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United Kingdom Homecare Association
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Easing of COVID-19 restrictions postponed in ScotlandEasing of COVID-19 restrictions postponed in Scotland

The First Minister has confirmed that easing of restrictions in Scotland has been postponed to 19 July in the light of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, and to allow those over 40 to be fully vaccinated.

From then, the hope is all of Scotland will move to level zero, with some changes to the rules on outdoor gatherings.

Further easing is planned from 9 August, subject to the data. Face masks, Test and Protect, regular testing and self isolation, especially after a positive test, are likely to continue for the time being.

First Minister's statement

The First Minister also published:

Scotland's Strategic Framework update

Review of physical distancing in Scotland


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Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with dataData saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data

The Government have published a draft of a new policy paper Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data for consultation (survey pending).

Section four of the strategy focuses on improving adult social care data (in England).

Amongst other things, the proposals include:

  • Delivering training opportunities to improve the data and digital literacy of the adult social care workforce.
  • NHSx to accelerate the adoption of digital social care records among care providers.
  • The introduction of legislation to require information from all adult social care providers.
  • Work to improve confidence in the commissioning and purchase of care technology, support a vibrant marketplace, evaluate how data from care technology can improve the quality of care.

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Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets, Batch 1K10121, Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd due to precautionary risk of causing overdoseRecall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets, Batch 1K10121, Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd due to precautionary risk of causing overdose

MHRA have issued a national patient safety alert regarding a particular batch of Co-codamol 30/500 tablets.

Read more.


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Programme for Government published in WalesProgramme for Government published in Wales

The Welsh Government have published their Programme for Government.

The section "Protect, re-build and develop our services for vulnerable people" includes: a pledge to pay care workers the real living wage; and to pursue a sustainable UK solution so that care is free for all at the point of need and/or consult on a potential Wales-only solution to meet our long-term care needs.

The Health and Social Care Minister will also be tasked with launching a National Social Care Framework; establishing a Chief Social Care Officer and to maintain the cap on non-residential social care costs at £100 per week.


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New Adferiad programme will be launched in Wales later this week to support people with Long-COVIDNew Adferiad programme will be launched in Wales later this week to support people with Long-COVID

The Welsh Government is investing £5m in healthcare for a new 'Adferiad' (Recovery) Programme to support those suffering from the long-term effects of COVID (including long COVID) in Wales. This will include development of clinical pathways and infrastructure, training and provision of digital resources to support recovery.

Policy document

Announcement

Existing guidance on support for Long COVID in Wales


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Digitising Social Care Records - Dynamic Purchasing SystemDigitising Social Care Records - Dynamic Purchasing System

The Digitising Social Care Records Programme at NHSx has lauched a Dynamic Purchasing System to support adult social care providers in England to buy digital care record systems from an assured list of providers.

You can find out more about this via Digital Social Care.


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Immigration health surchargeImmigration health surcharge

A reminder that applications are open for people who work in social care to reclaim the immigration health surcharge during the 1 October 2020-31 March 2021 period.

Find out more. Apply.


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New Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) NHS policyNew Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) NHS policy

People with learning disabilities may have poorer physical and mental health and may face barriers accessing the healthcare that they need. The Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme was established by the NHS to learn from deaths, improve care and prevent premature mortality.

A new LeDeR policy is being launched by the NHS. This sets out the expectations on different parts of the health and social care system to help to deliver the programme from June 2021.


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Research and resources round up w/c 7 June 2021Research and resources round up w/c 7 June 2021

Research

Recommendations of the Gender Equality Advisory Council 2021 to the G7 include "Strengthened domestic and international social care infrastructure, and access to affordable quality care, including childcare, through increased public investment to address gender imbalances in care work, both paid and unpaid "

Audit Scotland have highlighted the need for the Scottish Government to move quickly to formulate more detailed proposals about how care will be funded, the cost of providng new models of care and timescales for any changes.

Carers UK highlighted for Carers Week that 72% of unpaid carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic and 35% feel unable to manage. Read the Breaks or breakdown report.

NIHR have announced an additional £1.7m funding for social care research.

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has found that over two-thirds of news stories portray older people in a negative light.

A study led by Dr Karen Jones from PSSRU at the University of Kent has found that "[Delayed Transfers of Care] will occur in practice and could be alleviated by increases in local home care and care home provision, improving information flow throughout the care system, improving communication channels between organisational representatives across the care sector, and planning early for hospital discharge to provide more time to set-up care packages."

Skills for Care are working with the Tribe project to address national care inequality at the local level. This will include a platform that can map and predict care 'dark patches' where there is a lack of provision.

Eurocarers: The Impact of the COVID-10 pandemic on informal carers across Europe.

See our seperate post on the Health and Social Care Committee's workforce burnout report.

House of Commons Library briefing on Support for people with a learning disability.

House of Commons Library briefing on Informal Carers.

Healthwatch England on vaccine confidence among people from African, Bangladeshi, Caribbean and pakistani backgrounds living in the UK.

Transitional Safeguarding "focuses on safeguarding young people from adolescence into adulthood, recognising transition is a journey not an event". Read the briefing.

