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04th October 2017

Should an independent self-employed carer, who provides services to more than one client, be registered with CQC?

I work with many clients who use private funds or direct payments, or a mixture of both, to directly employ care and support staff. Separate to this they might also have one or two carers assisting them who are set up as self-employed, and will invoice the client for the hours they do each month. Should an independent self-employed carer, who provides services to more than one client, be registered with CQC in their own right?


Dear N,


Thank you for your question.


As far as I am aware, there is no requirement now or any immediate intention in the future, for what I call Personal Employers who employ carers directly either with private funds or direct payments to undertake any form of checks or any method for those carers to be registered.


I believe that in some areas the Local Authority may undertake some form of vetting but it is certainly not a legal requirement.


My personal opinion is that this could place some Personal Employers at risk and at the very least, employers should be able to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


With best wishes.



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