The Berkshire Care Association (BCA) 's main aim is to raise the standards of care in Berkshire. The Not For Profit organisation has been running since 2005 and provides a wide source of information, training, support and guidance to their members. They represent the views of care providers during meetings with commissioners.
What are the benefits of being a member of the BCA?
There are two membership options that can be chosen from:
- Regular email updates on important information you need to know
- Changes to legislation and best practise guidance to ensure that you remain fully compliant with the latest regulation updates.
- Regular newsletters
- Spectrum buying group discounts
- Representation with Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), Safeguarding Boards, and Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Executive Membership (£240 a year for one service, additional £120 for a 'sister' service, £600 a year for 4 or more services)
- All of the above plus:
- Quarterly Managers' meetings
- Reduced prices for selected training courses
- Discounts on events and mentoring
- Bespoke support
- Discounts for the annual conference in October
- Advertise job vacancies for free on the BCA website
- Framed certificate of membership
- Use of BCA's logo on your website and email signatures
How does BCA benefit the community?
Should a member of the community have any issue with a member of BCA, the organisation can provide them with help and guidance to resolve the problem. One of the ways they may do this is by acting a mediator between the two.
Members of the BCA are required to complete professional training resulting in an experienced service being provided by the care service.
Choosing a care service which is a member of the BCA can provide reassurance to care seekers as each care provider is required to go through a vetting service before becoming a member to make sure they are worthy of membership. Regular checks are made to ensure that standards are being met.