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United Kingdom Homecare Association
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Pledge to scrap non-residential social care charges in ScotlandPledge to scrap non-residential social care charges in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister and SNP leader of the Scottish National Party, pledged to scrap non-residential social care charges for all, in her speech to the recent SNP conference. She said charges can be a barrier to people accessing the support they need, and if they can't get that support in their own homes, they are more likely to end up in hospital.

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Consultation on medication in social care in WalesConsultation on medication in social care in Wales

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

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


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SCW workshop on registration and qualificationsSCW workshop on registration and qualifications

Social Care Wales will be running a workshop on the how the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care and the new Health and Social Care qualifications feed into, and support, any potential changes to requirements for registration.

The workshops will run through November, and further details on dates and locations can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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Adult social care national recruitment campaign re-launchesAdult social care national recruitment campaign re-launches

The Department of Health and Social Care's adult social care national recruitment campaign for England, "When You Care, Every Day Makes a Difference", has started and runs to April 2020. To find out how it can support homecare providers' local recruitment marketing, and the free materials available, see Campaign toolkit.

Advertising will appear on radio, social media and online along with national and regional press stories.  We have emailed UKHCA members today with further details of how to get involved and how to post their vacancies.


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Changes announced to UKHCA's BoardChanges announced to UKHCA's Board

United Kingdom Homecare Association is delighted to announce changes to our Board, following our Annual General Meeting on 9 October 2019 and subsequent board meeting on 10 October 2019. Full press release


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State of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19State of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19

CQC have published 'The state of health care and adult social care in England 2018/2019', the regulator's annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report highlights that access to care can be difficult, leading to pressure on services like accident and emergency departments in hospitals. The report notes that a solution has still not been found to funding social care, but there are signs that innovation and integration can help meet demand for health and social care services. Report summary

More comment from UKHCA later.


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Queen's Speech includes reform to adult social careQueen's Speech includes reform to adult social care

The Queen's Speech today included bringing forward proposals to reform adult social care in England to ensure dignity in old age.

The background briefing said the Government "will bring forward substantive proposals to fix the crisis in social care to give everyone the dignity and security they deserve. This will include setting out legislative requirements." It is open to speculation whether the Government plans to proceed direct to legislation, rather than consult further on this topic through a Green Paper.


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No deal Brexit and the homecare sectorNo deal Brexit and the homecare sector

'No deal Brexit and the homecare sector' is a blog written by UKHCA Policy and Campaigns Director, Colin Angel, for the Department of Health and Social Care, on preparing for a No deal Brexit.

Colin considers the issues for homecare providers, consistency, contingency and continuity planning, plus records, rostas and real time info and where to find further resources on contingency planning.


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Ombudsman urges providers to signpost complainantsOmbudsman urges providers to signpost complainants

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is urging care providers to signpost clients to its service at the end of their complaints process. The Ombudsman's annual review of adult social care complaints has found the number of complaints it receives from people who pay for their care privately has levelled off. It suggests the independent sector could do more to highlight people's rights to complain to the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman is now upholding 66% of all investigations, and in areas like fees and charging for care – this figure has risen to 73%. More information can be found at: LGSO website


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Extra 75,000 homecare packages and 13 million additional hours of home care paid for by iBCFExtra 75,000 homecare packages and 13 million additional hours of home care paid for by iBCF

The Government has reported that the funding from the Improved Better Care Fund (iBCF) for 2018-2019, amounting to £674 million, has paid for an additional 75,000 homecare packages equating to 13 million hours of care.

First announced in the Spring Budget 2017, the purpose of the iBCF was to meet adult social care needs, reduce delayed transfers of care and stabilise the social care market. The data collected shows that on average, local authorities increased hourly fees paid to homecare providers to £16.41 per contact hour. This compares to UKHCA's minimum price for care per contact hour of £18.93.

Ministers previously confirmed the renewal of the Better Care Fund for 2019/20.

More information about the iBCF here

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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 confirmed 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."

Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and NHS England dated 22 March 2019.

Leaflet for staff

Further resources for 2019/2020 flu season


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Prime Minister links solving social care problem to UK's productivityPrime Minister links solving social care problem to UK's productivity

The Prime Minister, in his speech at the Conservative's conference, referred briefly to social care, saying '... it is we Conservatives who will solve the problem of social care and end the injustice that means people have to sell their home to pay for their old age and if you ask me how we are going to do it, how we are going to grow the UK economy, I will tell you that it is by raising the productivity of the whole of the UK...'. https://press.conservatives.com/




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Adult social care sector estimated to be worth £40.5 billion to economyAdult social care sector estimated to be worth £40.5 billion to economy

Skills for Care's report, 'The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, September 2019, estimates that the adult social care sector contributed £40.5 billion per annum to the economy in England in 2018, with the total wage bill accounting for around half of this sum. Between 2009 and 2018, the number of jobs in domiciliary care rose 205,000, or 43%.


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Statutory sick pay extension consultation closes on 7 OctoberStatutory sick pay extension consultation closes on 7 October

A reminder the government is seeking views on plans to extend statutory sick pay entitlement to workers earning less than the equivalent of 14 hours on National Minimum Wage and considering whether a rebate of SSP, targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), would help employees to return to work.

An online survey, which applies to England, closes on 7 October 2019: https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/work-and-health/consultation/


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Government to set new target for National Minimum WageGovernment to set new target for National Minimum Wage

The Chancellor, Sajid Javid MP, said yesterday the Government plans, over the next five years, to set a new target for the National Living Wage, to raise it to match two-thirds of median earnings, which on current forecasts would increase the National Living Wage to £10.50 per hour. The Government also proposes to bring down the age threshold for the National Living Wage to 21.

Although employers welcomed the prospect of a pay boost for their employees, concerns were voiced about how they would fund the increases. BBC News article

The Chancellor's speech at the Conservative Party conference is at: https://press.conservatives.com/ (scroll down).


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Health Secretary confirms hospital funding at Conservative Party conferenceHealth Secretary confirms hospital funding at Conservative Party conference

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, confirmed £2.7bn will go to fund six hospital projects in England and the go-ahead for seed funding for another 34. On social care, the Health Secretary briefly referred to the funding announced in the Spending Round, but made no mention of the long-delayed adult social care green paper. Speech (scroll down). According to The Times (paywall) a number of options are still being discussed.


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Concern there is still Brexit preparation to be doneConcern there is still Brexit preparation to be done

The National Audit Office's report on Exiting the EU: supplying the health and social care sectors, provides some reassurance that the Department of Health and Social Care has made progress on preparing for Brexit, but warns there is still work to do to protect drugs and medical supplies, particularly in the case of a No-deal Brexit. The NAO is not convinced the necessary stockpiles are in place or if social care providers are properly prepared.

UKHCA No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers


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CIW Annual report 2018-19 publishedCIW Annual report 2018-19 published

The CIW 2018-19 annual report shows CIW regulated 5,946 services providing 112,075 places, and carried out 2,499 inspections across adult and children's services, and childcare and play.

They dealt with 2,898 changes to services' registrations and ways of working and received 29,427 notifications from services. CIW received 2,154 concerns about services across Wales.

The full report can be found on the CIW website.


