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United Kingdom Homecare Association
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Survey reveals poor state of local government finances in EnglandSurvey reveals poor state of local government finances in England

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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National Social Care Recruitment Campaign starts todayNational Social Care Recruitment Campaign starts today

Today is the start of the Government's £3m 'Everyday is different when you care' recruitment scheme to fill more than 100,000 vacancies in social care. The national recruitment campaign for social care starts on 12 February 2019 and includes the homecare sector.

There are instructions for how providers can upload their vacancies to Find a job and information about DHSC's promotional activities so providers can arrange their own recruitment activities at:

Schedule of locations where DHSC are running outdoor posters

Schedule of locations where DHSC are using radio

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

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


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

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

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

More details are available from Skills for Care


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

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


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Voter registration resources availableVoter registration resources available

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

They will also be publishing voter information, which usually contains information on helping people to vote who would not be able to manage on their own. Further information, links for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and important deadlines


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

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

Download the guidance.


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

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

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

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

Read the Age UK press release here


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

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

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


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

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

More information can be found on the SCW website.


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

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

Bridget Warr, UKHCA Chief Executive said:

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

Nominations for the Accolades 2020 will open in April 2019.

Learn more about this year's finalists here.


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EU Settlement SchemeEU Settlement Scheme

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

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

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

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

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

Read more information here


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

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

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

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

Deadline for response - 8 February 2019.


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

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


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

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

Video of proceedings Typed uncorrected transcript of proceedings


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Read the Local Government Finance statement here


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

See the UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet


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

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

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


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

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

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

Link to MCA Code of Practice survey


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

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

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

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

Read more information here


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

More information can be found on the Department website.


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NHS financial sustainability in doubtNHS financial sustainability in doubt

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Introduction of Ultra-Low Emission Zone in LondonIntroduction of Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London

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

Key points for members to be familiar with are:

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

Read more about ULEZ here




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

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

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

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

See the UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet

 


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

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

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

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

Read the government's advice 


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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New Chief Executive for UKHCANew Chief Executive for UKHCA

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

UKHCA's Chair, Trevor Brocklebank, said:

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

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Guide to data protection updatedGuide to data protection updated

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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NISCC survey on technology in careNISCC survey on technology in care

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

More information can be found on the CIS website.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

UKHA guidance on emollients will be updated in due course.

Read MHRA press release

UKHCA Guidance for Homecare Providers on Emollient Products


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Priority training areas identified are:

-Management of Dysphagia

-Medicines Management

-Continence Management

-Outcomes Based Approaches

-Loneliness and Social Isolation

More information can be found on the NISCC website.


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

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

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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

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

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


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Ipsos MORI survey into the social care and childcare sector workforce in WalesIpsos MORI survey into the social care and childcare sector workforce in Wales

Welsh Government has commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake research to understand more about the staff who are working in the social care and childcare sectors. Its purpose is to consider the current contribution of non-UK EU staff, the level of qualifications across the sector, the recruitment challenges as well as the many other issues that are affecting the sectors in Wales.

This survey has been endorsed by Social Care Wales, Care Forum Wales, RCN and UKHCA and has received support from ADSSCymru and the WLGA.

Ipsos MORI need as many providers as possible to take part in the survey.

All providers in this sector should have recently received an email or letter through the post with a unique code to link to the survey. This is a unique link for each provider so that ipsos MORI can accurately monitor response rates and can check that quotas for different types of settings are met. Telephone interviews are also being undertaken to maximise the response rate.

If yo have misplaced the unique code, or have any questions, you can contact the research team at Ipsos MORI by email: WalesSCCCsurvey@ipsos.com or telephone: 0808 238 5376.

The survey deadline is: Monday 7 January 2019


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Government expected to issue immigration plans post BrexitGovernment expected to issue immigration plans post Brexit

The Government is expected to issue its long-awaited plans on migration, post Brexit, on 19 December 2018.

We'll be reviewing the Immigration White Paper to see how a 'single, skills-based immigration system' and the earnings threshold will operate and what impact it will have for the capacity of the homecare sector following Brexit.

The White Paper will be available from: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/latest?organisations%5B%5D=home-office


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Online right to work checks provide a 'statutory excuse'Online right to work checks provide a 'statutory excuse'

From 28 January 2019, UK employers will be able to rely on the Home Office's free, secure online Right to Work Checking Service to demonstrate they have complied with illegal working legislation and have a 'statutory excuse' against a civil penalty in the event of illegal working.

Employers were able to ask for checks online from April 2018, but still needed to request paper documents in parallel.

The Home Office Right to Work Checking Service, from 28 January, will give employers access to up-to-date, real-time information about migrants' right to work, and make it easier for individuals to prove they have a right to work in the UK.

For more about the steps to conducting an online right to work check, see:

www.gov.uk/employee-immigration-employment-status

Also from 29 January 2019 the prescribed list of acceptable documents removes the current requirement that a British birth or adoption certificate must be the full certificate; short certificates will be accepted (when presented in combination with an appropriately documented National Insurance number, as now).

Employers' revised code of practice: https://bit.ly/2rzBCJV

Revised guidance for employers on conducting right to work checks is expected before the measures come into force.


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No new money for social care in local government finance settlementNo new money for social care in local government finance settlement

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

The announcement confirmed the adult social care precept will continue:

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

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

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


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New laws announced for workers, including those on zero hours contractsNew laws announced for workers, including those on zero hours contracts

The government has announced that new legislation will be introduced to provide better protection for workers, including zero-hours contracts and agency employees.

Ministers say the new legislation will:

  • Ensure firms will have to provide a "statement of rights" on the first day of a person's employment, setting out what paid leave they are entitled to, including for illness, maternity and paternity leave;
  • Ensure that companies will have to calculate holiday pay based on 52 weeks, as opposed to 12 weeks, so people in "seasonal or atypical roles get the paid time off they are entitled to;
  • Introduce the right for all workers, not just zero hour and agency workers, to request a more predictable and stable contract;
  • Close a loophole that had allowed agency staff to be paid less than permanent employees;
  • Increase the maximum fine employers face at a tribunal from £5,000 to £20,000, if they are found to have demonstrated "malice, spite or gross oversight".

Read more about the proposed changes at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46586623

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/largest-upgrade-in-a-generation-to-workplace-rights-getting-work-right-for-british-workers-and-businesses

 


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Green Paper on adult social care postponed, againGreen Paper on adult social care postponed, again

With the Government focused on Brexit, few observers will surprised that the Green Paper has been delayed into the New Year. There have been references in Parliament to the Green Paper coming out 'soon' and 'in due course', rather than before the end of December, as previously expected.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, commented: "The urgency of a long-tern solution to social care has not gone away, nor must further delay in the Green Paper be an excuse for failing to address the pressures in the existing system."

The long-term plan for the NHS has also been delayed.


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Department of Health publishes domiciliary care statisticsDepartment of Health publishes domiciliary care statistics

The Department of Health has published its annual round-up of statistics in domiciliary care. The report shows that an estimated 267,083 contact hours of domiciliary care were provided by HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland for 2017/18.

The report can be found on the Department website.


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Almost 4.3m over 75s possibly going without careAlmost 4.3m over 75s possibly going without care

A new survey by The Coram Family and Childcare Trust reports that almost 4.3 million people over the age of 75 in the UK might be going without adequate levels of care.

The report can be downloaded from the Coram Family website.


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Scottish Finance Minister promises more money for Health and Social CareScottish Finance Minister promises more money for Health and Social Care

On 12 December 2018 Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay set out his plans for tax and spending for the year ahead at Holyrood

Health was the big winner with the Scottish Government proposing an increase of almost £730m in health and care services, with much of the money being passed on in "Barnett consequentials" from Westminster as a result of spending commitments by the UK government south of the border.

It is not clear how much of the pot will be passed on to Social Care and how far this will go to meeting the current Homecare Deficit.


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New report finds Register of Social Care Workers is stableNew report finds Register of Social Care Workers is stable

A new report from Social Care Wales shows that from 2017 to 2018 the Register of social care workers was largely stable, with 11,570 people registered with us on 31 March 2018, an increase of 300 people from 31 March 2017.

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


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Three routes to a skilled and qualified domiciliary care workforceThree routes to a skilled and qualified domiciliary care workforce

Social Care Wales has released further information on the current available routes for domiciliary care workers to register professionally. Social Care Wales has stated that there are: "Three routes have been designed for domiciliary care workers to join the Register of Social Care Workers to help develop a skilled and qualified workforce that can meet the challenges of the future."

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


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Care Inspectorate annual returnsCare Inspectorate annual returns

Care Inspectorate Scotland will be opening their annual returns process for care providers from the 4th January 2019. All returns must be submitted via the CIS eForms system. The deadline for completion is the 15th February 2019.

More information can be found on the Care Inspectorate Scotland website.


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Two free conferences on supporting older people who experience abuseTwo free conferences on supporting older people who experience abuse

Social Care Wales, in conjunction with the Older People's Commissioner for Wales and the Dewis Choice Project (Aberystwyth University), are running two free conferences to help practitioners who work with or come into contact with older people who experience abuse.

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


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Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman provider events 2019Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman provider events 2019

The LGO will be holding a number of events in early 2019 to give care providers the opportunity to meet the Ombudsman and learn more about the work of the LGO. Events will be held on:

  • Thursday 7 February 2019, 10am-2pm, Doubletree Hilton, Bristol
  • Wednesday 27 February 2019, 10am-2pmThe Met Hotel, Leeds
  • Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10am-2pm, Jury's Inn, Birmingham
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019, 10am-2pm, De Vere West One, London

Early booking is recommended as spaces are limited. To reserve a place, please complete the below booking form and return it to event@lgo.org.uk .

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NHS England survey on access to end of life care medicines in the communityNHS England survey on access to end of life care medicines in the community

NHS England wants to hear about experiences regarding access to specialist palliative and end of life care (EoLC) medicines and are particularly interested in sharing possible solutions to any issues or challenges faced.

This short survey is aimed at people who are providing end of life care in the community and is now live on the NHS England consultation hub until Fri 18 January 2019. Further information about the national EOLC programme is available on the NHS England website.

If you have any queries, please email england.endoflifecare@nhs.net.

