Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Their aim is to ensure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care and support.
Direct payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local council. A person must be able to give their consent to receiving direct payments and be able to manage them even if they need help to do this on a day-to-day basis.
Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable persons from working with vulnerable groups. It helps protect children and vulnerable adults by providing support to organisations recruiting people into positions of trust. The DBS replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales whose aim is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
Skills for Care
Skills for Care ensures that England’s adult social care workforce has the appropriately skilled people in the right places working to deliver high quality social care.
Regional help and advice for people interested in a range of care services, including care at home (such as personal care or home maintenance). Also provides help for carers and those needing respite care.
United Kingdom Home Care Association
The United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) is the professional association of home-care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. The UKHCA supports organisations that provide social care, promoting high standards and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators.
Working in the UK
The UK Border Agency is responsible for controlling migration into the UK. They manage border control, enforcing immigration and customs regulation. They also consider applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK, and for citizenship and asylum.