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New guides for employers supporting workers to get SSSC registeredNew guides for employers supporting workers to get SSSC registered

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published new guides for employers to support care at home and housing support workers when they apply for SSSC registration.

Support workers in care at home and housing support services need to apply for registration with the SSSC by 13 December 2019 to guarantee their application is processed before the mandatory date for registration.

Find out more here http://ssscnews.uk.com/2019/08/30/new-guides/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 


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A new guide to self-evaluation for care servicesA new guide to self-evaluation for care services

The Care Inspectorate has published a new guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation. Self-evaluation is central to continuous improvement and we want to empower services to evaluate their own performance.

The guide helps services across all care settings understand how they can do that. Self-evaluation can be a powerful tool to identify what's working well and to support improvement.

The quality frameworks we are developing will also help services self-evaluate. We began in 2018 with the framework for care homes for older people and we will have launched all the frameworks by the end of 2020. Our inspectors use them too, to evaluate the quality of care during inspections and improvement planning, so it's important that all care services are familiar with them.

Read more here https://www.careinspectorate.com/images/Self_evaluation_for_improvement_-_your_guide.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


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Report calls for better care in the age of automationReport calls for better care in the age of automation

A new report by Doteveryone, the responsible technology charity founded by Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, calls for better use of technology on the front line of social care in the UK. It says NHSX should deliver a new national data strategy for social care, the Department of Health and Social Care should support the setting up of a Royal College for Carers, and NHSX should fund vanguard Enablement Panels to get technology working at ground level. Better Care in the Age of Automation


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The King's Fund issue explanation of commissioningThe King's Fund issue explanation of commissioning

The King's Fund has updated its helpful explainer 'What is commissioning and how is it changing?', which describes commissioning by the NHS and local authorities in England and how it is changing to embrace integration and more focus on local circumstances.


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Employers warned to protect new and young workersEmployers warned to protect new and young workers

The Health and Safety Executive has warned that those new to the job and young workers are more likely to experience an accident at work. The HSE say 'workers are at particular risk of injury in the first six months of a job, when they are more likely to be unaware of existing or potential risks. Young people will often be in this category.' The HSE sets out six steps employers can take to protect new workers and special considerations for employing young workers. HSE guidance


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Labour Party issues plan 'Towards the National Care Service'Labour Party issues plan 'Towards the National Care Service'

At the Labour Party conference in Brighton on 23 September 2019, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Mental Health and Social Care Minister, Barbara Keeley, set out the Party's vision for health and social care, including free personal care for older people funded from general taxation.

Shadow Chancellor's speech

Labour's plan Towards the National Care Service


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Additional funding to support the adult social care provider sectorAdditional funding to support the adult social care provider sector

A second phase of funding has now been released to help the adult social care provider sector achieve the benefits of digital technology safely.

Whether you’re a local council, local care association or an individual care provider, you may be able to apply now for financial support.

There are up to 100 grants of up to £2,000 now available nationally to help you assess and manage your digital risks.

More details can be found here.


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Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit: Updated Brexit guidance publishedActions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit: Updated Brexit guidance published

The Department for Health and Social Care's guidance 'Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit' has been updated to include a link to NHS website guidance for the public in England on getting medicines if there is a no-deal Brexit.


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UKHCA shares No-Deal Brexit advice with key organisationsUKHCA shares No-Deal Brexit advice with key organisations

We have shared our Brexit advice, which members were given free, with DHSC, NHS England, NHS Improvement, ADASS and LGA. We have particularly emphasied the lack of information that some councils in England are making available to homecare providers and highlighted the importance of fuel security and providers' cash flow, in the event of major disruption in the weeks following a No-Deal exit from the EU.

No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers


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Brexit information for NI health and social care providers
Brexit information for NI health and social care providers

There is information for health and social care providers on Brexit on the NI Direct website which includes medicines and cross border supplies, amongst other issues.



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Brexit - health and social care information for ScotlandBrexit - health and social care information for Scotland

A reminder there is online Scottish Government information on health and social care after Brexit, which covers medicines and services.


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Brexit information on health and social services in WalesBrexit information on health and social services in Wales

There is information on health and social services on the Preparing Wales website, which looks at whether services will be affected, medical supplies, preparing for Brexit, working in health and social care and reciprocal healthcare.

More from:
 https://gov.wales/preparing-wales-brexit/health-and-social-services


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Consultation on salary thresholds and points based immigration systemConsultation on salary thresholds and points based immigration system

In June 2019, the former Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out an in-depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds. The salary threshold refers to a key component of the skilled worker route in the UK's future immigration system. The MAC has been asked to determine the best mechanism for calculating the salary thresholds and the rates at which they should be set.

Following the appointment of the new Home Secretary, and the subsequent change in Government priorities, this commission was expanded on 3 September 2019. In addition to the salary thresholds, the MAC has now also been asked to look into an 'Australian-style' points-based system and how this might work in the UK. Specifically, the MAC has been asked to consider how points could be awarded to prospective migrants for different attributes, and to assess how salary thresholds could work within the context of this system.

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

Members are encouraged to respond either directly to the Home Office or to UKHCA policy team by 29th October 2019

The deadline for response to the Home Office is the 5th November 2019.

 


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Last chance to respond to survey on Wales’s health and social care workforce strategyLast chance to respond to survey on Wales’s health and social care workforce strategy

The Welsh Government has produced a draft ten year health and social care workforce strategy and is seeking views from people working in health and social care in Wales, as well as those who use care and support services, carers and volunteers.

The online survey closes at midnight on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. 
 
Views will then be used to inform the final high-level strategy.


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Register now for Brexit Business Readiness EventsRegister now for Brexit Business Readiness Events

Free UK Government Brexit Business Readiness Events are being held across the UK, comprising a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts, to provide business-focused advice and help. Register for a free Business Readiness Event (These are half-day events.)

There is general information for UK businesses at Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit and a 'Get ready' checker.


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Liberal Democrats' conference debates policy on NHS and Social careLiberal Democrats' conference debates policy on NHS and Social care

The Liberal Democrats' discussion of health and social care at their conference held in Bournemouth from 14 - 17 September was linked to their Brexit policy. Their policy is set out in Policy Paper 137, ‘Save the NHS and Social care by Stopping Brexit’, which is summarised in the relevant Policy Motion and relates mostly to England.

Any amendments will be recorded in the Conference Daily of 16 September, when published.


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Preparing providers for the Mental Capacity Act NIPreparing providers for the Mental Capacity Act NI

The Department of Health, along with the Department of Justice, are jointly commencing the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 for the purpose of Deprivation of Liberty (DoL). The proposed date for the legislation to go live is 1 October 2019.

The Department of Health are providing training for health and social care workers from all settings. The training will be developed and co-ordinated by the Clinical Education Centre and runs from 2nd September to 13th December 2019.

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


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Adult social care recruitment campaignAdult social care recruitment campaign

The next phase of the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) national recruitment campaign starts again in October 2019 and will run until April 2020. An updated campaign toolkit, and suite of materials, free to download from the website, will also be available for care providers to use.

More information can be found in the DHSC update documents.


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Fee changes for DBS checksFee changes for DBS checks

With effect from 1 October 2019, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be reducing the fees for DBS checks.

