Social Care Wales published a response to their consultation on Transforming Care in the 21st Century, which ran for 12 weeks between 24 July and 16 October 2017.

The report provides a summary of responses and details how we have modified our proposals in light of the feedback they received about proposed changes to:

  • registration fees
  • qualification requirements
  • employers’ code of practice
  • fitness to practise rules.

Many of the responses received were from individuals and organisations.

After carefully considering all the feedback and discussing it with the Welsh Government, Social Care Wales have decided to:

  • increase registration fees in line with our proposals, but with a lower fee for social care workers
  • change the qualification requirements as set out in the consultation, but offer additional options for domiciliary care workers with three or more years’ experience
  • make minor changes to the employers’ code to reflect some of the helpful suggestions we received from respondents
  • amend our Fitness to Practise Investigation Rules 2017 in line with our proposals.

These changes will take effect from April 2018.

Gerry Evans, Director of Regulation and Intelligence, said: “We welcome the positive response to the consultation, in particular the many useful ideas suggested for moving this area forward. We look forward to working closely with the sector in seeking to ensure we can sustain an effective and confident social care workforce to meet the challenges of the future.”

You can read Social Care Wales full response at: Transforming care in the 21st century.