HCA & Carers Ireland Contribution to the Public Consultation on Draft Regulations for Homecare 2022

HCA & Carers Ireland have been working very keenly in the background, ensuring that the voices of the many HCAs in Ireland are heard.

The Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, launched a public consultation on draft regulations for providers of home support services on the 16th of June 2022.

These regulations set out the minimum requirements that public, private and not-for-profit providers of home support services will be required to meet to obtain a license to operate.

The Programme for Government and the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy commit to the introduction of a new Home Support Scheme to support people to live in their own homes, which will provide equitable access to high-quality, regulated home support.

HCA & Carers Ireland, wanted to ensure that the new legislation actually had local, actual research to back up the needed changes in the industry for the betterment of public health, of clients/service users and HCAs nationwide and thus submitted an eleven paged submission. Based on the findings of our first landmark report on HCAs and qualified carers in Ireland, and already known historical facts from the concurrent pandemic, post the reports publication, Principal Investigator and the head of HCA & Carers Ireland, wanted to ensure that policy makers had full, up to date and accurate information to based public health action on.

The report noted that 43 recommendations which are paramount to correct function, support and care of those who received any health service from Healthcare Assistants or Homecare

Assistants were made by the original report and the repetition of key recommendations for Homecare was reiterated.

The report in hindsight of the still progressing Covid-19 Pandemic, still escalates the

importance of using information for the betterment of public health. The research was carried

out in pre-Covid times, and showed immense cracks which throughout the Covid-19

pandemic only widened, and thus Homecare assistants, clients and families a-like where

engulfed into the phagocytic environment where, training, infection control and prevention,

practical skills and even having a qualified homecare assistant to hand was at times hard to

come by.

We have received confirmation that the study and our submission is being used in earnest by the Department for Health and IPH (Institute for Public Health, Ireland) in the contextual gathering of information.

Link to the original call by Department of Health:

We will keep you all updated on any progress to the new legislation as it becomes available.

We understand this new legislation will affect a large population of Client and Homecare Assistants alike!

We thank you all for all the hard work you carry out on a daily basis!

The HCA & Carers Ireland Team