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New online service for those living with dementia in NINew online service for those living with dementia in NI

A new digital service offering support for people living with dementia and their carers has been launched by the Health and Social Care Board. It provides a place for users to find safe, trusted apps to provide information and guidance on the condition, support self-care of symptoms and enable users to carry on with their day-to-day activities for as long as possible.

More information is available on the HSCB website.


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Jane Townson appointed as permanent CEO at UKHCAJane Townson appointed as permanent CEO at UKHCA

Jane Townson has been confirmed as UKHCA's permanent CEO by the Board following on from a period of acting as interim-CEO.

Jane will provide strong leadership in working with the board, UKHCA's staff team and you, our members, as we develop our strategic vision for the homecare sector and UKHCA's role in representing and supporting our members.


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Minister listening to concerns about £30k minimum income in migration policyMinister listening to concerns about £30k minimum income in migration policy

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP took the point that a £30,000 annual minimum income in any future immigration policy would have a detrimental effect on social care. He said: "We need to deliver better social care, with people coming from all around the world in addition to domestically trained people." (Health and social care questions in the House of Commons on 18 June 2019, Hansard).


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Technology Supporting PeopleTechnology Supporting People

A new campaign launched by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) encourages people to use everyday technology such as mobile phones and tablets to control and manage their own health, care and wellbeing.

More information can be found on the Care Inspectorate website.


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Social care support reform in ScotlandSocial care support reform in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published a vision for the future of Scotland's adult social care services. The vision sets a number of goals to outline how care provision needs to change in order to meet the future care needs of Scotland.

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.


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Careworker awards for utilising Welsh language in careCareworker awards for utilising Welsh language in care

Nominations are now open for a new award to recognise and celebrate care workers who've made a difference to people's lives by providing care and support in Welsh.

The Caring in Welsh award is open to any paid care workers who work in social care or early years and childcare in Wales, and who provide excellent care through the medium of Welsh.

More information on how to nominate a carer for an award can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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New 'Let's talk about loneliness' campaign launchedNew 'Let's talk about loneliness' campaign launched

A new campaign has been launched by Loneliness Minister Mims Davies to help tackle the stigma of loneliness and encourage people inthe UK to speak out. The government is also investing £1 million in a Tech to Connect Challenge Prize. Charities and social enterprises are invited to apply as up to £500,000 is available for social tech innovation. More information


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Survey of social workers reveals 'crisis in social work'Survey of social workers reveals 'crisis in social work'

A survey by union Unison has found that social workers in the UK say they are no longer able to do their jobs effectively because of government cost-cutting, with key community services now barely effective. Eight in ten social workers (80%) say local people are not receiving the help and support they need at the right time.


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Call for people receiving care to share their storiesCall for people receiving care to share their stories

The Care and Support Alliance is calling on people to share what good care means so they can show government its #TimeToCare.

With 1.4 million people estimated not to be getting the care they need, the Alliance has launched a campaign to show why good care is so important. Individuals and their families are invited to share their stories by completing an online form at: https://careandsupportalliance.e-activist.com/page/43568/data/1?locale=en-GB


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Blue Badge scheme extended to people with 'hidden disabilities'Blue Badge scheme extended to people with 'hidden disabilities'

People with hidden disabilities will soon be able to access Blue Badge parking permits, following the rollout of new guidance which applies to local authorities in England.

The new scheme will help address problems for drivers or passengers with dementia, anxiety disorders or reduced mobility where the anticipation of travel difficulties such as finding a parking space can add to the stress of the journey itself.

Read more about the extended Blue Badge scheme


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NHS Plan will falter without more social care fundingNHS Plan will falter without more social care funding

A new briefing by the Health Foundation and NHS Confederation warns the NHS Long Term Plan will be jeopardised unless more funding is found for social care and public health. The briefing notes the Plan was developed expecting a sustainable settlement for social care and action to prevent ill health. Social care alone is likely to have a funding gap of £4.4 bn in England in 2023/24 unless action is taken. 


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Survey on recruiting the right people and skills in WalesSurvey on recruiting the right people and skills in Wales

This is a short online survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. This survey will enable the Skills Partnership in Wales to understand your current and future skills needs. It will also enable them to better understand the current business landscape across the region, and to align its priorities with the needs of employers from across all sectors.

North Wales (deadline 21st June 2019)

South East Wales 

South West and Mid-Wales (deadline 21st June 2019)


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£22.7 million funding announced towards delivering 'A Healthier Wales'£22.7 million funding announced towards delivering 'A Healthier Wales'

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board, which now includes the Bridgend County Borough Council area, will receive £22.7 million from the Transformation Fund.

The money will be used to expand successful pilot projects across Cwm Taf and Bridgend to provide greater choice and independence for individuals, whilst reducing pressure on social care, GP surgeries and hospitals.

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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Heatwave plan for England launchedHeatwave plan for England launched

New heatwave guidance aimed at reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves, has been launched by Public Health England and NHS England.

The Plan aims to provide guidance on preparing for and dealing with a heatwave, and is particularly aimed at the most vulnerable people in society.

Professor Dame Sally C Davies, the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health & Social Care said:

"The purpose of this heatwave plan is to reduce summer deaths and illness by raising public awareness and triggering actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community and voluntary organisations to support people who have health, housing or economic circumstances that increase their vulnerability to heat. Communities can also help their neighbours, friends and relatives to protect against avoidable harm to health this summer."

Read the full guide here


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Trafford Council have announced a £1m boost for homecareTrafford Council have announced a £1m boost for homecare

Around 1,700 residents who use homecare services in Trafford are set to benefit from a £1m investment from the local authority.

Council leader Andrew Western said: "We have managed to put extra money into the adult social care budget this year but we still want to improve the lives of residents by creating better and more efficient services."

Service users are set to receive more personalised support under the range of pilot schemes which will launch later in the year.

Read the full story via Messenger Newspapers.


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£5m available from new Carers Innovation Fund£5m available from new Carers Innovation Fund

A new fund has been set up by the Government to support unpaid carers. The Fund aims to support accessible, carer-friendly communities and public services and also seeks to provide evidence on effective interventions to support carers.

Applications to the fund can come from a mix of sectors, and will be expected to show a positive effect on carers' health and wellbeing and their ability to manage work alongside responsibilities.

More details about the purpose of the fund and application process and will be given on two webinars on 19th June.

More information is available here


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Thousands of patients in England are missing out on NHS funding for homecareThousands of patients in England are missing out on NHS funding for homecare

Several families are featured in this piece for the Victoria Derbyshire programme, as having spent their life savings on home care having not had sufficient support from CHC.

According to the BBC, every year around 160,000 applications are made for continuing healthcare, costing the NHS around £3bn.

Lloyd Tingley, chairman of the Continuing Healthcare Alliance, says the system is a "national scandal".

Read the full story via BBC News here


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Medication - CQC publish new report on learning from medication errorsMedication - CQC publish new report on learning from medication errors

A new report published by the Care Quality Commission, (CQC), looked at 55 inspection reports from residential and homecare providers where medication related issues gave inspectors cause for concern.

UKHCA recommends members read and digest this report given the high priority CQC are giving to medication during the inspection process. Deficiencies in safe administration of medicines are not only a risk to service users but could well lead to enforcement action which could jeopardise the viability of your service. 

Read CQC's medication report

Link to NICE guideline - Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

Link to UKHCA Medication guidance


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CARE badge now availableCARE badge now available

The CARE badge is now available - the care sector's response to the NHS badge and a unifying symbol of pride and quality in care in the UK. Organisations can place orders before the launch of the CARE badge campaign at The Residential & Home Care Show at ExCel London on 26-27 June 2019.

Badges cost £1 each and there is a minimum order size of 100, with a choice of fixing styles. Badge purchasers can use the CARE badge logo in their marketing materials.

The CARE badge is an initiative of Professor Martin Green of Care England and everyLIFE Technologies. All profits will go to care-related charities. More from: https://www.thecarebadge.org/


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Health and Social Care Secretary favours insurance-based schemeHealth and Social Care Secretary favours insurance-based scheme

According to an interview given to the press, Health and Social Secretary Matt Hancock MP favours an (initially voluntary) insurance based scheme to pay for social care in the future and is less keen on the idea of a cap on expenditure, when the adult social care green paper is eventually published. Workers would have to fund average lifetime costs of around £40,000. The Health and Social Care Secretary also pledged a £3.5 billion cash injection to prop up the social care system.

The interview was given in the context of the Conservative Party leadership contest, as Mr Hancock is expected to launch his bid to become leader today. Daily Mail article


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UKHCA responds to the Low Pay CommissionUKHCA responds to the Low Pay Commission

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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Interim NHS People Plan publishedInterim NHS People Plan published

NHS England has published an interim People Plan in support of its Long Term Plan which set out a 10-year plan for delivering healthcare in England. The interim People Plan sets out a vision for those who work for the NHS to enable them to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.

The plans include an ambition to increase the numbers of nursing associates with 7,500 starting during 2019. More programmes will be developed to enable nursing associates who want to go on to become registered nurses to do so through a two-year part-time course.

A full five-year People Plan will be published alongside a detailed implementation plan for the NHS Long Term Plan. This will follow the government's next Spending Review expected later this year.

Read the Interim NHS People Plan


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BBC Panorama 'Crisis in Care' - Who Pays? - 5 JuneBBC Panorama 'Crisis in Care' - Who Pays? - 5 June

BBC Panorama is showing the second part of its pair of programmes on social care. The Crisis in Care - Who Pays? will be aired on 5 June at 21.00. 

In the programmes, BBC's social affairs correspondent Alison Holt looks at the experiences of families with care needs in Somerset and acute funding pressures on care.

The first programme Crisis in Care - Who Cares? shown on 29 May is available on BBC iPlayer

Blog by Somerset County Council on opening their doors to the programme makers.


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£1.2 million now available for training of voluntary workforce£1.2 million now available for training of voluntary workforce

Voluntary organisations across Scotland are benefitting from grants totalling more than £1.2 million which will help social service workers gain qualifications.

The funding will support nearly 1200 social service workers to gain the qualifications they need to register with the SSSC. The Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) grants are being allocated to 80 charities which provide care at home and housing support services.

More information can be found on the SSC website.


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New resources to support carers' assessmentsNew resources to support carers' assessments

Social Care Wales has published a new set of resources to support social care practitioners with assessing carers' support needs.

The resources will help practitioners carry out high quality assessments for carers, and will guide them as they work with carers and families to find out what matters to them and how they can achieve their personal outcomes.

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


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Skype is preventing avoidable hospital tripsSkype is preventing avoidable hospital trips

An on-call Skype NHS team in Tameside, Greater Manchester, is preventing hospital admissions by taking around 8,000 calls annually from staff working in sheltered accommodation, care homes and community teams looking for medical advice for residents.

