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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

24th November 2014

PIR: Good practice or accreditation schemes/initiatives/networks

I have been asked to complete my Provider Information Return (PIR) and am concerned about the type of information required by this question.

 Please list any good practice or accreditation schemes/initiatives/networks you are currently a member of?

I believe that this is a key question and you can use it to demonstrate your commitment to quality.

In my experience care providers are usually poor at "blowing their own trumpet" but this is your chance to show your ambitions for your provision.

These are some of my suggestions for completing this question.

To begin with the obvious:

  • QCS Quality Management System
  • Member of National Care Association

.........then look closely at all the things you do

  • Member of a local Association
  • Member of a Skills Academy Manager's local network
  • Use the Skills for Care and National Skills Academy Values Based Recruitment toolkit
  • Signed up to the Social Care Commitment
  • An Investor in People
  • Has the Gold Standard Framework for End of Life Care
  • Signed up to the Dementia Pledge

There are any number of networks, initiatives and quality indicators available ......... but if you are going to list anything you are subscribed to it is essential that you are actually using the system and where possible you are able to identify the outcome that it has on the people you care for or your staff.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

About Sheila

Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and over the years , prior to her retirement she has answered thousands of your social questions. You can still access the many questions below.

For Sheila Scott OBE as the former CEO of National Care Association (NCA), care is Sheila's life. She possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business, and as a leader in the care sector.

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