Welcome to our domiciliary set-up guide! In this article, we will discuss how to set up and run a UK-based domiciliary care agency. Starting up on your own can be a daunting task. But we will make the task much easier for you. With over twenty years of experience in running, managing and owning a domiciliary homecare agency (and a nursing agency), I understand the process of registration, policies and procedures you’ll need. I have contracted with government, the NHS, CCG’s and private care homes. I have turned over one million pounds of revenue a year, so rest assured you will get to know all the secrets of running a successful homecare agency. I am also able to see any pitfalls you may have when running this type of care business.
You will have to put in a lot of hard work though! You must meet certain criteria; you will need to meet the Care Quality Commission standards, together with considerable legislative obligations. Furthermore, you will need to have a considerable number of relevant policies and procedures in place in order to satisfy government regulators and inspection set out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). If you are planning to run a health or adult social care service, providing care in individuals own homes, then you will need to register, with the Care Quality Commission. Apply as a new provider, registration normally takes 8-12 weeks
Children’s Care Home
This is a highly regulated service and you will need to ensure that you employed qualified competent staff. The manager who will need to register with Ofsted needs to be able to show evidence and experience of working with children and managing the home.
Ofsted have created a guide for individuals wanting to open a children’s home. Here is the link to the guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-open-a-childrens-home
This can be costly to setup, due to paying for property and staff too. We would like to caution you if you are not experience in this field, and to try to understand your reasoning to setting up this particular type of service. Being aware of the current market conditions and the regulatory. Do your research into geographical location. Additionally being aware of the provider list, having to wait to apply to tender to become on the approved provider list.