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Health and Sport Committee seeks views on spending priorities 11/07/2017

Holyrood's Health and Sport Committee is calling for evidence on its spending priorities, in a consultation that closes on 26 July. Neil Findlay MSP, Convener of the Health and Sport Committee, said:

"Through the Committee's work to date we are aware there are numerous issues to be addressed by the health budget including delayed discharges, waiting times, and the shortage of GPs and other key staff. With so many challenges there are no easy answers. However, by giving people a chance to have their say on where priorities should lie and how best the health and sport budget can deliver value for money before it is announced, it is our hope that Parliament and stakeholders will be able to influence these key areas of spending."

There is a list of questions for response at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/105325.aspx

The Committee will publish a pre-budget report in the Autumn, before the Scottish Government publishes its draft budget later in the year.

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Consultation Document: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/105325.aspx Link opens in a new window
Questionnaire: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/105325.aspx Link opens in a new window

Please Respond by 26/07/2017

UKHCA responds to Low Pay Commission's call for evidence on effect of minimum wage rises 06/07/2017

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has carried out a call for evidence of the impact of recent increases to the National Minimum Wage (which includes the National Living Wage) to inform thinking about future upratings. The details of the evidence LPC looked for are set out in the consultation dated April 2017, which closed on 7 July 2017. Thank you to UKHCA members who completed our survey, which provided us with much valuable evidence to use in our response.

We have now sent our submission to the Low Pay Commission, explaining that increases in NMW are not the issue per se for homecare employers, who want to make sure their staff are properly rewarded for the demanding and difficult work they do. The issue is local authorities failing to match the increases, leaving employers to try and fill the gap. We explained to the Commission that a key measure is the amount of contracts being handed back to local authorities. With the homecare market being so fragile, there must be no doubt about the crisis facing the sector, and the impact on the older and vulnerable people it serves.

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Give your views on digital health and social care strategy 14/06/2017

The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is seeking comment on the government’s draft Digital Health and Social Care Vision 2017-2020 via an online survey to secure “more focused engagement with stakeholder groups”. UKHCA encourages members to contribute to the survey to raise awareness amongst parliamentarians of the contribution that homecare providers can make to a more innovative, timely and integrated system of care; of particular relevance to social care are questions 4, 6, 7 and 9. The new strategy should be ready by late 2017, so there is time to make your views known online or by email to ehealthcommunications@gov.scot More from: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L72H7WN The call for evidence runs to 12 July 2017.

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CQC next phase of regulation: consultation 2 13/06/2017

The Care Quality Commission has issued a second consultation on its next phase of regulation. This consultation has proposals that apply to all regulated sectors, including how CQC registers, monitors, inspects and rates new models of care and large or complex providers. There are also proposals on how CQC use their knowledge and capability to encourage improvements in the quality of care in local areas; and how they carry out their role in relation to the fit and proper person's requirement.

Other proposals focus on changes to how primary medical care services and adult social care services are regulated.

Members are invited to send their views to UKHCA at policy@ukhca.co.uk by Tuesday 25th July 2017, to contribute to UKHCA's response on behalf of members. The consultation itself closes on Tuesday 8th August 2017 and members may wish to respond directly. You can read the consultation document and how to respond here.

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Please Respond by 30/08/2017

Welsh Government launches consultation and information events on workforce issues 12/06/2017

The Welsh Government has announced plans to require providers of domiciliary support services to distinguish between travel time and care time in careworkers' schedules, and offer domiciliary care staff on zero hours contracts the choice to move to a minimum hours contract after three months of continued employment, if there is continued demand for the work. The consultation also asks for views on opening the register of social care workers to those employed in regulated domiciliary support services from 2018 and how the Welsh Government can address current challenges in the recruitment and retention of trained social care managers.

The Welsh Government is holding information events on Cardiff - 21 June 2017 and Wrexham - 13 July 2017. To attend please contact RISCAct2016@wales.gsi.gov.uk by 19 June (Cardiff event) or 30 June (Wrexham event). Spaces are limited and subject to availability. 

The deadline to respond to the consultation is 7 August 2017. UKHCA members are invited to send their views to policy@ukhca.co.uk so we can take these into account when preparing a response on behalf of members.

