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United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care (also known as domiciliary care or homecare), which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators. The Association represents over two-thousand members across the United Kingdom, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Advice on supporting people who use services in a heatwave

Homecare providers, care workers, people who use services and families/carers may find this information useful:

Department of Health heatwave plan for England, 2015 'Making the Case: why long-term strategic planning for heatwaves is essential for health and wellbeing', and action cards for organisations, staff and the public:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (NI): Heatwave Advice for health and social care professionals (2015 edition)

Safe Summer in Scotland:

Public Health Wales: Extreme Hot Weather: (updated February 2015) includes advice for health and social care professionals.

Staying cool in a heatwave - advice for older people from Age UK:

Met office advice:

Announcement posted on: 01 July 2015


Minister announces compulsory registration for domiciliary care workers in Northern Ireland

Simon Hamilton MLA has announced that domiciliary careworkers will have to register with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). The Minister intends for the process of registration to begin this year.

To read more on the Minister's announcement please see NISCC's website

Announcement posted on: 18 June 2015


Birthday list honours those in social care

The Queen's birthday honours list included some people well known in social care. Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of The Alzheimer's Society, received a CBE. Skills for Care Chief Executive Sharon Allen and Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs of Carers UK, were both awarded an OBE, as was Brian Walsh, Director of Community Services of Coventry City Council and Honorary Treasurer for Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. Philomena Hughes, Assistant Director for Mental Health and Older People Services at Northern Health and Social Care Trust, received an MBE.

Congratulations to everyone honoured. Do UKHCA members have any good news to share about their staff or people in their local area? Email

Community Care magazine article 
Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 List

Announcement posted on: 15 June 2015


Revised ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications

The Disclosure and Barring Service has re-issued its ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications, as from 8 June 2015 the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is invalid and will not be issued by DVLA. Paper driving licences (issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998) remain valid. This means that for DBS ID checking purposes, the driving licence photocard needs to be checked, or a pre-1998 paper driving licence, per the revised ID checking guidelines. More at:

There are also revised ID checking guidelines for countersignatory applications.

Announcement posted on: 08 June 2015


Carers Week 8-14 June 2015

A reminder that it is Carers' Week from 8-14 June 2015. This year the focus is on building Carer Friendly Communities in the UK. More about how to get involved at: The latest State of Caring Report from 2015 by Carers UK found that carers are worried about cuts to the care and support they receive and also about the variable quality of services. 

Announcement posted on: 05 June 2015


Rapid action must be taken to protect people who need homecare

Commenting on the ADASS Budget Survey 2015 report released today, Mike Padgham, Chair of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) said: “Further cuts this year of £1.1bn, on top of £4.6bn in cuts since 2010-11, will have a devastating effect on the care we are able to give. This is a truly alarming statistic and a frightening realisation of what UKHCA has been warning would happen for many, many years.”

Bridget Warr, UKHCA Chief Executive, continued: "ADASS’s budget survey makes very worrying reading indeed. If local authorities genuinely find themselves forced to pay less for what they acknowledge is "vital homecare", this could have serious consequences, not least for people needing support to live at home. Choosing to cut homecare further would also mean disadvantaging those of their citizens who work so hard to deliver that support, by suppressing the potential to increase levels of pay in the sector. This cannot be right. We have shown that councils need to pay a minimum price of £15.74 per hour for homecare services, based on just National Minimum Wage rates for careworkers (and of course they deserve better pay), in order to enable providers to run a sustainable business...". Read full media release. Community Care article, quoting UKHCA.

Announcement posted on: 04 June 2015


Displaying ratings – answering your questions

The Care Quality Commission has updated its website to answer providers' questions about CQC posters and widgets. The Commission clarifies who needs to display ratings, when and where they should be displayed and how to download CQC posters and widgets. There is also information about how providers can raise queries about the display requirements, which apply to regulated providers in England.

Announcement posted on: 29 May 2015


Queen's Speech delivered on 27 May 2015

The Queen's Speech delivered today at the State Opening of Parliament includes proposals for new legislation including the City Devolution Bill, Employment and Trade Union Bill, Enterprise Bill, an NHS Bill, Tax Lock Bill, a Scotland Bill, a Wales Bill, and proposals for a British Bill of Rights. Commentary in the Guardian.

Announcement posted on: 27 May 2015


Camilla Cavendish appointed Head of Policy at Number 10

Camilla Cavendish has been appointed Head of the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street, one of three senior journalists appointed to key government roles. The moves means that she leaves her position as CQC Board member.