DBS has conducted a fee review and as a result, the fees for DBS checks will reduce as follows:

Type of DBS check

Current fee

Fee from 1 October 2019

Basic DBS check

£25.00

£23.00

Standard DBS check

£26.00

£23.00

Enhanced DBS check

£44.00

£40.00

The fee for the Update Service will remain the same, at £13 per year.

Standard and enhanced volunteer applications will remain free-of-charge.

More information available here


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Brexit Support Grants available for SMEs in ScotlandBrexit Support Grants available for SMEs in Scotland

A reminder a Brexit Support Grant of between £2000 and £4,000 is available to assist small and medium (SME) sized businesses in Scotland with Brexit preparation. The grant can be used for activities including consultancy support, professional fees, external training, and international market research.

An SME is defined as an enterprise employing fewer than 250 persons with an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro and is independent.

More from Scottish Enterprise: https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/updates/brexit-support-grant or call 0300 303 0661. The scheme was originally for exporters but has now been extended.


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Grants available to help UK businesses with No-deal Brexit readinessGrants available to help UK businesses with No-deal Brexit readiness

Business organisations and industry bodies are invited to apply by 30 September 2019 for a grant from the Business Readiness Fund to help UK businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The grants are aimed at professional and trade associations, but groups of organisations can apply if they appoint a lead organisation to deliver the project.

Grants are for £25,000 and over and can be used for producing advice packs and running events, training courses and webinars. The application must be for new projects or activities. These must be completed by 31 October 2019 and funding must be spent on these, or repay provisions will apply.

More from: https://www.gov.uk/brexit-business-grants BEIS press release


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Funding support for cross-border planning and implementing BrexitFunding support for cross-border planning and implementing Brexit

Cross-border traders in Ireland and Northern Ireland can apply for two vouchers from InterTradeIreland for planning and Brexit Implementation. The Planning Voucher provides 100% financial support up to £2,000 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice to help businesses to identify Brexit exposure and to plan. The Brexit Implementation Voucher provides financial support up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT), with InterTradeIreland paying 50%. This allows businesses to implement critical changes making them better prepared to deal with a new trading relationship.

Mor information: https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/brexit-funding/


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Edward Argar MP now Health Minister following reshuffleEdward Argar MP now Health Minister following reshuffle

The Prime Minister has carried out a minor Cabinet reshuffle which includes Health Minister Chris Skidmore MP returning to a joint education and business role, following the resignation of Mr Johnson's brother, Jo Johnson MP. Mr Skidmore has been replaced by Edward Argar MP, who moves from the Ministry of Justice, and as Health Minister will take on Brexit, workforce and much of the NHS portfolio. Guardian article on mini-shuffle changes Edward Argar website: About Edward Argar


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Funding announced for UK Centre of Evidence Implementation in Adult Social CareFunding announced for UK Centre of Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care

The Government has announced funding for a range of technology focussed health and social care projects, including £7.5 million for a UK Centre of Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care, which will use high quality research to lead to improvements in the delivery of social care across the UK, implementing innovations with the potential to allow more people to receive care at home. Funding announcement

The Centre is to be joint funded by Health Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). More information 


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Local government briefing on details of Spending Round 2019Local government briefing on details of Spending Round 2019

The Local Government Association has published a briefing summarising Government spending plans for 2020/21 and their effect on public finances. There is also a good opinion piece in Public Finance by the King's Fund which comments on the Spending Round from the health and social care angle (partial paywall - registration required).

UKHCA media release on the Spending Round


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Final report published on well-being of professional care workersFinal report published on well-being of professional care workers

NACAS and the Care Research Group have published their final report on the Well-being of Professional Care Workers, which looks at the mental and physical health and economic well-being of care professionals, together with perceptions of care professionalism. Although many careworkers enjoy their work and hope to stay working in homecare in the short-term, nearly half reported economic pressure due to their pay. The majority viewed themselves as professionals, but felt wider society was less likely to do so.


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What matters to people who use health and social care servicesWhat matters to people who use health and social care services

Research by Healthwatch England, the health and social care watchdog, reveals that people care about privacy, accessing services, late services or appointments, receiving the right information in the right format, and in social care finding out what help is available and how to pay for it. The report is a useful and practical reminder for providers about what matters to people who use health and social care services.

Healthwatch's report, 'What people have told us about health and social care', draws on over 17,000 people's experiences of using health and social care between April and June 2019.


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Public-sector procurement after a No-Deal BrexitPublic-sector procurement after a No-Deal Brexit

The Government has issued information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy in a no-deal Brexit scenario. The guidance considers what will change for contracting authorities and entities, and what contracting authorities need to do now, among other topics.


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No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after BrexitNo deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit

The Home Office has updated its policy paper on the No-deal immigration arrangements which will apply to EU citizens arriving in the UK after Brexit, on 31 October 2019. Policy paper These replace the arrangements set out in the policy paper published on 28 January 2019.

Guidance on Right to work checks on EU citizens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Guidance on Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families:

 


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MPs Demand Investment in Social Care Workforce TrainingMPs Demand Investment in Social Care Workforce Training

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care's report, published today, highlights England's 'broken' social care system and demands proper training and qualifications for "under-valued, exploited and degraded" care workers.

UKHCA contributed to the Group's Inquiry which has recommended the setting up of a National Care Service to ensure greater parity with NHS staff and mandatory registration of care workers.


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Think tanks warn MPs of impact of a No-Deal BrexitThink tanks warn MPs of impact of a No-Deal Brexit

Think tanks The King's Fund, the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust have sent an open letter to MPs summarising the four major areas which are likely to impact on health and social care, in the event of a no deal Brexit. The letter warns of staffing and supply shortages, the need to care for returning emigrants and funding shortfalls.


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Only substantial extra funds will avert care system collapse, says Age UK Only substantial extra funds will avert care system collapse, says Age UK 

Age UK's new report calls for substantial additional investment into care services in 2020/21, to avert 'a complete collapse in the worst affected districts.'

Analysis in 'The Health and Care of Older People in England 2019' suggests the system is under extreme stress and in no position to respond adequately to demands being placed on it by growing numbers of older and sick and disabled adults.


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Spending round must address challenges facing councils' social care servicesSpending round must address challenges facing councils' social care services

The Local Government Association has issued a briefing paper repeating a warning that adult social care in England faces a £1 billion funding gap in 2020/21, rising to £3.6 billion by 2025, to keep providing existing support at the same level, ignoring the costs of altering the current model or tackle unmet need.

The paper was issued in advance of a House of Commons debate on Treasury funding for the Department of Health and Social Care, due to take place on 4 September 2019, the same day as the Spending Round announcement by the Chancellor.


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Using multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) in home care servicesUsing multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) in home care services

The CQC has published an update to its guidance page on the use of medication compliance aids in a homecare setting (including blister packs). The advice helps to clarify when then use of compliance aids is appropriate, and when providers should seek alternate means of managing medications.

This follows UKHCA's letter to CQC regarding the use of Monitored Dosage Systems in homecare settings and the completion of medicine administration record (MAR) charts.

We asked that CQC ensure that the issue could be clarified and that guidance reflected the realities of medication administration in homecare.

The guidance on MCAs can be found on the CQC website.


