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COVID-19 Information Governance and Information Sharing GuidanceCOVID-19 Information Governance and Information Sharing Guidance

Digital Social Care has published helpful guidance on how social care providers can make best use of digital systems whist remaining compliant with data protection rules.

It also advises that Data Security and Protection Toolkit compliance requirements are being relaxed and NHSmail roll-out sped up.


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Care Workers' Charity launches urgent appeal to fund crisis grantsCare Workers' Charity launches urgent appeal to fund crisis grants

The Care Workers Charity has launched an appeal to raise emergency funds for care workers isolating during the #Covid19uk outbreak. We need our #SocialCare workforce now more than ever. Grants available from the 30th March. JustGiving page


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Free parking planned for NHS and social care staffFree parking planned for NHS and social care staff

The Government has announced NHS staff in England will get free car parking in hospitals. Local authorities will also offer free on-street parking and open council-run car parks to health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers. Councils will set up local arrangements for workers to confirm their eligibility by displaying suitable evidence on their windscreens. More information 


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Covid-19 - MOTs due on or after 30 March 2020 extended by six monthsCovid-19 - MOTs due on or after 30 March 2020 extended by six months

Government guidance gives vehicle owners a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, if their test is due after 30 March 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages remain open for essential repairs. Drivers can be prosecuted if they drive an unsafe vehicle and must use the nearest available open garage for repairs. Vehicles needing a test before 30 March 2020 still need to be tested, according to separate guidance. This applies in England, Scotland and Wales. Different measures apply in Northern Ireland.

 


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New laws to enforce closure of non-essential businessesNew laws to enforce closure of non-essential businesses

New laws about enforcing the closure of certain businesses and venues came into effect on 26 March 2020. The guidance includes a table of businesses which must not trade (restaurants, cafes, leisure facilities etc) and the exceptions (broadly essential services), with a first point of review in three weeks. The measures were extended to Wales and Scotland, and Northern Ireland has followed suit.


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When to use a surgical face maskWhen to use a surgical face mask

Public Health England and NHS England have issued useful short information on when to use a surgical face mask or FFP3 respirator. This covers the type of face mask needed in different situations, including a homecare visit. There is fuller guidance on using PPE, including the correct way to put on and take off PPE in PHE's infection control guidance.


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Information Commissioner's guidance on data protection and coronavirusInformation Commissioner's guidance on data protection and coronavirus

The Information Commissioner's Office has issued guidance on data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know, which includes frequently asked questions and answers. This confirms that the ICO will be applying a light touch during the outbreak. (As with all guidance, it's best to check you are reading the current version.)


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Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19

This page will provide links to the latest information which will help homecare providers making contingency arrangements for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as is the advice which is available. Please return to this page regularly, from the link www.ukhca.co.uk/covid-19.

 

Government's guidance for the general public:

New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection Published 17 March 2020 The next stage of COVID-19 public information campaign highlights guidance for households with possible infection.

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. Published 16 March 2020. Advice from Public Health England on social distancing measures for citizens, to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection Updated 16 March 2020. This advice is intended for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus
  • includes advice on ending isolation

NHS 111 Online - Get coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), you should stay at home for 7 days. Use this on-line tool from the NHS to Find out what to do if you, or somebody else, may have symptoms of COVID-19.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from Covid-19, published 21 March 2020, who should stay home for at least 12 weeks. This contains advice for visitors including those providing care services.

 

Government's guidance for social care providers:

Guidance COVID-19: guidance on homecare provision aimed at local authorities, CCGs and registered providers, updated 19 March 2020. This includes advice on maintaining delivery of care.

Covid-19 Guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings, version 1.0. Public Health England has issued guidance which gives the broad principles of transmission, and sets out the PPE which should be worn in different types of health and social care services, as well as general infection control guidance in health and care settings.

Guidance on supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), letter from NHS reference number 001559 of 20 March 2020.

BusinessSupport.gov.uk - Government’s website outlining the financial support available to businesses affected by COVID-19, including statutory sick pay and business loans.

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme, published 26 March 2020. This scheme is for people who are self-employed or part of a partnership that has lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak and is subject to conditions.

Free parking planned for NHS and social care staff announced on 25 March 2020.


Other Government advice:

The Government has instructed all acute and community hospitals in England to reduce the number of people occupying hospital beds, discharging patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so, to create space for COVID-19 patients. Updated 23rd March 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response. This is Government's more general advice on how it is responding to COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses Updated 18 March 2020 Information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses.

Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision. Published 19 March 2020.This confirms which categories of workers will be able to continue to send their children to school during COVID-19. FAQs for parents and carers.

COVID-19: support for businesses, updated 22 March 2020, which describes the Chancellor's package of support for businesses covering job retention, VAT and Income Tax, sick pay, business rates, and temporary loans and financing.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020, gives vehicle owners a 6-month exemption, published 25 March 2020.


Devolved administrations:

Main sources of information in the UK's devolved administrations are:

Health Protection Scotland has issued COVID-19 - information and guidance for social or community care & residential settings, version 1.2, published 20 March 2020.

HSC Public Health Agency has issued guidance for homecare providers in Northern Ireland - see guidance for domiciliary care providers - COVID-19, published 17 March 2020.

Public Health Wales has published guidance and resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes Stay at home guidance and Social distancing guidance.

 

Advice for councils on market stability

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners. Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA).

 

Advice for homecare providers:

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees advice from ACAS on sick pay, including for those who self-isolate on medical and non-medical advice.

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) Infection control guidance Contains advice on managing infections, including outbreaks of flu and other viral and bacterial infections.

Anthony Collins Solicitors guidance on Coronavirus force majeure (being unable to fulfill a contract)

Coronavirus and employment issues guidance, also written by Anthony Collins Solicitors

Advice on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which includes workers in front-facing roles, updated on 21 March 2020. There is a link to sign up for updates.

 

Information for family carers and informal carers:

Information from Carers UK for informal carers. Provides guidance for family members and carers supporting people at home.


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Government moves to speed hospital discharges in EnglandGovernment moves to speed hospital discharges in England

The Government has instructed all acute and community hospitals in England to reduce the number of people occupying hospital beds, discharging patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so, to create space for COVID-19 patients.
 
The requirements are set-out in the guidance document “COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements” on the NHS England website. An email alert has been sent to UKHCA members.


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COVID-19 - guidance on support for businessesCOVID-19 - guidance on support for businesses

Updated guidance sets out the detail of the Chancellor's recent package of support for businesses. This covers job retention, VAT and Income Tax, sick pay, business rates, and temporary loans and financing: COVID-19: support for businesses, updated 22 March 2020


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Extremely vulnerable told to stay home for at least 12 weeksExtremely vulnerable told to stay home for at least 12 weeks

The government has issued guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from Covid-19. This is for use where people at very high risk of severe illness from Covid-19 live in their own home, with or without support. These people are advised to stay home for at least 12 weeks, avoiding face to face contact except where they need essential support like homecare. This guidance includes advice for care services and links with guidance on homecare provision. NHS England is directly contacting people with these serious underlying conditions to provide advice.


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Guidance for social or community care settings in ScotlandGuidance for social or community care settings in Scotland

Health Protection Scotland has issued COVID-19 - information and guidance for social or community care & residential settings, version 1.2, published 20 March 2020.


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Public Health Wales guidance on COVID-19Public Health Wales guidance on COVID-19

Public Health Wales has published guidance and resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes Stay at home guidance and Social distancing guidance.


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COVID-19 - updated advice for pregnant womenCOVID-19 - updated advice for pregnant women

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has updated its advice for pregnant women and their families on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy, which contains FAQs on detailed guidance for healthcare professionals updated on 21 March 2020. The FAQs and guidance cover working in a public-facing role. There is a link to sign up for updates to the guidance.


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Guidance on key workers includes care sectorGuidance on key workers includes care sector

The Government has issued guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision, which includes the categories of workers whose children can continue to attend school. Social care workers, their managers and critically important back office staff are included as they work in a critical sector. The guidance is accompanied by FAQs for parents and carers.

UKHCA represented to Government that care workers and operational staff should be included.


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£2.9 billion funding to strengthen social care£2.9 billion funding to strengthen social care

The funding comes from the £5 billion COVID-19 fund announced by the Chancellor in last week’s budget.

£1.6 billion will go to local authorities to help them respond to other coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across all the services they deliver. This includes increasing support for the adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.

Link to news here


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Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will increase to 25,000 a dayTesting for coronavirus (COVID-19) will increase to 25,000 a day

The Government is working to increase the number of tests that can be conducted by Public Health England and the NHS to 25,000 a day.

The increased capacity is expected to be ready within 4 weeks, with highest-priority cases being tested first.

More information available here


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Mobile networks remove data charges for online NHS coronavirus adviceMobile networks remove data charges for online NHS coronavirus advice

Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three are among the mobile firms that have said they will give their customers free online access to the latest NHS health information about coronavirus.

It will be free to access the following websites:

The NHS is working with its industry partners to make sure everyone can get NHS information and advice that is verified, up to date and free from misinformation, without using up their data allowance or mobile credit.

More information available here


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CPA Member Survey - Contingency PlanningCPA Member Survey - Contingency Planning

The Care Provider Alliance would like to hear from UKHCA members in relation to business contigency planning.

The survey link can be found here and the deadline is the 25th March.


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MPs hear evidence of urgent need to discharge patientsMPs hear evidence of urgent need to discharge patients

The Commons Health and Social Care Committee heard evidence from NHS leaders on the handling of the Coronovirus outbreak on 17 March 2020. Wide ranging discussion covered issues such as the Government's changing strategy to address the outbreak, a new drive to discharge as many people from hospital as possible to free up hospital beds, PPE shortages in hospitals and plans to alleviate these and the need for testing of health staff so they do not pass on the virus. Health Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt MP sought to get specific assurances from NHS leaders on the distribution timetables for PPE - stocks are available, and the logistics of rapid distribution are being worked on urgently.

Next steps on NHS response to Covid-19: Letter from Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard


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UKHCA featured on BBC NewsUKHCA featured on BBC News

"The extra demands placed on care at home by the COVID-19 outbreak have thrown the underlying social care crisis into sharp relief."