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Consultation Document: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/phase-2-implementation-regulation-and-inspection-social-care-wales-act-2016-workforce Link opens in a new window

Please Respond by 07/08/2017

Extension of free personal care in Scotland to the under 65s? 09/06/2017

The Scottish Government is carrying out a feasibility study into the extension of free personal and nursing care to the under 65s. The study was initially for those with dementia and then widened to cover personal care for people under 65 generally. 

The aims of the study are to provide robust estimates of the cost and assess potential implications of this policy. Members of the public are invited to send their views to adultsocialcare@gov.scot or by post to: Adult Social Care Policy Team, Scottish Government,
St Andrew's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG. Closing date 2 July 2017.

For the remit of the study, go to www.gov.scot and search for "extension of free personal care to the under 65's".

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Views sought on Phase 2 implementation of Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 16/05/2017

The Welsh Government is asking for views on Phase 2 of the implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act (RISCA) 2016 which includes:

  • duties and requirements providers of regulated service and responsible individuals must meet.
  • draft statutory guidance on how service providers and responsible individuals may comply with requirements.

The consultation is available at: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/phase-2-implementation-regulation-and-inspection-social-care-wales-act-2016 and the closing date for responses is Tuesday 25 July.

Èy

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Consultation event on review of Social Care Induction Framework 16/05/2017

Social Care Wales is holding a event at Cefn Lea Park, Newtown on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 10am - 3pm to discuss proposed changes to the Social Care Induction Framework.

The review includes a new title 'Health and Social Care Induction Framework', new sections on health and well-being, changes to reflect legislation/the policy context and the deadline to complete extended to 6 months, with key sections for completion within first 12 weeks.

Register for this event by following the link to Eventbrite.

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MPs launch inquiry into Sustainability and Transformation Plans 05/04/2017

The Commons Health Committee launched an inquiry into Sustainability and Transformation Plans, the five year plans for local health and social care services in England which point the way to integration by 2020. The inquiry addresses a range of points including how effective STPs have been in joining up health and social care, whether the demands on them are deliverable and what barriers there are to effective governance and implementation. The inquiry follows the publication of Next Steps on the NHS Forward View.

Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Committee has closed this inquiry but evidence gathered may form part of a subsequent inquiry. In the meantime, UKHCA welcomes members' views on STPs - email policy@ukhca.co.uk

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UKHCA has responded to CQC's consultation on the next phase of regulation 14/02/2017

On Behalf of: CQC

UKHCA has responded to CQC's consultation on the next phase of regulation. Broadly, we set out the concerns of members on the inspection regime and made clear the difficulties facing providers in the current financial climate. The response also refers to the length of time members are waiting for inspection reports, councils commissioning for price and the difficulties members have in trying to delivering a safe service, reservations about combining the current 11 sets of KLOEs into two overarching frameworks, concerns about consistency by inspectors and disruption being caused to providers. Thank you to UKHCA members who helped with our response. Your comments were extremely useful.

CQC will publish a second consultation in Spring 2017, which will focus on how they regulate adult social care and primary medical services.

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Review of modern employment practices underway 06/02/2017

The Government has commissioned a review of UK employment practices, including the 'gig economy'. The review, which runs for six months from 1 October 2016, is looking at how employment practices should change to keep pace with modern business models like those operating from digital platforms, the growth of zero hours contracts and the rise in self-employment.

There is facility to contribute ideas to the review at: https://beis.dialogue-app.com/matthew-taylor-review, and details of consultative events and making written submissions at: https://beis.dialogue-app.com/matthew-taylor-review#idea-count-container If members do contribute, we would be interested to receive a copy of your submission - please email policy@ukhca.co.uk

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Public Accounts Committee to investigate progress on integration 06/02/2017

The Public Accounts Committee is carrying out an inquiry into integrating health and social care in England. This is running alongside a study by the National Audit Office into the progress of the Better Care Fund, how integration is working in different localities, what the Department of Health is doing to support local integration and whether the target of 2020 is likely to be achieved for full integration.

The deadline to submit written evidence to PAC is 21 February 2017. There is also an option to submit evidence to NAO - see: www.nao.org.uk/work-in-progress/integrating-health-and-social-care/



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Call for evidence launched by the Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support in Northern Ireland 24/01/2017

On Behalf of: Department of Health

The Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support has released a new call for evidence to gather evidence to inform future reforms in adult care services.