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DHSC national social care recruitment campaign updateDHSC national social care recruitment campaign update

DHSC has issued an update on the national social care recruitment campaign that ran from February to April 2019. The update gives details on what providers can expect from the next round of the campaign, including a longer campaign window, and evolved advertising.

An updated campaign toolkit, and suite of materials, free to download from the website, will also be available for care providers to use.

More information can be found on the DHSC update documents.


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County councils say funding streams must continueCounty councils say funding streams must continue

The County Councils Network has warned that key funding streams for social care in England must continue and increase in the mini-Budget on 4 September. The future of the Improved Better Care Fund, Winter Pressures Grant and Social Care Grant are all uncertain (as is the adult social care precept policy). CCN Analysis: Adult social care funding & the Spending Review argues that county councils are the most reliant on these streams of funding, and in most need of financial certainty to avoid de-commissioning services.

UKHCA has put a strong case to the Health and Social Care Secretary for sustainable, long-term funding for homecare, and interim funding until this is settled.


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Plea to sort out social care once and for allPlea to sort out social care once and for all

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have delivered a plea to government in advance of the mini-Budget/Spending Round to sort out social care in England for all, once and for all, as promised by the Prime Minister. Their report calls for:

  • Short-term funding, including continuation of the Better Care Fund and Improved Better Care Fund, to avoid services having to be de-commissioned from April 2020;
  • Long-term funding and reform proposals in a White, rather than Green Paper; and
  • A long-term plan for adult social care, like the NHS Long Term Plan, with a support system that links with other public services including the NHS.

The Local Government Association is also running a #CouncilsCan campaign saying councils can do so much more but need financial reassurance from government.


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UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson interviewed on BBC Coventry and WarwickshireUKHCA's CEO Jane Townson interviewed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson was interviewed on the Vic Minett show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire this week in a discussion about social care.

You can listen back to the interview here via BBC Sounds, from 22:38 into the show.


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Chancellor to deliver mini-Budget on 4 SeptemberChancellor to deliver mini-Budget on 4 September

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that a fast-tracked one-year Spending Round will be delivered on 4 September, setting departmental day-to-day budgets for 2020/21. The 'mini-Budget' will take place the day after MPs return from the summer recess.

UKHCA made an advance submission to DHSC which sets out the homecare sector's expectations for the mini-Budget.

A full multi-year government Spending Review is due to take place in 2020.

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PM's social care plans delayedPM's social care plans delayed

The Prime Minister is reported to have said the Government's 'ready to implement' social care plan for England has now been delayed, and may not be announced until next year.

Explaining the need for cross-party support, the Prime Minister is quoted as saying "We will be advancing plans in due course that satisfy two criteria - nobody should be forced to sell their home and everybody should have dignity and security in old age."

The plans will be issued 'in due course'.

Report in iNews


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When medicine does more harm than goodWhen medicine does more harm than good

Age UK have published a report showing that in England, more than 1 in 10 people aged over 65 take at least eight different prescribed medications each week. This increases to nearly 1 in 4 people aged over 85.

The report, 'More harm than good', describes the human and financial cost of poor medicine management and gives examples where older people are taking around 30 prescribed medicines a day.

Although the data for the report was collected England, colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be interested in the findings.

Read the report here


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SCIE webinar on giving covert medicationsSCIE webinar on giving covert medications

SCIE will be running a free webinar on covert medications that will cover when it is appropriate for medicines to be given covertly, and what factors need to be taken into account when making decisions on this subject.

The webinar will be taking place on the 27 September, and places can be booked via the Eventbrite website.


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£4 billion required for local government to restore status quo£4 billion required for local government to restore status quo

MPs on the Communities and Local Government Committee concluded if HM Treasury want to restore local government expenditure to the position it was in 2000-1, as a share of GDP, this would require an increase of around £4 billion, before taking into account the increased demand for services such as adult social care and children's services over the last twenty years. Report Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review


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Action needed to achieve sustainable adult social care in LondonAction needed to achieve sustainable adult social care in London

A new report by London Councils on the State of Adult Social Care in London says Government must provide sustainable funding for London to fill a gap equating to £540 million by 2025. The move is vital as the number of provider closures and contracts being handed back to councils have been on the increase. With recruitment and retention increasingly challenging, the report says increased investment in the health and care workforce is needed to create an equal workforce for the sector, as are DHSC's long-term plans for transforming adult social care. State of Adult Social Care in London


 


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Departmental plan sets DHSC objectivesDepartmental plan sets DHSC objectives

The Department for Social Care's updated departmental plan includes 'Develop the government strategy for adult social care which addresses sustainability, quality and fairness over the medium term, including the development of the green paper on adult social care reform' (2.1). On workforce issues, the plan states DHSC will 'Ensure the health and social care system workforce is prepared for all Brexit scenarios' and 'Ensure we have a social care workforce of the right size with the right skills in order to deliver our ambitions for social care' (3.4). 


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Landmark judgment alters calculation of holiday payLandmark judgment alters calculation of holiday pay

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal on 6 August 2019 determined that employers can no longer legally calculate holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year for those employed on permanent contracts of employment. 

UKHCA preferred solicitors Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have prepared a briefing on the decision, which looks at calculating holiday entitlement for employees on zero hours contracts, the approach for casual workers on discrete assignemnts, and part-time workers.

Holiday, celebrate, but not if you employ term-time only employees or use zero hours contracts briefing

UKHCA members who would like further advice on the decision should contact their own legal advisers or the member helpline operated by Anthony Collins Solicitors.

Members are entitled to a limited amount of free telephone advice (not extending to reading or preparing documents). Please contact the member helpline for referral - 020 8661 8188, option 4.


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National Social Care ConferenceNational Social Care Conference

Social Care Wales, and ADSS Cymru, will be joint hosting this year's National Social Care Conference in Wales. The conference, which is aimed at senior decision makers and leaders in social care, frontline practitioners and researchers, takes place in Cardiff from 11 to 12 September.

Booking details and a full speaker list can be found on the conference website.


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Care Inspectorate Wales - mandatory annual returnsCare Inspectorate Wales - mandatory annual returns

The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 requires service providers to submit an annual return. The first set of annual returns must be submitted by 27 May 2020, and service providers will have 56 days after the end of the financial year to submit their annual return.

CIW will provide an online template for the annual return. Further guidance on the information to be submitted within the annual return will be available in due course.

More information can be found on the CIW website.


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Northern Ireland Social Care Survey 2019Northern Ireland Social Care Survey 2019

NISCC would like to hear the experiences of all social care workers, managers and employers through the third annual social care survey. Responses will help the assessment of the impact of introducing registration and professional standards for social care workers.

More information can be found on the NISCC website.


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Home Care Experience Survey 2018 resultsHome Care Experience Survey 2018 results

The Department of Health has published the results of the 'Home Care Experience Survey 2018' report. The aim is to gain an understanding of the aspects of care that are of most importance to service users, to act on patients' feedback, and to improve the quality of health and social care.

Key findings and the full report can be found on the Department of Health website.


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Adult social care workforce data - NMDS updateAdult social care workforce data - NMDS update

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is being updated to the Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set. This online data collection service covers the adult social care workforce in England.

