17 October 2016
Recruitment has started for the independent organisation responsible for the overall assurance of safety and quality of health and social care in Jersey.
The Jersey Care Commission is being established in advance of new legislation, the Regulation of Care (Jersey) Law 2014, which comes into force in 2017. The Commission will initially be responsible for regulating care homes, children’s homes, adult day care services and the care and support provided to people in their own home. In due course, it will include regulation of all health and social care services in Jersey.
The Chief Minister wishes to appoint a Chair of the Commission and three Commissioners. The appointment process is being overseen by the Jersey Appointments Commission and the positions are being advertised both in Jersey and nationally.
The four positions will include:
- one individual who has proven capability in the delivery of health care
- one individual who has proven capability in the delivery of social care
- one individual who has experience as a recipient of health or social care in Jersey, whether personally or as friend or family member of someone who is, or has received health or social care in Jersey.
In order to maintain the independence of the Commission, people who have worked in a health or care setting in Jersey – whether for the States of Jersey or in the private or voluntary sector – will not be allowed to apply.
Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said: “In future years, care services will be increasingly in demand and will be delivered by wide range of providers in a myriad of different settings, including in people’s own homes. We need to ensure that these services are fit-for-purpose, that they meet people’s needs, support their quality of life and protect them from harm. The Care Commissioners are critical to this. Their input and oversight will help ensure that Islanders who need care receive the best possible care.”
The Chair and other Commissioners will be offered a contract to work around eight days per year. The Chair will be paid £400 per day and the Commissioners £250 per day, plus reasonable expenses. The contract will be for an initial three-year period, subject to formal review at 6 months. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2016.