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Spending on adult social care takes 21p in every pound spent on servicesSpending on adult social care takes 21p in every pound spent on services

BBC News are reporting that adult social care takes up 21p in every pound spent on services, and is seen as the "biggest pressure" for local authorities. 

However, even this area of spending has fallen when inflation is taken into account. It could have fallen further if councils had not been given the power to increase council tax by an extra 2% in 2016. For the following two years, councils were allowed to raise the tax by an extra 3%.

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Local Government financial settlement delayedLocal Government financial settlement delayed

The Local Government financial settlement for 2019/20, which details local authority funding for the financial year, has been delayed due to Parliamentary business on Brexit.

More information can be found on the LGC website.


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Increased funding won't guarantee improved social careIncreased funding won't guarantee improved social care

Writing in Community Care, Colin Slasberg, an independent consultant in social care, says that the belief that an increase in funding, even an increase of major proportions, would in itself solve social care's ills is seriously misplaced. Major system reform is required before there can be confidence that increased funding would have the desired impact on improving people's lives.

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Edinburgh: Limited progress in improving outcomes for older peopleEdinburgh: Limited progress in improving outcomes for older people

Only "limited progress" has been made in improving outcomes for older people who need health and social care in Edinburgh according to a follow-up review carried out jointly by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland in June 2018 and published on 4 December 2018.

Inspectors found that in some important areas of service delivery the City of Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership's performance had deteriorated.

When services were last inspected, in May 2017, inspectors had made 17 recommendations for improvement highlighting significant weaknesses in how services across the city were planned and delivered. However, at the follow-up, they found that the partnership's approach to addressing those recommendations had been reactive and short-term and had addressed individual recommendations rather than delivering an overall programme of improvement.

Inspectors noted: "The partnership had made some progress in areas such as improving the falls pathway, quality assurance arrangements, risk assessment and risk management planning."

"Overall, however, we found limited progress towards improving the outcomes and experiences of many older people. Key areas for improvement had not been progressed by the partnership. Many older people and their carers did not have the appropriate support when they needed it. It was still not uncommon for large numbers of older people to wait for lengthy periods before getting the support they needed."

"This included increases in delays in hospital discharge levels and in the number of people waiting for services."

"There had not been the necessary shift towards older people accessing services in the community."

The report is available here: http://bit.ly/jointinspectionofservicesinedinburgh-progressreview


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Mistakes by councils in social care resulting from systemic failingsMistakes by councils in social care resulting from systemic failings

The Health and Social Care Ombudsman for England, Michael King, is seeing fewer 'one-off mistakes' from people and instead, insists errors within adult social care increasingly reflect problems with "systems, policies and the way procedures are being applied."

The Ombudsman received 382 complaints concerning homecare in 2017/18 of which 68% were upheld.

Read the full report from the Ombudsman


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Edinburgh's Health and Social Care Budget in CrisisEdinburgh's Health and Social Care Budget in Crisis

The Scotsman reported on 30 November that Edinburgh's health and social care bosses have been warned that a failure to balance the books could put patients at risk. It reported that the department is £7 million over budget.

Opposition members have called on the city council to focus on getting to grips with the department, describing the situation as a "crisis".

Conservative Councilor Andrew Johnson said: "The situation is only going to get worse and there will be a human cost of the council being unable to provide a good enough service for patients. The end game is that the council is going to run out of money if it carries on like this."

 


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CQC update on PIR (Provider Information Return)CQC update on PIR (Provider Information Return)

Following a review of the project to develop a new digital system for the (PIR), CQC will be undertaking additional work in 2019 to explore how they collect information from providers that will allow for more frequent and two-way exchange of information between providers and CQC.

Providers who have not been testing the digital PIR will continue to receive and complete them in the usual way. Providers who have been involved in testing the digital system and have submitted information will not need to resubmit a PIR within a 12 month period.

Read the full update to providers that CQC circulated on 20 November.

Read the guidance for completing the PIR published by CQC in 2015


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Consultation to add eight further items to those which should not be routinely prescribedConsultation to add eight further items to those which should not be routinely prescribed

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

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

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


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Free event on Care Inspectorate inspections and ratingsFree event on Care Inspectorate inspections and ratings

Citation, in partnership with the Scottish Care Association, is running a free-to-attend workshop on preparing for Care Inspectorate inspections and improving ratings. Attendees to the session will also receive a guide to the inspection process.

More details can be found on the Citation website.


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Councils receiving more adult safeguarding concerns but investigating fewer casesCouncils receiving more adult safeguarding concerns but investigating fewer cases

NHS Digital has published the latest report on Safeguarding Adults in England. Key facts from the report are:

  • 394,655 concerns of abuse were raised during 2017-18, an increase of 8.2% on the previous year.
  • There were 150,070 safeguarding enquiries that started in the year; a decrease of 1,090 (0.7%) on 2016-17.
  • The number of Section 42 enquiries that commenced during the year fell by 1.1% to 131,860 and involved 107,550 individuals. The number of Other enquiries increased by 1.8% to 18,210 during the same period.
  • Older people are much more likely to be the subject of a Section 42 safeguarding enquiry; one in every 43 adults aged 85 and above, compared to one in every 862 adults aged 18-64.
  • The most common type of risk in Section 42 enquiries that concluded in the year was Neglect and Acts of Omission, which accounted for 32.1% of risks, and the most common location of the risk was the person's own home at 43.5%. In 68.5% of Section 42 enquiries a risk was identified and action was taken.

 


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LGO publishes annual report on complaints in social careLGO publishes annual report on complaints in social care

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman has published its latest annual report on complaints in adult social care. Domiciliary care services saw a small increase in complaints compared to 2016/17, rising from 362 to 382 complaints.

The full report, including advice on how to handle complaints, can be found on the LGO website.


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Department of Health sets out health and social care pay dealDepartment of Health sets out health and social care pay deal

The Department of Health has published further details about pay rises for health and social care workers employed by the HSC Trusts. A formal offer has been made to trade union leaders, ahead of a planned meeting next week, although any final deal will require Department of Finance approval.

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


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Low Pay Commission says funding is key challenge for adult social care sectorLow Pay Commission says funding is key challenge for adult social care sector

The Low Pay Commission has issued its annual report for 2018 on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. The Commission notes, on pages 93-94, that the adult social care sector continues to be under significant financial pressure and a lack of funding. UKHCA's estimate of the average cost of an hour of homecare (£18.01) is quoted, together with our concerns about travel time not being included in rural councils' rates, limited options to improve productivity in the homecare sector, and competition for staff with the NHS and other sectors. The LPC commented that funding, rather than the NLW, was the key challenge for the adult social care sector. LPC press release


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Debbie Westhead appointed to interim Chief Inspector role at CQCDebbie Westhead appointed to interim Chief Inspector role at CQC

The Care Quality Commission have announced that Debbie Westhead, Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care for the north region and strategic lead for CQC's enforcement programme, will take on the role of interim Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care and Registration when Andrea Sutcliffe leaves at the end of the year, until a permanent Chief Inspector is appointed. We wish Debbie well in her new role, and look forward to working with her.


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Health chiefs urge over 65s to have 'flu jabHealth chiefs urge over 65s to have 'flu jab

Health chiefs are urging people aged 65 and over to take advantage of the NHS's biggest ever 'flu vaccination programme.

This week sees the launch of a campaign to promote flu vaccines to the over 65s, as part of the annual campaign to encourage the public to stay well before the winter period.

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Leadership in integrated care systemsLeadership in integrated care systems

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has issued a report on research into furthering the understanding of systems leadership in integrated care systems (ICSs), where NHS commissioners, providers and local councils work collaboratively, in an integrated manner, to deliver more efficient and higher quality care.

Although the report highlights the importance of building key relationships, STPs, which pre-date ICSs, were criticised for their lack of provider engagement, particularly with the independent care sector.

SCIE registration needed to download the report.


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Significant changes made to deprivation of liberty reformsSignificant changes made to deprivation of liberty reforms

The Government has made significant changes to its plans to reform deprivation of liberty, according to a report. The proposed changes in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill were severely criticised by provider representatives groups. For homecare providers, the Bill was unclear about how and when deprivation of liberty processes needed to be followed. Care home groups were also unhappy about new responsibilities placed on care home managers. Community Care article

The Bill applies in England and Wales.


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Caring for adults with learning disabilities could increase by almost £2bn by 2025Caring for adults with learning disabilities could increase by almost £2bn by 2025

An analysis by the County Councils Network (CCN) shows that the annual cost of supporting adults with learning disabilities will increase from £4.8bn in 2015 to £6.7bn in 2025.

The analysis shows that 'spending need' which takes into account projected demand and the higher costs of delivering services for adults with learning disabilities could rise by almost 38% by 2025. The number of adults requiring care is projected to rise by over 7,600 by 2025.

 


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CBI warns post- Brexit migration plans may cause labour shortageCBI warns post- Brexit migration plans may cause labour shortage

The CBI has issued a response to the Government's post-Brexit migration plans, warning that the current proposals could result in a labour shortage. The statement argues that focusing on skills over contribution is the wrong approach for migration policy.

The statement can be found on the CBI website.


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CMA issues care home guidance which could have a wider influenceCMA issues care home guidance which could have a wider influence

The Competition and Markets Authority have published the final version of their consumer advice for UK care homes, which strengthens the consumer rights of residents. The publications are very clearly written and include consumer advice for care homes, a short guide and open letter for care homes and a short guide for residents.

The guidance does not apply to homecare providers but does give an indication of good practice in consumer rights. UKHCA is reviewing the CMA care home guidance and will be discussing the implications for homecare providers with our solicitors.


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CPA publishes local authority engagement guidanceCPA publishes local authority engagement guidance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has published new guidance to support strategic engagement between local authorities, the NHS and the independent and voluntary adult social care sector.

The new guidance can be found on the CPA website.


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Stephen Hammond MP is new Health MinisterStephen Hammond MP is new Health Minister

Stephen Hammond MP has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care, in place of Stephen Barclay who has been promoted to Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Mr Hammond will lead on:

  • finance, procurement and operational performance
  • workforce pay and pensions, and contracts
  • setting the government’s mandate for NHS England
  • transformation and provider policy

More from: https://www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state--59


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Pressure for mental health training to be obligatory for managersPressure for mental health training to be obligatory for managers

The Government is being pressed to honour its pledge to update health and safety legislation and make appropriate mental health training obligatory for staff.