The scheme is part of the programme of integrated services being rolled out under the NHS Long Term Plan, using technology to help people get support at home, rather than via an emergency trip to hospital. More information


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Health and social care workforce data 2019Health and social care workforce data 2019

The Department of Health has published its latest round of workforce data on the health and social care workforce in Northern Ireland. The report states that overall, the health and social care workforce increased in size by 2.5% between 2018-19.

The report can be found on the Department of Health website.


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Adult social care to absorb majority of council funding by mid 2030sAdult social care to absorb majority of council funding by mid 2030s

The Institute of Fiscal Studies suggest that revenue from council tax and business rates, providing most of councils' funding in England, are 'highly unlikely to keep pace with rising demands and costs for public services. For example, even if council tax were to be increased by 4.7% a year (which is the average increase this year) every year, adult social care could account for more than half of revenues from these taxes by the mid 2030s, even without increasing service provision.'




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Depleted reserves highlight pressures on councils in EnglandDepleted reserves highlight pressures on councils in England

BBC research ahead of the Panorama programme on the "Crisis in Care", due to be screened on 29 May and 5 June, has found that 11 councils in England would have "fully exhausted" their reserves within 4 years unless they topped them up (according to analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) Councils with the biggest drop in reserves over 2015-2018 were Northamptonshire, Somerset and Rotherham. Pressures on funding include rising demand for adult social care and stretched children's services.

BBC analysis with the Health Foundation shows that public spending on care for the elderly and disabled is much higher in Scotland and Wales than England: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48438132


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No plans by Government to legislate on abuse of older peopleNo plans by Government to legislate on abuse of older people

In answer to a question in the Commons, Care Services Minister Caroline Dinenage MP stated the Government has no plans to bring forward legislation to reduce the abuse of older people in social care. The Minister confirmed the Government's commitment to preventing and reducing the risk of harm to people in vulnerable situations and referred to existing Care Act and care regulatory provisions.


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Mencap case - Supreme Court hearing date setMencap case - Supreme Court hearing date set

The Supreme Court has set the date for hearing the ˜sleep in' case which followed The Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake decision.

The hearing has been scheduled for 12 and 13 February 2020. Union were given permission to appeal the case to the Supreme Court, and although a decsion has been made about hearing the case, it does not mean it Unison's appeal will be successful.

Members are advised to read the briefing prepared by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

Read the briefing


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Progress report on 'Health and Wellbeing 2026'Progress report on 'Health and Wellbeing 2026'

The Department of Health has published a progress report on implanting the 'Health and Wellbeing 2026' initiative, which aims to transform health and social care services in Northern Ireland. The update report on Delivering Together details examples of projects taken forward and supported by transformation funding.

More information can be found on the Department of Health website.


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Report looks at added value of voluntary sector providersReport looks at added value of voluntary sector providers

A new report by Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) examines the benefits of voluntary sector care providers in England, and considers how they build community connections and collaborate with local partners, meeting gaps in support.

Above and Beyond: How voluntary sector providers of disability support add value to communities


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Forthcoming Green Paper research briefingForthcoming Green Paper research briefing

The House of Commons Library has issued a briefing paper on Social Care: forthcoming Green Paper (England), which discusses the background to, and (to some extent) what to expect from, the Green Paper when it is issued.


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Think tank proposes £5000 pa cap on complex long-term careThink tank proposes £5000 pa cap on complex long-term care

The Policy Exchange, a right wing think tank, has issued a paper on 21st Century Social Care. The central proposal is a system in England of largely free care in people's own homes, with a £5000 per annum per person co-payment for all those earning over one and a half times annual pensioner income, which is about £27,000 pa (the capital component of means-testing would be eliminated). This system would apply to 'complex long term social care' on a needs basis. What's wrong with social care and how we can fix it


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Councils in England warn of £50 billion hole in financesCouncils in England warn of £50 billion hole in finances

A new report by the County Councils Network warns that councils in England face a £50bn black hole over next six years, which will force them to resort to the ‘bare minimum’. An independent analysis has found that rising demand for services, including social care, and rising costs, could contribute to councils needing an extra £51.8 bn funding over 2019 - 2015.


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£15 million to transform health and social care in Swansea Bay£15 million to transform health and social care in Swansea Bay

Wales' Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced nearly £15 million of additional funding to transform the way health and social care is delivered in Swansea Bay area.The funding will be split between two new health and social care projects.

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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Opportunities available to support care servicesOpportunities available to support care services

The Foundational Economy Challenge Fund announced by the First Minister aims to help develop Wales's regional economy to make sure wealth is shared more evenly across Wales. Under the fund, up to £100,000 is available for experimental projects to help test how the Welsh Government can best support local economies.

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


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DoLs to become Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)DoLs to become Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

The law to amend the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has been changed.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has now passed into law. It replaces the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a scheme known as the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

The target date for implementation of the new arrangements is spring 2020. Prior to then, a revised MCA Code of Practice will be published setting out how LPS will work in practice.

Read more here

 


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New Anthony Collins briefing on local authority electionsNew Anthony Collins briefing on local authority elections

Anthony Collins Solicitors has published a briefing on the impact that a change in political party control of a council may have on care providers, including changes in previously adopted policies and priorities.

The briefing can be found on the Anthony Collins website.


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New Skills for Care guide to service improvementNew Skills for Care guide to service improvement

Skills for Care's new 'Guide to improvement' explains how to identify, plan and implement improvement across your service. It draws on 'good' and outstanding' practices to help your service to, not only meet CQC expectations, but exceed them.

The guide can be downloaded from the Skills for Care website.


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Quality Matters: case studies in working together to improve careQuality Matters: case studies in working together to improve care

Quality Matters, an initiative led by NICE, has published an online resource designed to inspire providers and local partners to work together to improve care. 'Unlocking Capacity: Smarter Together' provides a number of online resources and case studies to help people to work towards this goal.

The online site shows what good collaboration can look like, as well as showing how valuable joined-up care can be to service users.

More information can be found on the Quality Matters website.


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Care system is broken and Green Paper 'cannot arrive soon enough'Care system is broken and Green Paper 'cannot arrive soon enough'

Analysis by commissioned by Age UK suggests that about 30% of postcodes in England have no residential care beds, and 60%, no nursing home places, leading to 'care deserts'. Researchers said it is harder to quantify access to help at home, but this is undoubtedly a problem, with the number of hours of care falling.

With council spending having decreased by 9% per person in real terms since 2010, and an increased reliance on self-funders, the care system is broken and the Green Paper cannot come soon enough. More from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48228623


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Care representatives call for everyone to #careaboutcareCare representatives call for everyone to #careaboutcare

Care representative organisations from across the UK, including UKHCA, have joined together to issue a communique calling for every citizen and institution to #careaboutcare.

The Five Nations Care Forum, meeting in Belfast, acknowledged that care services in all UK nations are under significant pressure, and there is a need for a better understanding of the role care plays in the lives of all our citizens and the enormous contribution it makes to both local and national economies.

More about the Belfast Communique: http://www.fivenationscareforum.com/belfast-communique/


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New raising concerns in the workplace guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students publishedNew raising concerns in the workplace guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students published

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the Care Inspectorate have launched new guidance to make sure social service workers, students and employers know how to raise a concern about the care, dignity and safety of people who use social services.

Raising Concern in the Workplace gives guidance to workers and students about how to raise a concern and why it's different from whistleblowing. It includes examples of the type of things they might need to raise a concern about, for example if they feel the service they work in is not maintaining the dignity of people who use services during personal care. It also includes a handy checklist and flowchart workers and students can follow to help them decide if they need to raise a concern.

For employers it explains their role in making sure staff feel they can speak openly about their concerns and be sure that what they say will be treated with sensitivity and in confidence. All concerns must be treated with equal importance however they are raised and employers must have appropriate policies and procedures in place to manage this.

You can read the guidance here:

https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02659/en-us


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New for UKHCA members - Writing an adult safeguarding policy for homecare services in EnglandNew for UKHCA members - Writing an adult safeguarding policy for homecare services in England

This guidance has been designed to help your organisation write or review your own safeguarding policy so that if an incident occurs, everyone understands what steps should be taken.

As with other policies and procedures, carrying out a regular audit of your safeguarding policy is essential. This document includes a suggested safeguarding audit, posing questions which should help you keep your policies up to date. It also contains a suggested checklist of actions to take when a safeguarding alert has been raised.

This guidance compliments UKHCA’s Safeguarding training.

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Presssure on Government to implement the Taylor ReviewPresssure on Government to implement the Taylor Review

The House of Commons Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees have written to the Government urging it to enact the recommendations of the Taylor Review of Modern Employment, including measures to crack down on bogus self employment. Chairs Rt Hon Frank Field MP and Rachel Reeves MP pointed out it is over a year since the Government accepted most of the Review's recommendations, but no Employment Bill has been brought forward. The letter mentions the sleep-in issue in the care sector.


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'Profound implications for Scotland' in UK post-Brexit immigration plan'Profound implications for Scotland' in UK post-Brexit immigration plan

The UK Government's post-Bexit immigration plan "doesn't work for the whole country and it certainly doesn't work for Scotland" according to the director general of the CBI, Carolyn Fairbairn.

The Government plans to set a minimum £30,000 salary for skilled migrants seeking five-year visas. In Scotland, the median salary is £24,000.

Add to this an ageing Scottish workforce, which the CBI estimates will mean that, in 20 years' time, only a third of the population will be of working age. Scotland needs a flexible plan to recruit the people it needs to grow.

If not, Ms Fairbairn said, there will be "profound implications for Scotland, its tax base and public services."


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UKHCA appoints Jane Townson as interim chief executiveUKHCA appoints Jane Townson as interim chief executive

Having reviewed UKHCA's programme of work for the coming months with the Association's Leadership Team, we have decided to invite Jane Townson to join the team as interim chief executive for an initial period of six months, while we determine UKHCA's longer-term requirements.

This year UKHCA will provide leadership in the sector as the country prepares to exit from the European Union, responds to the forthcoming Green Paper on social care policy in England and a comprehensive spending review and Budget which will determine the short- and medium-term funding available to social care.

On behalf of UKHCA's Board we are therefore pleased to confirm that Jane will join the Association this month.

Jane will already be known to many of you. She has been an active member of UKHCA's Board for the last three years, including acting as the Association's vice-chair. Until recently, she was also the chief executive of a provider of domiciliary, extra care and residential services.

Jane brings extensive experience of service delivery and an understanding of social care policy. We are delighted that she will be able to work alongside the existing staff team as they represent our members' views with Government and stakeholders at a critical period.


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Care Inspectorate Statistical Summary ReportCare Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report

The Care Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report for Quarter 4 of 2018/19 has now been released. This presents data on the number of registered care services, new registrations and cancellations, complaints about care services and quality theme grades all by care service type and or service sector. This is updated on a quarterly basis.

More information can be found on the Care Inspectorate website.


