Ending 15-minute care – we're nearly there...
6 June 2014
by Guy Parckar
Today the government published lots and lots of proposals about how the Care Act, the new laws about social care, will work.
There are some important details about the care and support system, about who can get care and what information should be available to everyone.
And crucially, tucked away in more than 800 pages of ‘guidance’ and ‘regulations’, there is a short section about 15-minute care visits.
The fantastic news is that this says that, apart from in some specific circumstances, ‘flying’ 15-minute care visits are simply not acceptable.
This is an incredible success for all the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaigners who have raised this issue over the past year. Thank you to everyone who has backed the campaign!
But we’ve still got a bit further to go...
This is only a proposal and the government is asking for your views.
We still think it could be made even clearer and more definite. At the moment the guidance talks about ‘routinely’ using 15-minute care visits not being appropriate, and while this is a big step forward, it still risks leaving the door open for some people to get inappropriate care.
And they could still decide to take the reference to 15-minute visits out of the final version.
So we’ve made some amazing progress. We’ve seen 15-minute care visits become major headline news. We’ve seen some councils change how they work and some stop these visits completely. And now we’ve seen the government actually propose guidance for councils that would really help to limit how these visits are used.
If we can make sure that government knows that we need these ‘flying’ visits stopped, we can make sure that this guidance stays in place, and is made even clearer.
With your help, we can tell the government to end inappropriate 15-minute care visits once and for all.
Guy Parckar is the head of policy and campaigns at Leonard Cheshire Disability. He tweets at @GuyParckar.