Main news today is that the GSCC is to be abolished and the regulation of social workers is to fall to the HPC (Health Professions Council). I wonder if there will be a name change to recognise that social workers are not health professionals.. It’s a bit early to digest the possible impact of this. In the wake of the abolition of the GTC (General Teaching Council), I suppose it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. But it was to me. I expect the plan to roll out registration to all social care workers has gone down the pan which is a great shame.
The GSCC haven’t always been the most effective and have had very well-documented problems with the backlog of conduct cases but it will be interesting to see how social care fares as a separate entity when the HPC takes over.
At the moment, I am vaguely indifferent as there have been so many changes and readjustments over the last few years that it just feels like another one. I have a complete lack of knowledge and understanding of the HPC so will read a bit more and no doubt have further views which might have more substance to them over the next couple of days!
I can’t help feeling that I wish the government would just give us a little time to bed one idea down before changing everything again but as one of my main criticisms of the GSCC was that it was not run by social workers, I can’t see that in particular getting any better!