Read more on BBC News


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Coronavirus Bill provides for assessment delays, among other emergency measuresCoronavirus Bill provides for assessment delays, among other emergency measures

The Government has published its plans for a Coronavirus Bill which includes temporary measures for up to 2 years for use during the current outbreak. These include:

  • Action to increase the health and social work workforce using the recently retired and students and to enable people to take paid Emergency Volunteer Leave.
  • Local authorities in England are relieved of some duties under the Care Act and enabled to 'prioritise the services they offer in order to ensure the most urgent and serious care needs are met, even if this means not meeting everyone's assessed needs in full or delaying some assessments'. This is because of fears of workforce absence. There is a rider that LAs are expected to do as much as they can and still have a duty of care for individuals at risk of serious neglect or harm.
  • The Bill allows NHS providers to delay undertaking the assessment process for NHS continuing healthcare for individuals being discharged from hospital until after the emergency period has ended.
  • Local authorities in Scotland have a temporarily relaxation of their duties to conduct a needs assessment and prepare an adult carer support plan/young care statement.
  • Statutory sick pay changes to pay from day one of sickness, and enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to reclaim SSP.

More information  The Coronavirus Emergency Measures Bill will be introduced in Parliament on 19 March 2020.


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PHE Guidance for infection prevention and controlPHE Guidance for infection prevention and control

Public Health England has issued Covid-19 Guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings, version 1.0. This gives the broad principles of transmission, and sets out the PPE which should be worn in different types of health and social care services, as well as general infection control guidance in health and care settings.


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CQC suspends routine inspection from 16 MarchCQC suspends routine inspection from 16 March

CQC has announced the suspension of routine inspections from 16 March. A letter was sent to regulated social care providers which said the regulator would shift towards remote methods to assure safety and quality of care, carry out some inspection activity in a small number of cases where there are allegations of abuse and give extra support to registered managers.


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Covid-19 - Care Inspectorate issues revised notification guidanceCovid-19 - Care Inspectorate issues revised notification guidance

The Care Inspectorate has issued guidance to regulated providers in Scotland on notification of the outbreak of an infectious disease. Providers must notify the Care Inspectorate within 24 hours of any suspected or known case or outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19, using their eForms account. The guidance details when providers should, and should not, notify the Inspectorate.


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Care Inspectorate scales down inspectionsCare Inspectorate scales down inspections

The Care Inspectorate has decided to scale down inspections during the Covid-19 outbreak and instead gather information, assess the level of risk in care services and establish assurances about the quality of care people experience. The regulator will only visit services when absolutely necessary. Letter from from CEO to regulated providers dated 17 March 2020.


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Shared guidance to councils summarises pressures on social care providers Shared guidance to councils summarises pressures on social care providers 

Shared guidance has been issued to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA). The guidance is for local authority commissioners and is designed to summarise pressures on social care providers arising from COVID-19, and put forward ways in which commissioners can alleviate these pressures.

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners


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COVID-19: guidance on home care provision (England)COVID-19: guidance on home care provision (England)

There was an important update on 13 March 2020, when the Government issued guidance for those in residential care, supported living and homecare in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Homecare guidance

The government also issued a raft of other guidance, including Infection Prevention and Control Guidance


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Updated guidance for people who are unwell or who have been in contact with Covid-19Updated guidance for people who are unwell or who have been in contact with Covid-19

Important update on 13 March 2020: People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), you should stay at home for 7 days. Use this on-line tool from the NHS to find out what to do if you, or somebody else, may have symptoms of COVID-19.

Prime Minister's statement on 12 March 2020


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Budget provisions for businesses and individuals affected by Covid-19Budget provisions for businesses and individuals affected by Covid-19

The Goverment set out a range of measures in the Budget on 11 March to support public services, help those affected by Covid-19 and support businesses experiencing increases in costs or financial disruptions.

UKHCA commercial members Hazlewoods have published a summary of the tax aspects of the Budget.

The official Budget Red Book contains more detail.


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UKHCA's reaction to the Spring BudgetUKHCA's reaction to the Spring Budget

"The commitment of additional funding for social care to tackle the growing concerns around coronavirus are welcome. However, the glaring omission of additional funding, beyond funding already announced for social care, is hugely disappointing.

"Over 1.5m people are not getting the support they need. The £1bn for existing adult and children's social care for councils in England, promised by the previous Chancellor, is a long way short of what is needed to ensure people's needs are fully met. Councils need to ensure that what funding there is available reaches frontline services."

Colin Angel, UKHCA's Policy Director

Notes for Editors

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA's mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

For further information please contact:

Matthew Kiernan, Communications Officer

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8165

Mobile: 07393 012 113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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Cross-party talks to begin on social care reformCross-party talks to begin on social care reform

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, has written to colleagues in all political parties to initiate talks on social care in England. The move is the first phase in seeking a cross party consensus; the second phase of structured talks on reform options begins in May.  Matt Hancock's letter

Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association, commented:

"Cross-party talks are, of course, essential for getting a consensus about the long-term funding of adult social care. However its disappointing that with three years of preparation for an unpublished green paper, Government has not yet presented an outline plan which could be acceptable across a range of political opinions. Possibly the greatest dangers for adult social care are the continued uncertainty and the repeated Government tactic of employing short-term funding measures through the annual budget."


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Covid-19 - Government outlines further plans to support health and social careCovid-19 - Government outlines further plans to support health and social care

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced further proposed measures to combat spread of COVID-19. The planned COVID-19 Emergency Bill will include provisions to give volunteers additional employment safeguards, facilitate the emergency registration of recently retired health professionals and extend video court hearings. The Bill's provisions will be time limited to two years and only used if necessary. More information


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Covid-19 listing to mitigate effect of cancellations on businessesCovid-19 listing to mitigate effect of cancellations on businesses

The government has listed coronavirus as a notifiable disease in law, meaning that GPs must report all cases to Public Health England. More information

The move echoes similar provisions across the UK, and is anticipated to assist businesses seeking compensation under their business insurance if the spread of virus leads to cancellations or loss of business.


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Older people may be advised to avoid crowded areasOlder people may be advised to avoid crowded areas

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England gave evidence on preparations for coronavirus to MPs on the Commons Health Committee last week, chaired by former Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP. He outlined the Government's proposed staged response, and explained they may, if the outbreak develops, advise older citizens or those with pre-existing health conditions to avoid crowded areas. This would need to be done in a way that does not exacerbate loneliness. More information


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CQC to exercise flexibility in response to CoronavirusCQC to exercise flexibility in response to Coronavirus

The Care Quality Commission have written to every registered care provider in England setting out how they are responding to the outbreak of Covid-19 and how they plan to approach future decision-making.


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LGA calls for Budget to address adult social careLGA calls for Budget to address adult social care

The Local Government Association are calling on the Government to use the upcoming Budget to tackle the issues facing the adult social care sector.

Read more via the LGA Website.


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Embedding public health into clinical services e-learning programme now liveEmbedding public health into clinical services e-learning programme now live

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop an e-learning programme to help embed public health in clinical services.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, please visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/embedding-public-health-into-clinical-services/.


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MSPs sign off on £40bn Scottish budgetMSPs sign off on £40bn Scottish budget

MSPs have approved the Scottish Government's £40bn budget for 2020/21. Spending commitments include over £15bn for health and care services, £117m for mental health support and a real-terms increase in revenue funding for councils. More from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-51739877


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UK migration policy not helpful to social care in Northern IrelandUK migration policy not helpful to social care in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Assembly's Committee for Health has been considering the health and social care workforce strategy. On the UK government's intended restrictive migration policy, the Committee were told by civil servants the policy may be helpful to health but not so helpful to social care. MLAs were concerned the policy and workforce shortages would exacerbate what is already a crisis. More from: http://data.niassembly.gov.uk/HansardXml/committee-21491.pdf


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Covid-19 outbreak - Workforce regulators to allow flexibilityCovid-19 outbreak - Workforce regulators to allow flexibility

The Scottish Social Services Council, like the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council, is to allow health and social care professionals to depart from established procedures when caring for patients and people using health and social care services. They say regulatory standards are designed to be flexible and to provide a framework for decision making. Joint statement


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Social Care Wales fees to rise from AprilSocial Care Wales fees to rise from April

Social Care Wales' registration fees are due to rise from April 2020. Currently application, annual and renewal fees are £60 for a social care manager. These rise to £70 for 2020/21 and £80 for 2021/22. Social care workers currently pay £20 for application, annual and renewal fees. These go up to £25 in 2020/21 and £30 in 2021/22. More from: https://socialcare.wales/registration/registration-fees#section-8398-anchor


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Core questions to help providers prepare Annual ReturnsCore questions to help providers prepare Annual Returns

Care Inspectorate Wales have issued a list of core questions to help providers get ready for their Annual Return. The Inspectorate say providers should log into their CIW Online account to ensure their service details are accurate and up to date. The Annual Return will available from 1 April 2020 and must be submitted by 26 May 2020. More from: https://careinspectorate.wales/submitting-annual-return

 


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COVID-19: Advice for employers and businessesCOVID-19: Advice for employers and businesses

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas
  • actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19

The link is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19


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Coronavirus self-isolation - who gets paid and how much?Coronavirus self-isolation - who gets paid and how much?

Anthony Collins Solicitors have issued a briefing on payment of employees in self-isolation or isolation as requested by medical staff or employers, with FAQs to assist employers with these situations.

The briefing refers to Category 1 and Category 2 countries, which have implications for returning travellers and visitors to the UK potentially affected by Coronavirus. Here is more information about Category 1 and Category 2 countries which members may find useful.


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Virtual Dementia TourVirtual Dementia Tour

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (Social Care Council) in partnership with the Public Health Agency is bringing the Virtual Dementia Tour to Northern Ireland.

Facilitated by Training 2 Care UK (Ltd), the Virtual Dementia Tour is an innovative dementia learning event which will provide social care workers the opportunity to experience what dementia might be like and help improve practice and person-centred care.

During the experience a trained facilitator will guide participants fitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises.

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Government action plan published on Covid-19Government action plan published on Covid-19

The Government has published its 'Coronavirus: action plan - A guide to what you can expect across the UK' which sets out the principles behind government planning - contain, delay, research and mitigate - and responsibilities for responding to the outbreak of Covid-19.


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Less than ten years to 'save social care'Less than ten years to 'save social care'

Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research suggests that pension savings and council funding are set to fall woefully short of what is needed to care for older people.

