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CQC consulting on changes to Market Oversight Guidance 07/09/2020

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are proposing to make changes to guidance on the Market Oversight scheme, and have listed these on page 71 of their engagement paper:

Market Oversight of 'difficult to replace' providers of adult social care Guidance for providers August 2020 (draft)

The changes are the result of CQC's experience of carrying out market oversight since it was given statutory responsibility in 2015. CQC has to monitor and assess the financial sustainability of those care organisations in England that local authorities would find difficult to replace should they fail and become unable to carry on delivering a service. There is more about Market Oversight and how it works on CQC's website. CQC say there are around 65 large or specialist providers of residential care services and home-care services in the scheme at present. 

The consultation closes on 19 October 2020. Online form to respond.

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Consultation Document: https://www.cqc.org.uk/get-involved/consultations/market-oversight-provider-guidance-engagement-exercise Link opens in a new window

Please Respond by 19/10/2020

Consultation: distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID and flu 28/08/2020

The Government and Minister of Health for Northern Ireland are seeking views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations to help with the safe and efficient distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and expanded flu vaccine programme in the UK, along with treatments for COVID-19 and any other diseases that become pandemic.

The consultation is available here.

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Scottish care at home providers' views sought on pandemic 28/08/2020

The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is seeking views from people who provide, or receive, care and support at home as part of their social care inquiry. They want to hear from:

  • individuals receiving care at home
  • family members and unpaid carers
  • staff, managers or owners of a care at home services, or personal assistants providing care

The Committee has created a short survey to understand the impact of Covid-19 on care at home services, and what issues the pandemic has highlighted, improved or made worse.

This evidence will be added to that already gathered about social care, and the effect of the pandemic on care homes, and used to support the Committee's formal sessions in October and November 2020.

Deadline to submit views: 7 September 2020.

Please use this link to submit your views through Citizen Space.

More information

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Department for Transport survey on face-coverings 21/08/2020

The Department for Transport are undertaking a survey on any issues people are experiencing in relation to compliance with regulations on face coverings on public transport.

The survey is available here.

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CQC survey on future Provider Collaboration Reviews 21/08/2020

The CQC are seeking views on future areas of focus for Provider Collaboration Reviews, which look at how health and social care providers are working together in local areas.

The survey is available here.

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APPG on Coronavirus: Call for Evidence 19/08/2020

The APPG on Coronavirus are aiming to ensure that lessons are learned from the UK's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The APPG is calling for evidence to be sumitted to inform its recommendations.

Further information is available here.

[Please note that the APPG is accepting submissions of evidence on a rolling basis. The response date specified below should be disregarded, and only aligns with the end of parliamentary recess, not necessarily closure of submissions. We will update the deadline should more information become available].

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MPs seek evidence on staff burnout in health and social care 17/08/2020

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

Lords to inquire into employment trends during the pandemic 14/08/2020

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into employment and COVID-19.

The Committee will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs. It will also examine how the labour market may change as a result of the pandemic in the longer term. 

The inquiry includes looking at changes in supply and demand, and positive and negative trends in employment that may have been accelerated by COVID-19.

The deadline for submissions is 10 September 2020.

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Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 - still time to make representations 04/08/2020

The Treasury has invited representations from interest groups, individuals or representative bodies that comment on government policy or suggests new policy ideas, in preparation for the Comprehensive Spending Review.

This provides an opportunity to make policy suggestions for the Autumn Budget and explain the desired outcome, policy rationale, costs, benefits and deliverability of proposals.

There is guidance on what the CSR is, what the Government's priorities are, and what to include in representations at:

Guidance - Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 representations: guidance

The closing date for submissions is 24 September 2020.

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Lords conduct inquiry into life beyond COVID-19 03/08/2020

The House of Lords COVID-19 Committee is conducting an inquiry into Life beyond COVID. The Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives, and for how we function as a society. What might it mean for social cohesion, for (in)equality, for our environment or for arts and culture?

The deadline for response is 31 August 2020. Discussion packs are available for young people and others. More from: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/421/life-beyond-covid/

The House of Lords COVID-19 Committee has been established to look at the long-term implications of the pandemic for our economy and our society.

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Reducing bureaucracy in the health and social care system: call for evidence 30/07/2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a call for evidence for those working in health and social care in England about how to get rid of 'unnecessary bureaucracy'.

The consultation is available here.

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Fundamental review of business rates 27/07/2020

HM Treasury is calling for evidence on how the business rates system currently works, issues to be addressed, ideas for change and a number of alternative taxes.

This follows the government announcement in the Budget 2020 that it would conduct a fundamental review of the business rates system in England, and terms of reference published concurrently.

This consultation closes on 18 September 2020.

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Consultation on Caldicott principles and role of guardians 22/07/2020

The National Data Guardian (NDG) has an independent role advising the health and care system on ensuring citizens' confidential information is safeguarded securely and used properly.