The consultation highlights six priority areas of concern including financial stability, sector resilience, and choice and control.

The consultation will be accepting responses until the midnight on the 23rd of January 2017. The consultation document and online response form can be found on the Department of Health website.

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Department of Health launch new consultation on reconfiguring health and social care services in Northern Ireland 24/01/2017

On Behalf of: Department of Health

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland are seeking feedback on the recent Expert Panel report, Systems, Not Structures: Changing Health and Social Care, which outlined a number of recommendations for change in the health and social care sector.

The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire and will be accepting responses until the 20th January 2017. The consultation document and questionnaire can be found on the Department of Health website.

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UKHCA calls for workforce strategy to address leaving EU concerns 24/01/2017

UKHCA has written to MPs sitting on the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee to draw attention to the recruitment and retention issues facing the UK homecare sector. Our submission highlights the dependence of some homecare providers on non-British EEA workers to fill gaps in the workforce in regions like London, the South East, the South West and East of England, and sub-sectors like live in care.

We call for a workforce strategy to build up the domestic labour market, a right to remain for current EEA workers and transitional arrangements for migration from the EU until UK employers can recruit sufficient staff from elsewhere. The Committee is looking into the UK's negotiating objectives for EU withdrawal.

More information about the Inquiry  UKHCA's submission

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Welsh Government asks for views on charging for social care 04/01/2017

The Welsh Government would like your views on changes to local authority charges for social care and support.

These changes, which include a rise in the maximum charge for non-residential care and support to £70 a week, will take effect in April 2017 under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website. The consultation deadline is Wednesday, 25 January.

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Call for responses to DCLG provisional finance settlement consultation 16/12/2016

Following the Secretary of State's statement to Parliament on the provisional local government finance settlement, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) seeks views on their proposals.

The proposals include the introduction of an Adult Social Care Support Grant and an increase of the social care precept for a temporary basis.

Further information can be found on the DCLG website. Deadline is Friday, 13 January 2017.

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Scottish Government consults on National Health and Care Standards 20/11/2016

The Scottish Government is consulting on draft National Health and Care Standards which apply to all health and social care services, not just regulated services, and extend to planning, assessment, commissioning, and delivery of care from the perspective of the person using care.

The seven new care standards replace the 23 previous sets of standards for specific services. Developed with input from service users and with a social justice approach, the draft standards use 'I' statements, for example, 'Standard 1.17 - I am supported to live in my own home if this is possible for me.' The standards set out important characteristics of how care providers should design, deliver and improve their services. Care at home providers will want to review the draft standards carefully.

The consultation closes on 22 January 2017, see: www.newcarestandards.scot UKHCA has submitted a response on behalf of UKHCA members. Consultation document.

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Review of Code of Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers 07/11/2016

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council has launched a review of its Code of Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers, following its earlier review of the Code for Social Workers and Social Care Workers. NISCC has updated the Code for Employers and is seeking views on draft revised standards. The changes are summarised on pages 5 and 6 of the consultation and include:

  • Changing the name of the Code to 'Standards for Employers of Social Workers and Social Care Workers';
  • A new overarching standard on leadership, and one relating to duty of candour. More emphasis on practice that is 'values-led':
  • New standards around employer responsibilities to ensure that their workforce is registered with NISCC;
  • Strengthened standards around raising concerns about resource or operational difficulties impeding delivery of care and co-operating with NISCC investigations.

To comment, see:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5714dc4333ad0fea4d44d655d/files/Consultation_Document___Review_of_NISCC_Code_of_Practice_for_Employers_of_Social_Care_Workers.pdf UKHCA is considering a response on behalf of members. To send us your views, email policy@ukhca.co.uk by 16 December 2016. The consultation formally closes on 30 December 2016.