The NMDS-SC closed on Thursday 18 July 2019 so all data could be migrated to the new service. The ASC Workforce Data Set will go live once all existing NMDS-SC accounts have been successfully migrated to the new service.

UKHCA contacted all members to provide an update on this change. More information can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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Gigabit Broadband Voucher SchemeGigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.

The scheme is being run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and more information can be found on the DCMS website.


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Funding now available for learning and developmentFunding now available for learning and development

The Workforce Development Fund is available to any adult social care employer in England to support the continuing professional development of their staff at all levels, offering funding for a wide range of qualifications and learning programmes.

Employers can access enhanced funding for the completion of apprenticeship standards. This year, there's £3 million of targeted funding aimed at supporting managers and deputies develop the skills and knowledge they need to lead high quality services.

More information can be found on the Skills for Care website, or by calling the UKHCA Disclosure team.


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Practical help to apply to EU Settlement SchemePractical help to apply to EU Settlement Scheme

Fifty seven charities and voluntary organisations have been funded to provide practical support to vulnerable or at-risk people EU, EEA and Swiss citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The aim is to support people to apply for settled status so they can protect their status as the UK leaves the EU. List of the organisations which can provide support. Information about EU Settlement Scheme


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Guide to developing your staff Guide to developing your staff

Skills for Care has launched a 'Guide to developing your staff' to help employers plan, deliver and evaluate the learning and development provided for staff, including templates and details of how to produce a learning plan. 


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Guide for adult social care employers that employ staff who regularly work aloneGuide for adult social care employers that employ staff who regularly work alone

A new online guide provides information for employers of staff who regularly work alone. Published by Skills for Care, the guide has top tips on recruitment and retention, planning the workload, learning and development, health and safety, and supporting mental health and wellbeing. Supporting lone workers' guide

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Mental Capacity Act e-learning programme launchedMental Capacity Act e-learning programme launched

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with organisations, including the Department of Health and Social Care and the Care Quality Commission, to develop an e-learning programme for health and care professionals about the Mental Capacity Act.

Each e-learning session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is made up of factual knowledge, case scenarios, short interviews and self-assessment questions to test your knowledge.

More information and instructions on how to register can be found on the HEE e-LfH website.


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New service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into UKNew service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into UK

The Department of Health and Social Care is strengthening its Brexit preparations with a £25 million contract to set up an express freight service to deliver medicines and medical products into the country.

The department is leading a procurement exercise for an express freight service as part of the government's plans to support continuity of supply when the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.

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


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Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for BrexitActions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

The UK Government has created a web-page to disseminate advice for adult social care providers on how to prepare for Brexit, including advice on supply of medicines, workforce issues and business continuity plans.

Then web-page can be found on the gov.uk website.


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UKHCA supports Professional Care Workers DayUKHCA supports Professional Care Workers Day

UKHCA will be supporting Professional Care Workers Day (PCWD) next month, with CEO Dr Jane Townson by speaking at a special event in London.

On the 4th of September, PCWD celebrates those who aim to deliver great care on a daily basis.

The event will take place from 10am to 7pm on the day at The Human Rights Action Centre in London.

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EHRC call for legal right to live at homeEHRC call for legal right to live at home

The Equality and Human Right Commission is reported to be calling for people to be given the legal right to a home in the community rather than being forced to live in institutions. The move follows long delays in moving people with learning disabilities from institutions like Winterbourne View back into the community. Guardian article


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Government launches Brexit update serviceGovernment launches Brexit update service

The UK Government has launched an instant e-mail update service to keep people informed about developments regarding Brexit and immigration policy.

Any businesses interested in signing up for the e-mail service can do so via the gov.uk website.


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Chancellor announces fast-tracked one-year Spending ReviewChancellor announces fast-tracked one-year Spending Review

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has announced a fast-tracked one-year Spending Review to ensure departments can focus on delivering Brexit by 31 October. This will include the Prime Minister's recent spending commitments and set departmental budgets for 2020/2021.

UKHCA's letter to the Prime Minister setting out the homecare sector's issues, which should be considered in the Spending Review (this pre-dates the announcement): https://ukhcablog.com/blog/ukhcas-open-letter-to-the-prime-minister/




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Implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016Implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

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


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No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providersNo Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers

With the likelihood of a 'No Deal' Brexit increasing, Terry Donohoe, Policy Officer, and Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director, have produced guidance for UKHCA members to help them plan for this eventuality.

The guidance summarises the choices facing the UK, as it prepares to leave the EU, and identifies some of the areas UK homecare providers might wish to consider as part of their Business Continuity Plans.

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Adult social care jobs predicted to grow to 2.20 million by 2035Adult social care jobs predicted to grow to 2.20 million by 2035

New figures from Skills for Care show the number of adult social care jobs in England increased by around 1.2% between 2017 and 2018 from 1.60 to 1.62 million. The number of adult social care jobs is predicted to increase by 36% to around 2.20 million jobs by 2035.

Since 2009, the number of jobs in domiciliary care has increased by 205,000, or 43%, with most of the growth coming in the independent sector.

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Consultation on the health and social care workforce for the futureConsultation on the health and social care workforce for the future

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

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


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Provider Information Returns (PIR) will be annualProvider Information Returns (PIR) will be annual

From 7 August 2019, CQC will be asking all providers to complete an updated PIR and this will then continue on an annual basis.

Requests for the PIR will be sent during the anniversary month of your first site visit. CQC say this will allow them to expand how they use information from the PIR to support continuous monitoring of services. CQC will continue to use the PIR as part of any inspections carried out. 

CQC will write to all providers with details of the updated questions/guidance and a reminder of of the date of your first site visit to assist with planning for your PIR.


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Suspending employees fairly and lawfullySuspending employees fairly and lawfully

UKHCA preferred lawyers Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have written an article on suspending employees fairly and lawfully, which considers recent case law, and gives employers advice on how to approach an employment investigation when a police investigation is running alongside. The article includes tips for employers on dealing with serious allegations of misconduct.

The article can be found on the Anthony Collins website.


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Economic Affairs Committee responds to PM's comments on social careEconomic Affairs Committee responds to PM's comments on social care

The Chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has released a statement on the Prime Minister's comments on social care welcoming the commitment to produce a 'clear plan' and expressing a preference for free personal care in England funded by general taxation, rather than a private insurance or auto-enrolment scheme.


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'No deal' warnings, analysis and advice'No deal' warnings, analysis and advice

The Institute for Government has warned that delivering a no-deal Brexit could dominate the domestic agenda leaving politicians and Whitehall little time for issues like social care. Paper: Preparing Brexit No Deal

Meanwhile the CBI has issued 200 recommendations in a paper ‘What comes next? The business analysis of no deal’. Summary of paper

The CBI has also issued a business manifesto 'Getting back on track: A business manifesto for the new Prime Minister', which aims to help get the British economy back on track. It includes such issues as connectivity, business rates, immigration policy and restoring business confidence and the UK's reputation for evidence-based policy making.


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Junior ministerial appointmentsJunior ministerial appointments

Jo Churchill MP and Nadine Dorries MP have been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Full biographies and responsibilities are awaited. Jo Churchill was previously an Assistant Government Whip and Nadine Dorries trained originally as a nurse. Former junior minister Jackie Doyle-Price has returned to the backbenches.

