Health: Professional Standards

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Chair, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (Higher education in STEM subjects)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many health care assistants have been banned from working with patients for failing their duty of care towards patients or clients in each of the past 10 years.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The department does not hold information on the number of healthcare assistants that have been banned from working for failing in their duty of care.

The role of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is to establish if an individual poses a continued risk of harm to vulnerable groups. If this risk is established then the ISA can bar an individual from working in certain roles in health and social care including health care assistant roles.

The ISA is reliant on the job title provided by organisations and this can differ widely between employers and across the sectors. Therefore being precise about the number of health care assistants who have been barred is not possible.

In 2011 there were 115 cases referred to the ISA where the individual's job role was described as healthcare assistant. All of these were considered for barring, with five individuals subsequently being barred.

However, in the same period the ISA concluded over 1,800 cases where the individual was described as being "in a care or support role within a health or social care setting", 245 of these cases resulted in the individual being barred.

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