Public Accounts Committee: COVID-19 Local goverment finance

Data

ONS: Coronavirus and the social impacts on unpaid carers in Great Britain

Resources

The GOV.UK overview of guidance for adult social care providers on COVID has been updated.

The illustrated guides to PPE have been updated - see here and here.

Skills for Care support for registered managers. Including upcoming webinars on:

While the Supporting excellence in infection prevention and control behaviours Implementation Toolkit contains some suggestions that are most relevant to residential care settings, some elements might be of interest to homecare providers.

Improvement Cymru: Magic moments in dementia care services

Improvement Cymru: Back to community life - resources to support people who are having difficulty when leaving their home.

Skills for Care resources on 'thinking digital'.


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Northern Ireland: COVID guidance for domiciliary care updatedNorthern Ireland: COVID guidance for domiciliary care updated

The COVID-19 Guidance for Domiciliary Care Providers in Northern Ireland has been updated. A table on the first page details changes made.

Read the revised guidance.


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Hot weather - guidance on reducing risks of dehydration and overheatingHot weather - guidance on reducing risks of dehydration and overheating

With hot weather predicted in parts of England, there is guidance on reducing the health risks of dehydration, over-heating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke at:

NHS: How to cope in hot weather

England: Heatwave Plan for England Resources include ‘Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and COVID-19’ poster, leaflet and keep cool at home checklist.

Advice for Health and Social Care professionals

Wales: Extreme hot weather - advice from Public Health Wales on the health risks of extremely hot weather.

Scotland: Hot weather advice from Ready Scotland

Northern Ireland: Hot weather advice from NI Direct

Age UK: Advice on staying cool in a heatwave

Dementia UK: How to support somebody living with dementia in hot weather and prevent dehydration

Met Office Weather app


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Workforce burnout an 'extraordinarily dangerous risk' to future functioning of health and social careWorkforce burnout an 'extraordinarily dangerous risk' to future functioning of health and social care

MPs have found people working in social care felt 'abandoned' with the early focus on the NHS, in a report on workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care, which highlighted the extreme risks of staff burn out.

In our evidence to the Committee we described the pressures on homecare staff caused by the lack of PPE early in the pandemic, and stress experienced by workers who had risen to the task of caring for people, despite the difficulties.

The report quotes our comment that homecare staff had 'worked above and beyond their contractual requirements in an emergency situation' and that this could not be considered a long-term position.

A previous inquiry by the Health and Social Care Committee had been told of the significantly increased pressure on social care teams and absence of a workforce plan in England, equivalent to the NHS People Plan - points we also made in our calls for adequate workforce planning and parity with the NHS.

Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care report

UKHCA's response to consultation on staff burnout in health and social care


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Report finds gaps remain in government response to pandemicReport finds gaps remain in government response to pandemic

The Health Foundation's analysis of the government response in England, after the first wave, has found a mixed picture for adult social care.

Support in some areas improved, such as access to testing and PPE, and the priority given to social care appeared to increase, with groups using and providing social care were prioritised for COVID-19 vaccines, alongside the NHS.

But major challenges remained and government policy on social care was often fragmented and short-term, creating uncertainty for the sector and making it harder to plan ahead.

There have also been persistent gaps in the national policy response, including support for social care staff and people providing unpaid care.

Adult social care and COVID-19 after the first wave: assessing the policy response in England | The Health Foundation


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New employment rights enforcement body plannedNew employment rights enforcement body planned

The Government has announced an intention to create a new "workers' watchdog". It will tackle modern day slavery and enforce employment rights including compliance with the minimum wage.

The new body will combine enforcement functions currently undertaken by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC's National Minimum Wage Enforcement. The body will also give advice on good practice.

No timescale has been given for its introduction other than "when parliamentary time allows" for the necessary legislative developments.

See Government press release.

See also Government's response to consultation.


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COVID-19 vaccination offered to people aged 25 and overCOVID-19 vaccination offered to people aged 25 and over

COVID-19 vaccination is being offered in England to people aged 25 and over and those who will turn 25 before 1 July 2021, in addition to previous priority groups.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines

 


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Updates for members in Wales - PPE, vaccine strategy and moreUpdates for members in Wales - PPE, vaccine strategy and more

PPE: Public Health Wales have published a new document that aims to answer some of the commonly asked questions about PPE for domiciliary care which is available here. It covers questions such as when PPE should be changed and when eye protection is needed.

New £3m respite fund: the Welsh Government have announced an additional £3m fund to support short breaks for informal carers in Wales. Press release. Written statement.

Care Stars: Social Care Wales are calling for nominations of outstanding care workers who've made a positive impact in people's lives during the pandemic for Care Stars 2021. Nominations are open until 23 June. Find out more.

Vaccine Strategy update: the Welsh Government have provided an update on their vaccine strategy. This includes a broad outline of plans for phase 3, once the vaccine has been offered to all over 18s. The elements being considered for phase 3 include booster vaccines, vaccinations for under 18s (which will be based on JCVI recommendations, when they are published), re-offering the vaccine to those that haven't had it and offering second doses to those that haven't had them. An online booking system is being developed. Written Statement. Strategy update.

