Enabling Local Authorities and commissioners to access to the self-employed work force safely.
Local authorities across the country are facing increasing demand for care services at a time of acute financial pressure.
The current infrastructure of domiciliary care providers are simply unable to meet this growing demand and with the care crisis predicted to only worsen a solution must be found elsewhere.
There is a solution. Not only a solution but revolution that brings the changes that the care sector desperately needs.
This is a workforce that empowers communities to work together to make real and lasting change.
The solution comes with self-employed Personal Assistants.
Local Authorities and commissioners have a responsibility to ensure that care recipients receive support that is safe, sustainable and high quality. QCAS enables councils to access the self-employed workforce with confidence
Unfortunately the sector and the internet is rife with myths and misinformation about self-employed Personal Assistants.
“Personal Assistants cannot provide personal care” - This in untrue, personal care is a regulated task, however CQC have applied written exemptions for Personal Assistant to allow them to provide personal care
“Personal Assistants cannot be self-employed” this is untrue. All self-employed people must provide services in line with HMRCs guidance, this guidance does not prevent an individual providing health and social care support.
“Personal Assistants are risky” this is untrue. Personal Assistants are not put under the same high pressures that often result in poor care, corner cutting and risk. QCAS both meets and exceeds the standards of workers imposed within CQC regulated services.
Put simply, employing a member of staff is a complex burden that most care recipients are unable and unequipped to take on effectively.
Reports often demonstrate an inherently problematic experience for both the 'Care Provider' and 'Care Recipient'.
Recent data published by skills for care indicate that 'Individual Employers of Personal Assistants' reached its peak in of 75,000 in 2014, however it has failed to grow since and now the numbers are in decline.
In contrast the numbers of self-employed Personal Assistants are growing rapidly. Building a sustainable workforce that achieves higher satisfaction for all parties and an ethical earning potential.
QCAS evolved from a scheme created by a progressive local authority in 2013.The goal was to enable direct payment recipients to access safe, quality support from the local self-employed workforce.
At its heart QCAS has always worked hand in hand with local authorities raising standards of care and safeguarding all involved with direct payments.
Adopt QCAS as your benchmark of quality and safety
Contact us today to discuss how we can support your council.
Becoming a member of QCAS is straightforward. There are two-stages towards achieving membership and our team will support you with each element.
To begin your application there is some initial criteria that you need to meet, you must have:
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