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Care Regulations Explained: Health and Social Care Act 2008

The Health and Social Care Act of 2008 is the most recent parliamentary act pertaining to the quality of care homes and to the standard of care in the UK. We’ve produced a brief guide to understanding this landmark piece of legislation.


 

What Does the Act Mean For the Care Industry?

 


The Health and Social Care Act 2008 ushered in the Care Quality Commission, which oversees regulation of both adult and juvenile care in the UK, and ensures that such care is implemented to the highest possible standard.


One of the main powers given to the Care Quality Commission was the ability to demand an explanation from any individual or body charged with delivering care. This includes bodies at all levels of the care system, from care-equipment manufacturers and providers, to privately run carehomes and NHS affiliated organisations.


The Commission has the power to demand the submission of an explanatory report in any situation that they deem it necessary, ensuring full accountability for the care giver at all times.

 

Responsibilities

 


However, the Commission has its own responsibilities as well as its own accountability. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 requires that the Care Quality Commission publish an in depth and publically available report of their own, reflecting any action they decide to take. This adds a further level of accountability to the care system and secures a high level of care quality.


The Commission must also be informed immediately by any individual or body administering care, in the event of the death or unauthorised absence of anyone in their charge. This ensures efficient and effective overseeing of the care industry.


To read the 2008 act in full, click here and download a .pdf of the document .