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Matt Hancock envisages greater proportion of domiciliary careMatt Hancock envisages greater proportion of domiciliary care

Matt Hancock MP, Health and Social Care Secretary, said he envisages a much greater proportion of homecare to residential care in future with help from technology, when giving evidence to the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee's inquiry into social care funding in England.

The minister referred to domiciliary care as cheaper, offering a better quality of life and the option people prefer. He said the Green Paper continues to be worked on and implied it has not been cleared by Cabinet colleagues. He is highly sceptical that housing assets should be used to pay for homecare and clearly favours some sort of insurance model, with a cap and risk-pooling.

Transcript of Health and Social Care Secretary's evidence


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Care Minister reported to have dampened Green Paper expectationsCare Minister reported to have dampened Green Paper expectations

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP is reported to have dampened expectations regarding the Green Paper, when she addressed the recent ADASS Spring Seminar. According to Community Care magazine, the minister warned that the long-delayed green paper will not solve all the sector’s problems. It will focus on how to enable people to live more independently in their homes and be active members of their communities, promoting innovative models of care and the sharing of good practice. The report said precisely what it will contain about social care funding is unclear. 

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Roger Booker elected to UKHCA BoardRoger Booker elected to UKHCA Board

Roger Booker, Managing Director of Direct Health Group, has been elected to represent Band 2 members on the UKHCA Board, following the recent members' election.

UKHCA Chair, Trevor Brocklebank, said: "I warmly welcome Roger to the Board. His experience at a senior level in the sector will be immensely valuable."


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Updated National Minimum Wage ToolkitUpdated National Minimum Wage Toolkit

UKHCA's National Minimum Wage Toolkit was updated in April 2019 to include further changes on sleep-in case-law and NMW rates.

The toolkit sets out the current law with practical examples, and gives providers a step-by-step compliance assessment tool. It also contains a practical section for homecare providers written by UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel on possible actions to achieve compliance with the National Minimum Wage.

The Toolkit can be downloaded from the UKHCA website.


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LinkedIn listing for "Steve Lugard"LinkedIn listing for "Steve Lugard"

We are aware that a person calling himself "Steve Lugard" is sending invitations from the LinkedIn social media platform claiming to be the managing director of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA). This claim is false.

There is no connection between this user and UKHCA and this association does not use the job title "managing director". We are reviewing this entry and a number of accounts which claim to be associated with UKHCA, to request that they are removed from LinkedIn.


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New research to focus on staff retentionNew research to focus on staff retention

New research will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the drivers of staff retention in social care. By developing examples of what constitutes good working conditions and key predictors of staff retention, the project aims to support the development of a sustainable workforce.

The project is led by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent (and funded by the Health Foundation's Efficiency Research Programme). Sign up for a newsletter from the Health Foundation, which is a UK-wide charity: https://preferences.health.org.uk/preference-centre/register


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Call for feedback on careworkers' employee benefits and reward schemesCall for feedback on careworkers' employee benefits and reward schemes

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Care, is asking social care workers to share the employee benefits and reward schemes they are offered by their employer on the engagement platform Talk Health and Care. Examples include flexible working, cycle to work schemes, and shopping discounts.

The request follows the recent 'Every Day is Different' recruitment and retention campaign, and is intended to help Government policy-making on how employers show they value their workers.

https://dhscworkforce.crowdicity.com/category/72330

 


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New award to support alternative route to register for careworkersNew award to support alternative route to register for careworkers

A new award has been launched to provide an alternative way to register for domiciliary care workers who are new to their role and don't yet have a qualification.

The award has been introduced in response to feedback from employers who wanted another route to register for workers who might struggle to meet registration requirements because they were part-time, didn't yet have a qualification and had not worked in domiciliary care for three of the past five years.

Anyone using this route to register with Social Care Wales will need to complete a required qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years' time.

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


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CQC - Guidance on handling sharps in adult social careCQC - Guidance on handling sharps in adult social care

A new Medicines FAQ on Handling Sharps in Adult Social Care has been published by CQC to help providers understand their health and safety responsibilities as an employer in relation to the handling of needles in social care settings, including when providing support in people's own homes.

The FAQ has been developed with input from the Safer Needles Network which includes representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, adult social care and NHS providers and trade unions.


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Four Seasons Health Care Group briefingFour Seasons Health Care Group briefing

The House of Commons Library has issued a briefing paper on the financial difficulties of the Four Seasons Health Care Group, which looks at the recent administration announcement, gives an overview of the business and its significance. The briefing also considers regulatory oversight by the Care Quality Commission and local authorities' duty to temporarily meet needs (in England), when a provider suffers business failure.


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CQC launches new participation platformCQC launches new participation platform

CQC has launched a new participation platform for collecting views, conducting surveys and running quick polls.

The topics they are asking for feedback on include:

  • The new format of the Monitoring the Mental Health Act Report
  • Guidance on how CQC regulates services for people with a learning disability and/or autism

Click here to create an account on the platform, and then click Projects to take part.


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Free events on Welsh as a skill in the social care sectorFree events on Welsh as a skill in the social care sector

Social Care Wales will be running a number of free-to-attend events to promote and encourage the use of the Welsh language in the care sector. The event will be a chance to share knowledge, good practice, and demonstrate what resources are available.

Dates and locations of events can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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New Skills for Care report on social care payNew Skills for Care report on social care pay

This report details pay rates across the adult social care sector in England as at February 2019. It examines pay trends since 2011/12, investigates any side effects in the adult social care sector as a result of the higher pay floor, and looks at the potential impact of the 2019 National Living Wage.

The report can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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Nominations for Skills for Care's Accolades awards open on 7 May 2019. The awards celebrate social care providers' and individual employers' commitment to high quality care.

The Accolades website contains questions, category information sheets and guidance on entering. Finalists will be invited to a black-tie awards ceremony in London on 22 January 2020, hosted by TV dance legend Anton Du Beke. The closing date for entries is 21 June 2019.

Find out more about the Accolades awards.


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Labour would invest more in homecare packagesLabour would invest more in homecare packages

The Labour Party has announced it would invest £2.8 billion to raise the number of homecare packages for vulnerable people and those with dementia, providing support for some 160,000 people and making those with no care at all a priority. Labour would also bring forward measures to help people with autism and learning disabilities move into the community from institutions. https://twitter.com/KeeleyMP/status/1122169452278288385 (27 April 2019)


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King's Fund report highlights pressures on care system in EnglandKing's Fund report highlights pressures on care system in England

The King's Fund Social Care 360 report suggests in real terms, total expenditure on social care by councils in England is still £700million less than 2010/11 but demand for services has risen. The rate of new requests is rising from working age adults but decreasing from older people. In 2017/18 there were 1.8 million request for social care support, 33,000 more than in 2015/16.

The King's Fund analysis of 20 key trends in adult social care in England is available at: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/social-care-360


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Opioid medication to carry prominent addiction warningsOpioid medication to carry prominent addiction warnings

The Health and Social Care Secretary has recently announced that all opioid medicines will carry warnings to say they can cause addiction: http://bit.do/eQWhq The move comes as the number of prescriptions in England and Wales issued for opioid medicines rose from more than 14 million in 2008 to 23 million in 2018.

 


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Fixing the Care CrisisFixing the Care Crisis

Former Cabinet minister Rt Hon Damian Green MP has proposed that the care system should adopt, in the long term, the model of the state pension, with the Government providing a new Universal Care Entitlement, with an optional top up from savings or housing wealth via a Care Supplement. Shorter term funding pressures should be met by taxing winter fuel allowance, diverting savings from the Spending Review or as a last resort a 1% National Insurance surcharge on over 50s.

Paper issued by the Institute for Policy Studies, in advance of the Government's Green Paper on adult social care.


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NHS mandate to be joint documentNHS mandate to be joint document

In answer to a Parliamentary question on why Government has not yet produced its 2019 NHS mandate on funding and objectives (required before the start of the financial year under the Health Act 2012), the Government explained this is to be a joint document with the annual NHS Improvement remit letter, called an accountability framework. The document will set one-year transitional objectives to allow the NHS time to implement the Long-Term Plan.

The Health and Social Care committee is due to hear evidence on the NHS Long-term Plan: legislative proposals inquiry on 30 April 2019: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-and-social-care-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/nhs-legislation-inquiry-17-19/


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Charity says free personal care is best optionCharity says free personal care is best option

Charity Independent Age has called for free personal care in England, to eliminate catastrophic costs. The charity's recent report looks at the different options for paying for care, and concludes that free personal care is an option that fits.


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Green paper is still evolving and being improved Green paper is still evolving and being improved 

Care Minister Caroline Dineage MP stated on behalf of the Government, in an Opposition Day Debate on 24 April 2019 on Local Government and Social Care Funding, that 'a version of the Green Paper already exists, but that does not mean that we are resting on our laurels while we are waiting for an opportunity to publish it. We are continuing to improve it and evolve it so that when we do publish it — as soon as possible — it will be in the best possible shape.'

Hansard report of debate which also considered at length funding deficiencies and inequalities between councils.


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£11 million to transform health and social care services in North Wales£11 million to transform health and social care services in North Wales

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced more than £11 million to transform the way health and social care services are delivered in north Wales. Led by the North Wales Regional Partnership Board, the projects are the latest to receive funding from the Welsh Government's £100 million Transformation Fund.

The fund has been created to support the scale up of new models of seamless health and social care as part of the Welsh Government's long term plan for health and social care, 'A Healthier Wales'.

Further details can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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MS Awareness Week 2019MS Awareness Week 2019

MS Awareness Week 2019 is running from 22-28 April and aims to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, and what it means to those living with it. For more, see https://www.mstrust.org.uk/ms-awareness-week-2019 and https://www.mssociety.org.uk/get-involved/ms-awareness-week


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Concerns poorest areas in England have experienced more cutsConcerns poorest areas in England have experienced more cuts

Some of the most deprived areas of England have experienced larger cuts than better off councils, according to data issued by the Labour Party at the start of the local election campaign. A BBC analysis confirmed that all 10 of Labour's listed areas 'saw higher than average cuts and for nine of them, that cut was at least twice the average'. More from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47882478


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Consistency and relationships between CQC and providers - focus groupsConsistency and relationships between CQC and providers - focus groups

Adult Social Care - 3rd May 2-3pm

CQC is running a series of online focus groups with providers of care to support their work on understanding what good interactions between providers and inspectors look like.

Focus groups have been held with Inspectors to explore their views and experiences; CQC now wants to better understand provider views and look at the impact of good interactions on the quality of care as part of our work with Manchester University Business School.

Read more information here

 


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Care staff may have compulsory training on learning disabilities and autismCare staff may have compulsory training on learning disabilities and autism

A consultation document has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) with proposals for compulsory training of care staff on learning disability and autism. 

The proposals envisage that all staff delivering personal care will have mandatory trainning regardless of whether or not services are provided to adults with a learning disability, autism or both.

The deadline for responses to DHSC is 12th April 2019.