DHSC ministerial line up: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

 


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New NICE guideline on learning disability: care and supportNew NICE guideline on learning disability: care and support

The new quality standard covers a range of issues, including identifying, assessing and regularly reviewing the care and support needs of people with a learning disability as they grow older.

People with a learning disability have many of the same age-related health and social care needs as other people, but this quality standard focuses on the specific challenges associated with their learning disability.

More information can be found on the NICE website.


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A detailed plan for social care?A detailed plan for social care?

Boris Johnson, in his first speech as PM, said : 'My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care and so I am announcing now - on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve..' His subsequent Priorities for Government, in the House of Commons, referred to 'putting forward a detailed plan' and seeking cross-party support.

Where this stands with plans reappointed Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP has been considering in his Green Paper on adult social care for England, is not known. At one stage the latter favoured a voluntary insurance scheme but some commentators say this does not go far enough. Blog by Caroline Abrahams, Age UK discussing the options for what the PM meant.


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Chris Skidmore MP - new Minister for HealthChris Skidmore MP - new Minister for Health

Chris Skidmore MP, the former Universities and Science Minister and interim Energy Minister, is the new Minister for Health, replacing Stephen Hammond MP who has returned to the backbenches. More information on Chris Skidmore  Biography Responsibilities

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP retains her role, as lead on adult social care.


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UKHCA writes to new PMUKHCA writes to new PM

United Kingdom Homecare Association has written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, calling on the Government to urgently address the issues facing the social care sector.

Read the full letter here


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Scottish Government Consults on Falls and Fracture Prevention StrategyScottish Government Consults on Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy

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

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

The consultation closed on 12 August 2019

You can read the consultation paper here:

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


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Supreme Court ruling extends who can qualify for PIPSupreme Court ruling extends who can qualify for PIP

A Supreme Court judgment has extended those who may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment to people with mental health conditions and disabilities which affect their ability to socially interact. The case concerned the scoring which enables people to qualify for PIP. In this case the appellant required more than just prompting to socially interact - he needed social support from someone trained or experienced to do this, which scores more highly. Personnel Today article explaining decision


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Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020sAdvancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

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

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

 


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Good Work Plan: Proposals to support familiesGood Work Plan: Proposals to support families

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

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


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Better Care Fund boosted by £6.4 billion for 2019/20Better Care Fund boosted by £6.4 billion for 2019/20

Ministers have confirmed that the Better Care Fund (BCF) will be renewed for 2019 to 2020, bringing the pooled funding to over £6.4 billion.

The BCF programme spans both the NHS and local government seeking to join-up health and care services, so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.

NHS England will make arrangements for CCGs to pool a mandated minimum amount of funding. Local authorities will be required to pool grant funding from the improved Better Care Fund, Winter Pressures funding and the Disabled Facilities Grant.

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Grants available up to £25k to test localising Every Day is Different campaign Grants available up to £25k to test localising Every Day is Different campaign 

Skills for Care have launched a tender exercise to bid for grants up to £25k to test ways of localising the Every Day is Different (EDID) campaign in their area.

Given how varied the Adult Social Care (ASC) sector is across England, a key priority is to ensure that the campaign addresses local needs as much as is possible. Skills for Care are looking for local group(s) to test scalable ways of localising, amplifying or extending the EDID campaign.

The full tender specification can be found by following this link.

The closing date for applications is 6 August 2019.


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Care Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report PublishedCare Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report Published

The Care Inspectorate's Statistical Summary Report for Quarter 1 of 2019/20 has been published. The report provides data on the number of registered care services, new registrations and cancellations, complaints about care services and quality theme grades by care service type and or service sector.

You can read the full report here: http://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/news/5171-statistical-summary-report-for-quarter-1-of-2019-20


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Complaints about care in Scotland: New Report Published.Complaints about care in Scotland: New Report Published.

A new report, published by the Care Inspectorate, has revealed that the number of complaints received by the Care Inspectorate increased from 4,089 in 2015/16 to 4,940 in 2018/19.

21% of the complaints were about either combined housing support/ care at home or standalone care at home services.

However, the Care Inspectorate stressed that although levels of complaints received have risen over this period, it is not an indicator that quality of care is in decline.

You can read the report here: http://www.careinspectorate.com/images/Complaints_Statistical_Bulletin_2018-19.pdf


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Guidance on how Public Guardian deals with concerns about attorneys and deputiesGuidance on how Public Guardian deals with concerns about attorneys and deputies

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has published new guidance on how it deals with safeguarding concerns, where someone has a lasting power of attorney, enduring power of attorney or deputy court order. The guidance will assist care providers who suspect that an attorney or deputy may be abusing or neglecting the person receiving care and explains:
 
• The type of concerns that the OPG can investigate
• How to report concerns
• What happens during an investigation, the length of investigations and the actions the OPG may take at the end of the investigation.
 
The guidance also includes a statement that the OPG will protect the identity of anyone who reports a concern and sets out the circumstances in which it will provide information to other bodies. For example, in applications to the Court of Protection, to tell the police of a possible crime or to get help from a local authority or other agency. (Thank you to Anthony Collins Solicitors for drawing this guidance to our attention.) The OPG operates in England and Wales.

The report can be found on the gov.uk website.


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Driving improvement through technologyDriving improvement through technology

The Care Quality Commission has uploaded a series of case studies which demonstrate innovative ways of using technology in care settings. The Commission explains these case studies show what is possible, and what might benefit other services. Where new technologies are used, CQC says it will use them to help consider what evidence is needed to see to be sure services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, and improve outcomes for people.


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Nominations close soon in the Guardian Public Service AwardsNominations close soon in the Guardian Public Service Awards

The Guardian Public Service Awards 2019 aim to recognise projects, team and individuals who make a real difference in people's lives. The awards are free to enter and open to all those working in the UK public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Care category is awarded to an outstanding social work or social care intiative that has put service user, residents or clients as its focus.

More information on how to nominate visit the Guardian website


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Social care flu uptake survey - deadline approachingSocial care flu uptake survey - deadline approaching

NHS England, working with the Care Provider Alliance, has developed a survey to gain a better understanding of levels of flu vaccination uptake in the social care workforce in 2018/19. 

The results will help support future plans for the programme, so we would encourage all members to reply to the survey.

NHS England now routinely offers the flu vaccine to social care and hospice workers through GPs and community pharmacies, to complement occupational health programmes provided by employers, to help increase vaccine uptake.

How do I take part?

You can follow this link here


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Reform of systems for regulating UK healthcare professionalsReform of systems for regulating UK healthcare professionals

The UK and Devolved Governments intend to draft secondary legislation to provide the nine UK healthcare regulatory bodies for healthcare professionals with a modern legislative framework. The move follows a consultation in 2017 and concerns that these bodies were bureaucratic, inflexible and had complex and inefficient systems. Government response to consultation

A list of the bodies is at Appendix C and includes the General Medical Council, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


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Commons briefing provides update on paying for careCommons briefing provides update on paying for care

The House of Commons has updated its briefing paper "Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England)", which describes how people are assessed for local authority support in paying their social care costs for 2019/20. The briefing provides a useful summary of the complex rules governing eligibility.

The paper can be accessed on the House of Commons research briefings page.