Abuse support directory: the Older People's Commissioner for Wales has launched a new website to help older people who are experiencing abuse to find advice, information and support. Press release. New website.


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Research and resources round up w/c 1 June 2021Research and resources round up w/c 1 June 2021

Research

The Health Foundation: Adult social care and COVID-19 after the first wave: assessing the policy response in England June 2020-March 2021 "Government policy on social care was often fragmented and short-term, creating uncertainty for the sector and making it harder to plan ahead."

Evidence summary: Strategies to support uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations among staff working in social care settings

National discussions on mandatory vaccination for long-term care staff in 24 countries.

EHRC: Strengthening the right to independent living

See our seperate posts:

A third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, according to new report from Totaljobs and the Work Foundation

VISION for later life in Britain report now available from McCarthy Stone

Resources

DHSC have developed additional comms materials for providers to support social care workers to get vaccinated.

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland have developed a new app for people involved in dementia care.


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'15' campaign calls for fairness for all in independent homecare in Northern Ireland'15' campaign calls for fairness for all in independent homecare in Northern Ireland

A campaign dedicated to ending 15-minute visits and fee rates of £15 per hour, leading to unacceptably low pay rates for homecare workers in Northern Ireland, has been launched this week.

The Independent Health & Care Providers (IHCP) and United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) who represent over 2300 members in the UK, have come together to establish the '15' Campaign which aims to help homecare workers by calling for:

  • An end to £15 per hour rates for homecare in NI.
  • An end to 15-minute visits for older people NI currently has the highest level of 15-minute visits in the UK (over 30 per cent in Northern Ireland compared with 3.5 per cent in England);
  • Ensuring stability for the sector with fair contracts and fair rates.

These calls are in response to the woefully inadequate 34 pence increase to the hourly homecare rate announced by four of the five Health Trusts in Northern Ireland. This equates to an increase from £15.34 to just £15.68 per hour.

The Minister for Health, Mr Robin Swann MLA, has stated repeatedly that homecare workers deserve to be appropriately remunerated for their work, but that flies in the face of the reality. This increase means most homecare workers are paid at or just above the National Living Wage, despite the demands thrust upon them in their work.

The title of the campaign is especially symbolic of two things - the derisory £15 per hour homecare rates, and the inadequate 15-minute visits for older people, which quite simply is not long enough to meet their needs.

The CEO of IHCP, Pauline Shepherd, said: "After the announcements of these unacceptable increases to the homecare rates in Northern Ireland, IHCP and UKHCA have jointly decided enough is enough.

"However well-intentioned these increases may have been, they are nowhere near the amount needed to sustain homecare workers in the current climate. These workers showed extraordinary bravery and resilience throughout the pandemic as they continued to put the needs of others before themselves. We are simply asking for fair contracts and fair rates for work which takes a toll on the workers involved."

The CEO of UKHCA, Dr Jane Townson, said:

"UKHCA calculates that regulated homecare that can afford to pay the UK real living wage would cost at least £22.73 per hour for 2021/22. Northern Ireland's fee rate is over £7 per hour below the UKHCA Minimum Price to pay careworkers the Real Living Wage. A cost-saving approach which requires providers to penny-pinch from all of their budget lines when the starting point is already so low is taking risks with the quality and safety of a regulated service. It also risks undermining the ability of providers to improve the working experience of careworkers, thereby further destabilising the workforce.

"Councils in England report a planned average hourly rate for homecare in 2021/22 of £18.49. This in itself is around £3 more than the amount offered in Northern Ireland, but still glaringly short of the amount required.

"So, what we are seeing are worrying issues throughout the UK, but most notably for services relied upon by many people and their families in Northern Ireland. Hopefully the Minister for Health does the right thing by intervening and ensuring fairness for all concerned."

IHCP and UKHCA are calling on everyone to sign the petition and make the Minister for Health and respective Trust CEOs reconsider their position. You can support the 15 campaign at the following link: http://chng.it/7NCS7RC8BP

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Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA's members agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at www.ukhca.co.uk/codeofpractice.aspx.

3. For further information please contact:

Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

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

Telephone: 020 8661 8165

Mobile: 07393 012 113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Twitter: @ukhca

Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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Good care is about more than services, it's about having a life - survey by IMPACTGood care is about more than services, it's about having a life - survey by IMPACT

Are you involved in adult social care? Whether you care for someone, work in social care, receive care, or have any other connections, IMPACT, a new UK centre for implementing evidence in adult social care, want to hear from you. Complete the survey 

The Centre is based at the University of Birmingham's College of Social Sciences.


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Update for Supported Living and Extra Care guidance in WalesUpdate for Supported Living and Extra Care guidance in Wales

Public Health Wales have updated the guidance on preventing and managing COVID-19 for residential settings, including Supported Living and Extra Care Housing. Individuals who test negative and are fully vaccinated do not ordinarily need to isolate on admission from the community to residential care.

You can read the updated guidance here.


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Less than a month to EU Settlement Scheme deadlineLess than a month to EU Settlement Scheme deadline

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, need to apply without delay at EU Settlement Scheme so they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.