Download the consultation document

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Contribute to Wales's health and social care workforce strategyContribute to Wales's health and social care workforce strategy

An online survey has been launched to collect provider's views on what are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the health and social care workforce in Wales over the next decade. The sector's opinions will help in the development of a new workforce strategy across health and social care.

More information and details on how to access the survey can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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New online resource to improve knowledge about direct paymentsNew online resource to improve knowledge about direct payments

Social Care Wales has launched an online resource to improve knowledge about direct payments for practitioners and people who receive them. A partnership with frontline workers, managers, the voluntary sector and direct payments recipients has helped shape 'Direct payments: a guide'.

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


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Ultra-Low Emission Zone starts in London todayUltra-Low Emission Zone starts in London today

From today, 8th April 2019, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) applies to older petrol and diesel vehicles driving in the London Congestion Charge Zone. The charge is £12.50 a day and penalties apply for non-payment.

Key points for members to be familiar with are:

  • The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year including weekends and public holidays;
  • the daily ULEZ charge runs from 0.01-midnight. This means older vehicles entering the Congestion Charge Zone before midnight and continuing after midnight will have to pay the ULEZ charge twice;
  • drivers of older vehicles which do not meet the emission standards will have to pay the ULEZ charge and the congestion charge if they drive in the congestion zone area on weekdays between 07:00 and 18:00; and,
  • To avoid the ULEZ charge, vehicles need to meet the different emission standards based on their vehicle type, and the type of emission.

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A Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for actionA Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for action

The Scottish Government has developed and published a framework document which aims to "challenge the inequalities older people face as they age and to celebrate older people in Scotland."

You can read the full document here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/fairer-scotland-older-people-framework-action/pages/1/


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Care Provider Alliance publishes EU Exit Contingency PlanCare Provider Alliance publishes EU Exit Contingency Plan

The CPA has published an EU exit contingency plan that social care providers can fill in and adapt to meet the needs of their business.

The CPA website also contains a number of other resources aimed at helping social care providers to keep up-to-date with the latest information regarding Brexit.

We encourage all members to download the contingency plan from the CPA website.


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Brexit details for care staffBrexit details for care staff

The Secretary of State of Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock has issued a further letter on EU-Exit to health and social care staff. This letter provides:

  • Updates in reference to recognition of professional qualifications
  • Further information about the EU settlement scheme and right to remain
  • Reassurances about medicine supply.

Further details can be found in the DHSC letter to care staff.


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UKHCA member discounts for Alzheimer's ShowUKHCA member discounts for Alzheimer's Show

We are pleased to announce that we have secured UKHCA members the following discounts for 'The Alzheimer's Show'.

UKHCA members can access:

  • 10% discount on all exhibition stands
  • 50% off tickets with code UK19

The event is on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019 at Olympia London.

All bookings can be made via the Alzheimer's Show website.


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Advance care planningAdvance care planning

NICE and SCIE have produced a quick guide for advance care planning. The guide will help people to understand how advance care planning will help them plan their future care and support, including medical treatment, while they have the capacity to do so.

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Not for profit providers invited to bid for share of £4.8m digital fundingNot for profit providers invited to bid for share of £4.8m digital funding

Providers and commissioners of adult social care services in England are invited to bid for a share of £4.8m funding for rolling out local digital projects. Those invited to bid include not-for-profit providers, local authorities and academic institutions and the closing date is 22 May 2019. For bidding criteria, eligibility and details of information webinars, see: https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/social-care-digital-pathfinders-funding


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Voting in local elections on 2 May 2019Voting in local elections on 2 May 2019

Local elections are being held on 2 May in parts of England and all of Northern Ireland, and the registration deadline of 12 April is approaching. The Electoral Commission has produced a variety of useful resources including, with Mencap, easy read guides for voters with a learning disability. There are also videos about improving the voting experience at: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/accessibility-at-elections

There is more information on voting for voters and those supporting them at Your Vote Matters: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/


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EU Settlement Scheme now openEU Settlement Scheme now open

The Home Office's EU Settlement Scheme is now fully open. This means EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family can apply to the Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. For further details and to apply free for settled or pre-settled status, see: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families The guide is available in 26 European Languages.


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UKHCA board appointmentsUKHCA board appointments

United Kingdom Homecare Association is pleased to confirm the following elections to officer positions on UKHCA's non-executive board, as follows:

Dominique Kent, Chief Operating Officer at The Good Care Group and UKHCA board member for Band 1, was elected to the position of Vice Chair of UKHCA.

David Chalk, Managing Director of Windrush Care and UKHCA board member for Band 1, was elected to the position of Honorary Secretary.

More information can be found in the full UKHCA media release.


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CQC Announces Fee Changes for 2019/20CQC Announces Fee Changes for 2019/20

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced changes to the fees it will charge homecare providers in England for the year 2019/20. The changes will take effect from 1 April 2019.

The report can be found here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/care-quality-commission-fees-201920-confirmed


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No Deal Brexit planning guidanceNo Deal Brexit planning guidance

New advice and guidance has been published for social care providers to help with contingency planning in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

The guidance document gives advice on how to plan for, and cope with, possible interruptions to the supply of medical devices, clinical consumables, medicines and vaccines. It also gives advice on securing non-clinical goods and services such as food, laundry services, fuel and data.

More information can be found in the following documents:

Update and guidance on 'No Deal' planning - UK

Letter from the Director General of Social Care - England


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Scotland to review the Mental Health ActScotland to review the Mental Health Act

Support for people with mental health conditions is to be strengthened through an independent review of the Mental Health Act. The review aims to improve the rights and protections of those living with mental illness and remove barriers to those caring for their health and welfare.

More information can be found on the gov.scot website.


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Data Security and Protection Toolkit and NHS Mail - Training EventsData Security and Protection Toolkit and NHS Mail - Training Events

NHS England, and members of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), are coordinating a pilot of 28 learning events. These events are to support providers in getting their organisation compliant with the DSPT and then connecting up with NHS mail to enable safe and secure exchange of information between care and health colleagues.

NHS Digital has published an update on DSPT for all care providers, that can be accessed via the below link:

www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/DSPT_update_march_2019.pdf

More information can be found on the CPA website.


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My Learning Cloud and UKHCA announce e-learning partnershipMy Learning Cloud and UKHCA announce e-learning partnership

Through this strategic partnership, which is live from the beginning of April 2019, My Learning Cloud will provide a membership offer and associated benefits for UKHCA's two-thousand members, across the United Kingdom.

For more details, please see the full media release on the UKHCA website.


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Brexit - Health Minister Steve Brine resignsBrexit - Health Minister Steve Brine resigns

During another series of tumultuos Brexit debates, Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, tendered his resignation.

Amongst other areas, Steve Brine had the lead on policy for primary care, prevention and early intervention, health protection and improvement and public health.


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Reminder - New legislation in force from April 2019Reminder - New legislation in force from April 2019

New legislation in force from April 2019 will require all employers to:

a. provide payslips to all workers, not just employees (see note, below), and

b. show hours on payslips where the pay varies by the amount of time worked.

Starting with pay periods which begin on or after 6 April 2019, the hours can be shown either as a single total of all such hours in the pay period, or they can be broken down into separate figures for different types of work or different rates of pay. A payslip may be provided in either a physical format or an electronic format that the worker can print.

The hours that must be shown on a payslip are a separate matter from the number of hours worked for National Minimum Wage (NMW) purposes. 

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https://ukhca-mail.co.uk/t/1DVI-674FN-C2AUADIQ23/cr.aspx


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NHS Regional contact detailsNHS Regional contact details

NHS Regional care sector leads can be contacted when care providers need support and/or assistance for getting engagement with NHS organisations like CCGs, STPs etc. for improving pathways, information sharing and partnership working.

They should not be contacted for any contractual disputes that providers may have with their local authorities or NHS bodies.

Ruth Holt (North) - ruth.holt3@nhs.net

Rachel Fox (Midlands & East) - rachel.fox13@nhs.net

Susan Glanfield (South West) - Susan.glanfield1@nhs.net

Keith Hardy (South East) - keith.hardy@nhs.net

Jane Sproat (London) - jane.sproat@nhs.net 


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NHS England confirms 2019/20 'flu vaccine eligibilityNHS England confirms 2019/20 'flu vaccine eligibility

After pressure from UKHCA and other provider associations in previous years, NHS England has announced that in 2019-20 "NHS England will continue to support vaccination of social care and hospice workers. The eligible groups will remain the same as in 2018/19 and vaccination will be available through community pharmacy or their registered general practice."

We expect further details to be released by NHS England in the near future and will disseminate to members as soon as possible.


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British Red Cross publish research on hospital dischargeBritish Red Cross publish research on hospital discharge

Findings from the British Red Cross research on hospital discharge shows there is considerable variation in discharge practices.

Including a number of case studies, the research found that without appropriate support and communication throughout their journey people can feel unequipped and ill prepared to support their own recovery.

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ExtraCare finds significant improvements in residents health and well-beingExtraCare finds significant improvements in residents health and well-being

ExtraCare, a charitable trust which has housing schemes and villages for older people, has published research showing that since moving in to ExtraCare, the health and well being of their residents has increased. They found that residents get more physical exercise and have improved memory and cognitive abilities. Costs to the NHS were reduced by 38%, and unplanned hospital stays reduced from 8-14 to 1-2 days.

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New edition - UKHCA Homecare Workers HandbookNew edition - UKHCA Homecare Workers Handbook

UKHCA's popular Homecare Workers' Handbook has been comprehensively reviewed and updated. Designed to complement your organisation's training, UKHCA's Homecare Workers' Handbook is an easily accessible source of valuable information for your care staff.

The updated version of the handbook can be ordered on the UKHCA publications page.


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Views sought on implementation of NHS Long-term PlanViews sought on implementation of NHS Long-term Plan

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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New King's Fund report on health and social care workforceNew King's Fund report on health and social care workforce

A new joint report published by the King's Fund seeks to address the gap in health and social care workforce. The recommend outlines a number of recommendations for the social care workforce including addressing poor pay, improving recruitment and retention, changing public perceptions of care work, and limiting the impact of Brexit.

The full report can be downloaded from the King's Fund website.


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Councils must continue to address gap between demand and resourcesCouncils must continue to address gap between demand and resources

A recently published report by the Accounts Commission (Audit Scotland) has stated that councils will need to continue to adapt and change services in order to meet future demand and needs. The report noted that, although councils were currently doing a good job providing services, changes would still need to change to meet its responsibilities in future.

The full report can be found on the Audit Scotland website.


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Social Care Wales appoints new director of regulationSocial Care Wales appoints new director of regulation

Social Care Wales has announced that David Pritchard will become their new director of regulation when Gerry Evans retires from the role on 22 of March 2019. The new appointee to the role has previously worked for the Welsh Government on social care policy, and will be taking up the position on 29 April 2019.

