Notes from the field of public involvement

Wednesday, 08 December 2004

User participation in social services regulation

Government has responded to the Better Regulation Task Force’s report Bridging the Gap – Participation in Social Care Regulation.

Five brief pages accepting all five of the recommendations about user participation in social care regulation are accepted: “It is vital that the voices of people living in care homes or receiving social care services in their own homes are heard.” The principle of “no penalty for participation” is endorsed. By April 2005 payments for user participation should have been sorted out between government agencies. If social care can make progress on this, surely the NHS must take note. It is time to end the phenomenon whereby the only participants in user involvement not being paid are the users!

Read the response here: http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/09/66/84/04096684.pdf

Andrew Craig | Send feedback