The NDG has launched a consultation on revisions to the seven existing Caldicott Principles on confidentiality, a proposed eighth principle, and the role of Caldicott Guardians. All NHS organisations and local authorities that provide social services must have a Caldicott Guardian.

The consultation, which applies to England, closes on 3 September 2020.

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Consultation on statutory unpaid leave for informal carers 20/07/2020

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is consulting on the the proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide care. This would be for unpaid, informal care (for example, caring for a family member).

The may be of interest to members both as potential employers of people who care for family and friends outside of work, and because of providers awarenss of families' needs. It may also be of interest to service users and their families.

The consultation is available here.

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COVID-19: verification of expected death with clinical remote support - survey for social care providers and registered managers 29/06/2020

Skills for Care is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop guidance and resources to complement government guidance on verifying death in times of emergency:

COVID-19: verifying death in times of emergency.

SfC has developed the resources for the social care sector for consultation:

- Verification of Expected Death (VOED) with clinical remote support Guidance for Adult Social Care Workers Click here to download the support guidance

- Verification of Expected Death with clinical remote support for a care worker during Covid-19 time of emergency - step by step process infographic
Click here to download the step-by-step process infographic

SfC are inviting providers to give their views on the above resources via a short survey, deadline for response: 17:00 on 7 July 2020.

Click here to take the survey

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Lords' Public Services Committee examines lessons from coronavirus outbreak 12/06/2020

In its first inquiry, the House of Lords Public Services Committee is examining what the experience of the coronavirus outbreak means for the future role, priorities and shape of public services.

The inquiry will focus on four key areas: the integration of services; inequalities in access and outcome; the relationship between local and national services; and the role of civil society - the private sector, charities, volunteers and community groups during coronavirus.

The committee welcomes submissions from anyone with answers to the questions. The call for evidence closes on Monday 29 June 2020.

The remit of the Committee largely concerns England, unless it can learn from best practice in the devolved administrations.

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Low Pay Commission continues to consult on minimum wage rates from April 2021 12/06/2020

The Low Pay Commission is seeking evidence to inform its recommendations for the 2021 National Minimum Wage rates.

The end date for this consultation of 4 June has now passed, but because of exceptional circumstances this year LPC will continue to accept written evidence. The main concern is to gather evidence of the effects on the UK's employers and workers of the recent increases in the NMW and NLW, plus views on business conditions and the economic outlook, especially given factors such as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

LPC consultation letter

UKHCA response to LPC

 

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Inquiry into social care funding and workforce in England extended 12/06/2020

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

Inquiry launched into the COVID-19 outbreak in Wales 12/06/2020

The Welsh Parliament's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak in Wales, looking at the impact Coronavirus is having on frontline health and social care workers, patients and those receiving care in Wales.

The Committee want to understand the challenges for those working on the frontline, and those whose health or care needs have been directly, or indirectly affected by coronavirus. This will enable them to raise the most common or pressing issues with Welsh Government and other public bodies.

The Committee has issued an open call for views as part of this inquiry. They say there is no need for a lengthy response, and no fixed deadline to submit - they are asking people to share what they can, when they are able to.

Here is the shareable link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CovidWales

We urge homecare providers in Wales to share their views and experiences by responding to the survey, and to share the survey with others.

More about the inquiry

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Please Respond by 30/09/2020

Inquiry into delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond 10/06/2020

The Health and Social Care Committee is holding an ongoing inquiry into the planning and delivery of other essential NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond.

The aim is to give focus to the upcoming strategic challenges, and give those working in the NHS and care sectors an opportunity to set out what help they will need from Government in meeting them.

The inquiry will consider the current situation but also take a forward look over the next six months. 

The Committee welcomes submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence.

https://committees.parliament.uk/work/277/delivering-core-nhs-and-care-services-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond/

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Migration Advisory Committee - consultation on shortage occupation lists 14/05/2020

On Behalf of: Migration Advisory Committee

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

Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2020 to 2021: call for evidence 24/01/2020

Matthew Taylor, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, issued a call for evidence to inform his Labour Market Enforcement Strategy for 2020 to 2021. This consultation ran from 16 December 2019 to 24 January 2020.

UKHCA gave both written evidence (covering letter) and oral evidence.

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MSPs looking at future of social care 22/01/2020

The Scottish Parliament Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the future of social care. The inquiry will investigate the future delivery of social care in Scotland and what changes are needed to meet current and increasing future demand.

The Committee is keen to receive responses to the following questions:

1. How should the public be involved in planning their own and their community's social care services?

2. How should Integration Joint Boards commission and procure social care to ensure it is person-centred?

3. Looking ahead, what are the essential elements in an ideal model of social care (e.g. workforce, technology, housing etc.)?

4. What needs to happen to ensure the equitable provision of social care across the country?

The call for views will be open until Thursday 20 February 2020.