Executives from some of the UK's largest companies have written to the Prime Minister to ask for mental health to be treated the same way as physical health. At the moment only one in five companies offer mental health training for managers. More from: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46251391


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Call for all to be ambitious for social care, despites financial pressuresCall for all to be ambitious for social care, despites financial pressures

Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, opening the NCASC conference recently in Manchester, warned about the health of the social care market and said 'Both big and small scale providers are clearly distressed and whilst many continue to survive, how many are thriving - too few.'

Glen cited a careworker who, in one day, was a cleaner, a cook, a hand to hold, a friendly face, a washer, a dresser, a helper, and a carer' and concluded we should be ambitious for social care, because those who are served and serve others are worth it.

Text: https://www.adass.org.uk/glen-garrod-speech-to-the-national-children-and-adult-services-conference-2018-in-manchester

Colin Angel, Policy Director, UKHCA, participated in a sub-plenary session on the State of Adult Social Care Funding: Securing Short-Term Sustainability, on behalf of the Care Provider Alliance.


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UKHCA comment on Allied HealthcareUKHCA comment on Allied Healthcare

Allied Healthcare has today (16 November 2018) confirmed that it is actively exploring the sale or transition of care and support services on a regional or contract-by-contract basis to alternative homecare providers.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"News that a substantial provider of State-funded homecare is selling or transferring services is a sad illustration of the consequences of a grossly underfunded sector, about which central and local government in all four UK-nations have been repeatedly warned.

"The priority for providers and councils working with Allied Healthcare throughout a sale or transfer must be that people who use home-based care continue to receive the support they rely on, with minimal disruption.

"We know that homecare providers across the country will use their best endeavours to take-on the services currently provided by Allied Healthcare. These providers will be making a significant contribution to their local community and the councils which have a statutory responsibility to meet people's social care needs. Providers willing to step-in will be careful to ensure that they can do so without taking risks with the quality and safety of their existing services, or their own financial viability."

"There are important considerations for our colleagues in local government to consider as a matter of urgency. Reasonable arrangements to contract with prospective providers must be put in place swiftly. Fees for these services need to be set at rates which are financially sustainable for both the short and longer term. The importance of this is particularly underlined by the immediate need to ensure that experienced, trained and committed members of the affected homecare workforce have certainty that their employment will be secure while they continue to support older and disabled people at home."


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Warning NHS could be short of 350,000 staff by 2030Warning NHS could be short of 350,000 staff by 2030

A new briefing issued by the King's Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, as we wait for the NHS plan, suggests the NHS could be short of 350,000 staff by 2030.

The briefing largely covers the health sector but does acknowledge that social care faces similar issues and that the two sectors are critically independent. Guardian article


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CQC's new resource gives guidance on using surveillance in care servicesCQC's new resource gives guidance on using surveillance in care services

The Care Quality Commission have launched their Technology in care web pages, which include guidance on using surveillance in locations where care is provided.

CQC say the webpages are the start of a series on technology-related issues, which look at how technology can support high quality care.

The guidance, and other information, can be found on the CQC website.


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Transforming care - combine innovation and evidenceTransforming care - combine innovation and evidence

A new discussion paper, introduced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence Chair Paul Burstow, 'calls on national and local policy makers to invest in growing or scaling up innovative and effective models of social care and support that promotes individual wellbeing and builds on people's and community strengths'. https://www.scie.org.uk/transforming-care/support


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Increase National Insurance to pay for social care say LGAIncrease National Insurance to pay for social care say LGA

Responses to the Local Government Association's consultation paper reveals that the most popular response to solving the funding question for social care is to increase National Insurance.

Increases to Income Tax was the next popular option, with means testing the third most popular option - but there were concerns attached to this option, such as the high cost of administration and whether it would raise enough funding for the size of the problem.


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Skills for Care - Guide to safe staffingSkills for Care - Guide to safe staffing

Skills for Care have published a Guide to safe staffing. It is part of their 'Good and Outstanding Care' range and explains what CQC look for in terms of safe staffing and how providers can meet the regulations.

The guide draws on evidence from over 60 inspection reports and case studies, including studies from homecare providers. As well as providing examples of good practice, the guide contains advice on common mistakes when it comes to safe recruitment practice.

Although written for providers in England, members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may find the content useful.


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Prescriptions for non-bread gluten-free food to end in EnglandPrescriptions for non-bread gluten-free food to end in England

Under changes to prescribing rules due to come into effect in early December 2018, gluten-free foods that do not fall into the categories of GF bread and GF mixes will no longer be available on prescription in primary care, in England.

NHSE guidance to CCGs and a Frequently Asked Questions document are expected to be published by the end of 2018.


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New document on supporting improvementNew document on supporting improvement

Care Inspectorate Scotland has published a new document aimed at encouraging and supporting continuous improvement. Aimed at providers, service users and their families, the guide offers pointers on how to promote improvement within care.

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


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Department of Health issues update on sector payDepartment of Health issues update on sector pay

The Department of Health has issued a statement on the future of sector pay for health and social care workers. The Department stated that:

"Firstly, the Department of Finance has signalled that it is considering how it might introduce a NI pay policy, now that the new legislation on decision-making is in place. Secondly, we are making progress with our work to secure the funding required for a 2018/19 pay deal."

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


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Government considering new laws to protect flexible workersGovernment considering new laws to protect flexible workers

The Guardian has reported that the Government is considering implementing some recommendations of the Taylor Review on modern working practices. Proposals could include new laws giving workers the right to request a temporary or fixed-hours contract after 12 months, measures to tackle one-sided flexibility, and laws to clarify the criteria for deciding whether people are workers or self-employed. Guardian article


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King's Fund analyse Budget funding plans for health and social careKing's Fund analyse Budget funding plans for health and social care

The King's Fund, in a joint article with the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust, has analysed what Government announcements in the 2018 Budget mean for health and social care. The detailed piece considers the likely destination of Government funds, areas that might be subject to cuts in the future, and the likely gap between need and funding.


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Extra tax for social care being contemplated for over 40sExtra tax for social care being contemplated for over 40s

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP is reported to be considering an extra tax for those over 40 to pay for social care. The proposal would echo a recommendation of the Health and Social Care Committee, in their report 'Long-Term Funding of Adult Social Care', issued in June 2018, and be included in the adult social care Green Paper for England. More from Independent article


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Updated BEIS National Minimum Wage GuidanceUpdated BEIS National Minimum Wage Guidance

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has updated its guidance on National Minimum Wage compliance. This includes help and guidance on calculating compliance, examples of what counts towards working time, and information on sleep-in services.

The guidance document can be downloaded from the BEIS website.


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Ageing population poses a "real risk" to Scotland's budgetAgeing population poses a "real risk" to Scotland's budget

Scotland's ageing population poses a "real risk" to the country's budget in future, according to a report from the Holyrood Finance committee.

Committee convener Bruce Crawford said the risks identified in the report raise "fundamental questions" about Holyrood's powers and the fiscal framework underpinning the devolved budget.

The working-age population is set to fall from 2018 onwards, alongside a big increase in the number of over-75s. See the link here https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-projections/population-projections-scotland/2016-based

While the rest of the UK is set to see its working-age population grow, for Scotland the number of people in the 16-64 working-age bracket isset to shrink in the immediate future placing a drag on economic growth north of the border according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Scottish migration minister Ben Macpherson said the country was "in a very different demographic position compared to the rest of the UK" and needs "a tailored approach to migration policy”, something that the UK government has opposed.

In September, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss argued that since the parliament's block grant from Westminster is based on the overall population there are protections in the fiscal framework against demographic changes.

She said: "The Scottish government is protected against risk with regard to population size relative to the tax take in both countries."

The committee also raised concerns that a decrease in immigration relative to the rest of the UK could see Scotland disproportionately affected by any drop in numbers after Brexit.


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CIW seeks views on code of practice for local authority reviewCIW seeks views on code of practice for local authority review

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

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


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RQIA publishes winter planning resourcesRQIA publishes winter planning resources

RQIA has published a number of resources aimed at helping providers to prepare for winter pressures.

Although primarily intended for care homes, homecare providers will find many of the presentations useful for developing winter preparedness plans.

The new resources can be found on the RQIA website.


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CQC issue update on Allied Healthcare market oversightCQC issue update on Allied Healthcare market oversight

Further to the announcement in April of Allied Healthcare's intention to apply for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) in order to re-structure its debts, the Care Quality Commission have today (6th November) issued a statement on their website saying that Allied have "failed to provide adequate assurance regarding future funding" (beyond 30th November) and outlining the actions CQC are now taking. These include writing to all 84 local authorities affected and relevant CCGs.

A full copy of the statement is available on the CQC website.

The immediate priority is to ensure disruption to services provided to people is minimised. UKHCA has spoken with ADASS to discuss what steps councils are taking in this regard, and will pass on any information on how this affects the remaining UK administrations when it becomes available.

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EU Settlement Scheme pilot: webinar invitationEU Settlement Scheme pilot: webinar invitation

The EU Settlement Scheme allows resident EU citizens and their family to apply for UK immigration status, and continue to live, work and study in the UK after the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020.

Social care organisations are eligible to take part in the next phase of the scheme's pilot. The Home Office is carrying out a series ahead of launching the test scheme, with the second phase starting in November and running until 21 December 2018.

 Briefing webinars

Skills for Care are hosting a webinar for employers and HR leads so the Home Office can explain the Settlement Scheme and how the pilot will work on Friday 16 November 10.30 - 12 Book a place

The Home Office will share the materials for EU citizens and offer the chance for questions.

The EU Settlement Scheme will be open fully by 30 March 2019 and deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. For further information on the EU Settlement Scheme please visit GOV.UK .


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CIW publishes annual reportCIW publishes annual report

Care Inspectorate Wales has published its annual performance report for 2017/18. The report shows CIW regulated 5,968 services providing 111,557 places, and carried out 2,955 inspections across adult and children's services, and childcare and play.

Chief Inspector Gillian Baranski said:

2017-18 has been a year of significant change to ensure we are ready to meet future challenges. Our aspiration is to achieve the highest possible standards and help improve outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our society.

The report can be downloaded from the CIW website.