Camilla Cavendish wrote for the Sunday Times and The Times and also carried out the review of the training of health and social care workers that resulted in the launch of the Care Certificate. UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel said: "We congratulate Camilla Cavendish on her new role and are pleased to see that we now have a leading political strategist at Number 10 who is familiar with health and social care. While we appreciate that Camilla Cavendish's focus will be spread across a range of issues and sectors, we are confident that the urgent need for adequate funding of social care will remain with her."

Announcement posted on: 22 May 2015


Jeremy Hunt MP remains Health Secretary, Alistair Burt MP becomes Care Minister, and David Prior is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity (Lords)

In the Cabinet reshuffle following the recent election, Jeremy Hunt MP kept his job as Health Secretary and suggested he is turning the focus from health to social care in this term of office:

Alistair Burt MP is the new Minister for Care and Support, replacing Norman Lamb MP. Quick guide: Minister of State for Care and Support's responsibilities. We are writing to him, to request a meeting.

Subsequently, David Prior has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity (Lords). His responsibilities include NHS commissioning policy and CCGs, plus winter planning. David was previously Chair of the Care Quality Commission. More details.

Other posts: Sajid Javid MP became Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Iain Duncan Smith MP continues as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Anna Soubry MP becomes Minister of State (Minister for Small Business) and Greg Clark MP becomes Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government.

Announcement posted on: 18 May 2015


May edition of Homecarer available for members

The May 2015 edition of Homecarer is now available for members to download. In this issue: We consider the threat to social care of continued austerity and call for the new Government to address social care funding; launch the UKHCA statistical overview of the homecare market; Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP discuss health related tasks and the risks for homecare providers; Towergate Insurance describe help for providers with registration issues; we consider personalisation, post Care Act 2014, and the evidence we gave to the Welsh Government on registration and inspection; plus we report on integration in Scotland and trade union recognition in Northern Ireland.

Download May 2015 edition of Homecarer

Announcement posted on: 15 May 2015


Simon Hamilton is new Health Minister for Northern Ireland

Simon Hamilton has been appointed to replace Jim Wells as Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland. Simon Hamilton was previously at the Department of Finance and has a background in accountancy.

Announcement posted on: 12 May 2015


UKHCA manifesto calls for properly funded community-based social care

With election day almost upon us, UKHCA calls on the political parties which lead, or have a significant influence on the next Government, to commit to the principles of the UKHCA Manifesto. We say the UK needs a new approach, with proper funding of community-based social care, to reduce dependence on acute services, while supporting people to live well at home.

Announcement posted on: 06 May 2015


Better Care Exchange launches 30 April 2015

NHS England have asked for our help in promoting The Better Care Exchange, which launches on 30th April 2015, and is a useful new tool to help all those involved in better integrated care. It brings together all key documents related to integrated care, and also provides a platform for accessing best practices, collaboration and shared learning. Please click on the link to be taken to the Better Care Exchange:

Announcement posted on: 29 April 2015


Care Improvement Works - resources for providers

Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence have launched Care Improvement Works – an online resource to support managers of care services for adults find reliable resources to support improvement. Care providers in England can use the resource before and after inspection, or at any time, to identify products that support improvement in areas where they may have concerns, or to review their current practice against recognised good practice. All the products are mapped to the Care Quality Commission’s five key questions and key lines of enquiry (KLOEs), and the project was supported by Think Local, Act Personal.

Announcement posted on: 29 April 2015


The Health Select Committee consult on the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill

The Health Select Committee have invited UKHCA to respond to a consultation on the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill.

The Bill will lead to significant change. It seeks to reform CSSIW's inspection method, The Care Council for Wales are to become Social Care Wales with extended powers, move the sector away from 'minimum standards' and change the registration requirements and role of Registered Manageres and Individuals. The Bill also has provisions for the introduction of a Market Oversight regime in Wales and a ratings system of inspection.

See how UKHCA responded:

UKHCA were also asked to provide oral evidence to the Committee, which took place on 29th April. Both David Pritchard, Head of Social Service Regulation and Workforce at Welsh Government and CSSIW Assistant Chief Inspector David Francis have recently expressed their desire to work closely with UKHCA and member providers to shape the future of the Bill.

Announcement posted on: 16 April 2015


UKHCA at The Alzheimer’s Show 2015 - June 5 & 6 Olympia, London

UKHCA will be leading a session on “How to get the care that is right for you at home” at the forthcoming Alzheimer’s Show. Bridget Warr, UKHCA Chief Executive will also be on a “Question Time” style panel.