More information and how to respond here

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Consultation on draft quality frameworks for housing support and support services (care at home) 22/01/2020

Testing of the draft frameworks for inspections for care at home, housing support and combined care at home/housing support services has begun and the Care Inspectorate would like your feedback. They have developed one framework for care at home and supported living models of service, and another for stand-alone housing support services

The frameworks use a series of key questions and quality indicators to help prompt reflection on the quality of care provided. They provide illustrations of what the Care Inspectorate believes constitutes 'very good' and 'weak' care and support in relation to each quality indicator. The quality frameworks also provide information about how evidence is gathered on an inspection and includes links to relevant improvement resources.

Download the consultation here

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CPA survey thanks 16/01/2020

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

Older people encouraged to ditch 'stiff upper lip' approach to mental ill health 15/01/2020

NHS England and Age UK have joined forces in a campaign to encourage older people to access treatment for mental health conditions, as new analysis shows a majority of older people do not seek help.

New data reveals that more than six in 10 people in the UK aged 65 or over have experienced depression and anxiety.

Of these, more than half did not seek help as they thought 'they should just get on with it' and nearly a quarter relied on support from friends or family.

Read more information

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Changes planned to notification requirements for Welsh unincorporated organisations 06/01/2020

Care Inspectorate Wales is consulting on plans to bring notification requirements for unincorporated organisations in line with other organisations. Changes to trustees and members of boards and committees will have to be notified to the Welsh regulator from 1 April 2020.

Albert Heaney's letter to service providers inviting them to comment on the proposals is here: https://careinspectorate.wales/sites/default/files/2019-12/191219-Proposed-changes-to-notification-requirements-for-unincorporated-organisations--en.pdf

To comment on the plans, please email the Welsh Government at RISCAct2016@gov.wales by 19 January 2020. More information

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Care staff may have compulsory training on learning disabilities and autism 05/11/2019

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

Workforce registration is changing in Wales 30/10/2019

Social Care Wales has launched a consultation on alterations to workforce registration in Wales. Although this mainly concerns the residential care sector, the online survey does ask for more general views on:

  • Changing the way SCW grant registration in years two and three to prevent non-payment of registration fees;
  • Adopting a more flexible way of recognising a social care worker as a manager in services that are without a manager for valid reasons; and
  • Streamlining the categories of workers on the Register.

To respond to the online survey, which closes on 20 December 2019, see: https://socialcare.wales/consultations/registration-is-changing

Social Care Wales is running a series of consultative Autumn workshops from 11 - 19 November 2019. Details of events

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Consultation on salary thresholds and points-based immigration closes on 5 November 22/10/2019

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned to carry out an in-depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds of the skilled worker route of the UK's future immigration system. The MAC has been asked to determine the best mechanism for calculating salary thresholds and the rates at which they should be set. The consultation was expanded in September 2019 to cover an 'Australian-style' points-based system.

Information about the consultation, including how to respond can be found here.

Members are encouraged to respond directly to the Home Office. The deadline for response is 5 November 2019.

UKHCA responded on behalf of members on 22 October 2019.

UKHCA's response, including supplementary evidence at Question 29

 

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Consultation on medication in social care in Wales 16/10/2019

The All-Wales Medicines Strategy Group has launched a consultation on guidance in respect of medicines and care support workers. The group is asking for comments on the guidance document which, looks at the delegation of medicines support by a registered nurse, to a care support worker.

The guidance document, and details of how to respond to the consultation, can be found on the AWMSG website. The deadline for responses is 23rd October 2019.

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Consultation on 'reasonable' notice of work schedules and compensation for cancelled shifts 09/10/2019

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

Implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 07/08/2019

The Welsh Government is asking for views on changes to the regulation and inspection of social care services and the social care workforce in Wales. Draft proposals include the mandatory registration of domiciliary care workers, opening the workforce register on a voluntary basis to social care workers and changing the way that Care Inspectorate Wales decides whether a person is fit and proper to be a service provider. Consultation document and response form

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Consultation on the health and social care workforce for the future 01/08/2019

A workforce strategy is being developed by Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), supported by the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University. Social Care Wales is seeking the views of the sector through a consultation process.

More information can be found on the Social Care Wales website.

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Scottish Government Consults on Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy 24/07/2019

Harm from falls and fear of falling affect large numbers of people both directly and indirectly, having a significant impact on wellbeing and preventing many people from experiencing healthy ageing.

The Scottish Government has consulted on a Strategy outlining a vision of a joined up, whole system approach to falls and fracture prevention and management.

The consultation closed on 12 August 2019

You can read the consultation paper here:

https://consult.gov.scot/health-and-social-care/falls-and-fracture-prevention-strategy/

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Plan to create single enforcement body for workers' rights 24/07/2019

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

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s 24/07/2019

The Government's Prevention Green Paper 'Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s', covering issues like smoking, obesity and mental health, has been published online. The consultation closes on 14 October 2019 and applies to England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s-consultation-document

 

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Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families 23/07/2019

HM Government has launched a consultation 'The Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families' which seeks views on parental leave and pay, transparency of employer work-life balance policies and neonatal leave and pay.