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Call for better incentives for domestic workforce and clear migration routes for social care, post BrexitCall for better incentives for domestic workforce and clear migration routes for social care, post Brexit

A new report on Brexit and the UK health and social care workforce calls for incentives for the domestic workforce and for there to be clear, reasonable routes for immigration both during and after Brexit. The report:

  • Acknowledges that current workforce issues may worsen post-Brexit and says the UK and devolved governments must review their workforce planning, and recognise the needs of the whole system, not just the NHS;
  • Calls for more return to work schemes, and access to training in social care, to improve the attractiveness of the job;
  • Suggests that any future immigration system should operate at all levels of skill and salary levels and be uncomplicated to operate;
  • Recommends the Home Office should guarantee that its settled status programme for EU nationals will be honoured if there is a no-deal Brexit;
  • Says all levels of Government should work together to review career routes within social care.

'Brexit and the health and social care workforce in the UK' a report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, November 2018, commissioned by the Cavendish Coalition of health and social care organisations (which includes UKHCA).

There is a blog by Dr Heather Rolfe, one of the report authors, on the challenges for social care at: https://www.niesr.ac.uk/blog

 

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November 2018 edition of Homecarer now available to downloadNovember 2018 edition of Homecarer now available to download

The November 2018 edition of Homecarer is now available for members to download at: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=592#bk1

In this issue: we launch our Homecare Deficit 2018 report on average prices commissioners pay for homecare across the UK; we report on our recent Conference at the Kia Oval, where Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP addressed delegates; UKHCA Chief Executive Bridget Warr reviews recent developments and welcomes our new Board members; Sarah Harnett of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP discusses sleep ins and workers' pay; Towergate Insurance describe protecting your businesses from cyber-crime; The UK Sepsis Trust explains how homecare workers can spot the signs of sepsis; Veronica Monks, Policy Officer, UKHCA, looks at Making it Real; we give readers top tips on winter planning; James Whynacht, Policy Officer, UKHCA, discusses workforce aspirations in Northern Ireland, Terry Donohoe, Policy Officer, UKHCA, considers the Brexit challenge for Scotland's providers and we celebrate the success of members at the Social Care Wales Accolades.


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Preventing violence against staff in social carePreventing violence against staff in social care

With violence against workers in the news, a reminder there are the following resources for employers and their staff in social care:

Skills for Care - Supporting social care employers to prevent and manage abuse and violence toward staff

Work smart, work safe

Lone worker guide

Health and Safety Executive - Violence in health and social care

Suzy Lamplugh Trust: - Resources and training on personal safety 


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'Giveaway' Budget gives too little to social care'Giveaway' Budget gives too little to social care

Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, presented a 'giveaway' Budget to Parliament, following lower than expected Government borrowing costs. The announcements included a 4.9% increase in National Living Wage from April 2019 and additional social care funding, but providers were disappointed that this was short term, and not enough. UKHCA press statement




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Additional social care funding announced in Budget 2018Additional social care funding announced in Budget 2018

The Chancellor announced additional social care funding of £650 million for 2019/20 for local authorities in England, which comprises a repeat of this year's £240 million for winter pressures and a further £410 to be split between adults and children's social services.

Chancellor's speech: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/budget-2018-philip-hammonds-speech

Red Book (page 75): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752202/Budget_2018_red_web.pdf

House of Commons library summary: https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8428


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National Living Wage to rise to £8.21 from April 2019National Living Wage to rise to £8.21 from April 2019

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission's recommendation that the National Living Wage should rise by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21 from April 2019. In addition the Government agreed in the Budget to:

  • Increasing the rate for 21 to 24 year olds by 4.3% from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour
  • Increasing the rate for 18 to 20 year olds by 4.2% from £5.90 to £6.15 per hour
  • Increasing the rate for 16 to 17 year olds by 3.6% from £4.20 to £4.35 per hour
  • Increasing the rate for apprentices by 5.4% from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour

Low Pay Commission response, which includes the rationale for the recommendations: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lpc-welcomes-acceptance-of-its-2019-minimum-wage-rate-recommendations

The Living Wage Foundation is due to announce the increase in the Real Living Wage rate from April 2019 on 5 November 2018.

UKHCA will be updating the Minimum Price for Care version 5.1 to take account of the above increases in due course.


 


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Budget increases for Scotland, Wales and Northern IrelandBudget increases for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

As part of the UK Autumn Budget, it was announced that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see their funding increased by £950m, £550m and £320m respectively through to 2020/21. It is to be hoped that at least part of the additional funding will make its way to frontline care providers.

The full Budget can be found on the gov.uk website.


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UKHCA winter planning guidance availableUKHCA winter planning guidance available

UKHCA has published a winter planning factsheet for 2018, which is now available from the UKHCA resources area. The factsheet will help providers to formulate contingency plans to cope with adverse weather conditions and other challenges that can hinder care delivery.

The factsheet can be downloaded from the UKHCA resources and downloads page.


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National homecare survey WalesNational homecare survey Wales

UKHCA has launched a national survey to collect important information on the homecare sector in Wales. The survey will attempt to create a profile of the care workforce in Wales, as well as collect data on provider views on care worker registration and the new inspection regime.

This survey has the support of the Welsh Government and other major stakeholders in Wales.

The survey can be completed online until the 30th November via this link.


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ADSS Cymru consultation on the future of social careADSS Cymru consultation on the future of social care

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

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


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WLGA issues warning over core servicesWLGA issues warning over core services

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has issued a warning about the sustainability of core local services in Wales. The Welsh Assembly local government committee was told that services like social care could expect to see more cuts in the future, reducing the capability of councils to provide care.

More information can be found on the WLGA website.


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The Homecare Deficit 2018The Homecare Deficit 2018

UKHCA's major report on homecare exposes the scale of underfunding of a fragile state-funded sector across England's nine government regions and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Using data obtained under Freedom of Information legislation, UKHCA found that the average prices paid for homecare in the UK is just £16.12 per hour, almost £2 per hour less than UKHCA's Minimum Price for Homecare of £18.01 per hour.

UKHCA calculates that the UK's homecare sector needs at least £402 million per year to ensure that homecare workers receive the statutory National Living Wage, while also ensuring that homecare providers can meet their statutory obligations.

However, the size of the deficit this year would be £921 million if national governments and local councils were to commit to raising the status of the homecare workforce to at least the independently calculated Real Living Wage.

The Homecare Deficit 2018 can be found on the UKHCA Resources and Downloads page.


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Five Nations Forum cautions of staffing and equipment shortages, post-BrexitFive Nations Forum cautions of staffing and equipment shortages, post-Brexit

An alliance of professional care associations, including UKHCA, has warned that Brexit could have serious implications for the social care sector and people who use care services. The Five Nations Forum believes Brexit, as planned, could make it more difficult to recruit sufficient careworkers and create uncertainty in the supply of essential resources.

The Forum say 'the government must recognise the interdependencies between the EU and the UK social care sector in ensuring continued access to the skilled workforce and the resources required to deliver quality care'. Five Nations Forum press release.

The Forum comprises Scottish Care, Care England, Nursing Homes Ireland, Care Forum Wales, IHCP, UKHCA and the National Care Forum, who together represent providers from across the UK and Ireland.


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Government is warned that public are 'sleepwalking' into care crisisGovernment is warned that public are 'sleepwalking' into care crisis

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver Autumn Budget, research released by the Alzheimer's Society reveals the public is unaware of the costs of dementia, with many believing it is free on the NHS.

The charity is urging the Chancellor to ring-fence £2.5billion in the Autumn Budget for social care in order to plug the current funding gap. In the longer term, it is campaigning for the Government to create a joined-up system, including an NHS Dementia Fund to help cover care costs and end the inequity with other diseases.

Read the press release from the Alzheimer's Society


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Two new appointments to UKHCA's BoardTwo new appointments to UKHCA's Board

United Kingdom Homecare Association is delighted to announce two non-executive directors were elected to join UKHCA's Board at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9 October 2018 - Lucy Campbell of Right at Home UK and Dr Naomi Mujuru-Mvere of Ur Choice Care. Full media release


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BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' programme discusses rural homecareBBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' programme discusses rural homecare

The difficulty of arranging homecare in rural areas was discussed on BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' programme on 18 October 2018. UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel and ADASS President Glen Garrod explained that care packages in rural areas with short visit times and lengthy travel time could be uneconomic for providers, and with the current funding issues facing local authorities, difficult to sustain. Ultimately social care was in desparate need of a sustainable, long-term funding solution that ensured people in England receive the care they need, and both provider and local authority representatives hoped the Government's Green Paper would address the issues. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000qp0 (at approx 34 minutes).


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MPs slam progress on integrating health and social careMPs slam progress on integrating health and social care

The Public Accounts Committee, which is responsible for overseeing government expenditure, has severely criticised the Government for its failure to deliver integrated health and social care across England.

Despite a name change to the Department of Health and Social Care, the Committee says the Government still lacks an effective overall strategy or plan to achieve its long-held aim to integrate these two sectors.

The Committee referred to the 12 white papers, green papers and consultations, and five independent reviews and consultations held over the last 20 years. With the current squeeze on local authority finance, the report concludes there is no realistic prospect of progress on integration.

Read the Public Accounts Committee report

 


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Economist questions Scotland's NHS spending plansEconomist questions Scotland's NHS spending plans

A new analysis by public finance economist John McLaren has argued that the Scottish Government was over-optimistic in its health spending plans, particularly in its projections of efficiency gains.

Writing in the Scottish Trends website, Dr McLaren criticised the Scottish Government's recently published medium term plans for health and social care spending stating that there were ‘untenable' discrepancies between its estimates of future funding needs for healthcare and those for England, which had been detailed in an independent assessment.

The report provides a like by like comparison between the Scottish Government's estimate for around 3.5% annual, cash terms, funding needs growth over the next five years and 6.7% estimated for England.

This equates to an extra £455 million needed at 3.5% or over £870 million needed at 7%, an underestimate of around £400 million.

The Scottish Government also forecast efficiency savings of 1.3% whilst independent analysis put English efficiency savings at 0.8%.

Dr McLaren's fundamental point is that there is insufficient scrutiny of Scotland's health spending and future needs particularly when local government, which funds the majority of homecare, has been subjected to cuts at five times the rate of the reduction in the Scottish Government's own budget.