Inadequate pension savings, rising care costs and increasing numbers of older people needing care, could cause England's care sector to collapse within 10 years, without government action. More from: https://cebr.com/reports/the-times-care-crisis-laid-bare-10-years-to-save-the-system/


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CPA targeted surveyCPA targeted survey

The Care Provider Alliance have launched a targeted survey on business continuity planning.

CPA are hoping to discover more about what providers think are the key priorities and pressure points affecting their ability to provide day-to-day care services.

CPA Survey on Business Continuity


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HSE issues revised guidance on protecting lone workersHSE issues revised guidance on protecting lone workers

HSE has issued revised guidance on 'Protecting Lone Workers: How to manage the risks of working alone' which covers the risks of work-related violence, keeping in touch with lone workers and the impact on workers' stress, mental health and wellbeing.

HSE say there is a greater risk hazards can cause harm as lone workers may not have help if things go wrong, so employers should provide training, supervision, monitoring and support for lone workers.

Website links:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/lone-working/index.htm

https://www.hse.gov.uk/lone-working/employer/index.htm


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Reablement: new briefing from SCIEReablement: new briefing from SCIE

SCIE have produced an overview of the role and principles of reablement in the social care sector.

The briefing describes the purpose and benefits of reablement and gives practice examples which illustrate the role homecare providers can play in delivering a reablement service.

More information available from here

https://www.scie.org.uk/reablement/what-is/principles-of-reablement


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Care Minister encourages providers to 'redouble' efforts on recruitmentCare Minister encourages providers to 'redouble' efforts on recruitment

In answer to a question from Conservative MP, Sir Roger Gale, Helen Whately, the new Care Minister, replied: "We are continually monitoring and analysing the impact on both cost and numbers of staff in the National Health Service and social care sector as a result of multiple changes including the future immigration system. The changes to the immigration system and the ending of freedom of movement will mean that social care employers will need to redouble efforts to promote jobs in social care to workers in the United Kingdom."

The response received criticism that people should not be press-ganged into, and may not have the right skills and values for, working in social care: BBC News


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ACAS guidance for employers and employees on Covid-19ACAS guidance for employers and employees on Covid-19

ACAS have published advice for employers and employees on Covid-19 at: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

There is also Government guidance for the adult social care sector on Covid-19.


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The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 and Regulated Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 and Regulated Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

The Regulations which have been approved by the National Assembly of Wales aim to ensure adequate oversight of service provider organisations, and registration of the homecare workforce.

They will come into force on 1 April 2020.

You can read more here:

https://www.assembly.wales/laid%20documents/sub-ld12312/sub-ld12312%20-e.pdf


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Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care AwardArtificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Award is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It will make £140million available over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

For more information on how to apply click here.


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£19bn shortfall being faced by councils£19bn shortfall being faced by councils

Analysis by the County Councils Network shows that councils will face a funding shortfall of £19.1bn over the next five years despite planning council tax increases.

All the councils that have published their draft budgets so far are planning on raising council tax in April and of these, 116 plan to raise council tax by the full amount. All but two will also levy the full 2% social care precept.

More information is available here


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Call for urgent meeting before UK BudgetCall for urgent meeting before UK Budget

Finance Ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have written to new Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, to ask for urgent talks before the UK Budget on 11 March.
 
The Finance Ministers, Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes MSP, Welsh Finance Minister Rebecca Evans AM and the Northern Ireland Finance Minister Conor Murphy MLA, want to discuss the impact of the Budget on the devolved governments and to clarify the UK Government's intentions for the UK Spending Review.


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Minister highlights deep-seated problems in Northern IrelandMinister highlights deep-seated problems in Northern Ireland

Health Minister, Robin Swann, spelt out the funding pressures facing his department and asked for some £492m to maintain existing services and a further £169m to meet New Decade New Approach commitments, in a speech to mark his first month in office. The Minister said there were 'deep-seated problems across the health and social care system that will take years to put right. This will require major investment on a sustained basis along with transformation reforms.' More information


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UKHCA dismayed by Government's decision on migrationUKHCA dismayed by Government's decision on migration

In response to the Home Secretary's announcement that the new UK immigration system will not include a visa option for the dismissively named "low-skilled" migrant workers after Brexit, Colin Angel, Policy Director, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) commented:

"We are dismayed by the decision Government has made. Cutting off the supply of prospective careworkers under a new migration system, will pave the way for more people waiting unnecessarily in hospital or going without care. Telling employers to adjust, in a grossly underfunded care system, is simply irresponsible.

"The Migration Advisory Committee has told Government it needs to sort out social care funding, but there is no sign of that on the horizon."

The comment has received widespread coverage in the national press and broadcast media, including:

Government policy statement on UK's points based system


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Free JCWI sessions on EU Settlement SchemeFree JCWI sessions on EU Settlement Scheme

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which advises on migrants' rights, is offering free information sessions on the EU Settlement Scheme for homecare or live-in care, and care home workers. These interactive sessions are a chance for care workers to learn about the scheme and share how Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme have affected them.

Flyer outlining information. Please contact Caitlin on caitlin.boswell-jones@jcwi.org.uk or 0207 553 7463 for more details. 


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Supreme Court judges hear sleep-in argumentsSupreme Court judges hear sleep-in arguments

On 12 and 13 February the Supreme Court heard an appeal which is set to decide whether careworkers should be paid National Minimum Wage while asleep on a sleep-in shift.

Arguments were heard for the appellant, Claire Tomlinson-Blake (backed by Unison), and the respondent, The Royal Mencap Society. The Court is expected to take at least three months to make a decision ie by early summer at the earliest.

New briefing by Matthew Wort of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Discussion of the issues, including rising workforce costs, by Matthew Wort in the Guardian

Case details and video of the hearing


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Helen Whately MP is new Minister for CareHelen Whately MP is new Minister for Care

Welcome to Helen Whately MP, who was appointed Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care on 13 February 2020. She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has taken an active interest in social care, including accompanying a homecare worker on her daily visits.

Jane Townson, CEO at UKHCA, said: "Never before has there been a more important time to support citizens to live in the place they call home, with the people they love, connected to their communities, and with a sense of purpose.

"We look forward to working with Helen to ensure that supporting people to live well and independently at home is central to the UK's strategy for health and well-being."

Caroline Dinenage MP, the former Care Minister, has moved to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a Minister of State.


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Future of Health & Social CareFuture of Health & Social Care

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) want to hear from those that work in social care in Wales to get a better understanding of the issues around delegation in health and social care. The results from the survey will be used to help put the recently reviewed All Wales Guidelines for Delegation into practice.

Take part in the survey - closes 24th Feb.


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Auto-enrolment earnings trigger to remain at £10,000Auto-enrolment earnings trigger to remain at £10,000

A government review has concluded that the auto-enrolment earnings trigger threshold for workplace pensions will remain at £10,000 in 2020/21. The lower and upper earnings limits will continue to be aligned to the National Insurance contribution thresholds. Written Commons Statement

The Government will lay an Order before Parliament to amend the Pensions Act 2008 shortly.


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WeCare Wales updateWeCare Wales update

WeCare Wales, the awareness and recruitment campaign for social care and early years, continues to gain momentum following its launch in March 2019.

Coming in March 2020, Social Care Wales will continue help to raise the public's understanding of careers in care understanding career progression, entry points to roles, and so on. If you'd like to get involved and share your story, please get in touch at contact@wecare.wales.

Find out more


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Draft workforce strategy for health and social care submitted to Welsh GovernmentDraft workforce strategy for health and social care submitted to Welsh Government

A draft of Wales's first-ever workforce strategy for health and social care has been submitted to the Welsh Government. The aim of the strategy, which we have developed with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), is to provide Wales with a high-quality and skilled workforce that is large enough to meet the demands placed upon it.


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Minimum wage enforcement to resume naming non-compliant employersMinimum wage enforcement to resume naming non-compliant employers

The Government has issued revised a National Minimum Wage Law enforcement policy which:

  • Resumes the naming scheme for non-compliant UK businesses in 2020, with the arrears threshold increased from £100 to £500.
  • Widens the range of pay arrangements available to business employing 'salaried hours workers'.
  • Disapplies penalties where deductions made under voluntary salary sacrifice or benefit schemes result in non-compliance with minimum wage rules. Deductions for uniform and other items connected with the worker's employment will continue to be penalised, but unconnected products won't be.

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From DoLS to LPSFrom DoLS to LPS

Later this year, the transition from the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will begin. LPS is a scheme set up by an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005

Homecare providers will be involved because, unlike DoLS, the LPS will apply to people living in their own homes. Providers can stay informed by signing up to SCIE's website for more guidance as the new provisions approach.

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The Care Provider Alliance want to hear from you!The Care Provider Alliance want to hear from you!

UKHCA is delighted to be part of the relaunch of the CPA targeted survey, as part of our work with the DHSC. Many thanks to every member who has taken part in the survey to date. Your feedback is valuable and helps to shape future planning and production of resources.

Survey link here

The survey closes on the 17th February


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NMW Toolkit updated with minimum wage rate rises from AprilNMW Toolkit updated with minimum wage rate rises from April

The National Minimum Wage Toolkit, produced by UKHCA's recommended solicitors Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP and UKHCA to help UK homecare providers with compliance, has been updated in February 2020 by UKHCA to reflect rate rises from April 2020.


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Care Workers Charity fundraising cycle rideCare Workers Charity fundraising cycle ride

The Care Workers Charity South Coast Cycle event is coming up in May (17th-18th). Keen cyclists are participating from across the sector. The ride begins in Southampton, with an overnight stay in Brighton, and then finishes in new Romney.

Here is the link to the event page for more information.


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Scottish adult social care recruitment campaignScottish adult social care recruitment campaign

The adult social care recruitment campaign "There's more to care than caring" from Scottish Government is now underway.

Visit the Care to Care website for more information.


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Councils in England lack confidence in their financial sustainabilityCouncils in England lack confidence in their financial sustainability

A survey of councils in England has found three-quarters do not feel confident in their financial sustainability, with adult social care being the top long term pressure. 90% of councils with social care responsibilities plan to use the social care precept in 2020/21, and 97% plan to increase council tax.

Disappointment in the Government's progress on delivering a sustainable local government funding system, and long term social care strategy was near universal.

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Survey shows one in five providers forced to cut supportSurvey shows one in five providers forced to cut support

Hft, a charity which provides services for people with learning disabilities has teamed up with Cebr (an economics consultancy) to survey social care providers. Their results show:

  • One in five providers have been forced to cut support in the last year as a direct result of financial pressures, with 95% citing rising wage bills as the main pressure point
  • 45% of providers have handed back contracts to local authorities in the past year as a way of dealing with financial pressures, with 52% of social care providers saying they will need to hand back contracts “in the near future”, if the financial situation does not improve.

