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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

More homecare workers welcome but could be undermined by underfunding - 27/01/2015

Commenting in advance of Ed Miliband’s address on Labour's "10-year plan" for the NHS, UKHCA’s Policy and Campaigns Director Colin Angel said:

"UKHCA welcomes the importance placed in Labour's proposals to help people meet their health and social care needs at home with sufficient time to meet their needs and the urgency placed on increasing the capacity of the homecare workforce.

"However, recruiting additional workers is of limited long-term value unless government address the serious underfunding of homecare services. Whether councils or the NHS commission these services, they must not do so at rates which create inadequate terms and conditions for essential members of the workforce and severely affect worker retention."

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Notes for Editors

  1. Labour's 10-year Plan for Health and Care launched on 27 January 2015 (after press quote above): www.yourbritain.org.uk/agenda-2015/policy-review/labours-ten-year-plan-for-health-and-care
  2. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  3. UKHCA’s mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community. We do this by campaigning, and through leadership and support to social care providers.
  4. UKHCA has a vetting procedure for its members, all of whom agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at www.ukhca.co.uk/codeofpractice.aspx.
  5. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in the UK, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 119,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 2.79 million hours of care per week to around 166,000 service users, valued at £1.62 billion per annum.
  6. Homecare encompasses provision of personal care, to people in their own homes. For many, homecare is the alternative of choice for people who would otherwise need to move into residential accommodation.
  7. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland). However, homecare services are largely delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers working under contracts with the statutory sector.
  8. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?id=109.
  9. A high resolution royalty-free image of Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director, quoted in this release, is available from:
    www.ukhca.co.uk/images/highres/angel_colin_20140701_079.jpg
  10. Interviewees from UKHCA for broadcast media are available on request.
  11. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07920 788993
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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