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NHS ten year plan is best hope for addressing winter crisesNHS ten year plan is best hope for addressing winter crises

NHS Providers, in their briefing 'Steeling ourselves for winter 2018/19', have warned that 'the coming winter is likely to be even more difficult than the last for trusts, staff and patients'. The report suggests 'that the forthcoming NHS long-term plan represents the best opportunity to break the recurring cycle of winter crises'.


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ADASS call for more focus on community careADASS call for more focus on community care

Results of a short survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) of social care directors show that only focusing on reducing delayed discharges can result in detriment to the long term health and wellbeing of those being cared for.

ADASS argue the Government must 'switch focus' from reducing delayed discharges to ensuring community care is fully resourced, and recognise the strong track record of social care in reducing delays.


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Labour MPs call for more Government action on social careLabour MPs call for more Government action on social care

Labour MPs criticised the Government's failure to provide a long-term sustainable system for social care that gives people reassurance, in the Opposition Debate on social care funding. Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP outlined the action the Government has taken, including funding for winter pressures, and said 'the Government are absolutely committed to a social care system that delivers high-quality care for all, and we hope that the Green Paper on care and support that we will publish later in the year will be a catalyst for debate.' 

Hansard report: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-10-17/debates/E677AB78-D814-479B-83AD-E7AB3DC51FCE/SocialCareFunding


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Care Inspectorate Scotland publishes sector statisticsCare Inspectorate Scotland publishes sector statistics

The Care Inspectorate's quarterly 'Statistical Summary Report' on social care has now been published. The report presents data on the number of registered care services, new registrations and cancellations, complaints about care services and quality theme grades all by care service type and or service sector.

The report can be downloaded from the CIS website.


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SSSC to host leadership workshopSSSC to host leadership workshop

The Scottish Social Services Council will be running a free-to-attend event to help social care providers to develop innovative leadership in business.

More details can be found on the SSSC website.


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NI Select Committee looks into social care fundingNI Select Committee looks into social care funding

The Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee held a meeting to discuss what levels of funding are needed within the NI Budget, and where funding should be directed to support the effective provision of social care in Northern Ireland.

More information on the Parliament UK website.


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UKHCA conference presentations now availableUKHCA conference presentations now available

The majority of presentations from UKHCA's recent annual conference have now been uploaded to the UKHCA conference page.

The workshops included a recruitment masterclass, winter planning, continuing healthcare advice, business insight, and current issues in safeguarding.

Click here to access presentations


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New CHC framework introduced from 1 October 2018New CHC framework introduced from 1 October 2018

A new National Framework for Continuing Health Care (CHC) and other NHS funding for health and social care services came into effect from 1 October 2018. Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have written a briefing describing changes providers should be aware of. For example, the new framework gives providers more opportunity to ensure that if care needs increase, then costs payable also increase, following reassessment. There are also sections on disputes between commissioners and costing care packages.

The framework and associated documents are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-framework-for-nhs-continuing-healthcare-and-nhs-funded-nursing-care The framework has been written by the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and local authorities, and applies in England.


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Lords discuss funding of personal careLords discuss funding of personal care

There was an interesting exchange in the House of Lords about personal social care funding and in particular about free social care and the contrast between England and Scotland.

The Government wouldn't be drawn on the contents of the Green Paper except to say it will now include working age adults as well as older people: Hansard

The Independent Age report 'How to fund free personal care' referred to in the debate is available at: https://www.independentage.org/a-taxing-question-how-to-fund-free-personal-care/how-to-pay-for-free-personal-care


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Pepper gives MPs a glimpse into the future of caringPepper gives MPs a glimpse into the future of caring

Pepper the robot addressed MPs on the House of Commons Education Committee about the future of artificial intelligence, so they could gauge for themselves the implications for education. Pepper explained the role robots can play in caring for older people, for example in providing company. The robot did concede that there were humanoid skills that robots were unlikely to develop, so there was a limit to their caring skills... BBC news: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45879961

Pepper answers pre-prepared questions from MPs: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news-parliament-2017/fourth-industrial-revolution-pepper-robot-evidence-17-19/


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Social Care Wales launches new dementia resourceSocial Care Wales launches new dementia resource

Social Care Wales has launched a new online dementia resource for health and social care professionals. The resource will support good practice in dementia care by giving access to essential information, case studies, data, and research.

The new resource brings together information about the signs, symptoms, and different types of dementia, examples of how good practice, and useful links to sign-post users to more information.

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


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Care Inspectorate Wales to begin new inspection pilotCare Inspectorate Wales to begin new inspection pilot

Care Inspectorate Wales are about to launch a small pilot to ensure that the new approach to provider inspection is fit-for-purpose. The pilot will only involve services that have been registered under the 2016 Act and only those who are scheduled for a full inspection during this period.

For more details on the pilot, and the new inspection regime, please see the CIW website.


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Recognising the health and social care workforce in WalesRecognising the health and social care workforce in Wales

The Chief Executive of Social Care Wales, Sue Evans, has published a new blog post recognising the vital work of the health and social care workforce in Wales. The blog also covers the Social Care Wales Care Accolades, for which several UKHCA members were nominated.

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


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Providers encouraged to report drug reactions to Yellow Card schemeProviders encouraged to report drug reactions to Yellow Card scheme

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as part of a Europe wide awareness week, are encouraging social care providers to report suspected drug side-effects (Adverse Drug Reactions) to the Yellow Card Scheme.

More information can be found on the Yellow Card Scheme website.


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Better planning needed for care of older prisoner populationBetter planning needed for care of older prisoner population

In a new thematic report, the Prisons Inspectorate and Care Quality Commission (CQC) have found that although there is some good practice in the social care of prisoners who need support, there are wide variations between prisons, and a lack of strategic planning for the growing older prisoner population. Report: Social care in prisons in England in Wales: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/10/Social-care-thematic-2018-web.pdf




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Opposition Day debate on social care funding on 17 OctoberOpposition Day debate on social care funding on 17 October

The Labour Party are expected to unveil figures from their freedom of information exercise in the Opposition day debate on social care funding at Westminster on 17 October. According to reports, the FOI exercise will show 'more than half of councils are now providing fewer so-called 'care packages' to old people than they were in 2015':

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/13/fall-in-home-help-for-elderly-care-packages


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Taxation options considered, as Budget speculation mountsTaxation options considered, as Budget speculation mounts

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has cast doubt on Government figures on boosting spending on the NHS and ending austerity. They believe that although there are various options, there is limited scope to raise money from taxes, so there is gap in finances. 'Promises to end austerity and to balance the books by mid 2020s are unlikely to be compatible': https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13517

The IFS Green Budget published today referred to in the above is here: https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13508

Meanwhile the Public Accounts Committee is to take oral evidence from the Department for Health and Social Care on 17 October on how well it is managing its finances, including providing for the NHS, and presumably social care: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/inquiry11/


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Think tank calls for better accountability in modern governmentThink tank calls for better accountability in modern government

The Institute for Government has issued a paper 'Accountability in modern government' which says accountabiliy in the UK is too weak, and ministers and officials responsible for a wide range of government policies and public services should be more accountable for their actions. The report notes that difficulty with connections between public services can lead to poor performance, or outright failure, for example delayed transfers of care. It suggests local Public Accounts Committees should be set up to scrutinise the links between public services, among other recommendations. More from: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/Accountability_modern_government_WEB.pdf


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Health and Social Care Secretary announces measures to tackle waste in NHSHealth and Social Care Secretary announces measures to tackle waste in NHS

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP has announced two new initiatives to reduce waste in the NHS in England. A crackdown on people who wrongly claim free prescriptions (which could catch those who have not renewed their exemption certificate). The move has been criticised by some pharmacists: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45850140 

There will also be an amnesty for those who have kept, but don't need, NHS-provided mobility and other equipment like crutches and walking frames. These should be returned to hospitals for decontamination and reuse or recycling: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/13/nhs-wants-you-to-return-perfectly-good-crutches-littering-living-rooms-8034059/ Health Minister Steve Barclay will lead on these initiatives.


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Theresa May announces new loneliness strategyTheresa May announces new loneliness strategy

The Prime Minister has launched a cross-sector loneliness strategy for England as part of the long-term plan for the NHS. GPs will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023. Funding will be available for activities, like cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will also provide up to £1.8 million to help local communities realise the potential of underutilised community spaces.

Postal workers will be encouraged to check on lonely people in a scheme with Royal Mail being piloted in Liverpool, New Malden and Whitby.

More from: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-governments-first-loneliness-strategy

Policy paper: A connected society: A strategy for tackling loneliness: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-connected-society-a-strategy-for-tackling-loneliness


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Prime Minister questioned on sleep-insPrime Minister questioned on sleep-ins

Conservative MP Heidi Allen has asked a question on sleep-ins at PMQs on 10 October. She pointed out, that in the absence of clarity on the Mencap case, some local authorities are now reverting to paying a single through-the-night rate, rather than NMW for each hour worked through the night. The PM replied that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking urgently at the issue and the Government will have to consider the outcome of the Supreme Court proceedings. More from: https://www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/news/heidi-allen-mp-questions-prime-minister-theresa-may-about-sleep-shifts


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UKHCA responds to House of Lords inquiry into funding challenges facing EnglandUKHCA responds to House of Lords inquiry into funding challenges facing England

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

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


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Making it Real relaunched with 'We' statements for providersMaking it Real relaunched with 'We' statements for providers

TLAP have relaunched their framework on what good care and support looks like from the perspective of people accessing care and health services, and organisations within the system. The focus is on supporting people to live well to have a life not a service, with co-production at the centre. 

Making it Real is focused on six themes to reflect personalised care, with a number of 'I' statements that describe good care from an individual's perspective. New in this edition are 'We' statements that express what organisations should be doing to make sure people's experience of care meets the 'I' statements. The 'We' statements provide a point of comparison, so organisations can check their own practice as part of their quality assurance process.

The revised 'Making it Real' - how to do personalised care and support' is available at: https://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/makingitreal/

Making it Real document: www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/_assets/MakingItReal/TLAP-Making-it-Real-report.pdf


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Managing medications webinar available from NICE and SCIEManaging medications webinar available from NICE and SCIE

NICE and SCIE have collaborated to produce a free-to-view webinar on managing medications in care homes and community care settings. The webinar includes an overview of the recently published 'Medicines management for people receiving social care in the community' as well as advice on self-administering and medication recording.