The majority (66%) of social care providers surveyed offer learning disability care, while 38% provide elderly care and 22% physical disability care. Almost half of responders provided homecare.

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Fire Kills CampaignFire Kills Campaign

The Home Office has launched a new Fire Kills campaign to raise awareness of everyday fire risks, and to remind people that it only takes one accident to start a fire. The campaign also highlights the importance of having a smoke alarm on every floor and encouraging all households in England to test their smoke alarms regularly.

More information about the fire kills campaign is available here

See also UKHCA resources:

Fire safety for homecare providers: Questions and Answers

Emollient Products: Fire safety guidance for Homecare Providers


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Updated guidance on employing workers aged 16 and 17 from Skills for CareUpdated guidance on employing workers aged 16 and 17 from Skills for Care

Updated guidance on employing workers aged 16 and 17 has recently been published by Skills for Care. UKHCA's guidance for homecare providers for all UK administrations is included in the publication.

A link to the updated Skills for Care document


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Employers' toolkit on EU Settlement Scheme updatedEmployers' toolkit on EU Settlement Scheme updated

The Home Office employers' toolkit and associated documents on the EU Settlement Scheme have been updated. These aim to equip employers with the right materials and information to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK. The resources include a template letter to employees, factsheets, presentation, poster and translated materials. Revised Employers' toolkit


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Letter to EU and EEA citizens working in social care in ScotlandLetter to EU and EEA citizens working in social care in Scotland

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and COSLA have issued a letter to EU and EEA citizens working in social care in Scotland. You can see the letter here.


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Jeremy Hunt MP elected chair of Health and Social Care CommitteeJeremy Hunt MP elected chair of Health and Social Care Committee

Former Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, has been elected chair of the influential House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee.

Mr Hunt said, on Twitter, "For my last six months as Health Secretary, social care was formally added to my responsibilities but it was not long enough to bring forward reforms or - more crucially - a funding settlement for social care. That is what I will be pressing for, because the NHS will continue to fall over every winter until we fix social care, risking both patient safety and staff morale...".

Jeremy Hunt will take up his duties once the other members of the Committee have been selected.


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Brexit and the homecare sectorBrexit and the homecare sector

"Homecare providers need to ensure that they can offer terms and conditions which will enable them to compete effectively in their local labour market" says UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel in our new Brexit Day blog.

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Graduate Management programme open until 6 AprilGraduate Management programme open until 6 April

Skills for Care is reminding social care employers they can apply to host a graduate on their one-year Graduate Management programme, designed to develop future leaders in health and social care. Applications are open until 6 April 2020: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/hostagrad

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CQC want to hear from you!CQC want to hear from you!

The Care Quality Commission would like to hear from homecare providers about potential changes made to the format of adult social care inspection reports.

The survey can be found here on the digital participation platform 


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Careworkers low pay cannot be addressed by recruitment from overseas - says CommitteeCareworkers low pay cannot be addressed by recruitment from overseas - says Committee

In its manifesto, the Conservative Party said it would introduce an Australian style points system to control immigration into the UK and asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to look at immigration controls post brexit. 

The Cavendish Committee, of which UKHCA is a member, gave evidence to the MAC pointing out the huge problems with vacancies and a growing demand for social care. Despite this the Committee said, "the very real problems in [the care] sector are caused by a failure to offer competitive terms and conditions, something that is itself caused by a failure to have a sustainable funding model."

Responding to the MAC, Colin Angel, Policy Director, UKHCA, said, 

"At a time of extremely low unemployment in the domestic labour market, social care employers are struggling to recruit enough people from the domestic workforce to meet demand.

"Social care doesn't always need new-entrants to have previous academic qualifications, but it does need people who have the right values and life experience. We need Government to place front-line careworkers on a shortage occupation list, and design a future points-based system which recognises the contribution that careworkers make to UK society, rather than simply qualifications and earnings."

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CQC - duplicated material in inspection reports - dozens of care homes being re-inspectedCQC - duplicated material in inspection reports - dozens of care homes being re-inspected

CQC have discovered identical copy in 108 reports from inspections of care homes. As far as UKHCA is aware, homecare providers are not affected.

In an internal audit, the regulator found errors in material provided by two experts by experience and one specialist advisor who assisted inspectors in their assessments of 108 services. As a result, 68 care homes are being re-inspected.

In a letter to Colin Angel, Policy Director, UKHCA, Kate Terroni, the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care said CQC will undertaking a thorough lessons learned exercise - UKHCA will be involved in those discussions. The matter will also be high on the agenda at the regular meetings between UKHCA and CQC.

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Care workers aged 16-20 sought for new recruitment campaign Care workers aged 16-20 sought for new recruitment campaign 

The Department of Health and Social Care would like to hear from care workers aged 16-20, as part of a new online adult social care national recruitment campaign.

Applicants can contact the casting team at casting@junglecreations.com to tell them a little about themselves and what they do. The deadline is Friday 7th February 2020

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UKHCA CEO Dr Jane Townson featured in Care Talk magazineUKHCA CEO Dr Jane Townson featured in Care Talk magazine

The latest edition of Care Talk magazine contains a full page feature with UKHCA CEO Dr Jane Townson.

The article is entitled "What keeps me awake a night" where she discusses the challenges that face the homecare sector now and in the future.

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Join in with the Disability Confident campaignJoin in with the Disability Confident campaign

We are delighted to support the Government's Disability Confident campaign which runs from late January to the end of March. The aim is to reach a wide pool of employers with information about the scheme and help them make the most of disabled people's talents.

We encourage members to take part by using social media channels and publications, with the hashtag #IAmConfident.

There's an online campaign pack with ready-made posts, gifs and images for social media. You can also expect to see press advertising, social media and online ads. There are three levels of the scheme, and employers can progress from one to the next.


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Guide for the public on continuing healthcareGuide for the public on continuing healthcare

The Department of Health's public guide to NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care in England has been updated to reflect the National Framework issued in 2018, which contains the detailed rules.

The eligibility criteria remain the same - ie people over 18 years of age who have been assessed as having a 'primary health need'. The leaflet describes the assessment process, and what happens if a person is turned down.

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Improving Care - a brief guide to the Care InspectorateImproving Care - a brief guide to the Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate have issued their latest edition of Improving Care - a brief guide for the public on what the Inspectorate do. The guide includes updates on inspections, resources and news stories from care services. Download from: http://bit.ly/ImprovingCare2019-20 or call 0345 600 9527 for a copy.


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MSPs looking at future of social careMSPs looking at future of social care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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People with dementia 'dumped in hospital'People with dementia 'dumped in hospital'

People with dementia are being dumped in hospitals in England because a lack of community care say the Alzheimer's Society.

Reported on the BBC's website, the Alzheimer's Society has looked at hospital records covering emergency admissions in the six years to 2017-2018. The charity has concluded that one in 10 people with dementia spend over a month in hospital after being admitted.

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Consultation on draft quality frameworks for housing support and support services (care at home)Consultation on draft quality frameworks for housing support and support services (care at home)

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

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

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UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare for April 2020 - March 2021UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare for April 2020 - March 2021

Today (20 January 2020) UKHCA announces its new calculation for the Minimum Price for Homecare of £20.69 per hour, effective from 1 April 2020, when the UK's statutory National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will increase (notes 1 to 3).

The new minimum price covers the minimum legally compliant pay rate for careworkers (excluding enhancements for unsocial hours working), their travel time, mileage and wage-related on-costs. The rate also includes the minimum contribution towards the costs of running a care business at a financially sustainable level (note 4).

UKHCA's Minimum Price is widely recognised within the social care and health sectors in all four UK administrations. Indeed, councils in England are directed to UKHCA's methodology in paragraph 4.31 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance, published by the Department of Health and Social Care (note 5).

The breakdown of the costs included in the new minimum £20.69 hourly rate based on the statutory National Living Wage are: (note 6)

  • Careworkers' contact time: £8.72
  • Careworkers' travel time: £1.70
  • Employers' contribution to NI & pensions: £1.14
  • Other wage on-costs: £1.97
  • Careworkers' mileage: £1.36
  • Cost of running the business: £5.20
  • Providers' profit or surplus: £0.60

A number of councils and NHS commissioners will state that local conditions influence the costs of care in their area. Although this is true, local conditions are likely to mean that the costs are higher (rather than lower) than UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare. This is because our rate is calculated on the minimum legal pay rate, which is unlikely to enable employers to recruit sufficient careworkers from their local labour market.

UKHCA regularly reviews the assumptions used to create our Minimum Price. The latest version includes: the statutory wage increases for workers; an increased assumption for funding statutory sick pay; and an increase in the different costs of regulation in each of the UK nations.

The costs of running a care service (at least £5.20 per hour from April 2020) are also strongly influenced by the requirement on providers to meet legal obligations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people they support (note 7).

UKHCA strongly cautions local authority and NHS commissioners against under-estimating costs in a bid to reduce the total hourly price paid for care. A cost-saving approach which effectively 'salami-slices' the different elements of providers' costs is taking risks with the quality and safety of a regulated service. It also risks undermining the ability of providers to improve the working experience of careworkers, thereby further destabilising the workforce.

UKHCA has also calculated the equivalent rates needed to meet the (voluntary) UK and Scottish Living Wages and the London Living Wage, as follows:

  • Non-statutory UK Living Wage: £21.99 per hour
  • Non-statutory Scottish Living Wage: £21.99 per hour
  • Non-statutory London Living Wage: £25.11 per hour

Announcing today's publication, UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"Councils and the NHS must recognise the true costs of homecare. Paying providers fees which in some cases barely cover the costs of the wage-bill continues to destabilise an already fragile state-funded market.

"Persistently underestimating providers' business costs is taking a risk with the quality of services, the experience of the workforce, and providers' ability to comply with the legal requirements placed on them.

"UKHCA will continue to challenge central government on the overall funding of social care. However, it is local authorities and the NHS, which are responsible for determining the prices they pay for homecare services at a local level."

Notes for editors

1. A detailed on-line briefing of UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare is available on the UKHCA blog at https://ukhcablog.com/blog/ukhcas-minimum-price-for-homecare-for-april-2020-march-2021/. It is also available as a briefing paper at https://www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=434.

