidence to support CQC compliance.
That’s why we are working with the CQC and their inspectors so they can recognise a commitment development plan and see how this can support inspection. It is certainly worth looking at some sample development plans to see how they could help your organisation.
To further show you how the commitment can help in achieving other standards and initiatives we have produced a new online interactive graphic. As well as including the CQC information, the resource lists the benefits the commitment can bring to the adult social care sector, to the general public and ultimately to your business.
You can click through to find out how the commitment can help to meet key quality marks including the Driving Up Quality Code, Investors in People, Think Local Act Personal’s ‘Making it Real’ and the Dementia Pledge.
Employers also ask me how the development plans created as part of the Commitment can help identify learning and training opportunities.
They also really want to find out how it can be used to support supervision and appraisal processes and how signing up can help to raise the profile of an organisation as well as improving public perception of the care sector. Bearing in mind the pressures employers are under we made sure that the Commitment not only supports but complements existing initiatives and standards. It makes no sense to create a duplication of work, so signing up to the Commitment can actually help employers save time and achieve more.
The Social Care Commitment was always designed to be a two way process where employers could sign up, but by doing so there were clear benefits to them and the people who work in those organisations. The most obvious way of doing that was linking to standards quality providers want to meet and I’m confident the new online resources will prove invaluable in a period of great change.
View the infographic and find more information here.