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CQC plans substantial fee increases from April 2017 07/11/2016

The Care Quality Commission is proposing a 60% increase in homecare providers' fees from next April. This means the fee for a single location provider will increase from £1,369 to £2,192. Fee increases for homecare services (included in the term community social services' used in the consultation paper) are calculated according to the number of locations, as follows:

Number of locations

Actual fee 2016/17

Proposed fee 2017/18

1

£1,369

£2,192

2 to 3

£3,806

£6,093

4 to 6

£7,611

£12,184

7 to 12

£15,224

£24,370

13 to 25

£30,447

£48,740

More than 25

£60,893

£97,476

Care Quality Commission's 'Regulatory Consultation document' proposals for fees from April 2017 for all providers that are registered under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 is available from: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-outlines-proposed-regulatory-fees-providers-next-april

UKHCA is preparing a consultation submission on behalf of UKHCA members. Please send your comments by 19 December 2016 to policy@ukhca.co.uk. The consultation formally closes at noon on 11 January 2017.

 

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Review of the fees charged and frequency of inspections by RQIA 01/11/2016

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on the fees RQIA will charge regulated providers in Northern Ireland from April 2017. At present there is variation between the fees charged different types of service, with domiciliary care rates currently nil. RQIA plans to introduce fees for domiciliary care agencies from 1 April 2017 as follows: Registration fee: Provider £952, Manager £261; Annual fee: £215; and Variation fee: £100, £25 minor variation. A similar approach is planned for other services that do not pay fees currently. The consultation also includes proposed new minimum frequencies for inspections. The proposed statutory minimum number of inspections for a domiciliary care provider is one per year, the same as presently.

The consultation closes on 30 December 2016. UKHCA will be preparing a response on behalf of members, so please email your views to policy@ukhca.co.uk by 2 December 2016. Letter to consultees Consultation paper Respond to consultation

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How can homecare staff help people manage medicines at home? 21/10/2016

New draft guidelines have been issued by NICE which set out how homecare staff can help adults who are receiving social care support at home manage their medicines safely and correctly. The draft guidelines:

  • Suggest staff should discuss individual's needs and preferences and record decisions about the support needed in the personal homecare plan.
  • Adopt the view that staff should encourage people to take direct responsibility for their own medicines wherever possible, with help from family or carers if needed.
  • Outline how to approach helping people who need support and deals with issues such as ordering prescriptions, administering medicines and what records to take.

The draft guideline is open for consultation until 11 November. To comment, you will first need to register as a stakeholder. More at: http://bit.ly/2epyFFt UKHCA will be commenting on behalf of members. To send us your views, email policy@ukhca.co.uk by 2 November. NICE news item.

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UKHCA responds to Health Committee's Brexit health and social care inquiry 21/09/2016

UKHCA has given evidence to the Commons Health Committee's inquiry to set priorities for health and social care in our EU withdrawal negotiations, following their pre-referendum inquiry into the impact of EU membership on health and social care. The Committee is looking at 'the most important issues to which attention will need to be paid in the withdrawal negotiations and what outcomes should be sought from them.' It is also considering the risks and opportunities for health and social care and how the Government should mitigate them, to take advantage of the opportunities. The deadline for submissions has now closed. Evidence given as the inquiry progresses will appear here.

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UKHCA responds to Care Council for Wales consultation, Social Care Wales Registration Rules and Fitness to Practise Rules 31/08/2016

UKHCA has responded to Care Council for Wales' consultation on future rules for those who will be registered with Social Care Wales (the Council's forthcoming name).

UKHCA was in agreement with most of the rules, offering some slight amendments and corrections to allow for greater clarity.

Click the link below to read UKHCA's full response.

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UKHCA responds to NI Commissioner for Older People's call for views 17/08/2016

UKHCA has responded to the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland's draft priorities for action.

UKHCA welcomed the draft priorities and looked forward to supporting the implementation of the final priorities over the coming years.

Compiled under three main themes (respect, value and protect), these draft priorities will inform the Commissioner's duties during his tenure.

Click the link below to read UKHCA's full response.

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UKHCA replies to National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage consultation 02/08/2016

UKHCA has responded to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) consultation on what the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) should be from April 2017. The NLW is due to be increased to just over £9 by 2020, subject to sustained economic growth, and the Commission propose a straight line increase taking the NLW to around £7.60 from April 2017. The remaining levels of NMW (21-24, 18-20, 16-17 and apprentice rate) will also rise in April 2017 (meaning the increases already announced from October 2016 will be for six months only). UKHCA drew heavily on members' replies to our recent survey, which formed an important part of our response. Thank you to everyone for their comments. UKHCA's consultation response on behalf of members

The Low Pay Commission is now considering all the written and oral evidence presented to it, with a view to making recommendations to Government in time for the Autumn Statement in November.