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Skills for Care seeks new Chair of the BoardSkills for Care seeks new Chair of the Board

Dame Moira Gibb's second and final term as Skills for Care Chair ends in March 2022.

The search for a new Chair has started, who can lead Skills for Care as it moves to a new phase with a new strategy and with the current heightened importance of the social care workforce.

https://starfishsearch.com/jobs/skills-care-chair/

Closing date 31 August 2021.


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Providers asked for views on PPE received from local authorities or Local Resilience ForumsProviders asked for views on PPE received from local authorities or Local Resilience Forums

The Department for Health and Social Care is conducting a survey for providers who use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This is aimed at providers who receive PPE from Local Authorities/Local Resilience Forums and asks about improving communications about PPE, the quality of PPE and any problems regarding PPE that need resolving.

Survey for providers who use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - PPE Distribution Customer Satisfaction survey

Deadline for completing the survey - 18 June 2021.


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Review of Care Inspectorate reportsReview of Care Inspectorate reports

The Care Inspectorate wants to hear from providers in Scotland, as part of a review of their inspection reports. For instance, they would like to know what providers think about the length of their reports and what information is read within them. To express your view, please visit this link.


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First Minister to consult on National Care Service for ScotlandFirst Minister to consult on National Care Service for Scotland

The First Minister's priorities for Government, issued on 26 May, include a consultation on legislation to establish a National Care Service in Scotland. The consultation will begin in the first hundred days with the aim of introducing legislation in the first year of Parliament.

The service is planned to be operational by the end of this parliament.

Priorities also include an NHS Recovery Plan.

Scotland's Recovery


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Single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approvedSingle dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approved

The one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Twenty million doses of the vaccine have been secured for use across the UK, with first deliveries are expected later this year.

Janssen coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator

The approval is for people aged 18 and over. The decision on whether to use the vaccine in pregnant or breast-feeding women should be made with advice from a healthcare professional after considering the benefits and risks.

People who have an allergy to one of the components, as detailed in the patient information leaflet, should not receive the vaccine.


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Changes planned to Protection Levels in ScotlandChanges planned to Protection Levels in Scotland

Glasgow will move to Protection Level 2 from 00.01 on 5 June if key indicators remain stable or fall, according to the First Minister, who said there are signs the situation is stabilising in areas affected by rising COVID-19 rates.

Mainland Scotland is currently due to move from Level 2 to Level 1 on 7 June. The First Minister is planning to confirm on 1 June to Parliament whether that move will take place.

Protection Levels update


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Culturally appropriate care resource publishedCulturally appropriate care resource published

The Care Quality Commission has launched resources on culturally appropriate care, including:

  • Key points for registered managers, senior staff and care staff,
  • Examples of culturally appropriate care, including from inspections, and
  • Information on cultural values.

Culturally appropriate care | Care Quality Commission



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Staff movement between care settingsStaff movement between care settings

The Government has decided not to change regulations that would stop staff movement between care homes and other health and care settings, following a consultation which UKHCA responded to. However, their consultation response notes that, to limit the spread of COVID-19, restricting such movement is essential.

Consultation outcome | UKHCA submission | Guidance on restricting staff movement


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Webinar on the use of technology in careWebinar on the use of technology in care

Bevan Brittan are hosting a Digital Health and Social Care Forum that will consider how technology has and will continue to improve care provision. Being held via Zoom, the webinar is being held on Friday 11 June at 10am. If you would like to attend, please click this link to register.


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Vaccination opened to those aged 18 and over in Northern IrelandVaccination opened to those aged 18 and over in Northern Ireland

Those eligible for COVID-19 vaccination has been extended to include 18 -24 year olds at 31 July 2021. People of 16 and 17 can book if they have an underlying health condition or are clinically extremely vulnerable, subject to providing specified evidence.

Get Vaccinated | COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Northern Ireland

May 2021 Vaccination Appointment Update


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UKHCA welcomes the aspiration in CQC’s new strategyUKHCA welcomes the aspiration in CQC’s new strategy

Following the publication of “A new strategy for the changing world of health and social care” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). UKHCA’s Policy Director Colin Angel said:

"UKHCA welcomes the aspiration in CQC’s new strategy. Placing greater emphasis on the experience of people who use services, and adopting a more dynamic and flexible approach using data and updating providers’ quality ratings is extremely positive."
 
"As CQC developed its strategy, UKHCA said that the current system of inspection has been too heavily focused on documented processes, at the expense of assessing outcomes for people. We encouraged CQC to be clear about how it would deliver its aspirations in practice."
 
"We support CQC’s intention to evaluate the wider social care and health systems in which care is delivered. However, we recognise that CQC, currently, has limited powers to hold those systems to account. In the case of homecare services bought by councils and the NHS, we see a number of undesirable practices, including care purchased by the minute, which regularly has a negative impact on people’s care and support and on the experience of careworkers. In adopting a whole-systems approach, a regulator also needs the ability to identify the impact of unmet needs of a local population."
 
"UKHCA is committed to working with CQC to help develop approaches which will deliver on this aspiration."