The consultation closes on: Chapter 1 (Parental leave and pay) – 29 November 2019 and Chapters 2 (Neonatal Leave and Pay) & 3 (Transparency) – 11 October 2019 and applies to Great Britain.

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Implementing the NHS Long-term plan - call for written submissions 16/07/2019

The UK Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee is conducting a short inquiry before November's Budget, to assess the case for investment in a range of NHS-related areas including social care. It will also look at the impact spending, or more importantly not spending, will have on implementation of the NHS Long-term Plan in England. Terms of reference The deadline for written submissions is 22 August 2019.

UKHCA is preparing a submission. Members are invited to contribute their views by emailing policy@ukhca.co.uk by 12 August 2019.

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Proposals to extend statutory sick pay entitlement 15/07/2019

The government has sought views on plans to extend statutory sick pay entitlement to include workers earning less than the equivalent of 14 hours on National Minimum Wage, under plans which seek to support more people to return to work after sickness. Consultation

The government also consultied on whether a rebate of SSP, targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), would help employees to return to work. The online survey, which applies to England, closed on 7 October 2019.

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Cavendish Coalition collects data on no-deal Brexit scenario 28/06/2019

The Cavendish Coalition requested data on the potential impact of a No-deal Brexit on the adult social care sector in June 2019, to assist its representations to Government. 

UKHCA issued a response on behalf of homecare providers drawn from UKHCA's submission to the Low Pay Commission the same month.


 

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UKHCA responds to the Low Pay Commission 06/06/2019

UKHCA has submitted a response to the Low Pay Commission's annual consultation into the impact of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

UKHCA commented that, without any additional funding from local authorities, further rises to the wage rates could have a significant impact on a sector that is already under pressure.

The full response can be accessed on the UKHCA website.

Low Pay Commission visits to gather evidence for their report.

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Views sought on implementation of NHS Long-term Plan 22/03/2019

Views are being sought on proposals published by NHS England and NHS Improvement on implementing the NHS Long-term Plan, in a consultation that closes on 25 April 2019: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/nhs-long-term-plan-legislation/

The results will be shared with the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, who have decided to scrutinise these legislative proposals, following their report on integrated care last year. The main driver is to speed up and facilitate integrated care, so health bodies and social care providers work better together.

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Consultation on redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents 19/03/2019

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is seeking views on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents. Proposed changes to the current arrangements will affect England, Scotland and Wales.

The consultation recommends that current protection is extended to cover the period of pregnancy and a period after, an extension of 6 months. It asks how best to achieve that and who would be covered, for example, those taking Shared Parental Leave or Adoption Leave.

The consultation closes on April 5th 2019.

Download the consultation documents

 

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CQC consultation on regulatory history closes 15 February 13/02/2019

CQC have produced new guidance on their approach to continuing regulatory history and are looking for comments. Their approach is the history (ratings, inspection reports and details of enforcement action) stays with a location when it moves or changes ownership and is displayed on CQC's website, remaining part of the CQC register.

To comment, read the guidance, login to CQC's online community and complete a short webform by 15 February 2019: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/document-for-review/share-your-views-our-guidance-continuing-regulatory-history.

To sign up with CQC's online community, see: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/user/register.

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Last chance to comment on CQC's Scope of Registration guidance 04/02/2019

CQC are consulting on their current guidance for providers: The Scope of Registration, which explains who should register and for which regulated activities. The idea is to identify which parts of the guidance can be improved, based on people's experience of using the guidance, and how CQC can make it clearer.

To respond, please log into the CQC online community and complete CQC's web form at: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/document-for-review/help-us-improve-our-guidance-providers-scope-registration.

To respond, you will need to be registered with the community to share feedback. Sign up at: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/user/register.

Deadline for response - 8 February 2019.

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Revising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice: Call for evidence 28/01/2019

The Code of Practice (COP) is a key document supporting the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) with practical guidance. The COP illustrates how the Act is designed to operate on a day-to-day basis and offers best practice examples.

The Ministry of Justice has decided that in light of changes in case law, and lessons learned through practical use of the COP over the past 11 years, revision of the COP is required in order to better reflect current needs. The Act itself is currently not under review, however the survey (link below) provides an opportunity to comment on the practical guidance outlined in the COP. The survey closes on 7th March 2019.

Link to MCA Code of Practice survey

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Share your views on CQC's new guidance about factual accuracy process 22/01/2019

CQC have redrafted their factual accuracy guidance, following a consultation last year. The new draft guidance is intended to be clearer and more concise to help providers understand what they need to do when they receive a draft inspection report.

