For each sector, The Better Hiring Institute advisory board appoint a sub-committee of up to ten organisations. The purpose of each sub-committee is to meet with others in your sector for an hour every 6-8 weeks with the aim to discuss how you could potentially standardise for your industry, challenges and issues that you face, and any key themes. This is with a view to harmonise and modernise hiring in the UK labour market. 

If you would like to become a sub-committee member and collaborate with industry and UK GOV specifically on matters that relate to your industry, get in touch.

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Who regulates the industry?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates all health and social services in England. The commission ensures the quality and safety of care in hospitals, ambulances, and care homes and the care given in people's own homes.

CQC is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Health and Social Care Act 2008 – the primary focus of this Act was to create a new regulator whose purpose was to provide registration and inspection of health and adult social care services together for the first time to ensure safety and quality care for service users.

The Care Act 2014

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Professional Bodies: There are professional bodies in place, dependent on where you are based, to regulate the industry to ensure standards of proficiency and conduct:

Social Work England (SWE)

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Social Care Wales (SCW)

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

Social Care Ireland (SCI)

Screening requirements for the industry

  • Identity check
  • Right to work check
  • Qualifications
  • Referencing - should include questions on previous safeguarding investigations
  • Criminal record checks (as appropriate to the role)
  • Overseas police check - An Overseas Police Check or Certificate of Good Conduct is required from the relevant country/ies when: A Candidate has entered the UK in the last 6 months or declared that they have spent a continuous or cumulative period of 6 months or more living or working overseas in the last 5 years
  • Professional registration
  • Occupational health check
  • Mandatory training *where applicable to the role

Examples of roles and associated checks

Qualified Social Worker

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 3 years references
  • 10 years employment history
  • Criminal record checks
  • Professional qualifications
  • Professional registration
  • Occupational health check
  • Mandatory training

Support Worker

  • Right to work check
  • Proof of address
  • Identity check
  • 10 years employment history
  • 3 years references
  • Police check
  • Occupational health check
  • Mandatory training (where applicable)

Case for change

The absence of an overriding organisation setting standards for hiring across the UK means that there is no singular driving force for change to modernise the labour market by eliminating waste, inefficiency, and poor productivity across all sectors and industries. We want to streamline and modernise hiring and promote safe recruitment across all sectors, including tackling various recruitment fraud, which has increased during COVID.

What happens if you don't get it right?

Join the subcommittee for your industry.
Get involved.
If you are interested, just let us know! Appoint a representative for your organisation and we will get in touch and facilitate arrangements. Simple as that.
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