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NI Executive calls for views on Draft Programme for Government 22/07/2016

The Northern Ireland Executive has opened a public consultation on their draft Programme for Government. It lays out the Executive’s key strategic areas and introduces a new ‘outcomes-based’ approach to governance. There are fourteen strategic outcomes guided by 42 indicators with accompanying measures. One particular indicator to note is number 9 which focuses on the improvement of adults with care needs. It measures the number of adults receiving care against the number of adults needing care in general over time. The Executive will use this indicator to work towards a number of predetermined outcomes. Outcome 8, for example, seeks to ensure a population that “cares for others” and “helps those in need.” The deadline for response is 22 July 2016.

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Health Committee launch inquiry on A&E winter planning 08/07/2016

The House of Commons Health Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the steps that need to be taken to ensure that A&E departments are able to cope with the pressures they will face over the coming winter.

A key area the Committee wish to explore is how NHS Trusts work with local social care partners to prepare for winter pressures.

UKHCA will be submitting a response on behalf of members. The deadline for submissions is 5th August 2016.

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Consultation on implementation of Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 04/07/2016

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the regulations that will underpin the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act. This will inform how the Act is implemented and how CSSIW will inspect services.

UKHCA has responded on behalf of members. The consultation documents are available online and the deadline for responses is 20th September 2016.

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UKHCA responds to inquiry into sustainability of council adult social care 24/06/2016

UKHCA has responded to the Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided. The inquiry, which covered all adult social care provided or commissioned by councils, looked at the impact of the National Living Wage and the 2% council tax precept. UKHCA made the following points (full response): 

  • Despite recent efforts by Government to address the funding of adult social care, the sector is still severely underfunded and is unlikely to meet the needs of an increasingly aged population with increasingly complex needs.
  • Several factors, particularly the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and additional responsibilities on local authorities following the introduction of the Care Act 2014, have placed considerable strain on local adult social care budgets. 
  • There is growing concern among independent and voluntary sector homecare providers about the stability of the domiciliary care market, evidenced by an increase in the number of councils experiencing providers exiting from contracts or individual packages of care. 
  • A reduction in the capacity or funding of homecare services will not be beneficial in the short or medium term.
  • UKHCA believes a better understanding of the sector and how it fits in new models of care will be beneficial to Government and society, enabling the principles of the Care Act to be fully effective.

 

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Consultation on RQIA's revised inspection policy 08/03/2016

RQIA are now consulting on changes to their inspection of regulated services. The new policy will focus on outcomes achieved, and the inspection will focus on four key questions to measure outcomes:

  • Is care safe?
  • Is care effective?
  • Is care compassionate?
  • Is the service well-led? 

The consultation document is available online.

UKHCA will be submitting a response to the consultation and we encourage members to share their views with us via policy@ukhca.co.uk

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Care Quality Commission seeks views on plans for next five years 27/01/2016

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking views on its plans for the next five years in a consultation document ‘Shaping the future’, which was produced following responses to CQC's 2015 discussion paper 'Building on Strong Foundations'. 

The Commission is proposing a single system of measuring quality to help providers better understand their quality of care and share this information with CQC. Data would be used to promote a risk-based approach to regulation, which would support a more targeted and tailored inspection programme that would allow CQC to inspect services rated 'good' and 'outstanding' less frequently and lend greater support to those performing less well. The consultation closes on 14 March 2016. UKHCA will be preparing a response on behalf of members, so please do email your views to policy@ukhca.co.uk by 29 February 2016.

The CQC is holding a live Twitter Q and A session between 1 and 2pm on Wednesday. To pose a question, send @CareQualityComm a tweet using the hashtag #CQCStrategy. UKHCA response to the consultation.

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Have your say on NICE draft Homecare quality standard 26/01/2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have announced an important consultation on the draft Homecare Quality Standard, which follows the NICE Homecare Guideline issued in September 2015. We encourage members in England to respond as this is a real opportunity to influence the shape and content of the NICE Quality Standards.

NICE Quality Standards are a set of seven statements designed to drive measurable improvements in safety, experiences of people using services and effectiveness of care services. Members will want to consider these carefully and comment on whether they are achievable in the provision of day to day homecare. To comment, you need to register as a stakeholder on the NICE website, if you haven't registered before: www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/Stakeholder-Registration Individuals do not need to register.