To comment, log in to CQC's online community at: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/document-for-review/share-your-views-new-guidance-about-factual-accuracy-process. To sign up to the online community, go to: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/user/register.

Deadline for response - 28 January 2019. Alternatively UKHCA members can review the draft guidance and email their comments by close of business on 25 January to policy@ukhca.co.uk

 

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Have your say before CQC fee consultation closes on 17 January 2019 11/01/2019

A reminder the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is consulting on the fees it proposes to charge registered providers in 2019/20 and inviting providers to have their say.

You can find the consultation document and respond using CQC's online form by visiting the CQC website. The consultation closes on midday on 17 January 2019.

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No new money for social care in local government finance settlement 17/12/2018

The provisional local government settlement announced by ministers does not include additional funding for social care beyond what was announced in the budget in 2018.

The announcement confirmed the adult social care precept will continue:

  • with an additional 2 per cent flexibility available for social care authorities. This is subject to total increases for the Adult Social Care precept not exceeding 6 per cent between 2017/18 and 2019/20, and increases being no more than 2 per cent in 2019/20
  • shire district councils in two-tier areas will be allowed increases of up to 3 per cent, or up to and including £5, whichever is higher.

The additional resources of £240 million for Adult Social Care and £410 million, for both adults and children’s social care, announced in the Budget in October 2018, have been incorporated into 'Core Spending Power' which includes the Adult Social Care Support Grant. 

Members can respond to the consultation document which outlines the government's approach in allocating funding for the local government finance settlement. The consultation ends on 10 January 2019.

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Consultation to add eight further items to those which should not be routinely prescribed 30/11/2018

NHS England is consulting on plans to update commissioning guidance launched in November 2017, which lists medicines which should no longer be prescribed by GPs and purchased OTC instead.

The new consultation concerns eight more products. NHS England say 'In the majority of cases there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives available to the items that NHS England is recommending should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.'

The consultation runs until 28 February 2019. There are also public consultation events - details here.

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Review of shortage occupation list 20/11/2018

The Migration Advisory Committee issued a call for evidence as part of its review of the shortage occupation list. The list includes occupations and job titles held to be in shortage, either across the UK or in Scotland only, where it would be sensible to fill vacancies through non-EEA migration. More from: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/shortage-occupation-list-2018-call-for-evidence

Copy of UKHCA response to the online consultation

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CIW seeks views on code of practice for local authority review 06/11/2018

Care Inspectorate Wales has launched a consultation seeking views on its draft Code of Practice for how it inspects local authority services, including reviews of social services functions.

The consultation documents, and details of how to reply, can be found on the CIW website. The deadline for responses is 17th December 2018.

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ADSS Cymru consultation on the future of social care 26/10/2018

The Association of Directors of Social Service Cymru has launched a consultation on the future funding models for social care services in Wales. The consultation also seeks information on the long-term challenges facing the social care sector in Wales.

The deadline for consultation responses is 3rd November 2018, and can be accessed from the ADSS website.

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UKHCA responds to House of Lords inquiry into funding challenges facing England 12/10/2018

UKHCA has responded to another parliamentary call for evidence on social care funding, this time from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. The Committee asked for views on the funding challenges for social care in England, and how they could be overcome. Questions included why successive governments have been reluctant to address challenges in the delivery of social care, how a sustainable funding model for social care could be supported by a diverse and stable market be created, how the cost of the provision of social care could be fairly distributed, and what lessons could be learnt from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, or from other countries, in how they approach social care. UKHCA response

The consultation closed on 9 October 2018. The inquiry related to England but the Committee say it may be possible to learn from other parts of the UK. Details of the inquiry Evidence given to Committee, including evidence from UKHCA

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CQC State of Social Care report due out soon 18/09/2018

CQC's regular report to Parliament, the State of Health and Adult Social Care Services 2018, is due for publication on 11 October 2018.

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee will be holding an evidence session with the Chair and Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission to discuss the report.

Anyone wanting to make a written submission about the CQC's role and performance should contact the Clerk of the Committee at hsccom@parliament.uk by 9 October 2018. More information 

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Impact of Brexit negotiations on businesses and individuals in Scotland 17/09/2018

The Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee has launched a call for evidence looking at the impact Article 50 negotiations are having on Scotland's individuals, businesses and organisations. The Committee wants to know what these negotiations mean in practice, and what further support or guidance is needed from the UK or Scottish Governments. The inquiry is also looking at the impact of a no-deal outcome on Scottish individuals, businesses and organisations.The deadline for response of written submissions is 12 October 2018. More from: www.parliament.scot/newsandmediacentre/109633.aspx

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Health and Social Care Committee calls for evidence on impact of no-deal Brexit 17/09/2018

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee is calling for evidence on the impact of a no-deal Brexit by 15 October 2018. The Committee wants to know, from health and social care providers and others, their view on a no-deal Brexit, including:

  • The likely impact on their sector;
  • The risks to patients, medicine and medical supplies in the UK;
  • How effectively stakeholders are planning;
  • How effectively they consider the Government is planning.
  • What further planning is needed.

