Care Home provider launches debate about cameras in homes

HC-One, the UK’s third largest care home provider, which runs thirty-five care homes in Scotland, including Blar Buidhe in Steinish, Lewis has today (Friday) initiated a sector-wide debate on implementing an opt-in, visible camera scheme in care homes, following its consultation on the matter.

Leading the way in restoring trust in the care sector following recent cases of malpractice towards residents, HC-One launched a consultation amongst its residents, relatives and staff to gauge their views on an opt-in, visible camera scheme.

Based on the results received, HC-One is now calling for a sector wide public debate on the issue.

Over 12,000 Residents, relatives and staff responded to HC-One’s consultation:

68% of all respondents were in favour of introducing opt-in, visible cameras in homes

87% of relatives supported of the use of cameras

63% of staff supported the use of cameras.

53% of residents opposed the use of cameras

The consultation revealed a number of concerns about the implementation of such a scheme:

Privacy for Residents - 74%

Who has access to the footage – 65%

Who watches the footage – 63%

Where footage is stored and how secure it is – 60%

Where in the home cameras are used – 53%

This consultation was Phase One of HC-One’s broader three-phase project. Phase Two involves an industry-wide debate on the above findings and possible ways to navigate the so-far inconclusive results. The full report of HC-One’s consultation has been sent to regulators and stakeholders, including the Department of Health. HC-One is keen to receive feedback from these bodies, and any other interested organisation, by December 31st.