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Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA’s members agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at www.ukhca.co.uk/codeofpractice.aspx.

3. CQC’s Strategy document is available from www.cqc.org.uk/Strategy2021, from 09:00 hrs on Thursday, 27 May 2021.

4. For further information please contact:

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

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

Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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Travel restrictions lifted in Northern IrelandTravel restrictions lifted in Northern Ireland

From 24 May the 'stay local' message has been relaxed in Northern Ireland, with the emphasis switching to individual behaviour rather than distance travelled.

Social distancing and face coverings in indoor public areas remain mandatory.

Detailed guidance and exemptions for travel within Northern Ireland, the Common Travel Area, and internationally can be found here.

Updated Travel Restrictions May 2021

Lockldown easing from 24 May:

Easing Of Restrictions in NI May 2021




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COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches in ScotlandCOVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches in Scotland

Scotland now has a scheme that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status.

A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or requested from the Freephone Covid Status Helpline.

COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches


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A third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, according to new report from Totaljobs and the Work FoundationA third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, according to new report from Totaljobs and the Work Foundation

A third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, as public opinion improves after Covid-19

· A new report from The Work Foundation and Totaljobs finds that despite social care’s challenges being exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, the pandemic has given Brits a new-found appreciation of the sector.
· The number of people applying for social care roles has increased by 39%, with one in four (25%) 16–25-year-olds reporting they are likely to pursue a career in the sector in the near future.
· However, existing high turnover within care roles could mean new hires quickly leave the sector if significant changes are not made.

New research has revealed that a third (31%) of UK jobseekers would now consider working in social care, with the pandemic significantly improving people’s perceptions of working in the sector.

The report from The Work Foundation and Totaljobs – Social care: a guide to attracting and retaining a thriving workforce – shows how this new-found appreciation for carers could help the government and care providers improve the historic skills and labour shortage in the sector.

However, there is a risk that the sector will continue to be characterised by high levels of staff churn. Despite more positive perceptions from the public, one in seven (14%) current social care workers are actively looking for a new role outside the industry, and many of those currently working in social care have seen workplace stress increase during the pandemic.

More candidates are interested in entering the sector

Over half (53%) of the general public say their view of social care work has become more positive following the pandemic, with a quarter (26%) noting that Clap for Carers impacted their opinion. Only 16% of people noted that government recruitment campaigns shaped their view of the sector.

Nonetheless, the report shows that this positive opinion is increasing interest in working in the sector, which has long been impacted by a shortfall of workers. Younger candidates are most likely to be planning to pursue careers in care, with one in four (25%) 16–25-year-olds expecting to pursue a career in the sector in the near future. More generally, 17% of all jobseekers confirmed that they are likely to move into the sector in the near future.

Data from Totaljobs shows how the shift in perceptions is influencing people’s career choices, with the number of applications to social care roles increasing by 39% YoY (Jan-Mar 2020 vs Jan-Mar 2021). Alongside this, the number of social care vacancies advertised on Totaljobs was up by 17% across the same period.

It appears the sector is also seeing more applications from people who have previously worked in sectors worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis of data from 15,248 candidates across 5 major social care organisations shows that 56% of those moving into social care roles had come from a different sector in the last two years. 19% of those moving into the sector moved from customer service, retail and sales roles, whilst 7% moved from catering, utilising key transferrable skills.

Historic issues within the sector worsened by the pandemic

However, with more people applying to work in the social care sector, significant improvements to the longstanding issues which have been worsened by the pandemic need to be made. This will ensure new entrants to social care don’t leave the sector to pursue other roles as the economic recovery gathers pace.

When asked about their experience of working in the last year, two-fifths of social care workers (41%) reported an increased workload during the pandemic, and almost one third (30%) had to make up hours for colleagues who were self-isolating. The report also highlights the extent to which the pandemic has impacted care workers’ wellbeing. 48% of respondents to the carers survey stated that their mental health was good or very good over the past two weeks, in comparison with 60% in early 2020. The pressure the pandemic placed on the social care sector also resulted in 19% of staff not being able to take annual leave to maintain the staff numbers needed over the last year.

Retention of staff remains a challenge

The Work Foundation and Totaljobs findings show that recognition and wellbeing support are essential in retaining existing and future staff. For those currently looking to leave the sector, half (51%) flag that higher pay is a key motivation, followed by not feeling valued by their current employer (50%), that they’re looking for a less stressful environment (46%) and lack progression routes in their current role (42%). Social carers who don’t feel valued by their employer were almost 1.5 times more likely to be planning to leave their role compared to those who did feel a sense of appreciation from their employer.

Beyond these factors, when asked what would encourage them to stay in the care sector, a manageable workload is one key factor. Nearly half (49%) of respondents currently looking to leave said that having enough staff to cover the work needed would motivate them to stay.

Ultimately, those who would consider a career in care are motivated by gaining satisfaction from making a difference (73%), caring for others (72%), and knowing they would feel proud to work in care (63%). Those working in care confirm that the role delivers on these motivations, with the majority of care workers reporting they are proud to work in the industry (88%) and that their work makes a difference (93%).

