Social Care Ireland are currently conducting a needs analysis survey in relation to the impending introduction of registration for social care workers, in which we wish to establish if there is information around registration that Social Care Ireland can provide to individuals and organisations which would assist in understanding registration and its implications.
Social care workers are among 14 professions that are, or will be, required to register under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. CORU (Health & Social Care Professionals Council), the body responsible for regulating health and social care professions, will establish and maintain a register for each of the professions, including Social Care Workers. Once the Social Care Workers register is opened, any individual wishing to use the title of “Social Care Worker” will be legally required to register with CORU.
In 2015, the Social Care Workers Registration Board was established and earlier this year CORU released Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers (link available below), which was a further crucial development toward opening the register. Nonetheless, Social Care Ireland is aware that not all those in the social care sector are fully familiar with these developments or the implications of registration for organisations and staff.
Social Care Ireland are therefore seeking your assistance in establishing what the current levels of awareness are and, more importantly perhaps, how Social Care Ireland can facilitate organisations and staff in preparing for registration. To help generate awareness and to gather information on how Social Care Ireland can facilitate communication around statutory registration, Social Care Ireland would like to conduct a needs analysis survey via survey monkey.
This survey will take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete, and is for social care workers, social care staff (including volunteers/work experience students) with a social care qualification, service managers and HR personnel within organisations. The survey will be anonymous and no names of individuals or organisations will be requested as part of the survey and no individual or organisation will be identifiable in any report from the survey.
Completing this survey will assist Social Care Ireland in understanding the potential barriers that currently surround registration awareness and also how Social Care Ireland may facilitate social care workers, social care organisations and providers in understanding registration and the implications, such as mandatory Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements and reporting.
The survey will remain open until Friday 13th October, and all participants who complete the survey can choose to be entered into a draw for a 250 Euro All-for-One voucher.
Social Care Ireland https://www.socialcareireland.ie/
CORU – http://www.coru.ie/
Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers – http://coru.ie/uploads/documents/Standards_of_Proficiency_for_Social_Care_Workers_(31.05).pdf