A briefing paper, the draft quality standards and comments form are at:
www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/GID-QSD135/consultation/html-content and the NICE Homecare Guideline issued in September 2015, which is useful for comparison purposes, is at: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng21 Responses should be sent on NICE's comments form to QSconsultations@nice.org.uk by 5pm on 22 February 2016.

NICE is also carrying out a general survey about its national guidance on health and social care. To give your views, please complete an online survey at: www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145390138865

UKHCA response to the consultation.

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Major homecare consultation in Wales 19/01/2016

UKHCA has responded to the Welsh Government consultation on potential actions to improve the recruitment and retention of domiciliary care workers in Wales. The consultation followed research by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School that showed 'there is a clear relationship between domiciliary care employment terms and conditions and the quality of care provided.' The consultation included proposals to restrict zero hours contracts by number of care hours or the percentage of care hours domiciliary care providers can deliver, give Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales powers to carry out NMW compliance checks when inspecting providers and introduce measures to 'prevent call clipping, a process whereby calls are systematically cut short as care workers either do not have enough or any time to travel between calls.' More from: http://gov.wales/newsroom/healthandsocialcare/2016/150119proposals/?lang=en The consultation is now closed. UKHCA response submitted in April 2016.

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Health and Social Care reform and transformation - Getting the structures right 05/01/2016

Simon Hamilton MLA recently announced his intentions to radically reform health and social care administrative structures in Northern Ireland.

The DHSSPS are now consulting on these proposals, UKHCA will be considering a response and welcome views from members via policy@ukhca.co.uk

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Inquiry opened on impact of Spending Review 29/12/2015

A reminder the Commons Health Committee has opened an inquiry on the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on health and social care, including access to care services. The inquiry is open for written submissions of no more than 3000 words until 22 January 2016, which must be made by way of the web portal.

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UKHCA responds to CQC's Building on Strong Foundations paper on the future of regulation 19/11/2015

UKHCA has responded to the Care Quality Commission's new discussion paper, Building on Strong Foundations which outlines the choices it faces regulating health and social care in the future. The Commission asked for providers' views ahead of a consultation on its new strategy in January 2016. Colin Angel, UKHCA Policy Director, said: "This was an extremely important consultation for regulated care providers in England." The consultation has now closed. UKHCA response.

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CQC proposes steep fee increase starting from April 2016 02/11/2015

The Care Quality Commission is proposing a 313% increase in homecare providers' fees, to be phased over two or four years. The consultation paper seeks views on two options for the timetable to achieve full cost recovery - recovery over two years between 2016 and 2018 and recovery over four years between 2016 and 2020. UKHCA has issued a briefing paper for members. We urge members in England who are regulated providers to respond to the CQC consultation.

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Inquiry into arms length external organisations 27/10/2015

The Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Committee is conducting an inquiry into governance of arm’s length external organisations (ALEOs) by local authorities, to find out what works well and identify good practice. The closing date for written evidence or submitting the survey is 6 November 2015. UKHCA has submitted an online response commenting on the issues arising from the use of ALEOs in the tendering process, and the risk they pose of market distortion.

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Consultation launched on principles underpinning new care standards 27/10/2015

The National Care Standards Review has launched an important consultation to seek views on the overarching principles for health and social care that will underpin the new Scottish National Care Standards. These consist of a series of statements, for example, "I am entitled to be respected", and ask for views on how the principles should be put into practice and what general and specific standards are needed. This consultation is open from 26 October – 10 December 2015 and consists of an online survey. A Word version of the survey can also be downloaded. Leaflet about the consultation. Information on human rights approach adopted. Edited UKHCA response.

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UKHCA responds to Low Pay Commission consultation 13/10/2015

The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission to report on future levels of the existing UK minimum wage rates from October 2016 and the new National Living Wage (NLW), which will be introduced in April 2016 and applies to workers aged 25 and over, from April 2017. UKHCA has now responded to the consultation by sending written evidence to the LPC, and will be following up by giving oral evidence. In our written response we drew attention to the acute funding issues affecting the sector, and our concerns about market instability, as evidenced by our survey of UKHCA members.