The webinar can be found on the SCIE website. Further information on medication in homecare settings can be found in UKHCA's medication policy guidance.

Although primarily aimed at providers in England, members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may also find this webinar useful for best practice purposes.


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Social care organisations request clarity over sleep-insSocial care organisations request clarity over sleep-ins

UKHCA, as part of a collaborative sector-led initiative, has issued a letter to the Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dineage MP, to request urgent clarification on the issue of sleep-in care services. The letter urges the Government to clarify several points of current ambiguity, including confirming that the current legal position means employers will not face potential HMRC retrospective action to recover underpayment of national minimum wage for sleep in work.

A full copy of the letter can be found on the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group website.


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UK Government warned over Mental Capacity reformsUK Government warned over Mental Capacity reforms

Leading social care organisations, including UKHCA, have issued a warning to the Government over the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which has now reached the parliamentary stage. The Bill will replace the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS).

Some of the concerns that have been raised about the Bill include potential conflicts of interest in the assessment stage, and that it might undermine safeguards for those who are unable to make decisions about this own care.

More information can be found in a statement on the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group website.


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CQC publishes 'State of Care' report for 2018CQC publishes 'State of Care' report for 2018

The publication of the Care Quality Commission's annual 'State of Care Report' presents a picture of England's social care and health system where overall quality has been maintained (and improved in some cases) since last year, despite challenges around demand and funding as well as significant workforce pressures as all sectors struggle to recruit and retain staff.

However, the adult social care sector continues to be fragile, particularly in homecare, with many providers handing contracts back to local authorities. The report also states that in two years, the number of older people living with an unmet care need has risen by almost 20%, to nearly one in seven older people.

The full report can be downloaded from the CQC website.


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NHS England confirm details of 'Flu immunisation schemeNHS England confirm details of 'Flu immunisation scheme

NHS England has confirmed that the seasonal influenza vaccine scheme has been extended to cover social care workers (including homecare workers). A confirmation of the extension has been circulated by NHS England in an open letter to care providers.

NHS England has advised UKHCA that the scheme is open already.

Any pharmacy participating in the NHS community pharmacy flu vaccination service can offer immunisation to social care workers. Some GPs may offer vaccination for social care workers who are already registered at the practice, but it is recommended that people confirm with the surgery in advance.

To get vaccinated, care workers will need to bring a form of identification which includes both their name and the name of their employer. This could be an ID badge, a recent pay slip or a letter from their employer.


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VODG makes forceful case for future funding of social careVODG makes forceful case for future funding of social care

The opportunity to shore up the fragile social care system must not be overlooked in the forthcoming autumn budget, according to VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) in their report on the impact of decades of underfunding.

A stitch in time: the case for funding social care describes the impact of an under-resourced adult social care sector and highlights the growing crisis in housing for disabled people.

VODG say that delays with the government's green paper setting out reform mean that any changes are unlikely to be in place before 2021. They call for secure funding for social care services supporting both older people and those of 'working age' to be brought forward urgently.


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Inspection guidance for homecare providers in EnglandInspection guidance for homecare providers in England

UKHCA have published Inspection Guidance, prepared for member organisations in England.

The aim of the guidance is to demystify some of the processes and assist members with preparing for day the inspector arrives, rather than it feeling like a daunting prospect. The emphasis throughout the guidance is on preparation, not just for the day itself, but also on being able to deliver a service where quality, excellent care and better outcomes for people are routinely achieved.

Business owners, registered managers and other staff will find it useful and help them move from a reactive to a proactive service, always ready to demonstrate excellence in homecare provision no matter when an inspection occurs.

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Council services increasingly face funding pressuresCouncil services increasingly face funding pressures

The Local Government Association has warned that 'if the Government fails to adequately fund local government there is a real risk to the future financial viability of services and councils'.

The LGA say the funding gap affecting local services in England will double from £3.9 billion by 2019/20 to £7.8 billion by 2024/25, with particularly severe pressure on adults and children's social care services, homelessness and public health. The consequence is many local authorities may have to restrict services.

LGA Autumn Budget 2018 submission: www.local.gov.uk/moving-conversation-lga-budget-submission-2018


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Government announces additional £240m for social careGovernment announces additional £240m for social care

Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will today announce an additional £240m for social care. The money is intended to avert a winter crisis in the NHS by reducing delayed discharges of people waiting for homecare or a place in residential or nursing care.

Colin Angel, Policy Director at UKHCA said,

"While this announcement of extra funding for social care is welcome, it fails to address the significant and sustained underfunding of vital care services. It is another short-term fix. Councils are not only struggling to provide social care to older people leaving hospital, but also to help working and older-aged adults to live independently.

"As we wait for the Government's Green Paper on social care, we continue to see homecare providers withdrawing from providing services to councils because the cost of delivering care is not covered. This situation will not improve with short-term injections of cash.

"If we want to see a confident and comprehensive homecare service which innovates and invests in the workforce to deliver quality care when it is needed, then a long-term sustainable plan for funding social care is essential."


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UKHCA Chief Executive signs open letter Ministers on sleep insUKHCA Chief Executive signs open letter Ministers on sleep ins

Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of UKHCA has signed an open letter to Caroline Dineage MP, Minister of State for Care, and the Minister at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Katie Tolhurst MP, warning that essential overnight social care support services are at risk because of government inaction over sleep-in payments.

Without clear information on the long-running sleep-in payments saga, the letter warns, commissioners and providers may move in ad hoc ways, something that would threaten the provision of a vital night time service. The ongoing lack of clarity affects not only care provider organisations, but individuals using personal budgets or direct payments to employ and manage support staff.

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Withdrawing registration applications - new guidance from CQCWithdrawing registration applications - new guidance from CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has changed its guidance on withdrawing registration applications. The change allows providers to withdraw a registration application at any time prior to CQC issuing a Notice of Decision. This applies to applications to register with CQC, vary, cancel or remove conditions of registration. The guidance for providers has been updated to reflect this change.


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Fire Safety for homecare providers: Questions and AnswersFire Safety for homecare providers: Questions and Answers

A new factsheet is available for UKHCA members on fire safety for homecare providers and has been developed by the London Fire Brigade in association with UKHCA. It answers questions on fire safety as it relates to homecare and originates from questions posed by members to the UKHCA helpline. The resource looks at a number of areas including: fire prevention, identifying a fire risk and carrying out a fire risk assessment.

Although it is primarily for members in England, members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may find it useful.

Download Fire Safety for homecare providers: Questions and Answers


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Age UK reports on lonelinessAge UK reports on loneliness

Age UK's new report, "All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Later Life", presents new evidence about what Age UK know about loneliness amongst people aged 50 and over. It also looks at what increases the chances of people experiencing loneliness and how best to help those older people who are persistently lonely. Age UK's focus is on the need for approaches to reducing loneliness to be tailored to the circumstances of the individual.

Download All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Later Life


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Autumn Budget to take place on 29 October 2018Autumn Budget to take place on 29 October 2018

The Budget is expected to take place on Monday, 29 October 2018. The announcement is recorded on the Parliament website This budget will be the second held in the Autumn, rather than Spring, following the change made in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

More at PoliticsHome website


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CQC issues resource on caring for people at risk of chokingCQC issues resource on caring for people at risk of choking

The CQC has published new resources on caring for people at risk of choking.

These follow the earlier series of Learning from safety incidents', which describe a critical safety issue - what happened, what CQC and the provider have done about it, and the steps providers can take to avoid it happening in their service.


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UKHCA signs letter on shape of future immigration systemUKHCA signs letter on shape of future immigration system

UKHCA was one of 35 trade association to sign a letter from the CBI to the Home Secretary with Prime Minister, Chancellor and Greg Clark in copy, setting out what a future UK immigration system should look like, if it is to meet business needs from the outset. In particular, the group asked for a system that is flexible, accessible, and able to provide the full range of labour and skills.

With migration policy expected to be a key issue on the agenda of the Conservative Party conference next week, there is likely to be more debate very shortly.


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CQC reviewing how they regulate duty of candourCQC reviewing how they regulate duty of candour

The Care Quality Commission are reviewing of how they regulate the duty of candour and would like to hear providers' feedback. The duty of candour is a legal duty to be open and honest with service users or their families when something goes wrong that appears to have caused, or could lead to, significant harm in the future. It applies to all health and social care organisations registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Visit CQC's online community to share your views - the short survey will be open until 12 October. If you're not a member of the community, sign up here


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New digital resource aims to help health and adult social care work better togetherNew digital resource aims to help health and adult social care work better together

Unlocking capacity: smarter together' is a new digital resource promoting good quality, person-centred care through collaborative working across health and adult social care.

https://qualitymatters.nice.org.uk/unlocking-capacity-smarter-together/index.html

The resource aims to inspire local system leaders (e.g. sustainability and transformation partnerships, integrated care systems) to take their next step on their journey of collaborative working. The resource has been produced by a number of national Quality Matters partner organisations.

To find the Case Studies referred to in the Unlocking capacity: smarter together website, see: https://qualitymatters.nice.org.uk/case-studies/index.html) or for pdf versions, see: https://qualitymatters.nice.org.uk/our-offer-to-you/index.html


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Skills for Care invites applications for Moving Up leadership programmeSkills for Care invites applications for Moving Up leadership programme

Skills for Care's Moving Up leadership programme supports the advance of people from BAME backgrounds into senior leadership positions in adult social care. Focused on leadership across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, this programme is a vital part of Skills for Care's offer to ensure that social care has access to high quality leadership.

The Moving Up programme, which starts on 9 November 2018, includes interactive workshops and residential development sessions over a five month period, exploring leadership thinking and practice and includes action learning, peer support and networking opportunities to BAME managers with the potential to move into senior roles. More information at: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/moving-up.


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Care Provider Alliance publishes contingency planning guidanceCare Provider Alliance publishes contingency planning guidance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA), of which UKHCA is a member, has published a guide for social care providers to assist with contingency planning policies. Contingency planning involves continuously thinking about possible events that could pose a threat to service delivery, and putting plans in place to offset them.

