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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, 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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Should there be scores on providers' doors? Consultation on displaying CQC ratings

The Department of Health have recently released a consultation paper on the proposed duty for health and social care providers in England to display clearly their CQC rating in any location that provides care. Government are of the opinion that these proposals will increase transparency and incentivise providers to improve their quality of service. We would encourage members to read the consultation document and its proposals. UKHCA's Policy and Campaigns Team is considering a response and welcomes feedback from members to Providers can also reply online to the Department of Health by to 13 October 2014:

Announcement posted on: 19 September 2014


21st Anniversary Adult Safeguarding Conference 2014

Charity Action on Elder Abuse is holding a 21st Anniversary Adult Safeguarding Conference on 17th October 2014 at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations Society Building, 8 All Saints Rd, London, N1 9RL. Sir Mike Richards, CQC Chief Inspector for hospitals and Belinda Schwehr, owner of Care and Health law, are among a varied and interesting line up of speakers addressing current issues in safeguarding. Conference agenda and booking form.

Announcement posted on: 19 September 2014


Alzheimer's Society Commissions Research into Funding Dementia Care

A recent report, 'Dementia UK: second edition', commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, has found that on average individual service users self fund one third of dementia care, which equates to £21,322 per person per year. The report argues that this is an unfair state of affairs, as cancer or heart condition patients can expect care that is free at the point of use. Research suggests that by 2051 the number of dementia cases will rise by more than one million. UKHCA, who are referenced in the report, welcomes the call for a wider debate of the funding of social care, and for more funding of research into dementia, its causes and treatment. We note that homecare can play a key role in achieving dementia diagnosis and encouraging referrals. Further information and a copy of the report can be found here. A second report 'Dementia 2014: Opportunity for change' identifies five key areas for improvement, including diagnosis and quality of care.

Announcement posted on: 10 September 2014


September edition of Homecarer available for members

The September edition of Homecarer is available for members to download from: : In this issue: We anticipate the start of the new CQC ratings system from October 2014; UKHCA Chief Executive Bridget Warr says homecare should be a political priority; John Turner takes a close look at the Care Act and the ‘New CQC’; Towergate Insurance ask could you cope, if your business was at a standstill? Jonathon Holmes considers data security challenges for health and social care; We report on opportunities to have your say in Northern Ireland;
Consider care standards reform in Scotland and how UKHCA is contributing to implementing reforms in Wales; Look at CQC’s deliberations on covert surveillance; Preview the new market oversight regime for England; Launch new guidance by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP on competition law; and invite members to our England Conference – The Care Act 2014: aspirations to reality - on 1st December 2014.

Announcement posted on: 03 September 2014


Consultation on Code of Practice for Social Care Professionals in Wales

The Care Council for Wales is running a consultation on its Review of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers, which sets the standards for practitioners. The Code is significant for those who have to register with the Care Council, and is taken into account when there are alleged conduct issues. The consultation seeks views on a refreshed version and includes a mark up showing the changes: The revised draft is aimed at social care professionals (both managers and workers), uses the term "individuals" rather than "service users" and has a section for those responsible for managing or leading staff. The Council emphasises that the existing Code will remain in place until the revised Code is available in 2015. Members are invited to email their comments to The consultation closes on 30 September 2014.

Announcement posted on: 29 August 2014


UKHCA’s comments on a “Negative Register” for the social care workforce

UKHCA has long supported the registration of social care workers with a statutory regulator as a way to promote public protection and raise the status of the social care workforce. There are currently no active plans for a compulsory registration for careworkers in England. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has largely discounted a voluntary register and proposed a “negative register” for workers who should be prevented from working. UKHCA has written to HCPC chair and chief executive to highlight the duplication and missed opportunities such a proposal carries.

Members may be interested to read UKHCA's letter to HCPC on registration of the social care workforce.

Announcement posted on: 26 August 2014


Nominations now open for Great British Care Shows regional awards

Nominations are now open for the Great British Care Shows 2014 regional awards. The Government have formally pledged their support for the awards. Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, said: "It's so important for the Government to be a strategic partner in the Great British Care Awards. We hear stories about bad things happening from time to time and sometimes it feels like this is the only thing the media is interested in. I know there is an amazing amount of fantastic care that goes in our country from an enormous number of incredibly dedicated workers."

