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About the Social Care Workers Registration Board
Appointment of members to the Social Care Workers Registration Board
The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, confirmed on the 27 March 2015 the establishment of and appointment of members to the Social Care Workers Registration Board, under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (amended) to regulate the profession of Social Care Workers.
The first meeting took place on 25 May 2015, Ms Dunia Hutchinson was elected as Chair and Mr James Forbes was proposed as the representative of the Board on Council.
The Social Care Workers Registration Board is currently preparing for the registration of the profession. This includes the approval of education courses and requirements for registration including the code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
CORU will consult with social care workers about how the profession is to be regulated.
You can sign up for updates, including information about consultations, by choosing to sign up for updates, here, by entering your name and email address, and by ticking your specific profession of Social Care Worker.
Social Care Workers Registration Board Membership
Representatives practising in the profession
- Des Mooney
- Dunia Hutchinson (Chairperson)
- Adrian McKenna
Representatives from the profession, engaged in the management of services provided by it
- James Forbes
- Maurice Fenton
A representative engaged in the education and training of persons in the practice of the profession
- Catherine Carty
A representative of the management of the public health sector, the social care sector or both sectors
- Paddy Duggan
A representative of the management of a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care
- Patrick Doyle
A representative of third level educational establishments involved in the education and training of persons in the practice of the profession
- Jim Walsh
Representatives of the interest of the general public
- Damien Courtney
- Tim Murphy
- Imelda Finerty
- Karen Kiernan
Role of the Social Care Workers Registration Board
The primary remit of CORU is to protect the public and our role in relation to all our designated professions Registration Boards is to:
- Set the standards that health and social care professionals must meet
- Ensure that the relevant educational bodies deliver qualifications that prepare professionals to provide safe and appropriate care
- Maintain and publish a Register of health and social care professionals who meet our standards
- Ensure that registered professionals keep their skills up to date by promoting continuing professional development.
- Establish Fitness to Practise to deal with registrants who do not meet the required standards.
All of the above standards are subject to vigorous public consultation processes and the immediate work of the Social Care Workers Registration Board will be to prepare the standards required, as outlined above, as they refer to Social Care Workers professionals. CORU is responsible for regulating health and social care professionals.