Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Video: Campaign highlights dangers of being treated by unregistered health or social care workers

Have you checked your provider’s credentials?
Have you checked your provider’s credentials?

The Health and Care Professions Council has released a video highlighting the potentially devastating effects of being treated by an unregistered health or care worker.

So have you checked your provider’s credentials? And where should you go if you have any concerns?

There are hundreds of thousands of health and care professionals working in care homes, hospitals and high street clinics across the UK, yet worryingly not all of these so-called professionals are registered.

The HCPC is warning the public - particularly older people who are likely to be receiving care but have low awareness of the regulations in place to protect them and make sure they are being treated by a registered and qualified professional.

Crucially, using one of the 300,000 HCPC registered professionals gives peace of mind to patients so that on the very rare occasion that care standards are not met, the HCPC can take swift action if they are a danger to the public.

There are 400,000 care home residents in the UK, with 3.8 million older people living at home and the HCPC investigates many cases per year, with some involving the elderly.

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