There is more information about the inquiry and how to submit evidence at: www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-and-social-care-committee/news/brexit-health-impact-of-no-deal-launch-17-19/

UKHCA members are invited to send us their views to policy@ukhca.co.uk by 1 October. UKHCA is a member of the Cavendish Coalition, which acts as a voice for health and social care providers on post EU-referendum matters and responds formally to committee inquiries.

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Impact of Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to family carers 11/09/2018

The Assembly's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is asking for views on the impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to family carers. This includes assessments of need, provision of support, including respite care, provision of information, advice and assistance, and information collected by local authorities and Local Health Boards on carers and their needs and considering broader Welsh Government policy on carers.

The deadline for responses is 20 September 2018. Please send your views to: SeneddHealth@assembly.wales

More information about the consultation and how to submit evidence

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National survey on registration of care services 11/09/2018

The Care Inspectorate is inviting views and ideas about the way it registers care services to make sure people have good, easily accessible information to help inform their decisions about registering a care service. They also want people to experience an effective assessment process which supports them to deliver high quality services for people experiencing care.

Whilst making sure that services are safe and meet people's needs, the Inspectorate is keen to make the registration process more efficient and responsive, acting as a springboard for continuous improvement that does not stifle innovation or creativity in delivering care.

The survey link is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J89M8QV

The survey closes on Friday 21 September 2018.

If you have any questions about the registration review, please email RegistrationReview@careinspectorate.com

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CQC consultation on 'What is a location?' for registration purposes 11/09/2018

CQC is currently consulting on 'What is a location?' for registration purposes, deadline 20 September 2018.

 

To give views, providers have to belong to CQC's online community. Share views or Sign up to CQC's online community.

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Local government representatives launch own 'Green Paper' 31/07/2018

The Local Government Association has launched its own adult social care 'green paper', to influence the Government's delayed Green Paper and spending plans. The LGA says radical measures are needed to address the funding crisis facing adult social care in England. The paper recommends how the system could be improved and sets out possible long-term funding solutions, including increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages, increasing national insurance, a Social Care Premium, means testing universal benefits and/or allowing councils to increase council tax. LGA report LGA survey

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Care homes for the elderly - draft consumer law advice 06/06/2018

The Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on draft consumer advice for UK care homes for the elderly. The purpose of the advice is to help care homes understand and comply with their obligations under consumer law. It is likely to have a significant impact on terms and conditions in the sector.

Our preferred solicitors, Anthony Collins, say the consultation may be of interest to homecare providers because, although purchasers face different challenges purchasing residential care, there are themes in the proposals that will translate across to the homecare sector. 

The CMA has also published 'UK care home providers for the elderly - consumer law advice on the charging of fees after death' following an earlier consultation: https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/care-homes-consumer-protection-case#advice-for-care-homes-on-the-charging-of-fees-after-death

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Low Pay Commission considering impact of minimum wage premium for non-guaranteed hours 01/06/2018

The Low Pay Commission have opened their annual consultation on the levels of the National Minimum Wage rates, including the National Living Wage, which this year contains extra questions.

The LPC is looking at a recommendation in the Taylor review of modern working practices and considering the impact of a higher minimum wage for hours that are not 'guaranteed', as well as alternative means for tackling one sided flexibility - some workers experiencing uncertain and unpredictable work schedules.

LPC are also reviewing minimum wage structure, including a review of youth and apprenticeship rates.

The closing date for submissions is 1 June 2018. Details and consultation questions can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/low-pay-commission-consultation-2018 

Please send your views to terry.donohoe@ukhca.co.uk by 11 May 2018 for consideration in UKHCA's consultation response.

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New consultation launched on Employment Status 31/05/2018

To help formulate Government strategy on the workforce, the Government have launched a consultation into how Employment Status could, or should, be clarified and communicated to employers and workers. The consultation seeks to inform legislation aiming to identify, and codify, the differences in status and rights between employees and workers.

Full details of how to respond to the consultation, which closes on 1 June 2018, and the consultation document, can be found on then Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) website.

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Plans to reform disclosure system in Scotland 01/05/2018

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to reform the disclosure regime in Scotland. A pre consultation engagement showed that people think the current system is too complicated, so the plans aim to simplify the current system and prepare it for the next ten years, with increased digitalisation.

The consultation, which is open to 18 July 2018, includes changes to both the PVG scheme and barring service, among other changes.

