Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission.

So after all the discussion and mayhem, we’re finally here — the week of Election Day.

I blogged recently about the importance of people using and working in social care services making sure they were registered to vote. What a fantastic response there was. One of the great things about social media (and I know I still have to convince some people!) is the opportunity to share information and discover things you didn’t know.

In my blog I highlighted the campaigns from Dimensions and United Response, advice from Mencap and the Alzheimer’s Society; and initiatives like 9 Million Women. In return people told me about:

And so much more!

There have been articles in The Guardian and Community Care highlighting some of these specific schemes. Mencap has produced easy read versions of the election manifestos of each of the main political parties. There’s even a care home in Wales (Hallmark UK’s Ty Enfys in Pentwyn) that will be a polling station for the day. Verity Prentice promises to tweet all the action on Thursday — and if it works, maybe we will see some in England in 2020?

When we inspect adult social care services and ask whether a service is well led, we look at how open and transparent the service is; what links it has with the local community and how engaged residents, their families and carers are in the life of the home and locally. What better way to demonstrate that than to get involved in election activity?

It is great that so many services are actively enabling the people they support to exercise their right to vote and strengthening their links with the local community. Thank you! As someone said “democracy does not stop at the care home door.” Nor does being old, having a physical or learning disability or mental health problem mean you can’t vote either.

Thursday 7 May is our next external co-production meeting when I am sure we will be having some lively discussions ourselves. But I will be keeping my eye on the news and hope to see the #SocialCareVote getting out.

Originally published at www.cqc.org.uk.

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