Most Micro-providers in Somerset do not offer personal care as part of their service.
However if a micro-provider provides personal care (such as help with bathing, dressing, using the toilet, taking medication) in a person’s home, this is classed as regulated activity. They may need to be registered with the social care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
There is however an exemption from registration if the provider is an individual and is contracted directly by the person (or related third party), working under their control and direction.  This means that a majority of Somerset’s micro-providers are not able to register with the CQC.
If a person or their representative want to use a micro-provider who is exempt from care regulation they will need to answer yes to the questions below.
- The person knows what support or care they want
- The person is willing and able to engage directly with a provider and tell them what is needed
- The person understands how to check the suitability of a provider and make good decisions about engaging their services
- The person is willing and able to check the suitability of a provider and decide whether to engage their services
- The person has the capacity to control, direct and co-ordinate their care and is willing and able to do so
- The person clearly does not understand what they want from a service
- The person relies on a professional to organise the care that will be provided by the micro-provider
- The person does not have the knowledge or capacity to choose a good provider who will provide the service they want/need
- The person is not willing or able to choose a good provider who will provide the service they want/need
- The person does not have the capacity to control, direct and co-ordinate their care
Care Quality Commission: Scope of registration (Page 14)