Consultation paper: https://consult.gov.scot/disclosure-scotland/protection-of-vulnerable/user_uploads/sct0418415086-1_vulnerable_final.pdf

Read the response from UKHCA here:

file:///W:/members/pdfs/UKHCA-response-consultation-disclosure-scotland.pdf

 

 

 

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Consultation on personal health budgets 10/04/2018

The Department of Health and Social Care together with NHS England have launched a consultation which contains proposals to extend legal rights to personal health budgets and to combine personal health budgets with personal social care budgets. At the moment, only those with a specific right to personal health budgets are those in receipt of continuing healthcare. The consultation closes on 8th June 2018

 

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Consultation about regulation of nursing associates 10/04/2018

The Nursing and Midwifery Council are consulting on their approach to the regulation of nursing associates in England. The Council say this is an exciting step on the road to regulation for this new profession and they would like to hear from those with an interest in the role, before approving final standards in September 2018.

NMC will be holding consultative workshops for registered nurses, healthcare professionals, employers, patients and the public, with regular Twitter chats and webinars. There are further details on NMC's website. The consultation runs until 2 July 2018.

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Consultation on workforce challenges in adult social care closes 9 April 04/04/2018

On Behalf of: DHSC

A reminder the Department of Health and Social Care is seeking views and evidence on addressing workforce challenges in the adult social care sector. In a consultation launched in partnership with Skills for Care, the department is asking anyone with an interest in adult social care to respond to a six-question survey, which will focus on:

  • attracting and recruiting workers into the sector;
  • improving retention;
  • improving professional development;
  • how to consider the role of regulation; and
  • ensuring effective workforce planning.

Responses to the survey will inform the forthcoming adult social care green paper, focusing on care and support for older people, as well as a joint health and social care workforce strategy, also expected to be published this summer. The consultation is open for responses until 9 April 2018.

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Call for evidence on current VAT threshold 26/03/2018

HM Treasury has issued a call for evidence on the current design of the VAT registration threshold, to explore the effect of the current threshold on small businesses and different policy options, including whether growth could be better incentivised. More information: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/689228/PU2151_VAT_threshold_web.pdf

 

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Social Care Wales seek views on draft equality plan 19/03/2018

Social Care Wales has launched a consultation over its draft equality plan and objectives. The four year plan is based on a principle of promoting equality and valuing diversity. It sets out:

-The six equality objectives;

-How SCW will identify and collect equality information;

-How SCW will publish equality information;

-How SCW will carry out impact assessments; and

-How SCW will promote knowledge, and understanding, of the equality duties to their staff.

The consultation period will run until 27th April. The draft equality plan and the short survey can be accessed on the Social Care Wales website.

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Joint inquiry launched into long-term funding and provision of adult social care 06/03/2018

The Commons Communities and Local Government and Health Committees have launched a joint inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care in England, which will contribute to the Green Paper. The deadline for written submissions, which should be no more than 3000 words and submitted online, is 7 March 2018. The inquiry will examine:

  • How to fund social care sustainably for the long term (beyond 2020), bearing in mind in particular the interdependence of the health and social care systems; and
  • The mechanism for reaching political and public consensus on a solution.

How to send a written submission to the long-term funding of adult social care inquiry

UKHCA members are invited to send us their views by 23 February 2018, for consideration in our response. Please email policy@ukhca.co.uk

 

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Public Accounts Committee Inquiry - Adult Social Care 23/02/2018

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have launched an inquiry into the adult social care workforce. The consultation will look at recruitment and retention issues within the care sector.

The PAC heard oral evidence from the Department of Health and Social Care, Skills for Care, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 28 February 2018, following the National Audit Office (NAO) report which noted the Department for Health and Social Care does not have a current workforce strategy, nor are local and regional bodies taking the lead while such a strategy is drawn up.

UKHCA submitted written evidence to the PAC at very short notice, replying to questions on high turnover and vacancy rates, with our analysis of the issues facing the homecare sector.

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Lord Darzi Review of Health and Social Care 20/02/2018

The independent Lord Darzi Review, for the Institute for Public Policy Research, aims to examine the state of quality in health and care services on the NHS's 70th birthday in 2018 and make recommendations for future funding and reform of the system.

The Lord Darzi Review is aiming to:

  • examine the quality - meaning safety, effectiveness, timeliness, efficiency and equitability - of care in the NHS and social care service today
  • establish the funding settlement and reforms needed to drive improvements in the quality of care in the coming decade.

As part of the research programme, Lord Darzi and his advisory panel are particularly keen to hear from organisations or individuals who are working on the frontline of health and care.

The deadline for responses is 19 March 2018. Read more about the review here.

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BEIS launch consultation on enforcement of employment rights 14/02/2018

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation looking at implementing recommendations on enforcing employment rights as highlighted in the Taylor Review into modern working practices. BEIS are seeking views on a number of recommendations including simplifying the enforcement process, who should be responsible for enforcement whether the burden of proof should be reversed.

The consultation document can be found on the BEIS website. The deadline for responses will be 16th of May 2018.