In fact, analysis of Totaljobs candidate data suggests that those directly providing care are likely to stay within an organisation for longer than those in non-caring roles, potentially driven by the first-hand experience of the difference their work makes. The average candidate directly providing care spent approximately 8 years at their organisation, compared to an average tenure of around 6.5 years for those not in care providing roles in the same organisation.

Jon Wilson, CEO of Totaljobs comments: “The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the adult social care industry, leading people to be more open to pursuing a career in the sector. However, it’s clear that more positive perceptions of the industry won’t guarantee that people will click that apply button on a job ad. Consciously tackling some of the enduring misconceptions of the industry, and crafting messaging that speaks to the needs of young people in particular, will put social care providers in good stead. With this, highlighting the training opportunities and range of qualifications on offer to people pursuing a role in care will help employers to hire staff who see care as a long-term career path.”

“Our research also shows the undeniable pride that social carers have for their work, something that they want to see tangibly reflected by their employers. How a social care provider can make their staff feel valued will be unique to their workforce, whether it’s clearer progression opportunities, stronger relationships between carers and managers, or broader wellbeing support. Now is an opportunity to engage with staff and foster a people-first working culture where every social carer can thrive.”

Ben Harrison, Director at The Work Foundation explains: “Adult social care is an increasingly vital part of our society and economy. An increasing number of us will require care as we grow older, meaning the sector should provide a growing source of jobs into the future. And yet for too long poor pay, limited options for progression and challenging working conditions have driven significant staff shortages and high levels of churn.

“This new Work Foundation and Totaljobs research highlights the window of opportunity we now have to tackle these issues, as more people than ever – including higher numbers of young people – are looking at social care as a viable career option.

“We must therefore seize this moment to strengthen and support the sector. The Government made a welcome commitment in its 2019 manifesto to deliver long-term reform for social care. As it does so in the months to come, this has to involve a sustainable funding programme, alongside a comprehensive workforce strategy that engages directly with providers and workers alike, and puts issues like pay, progression and workforce wellbeing at its heart.”


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Webinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccineWebinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine

The DHSC webinar entitled: "Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine" is now available to stream.

It features Professor Jonathan Van Tam, and Dr Nikita Kanani, helping the adult social care workforce have their questions answered about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

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VISION for later life in Britain report now available from McCarthy StoneVISION for later life in Britain report now available from McCarthy Stone

The latest VISION for later life in Britain report from McCarthy Stone is now available to download.

UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson was interviewed as part of the research for this report. Download the report in full here.


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COVID-19 funding allocated in Northern IrelandCOVID-19 funding allocated in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed almost £220 million of Covid funding to support the social recovery from Covid.

The sum includes nearly £60 million to support the health service, to continue the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, supply funding for a number of mental health interventions and help support individuals managing the long term health effects of Covid.

Murphy allocates £316 million of Covid funding


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Government launches new pilots to support self-isolationGovernment launches new pilots to support self-isolation

The Health Secretary has launched self-isolation support pilots for 9 areas in England with high COVID-19 rates. Backing of £12.9 million a month to councils will be used for:

  • providing alternative accommodation for people in overcrowded households
  • social care support such as increasing existing social care support for vulnerable adults
  • providing 'buddying' services for people whose mental health has been affected by the pandemic and
  • language communications support for individuals where English isn't their first language.

Government launches new pilots to further support people to self-isolate

An extra £3.2 million per month has been allocated to a free medicines delivery service for people who are self-isolating and don't have access to help in collecting their prescription.


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Research round up w/c 17 May 2021Research round up w/c 17 May 2021

National Audit Office: Initial learning from the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic - draws out learning from a number of reports, including their earlier The adult social care market in England. Amongst other things, the report highlights staff shortages in social care and the need to put the NHS and social care on an equal footing.

Good Governance Institute: Adult social care and ICSs: time for action? - Recommendations include for the NHS and ICS' to engage effectively with adult social care and the independent care sector and for workforce issues to be connected - suggesting that ICS workforce groups need adult social care provider representation.

SCIE: Prevention in social care

The Alzheimer's Society report a 27% increase in emergency admissions for people with dementia. Three quarters of family carers say their loved one experienced medical issues because of a lack of support.


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COVID-19 response undermined by poor integrationCOVID-19 response undermined by poor integration

The response in England to COVID-19 was hampered by inadequate links between health and social care, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

Examining the Government's response to the pandemic, the public spending watchdog identified a large discrepancy regarding PPE provision for the social care sector in contrast to that received by the NHS.

Read more here | National Audit Office report


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Scottish Government announces new cabinet posts for Health and Social CareScottish Government announces new cabinet posts for Health and Social Care

Humza Yousaf has been appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

Maree Todd is the new Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport.

Kevin Stewart is the new Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care

More information can be found here.


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Research into homecare provision in WalesResearch into homecare provision in Wales

The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University would like to conduct phone interviews with homecare workers in Wales about their experiences of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers are aiming to contact around ten workers, who will be offered an Amazon voucher in return.

Details on how to take part


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Excellent practice in adult social care to be rewardedExcellent practice in adult social care to be rewarded

Outstanding contributions by the social care workforce in England will soon be recognised following the announcement of a new set of awards.