2. UKHCA regularly reviews the assumptions used to create our Minimum Price. There is a difference between a minimum price - which covers basic legal requirements - and a fair price - which recognises the value of homecare services to society and provides a fair reward for our essential workforce.

3. Careworkers undertake extremely varied and valuable roles in society. Under no circumstances should UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare, calculated at the flat rate of National Living Wage without enhancements for unsocial hours working, be treated as a national acceptable price capable of achieving a stable workforce.

4. UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare assumes that homecare providers receive payments from their commissioning bodies based solely by reference to "contact time" (the time spent delivering care). From the rate paid for contact time, providers have to factor in all other costs, including careworkers' travel time, wage on-costs, mileage reimbursement, operating costs and profit and surplus.

5. Department of Health and Social Care (2018) Care and Support Statutory Guidance, paragraph 4.31. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-statutory-guidance/care-and-support-statutory-guidance#chapter-4.

6. An infographic showing the breakdown of the total cost of an hour of homecare is available from https://www.ukhca.co.uk/images/01_minimum_price_homecare_main_costs_202004.gif.

7. An infographic showing the different costs of running a care service (also known as operating costs) is available from https://www.ukhca.co.uk/images/02_cost_of_regulated_homecare_202004.gif.

8. For further information please contact:
Matthew Kiernan, Communications Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8165
Mobile: 07393 012 113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk
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NHS funding bill enters ParliamentNHS funding bill enters Parliament

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has introduced the NHS Long Term Plan Funding Bill to Parliament. The bill will enshrine in law an extra £33.9 billion every year by 2024 for the NHS to transform care.

The bill will not seek to limit the NHS in deciding how funding is spent. Decisions will continue to be made by local clinicians for their local populations.

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CQC encourages feedback on careCQC encourages feedback on care

The Care Quality Commission has launched a 'Declare Your Care' campaign, which focuses on user groups with a lower awareness of CQC, like those with a learning disability. The campaign, which uses the hastag #DeclareYourCare, gives people the opportunity to express their views and is accompanied by a range of materials.

CQC also has a podcast 'Give feedback on care', available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 




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New health minister for Northern Ireland must give urgent attention to social careNew health minister for Northern Ireland must give urgent attention to social care

Former Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann MLA was appointed Health Minister, when the Northern Ireland Assembly sat for the first time in three years on 11 January. The restoration of government follows the draft deal, New Decade, New Approach.

Colin Angel, UKHCA Policy and Campaigns Director, said: "The formation of a government in Northern Ireland is welcome. Ministers must ensure that the social care and health system receives urgent attention and long-delayed plans for reform are implemented."


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Ripple effect of cancer exploredRipple effect of cancer explored

'Cancer Costs' is a report by Demos of the 'ripple effect' of cancer's wider impact, given 2.5 million people are living with or beyond cancer in the UK. The report notes that many people with cancer and their families are struggling to cope, both financially and socially. The report is essential reading for homecare providers supporting those with cancer, or planning such services.


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Low Pay Commission publish full reportLow Pay Commission publish full report

The Low Pay Commission have published their 2019 report on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, which contains recommendations for 2020 rates the Government has already accepted. LPC press release

LPC say the revised rates meet the Government's target of matching NLW to 60 per cent of median earnings. A further target of meeting two-thirds of median earnings by 2024 is expected.


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Money for digital technology announcedMoney for digital technology announced

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that £4.5 million will be given to local authorities in England to develop digital adult social care projects. The projects will support the most vulnerable in society to live independently for longer and improve information sharing across the NHS and social care.

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Changes planned to notification requirements for Welsh unincorporated organisationsChanges planned to notification requirements for Welsh unincorporated organisations

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

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

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


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Apply to register by 13 January to meet April deadline for workers in WalesApply to register by 13 January to meet April deadline for workers in Wales

Domiciliary care workers in Wales have until April 2020 to register with Social Care Wales. SCW is asking most people to register by 13 January, so their registration is complete before the deadline.

To meet initial registration requirements, workers must demonstrate they are competent to work in the sector, either by completing an online Principles and Values workbook and assessment, getting their manager to confirm their competence or by having an appropriate qualification.

More about registration at: https://socialcare.wales/registration/domiciliary-care-workers-registration


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Members recognised in New Year HonoursMembers recognised in New Year Honours

Congratulations to UKHCA members who were recognised in the New Year Honours List for 2020.

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, of Cera has been awarded an MBE for services to health and social care technology.

Melanie Weatherley, Co-founder and Chief Executive, of Walnut Care at Home and Chair, Lincolnshire Care Association, has also been awarded an MBE, for services to social care. 

Do you know someone who deserves recognition? See: https://www.gov.uk/honours for information on making a nomination.


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Risk of malnutrition increasing in older peopleRisk of malnutrition increasing in older people

NHS Digital figures suggest that one in 10 people aged 60 and over in England is either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Because most live at home, the issue often goes unnoticed. Guardian article 

UKHCA's Food Hygiene and Nutrition Train the Trainer pack is available for purchase at: https://portal.ukhca.co.uk/Publications/PublicationsListing.aspx


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Just time to give your views on recruitment campaignJust time to give your views on recruitment campaign

The Department of Health and Social care is asking for views on the impact of the adult social care recruitment campaign in England.

The deadline for replying to their survey is 5 pm on 8 January 2020. Views are sought from care staff through to Registered Managers, Directors and HR teams. To complete the survey, which takes around 10 minutes, see Adult social care recruitment communications survey


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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases for 2020-21 announced.National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases for 2020-21 announced.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases for 2020-21 have been announced.

UKHCA will be recalculating our Minimum Price for Homecare in due course.

The summary report from the Low Pay Commission is available to download here.


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Call for adult social care to be a top domestic priorityCall for adult social care to be a top domestic priority

Local authorities in England have called on the new Government to make adult social care a top domestic priority. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services welcomed the mention of social care in the Queen's Speech, but called for proper funding for the next five years, based on a realistic assessment of needs. More information


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MSPs to Review the Future of Social Care in ScotlandMSPs to Review the Future of Social Care in Scotland

People who have received or provided social care, as well as organisations that deliver social care, are being asked to submit their views as part of the inquiry being launched by MSPs on Holyrood's Health and Sport Committee.

The review will assess how social care is currently being delivered and what changes may be required to meet current and increasing future demand.

Submissions open to the public on Thursday, with a closing date of February 20 next year.


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UKHCA's reaction to the Queen's SpeechUKHCA's reaction to the Queen's Speech

"The lack of concrete proposals from Government for the long term funding of Social Care in today's Queen's Speech and a simplistic view of protecting housing assets is immensely disappointing. 

"At least 10 million people are receiving or need to receive support and care in their own homes from both informal and formal carers, compared with fewer than 0.5 million in care homes, of which less than half pay for their own care. The majority needing support and care at home must be considered as well as those paying for care homes, particularly as adequate investment in homecare will relieve pressure on the NHS

"A cross-party consensus is urgently needed, but Government has yet again failed to address the reality of state-funded social care."

Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA's mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

2. UKHCA's full manifesto can be found here: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/manifesto2019

For further information please contact:

Matthew Kiernan, Communications Officer

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8165

Mobile: 07393 012 113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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Public urged to act fast to avoid fluPublic urged to act fast to avoid flu

Doctors are urging people to protect themselves and their families from flu over the coming week amid warnings that new cases may peak over the busy Christmas period.

England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said:

"The winter flu season has started early in the UK and it is important that everyone who is eligible gets the flu jab from their GP or pharmacist. The vaccine is the best defence against flu whilst practising sensible hygiene can reduce the spread of flu."

Frontline care teams are being urged to take up flu vaccinations to reduce the risk of passing on an infection to vulnerable service users.

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NHS launches 'Help Us, Help You' campaignNHS launches 'Help Us, Help You' campaign

NHS England's 'Help Us, Help You - Before It Gets Worse' campaign aims to help the public, over 65s and those with underlying health conditions, stay well this winter.

Advice includes contacting the pharmacist or NHS 111 at the first signs of illness, picking up prescriptions and staying warm and checking on elderly neighbours.

Easy-read leaflet for the public

Winter advice


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Safeguarding Adults - figures released for 2018-2019Safeguarding Adults - figures released for 2018-2019

NHS Digital have published the findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Safeguarding Adults is a statutory duty for Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England under the Care Act 2014, in order to safeguard adults from abuse or neglect. The data is collected directly from these councils.

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Government must deliver on PM's social care promisesGovernment must deliver on PM's social care promises

On his first day in office last July, the Prime Minister made a commitment to "fix the crisis" in state-funded social care, with a clear plan "to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve".

The General election result means that the UK now has a majority government and must deliver on the PM's promises for social care. This must be wider than simply focusing on older people or protecting housing assets to fund future care costs. It must also respect people's preferences to live well and independently at home, ensuring affordable and accessible services.

The new government is likely to complete the UK's exit from the European Union. This will need a migration system which ensures that social care and health employers are able to meet the needs of our ageing population. It will require the ability to recruit non-British nationals when the domestic workforce is unable to meet demand. Clarity on the UK's future migration policy is therefore an urgent priority.

UKHCA has called on the new government to deliver seven priorities on social care:

1. Make care and support at home an affordable and available option for everyone who needs it

2. Relieve pressure on the NHS by effective use of homecare

3. Recognise the contribution of homecare workers and develop and expand the workforce

4. Make it easier for people who are willing or able to fund their own care and support at home to plan and pay for services

5. Create a strong and resilient state-funded social care market

6. Ensure the public are protected through consistent social care regulation

7. Promote quality, innovation and best practice in homecare services

To read the manifesto which we published before the election, click here.

Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA's mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

2. UKHCA's full manifesto can be found here: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/manifesto2019

For further information please contact:

Matthew Kiernan, Communications Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8165
Mobile: 07393 012 113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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Homecare Day 2019 a successHomecare Day 2019 a success

Thanks very much to all our members who took part in Homecare Day 2019.

It was great to see so many providers participating and spreading the words about homecare.

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Call for research participants - BrexitCall for research participants - Brexit

Around one in five home care workers are non-UK nationals. The University of Kent is currently conducting research into the current role of migrant workers in homecare, and how the sustainability of the sector might be affected as a result of Brexit and changing immigration policies.

They would like to interview homecare providers about their experiences of recruiting and employing non-UK nationals (non-UK EU nationals or non-EU nationals) and their views on the sector's current and future needs for migrant workers.

