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About QCAS

The Quality Care Approval Scheme (QCAS) is a community interest company. This means we are a social enterprise that has been set up and run for the benefit of the community.

Personal Assistants (Independent Carers) are not regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), however, they can provide the same type of support so QCAS was born to set the standards for all Personal Assistants to abide by.

The unique approval scheme details the fundamental training as recommended by Skills for Care and is underpinned by a code of conduct that reflects the values and high expectations of individuals that work in care.

Our Mission

Enable communities and councils to access the Personal Assistant workforce safely

Our Vision

To empower every person who needs care with the assurance and confidence that their Personal Assistant meets the high standards they deserve through QCAS approval.

Our CARES Values:

Commitment – to setting and upholding high standards in care

Accountability – building and holding the trust of all who rely on our services, simply: it’s doing what we say we will do

Respect – for the wants and needs of those who both receive and deliver care

Empathy – leading with kindness and compassion

Simplicity – making the process to join the QCAS community clear and straightforward to be accessible for all who meet the criteria

Who Benefits?

QCAS is in place to support all those involved in care. From service users and their loved ones to carers and Local Authorities/Health Trusts involved in the provision of care, QCAS approval delivers total peace of mind.

Local Authorities are at capacity when it comes to care. Simply put there are more people who need care than those who can deliver it. However, the assurance given by the QCAS stamp of approval both increases the number of care options and opens the door to more choice in the care that a service user receives. Enabling communities and councils to access the self employed Personal Assistant workforce safety and confidence

How Does It Work?

For Care Recipients:

QCAS approval enables individuals to access the services of self-employed Personal Assistants safely.

Accessing self-employed Personal Assistants removes any hassle or hard work involved employing your own Personal Assistants. For example, writing their contract of employment, paying their salary/taxes/pension, carrying out an Enhanced DBS check, arranging their training or checking their eligibility to work in the UK.

QCAS approval means you have so much more choice and control over who provides your care. You can choose from a huge community of independent personal assistants rather than being stuck with local care agencies who cannot always offer the same level of flexibility and choice.

Every carer who has achieved QCAS approval receives a unique identification number and ID badge. You can check their ID number live at all times to ensure their QCAS membership is current while they provide your care.

For Carers:

We know your priority is to deliver great care, so we have made every effort to ensure the process to achieve QCAS membership is as straightforward as possible. You apply to join the QCAS Community online and we support you through each step of the process

We recommend you read through the requirements before beginning your application to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

For Local Authorities and Commissioners:

QCAS undertake all necessary checks which support statutory bodies to prove they have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the service user or patient. Our unique approval scheme gives a stamp of approval, allowing local authorities to choose from a wider pool of carers, increasing the much-needed capacity.

Read more about how councils and commissioners can adopt QCAS

Simply use the carers unique ID number here to check their QCAS membership on a live database.

Become Approved

Benefits for approved individuals include:

  • All mandatory training (LIVE trainer delivered)
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • ID badge and lanyard
  • Certification of Approval
  • Recognition for the quality support you provide

All for just £12.99 per month
or
£149.99 per year

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As a Community Interest Company (CIC), we are a social enterprise that has been set up and run for the benefit of the community. We rely on donations to further improve and grow the service across the UK and strive to ensure as many people as possible are able to access the high-quality care they deserve.

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Buckinghamshire County Council