Mirroring similar prizes in the NHS, gold and silver awards will be presented to those in adult social care who have delivered exceptional care, leadership and inspiration.

Workers from all social care settings are eligible, with awards being handed out throughout the year. More information and nomination forms are available here.


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MPs express concern about the absence of proposals for social care reformMPs express concern about the absence of proposals for social care reform

The lack of a fully-costed, long-term plan for social care could undermine the success of integration with the NHS, according to a group of MPs.

In a report on the Government's White Paper on health and social care reform, the Health and Social Care Committee concluded that integrated care systems could be destabilised without such proposals.

The Committee added that they would be 'extremely disappointed' if a comprehensive plan was not announced by the end of 2021.

Read the report


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Northern Ireland plans further relaxation to restrictions from 24 MayNorthern Ireland plans further relaxation to restrictions from 24 May

The Northern Ireland Executive is planning a further relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions, subject to a review on 20 May, concerning hospitality, visits to people's homes and indoor gatherings.

Statement on Executive decisions 13 May 2021

About 69% of the adult population have now been vaccinated: Coronavirus: One million receive first vaccine dose in NI Booking was opened early this month for those aged 30 upwards.

Further information on vaccination


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Helpline for frontline social care workers extendedHelpline for frontline social care workers extended

The Samaritans is extending its helpline for frontline health and care workers in England to provide support in the pandemic until at least September 2021.

The Samaritans' helpline for NHS and social care workers in England is 0800 069 6222.

There is also a helpline for health and care staff in Wales:

Wellbeing support line for health and social care workers


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Consultation on simplifying pension statementsConsultation on simplifying pension statements

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued a consultation on proposed regulations and statutory guidance to introduce simpler annual benefit statements for use by defined contribution workplace pension schemes used for automatic enrolment. This closes on 29 June 2021

This consultation applies to Great Britain. DWP are working with Northern Ireland counterparts at the Department for Communities to make corresponding legislation.

Simpler annual benefit statements: draft regulations and statutory guidance


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Emergency parking guidance to be withdrawn from 21 June 2021Emergency parking guidance to be withdrawn from 21 June 2021

The Government has decided to withdraw the emergency parking pass guidance by 21 June 2021, following the publication of the government's roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in England.

This means health, social care and volunteer workers who are parking pass holders should contact their local council find out about any local plans for the future of the parking pass, or to check whether they are eligible for other local parking permits. Contact details of local councils are here: search tool

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health, care and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions


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NHS App can now show COVID-19 vaccination statusNHS App can now show COVID-19 vaccination status

The NHS App can be used to prove COVID-19 vaccination status from 17 May 2021. The App is usually used to book medical appointments or order prescriptions in England, and is different from the NHS COVID App. To download, go to: NHS App - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

For those without smartphones or who are going to countries where the App is not accepted, there is guidance on Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad, using a confirmation letter:

COVID-19 vaccination status: what your confirmation letter tells you


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Guidance on right to work checks changes againGuidance on right to work checks changes again

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic has changed again.

The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 employers will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

Previously the end date was 16 May 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks


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Advice on mitigating effect of variant of concernAdvice on mitigating effect of variant of concern

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the Government on the use of COVID-19 vaccines to mitigate the impact of the B1.617.2 variant of concern, which urges unvaccinated people, who are eligible, to come forward and the advance of second vaccinations.

JCVI advice to mitigate impact of B1.617.2 variant

Most vulnerable offered second dose of COVID-19 vaccine earlier to help protect against variants

Increased surge testing is being used:

Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants

Further updates:

Secretary of State's statement on 19 May

Government sets out new action to tackle B1.617.2 variant - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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National booking service re-opens for careworkers in EnglandNational booking service re-opens for careworkers in England

The National Booking Service has re-opened for all eligible frontline care workers who have not already been vaccinated. They can book via the national booking service, or by contacting their GP or employer.

Bookings will take account of vaccine recommendations for age, underlying health conditions, or if workers are pregnant.

There is an interactive webinar with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr Nikita Kanani, Director of Primary Care at NHS England, 11am on Friday 21 May to answer questions about vaccination.

DHSC's communications toolkit has been updated.


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Unpaid carers in Wales encouraged to use COVID self-test kitsUnpaid carers in Wales encouraged to use COVID self-test kits

Lateral flow testing is now available for unpaid carers in Wales, who are being encouraged to self-test.

Unpaid carers encouraged to use rapid COVID self-test kits | GOV.WALES


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Research and resources round up w/c 10 May 2021Research and resources round up w/c 10 May 2021

The Health and Social Care Committee have published a report on the Government's White Paper. It warns that the absence of a fully funded plan for social care has the potential to destablise Integrated Care Systems and undermine their success.

Domiciliary Care in England Market Report 2021 - recently produced by CSI Market Intelligence. Members can request a copy of the free report by following this link to send an email. They will then receive an automated email response with a link to the report.

The House of Commons Library 'Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources' has been updated. 