The interview - up to 30 minutes - can take place by phone or face-to-face (depending on location).

If you would like to take part or find out more about the research, please contact Agnes Turnpenny.


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Resources to reduce malnutrition in older peopleResources to reduce malnutrition in older people

Bournemouth University's Ageing and Dementia Research Centre* has developed a Nutrition Wheel, to improve the way that malnutrition is identified and treated. For an advice sheet, explanatory guide and to order a copy of the Nutrition Wheel, see: https://wessexahsn.org.uk/projects/236/nutrition-wheel.

*in collaboration with Wessex Academic Health Science Network and the Patients Association.

Bournemouth University also have a series of resources for care staff on eating and drinking well with dementia.


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Guidance for employers on winter issuesGuidance for employers on winter issues

Acas has issued guidance for employers on workplace issues over the winter months, which has top tips on dealing with adverse weather, flu and colds, holiday requests and well-being. More from: http://bit.do/fkftg

UKHCA members are reminded they have access to four free telephone calls a year (up to half an hour each) from our human resources helpline operated by The HR Dept. Please call the member helpline, if you wish to be referred - 020 8661 8188, option 4.


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Analysis of health and social care funding offersAnalysis of health and social care funding offers

The King's Fund has done an analysis of the political parties' policies on health and social care funding in England, looking at what's in, what's out and who offers the most. The article focuses on offers of money, and looks at health and social care separately. King's Fund blog by Richard Murray


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National Social Care Data Portal for Wales launchesNational Social Care Data Portal for Wales launches

Social Care Wales has launched its improved portal for social care data. The portal brings together data about social care services in one place. It aims to help local authorities, regional partnership boards and others understand the social care sector in Wales.

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


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NHS advice on winter vomiting bug - stay at homeNHS advice on winter vomiting bug - stay at home

The NHS is calling on people to stay at home if they have the winter vomiting bug - norovirus. Those who catch the virus should not go back to work or school until at least 48 hours after symptoms pass to avoid passing it on to others. Other advice includes:

  • Contact NHS 111 or call your GP if you think you have symptoms - don't visit your local surgery or hospital
  • Wash hand frequently with soap and warm water - alcohol hand gels don't kill the virus
  • Use bleach-based cleaners for surfaces and commonly used objects
  • If you are ill, avoid cooking meals for others
  • Wash contaminated clothing or bedding at 60 degrees.

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New Dates Added for NISCC WorkshopsNew Dates Added for NISCC Workshops

NISCC have added additional dates for their workshops on medicines management and continence management training.

The training is facilitated by the Social Care Council and delivered by partner organisations. Funding is also available for employers to facilitate staff attendance/backfill arrangements attending from the voluntary and private sectors.

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Homecare Day - Wednesday 4th DecemberHomecare Day - Wednesday 4th December

HOMECARE DAY 4 DECEMBER 2019

The contribution of homecare support is to be celebrated across the UK.

Wednesday 4 December will see an online campaign raising awareness of the crucial role of care at home and housing support services in supporting older and vulnerable citizens across the UK.

Homecare Day aims to celebrate what homecare services do, the people that work in them and the achievements of those supported at home. The day also seeks to facilitate wider discussions on the future of homecare and what services should look like.

The day is supported by two leading care bodies, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Scottish Care, who are calling for organisations and individuals across the UK to join them on social media in raising the profile and value of homecare support using the hashtag #homecareday19

Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, added:

Homecare Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the difference that the 750,000 people who work in homecare services are making in the lives of almost a million people across the UK every year. From combatting loneliness through to supporting people with increasingly complex conditions homecare services enable people to live healthier, independent lives at home the preference for the vast majority of people.

We're encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the day and share their stories of the people using and working in care services, as well as their views on the future developments for the sector please join us at: #homecareday19.

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said:

This is the third annual Homecare Day and Scottish Care is delighted that it is now a day which is celebrated across the whole of the United Kingdom. It is a day to celebrate and recognise the professional carers who are the lifeblood of Scotland's care and health system. Through their dedicated skill in support, in palliative and end of life care, in enabling people to remain at home and feel safe, Scotland's homecare workers deserve a debt of huge gratitude.

I hope the day will be one where everyone takes some time to think about those who are cared for and those who care for them. Together they can make us into the nation we want to be, one that cares and enables individuals to live to their fullest potential.

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Homecare Day:

To be able to stay in the place you have call home and to remain around family, friends and community is a desire many of us have, maybe most especially when we are ill or requiring support and care. It is this independent living which thousands of homecare staff enable people to achieve every day across the UK.

Wednesday 4th December is Homecare Day and is an opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing work of the thousands of workers who get up every morning and stay out late into the evening to provide care and support for thousands of citizens. Their work often goes unrecognised and unheralded but Wednesday is a chance for us to say thank you and to share stories of their work, dedication and professionalism.

Homecare Day is also an opportunity for us as a wider society to reflect on the valuable role which homecare plays in the social care and health system. The success of health and social care integration is largely dependent upon the sustainability and success of the care at home and housing support sector. It is this sector which enables people to return home from hospital and to receive adequate care and support and which stops unnecessary admission. Homecare is the backbone of care.


Everyone is invited to use this fantastic opportunity to share any good news stories about this sector. We encourage people and organisations to get involved by sharing content through social media with the hashtag #homecareday19. There are a number of themes planned throughout the day including:

  • Defining homecare: 8am-10am
    A celebration of what homecare is and the crucial role it plays in our communities and health and social care systems
     
  • Homecare heroes: 10am-12pm
    A celebration of the many individuals who work in homecare services and the impact they have on people's lives through their commitment to care
     
  • Real people, real lives: 12pm-2pm
    A celebration of the achievements and lives of the people who access homecare support 
     
  • A time of change: 2pm-4pm
    A celebration of the many ways in which homecare services are able to adapt to meet a changing policy and practice landscape
     
  • The future of homecare: 4pm-6pm
    A celebration of the opportunities provided through homecare services and support for shaping the future of health and social care.

UKHCA:

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA's mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

UKHCA's manifesto can be found here: ukhca.co.uk/manifesto2019

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Scottish Care:

Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for independent sector social care services in Scotland, covering private, charitable and not for profit social care organisations. We represent over 400 organisations, which totals almost 1000 individual services, delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services. Our membership includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium sized groups, national providers and family run services. Our members deliver a wide range of registered services for older people as well as those with long term conditions, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.

Working on behalf of this range of providers, Scottish Care speaks with a single unified voice for both members and the whole independent care sector. This includes staff working in and those who access independent sector care services.

In Scotland, the independent social care sector contributes to:

- The employment of over 103,000 people, which is more than half of the total social services workforce, including approximately 5,000 nurses

- The provision of 88% of care home places for older people

- The delivery of over 55% of homecare hours for older people

Nearly 60,000 individuals receive homecare support, which totals almost 705,000 hours of care delivered annually. The independent sector contributed to the support of 31,173 of these clients, and 68% of the total care hours.

Contact:

Feel free to get in touch by emailing:

UKHCA: media@ukhca.co.uk or call on 020 8661 8165

Scottish Care: comms@scottishcare.org


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Deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5 pm, 4 DecemberDeadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5 pm, 4 December

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote, to vote in the General Election, is 5 pm on 4 December.

There is information on voting in the I am a voter' section of the Electoral Commission's website. This covers casting votes in the ballot and taking part in the democratic process.

The deadline to apply to vote by post has passed, but there is still time to apply to vote by proxy in England, Scotland and Wales - the deadline is 5 pm on 4 December. The same deadline applies in Northern Ireland but applications for a proxy vote must be made on grounds of unforeseen circumstances of ill health.

While everyone should be free to decide which form of vote to use, the possibility of adverse weather may make opting for a proxy vote one to consider. More information about voting by post and proxy

Information on supporting people who use homecare services to vote:

England and Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland


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UKHCA issues round-up of party policies on social careUKHCA issues round-up of party policies on social care

UKHCA has prepared a round-up of the policies of the main political parties standing in the UK General Election 2019 for UKHCA members. The summary contains information on each party's policies on social care and related areas.

Round-up of 2019 election manifestos


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Help prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homesHelp prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes

Cold homes are a risk to older and disabled people which is why the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced this quick guide.

Home care managers can help careworkers recognise people at risk and show them how to document and share concerns appropriately.

The SCIE quick guide covers:

  • Recognising a hard-to-heat home
  • Identifying those most at risk
  • Making every contact count
  • Being part of a successful discharge home.

Read more information here


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Survey reveals challenges for district nursesSurvey reveals challenges for district nurses

Based on a survey of nearly 3,000 UK members, The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) has carried out the  first general review of the District Nursing workforce since the publication of '2020 Vision Five Years On' in 2014.

The findings showed the majority of respondents (60%) are over 45 years of age with 46% of the respondents planning to either retire or leave in the next six years (25% planning to retire and 21% planning to leave).

Unpaid overtime is endemic in the service with 1 in 5 (22%) of respondents working a day or more of unpaid overtime each week. The QNI identified an opportunity to work alongside national bodies, the public, media and government to ensure that the District Nursing service continues to be at the heart of all communities.

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Two thirds of adults have been an unpaid carerTwo thirds of adults have been an unpaid carer

Charity Carers UK has published analysis by the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham of data from 2001 to 2018 which shows that two thirds (65%) of adults have cared unpaid for a loved one.

The research also reveals that the average person has a 50:50 chance of caring by 50 - long before they reach retirement age. 

On average, women can expect to take on caring responsibilities over a decade earlier than men. Half of women will care by the age of 46, compared to half of men who can expect to care at 57.

Women are especially likely to care during their working life - highlighting the need for employers to support their employees to stay in work by adopting flexible working practices and, say Carers UK, a right of five to ten days of paid care leave.

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Introducing Social Work EnglandIntroducing Social Work England

Social Work England will take over the regulation of England's 100,000 social workers from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on 2nd December 2019.

Unlike the HCPC, Social Work England will be dedicated to social work. It's responsibilities will include; setting professional standards, ensuring social workers carry out continuing professional development, regulating social work education providers and handling fitness to practice concerns.

Social Work England has ambitious plans to streamline and speed through fitness to practice cases which have previously taken a long time to process. Other changes for social workers include; registration on an annual basis rather than every two years, registering at least one piece of CPD to ensure re-registration in 2020.