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


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CIW changes to service user and staff feedback gatheringCIW changes to service user and staff feedback gathering

Care Inspectorate Wales will be consulting with the care sector within the next few months on changes to have service user and staff feedback on providers is gathered. In the meantime, CIW has asked all providers to begin taking old questionnaires out of circulation.

Providers are being encouraged to send any thoughts on how the information gathering process can be improved through to CIW via CIW.Comms@gov.wales 

More information can be found on the CIW website.


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Consultation on redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parentsConsultation on redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents

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.

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New Ombudsman report on lessons learnt from adult social care complaintsNew Ombudsman report on lessons learnt from adult social care complaints

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has published a new report, 'Caring about complaints: lessons learned from our independent care provider investigations'.

The report takes stock of the Ombudsman's experience of nearly ten years of investigating complaints about independent care providers. It highlights common issues from the investigations including a lack of clear information about fees, charges and contracts, problems with billing and invoices, and dealing with challenging behaviour from friends and relatives.

The full report can be downloaded from the LGO website.




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Healthy Ageing research and innovation investment - request for informationHealthy Ageing research and innovation investment - request for information

UK Research and Innovation is funding the £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge - with the purpose of enabling development of products and services which maintain people's independence as they age. To help UKRI gauge the nature of the opportunities seeking funding from the Challenge they are inviting organisations interested in bidding to complete a 'light-touch' survey.

The deadline for completing the survey is 27 March 2019.


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April workshops on draft 'Code of Practice on Confidentiality' - Manchester & LondonApril workshops on draft 'Code of Practice on Confidentiality' - Manchester & London

The Information Governance Alliance is producing a draft 'Code of Practice on Confidentiality' to provide guidance for NHS and social care staff on using confidential information.

NHS England will be holding workshops for health and care professionals and key stakeholders on 4th April (Manchester) and 11th April (London) 2019 in order to seek views on the Code of Practice.

These workshops will provide an opportunity to influence the content of the code of practice, a useful future resource that may help providers to demonstrate compliance with data protection regulations.

To book your place, please email your name, role and preferred venue to england.dsp@nhs.net.


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Chancellor delivers Spring StatementChancellor delivers Spring Statement

The Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement today. As expected, with the uncertainty over Brexit, it was fairly brief.

  • The statement confirmed the Government is to conduct a full Spending Review before the summer recess, as long as a Brexit deal is agreed, to set 3 year budgets for departmental spending beyond the NHS and conclude alongside the Autumn Budget. The implication was the Chancellor would have more to spend on public finances if a No-deal Brexit is avoided.
  • Apprenticeship reforms will see, from 1 April, the co-investment rate employers pay cut from 10% to 5%, and levy-paying employers able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with the maximum amount rising from 10% to 25%.
  • The government has appointed Professor Arindajit Dube to undertake a review of the latest international evidence on minimum wages, to inform future National Living Wage policy after 2020.

Summary and Written ministerial statement Guardian key points


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UK Government 'must rule out no deal Brexit'UK Government 'must rule out no deal Brexit'

The Scottish Government has repeated calls for the UK Government to rule out a 'no deal' Brexit or risk damaging the stability of the health and social care sector in Scotland. Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick stated that a 'no deal' Brexit could have "damaging and lasting consequences".

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.


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Thousands more careworkers needed in Wales by 2030Thousands more careworkers needed in Wales by 2030

The Welsh Government has launched a new recruitment campaign for social care in Wales, WeCare, to encourage more people to consider a career in social care. The Government has estimated that thousands more careworkers will be needed to keep up with demands on the care sector.

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


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One in a Million: Dementia training resourceOne in a Million: Dementia training resource

Social Care Wales has developed a free dementia training package to help those who work with people with dementia. The resource has been endorsed by Alzheimer's Society UK and the Office of the Older Peoples Commissioner for Wales.

More information and details on how to access the resource can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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EU Settlement Scheme - LatestEU Settlement Scheme - Latest

The Home Office has confirmed the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme will go ahead on 30 March 2019.

Those who have paid an application fee during the test phases will receive a refund after 30 March 2019.

People who are due a refund do not need to do anything. The Home Office will automatically refund the fee to the card that was used to pay it. An email will be sent to the contact address provided in the application, confirming when the refund has been processed.

Read more information about the EU Settlement Scheme


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Public satisfaction levels continue to fall in health and social carePublic satisfaction levels continue to fall in health and social care

The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust analysis of NatCen Social Research’s BSA survey data shows that satisfaction with social care services provided by local authorities was 26%, and dissatisfaction, 34% in 2018. Analysts noted there was a lack of public understanding about social care services and about which were funded by local authorities; most respondents also may not have experience of using services. They concluded the exact reasons for low satisfaction were probably due to problems of access and quality. The study, which covered England, Scotland and Wales, found that public satisfaction with the NHS continued to fall in 2018.


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Urgent same day care to spare unnecessary hospital staysUrgent same day care to spare unnecessary hospital stays

NHS England has said that every major hospital will provide urgent same day services to improve care for patients and cut unnecessary admissions by next winter.

Many hospitals are already providing comprehensive care without admitting patients who come to A&E with conditions such as pneumonia or other breathing difficulties through same day emergency care (SDEC) services, which are also known as ambulatory care.

Clinical leaders believe that around half a million more patients a year across England could be assessed, diagnosed, treated and allowed to return home without the need for an overnight stay.

Read more information here


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Social Care Innovation Network plannedSocial Care Innovation Network planned

Following a recommendation in a report by SCIE, Nesta and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), 'Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults', the Department of Health and Social Care is funding SCIE, TLAP and Shared Lives Plus to develop a network to help local areas test new ideas and share innovatory learning and support. To sign up for news and opportunities for providers to get involved, see: https://www.scie.org.uk/transforming-care/innovation/network


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Council tax rises insufficient to fund social careCouncil tax rises insufficient to fund social care

Research by the Local Government Association suggests that council tax rises in 2019/20 will bring in insufficient funds to prevent the need for further cutbacks in adult social care services.

The LGA estimate that 'even if all councils used their council tax flexibilities to the maximum allowed, adult social care services still face a funding gap of at least £1 billion in 2019/20, just to maintain existing standards of care. This will rise to £3.6 billion by 2025.' More from: www.local.gov.uk/about/news/council-tax-will-fail-protect-adult-social-care-services-year


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BBC - Social care 'national scandal and disgrace'BBC - Social care 'national scandal and disgrace'

Leading health organisations have formed a new coalition to support a long-term settlement for social services in England. The coalition, 'Health for Care', has written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to deliver a settlement for social care in England that would last for generations. In an article on the BBC's website, the BBC's health editor, Hugh Pym, discusses the letter to the Theresa May and whether the social care Green Paper will emerge before the local elections due to be held in May.

Read the BBC article

Read the letter to the Prime Minister


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Migration Advisory Event - Shortage Occupation CommissionMigration Advisory Event - Shortage Occupation Commission

As part of their Shortage Occupation List commission, the Migration Advisory Committee are looking to engage with employers across the regions and countries of the UK to hear their concerns and issues with regards to shortages of workers.

This is an opportunity for care providers to explain the difficulties of recruiting staff to those who advise the government on immigration.

A roundtable event on is being held on Friday 15th March from 12pm-2pm in Sheffield at:

Vulcan House Steel,

6 Millsands,

Sheffield,

S3 8NU

Please note that places are limited and to register your place, 

email: MAC@homeoffice.gov.uk


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CQC changing how location history is displayedCQC changing how location history is displayed

CQC will be changing the way a location's history is displayed on their website. In future, the ratings information and inspection reports will stay with a location when it moves address or changes ownership. The changes are designed to ensure:

  • Greater transparency for the public
  • Providers do not lose any existing ratings for their locations
  • CQC will be able to take a more proportionate and efficient approach to inspecting after a change of registration.

This change will come into effect from 1 April 2019 and will apply to all registration applications completed on or after this date. CQC will publish guidance shortly.


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CQC - Update on human rights approach to regulationCQC - Update on human rights approach to regulation

CQC has developed their human rights approach to reflect changes both within CQC and in the health and social care system since 2014. Their new document explains the human rights topics that CQC need to consider to ensure people receive good quality care, and how they propose to look at these topics.

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EU drivers visiting or living in the UK after EU ExitEU drivers visiting or living in the UK after EU Exit

From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, arrangements for EU and EEA licence holders who are visiting or living in the UK will not change.

Visitors with EU and EEA driving licences will not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the UK.

EU and EEA licence holders visiting the UK can continue to drive on valid EU and EEA licences.

EU and EEA car or motorcycle licence holders who are (or become) UK residents can drive in the UK using EU and EEA licences until they are 70 or for up until 3 years after they become resident, whichever date is the later. At this point an application would need to be made for a UK licence.

For EU and EEA licence holders who passed their test in the EU or EEA, the UK will continue to exchange their licence.

EU and EEA licence holders who passed their test outside the EU or EEA have restrictions on licence exchange. As such, they may need to take a test to obtain a UK licence.

More information can be found on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit#eu-drivers-visiting-or-living-in-the-uk-after-eu-exit


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March Homecarer now available to downloadMarch Homecarer now available to download

In the March 2019 edition of Homecarer: We announce the appointment of Roger Berry as our new Chief Executive; Bridget Warr CBE says the outlook for homecare is bright, in her last column as CEO; we launch our new discounted eLearning facility, which will help with staff training; Amy Callahan-Page of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP explains how providers can recover debts from local authorities; Towergate Insurance Brokers consider effective risk management; we report on our survey of homecare providers in Wales, carried out with support from Welsh Government, Social Care Wales, CIW and regional partners; describe additional funding in Northern Ireland to ease winter pressures and concerns in Scotland about Brexit; Joanna Grant of Interserve introduces a guide on managing the transition from child to adult care provision; and we launch our updated portability of disclosure and barring checks guidance for members in England. Download March 2019 Homecarer


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Fair Work in Scotland's Social Care Sector 2019Fair Work in Scotland's Social Care Sector 2019

Following an 18-month inquiry involving research and extensive engagement with stakeholders the Fair Work Convention has published its report Fair Work in Scotland's Social Care Sector 2019.

The Convention recommends that the Scottish Government supports a new sector-level body to act as an effective voice in the social care sector and as an immediate priority, should establish a minimum Fair Work contract for social care. The contract should underpin commissioning of social care services.

The full report can be found here: https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/our-report-on-fair-work-in-social-care/

 


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NICE - New quality standard on people's experience using adult social care servicesNICE - New quality standard on people's experience using adult social care services

NICE have announced that the 'People's experience using adult social care services quality standard', has been published on their website. The quality standards refer to:

  • Discussing people's personal strengths, preferences, aspirations and needs when they have a care and support needs assessment.
  • People using adult social care services having as much control as they would like over their personal budget.
  • People using adult social care services having continuity of care and support.
  • The views of people using adult social care being used to inform service improvement.