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UKHCA Submission to the Health and Social Care Committee Wales 07/10/2015

Following an invitation from the Health and Social Care Committee Wales, UKHCA have submitted evidence on the likely key challenges facing the sector that the Committee should focus on over the next five years.

The Committee was set up in 2011, and in April 2016 will be disbanded in preparation for Assembly elections. The Committee sought views on the three biggest challenges that the fifth Assembly and any new Committee should place at the top of the agenda.

UKHCA Policy Officer Dominic Carter put forward the case for 'Funding', 'Commissioning' and 'Workforce', with a particular focus on homecare.

The submission has been circulated to members of the Committee for their consideration.

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NICE Costing Tool: Homecare: delivering personal care and practical support 24/07/2015

UKHCA has responded to the NICE consultation on their costing tool: Homecare: delivering personal care and practical support, which is part of the homecare guideline. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng21/resources/costing-statement-488862829

UKHCA response.

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Building a comprehensive approach to reviewing the quality of care 24/07/2015

Healthcare Improvement Scotland consulted on how Building a comprehensive approach to reviewing the quality of care: Supporting the delivery of sustainable high quality services. This aims to improve the external scrutiny of healthcare in Scotland, following the work on external scrutiny of the Crerar review. HIS proposes a new approach involving a combination of comprehensive reviews of healthcare providers, service specific reviews, where required, and local and national thematic reviews, based on a consistent methodology and quality framework. The consultation envisages an increase in combined reviews by HIS and the Care Inspectorate, given the policy move to integration of health and social care. UKHCA response.

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Views sought on creating a fairer Scotland 13/07/2015

‘Creating a fairer Scotland’ is a Scottish Government consultation which aims to start a national conversation this summer around the issues that matter to people in Scotland. The initiative, launched by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities, and Pensioners’ Rights, looks where Scotland would like to be in 2030, and provides an opportunity to comment on a range of issues including access to health and social services, the use of Scotland's devolved powers over welfare that derive from the Scotland Bill and how people and communities can play a role in helping to shape Scotland's future. Summary of UKHCA's response.

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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - co-operation 08/07/2015

A further consultation on the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This consultation is on the regulations and statutory guidance in relation to part 9 (Co-operation and partnership) of the Act.

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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - charging and financial assessment 08/07/2015

A further consultation on the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This consultation is on the regulations and code of practice in relation to part 5 (Charging and Financial Assessment) of the Act.

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NICE consult on draft scope for regaining independence 20/05/2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has consulted on their draft guideline scope on 'short-term interventions for regaining independence.' The draft scope focusses on reablement and home based and bed based intermediate care that supports people to regain independence through short-term interventions. Once the scope has been finalised, a working group will be created to produce the resulting NICE guideline.

Members can find more information on the draft scope here and the deadline for registered organisations is 5th June 2015 at 5pm.

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NICE consult on draft homecare guidance 17/03/2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has consulted on their draft homecare guidance. The guidance focusses on older people's homecare and their carers, the guidance is for commissioners, practitioners, providers, managers and workers. Further information and access to the consultation document can be found here (see Project Documents). The consultation is now closed.

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Views sought on Donaldson Report recommendations 04/03/2015

This consultation is open to UKHCA Members only. Please log in.

Care Inspectorate consults on complaints procedure 03/03/2015

UKHCA has responded to the Care Inspectorate's plans for changes to its complaints procedure, to bring it into line with other public bodies in Scotland. The Care Inspectorate does not at the moment attempt frontline resolution of complaints about registered care services, but is considering changing this. It also wants to know if mediation should be an option, and if complaints that have been upheld should be capable of review, amongst other changes. The consultation closed on 28 February 2015.  UKHCA response.

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UKHCA responds to Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) Consultation 10/02/2015

UKHCA have submitted a response to significant Welsh legislation, in the shape of consultations on the Social Services and Well-being Act. The response was largely favourable towards the aims and principles of the Act, which intends to place the individual at the heart of care, from assessment to delivery. Our principal concerns surrounded the demands and expectations placed on local authorities in a time of austerity, and the potential impact that may have on homecare providers. We also questioned the scope of the Act to implement a preventative agenda, and how much incentive the Act placed on local authorities to work collaboratively with providers and partners across health and social care.

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