More information is available from https://socialworkengland.org.uk/


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Conservative Party Manifesto holds back on major plans for social careConservative Party Manifesto holds back on major plans for social care

The Conservative Party's manifesto published yesterday was largely silent on long term plans to solve the social care crisis, saying instead a Conservative Government would ensure the £1 billion funding from April 2020 will be extended to each year of the new Parliament and a cross party consensus will be built on the long term funding of social care, with the proviso that no one needing care is forced to sell their home to pay for it.

Conservative Party Manifesto


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Labour plans National Care Service and free personal care for older peopleLabour plans National Care Service and free personal care for older people

The Labour Party is planning a 'radical and transformative' approach to policy in its manifesto. It proposes the formation of a National Care Service in England, free personal care for older people, with further roll out to working age adults over time, revising eligibility criteria for care (presumably for that which is not initially covered under free personal care), a lifetime cap on personal care costs, an increase in carer's allowance and a pledge to end 15 minute care visits

Labour Party Manifesto


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UKHCA launches ManifestoUKHCA launches Manifesto

Our next government has a significant opportunity to place the future well-being of older and disabled people at the heart of our nation's vision for a society which values every citizen.

See the online version of the Manifesto here.

This manifesto urges political parties, and candidates standing for election, to commit to ensuring almost one million older and disabled people receiving care in their own homes can remain healthy and independent, while also enabling family members to combine caring responsibilities with family life and employment.


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ADASS launches election manifesto 2019ADASS launches election manifesto 2019

ADASS has launched a manifesto calling on the major political parties in England to prioritise the needs, wishes and aspirations of those of us who are older, disabled or who are carers, should they form a new Government after the election.

The full manifesto can be downloaded from the ADASS website.


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Public procurement thresholds to rise from 1 January 2020Public procurement thresholds to rise from 1 January 2020

A weak pound brings benefits in terms of higher public procurement thresholds, according to our preferred solicitors, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP. Their short briefing sets out the current and new thresholds that apply to all contracts let and procurements that begin after 1 January 2020. The briefing notes the 'Light Touch Regime' applies to “social and other specific services” including health, education, catering, postal services and legal services.

The underlying Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply to England, Wales and partly to Northern Ireland.


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Number of older people with unmet need for care rises to 1.5 millionNumber of older people with unmet need for care rises to 1.5 million

Age UK's manifesto says there are 1.5 million older people in England who have some unmet need for care, ranging from help with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and using the toilet to more intensive support in a residential setting. The charity calls for the next Government to secure the immediate future of care through investing £8 billion over the next two years, to stabilise existing services, and to find a sustainable long-term solution to funding care.


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Liberal Democrats propose taxation solution to social care crisisLiberal Democrats propose taxation solution to social care crisis

The Liberal Democrats, in their manifesto, intend to raise £7 billion a year by putting 1p on Income Tax, ring-fenced for NHS and social care spending, give mental health parity with physical health and to reform the Health and Social Care Act in England to make the NHS work in a more efficient and joined-up way, and end automatic service tendering.

Liberal Democrat manifesto


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100,000 more people to be eligible for personal health budgets100,000 more people to be eligible for personal health budgets

From 2 December, everyone eligible for a NHS wheelchair and people who require aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act will be eligible for a personal health budget, so they have more choice and control over their health and care support.

This could be spent on adapted wheelchairs to maximise independence, a choice of personal care assistants trained to meet the individual's needs or exercise classes to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, for example. The policy applies in England and extending eligibility is part of the NHS Long-Term Plan.

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UKHCA signs joint open letter on adult social careUKHCA signs joint open letter on adult social care

UKHCA has signed a joint open letter on adult social care by the Local Government Association and is published in today's Daily Telegraph.

"The next government has a unique opportunity to show its ambition for and commitment to the future of adult social care."

You can read the letter in full on our blog.


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PM confirms social care will be included in Conservative's manifestoPM confirms social care will be included in Conservative's manifesto

In yesterday evening's TV debate, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, said social care problems are not being addressed. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in response confirmed there will be a social care policy in the Conservative's manifesto, when it is issued. He said no one should have to sell their home to pay for social care.

Guardian account of ITV debate


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Call for consensus politics as way forward for social careCall for consensus politics as way forward for social care

A report by Demos suggests a consensus model would be better politically for key issues facing society today. 'Whether it is encouraging pension saving, social care, NHS funding, housing reform, or climate change, long-term policy making on a cross-party basis will be far more effective than the short term cycle of decision-making that fits with our current electoral cycle.'

The think tank says the new government should establish a cross-party committee to consult widely and agree the contents of a White Paper setting out plans for government policy over the next 10-20 years.


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No change to CQC Fees Scheme in 2020/21No change to CQC Fees Scheme in 2020/21

CQC has written to all providers in England to advise that the fees' scheme will not be changing next year.

For most providers this will mean no change to the fees paid this year unless there are changes to providers' registration or the number of service users they support.

Further information can be found at www.cqc.org.uk/fees


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Social care nurses praisedSocial care nurses praised

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), praised the role of social care nurses. She wanted to bust the myth that social care nurses are less skilled than those working in the health sector.

Andrea said, "As the independent regulator for nursing and midwifery professionals across the UK, the NMC recognises the vital contribution that adult social care nurses make every day for millions of people living in communities who rely on receiving person-centred care that meets their needs and supports their aspirations."

Today at the Care England Conference, Andrea called for others to recognise, celebrate and promote the brilliant work nurses in adult social care do alongside their colleagues in the health service.

Read the full statement here

 


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Review of variations in terms and conditions for social care employment contractsReview of variations in terms and conditions for social care employment contracts

The Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), and the University of South Wales have been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a review of evidence of variation in terms and conditions for social care employment contracts in Wales.

As part of this work, we are asking providers to complete an online survey about employment terms and conditions. The survey, which is being managed by Data Cymru, has been developed following discussion with the Welsh Government and national bodies representing the public, private and third sector.

The survey can be completed online via the below link:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QWBCX/


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Tell us your experiences - coping with floodsTell us your experiences - coping with floods

UKHCA would like to tell your stories of coping with recent flooding while delivering care, to feature in the next edition of UKHCA's Homecarer magazine. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, please e-mail our Editor via editor@ukhca.co.uk 


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Data reveals adult social care is service most under pressureData reveals adult social care is service most under pressure

CIPFA and the Institute for Government have published their Performance Tracker 2019, which looks at how public services in England are performing. In adult social care, the government in power following the General Election will have to spend nearly £1 billion more than it spends currently just to keep up with demand. The report suggests the incoming government should as a priority consider what happens to adults who request, but don't receive, publicly funded care, when collecting data.


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Think tank says bold reforms are needed for social careThink tank says bold reforms are needed for social care

The Institute for Public Policy Research has called for a bold reform agenda for adult social care, in its new report on ethical care. The Institute argues there are three main drivers of quality in social care - funding, workforce and provider type. A package of interventions is needed that provides a long-term funding settlement, new deal for the social care workforce and a new ethical charter to foster more innovative, socially minded providers. IPPR report


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New quality framework for Support Services (Care at Home)New quality framework for Support Services (Care at Home)

Since 2018, on an incremental basis, the Care Inspectorate has been rolling out a revised methodology for inspecting care and support services. The core of the new approach is a quality framework for use in self-evaluation, scrutiny and improvement support which sets out the elements that will help them answer key questions about the difference care is making to people and the quality and effectiveness of the things that contribute to those differences. By setting out what they expect to see in high-quality care and support provision, they can also help support improvement. Using a framework in this way develops a shared understanding of what constitutes good care and support.

The Care Inspectorate has already introduced frameworks for care homes for older people, care homes for adults, care homes for children and young people (including special residential schools) and support services (not care at home).

Work is currently underway on a joint framework for support services (care at home) and housing support services (including combined services). The Care Inspectorate wish to consult with the sector to ensure that the framework reflects key issues and areas of practice that will support positive outcomes for the people using this range of services. This will be an approach that will consider how it inspects services across the range of services under these registration categories.

Consultation events are being held at the following locations detailed below and the Care Inspectorate would like to invite you to participate.A session will be run at each location from 9.30am until 12.30pm. As places will be limited, they would be grateful if you could book your place as soon as possible.

Please contact Jane McIntosh at Jane.McIntosh@careinspectorate.gov.scot to request a place at any of the following events:

Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the Best Western Plus Inverness Lochardil House Hotel, Stratherrick Road, Inverness, Inverness-Shire, IV2 4LF.

Tuesday 26 November 2019 at the Best Western Queens Hotel Dundee, 160 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DU

Thursday 28 November 2019 at the Stirling Court Hotel, Airthrey Road, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK9 4LA

Please note: A further event will be arranged for Orkney to take place in January 20.

Thank you for your support and the Care Inspectorate looks forward to welcoming you to one of the events.


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Hope that manifestos will include adult social careHope that manifestos will include adult social care

Adult social care was a topic for discussion on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on 12 November, which covered the failure of politicians to come up with a workable solution to the social care crisis, the effect on the NHS of this failure, and hopes that the main political parties will put something in their manifesto. Sir Andrew Dilnot, when interviewed, said the amounts of money involved to solve the crisis were not so enormous, when compared with other expenditure being contemplated by the major parties. BBC Sounds Today Programme 12 November at 1.35 and 2.46 minutes.


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Councils need billions more in funding say Institute for Fiscal StudiesCouncils need billions more in funding say Institute for Fiscal Studies

If councils are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated they will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament.

The extra funding and social care precept announced in the spending round, will only undo around a fifth of the fall in councils' spending - and not all councils will benefit from the extra cash. Figures released today by the IFS show councils will still be at least 20% below 2009-10 levels

According to IFS calculations, if council tax was raised by inflation (2%) annually, councils will need an extra £4bn a year by the end of the parliament to maintain current levels of adult care service, rising to £18bn a year by the mid-2030s.

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New guidance for managers on avoiding winter deaths from cold homesNew guidance for managers on avoiding winter deaths from cold homes

New guidance has been produced for homecare managers on helping to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes. A quick guide for home care managers, produced by NICE, looks at preventative action to help avoid winter deaths as a result of living in cold homes, and covers what is a hard-to-heat home, identifying those most at risk, making every contact count and being part of a successful discharge home. The guidance is aimed at managers in England but will be of interest to managers across the UK.

A quick guide for home care managers


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1.5 million older people without the care they need1.5 million older people without the care they need

Age UK has unveiled new research showing that the number of older people in England with some level of unmet need now stands at 1.5 million.