Members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be interested in this standard. However, decisions on how NICE guidance applies in the devolved administrations will be made by ministers in the Welsh government, Scottish government, and Northern Ireland Executive.

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Government planning for 'no deal' Brexit and failures in social care marketGovernment planning for 'no deal' Brexit and failures in social care market

A leaked document, apparently by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and reproduced in the Guardian newspaper, shows Government's concerns about the risks the adult social care sector could face in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29th March without a deal. The document sets out a number of potential risks and how the government is planning for various scenarios, including provider failure.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"One should expect a responsible government department to be preparing for worse-case scenarios. UKHCA have been working with DHSC and CQC to share the providers' view of the risks of a 'No-Deal' Brexit, particularly given the evidence of the vulnerability of the state-funded homecare market that already exists."

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Warning of tax increases to cover care costsWarning of tax increases to cover care costs

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State of Department of Health and Social Care, and responsible for publishing the social care Green Paper has, according to the Daily Telegraph, warned about substantial tax increases if plans for a £100,000 care cap are introduced.

It is understood that Mr Hancock would prefer a new system of insurance to fund care for older people which could operate in a similar way to the auto-enrolment pension scheme. However, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is concerned about the impact such a scheme would have on people's pay packets.

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Update on planning for a no deal brexitUpdate on planning for a no deal brexit

The Minister of State for Health, Stephen Hammond, laid a written statement in the House of Commons updating parliament on the plans for the continuity of medicines and medical products in the event the UK exits the EU without a deal. The statement refers to arrangements in England and the Devolved Administrations.

Read the statement here

Caroline Dineage, Minister of State for Care, has written to care providers in England via the Care Quality Commission in similar terms.

Read the letter here

 


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CQC published guidance on relationships and sexuality in adult social careCQC published guidance on relationships and sexuality in adult social care

The Care Quality Commission, (CQC), has published guidance which sets out how care providers should consider people's relationship and sexuality needs. The guidance builds on CQC's quality framework adding further detail on issues like relationships, diversity and protecting people from harm.

Read CQC's guidance on relationships and sexuality


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Government confirms plans to extend personal health budgets in EnglandGovernment confirms plans to extend personal health budgets in England

The Government is to extend rights to personal health budgets to people eligible for mental health aftercare services, and people who access wheelchair services. Policymakers will also explore extending rights to:

  • People with ongoing social care needs, who make regular and ongoing use of relevant NHS services.
  • People leaving the Armed Forces, who are eligible for ongoing NHS services.
  • People with a learning disability, autism or both, who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.
  • Additional groups who the Government believe could benefit.

Government and NHS England response to consultation on extending rights to personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets, as proposed in the NHS Plan (para 1.41). Care Minister's written statement

Currently only adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare and children and young people in receipt of continuing care, have a right to a personal health budget, although CCGs do have some flexibility. Over 40,000 people have personal health budgets, and government plans would increase this to up to 200,000 people by 2024.


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UK Government publishes post-Brexit data protection planUK Government publishes post-Brexit data protection plan

The UK Government has published a document outlining data protection rules following Brexit. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will continue to apply following the UK's exit from the European Union.

More information can be found on the gov.uk website.


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Working together "crucial" to prepare for Brexit outcomeWorking together "crucial" to prepare for Brexit outcome

Co-operation between health and social care services will be a vital step in protecting both services from the possible effects of Brexit.

Vaughan Gething AM, Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services said:

"Maintaining high-quality health and social care is my top priority in preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Given the continued lack of clarity from the UK government regarding our future relationship with the EU, we must continue to prepare our public services for all eventualities. That is why it is so vital that health and social care leaders have come together today to assess and address the challenges we may face and how we can collectively work together to mitigate their impact."

More information can be found on the WLGA website.


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New MySSSC service now activeNew MySSSC service now active

SSSC has launched a new version of their "MySSSC' service. Their website also has a number of guides for workers and employers explaining changes to the service.

More information can be found on the SSSC website.


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HMRC publishes video on sleep-in complianceHMRC publishes video on sleep-in compliance

HMRC has published a short video to help care providers to comply with National Minimum Wage regulations when providing sleep-in care services.

The video has been published for viewing on YouTube.


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Government response to CPA immigration letter worryingGovernment response to CPA immigration letter worrying

The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA is a member, wrote to the Home Secretary to express concerns over the proposed salary threshold outlined in the Immigration White Paper. The letter also highlighted concerns over the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendations over shortage occupation lists, pointing out that many careworkers will not meet the qualifications criteria.

The response from the Government indicates that they have not accepted the social care sector's view that care workers are high skilled but will not meet the salary threshold of £30,000 which had been suggested by the Migration Advisory Committee.

A programme of events is being held around the country to engage with employers across the regions and countries of the UK to hear their concerns and issues with regards to shortages.

Read more about the employer events

Read CPA's letter to the Home Secretary 

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UKHCA Members' Forum - places still availableUKHCA Members' Forum - places still available

Limited places are still available to attend UKHCA's Member Forums. The programme for the Members' Forum will include UKHCA briefings on a range of areas currently having an impact on providers.

The forum will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues and current trends in your local areas with UKHCA and other local providers.

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CQC research shows people regret not raising concerns about their careCQC research shows people regret not raising concerns about their care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for people to speak up about their experiences of care, as new research shows that almost seven million people in England who have accessed health or social care services in the last five years have had concerns about their care, but never raised them. Of these, over half (58%) expressed regret about not doing so.

The most common reasons for not raising a concern were not knowing how (20%) or who (33%) to raise it with, not wanting to be seen as a 'troublemaker' (33%) and worries about not being taken seriously (28%). Over a third of people (37%) felt that nothing would change as a result.

Read the CQC press release

CQC are encouraging people to share their experiences of care (good or bad), to support their monitoring, inspecting and rating of services. #DeclareYourCare campaign


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CQC changes process for collecting contact details of service usersCQC changes process for collecting contact details of service users

UKHCA has established from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)that the centralised process for requesting contact details of people who receive homecare ahead of inspections has ceased.

Providers will no longer receive an online form with their Provider Information Return. To replace this, CQC have developed a new approach which they say fits better with their risk-based approach to inspection.

Inspectors will send a cover letter with instructions and a contacts detail spreadsheet directly to providers, rather than it being sent centrally. More information from CQC will be available in CQC's newsletter to be issued shortly.

 Providers can sign up to CQC's newsletter using this link. https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/newsletters-alerts/email-newsletters-cqc


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Survey reveals poor state of local government finances in EnglandSurvey reveals poor state of local government finances in England

The 2019 State of Local Government Finance Survey has revealed that most councils in England plan to raise council tax in 2019/20 and increase charges to compensate for reduced government funding. 53% are using reserves, 81% are investing in commercial developments and nearly half are planning to cut services, with a quarter saying these would be noticed by the public. One in 20 councils (22 in England) are concerned they will not be able to deliver legal minimum services for residents.

More from: https://www.lgiu.org.uk/news/council-tax-to-rise-while-services-slashed/


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Professional Record Standards Body - free webinarProfessional Record Standards Body - free webinar

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) is working with NHS England and the local NHS to develop an information standard for local health and care records. PRSB will be holding a webinar to seek the views of care providers.

www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/PRSB_webinars_records_2019.pdf


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Supreme Court gives Unison permission to appeal 'sleep-in' decisionSupreme Court gives Unison permission to appeal 'sleep-in' decision

Following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Mencap case in 2018, the Supreme Court have given Unison leave to appeal the decision that just time awake and working counts as working time, for minimum wage purposes, rather than all time spent during a sleep-in. Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have written a short briefing on this development, which prolongs the uncertainty for both employers and their staff as the case is unlikely to be heard until late 2019 or 2020.


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Carer Confident recognises family carer-friendly employersCarer Confident recognises family carer-friendly employers

Carer Confident is a new employer benchmarking scheme to assist businesses offer a more supportive environment for staff who are informal or family carers. Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and led by Employers for Carers at Carers UK, the scheme recognises employers who have created a family carer-supportive environment with a certificate of achievement. There are different levels of achievement and fees are payable to go through the self-assessment process and be recognised. For more, see: Employers for Carers' Carer Confident


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CQC consultation on regulatory history closes 15 FebruaryCQC consultation on regulatory history closes 15 February

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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National Social Care Recruitment Campaign launchedNational Social Care Recruitment Campaign launched

The Government's £3m 'Everyday is different when you care' recruitment scheme to fill more than 100,000 vacancies in social care will run until the beginning of April 2019.

There are instructions for how providers can upload their vacancies to Find a job (all job postings must contain the phrase social care to be found effectively) and information about DHSC's promotional activities so providers can arrange their own recruitment activities.

Schedule of locations where DHSC are running outdoor posters

Schedule of locations where DHSC are using radio

There is more information about the campaign for employers at: www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/adult_social_care_recruitment_2019.pdf

Skills for Care Workshops on the campaign in Cambridge, Doncaster and Durham: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Recruitment-retention/National-recruitment-campaign.aspx


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Social Care Recruitment Campaign - free workshopsSocial Care Recruitment Campaign - free workshops

Skills for Care are running a series of free events linked to the Social Care Recruitment Campaign lauched 12th February 2019.

The events will tell you more about the campaign, how to use the campaign materials and what you, as an employer, can get out of it to help you with your recruitment challenges.

More details are available from Skills for Care


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Chancellor short of funds to end austerityChancellor short of funds to end austerity

According to new analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, in readiness for the spring statement on 13 March and Spending Review, the Chancellor is £5bn short of the Government's target to end austerity in England and this could result in departments having to plan more cuts next year. More from: https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13855


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Voter registration resources availableVoter registration resources available

With local elections being held on 2 May 2019, the Electoral Commission has launched a range of resources, including posters, social media images, website banners and template messaging to encourage voter registration in England.

Further information, links for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and important deadlines

Voter registration and voter information resources, to help promote democratic engagement in your networks: 

https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/get-involved


 


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Portability of Disclosure and Barring certificates in England - Revised GuidancePortability of Disclosure and Barring certificates in England - Revised Guidance

UKHCA has updated guidance for members on using portability of Disclosure and Barring certificates in homecare services in England. It includes reference to the Update Service and applies to adult social care services only. Updated February 2019.

Download the guidance.


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People are dying before they receive a care servicePeople are dying before they receive a care service

More than 50,000 older people have died waiting in vain for a care service in the 700 days since the Government first said it would publish an Adult Social Care Green Paper, say Age UK.

According to Age UK, 54,025 older people have died while waiting for a care package to be put in place for them. This is in the period from March 2017, when the Government announced their intention to produce a Green Paper, and February 2019. 

Over the same period, Age UK say that in excess of half a million older people (626,701) have had their requests for social care refused by their council, and 7,240 older people have had the experience of running down all their savings because of care bills.

