We signed up to The Social Care Commitment in December 2016.
Information about the Social Care Commitment
What is the Social Care Commitment?
The Social Care Commitment is the adult social care sector's promise to provide people who need care and support with high quality services.
It is made up of seven statements, with associated 'I will' tasks that address the minimum standards required when working in care, the commitment aims to both increase public confidence in the care sector and raise workforce quality in adult social care. It is a Department of Health initiative that has been developed by the sector, so it is fit for purpose and makes a real difference to those who sign up.
For more information please visit the Social Care Commitment Website.
Who makes the commitment?
Any employees and employers who plan or deliver adult social care can make the commitment, including volunteers. An employer or organisation makes their commitment first and then encourages their employees and subsidiaries to do the same, so the whole workforce is working towards improving quality and raising standards.
Employees can be signed up using the employee assisted sign up tool. This is great for those who don’t have an email address as sign up can be done by their employer. Once logged in, a step-by-step guide is available to show you how to do this.
How is the commitment made?
Making the commitment involves agreeing to the seven statements and selecting tasks to help put those statements into practice. Tasks cover activities such as recruiting the right staff, having a thorough induction, ensuring a strong culture that values dignity and respect and effective communication. Doing the tasks provides an official record of work done, which can raise job satisfaction and increase staff confidence.
You can find the ‘employer’ and ‘employee’ statements and tasks on the Social Care Commitment Website.
Signing up to the commitment
When you sign up, you will be given the Social Care Commitment logo to use on your marketing material, so that you can endorse your care services.
There are a whole range of other resources available to support you with your commitment. Once you have signed up, you will have access to a full list of useful resources.
Ready to sign up?
Signing up to the Social Care Commitment is quick and easy and will have a long lasting and positive impact, both in the workplace and for those who need care and support.
Sign up here: The Social Care Commitment.
Why sign up?
There are many reasons to make the Social Care Commitment.
1.To reach the standards of care required
One of the most important areas in which the Social Care Commitment can support you is by generating evidence that demonstrates you are meeting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards. You can find more information about how the Social Care Commitment maps to the Key Lines of Enquiry on the CQC pages of the website. The tasks can also be used as evidence for the Care Certificate and other qualifications.
2.To support staff training
The system creates individual and organisational development plans, which help identify learning and development gaps and opportunities. After making the commitment, both employers and employees have access to a range of resources that can help respond to the identified gaps opportunities. The resources also support day-to-day care work such as report writing, upholding dignity and whistleblowing.
3.To raise public confidence in the care sector and to be recognised as a quality provider
By making the commitment, employers and employees are making a public declaration, saying that they can trust the support and care they provide is underpinned by strong core values. The public can see which providers have made the commitment on the search page on this website or on NHS Choices.
4.To help find and keep workers
Signing up shows a commitment to supporting and developing staff. Current employers feel valued and prospective employees know they are joining an employer who will help them to develop their skills and knowledge.
5.To meet wider workforce requirements
The Social Care Commitment can support you to meet other requirements across adult social care. We have produced an info-graphic that shows the benefits the commitment can bring to the adult social care sector, to the general public and to your business. It also gives an explanation of the Driving Up Quality Code, Investors in People, Think Local Act Personal and the Dementia Pledge and shows how the Social Care Commitment can help you achieve these quality markers.
The Social Care Commitment and Doncaster Council
Doncaster Council signed up to the commitment in December 2016 and are in the process of signing employees and teams up.
If your organisation or Council team are interested in signing up to the Social Care Commitment please:
- visit the website; or
- contact Deborah Gauld at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01302 862450; or speak to your manager.