According to their manifesto, one in seven (15%) of the entire 65+ population are struggling to carry out essential everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, washing and getting dressed.

Age UK is calling on the next Government to secure the immediate future of care through investing at least £8 billion over the next two years.

Read more information here

 


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Mencap - guides to voting at the General ElectionMencap - guides to voting at the General Election

MENCAP and the Electoral Commission have issued the following guidance to help people vote in the General Election:

Supporter Guide to Voting at the General Election (for carers, support workers and friends of people with learning disabilities)

Easy read guide to voting at the UK Parliamentary General Election


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Voluntary Living Wage rates increase to reflect cost of livingVoluntary Living Wage rates increase to reflect cost of living

The Living Wage Foundation announced on 11 November 2019 that the new UK voluntary Living Wage hourly rate will be £9.30 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour from the last year's rate of £9.00 per hour. The voluntary Living Wage rate for London is now £10.75 per hour, an increase of 20p per hour from last year's rate of £10.55. More information  The Scottish Living Wage rate has increased from £9.00 to £9.30 per hour.

The announcement was made at the start of Living Wage Week (11 November - 17 November), which will see employers host events around the UK. Leaflet on Living Wage Week which lists regional events. The Living Wage is independently calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, to reflect cost of living rises.

We are revising UKHCA's Minimum Price for Care version 6 to include the revised rates and will issue an update.


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Flooding across North of EnglandFlooding across North of England

Our thoughts are with the careworkers, people who use homecare services and all others in the North of England who are affected by the severe flooding. Careworkers go out in all weathers to ensure they people they support are well looked after. We thank them for their efforts in the current adverse weather and hope they, and their service users, stay dry and safe.

For flood updates, follow @metoffice or call the flood hotline on 0345 988 1188 (24 hours).

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UKHCA Homecarer magazine now available to downloadUKHCA Homecarer magazine now available to download

In this issue we take a look at the CQC's State of Care report for England; UKHCA CEO Jane Townson reflects on the Conference at the Care Show; Anna Dabek of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP analyses holiday pay for providers, Diabetes UK give us a break down of what homecare workers need to look out in relation to the condition; Towergate Insurance provides insight into cybercrime risks; and we round up policy issues in our National reports from around the UK as well as summarise provider and commercial member news.

Download here


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EU Settlement Scheme - applications can be made on Apple iPhonesEU Settlement Scheme - applications can be made on Apple iPhones

Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme can now be made using an app from the Apple app store. The iOS version of EU Exit: ID Document Check App can be used on iPhone models 7 and above. The iOS app works in the same way as the Android app and can be used to verify your identity. For more information visit GOV.UK.

As a reminder, EU citizens and their family members have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement scheme.

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, and their family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge. Applicants only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions. 

There is full guidance at: www.gov.uk/brexit-eucitizens


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Looking after yourself during winterLooking after yourself during winter

Independent Age has produced a guide 'Winter wise' which has practical tips on staying warm and healthy in the winter months, including information on Winter Fuel Payments.

This is a useful and free guide that members can give to service users and their families. It includes information on:

  • how people can look after themselves in winter,
  • how to lower costs of keeping a home warm, and,
  • how to make winter more affordable.

More information is available here.




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Register to vote in General ElectionRegister to vote in General Election

The Electoral Commission's voter information website - Your Vote Matters - has moved to a new I am a voter' section of the Electoral Commission's website. This covers registering to vote, casting votes in the ballot and taking part in the democratic process.

Posters and social media images encouraging people to register to vote

Voters who want to apply to vote by post, should register before:

  • 5pm on 26 November if they live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • 5pm on 21 November if they live in Northern Ireland

There is also the option of applying to vote by proxy after the voter has registered.

The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election on 12 December is midnight on 26 November.

While everyone should be free to decide which form of vote to use, the possibility of adverse weather may make opting for a postal or proxy vote ones to consider.

The old yourvotematters.co.uk web address redirects people to the new 'I am a voter' website.

More information about voting by post and proxy

We have emailed UKHCA members more detailed information on supporting service users to register to vote.


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Number training to be district nurses increases by 20%Number training to be district nurses increases by 20%

Research by the Queen's Nursing Institute shows that there has been a 20% increase in the number of students studying to be district nurses at UK universities. A spokesperson commented that at a time when there is more complex care to be delivered in people's homes and communities in the coming years, it is vital that there is a system response to the issues identified and the solutions proposed. 

However, universities were concerned about the future funding of district nursing courses. More information 


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New Living Wage rates expected on 11 NovemberNew Living Wage rates expected on 11 November

The Living Wage Foundation is to hold a Living Wage Week from 11 November - 17 November 2019, with the voluntary Living Wage rates for 2019/2020 announced at a ceremony on 11 November. The week will see employers host events around the UK, and senior politicians get involved. Leaflet on Living Wage Week which lists regional events. The Living Wage is independently calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.


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Recruitment to the NICE advisory committee for Carers: provision of support for adult carersRecruitment to the NICE advisory committee for Carers: provision of support for adult carers

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence is looking for experts to join their quality standards advisory committee (QSAC) to develop the Carers: provision of support for adult carers (QS 2020).

Applicants should be a service provider, for example, a home care provider or worker, and should have experience of managing or delivering services to adult carers and those they are caring for.

Information on the posts is available on the NICE website. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 November 2019 at 17.00.


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Workforce registration is changing in WalesWorkforce registration is changing in Wales

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

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

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

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


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Revised withdrawal agreement 'does nothing' to allay recruitment fearsRevised withdrawal agreement 'does nothing' to allay recruitment fears

The Scottish Government's assessment of the UK Government's revised withdrawal agreement says it does nothing to allay fears that ending of freedom of movement will make it harder to recruit NHS and social care staff in Scotland, posing serious problems for a sector very reliant on EU citizens.

Scotland's Place in Europe: Our Assessment of the Revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: http://bit.do/ffmdr (issued before a date was set for a General Election).

 


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RQIA provider roadshow presentations availableRQIA provider roadshow presentations available

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority have uploaded presentations from their October Provider Roadshows in Northern Ireland. These cover the importance of robust governance, monthly monitoring visits, inspection year findings to date, moving forward, human rights and deprivation of liberty. The slides are available at: https://www.rqia.org.uk/guidance/rqia-events-training-for-service-providers/rqia-events-training/rqia-provider-roadshows-october-2019/


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Northern Ireland's businesses urged to be vigilant about scamsNorthern Ireland's businesses urged to be vigilant about scams

The ScamwiseNI Partnership is warning businesses to be alert to bank mandate fraud, as there have been recent frauds causing significant losses to NI businesses.

The scam occurs where businesses are tricked into changing a regular payment mandate (like a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer) and unknowingly redirect payments to a fraudulent account. ScamwiseNI describes how this happens and what businesses can do to protect themselves at: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/businesses-urged-stay-vigilant-about-scamsì


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Concerted effort needed to encourage staff to have 'flu vaccinationConcerted effort needed to encourage staff to have 'flu vaccination

A paper in the Nursing Times on the importance of flu vaccination for health and social care staff concludes that frontline workers have an important role in preventing the spread of flu. Vaccination rates in the health sector in England have improved, with two thirds of frontline staff vaccinated. The paper comments that data on uptake in the social care sector is lacking but estimates suggest rates are particularly poor, with only 25% of frontline staff vaccinated previously. A concerted effort is needed this year to address this. More information


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Research finds that some areas of the UK are ageing faster than othersResearch finds that some areas of the UK are ageing faster than others

A study by the Resolution Foundation found that there is a big age divide between local authorities with older and with younger populations. Although the country is ageing, it is not ageing at the same pace.

There is a rising demand for social care services at the same time as councils want greater control over their own finances. But the ability of local authorities' to raise money from existing (largely property-based) local taxes is greatest in (often urban, younger) areas with high property prices.

The areas with a younger population map poorly onto those with the greatest social care needs which tend to have an older population and are often in rural and coastal communities. The study highlights the reality that revenue streams for local authorities do not match well with the service requirements of local populations with different needs and ages.

Read the study from the Resolution Foundation


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Spending on adult social care in England has fallen by 3% since 2009/10Spending on adult social care in England has fallen by 3% since 2009/10

While figures released on spending on adult social care in England show that in 2018/19, there was a increase in real terms of 2.6%, the Institute for Government's analysis shows spending on adult social care has fallen by 3% in real terms since 2009/10.

Figures released by NHS Digital show that the increase in gross expenditure for community homecare has increased only marginally to £2.3bn in 2018/19 from £2.2bn in 2017/18. Overall spending on adult social care has increased to £18.7bn in 2018/19 from £17.9bn the previous year.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that to maintain publicly funded social care at 2009/10 levels, the Government would have to spend between £2.8bn and £4bn more than it is forecast to in 2019/20.

Read the Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2018-19


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Warning of increased fines for health and safety offencesWarning of increased fines for health and safety offences

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have issued a briefing warning of the substantially increased fines for health and safety-related offences being imposed by the courts, following the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines. They say social care providers should understand their health and safety duties, carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and implement policies and precautions to comply with their obligations.


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Care robots given £34m government fundingCare robots given £34m government funding

The government is to spend £34 million on designing robots capable of supporting people in the UK with care needs. The idea is to develop safe systems so robots can potentially help an elderly person up after a fall and raise the alarm, deliver food at mealtimes, and ensure they take medication at the correct time. (Other research has cast doubt on whether robots are capable of the 'human touch' needed to carry out care tasks.) Announcement


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Hearing loss in adults - NICE guidanceHearing loss in adults - NICE guidance

A reminder the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued guidance for health and social care professionals in England: 'Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management' (2018), which looks at assessing and managing hearing loss in primary, community and secondary care. 

The guidance covers assessment and referral, managing earwax and referring people for specialist assessment and has a section on hearing aids and assistive listening devices: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng98


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Updated: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for BrexitUpdated: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

This guidance sets out the actions you should take before and after Brexit, to plan for and help manage any potential service disruption to adult social care if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

This guidance is for adult social care providers and local authorities. Guidance for healthcare providers is available in the Planning for a no-deal Brexit: information for the health and care sector collection.

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


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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, pledged to scrap non-residential social care charges for all in her speech at the party's recent 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.

Nicola's Sturgeon's speech


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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

Download Minimum Price for Care

 


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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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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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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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