Read the Age UK press release here


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New health and social care workforce strategy for WalesNew health and social care workforce strategy for Wales

A new strategy to develop a workforce across health and social care that can meet the needs of the people of Wales over the next decade is to be developed by this autumn. The decision to create a new workforce strategy follows on from the publication of 'A Healthier Wales', the Welsh Government's long-term vision for health and social care.

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


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SCW to run workshop on supporting social care managersSCW to run workshop on supporting social care managers

Social Care Wales are running events across Wales to help social care managers, employers and HR personnel explore the relationship between induction, qualifications, registration and fitness to practise.

More information can be found on the SCW website.


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UKHCA members win Skills for Care AccoladesUKHCA members win Skills for Care Accolades

Skills for Care have announced the winners of its Accolades awards which celebrate excellence in workforce development for the adult social care sector. Two UKHCA members, Manor Community and Right at Home (Derby) were recipients of the awards which are now in their 16th year.

Bridget Warr, UKHCA Chief Executive said:

"Many congratulations to our members Manor Community and Right at Home (Derby) for winning a Skills for Care Accolade. Manor Community were named best employer of between 51 and 249 staff, and Right at Home (Derby) won their award for the best recruitment initiative. We are delighted to see their work being recognized at these national awards."

Nominations for the Accolades 2020 will open in April 2019.

Learn more about this year's finalists here.


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EU Settlement SchemeEU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has announced that a new phase of testing on the EU Settlement Scheme began on 21 January 2019.

The latest testing applies to EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid passport and to their non-EU citizen family members who have a valid biometric residence card. Making an application at this time is entirely voluntary so there is no need to do anything yet.

There are some differences with the current test phase compared to when the scheme is fully launched. In this phase, the Home Office is testing the app which checks an individual's identity document. However, when the scheme is fully live at the end of March, use of the app will be optional and people will be able to send their identity document in the post or get their passport checked in over 50 locations.

The scheme will be fully live by 30 March 2019, and under the draft Withdrawal Agreement applicants will have until 30 June 2021 to apply. People will be able to use any laptop or mobile device to make an application.

On 21 January 2019 the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Applicants should make payment using the card they want to be refunded on. Further details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

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Last chance to comment on CQC's Scope of Registration guidanceLast chance to comment on CQC's Scope of Registration guidance

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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CQC's local system review programme under threat due to lack of fundsCQC's local system review programme under threat due to lack of funds

CQC have written to Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Commons' Health and Social Care Committee, saying that they have been forced to drop their programme of local system reviews, due to a lack of DHSC funding. The letter explains 'The Department wishes to make decisions about the future of the programme after the Adult Social Care Green Paper is finalised. We have as a result been forced to disband our dedicated LSR team due to a lack of funding from the DHSC to continue the programme.'


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UKHCA gives evidence to Lords on social care funding in EnglandUKHCA gives evidence to Lords on social care funding in England

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, and Care England's Chief Executive, Professor Martin Green, called for better oversight of local authority commissioning when they gave evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on 29 January. Their Lordships are looking into the sustainability of the social care market, funding and future models for social care in England, and considering both state-funded and privately paying markets for homecare and residential care. 

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Self employed live-in careworker found to be employeeSelf employed live-in careworker found to be employee

If an individual has to carry out the work personally, the law suggests they are an employee or a worker, rather than a self employed contractor who may provide a substitute. However, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision of Chatfield-Roberts v Phillips & Universal Aunts Limited, concerning a live in careworker, found that substitution in limited circumstances was not a bar to a worker being an employee.

Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP which comments that the language used is important. Referring to 'salary' and 'employment' also supported the finding that the careworker was an employee.


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Local government representatives warn of funding 'black hole'Local government representatives warn of funding 'black hole'

The Local Government Association has warned that the '£8 billion funding black hole by 2025 will swallow up popular council services', like leisure and cultural facilities, bus services, and park services, as councils struggle to meet rising demand for statutory services like those for children, adult social care and the homeless. The LGA has launched a campaign for more public funding from the Treasury, as it considers the upcoming Spending Review. More from: www.local.gov.uk/about/news/funding-black-hole


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CQC's Annual Provider Survey 2019CQC's Annual Provider Survey 2019

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched its 2019 Annual Provider Survey on 31 January 2019 and has invited a sample of providers to participate in the survey.

UKHCA encourages members who have been invited to participate by CQC to complete the survey so that the views of the homecare sector are well represented.

At our next meeting with CQC on 13 February, we shall be asking CQC to clarify how participants were selected and why the survey has not been extended to all providers who were inspected in the last year.


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Local Government Finance Settlement 2019/20Local Government Finance Settlement 2019/20

In a written ministerial statement, the Government has announced the annual local government finance settlement for local authorities in England for 2019/20. It includes £56.5 million across 2018/19 and 2019/20 to help councils prepare for EU Exit. The improved Better Care Fund will increase to £1.8 billion in 2019/20.

On Adult and Children's Social Care, the statement confirms additional funding for social care previously announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Autumn Statement. That includes £240 million in both 2018/19 and 2019/20 to support adult social care services in reducing pressures on the NHS, and an additional £410 million Social Care Support Grant for local authorities to support adult and children's social care services. These resources will be distributed according to the existing Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formula.

Councils who increased council tax by up to 3% in 2017/18 and 2018/19 to help pay forsocial care, (the social care precept) cannot charge the precept again in 2019/20.

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Getting the price right: Calculating the cost of homecare in 2019 - webinar recordingGetting the price right: Calculating the cost of homecare in 2019 - webinar recording

Following the UKHCA webinar on 28 January on: "Getting the price right: Calculating the cost of homecare in 2019", a recording of the presentation for providers is available to view on YouTube, where there is also a version for commissioners and downloadable handout.

This presentation complements the latest version of UKHCA's briefing Minimum price for homecare" (Version 6.0).


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UKHCA Factsheet: Employing homecare workers aged 16 and 17 yearsUKHCA Factsheet: Employing homecare workers aged 16 and 17 years

We have revised and updated our guidance on the regulators' positions on the employment of careworkers aged 16 and 17.

Guidance revised January 2019 is available for UKHCA members at: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=140#bk1


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Cold weather alert: Level 3 - cold weather actionCold weather alert: Level 3 - cold weather action

The Met Office has advised there is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather between 9.00am on Monday 28 January and 9.00am on Friday 1 February in parts of England.

More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

Read UKHCA's advice on putting your winter planning into action

See the UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet


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Impact of the registration of NI social care workers publishedImpact of the registration of NI social care workers published

The Department of Health has published the findings of a study into the effect of careworker registration in Northern Ireland. The Department's evaluation showed that the majority of employers who responded to the survey thought that the introduction of Standards of Conduct and Practice have improved the quality of social care services.

More information can be found on the Department of Health website.


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Revising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice: Call for evidenceRevising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice: Call for evidence

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.

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Free Friendship Service offered by Independent AgeFree Friendship Service offered by Independent Age

The free Friendship Service being rolled out across the UK by Independent Age will give older people the chance to receive a regular call or visit from one of their volunteers and, over time, form a genuine bond of friendship. 

The Friendship Service is designed to reduce loneliness in older people. Friendly and dedicated volunteers will offer regular company and conversation to older people.

Independent Age have provided the information you need to help you decide if the older person you support would benefit from these services.

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'Top Ten Concerns' show Scots worried about ageing population'Top Ten Concerns' show Scots worried about ageing population

The latest 'IPSOS Mori Issues Index - 2018 in review' gives a 'snapshot' of the top ten major concerns across the UK.

While leaving the EU and the NHS featured highly across the country 16 per cent of Scots were worried about the ageing population and social care compared with 11 per cent for the rest of the country.

You can read the full report here: https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/ipsos-mori-issues-index-2018-review


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CQC announces new Chief Inspector of Adult Social CareCQC announces new Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

The Care Quality Commission has announced today that it  has appointed Kate Terroni as Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Kate will start the role in May, taking over from Debbie Westhead who has been interim Chief Inspector since Andrea Sutcliffe's departure in December last year.

Kate is a registered social worker and is currently Director of Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council where she has embedded coproduction in adult social care throughout the county and provided clear leadership across the health and care system.

A press release can be found here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/releases/cqc-announces-new-chief-inspector-adult-social-care-asc

 


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Public Health Wales published Brexit impact reportPublic Health Wales published Brexit impact report

As part of a report into the impact of Brexit on public health in Wales, PHW has reported that recruitment of health workers and supply of medicines are key areas of concern for Wales post-Brexit.

The report has called for those who rely on health and social care services to be key considerations in any post-Brexit agreement or planning.

The report can be downloaded from the Public Health Wales website.


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Department of Health announces extra funding to ease winter pressuresDepartment of Health announces extra funding to ease winter pressures

The Department of Health has announced an additional £3m to help health and social care services combat winter pressures following discussion with the Health and Social Care Board and the Health and Social Care Trusts.

It will be targeted at key areas including: recruitment of staff for domiciliary care; care package provision for older people with dementia; and procurement of disability and community care equipment.

More information can be found on the Department website.


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NHS financial sustainability in doubtNHS financial sustainability in doubt

The National Audit Office's seventh report on NHS financial sustainability warned that despite the additional funding received by the NHS, in 2017/18 the growth in waiting lists and slippage in waiting times, and substantial deficits in some parts of the system and surpluses in others, do not add up to a picture that NAO can call 'sustainable'.

The NAO said it couldn't judge if the £20.5bn funding package for the NHS by 2023 was enough until it had the results of the Spending Review later this year.


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Share your views on CQC's new guidance about factual accuracy processShare your views on CQC's new guidance about factual accuracy process

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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Staff vacancies in care services 2017Staff vacancies in care services 2017

The Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland's social care services.

The report provides a national overview of vacancies and recruitment difficulties reported by care services to the Care Inspectorate, the body which registers and inspects all social care services. It also introduces for the first time data on the actual number of vacancies services have, held by the SSSC, the social service workforce regulator.

Care at home services had 62% vacancies, care homes for older people 59%, housing support services 59% and care homes for adults 53%. These were the main service types with the largest proportion of services reporting vacancies. They were significantly above the national average.


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Test phase of EU Settlement Scheme re-opens, as fee is scrappedTest phase of EU Settlement Scheme re-opens, as fee is scrapped

Although the Government's EU Settlement Scheme opens fully by 30 March 2019, the test phase of the scheme is now open. Applicants must meet all the requirements to apply. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 in the event of a "no deal" Brexit. More information Step by step to staying in the UK after Brexit

Stop press: The £65 fee to apply for settled status is to be scrapped: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46950719


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Cold weather alert: Level 3 - cold weather actionCold weather alert: Level 3 - cold weather action

The Met Office has advised there is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather between 6.00am on Friday 18 January and 9.00am on Wednesday 23 January in parts of England.

More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

Read UKHCA's advice on putting your winter planning into action

See the UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet

 


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Getting medication if there is a "no deal" brexitGetting medication if there is a "no deal" brexit

The government has issued advice to patients about getting medication in the event of a "no deal" brexit.