The Alzheimer’s Show, produced in association with Alzheimer’s Society, is the UK’s only exhibition and conference for professionals and families caring for a person with dementia. Its aim is to provide direct access to practical advice, information, products and services to help those affected by dementia. The event has a full two-day conference programme across three theatres, featuring a range of topics including research, post diagnosis, young dementia, managing behavioural symptoms and adult safeguarding. There will also be practical advice talks on nutrition, exercise, finance, the Mental Capacity Act and legal issues.

For more information: on tickets and exhibitor opportunities visit Tickets are £10 online (+ £1 booking fee) and £16 on the door.

Announcement posted on: 07 April 2015


CQC fees to increase confirmed at 9%

The Care Quality Commission has issued its fee scheme for 2015/16 which confirms thats fees will rise by 9%, as proposed. This means that an individual community care provider will see their annual registration fee increase to £796 and larger providers, operating from more than 25 locations, will see their registration fee increase to £35,403, a decision that the CQC acknowledges is unpopular with providers and which UKHCA argued strongly against, on behalf of members. CQC fee scheme 2015/16 CQC announcement


Announcement posted on: 03 April 2015


CQC release final version of the Provider Handbook

The Care Quality Commission have now released the final version of their provider handbook to assist providers of Adult Community Care in meeting the new Fundamental Standards.

The new handbooks reflect changes in the law that came into effect on 1st April 2015.

To download a copy of the provider handbook please visit CQC's website.

Announcement posted on: 02 April 2015


CQC publishes position on Care Certificate

CQC has published its position on the Care Certificate and set out what it expects from health and social care providers when the Care Certificate commences from 1 April 2015 in England. The position statement also explains what the CQC will be checking when it carries out inspections, to ensure the provider has the correct approach to staff induction, support and training using CQC's new key lines of enquiry. CQC's Position on the Care Certificate and CQC welcomes Care Certificate media release.

UKHCA is holding a series of workshops for homecare providers on implementing the Care Certificate. For more information and to book, see: Places are filling up fast, so please don't delay.

Announcement posted on: 25 March 2015


An overview of the UK domiciliary care market

UKHCA have released an updated overview of the domiciliary care market. The new document contains a retrospective overview of the market, tracking back trends in the market place and in the delivery of care over recent years.

The data contained within this document will be of use to researchers, journalists, management consultants, people considering entering the domiciliary care market and providers of domiciliary care. 

Announcement posted on: 19 March 2015


CQC release guidance on the display of ratings

CQC have today (12/03/2015) released guidance on the new statutory requirement for providers to display the rating awarded to them by CQC at each and every place a regulated activity is provided from. There is also a requirement to display the rating CQC have awarded on your website.

This requirement will come into force on the 1st April 2015, from which date providers who have been awarded a rating of Good, Outstanding, Requires Improvement or Inadequate will have 21 calendar days to display their rating online and at their premises.

You can access CQC's guidance in full here.

Announcement posted on: 12 March 2015


UKHCA report - The Homecare Deficit: Funding of Older People's Homecare

UKHCA has launched a report into prices paid for older people's homecare by councils and trusts in the UK. The report, gathered by a freedom of information request, shows that only 28, out of the 203 authorities where an average price could be established, paid their independent and voluntary sector homecare providers fees at or above UKHCA's minimum price for homecare of £15.74 per hour. For the full report, which allows comparisons at a national, regional and local authority level, please see:, and for our press release, see UKHCA Press Release

Report author UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel said: "There has been a considerable reaction to the report, including a welcome commitment by the Care Quality Commission to examine our findings as part of their annual State of Care report, due later this year. Although not full oversight of commissioning, it is useful the regulator in England now regards homecare pricing as part of the overall picture of social care. But 'The Homecare Deficit' raises a question that individual local authorities must address themselves. Despite their limited budget, what importance are they willing to place on adequate funding of the care of older and disabled people?"

Announcement posted on: 04 March 2015


CQC issues guidance on Fundamental Standards and Enforcement Policy

The Care Quality Commission have issued guidance on meeting the Fundamental Standards and how they will use their enforcement powers when regulating health and social care providers in England. This guidance will replace current 'Guidance about compliance, Essential standards of quality and safety' from 1 April 2015. The final version of the guidance will be published at the end of March, with updated versions of CQC’s provider handbooks to ensure they reflect changes coming into effect on 1 April 2015. CQC press release.

Announcement posted on: 13 February 2015


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