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Government launches consultation on workforce transparency and zero-hours contracts 07/02/2018

In response to last year's 'Taylor Review' of modern work practices, the Government has launched a consultation on the workforce, including zero-hour contracts. The consultation seeks views on whether employees on flexible, or zero-hours, contracts should have the right to request a more stable contract of employment from their employer.

Full details of how to respond to the consultation, and the consultation document, can be found on then Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) website.

The deadline for responses is 23rd May 2018.

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BEIS launch consultation on agency worker recommendations 07/02/2018

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation looking at implementing recommendations on agency workers as highlighted in the Taylor Review into modern working practices. Areas for consideration include clarity on rates of pay and any deductions made to worker pay, and clarity on who is responsible for paying temporary workers for the work they have done.

The consultation document can be found on the BEIS website.

The consultation has now closed.

 

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MPs launch inquiries into small businesses 02/02/2018

Two new inquiries have been launched on small businesses. The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee are investigating whether there is enough government support for small businesses to boost productivity. MPs want to know if there is sufficient access to good quality management training and protection from unfair treatment by large companies, like late payment. The deadline for responses is 8 March 2018.

Separately, the Treasury Committee is looking at SME finance - competition in the market, funding sources, including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, and current regulatory protection.

More from: www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-energy-industrial-strategy/news-parliament-2017/small-business-inquiry-17-19/ 

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Northern Health and Social Care Trust purchasing practices 26/01/2018

Northern HSCT in Northern Ireland are consulting on how they purchase domiciliary care services from the independent sector, including the division of the geogaphical area into care 'Lots'.

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CQC: Consultation on registration - criteria for defining a provider of regulated activities 24/01/2018

CQC completed a consultation on registration changes which asked for views on proposals to clarify CQC's definition of a provider of regulated activities so that entities meeting 'direction and control of care' criteria will need to register with CQC. CQC said this could mean that entities that sit above currently registered providers will need to register with CQC in the future.

CQC then worked to develop indicators that describe the criteria for defining a provider of regulated activities and asked for views in a quick further consultation. These indicators describe activities which entities may be carrying out and are designed to help people decide if they are required to register with CQC.

UKHCA responded to the further consultation advising CQC to adopt plain English and to simplify the structure of the document it describes.

There is more information about this consultation on the CQC online community, with a web form for response: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/document-for-review/criteria-define-provider-regulated-activities. To register with the online community, see: https://communities.cqc.org.uk/provider/user/register. Deadline for response 6 February 2018.

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Blue Badge scheme may be extended to include hidden disabilities 22/01/2018

The Government is proposing to alter eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge in England to include people with non-physical conditions, such as autism. Transport Minister Jesse Norman said proposals could give people with hidden disabilities new freedom. The consultation closes on 18 March 2018.

In a separate move, the Government is to restore enhanced payments in the mobility component of personal independence payment to people with mental health conditions, following a court decision: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/19/esther-mcvey-makes-disability-benefits-u-turn-over-payments

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UKHCA responds to CQC's  proposed new fee structure for homecare providers 18/01/2018

CQC has consulted on a number of options for how fees will be charged from April 2018. CQC's intention is that fees are more proportionate to the different sizes of organisations it regulates - it says around 70% of providers will pay lower fees and around 30% higher fees. UKHCA's survey of members on how CQC should charge fees in this consultation helped to inform the options put forward in this consultation. These include options to charge fees based on:

  • Total hours of care provided over a seven day period, or
  • The number of people receiving support with regulated activities at a location at a given time, or
  • Annual turnover by location, or
  • Number whole time equivalent staff employed at a location, or
  • Number of locations.

There are also proposals for some of the fee options to be subject to a minimum and/or a maximum amount. The various options have different implications for different-sized organisations.

The consultation closed on 18 January. UKHCA has responded to CQC on behalf of members. Our thanks to members who took the time to contribute their views. The consultation document is on CQC's website.

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Draft guideline on dementia assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and carers 05/01/2018

NICE is consulting on a draft guideline which looks at dementia assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and carers. Aimed at healthcare and social care professionals, commissioners, providers and people with dementia and their families, the draft guideline covers diagnosing and managing dementia, medication, palliative care and staff training. Short version of the guideline (33 pages)

The consultation page has the full version, plus information and supporting documents. The consultation closes on 13 February 2018. There is more information including an economic model which accompanies the guideline. NICE intends to produce resources to help implementation once the consultation is over.

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NHS England consulting on ending prescriptions for some OTC medicines 05/01/2018

NHS England is consulting on ending prescriptions for some 'over the counter' remedies, such as dandruff, indigestion, mouth ulcer and travel sickness treatment. The consultation, which runs until 14 March 2018, lists 33 minor illnesses which have been identified as self-limiting or more suitable for self-care. There will also be four national engagements events for patients and the public plus webinars for representatives of patient groups and charities (details will be published in January at website).

NHS England says it is likely to publish guidance on OTC medicines, after the consultation. 

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