They are reassuring patients that the supply of medicines and other medical supplies will be uninterrupted in the event of exiting the EU without a deal.

The Department of Health and Social Care in England is working with counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to deliver an uninterrupted supplies of medicines and devices. 

Read the government's advice 


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Updated 'A Minimum Price for Homecare' publishedUpdated 'A Minimum Price for Homecare' published

UKHCA has published an updated 'A Minimum Price for Homecare' briefing. The calculations in this latest version have been updated for the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, and the second planned increase in minimum pension contributions (both of which come into force in April 2019).

UKHCA's minimum price for homecare services of £18.93 per hour from April 2019 allows full compliance with the National Minimum Wage and the delivery of sustainable homecare services to local authorities and the NHS.

A copy of the updated briefing can be found on the UKHCA Resources and Downloads page.


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Notification to CQC of the death of service userNotification to CQC of the death of service user

Knowing when to report the death of a service user to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is vital and is covered by Regulation 16(1) of the CQC (Registration) Regulations 2009.

CQC can prosecute a provider for a breach of this regulation or a breach of part of the regulation. This means that CQC can move directly to prosecution without first serving a warning notice. Additionally, CQC may also take other regulatory action.

We understand that some CQC inspectors have been giving conflicting advice to providers about the notification process with some insisting that all deaths be reported and that any notification of a death would automatically trigger an inspection. This is incorrect.

UKHCA asked CQC to clarify the notification criteria. CQC said:

"The only deaths notifiable are those that take place while a regulated activity (RA) is being provided, or that take place (or may have taken place) as a result of an RA being provided. This is the same for serious injuries.

Our inspections are decided upon according to a great deal of intelligence and not on one notification, therefore this is incorrect.

It would be helpful if we are advised of the occasions where providers are being told to report all deaths and that any notification would automatically trigger an inspection. Providers can tell us through the General Enquiries Team here https://www.cqc.org.uk/contact-us and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person."

CQC's advice on the notification of the death of a service user can be found here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/regulations-enforcement/regulation-16-notification-death-service-user


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Care Inspectorate Staistical Summary Report for Quarter 3 2018/19 PublishedCare Inspectorate Staistical Summary Report for Quarter 3 2018/19 Published

The Care Inspectorate's Statistical Summary Report for Quarter 3 2018/19 has now been released. The report, which is updated quarterly, provides data on the number of registered care services, new registrations and cancellations, complaints about care services and grades all by care service type and or service sector in Scotland.

A link to the report can be found here: http://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/news


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Adult Social Care Green Paper to be published by April Adult Social Care Green Paper to be published by April 

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Director for Care and Transformation, Ed Moses, made the announcement during a speech to the Westminster Health Forum yesterday.

The Green Paper, whose publication has been repeatedly delayed, would be published in the "coming weeks" and by no later than April this year.

He said the Green Paper would address unfairness in social care funding by looking into the three areas: funding reform; changing how the funding system works; and baseline funding.

There were regional inequalities in funding that also needed to be addressed.


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New Chief Executive for UKHCANew Chief Executive for UKHCA

The Board of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is delighted to confirm the appointment of the Association's new Chief Executive, Roger Berry, who will succeed Bridget Warr CBE. Roger has a longstanding commercial background and, as chair of the Health Select Committee for Wiltshire Council from 2014, a strong appreciation of social care from a statutory sector perspective.

UKHCA's Chair, Trevor Brocklebank, said:

"Roger proved to be an extremely strong candidate amongst applicants of a high calibre. His key skills include business strategy, management and strategic planning. He is passionate about our sector and I know he is determined to make a massive contribution for our members and the people we all support."

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Guide to data protection updatedGuide to data protection updated

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a guide to data protection, which covers the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR as it applies in the UK. The guide combines the existing ICO guides to the GDPR and Law Enforcement Processing, with the addition of new pages on intelligence services processing and key data protection themes.


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ONS report on future demand for social care in EnglandONS report on future demand for social care in England

The Office for National Statistices (ONS) has reported on the demand for adult social care across the whole adult population. With the aid of interactive maps, the ONS aims to capture the need for care services throughout adulthood. It also recognises the likely demand of an ageing population on services.

Members will find this report useful as part of their business planning processes as it presents a brief selection of indicators that are available at county and unitary authority level, along with links to further sources of data.

Read the ONS report


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Department of Health and Social Care's national recruitment campaign workshopDepartment of Health and Social Care's national recruitment campaign workshop

Skills for Care will be running a number of workshops across the country for providers to engage with the Department's national recruitment campaign for social care. The workshops are being hosted on behalf of the Department and attendance is fully funded.

More information on dates and locations can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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January 2019 edition of Homecarer now available to downloadJanuary 2019 edition of Homecarer now available to download

The January 2019 edition of Homecarer is now available for members to download. In this issue, Bridget Warr CBE, in her penultimate column as UKHCA’s CEO, comments on delay and confusion in Government policy and the effect on the homecare sector; Eeshma Qazi of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP discusses CCTV surveillance; Towergate Insurance consider preventing injury to careworkers; the Department of Health and Social Care preview the recruitment campaign in England; Pam Gordon of The Franchising Centre offers help on franchising in homecare; James Whynacht, Policy Officer, discusses the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s report on complaints; and we look at the findings of our Homecare Deficit report in the devolved nations. January 2019 Homecarer


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NISCC survey on technology in careNISCC survey on technology in care

The Social Care Council, in collaboration with Ulster University, are surveying Northern Ireland's registered social workers and social care workers, to help better understand the digital skills of the registered workforce.

The survey can be accessed on the NISCC website and closes on 18th January 2019.


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Government’s preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario for adult social careGovernment’s preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario for adult social care

In a letter dated 21st December 2018, the Government provided an update on their ongoing preparations for a March 2019 ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario and what the adult social care system needs to consider in the period leading up to March 2019. The letter covers:

  • business continuity plans;
  • workforce and the EU Settlement Scheme;
  • supply of medicines and clinical consumables; and
  • supply of non-clinical consumables, goods and services.

The letter from the Department of Health and should be read alongside earlier communications and guidance on the Government website.


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Care Inspectorate Scotland Annual Returns go liveCare Inspectorate Scotland Annual Returns go live

Social care providers in Scotland can now submit their annual returns to Care Inspectorate Scotland. Providers will need to submit their returns by 15th February 2019.

More information can be found on the CIS website.


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ICO's advice on preparing SMEs for possible no-deal BrexitICO's advice on preparing SMEs for possible no-deal Brexit

The basis on which the UK will leave the EU has still to be decided.

The Government has made clear that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be absorbed into UK law at the point of exit, so there will be no substantive change to the rules that most organisations need to follow.

Organisations that rely on the transfers of personal data between the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA) may be affected. The The EEA includes EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Homecare providers who recruit staff from the EEA are advised to read the guidance on the ICO website.


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Fire risk of emollients is high - regardless of paraffin contentFire risk of emollients is high - regardless of paraffin content

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recommended that labelling and product information for emollient products should include a warning about fire hazards and give clear advice about managing risks.

It was previously thought the risk occurred with emollients which contain more than 50% paraffins. However, the MHRA now say that the evidence shows there is a risk with emollients which contain lower levels of paraffin, and even with emollients which are paraffin-free. The advice on managing fire risks therefore applies to all emollients whether they contain paraffin or not.

UKHA guidance on emollients will be updated in due course.

Read MHRA press release

UKHCA Guidance for Homecare Providers on Emollient Products


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CQC amend guidance on requirement to display ratingsCQC amend guidance on requirement to display ratings

In April 2015, it became a legal requirement (Regulation 20A) for registered providers to display their CQC rating once received.

Ratings must be displayed at each location used for providing or managing regulated services and on the website (if there is one).

CQC have recently made a minor amendment to their guidance. The amendment makes clear that if CQC assess that your rating is not displayed as required, they will follow their enforcement policy to decide their response.

The regulation also sets out what must be included in the displayed information.

 CQC has developed posters and digital products to help providers do this easily


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Updates made to Care Certificate e-learning programmeUpdates made to Care Certificate e-learning programme

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has updated the Care Certificate e-learning programme to add assessments to its knowledge-based sessions to help students and their assessors to review their learning on completion of the theory.

For more information about the Care Certificate programme please see: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/care-certificate/.


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NHS Long Term Plan provides blueprint for the next ten yearsNHS Long Term Plan provides blueprint for the next ten years

The NHS Long Term Plan has been published and sets out how the extra £20.5 billion funding for the NHS in England by 2023-24 will be allocated. Although around a third is expected to be spent on community care, GPs and mental health, with a greater emphasis on prevention and providing care nearer to home, the plan presents an incomplete picture without the much-delayed social care Green Paper, although the Government does commit to funding adult social care funding at a level which will prevent additional pressure on the NHS over the next five years. NHS Long Term Plan Summary


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Care Provider Alliance responds to the Immigration White PaperCare Provider Alliance responds to the Immigration White Paper

The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA is a member, has written to the Home Secretary to express concerns over the proposed salary threshold outlined in the Immigration White Paper. The letter also highlights concerns over the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendations over shortage occupation lists, pointing out that many careworkers will not meet the qualifications criteria.

The full letter to the Home Secretary can be accessed below:

www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/Immigration_white_paper_2018.pdf 


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Health Secretary sends further message to EU and EEA staff working in social careHealth Secretary sends further message to EU and EEA staff working in social care

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has written to EU health and social care staff to set out the support available from the Scottish Government in light of Brexit.

She re-assured them that their contribution is deeply valued and directed them to the new advice and support service, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Citizens Advice Scotland network. 

Ms Freeman sent a joint letter with COSLA to social care staff, and a separate letter to NHS staff which follows up on her previous communication to them in September.

The Scottish Government has committed to reimburse the cost of settled status applications for EU citizens working in the devolved public sector in Scotland.

You can read more here: https://news.gov.scot/news/support-for-health-and-social-care-staff


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Funding available for domiciliary care workforce trainingFunding available for domiciliary care workforce training

NISCC has contacted social care providers across Northern Ireland to make them aware of available monies to support learning and development opportunities for Domiciliary Care workers. The funding is available to pay for backfill/staff time across all levels.

Priority training areas identified are:

-Management of Dysphagia

-Medicines Management

-Continence Management

-Outcomes Based Approaches

-Loneliness and Social Isolation

More information can be found on the NISCC website.


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Minister confirms £15m investment to support carers and adults with care needsMinister confirms £15m investment to support carers and adults with care needs

Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies has announced that respite services for carers and services to support adults with care needs to remain independent in their own homes will receive a £15m funding boost for 2019,

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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New FAQ on the impact of Brexit in Wales publishedNew FAQ on the impact of Brexit in Wales published

NHS Confederation Wales has published a short document of frequently asked questions discussing the likely impact of Brexit on health and social care services in Wales.

The FAQ document can be found on the NHS Confederation website.


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