Norman Lamb MP Meets With Pioneering Care Providers

James McCallum Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, met with members of a community organizing charity Citizens UK, together with a care providers, commissioners and care recipients who are working together to improve adult social care across the country.

Citizens UK, working with experts in adult social care as well as care recipients have drawn up a Charter of Good Practice for Care Providers and Commissioners. The aim of the Charter is to clearly layout the basic standards that would afford care workers appropriate respect and remuneration for their work and recipients of care a quality care service.

The Charter is specifically looking at the issue of payment of travel time, sick pay for care workers and an end to 15 minutes care calls. Managing Director of Caremark (Wandsworth), James McCallum is delighted to be part of the Citizens UK Social Care Campaign and took part in the Citizens UK ‘care in the square tea party event’ at Parliament Square, to promote the Charter of Good Practice.

Reflecting on this new step forward, McCallum said: “Caremark (Wandsworth) is pleased and excited to be involved in the Citizens UK Social Care Campaign. The quality of social care for recipients in the UK needs to improve and this starts with valuing the important work done by care workers properly and fairly. This in turn will mean society placing a higher monetary value on an hour of social care, which given the current state of public finances, means priorities will need to change. Citizens UK’s valuable movement, rooted as it is in communities, is the best way for these changes in attitudes to come about.”

Caremark (Wandsworth) provides bespoke care and support to people of all ages, abilities and ethnicities across the borough, who wish to remain living safely and independently at home rather than have to go into residential care.

The Battersea-based care provider is part of a UK network of franchised offices offering high quality home care services from as little as half and hour a day to the more intensive 24 hour live-in care and support package.

Caremark’s CEO, Kevin Lewis, said: “The public want and deserve good quality home care delivered by well trained, professional and compassionate care staff. We strive to continually provide the highest standard of personalised care to all our clients and take pride in our bespoke service.

“We value our care workers for their dedication and for the fantastic work they do. Their valuable contribution to social care must never be underestimated or overlooked. As a company we feel passionate about making a difference at community level, as well as training and supporting people into a worthwhile career in social care.”

Details on how civil society can support the charter and improve the adult social care system are also listed and include dementia friendly training for community groups, as well as twinning programs between care homes, churches and schools.

It is hoped by all participants in Citizens UK that this movement will bring the issue of social care into the public arena in readiness for the 2015 election.