United Kingdom Homecare Association
(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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Open Letter to the Chancellor on National Living Wage
Today, UKHCA publishes an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, supporting the National Living Wage, but calling for action to ensure that the costs are fully funded by government, which UKHCA estimates will be £753 million in the first year alone.
UKHCA has revised our Minimum Price for Homecare, which increases from the current £15.74 per hour, to £16.20 per hour from October 2015 and £16.70 per hour from April 2016, when the new National Living Wage comes into force.
Read UKHCA’s letter to the Chancellor in full. BBC News video. UKHCA media release.
Announcement posted on: 27 July 2015
Government cap on care costs to be delayed until 2020
Responding to Government’s announcement that the policy to cap care costs in England will be delayed until 2020, the United Kingdom Homecare Association’s Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:
“Government’s announcement will cause additional distress for some people who may face significant care costs in the future.
The social care sector is massively underfunded and the delay to the cap provides an opportunity for Government to prioritise public resource where it is most needed, meeting the care and support requirements of older and disabled people, many of whose needs currently remain unmet.
Government must take urgent measures, starting with the upcoming Spending Review, to ensure that funding reaches front line homecare services rather than being subsumed in the processes of local government.”
See the full UKHCA media release at: http://www.ukhca.co.uk/mediastatement_information.aspx?releaseID=232654
Announcement posted on: 17 July 2015
Chancellor to bring in National Living Wage from 2016
Responding to the Chancellor's announcement of a new compulsory National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour for workers of 25 or over from April 2016, rising to over £9 an hour by 2020, UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel commented:
"UKHCA supports measures which improve the terms and conditions of low-paid workforces. We note that Government's announcement on a National Living Wage for workers aged 25 years and above is offset to some degree by changes to employers' National Insurance contributions. However, due to the age profile of the social care workforce this announcement will have a significant impact on the cost of homecare.
"Whilst employers are responsible for meeting the increased cost, the vast majority of homecare services are purchased by local councils, who have an extremely poor record of increasing their fees in response. The impact of constrained public spending by councils has been subject to repeated criticism from the Low Pay Commission.
"We call on Government in each UK administration to ensure that the statutory sector is adequately funded to meet these additional costs, and to monitor effectively how such funding is passed on to employers. It is vital to ameliorate the negative impact on an increasingly under-funded sector, and to achieve better conditions for the homecare workforce in a sustainable way."
A summary of the Summer Budget 2015 key announcements is at: www.gov.uk/government/news/summer-budget-2015-key-announcements Chancellor's speech. Policy Documents.
Announcement posted on: 08 July 2015
UKHCA supports call for better focus on supporting people with dementia to live at home
UKHCA supports the Alzheimers' Society's call for a national focus on providing sufficient good quality homecare, to enable people with dementia to live independently for as long as possible and reduce admissions to hospitals and early entry to care homes. A survey of GPs carried out for the Alzheimer's Society's report, 'Aiming higher to transform lives' on the quality of life of people with dementia in England, found that 67% do not think their patients with dementia get enough support from social services. The report also recommended that homecare visits should be no shorter than 30 minutes and that this should be set in regulations. UKHCA Chief Executive Bridget Warr spoke at the Alzheimer's Society annual conference last week, underlying the importance of adequately funded homecare to helping live well at home with dementia.
The Alzheimer's Society is proposing that there should be a national, funded plan to deliver the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020, including actions on homecare that were presented by UKHCA.
More on "UKHCA supports call for better focus on supporting people with dementia to live at home"
Announcement posted on: 06 July 2015
UKHCA welcomes Assembly recommendations on regulation in Wales
UKHCA welcomes recommendations from the National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee on the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill. We are pleased to see the Committee agree that domiciliary care workers should be required to register with Social Care Wales (currently the Care Council for Wales). We also welcome the Committee’s recommendation that Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales) should review the efficacy of the commissioning of social care services by local authorities and health boards on the lives of people who use care services, and call on the Minister for Health and Social Services to extend this remit further, by requiring direct oversight of local authority commissioning practice by the regulator itself. UKHCA full press release.
Announcement posted on: 03 July 2015
July edition of Homecarer available for members
In this issue: Chair Mike Padgham asks whether social care can learn the lessons of history; Policy Officer Jonathon Holmes looks at DevoManc and commissioning; Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP discuss what homecare agencies need to know about deprivation of liberty; we look at accompanied holidays, with the assistance of Towergate Insurance; UKHCA Chief Executive Bridget Warr expresses her hopes for the new Government at Westminster; Policy Officer Dominic Carter says a dementia focus paves the way for social care; we report on the Health + Care event, and the Great British Care Awards; launch our revised National Minimum Wage Toolkit and materials for members on assessing the Care Certificate; Senior Policy Officer Duncan White considers the challenge of personalisation and integration in Scotland; we report on workforce registration in Northern Ireland and local government reorganisation in Wales; and include our directory of services and products for the homecare sector as a centre page pull out. Download Homecarer.
Announcement posted on: 02 July 2015
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 in the current hot weather:
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
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. http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/displaying-ratings-answering-your-questions-about-cqc-posters-and-widgets
Announcement posted on: 29 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
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: http://www.ukhca.co.uk/conferences.aspx?id=306 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
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: www.ukhca.co.uk/rates, 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