The awards are open for both homecare and residential care in England. For more information about how to nominate and the deadlines for the different regions, see: 

Nomination form. Great British Care Shows regional awards.
Stop press: There is now a new award category for The Good Nurse Award, see

Announcement posted on: 15 August 2014


Consultation on CQC guidance to help services meet new regulations

The Care Quality Commission have launched a consultation on proposed guidance for providers on meeting the new health and social care regulations and how they will use enforcement powers. New regulations setting out fundamental standards of quality and safety were laid before Parliament earlier this month. The full regulations (including a fit and proper person requirement and duty of candour) come into force for all social care and health services in April 2015. The consultation invites responses on the clarity and content of new guidance, designed to help providers meet the requirements of the new regulations. It will lead to the complete replacement, from April 2015, of CQC’s current Guidance about compliance: 'Essential standards of quality and safety' and the 28 ‘outcomes’ that it contains. It will also replace CQC’s current enforcement policy. UKHCA will be submitting a response and welcomes views from members, sent to . We would be grateful for replies by 29 August. CQC also have an online option to respond by 17 October 2014.

More on "Consultation on CQC guidance to help services meet new regulations"

Announcement posted on: 28 July 2014


Fundamental standards coming in from April 2015

The Department of Health recently published a response to replies it received to three consultations on the regulation of health and care providers in England, namely, Introducing fundamental standards, The Duty of Candour and The fit and proper person requirements for directors. The DH response is at: “Requirements for registration with the Care Quality Commission: response to consultations on fundamental standards, the Duty of Candour and the fit and proper persons requirement for directors”. This is accompanied by revised draft regulations -The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. The DH has made a number of changes in response to the consultation, which are outlined in the response document, notably on enforcement and offences created by the new requirements.

Announcement posted on: 15 July 2014


Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government

The Welsh Government has launched a White Paper, ‘Reforming Local Government’, setting out its plans for the future of local government in Wales. This includes reducing the number of authorities through mergers from 22 to 12, altering the way councils make decisions, improving their connection with communities and developing the way councils monitor their own performance - changes that are bound to impact on homecare providers with council contracts. The White Paper also responds to the local government parts of the report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery. UKHCA will be considering the consultation to assess the effect on homecare providers. UKHCA members who would like to comment are welcome to send us their views to by 12 September 2014. If members would like to respond direct to the Welsh Government, the consultation closes on 1 October 2014. Government announcement.

Announcement posted on: 09 July 2014


Low Pay Commission seeks views on NMW levels for 2015

The Low Pay Commission is seeking views on what level of National Minimum Wage should apply in 2015, so it can advise Government in a report due to be published by the end of February 2015. The Commission has launched a public consultation and will also be holding a series of visits across the UK to consider National Minimum Wage and other low pay issues, like apprentice rates. Locations and dates for this year’s LPC visits programme.

The Commission's remit is here and the public consultation runs until 26 September 2014. UKHCA will be submitting a response on behalf of members, in one of our most important representational activities of the year. We'll send members more news as the response develops. In the meantime, members are welcome to contact us by emailing by 22 August 2014.

Announcement posted on: 04 July 2014


Majors reforms planned to criminal records disclosure in Northern Ireland

The Justice Bill put before the Northern Ireland Assembly on 16th June 2014 would, if passed, make major changes to criminal records disclosure in Northern Ireland. The Bill contains a number of changes relating to how providers of social care will obtain Access NI information in the future. The Bill is not due to take effect until April 2015, but there are a number of big changes planned, such as the introduction of an online application form, provision of an update service, implementing a single disclosure certificate, handling Police Information and the role of an Independent Monitor, provision of statutory guidance to police and enhanced checks for the self-employed. Further information from Access NI can be found here.

Announcement posted on: 27 June 2014


Care Act 2014 - part one consultation on statutory guidance to councils

The Department of Health sought views on its important and weighty consultation on the regulations and guidance that will underpin part one of the Care Act 2014. The documents related to care and support reforms and provisions which come into effect in April 2015 and to how the care and support system should operate in England in 2015/16. There will be a separate consultation for reforms coming into effect in April 2016 later this year. UKHCA's Policy Team have submitted a response on behalf of members, having taken soundings from members on their views. We have also submitted a supplementary response, to better reflect a range of views from members.

The Department of Health's covering letter.

Announcement posted on: 06 June 2014


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