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Huge proposed BA fine - a warning to those who breach data protection rules?Huge proposed BA fine - a warning to those who breach data protection rules?

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced it intends to fine British Airways (BA) more than £183 million following a hack last year that compromised the personal data of 500,000 of BA's customers. In a new briefing, Anthony Collins Solicitors consider the ICO's reasons and what providers, including care services, can do to ensure the personal data they hold is adequately protected.


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Proposals to extend statutory sick pay entitlementProposals to extend statutory sick pay entitlement

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

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


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CQC guidance on covert administration of medicinesCQC guidance on covert administration of medicines

A reminder CQC has issued guidance on administering medicines covertly, where medicines are administered in a disguised format. The guidance covers what is covert administration, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and best practice principles and examples. There is a further CQC resource at: Medicines: information for adult social care services and consideration of covert administration in NICE guidance NG67 'Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community'


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Regular voluntary overtime must be included in holiday payRegular voluntary overtime must be included in holiday pay

The Court of Appeal has held that UK employers must include regular voluntary overtime and non-guaranteed overtime in holiday pay calculations, in a case concerning ambulance workers. The ruling applies to statutory leave workers are due under the European Working Time Directive (20 days), rather than the extra eight days workers are due under UK law and any extra contractual leave.

For a more detailed explanation, see Anthony Collins Solicitors' briefing by Faye Rush at: https://www.anthonycollins.com/newsroom/ebriefings/holiday-pay-and-overtime-more-clarification/


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New Budget Committee to scrutinise spending proposals?New Budget Committee to scrutinise spending proposals?

The Procedure Committee of the House of Commons has called for a Budget Committee to be set up quickly to scrutinise Government spending plans 'before the event'. The Committee would take a leading role in 'examining the rationale behind decisions made during multi-annual Spending Reviews, and would consistently monitor how those plans are being implemented'.

The Committee wouldn't be involved in policy decisions as such and would operate in contrast to the Public Accounts Committee which examines expenditure 'after the event'. Should there be a Commons Budget Committee? report


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People with dementia spend almost £15bn waiting for reformPeople with dementia spend almost £15bn waiting for reform

Latest analysis by Alzheimer's Society shows people living with dementia have had to spend almost £15bn of their own money on social care since Government first promised a green paper for England in March 2017, compared with less than £10bn (£9.3) spent by Government.

The Society says, in the same period, people with dementia have spent more than 1 million days in hospital, despite being well enough to go home, at a cost to the NHS of over £340 million.


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Health and Social Care Secretary sets out seven point planHealth and Social Care Secretary sets out seven point plan

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP set out a seven point plan on how local and national government can work together to improve health and care, when addressing local government representatives recently. Re-confirming his commitment to more support at home and in the community, Matt Hancock said the best solution to the funding of social care was to abandon partisan politics. He said the green paper was being held up by the parliamentary logjam and a lack of cross-party consensus. Full speech


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Survey on digital technology in adult social careSurvey on digital technology in adult social care

Skills for Care is developing an online self-assessment tool to help employers in England measure how digital their organisation is. People who make decisions about using and investing in digital technology are invited to complete a short survey by 16 July 2019 to assist with the development of this project.


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How to protect yourself in summerHow to protect yourself in summer

'Summer wise' is a new guide produced by Independent Age about how to stay safe in hot weather. It includes how to look after yourself, keeping your home cool, and what to do if someone becomes unwell. Some of the tips may seem like common sense, but they can make a big difference to people's wellbeing.

Download a copy from Independent Age


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Adult social care - the challenges and opportunitiesAdult social care - the challenges and opportunities

The APPG on Adult Social Care has issued a report on 'The Future of Adult Social Care' in the UK which calls for a cross-party solution to providing a sustainable future and parity with the health system. The group says there must be a stronger focus on social care as an enabler to support people to live more independently. People using services must be involved and there should be a positive portrayal of people working in the sector.


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Additional funding available for domiciliary care workforce training in NIAdditional funding available for domiciliary care workforce training in NI

Transformation Funding has been made available for Phase 2 of the 'Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project'. This fund is available to facilitate enhanced learning and development to domiciliary careworkers, supervisors and managers working in the statutory and independent sectors.

Funding is available from the Social Care Council for backfill/staff costs for voluntary and private domiciliary care providers/employers to facilitate staff attendance, participation and engagement in approved training/learning resources. For organisations that find backfill problematic, costs can be claimed for staff time in attendance at/time spent re approved training/learning resources.

Full details on the funding and how to access it can be found below:

Phase 2 of the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project

Payment Proforma Form

Learning and Development Evaluation Form


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Transformation fund continues to support much-needed change in NITransformation fund continues to support much-needed change in NI

The Department of Health has confirmed that projects initiated using funding from the 'Transformation Fund' will continue, and has provided a breakdown of areas which have already received funding, including £13m for building capacity in communities.

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


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New report on self-directed support in ScotlandNew report on self-directed support in Scotland

Care Inspectorate Scotland has published a report stating that more needs to be done to fully implement self-directed support and realise its potential in supporting the transformation of social care delivery in Scotland.

Self-directed support puts people who experience care at the centre of the support planning process. It enables people, carers and families to make informed choices about what their social care support is and how it is delivered.

The report can be downloaded from the Care Inspectorate Scotland website.


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Joint call to UK Government on Brexit ahead of British Irish CouncilJoint call to UK Government on Brexit ahead of British Irish Council

Speaking ahead of the final British Irish Council before a new Prime Minister takes office, the Scottish and Welsh First Ministers have called on the future Prime Minister to rule out a 'no deal' Brexit under any circumstances.

In a joint statement, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said both their governments would work together, and with others, to keep the UK in the EU.

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


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Care Inspectorate Wales publishes local authority performance reviewsCare Inspectorate Wales publishes local authority performance reviews

CIW has published its annual performance letters on each local authority in Wales. Each letter summarises performance in relation to adults and children's services during 2018/19, and report against the four core principles of the Social Services and Well-being Act.

The letter to each local authority summarising performance can be found on the CIW website.


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Consultation on new qualifications in social care and proposed funding for learningConsultation on new qualifications in social care and proposed funding for learning

Social Care Wales is running a series of free consultation workshops across Wales on the new qualifications in health and social care.

These workshops are aimed at employers and learning providers, and will be an opportunity to help review SCW's frameworks, and feed in to what should be included in the apprenticeship frameworks from September 2019.

The new qualifications are expected to go live in September 2019.

More information, and details on how to take part in the consultation process, can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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Lords Economic Affairs Committee calls for more social care fundingLords Economic Affairs Committee calls for more social care funding

The Economic Affairs Committee has published its report 'Social care funding: time to end a national scandal.' The report recommends that the Government immediately spends £8 billion to restore social care to acceptable standards and then introduces free personal care over a period of 5 years.

The Committee found that publicly funded social care support is shrinking, as diminishing budgets have forced local authorities to limit the numbers of people who receive public funding. Funding is £700 million lower than 2010/11 in real terms, despite continuing increases in the numbers of people who need care.

More information can be found on the committee web-page.


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DHSC national recruitment campaign updateDHSC national recruitment campaign update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recently ran a national recruitment campaign for adult social care. Following an evaluation, it has been announced that funding has been approved for a second national wave of the 'Every Day Is Different' campaign to run in 2019/20.

