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Information & Advice


Guidance for people using the services of Micro-providers in Somerset

In this guide you will find key information covering:

  • The employment status of a Self-employed Micro-provider
  • The legal and regulatory basis for Self-employed Micro-providers.
  • Circumstances when a community Micro-provider should be offered
  • What checks have been made on Micro-providers in Somerset
  • Micro-providers for people in receipt of a Personal Health Budge
  • Best Practice: What you should be looking for in a Micro-provider
  • What are everyone’s responsibilities when using a Micro-provider

* For the purpose of this guide, we are using the term “Micro-provider” to describe a “self-employed care worker”. The Community Micro-enterprise programme (CMEP) in Somerset supports any enterprise that is independent, has under 8 people employed or volunteering.

* This guidance is written on the basis that you are engaging with a Micro-provider to support with the activity of ‘Personal Care’. Personal care is defined by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) as:-

  • Physical assistance given to a person in connection with:
  • Eating or drinking (including the administration of parenteral nutrition)
  • Toileting (including in relation to menstruation)
  • Washing or bathing
  • Dressing
  • Oral Care
  • The care of skin, hair and nails (with the exception of nail care provided by a chiropodist or podiatrist)
  • the prompting and supervision of a person to do any of the activities listed above, where that person is unable to make a decision for themselves in relation to performing such an activity without prompting or supervision.

* Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this guide is accurate, Somerset County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group shall not be liable to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused by the information contained in this guide.

For a printable copy please see: 

Guidance for people using the Services of Community Micro-providers in Somerset