The guidance can be found on the CPA website, and a blog on contingency planning by UKHCA Chief Executive, Bridget Warr, can be found on the gov.uk website.


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NHS England confirm details of 'Flu immunisation schemeNHS England confirm details of 'Flu immunisation scheme

NHS England has confirmed that the seasonal influenza vaccine scheme has been extended to cover social care workers (including homecare workers). A confirmation of the extension has been circulated by NHS England in an open letter to care providers.

NHS England has advised UKHCA that the scheme is open already.

Any pharmacy participating in the NHS community pharmacy flu vaccination service can offer immunisation to social care workers. Some GPs may offer vaccination for social care workers who are already registered at the practice, but it is recommended that people confirm with the surgery in advance.

To get vaccinated, care workers will need to bring a form of identification which includes both their name and the name of their employer. This could be an ID badge, a recent pay slip or a letter from their employer.


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Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has launched five scenario sessions to support the application of the Care Certificate Standards. The scenarios take place in a range of health and social care settings and include:

  • Primary care
  • Acute care
  • Community/home care
  • End-of-life care
  • Mental health care

The sessions have been written by practitioners working within these specific care settings and are based on the typical duties that a Care Certificate student is asked to perform.

The scenarios are available now on the e-LfH Hub and as AICC links for Trusts.


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New statistics on domiciliary care workforceNew statistics on domiciliary care workforce

As plans are underway for a national campaign to recruit more social care workers in England, Skills for Care's analysis of the National Minimum Dataset for 2017/18 provides more detail about the current workforce.

Between 2012 and 2017 the number of domiciliary care jobs increased by 21% from 425,000 to 515,000. The turnover rate was 37.4%, with 66% of the workforce in domiciliary care recruited from within adult social care. The vacancy rate was 10%, amounting to an estimated 53,000 vacant positions at any one time.

Workforce Intelligence Summary - Domiciliary care services in the adult social care sector in 2017/18:

The State of the Adult Social Care Workforce in England, September 2018


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Government backs scheme for low-skilled migration route for specific sectorsGovernment backs scheme for low-skilled migration route for specific sectors

Press reports suggest that the Prime Minister supports a new immigration system that would allow some low-skilled workers into UK. If a new system were introduced, post Brexit, this would create a specific route for low-skilled workers to come into the country for specific sectors, like agriculture, social care and hospitality. More from: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-immigration-low-skilled-migrants-eu-uk-theresa-may-workers-a8553301.html


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The well-being of professional careworkers The well-being of professional careworkers 

NACAS, the National Association of Care and Support workers, has published the results of research questionnaires completed by people employed in the care sector. The conclusions reached by NACAS suggests that though many careworkers are broadly happy with their work, there are significant issues that are impacting on their lives as care professionals.

According to NACAS, further research is needed with a focus on pay, mental health of careworkers, longevity of the workforce and how care work could be further professionalised.


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18 councils to share £1.4m for digital projects supporting social care18 councils to share £1.4m for digital projects supporting social care

NHS Digital has awarded 18 councils a share of £1.4m to develop digital projects that support social care. Successful bids include those that improve the flow of health information into social care (over £820,000 in total), improve the flow of social care information into health (nearly £200,000 in total) and use predictive analytics for early intervention and prevention (nearly £350,000 in total).

The projects are designed to be collaborative with providers, and use technology to share records, reduce delayed discharges and use predictive analysis to support people at home, for longer.

List of councils and details of the projects


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World Alzheimer's DayWorld Alzheimer's Day

To mark World Alzheimer's Day, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, has called on everyone to take a moment to reflect on what they can do for people living with dementia. PoliticsHome article.


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MAC say social care needs policy wider than migrationMAC say social care needs policy wider than migration

The Migration Advisory Committee have issued its final report on EEA Migration in the UK, with recommendations for post-Brexit immigration policy. The MAC suggest a system that does not give preferential access to EU citizens, and has a less-restrictive regime for highly-skilled workers than lower-skilled workers. The MAC were unconvinced of the need for a migration scheme for low-skilled workers, except seasonal agricultural workers. The MAC said they expected some sectors to lobby extensively against this. They were 'seriously concerned about social care but this sector needs a policy wider than just migration policy to fix its many problems.'

'Unacceptable' to allow social care services to close - response of the Cavendish Coalition of health and social care organisations, of which UKHCA is a member: http://www.nhsemployers.org/media-centre/2018/09/cavendish-mac-response

 

 


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Health and Social Care Secretary considers 'opt out' plan to pay for careHealth and Social Care Secretary considers 'opt out' plan to pay for care

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, is considering including an 'opt out' plan to pay for care in the upcoming Green Paper on adult social care. Under the scheme, which would mirror pensions auto-enrolment, adults in England would make automatic payments into a national fund from their pay. In return the state would pay for their care, or a cap would apply to their expenditure on care. Those who chose to opt out would pay for the whole of their care, selling their houses if necessary. More from:

Daily Telegraph article 1(pay wall applies)

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New leaflet - Knowing what to expect from care workersNew leaflet - Knowing what to expect from care workers

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has produced a leaflet 'What to expect from your care worker', which will be available in GP surgeries from September.The leaflet describes the behaviour and values to expect from care workers and what people can do if they have a concern, now care workers in Scotland are registered with SSSC. The leaflet can be downloaded from: http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications/press-releases/what-to-expect-from-your-care-worker-mailing-to-gps


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Care Inspectorate showcases the benefit of animals in social careCare Inspectorate showcases the benefit of animals in social care

The Care Inspectorate's latest improvement resource 'Animal Magic' showcases the positive benefit for people when animals, like therapy dogs, are involved in their care setting. The guide describes the shared experiences of children and adults who experience care by telling their individual stories. There is also a blog which describes a visit to Deaf Action Outreach, one of the settings featured, which provides housing support and care at home to people who are deaf or hearing impaired in Edinburgh, Mid, East and West Lothian. More from: www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/news/4542-blog-we-are-focused-on-person-centred-care-that-supports-the-best-outcomes-for-people


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Impact of Brexit negotiations on businesses and individuals in ScotlandImpact of Brexit negotiations on businesses and individuals in Scotland

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


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Health and Social Care Committee calls for evidence on impact of no-deal BrexitHealth and Social Care Committee calls for evidence on impact of no-deal Brexit

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

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

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

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


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Survey reveals need for better career planning for registered managersSurvey reveals need for better career planning for registered managers

Skills for Care's survey of 860 registered managers in England revealed that almost 80% felt their role had changed since they started, with 73% saying it was more varied, and 83% that it was more pressured. The survey found 70% were offered their first registered manager post by an existing employer. Most had not planned to be a manager, but took the chance when it came up.

Sfc said with high turnover rates and up to 10,000 registered managers due to retire in the next 15 years, there needs to be better career planning.

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/About/News/News-Archive/New-research-reveals-more-about-the-20000-influential-people-in-adult-social-care.aspx




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'Talk Health and Care' provides digital platform for staff feedback'Talk Health and Care' provides digital platform for staff feedback

Health and Social Care Secretary Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP has launched a digital platform to enable staff to have their say on what matters to them about working in health and social care. The public platform, called Talk Health and Care, asks for ideas about five main challenges to make things better for people working in health and care. 

Comments will feed into the Government's development of the long-term plan for the NHS and the Social Care Green Paper for England. 

Health and Social Care Secretary's speech introducing the engagement platform: www.gov.uk/government/speeches/an-nhs-we-love-to-work-for


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Impact of Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to family carersImpact of Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to family carers

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

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

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National survey on registration of care servicesNational survey on registration of care services

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

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

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

The survey closes on Friday 21 September 2018.

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


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CQC consultation on 'What is a location?' for registration purposesCQC consultation on 'What is a location?' for registration purposes

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

 

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


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Safety net failing older people living at homeSafety net failing older people living at home

A new report by Age UK 'The Failing Safety Net', says the safety net for older people living at home is failing and in urgent need of repair. The report contains a selection of stories that show how easy it is for older people to 'fall off the health and care radar' or not get on it in the first place, so they only receive help at crisis point. The charity says far too many older people in the UK still do not receive the coordinated, wrap-around support at home that they need.


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Free personal care better than 'cap' model of fundingFree personal care better than 'cap' model of funding

Independent Age says say 3/4 of adults in England back free personal care. Their report 'A Taxing Question: How to pay for free personal care' looks at options to fund free personal care, like raising taxes, national insurance and council tax. It concludes that introducing free personal care would result in 'significant benefits for all older people, enabling them to live in their own homes for longer and supporting them to live independent lives for as long as possible.' Independent Age say this would have advantages over the 'cap' funding model under consideration.


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Five tests for the NHS long term planFive tests for the NHS long term plan

A briefing by NHS Providers sets out five tests for the long-term plan of the NHS in England, which it says should be centred around patients, service users, carers and families, realistic and deliverable; underpinned by a credible and sustainable workforce strategy; lay the groundwork for a sustainable high-performing service and support local good governance, autonomy and accountability. NHS Providers say the new plan will only work if government addresses the funding crisis in social care, and invests in public health to ease preventable NHS pressures.


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£145 million to help NHS prepare for winter£145 million to help NHS prepare for winter

The Government is to give an additional £145 million to NHS Trusts to upgrade wards, redevelop A and Es and further improve emergency care in time for winter. The money will come from the Department of Health and Social Care's existing budget and be spent on upgrading 81 hospitals. By announcing the funding early, the DHSC will hope to give trusts the opportunity to spend the money effectively.

More from: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hospitals-to-receive-145-million-to-prepare-for-winter-demand


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Council double care package after ombudsman orders re-assessmentCouncil double care package after ombudsman orders re-assessment

Waltham Forest Council had to double a care package, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman ordered a re-assessment. The council was found to be at fault in its reassessments of a complainant (who had multiple needs including support at night), after his Independent Living Fund had been withdrawn. The Council agreed to appoint an independent social worker to review the complainant's needs, resulting in the Council significantly increasing the complainant's care hours.