Feedback on the campaign, and campaign performance figures, can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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New guide supports succession planning for managersNew guide supports succession planning for managers

Skills for Care has launched a new 'Developing new managers and deputies' online guide to support adult social care employers to plan for their next generation of managers. Following extensive engagement with aspiring and new managers, the new practical guide presents a recommended route of support and development for future managers.

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


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New resources for care workers to support achieving well-being in careNew resources for care workers to support achieving well-being in care

The new resource will help domiciliary care managers and trainers who will support staff to increase awareness and train staff in taking an outcomes-focused approach to practice. Managers and trainers can use the resources in a number of ways, including as part of supervision, in team meetings, recruitment or in peer support sessions.

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


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Dementia UK publish advice on Pain in dementiaDementia UK publish advice on Pain in dementia

Dementia UK have published a booklet which shows how pain can often be missed or not recognised in people with dementia. It explains what to look out for that can help identify pain in a person with dementia. Once pain is identified, the booklet advises on how to help the person seek appropriate treatment, so they feel more comfortable and content.

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Healthwatch - why it is important to review the care of people with dementiaHealthwatch - why it is important to review the care of people with dementia

Healthwatch have found that fewer than half of all people who use social care are getting the regular care reviews they are entitled to. Councils must ensure that these reviews are happening in a timely fashion, to meet the requirements of the Care Act 2014 and to make all care plans responsive to people's needs. Healthwatch found:

  • Only half of those receiving social care services received a planned review last year, and people with dementia this was even lower (45%).
  • One quarter of people with dementia had an unplanned review last year, due to an emergency or sudden change in circumstances.
  • 65% of people with dementia who had a review were referred for a full reassessment. However, half of these reassessments led to no change in the level of care and support.

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Call for more intergenerational housing optionsCall for more intergenerational housing options

Demos has issued a report which calls for Government housing policies to address the needs of future generations.

Demos suggests that multigenerational housing could help tackle loneliness and social care demands. It recommends the government's new Future Homes standard should include a requirement for new homes to be fit or adaptable for multigenerational living, and for planning rules to be relaxed to allow conversion of existing homes.


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Funding for the safe use of technology in care servicesFunding for the safe use of technology in care services

Digital Social Care is calling on local councils, local care associations and informal groups of care providers to run a series of local digital projects focusing on finding practical solutions to some of the sector's challenges.

Digital Social Care is working with the Local Government Association and the Department of Health and Social Care to support and fund these projects with one-to-one face-to-face advice and support from digital experts and the provision of 10-15 grants of between £25,000 and £50,000.

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July 2019 edition of Homecarer now available to downloadJuly 2019 edition of Homecarer now available to download

In the July 2019 issue of Homecarer we comment on the recent Panorama 'Crisis in Care' programmes; UKHCA Chair Trevor Brocklebank considers the perfect storm of challenges facing social care; UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel discusses using social media; we summarise our response to the Low Pay Commission; Adrian Leonard of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP gives top tips for a successful homecare business acquisition; Towergate Insurance consider motor insurance; Darren Housden of Animo Business Consulting says help is at hand for new businesses; we describe our new and revised resources, and round up policy issues in our National reports. July 2019 Homecarer


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Local government representatives warn of funding pressuresLocal government representatives warn of funding pressures

The Local Government Association is warning that a third of councils in England fear they will run out of funds to provide services they have a legal duty to provide, like adult social care, protecting children and preventing homelessness, by 2022/23, rising to nearly two thirds by 2024/2025 or later.

LGA online survey results summary


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CARE badge campaign commencesCARE badge campaign commences

A reminder 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. 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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CQC case studies showcase flexible staffingCQC case studies showcase flexible staffing

A new series of case studies by the Care Quality Commission highlights the way providers have flexibly addressed staffing issues. The series includes a homecare case study from Home Instead Senior Care Exeter and East Devon which shows how they worked with South West Ambulance Service Trust to deal with increasing pressure on services from falls related calls.


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New research shows failure to review care packagesNew research shows failure to review care packages

New research by Healthwatch shows that fewer than half of those with dementia, who use social care, are receiving the care reviews they are entitled to under care legislation. Of those with a care plan, only 45% are reviewed on an annual basis. The report is critical of councils in England who fail to ensure people's changing needs are taken into account in the care planning process.


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ADASS Budget Survey 2019 publishedADASS Budget Survey 2019 published

ADASS has published their annual report into the financial position of local authorities in England with regards to adult social care. The key messages of this year's report states that:

"the problems councils and providers face have got progressively worse. The system is not only failing financially, it is failing people."

Key facts from 2019:

  • Adult social care services account for 37.4% of local authority budgets;
  • Only 35% of councils felt confident in meeting their statutory obligations;
  • Increased cost pressure through rising demand and changing demographics was 3.3% of the adult social care budget;
  • Majority of councils increased fees by 3% and 4.9% to care providers.

The full report can be downloaded from the ADASS website.


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New legislation introduced to improve quality health and social care in WalesNew legislation introduced to improve quality health and social care in Wales

The Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill was introduced into the National Assembly for Wales on 17 June 2019.

The bill will:

  • ensure that NHS bodies and ministers think about the quality of health services when making decisions;
  • ensure NHS bodies are open and honest with patients and service users;
  • create a citizen voice body to enable people to provide feedback on health and social services;
  • enable the appointment of vice chairs for NHS trusts.

If passed by the National Assembly, it will become law in summer 2020. More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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MPs debate living with dementiaMPs debate living with dementia

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has issued a report 'Hidden No More: Dementia and disability', which calls for people with dementia to be treated fairly and equally. At a subsequent debate, Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP confirmed the Government's commitment to meeting the dementia challenge 2020 and beyond. Improving diagnosis rates, extending training, supporting research and people to live well in their communities were all part of the strategy. Hansard


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Social care and hospice worker flu uptake surveySocial care and hospice worker flu uptake survey

NHS England, working with the Care Provider Alliance, has developed a survey to gain a better understanding of levels of flu vaccination uptake in the social care workforce in 2018/19.

The results will help support future plans for the programme, so we would encourage all members to reply to the survey.

NHS England now routinely offers the flu vaccine to social care and hospice workers through GPs and community pharmacies, to complement occupational health programmes provided by employers, to help increase vaccine uptake.

The survey can be accessed by the below link:

NHS England flu uptake survey


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CQC - new report on oral health careCQC - new report on oral health care

The Care Quality Commission has published a new report on the state of oral care in England. Although the report focuses on care homes, it has some very useful advice for homecare providers on the care of people's mouth and teeth. The report refers to NICE guidance NG48 Oral health for adults in care homes.

Members will also find helpful the advice in 'Keep Smiling', Mouth and teeth care for older people', produced by the Relatives and Residents Association.


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NHS England issue Level 2 alert: heatwave is forecastNHS England issue Level 2 alert: heatwave is forecast

At 08.41am on Monday 24 June 2019, NHS England warned there is a 70% probability of heat health criteria being met between 6am on Thursday and 6pm on Saturday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients.

Read more about how to cope in hot weather.


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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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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.

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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. 

Community Care magazine article 


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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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