Ask the Care Specialists
Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.
Do I need to register with CQC as a self-employed carer to hire a full-time carer to help me out?
Do I need to register with the CQC if, as a self-employed carer, I want to now employ a full time carer to help me with some shifts?
The short answer is yes.
If as a self-employed carer you have a relationship with the individual requiring the care and you work with them directly providing personal care, you do not use any third party to arrange the care, and they personally pay you for the services you provide then you do not need to register with CQC.
As soon as you are employing someone else to provide personal care you will be paying them, and they will be working for you rather than directly working for the person requiring care. So, you will not be defined as ‘self-employed’ and in this situation, you will need to register with the CQC as you are acting as a Domiciliary Care Agency.
However, the above is only true if the person you are employing, is providing personal care, which is a ‘regulated activity’ as defined by CQC.
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Important note: We are not in any way affiliated or connected to the Care Quality Commission, Care Inspectorate Scotland, or Care Inspectorate Wales. If your query relates to someone who is at risk of harm or in danger, you must follow your local safeguarding procedures. It is important that you speak to your regulator who will provide you with the best guidance and support.