LGSCO decision

https://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/adult-care-services/assessment-and-care-plan/16-010-078


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Government drops self-employed tax cutGovernment drops self-employed tax cut

The Treasury has dropped a planned tax cut for self-employed workers. It had planned to abolish Class 2 National Insurance Contributions, which would have benefited 2.7 million self-employed workers with profits of £6,205 or more a year by £150 per year. The government blamed unintended consequences for the change of policy.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/philip-hammond-tax-cut-self-employed-scrap-conservatives-national-insurance-contributions-nic-class-a8526236.html


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Health and Social Care Secretary describes vision for tech-driven NHSHealth and Social Care Secretary describes vision for tech-driven NHS

In his second major speech, Health and Social Care Secretary, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, said he intends to bring his 'unsurpassable enthusiasm for tech to Britain's health and social care system'. He wants to address multiple IT systems, where GPs, social care, pharmacies and community care are all on different systems, and improve the commissioning and purchasing of IT to ensure the NHS gets better functionality and value for money. A new £200 million fund was announced to improve NHS IT systems.

Speech to NHS Expo 2018: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/my-vision-for-a-more-tech-driven-nhs

Summary: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/matt-hancock-new-technology-is-key-to-making-nhs-the-worlds-best


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Single Complaints Statement - a practical guide for social care providersSingle Complaints Statement - a practical guide for social care providers

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has issued a good practice guide for adult social care practitioners in England. The Single Complaints Statement is published under the 'Quality Matters' banner, and advises providers on how to act on compliments, feedback and complaints about adult social care. There is a version for service users that can be uploaded to providers' websites, as well as easy-read options.

The publication of the Single Complaints Statement follows a consultation process with both providers and service users.

Blog on the Single Complaints Statement by Donna Campbell, Assistant Ombudsman for adult social care with the LGSCO.

 


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Extension of CQC's local system reviews programmeExtension of CQC's local system reviews programme

The Secretaries of State for Health and Social Care and for Housing, Communities and Local Government have asked the Care Quality Commission to carry out a further tranche of local system reviews to explore how older people move between health and adult social care services.

This follows on from CQC's national report, Beyond Barriers, published in July, which reported on a programme of 20 local authority area reviews.

CQC will review three new areas (Staffordshire, Leeds and Reading)and will report on them individually by December 2018.

Progress in three local system areas inspected in 2017/18 will also be followed up. Stoke on Trent, York and Oxfordshire have been selected.

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Are you holding a Silver Sunday event?Are you holding a Silver Sunday event?

Silver Sunday, a day of free events and activities for older people, is being held this year on 7 October 2018. The organisers say holding an event is a great way to reach isolated or lonely older people who want to get out, make new friends and try something new in your local area. In 2017, thousands of older people attended more than 750 events across the UK.

Information pack and toolkit: https://silversunday.org.uk/organisers/resources/ 

Register your event online: https://silversunday.org.uk/organisers/submit-event/

If UKHCA members do run an event, please send your news stories and photos to policy@ukhca.co.uk by 12 October and we’ll feature the best in the November edition of Homecarer.


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Number of over 85s needing 24-hour care set to double by 2035Number of over 85s needing 24-hour care set to double by 2035

The number of people aged 85 and over needing 24 hour care is set to double to 446,000 by 2035 according to a new study, by Newcastle University, published in the Lancet Public Health Journal. The study also predicts that the total number of over-65s requiring 24-hour care will rise by a third to over one million in the same period.

The study highlights that many of these people will develop multiple, long-term health conditions, such as dementia, leading to increasingly complex care needs and putting greater strain on social care budgets.

Professor Carol Jagger, who led the study said: "This expanding group of very dependent older adults will have more complex care needs that are unlikely to be met without improved co-ordination between different specialties".

The Local Government Association has warned that more investment is needed with adult social care services facing a £3.5bn funding gap, by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care.

In the autumn, the Government is due to publish its long-awaited Green Paper setting out its plans to reform adult social care. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said that the Green paper will "address the challenge of our growing aging population head on and ensure services are sustainable for the future".

The Lancet report can be found here www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanpub/PIIS2468-2667(18)30118-X.pdf


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September 2018 edition of Homecarer now available to downloadSeptember 2018 edition of Homecarer now available to download

The September 2018 edition of Homecarer is now available for members to download from the members' area of our website at: www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=577

In this issue: Policy Director Colin Angel introduces our Risk Register, setting out the financial risks members face today; UKHCA Chief Executive Bridget Warr CBE calls for an equal focus on social care; Kirsty MacMillan of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP explains how deprivation of liberty procedures may change; Towergate Insurance discuss income protection and its benefits; Dietitians Kirsty Bamping and Alison Smith look at how homecare can prevent malnutrition and dehydration in older people; Keith Strahan of NHS Digital considers opportunities for information sharing; we discuss how homecare staff can be affected by bereavement at work; we interview Neil Eastwood about his new recruitment video masterclasses; our national reports look at developments across the UK, and we include a pull-out summary of our Impact Statement for 2017/18.

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Since we went to press, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has written to health and social care providers about government preparations for a March 2019 'No Deal' scenario. The EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit referred to in the letter is available at: Employer Toolkit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit


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Age UK warn England is poor man of developed world on funding social careAge UK warn England is poor man of developed world on funding social care

A report commissioned by Age UK shows the different approaches to long-term care across a group of countries in the developed world, and how they compare to the system in England.

While the report suggests creating a sustainable social care system for a rapidly ageing population is a challenge across the world, most of the countries featured in the report have grasped the nettle and implemented significant reforms during the last 25 years.

Germany provides a non-means tested basic level of support, Japan caps the level of co-payment for all at 10%, while France has a more generous and gradual means test. In contrast, England has a stricter means test than the other countries which has become increasingly less generous.

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People living with dementia benefit from cognitive rehabilitationPeople living with dementia benefit from cognitive rehabilitation

A therapy that helps people with dementia achieve everyday goals is being rolled out after a successful trial, the Nursing Times reported last week.

Supported by the Alzheimer's Society, Exeter University is leading a programme to train health and care professionals in a technique known as 'goal oriented cognitive rehabilitation'.

Doug Brown, chief policy and research officer the Alzheimer's Society, says the research shows that people with early stage dementia can learn new skills to help them maintain their independence, social lives and personal safety.

Two homecare providers, Somerset Care and Home Instead Senior Care have signed up to a new study called 'GREAT into Practice' which will see university researchers provide training to NHS and social care staff.

Read the article in the Nursing Times

Link to the Alzheimer's Society website


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More than four fifths of MPs believe adult social care funding should be increasedMore than four fifths of MPs believe adult social care funding should be increased

A poll published by the Local Government Association has found that 'the overwhelming majority of MPs and peers agree that additional funding should go to councils' adult social care budgets to tackle the funding crisis facing services caring for older and disabled people.' The poll, by ComRes for the LGA, showed that 84% of MPs and 76% of peers agree that funding for adult social care should increase. More from: www.local.gov.uk/about/news/more-four-fifths-mps-believe-adult-social-care-funding-needs-be-increased 

The poll follows publication of the LGA's 'green paper' to kick start a debate on funding before the Government's Green Paper for England is issued later this year.


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Winter and contingency planningWinter and contingency planning

As autumn beckons, here are resources on winter planning from previous years.

We have received confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that homecare workers will be eligible for free 'flu vaccinations in England for 2018/19, as they were last year, but do not have any further details yet.

Our website will be updated as and when we receive resources for winter 2018/19.




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Is CQC trying to be a law maker?Is CQC trying to be a law maker?

An article in 'Care Management Matters', argues that CQC is trying to write its own legislation by introducing a new definition of 'carrying on a regulated activity'. The authors say this would allow the inspection and regulation of organisations that may direct and/or control systems of care such as parent companies and care management companies which is not provided for in the current legislation.

Noting that CQC's deadline of Spring 2018 for implementing this change has not been met, the authors conclude that if CQC believes a wider group of entities should be registered, it should seek to change the legislation.

In the meantime, UKHCA is facilitating discussions between CQC and members to see how any new arrangements could work for franchise businesses.

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Ending free movement could spell disaster for social careEnding free movement could spell disaster for social care

Global Future, an independent think tank, is calling for Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make the case for continued free movement for what the authors describe as "low-skilled" social care workers to save adult social care.

According to the analysis by Global Future, if the UK applies similar restrictions on European workers to those currently applied to those from outside the EU, there could be more than 100,000 fewer care staff in England by 2026 than if free movement continues.

Global Future argue that not only does the social care sector need so called "low-skilled" social care workers from overseas, but that ending freedom of movement after Brexit would have significant consequences for our elderly and disabled people.

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New report on social care published by Which?New report on social care published by Which?

Which? has published a new report outlining the behaviour and expectations of the general public with regards to social care preferences and costs. The report claims that one out of every ten people will face care costs of £100,000 or more, and yet only 12% of adults aged 55 or over had put aside any money for future care needs. Only 1/3 of the same age group had discussed care preferences.

The full report can be found on the Which? website.


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Skills for Care launch 'Culture for Care' toolkitSkills for Care launch 'Culture for Care' toolkit

Skills for Care has launched a new toolkit aimed at helping employers to improve the wellbeing of care workers. The toolkit has a variety of guidance and activities to work towards this goal and to promote a good work-life balance.

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HMRC issue an update on the Social Care Compliance SchemeHMRC issue an update on the Social Care Compliance Scheme

Following on from the decision made by the Court of Appeal in July with regards to sleep-in care and the National Minimum Wage, namely that time spent asleep should not count for NMW purposes, HMRC have issued an update regarding the Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS). HMRC have decided that the SCCS will continue, and that providers should comply with previously outlined timeframes.

Anthony Collins Solicitors have prepared a short briefing on what this means for providers. This can be found on their website at: www.anthonycollins.com/newsroom/ebriefings/hmrc-issues-a-further-update-on-sleep-in-self-reviews/

 


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Care ISA's in the newsCare ISA's in the news

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the Treasury is considering proposals to include Care ISA's in the Government's Green Paper which is expected in the autumn. The "Care ISA" would be exempt from inheritance tax, and, according to Baroness Ros Altman, a former Conservative pernsions minister, would be part of the effort to solve the country's social care crisis. Under the proposals, Care ISAs would be capped to reflect care costs and any amount unspent could be passed on to the holder's family when they die.

However, the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston MP has dismissed the idea, as it would only solve the problem it for a small minority of wealthy people who can afford to invest. 

A government spokesman responded by saying, "In developing the green paper we are looking at how we can support people with the costs of their care in a way that is fair to all generations."


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