IPPR: The state of end of life care: Building back better after COVID-19

Emerging Together: the Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan

Age UK: the pandemic has significantly increased older people's need for social care

Resources

ACAS guidance on long-COVID sickness absence

Webinars from ADASS on the EU Settlement Scheme

NHS webinars on Anticipatory Care - starting 20 May.


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Changes to Welsh Government Ministers and movement to Alert Level 2Changes to Welsh Government Ministers and movement to Alert Level 2

Following the 6 May Elections, new Ministers have been appointed in the Welsh Government.

Eluned Morgan will be the new Minister of Health and Social Services while Vaughan Gething moves on to be Economy Minister. Julie Morgan has also been appointed to continue as Deputy Minister for Social Services.

Welsh Government announcement.

Meanwhile, Wales will move to Alert Level 2 on Monday 17 May.

The First Minister has confirmed the international travel rules for Wales applicable from Monday, but has warned of the risks of travel and encouraged people in Wales to holiday in Wales this summer.


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Guidance updates in WalesGuidance updates in Wales

The Supported Living Guidance has been updated.

The Welsh Government have also released an 'action card' for social care workers outlining the key actions they should continue to take to reduce coronavirus transmission.


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Access to home testing kits for unpaid carersAccess to home testing kits for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers in Wales are now able to access COVID lateral flow tests. These can be ordered online or be collected from various test locations. Click here for more information.


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National Minimum Wage reportNational Minimum Wage report

A report by the Low Pay Commission into compliance with National Minimum Wage requirements has found that businesses face more pressure than ever before due to COVID-19. As a result, the likelihood of the minimum wage not being paid has risen.

Press release | Report


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UKHCA supports care workers in Wales calling for waiver of £30 registration fee this yearUKHCA supports care workers in Wales calling for waiver of £30 registration fee this year

11th May 2021

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UKHCA supports care workers in Wales calling for waiver of £30 registration fee this year

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has added support to calls for registration fees for homecare workers to be waived by the Government in Wales.

In April 2020 homecare workers in Wales were required to become registered with the statutory regulator, Social Care Wales, in order to work in social care. An earlier, voluntary, registration fee of £20, increased to £25 and has now increased to a compulsory £30 per care worker.

Currently the registration fee requirement only applies to homecare workers; Staff working in care homes are not required to register until October 2022, nor do others working in social care, such as those working as directly employed personal assistants. Registration is also not required for comparable roles in the NHS, such as for healthcare assistants.

UKHCA supports care workers calling for the £30 registration fee to be waived this year.

Colin Angel, Policy Director at UKHCA said:

“We support the registration of the social care workforce, as it is intended to improve their recognition as professionals. However, the application of a £30 fee currently places homecare workers at a financial disadvantage to their colleagues in social care and health.
 
“The pandemic has been an emotionally demanding and physically exhausting year for front-line homecare workers, and the high quality support they deliver continues to be vital. We need to retain our experienced and dedicated staff and attract new people with the right values to provide the care we all expect when we need it.

UKHCA supports homecare workers in Wales and calls for the Welsh Government to waive the £30 fee this year and ensure future fee arrangements are equitable.”

Keri Llewelyn, Managing Director of All Care and UKHCA member said:

“£30 may not seem a lot of money to some but to those care workers at the lower end of the wages spectrum it is a big chunk out of their household budget for little immediate benefit.

“What we do not want is to put barriers in the way of our ability to recruit high standard new employees. This register was conceived with good intentions but currently the fees structure has caused discontent.”

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Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home.

3. For further information please contact:
Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07393 012113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk
Twitter: @ukhca
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UKHCA's reaction to the Queen's SpeechUKHCA's reaction to the Queen's Speech

Today’s Queen’s Speech (11 May 2021), announced that measures to reform social care in England will be brought forward in this Parliament.

UKHCA’s review of Government’s proposals is that nothing of substance has been proposed and commentary suggests that government is limiting its focus to protecting inheritances from costs of institutional care.

If true, this misses the point.

We all want to live well at home and flourish in our communities.

As a key part of the “levelling up” agenda, we call on the government to address unmet need for support and care at home, particularly in more deprived areas, which Age UK estimates to affect over 1.5 million people.

Solely investing heavily in the NHS to support people who could have been helped at home is wasteful of public money, bad for individuals and fails to address root causes of ill-health.

UKHCA’s Chief Executive, Jane Townson, said:

“We call on Government to grasp three crucial objectives:

“(1) Put people receiving services at the heart of the debate, empowering them to direct their own support and care, ensuring effective collaboration across Integrated Care Systems and investing in innovation and technology;

“(2) Invest in our care workforce, so the work is rewarded fairly and helps to fuel employment and economic growth; and

“(3) Clarify the responsibility of State and citizen in meeting care costs, helping us all to plan for the future.”

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Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home.

3. For further information please contact:
Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07393 012113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk
Twitter: @ukhca
Registered in England, No. 3083104


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First Minister announces changes to COVID-19 protection levels in ScotlandFirst Minister announces changes to COVID-19 protection levels in Scotland

The First Minister has announced changes to COVID-19 protection levels from 17 May, with most of Scotland moving to Level 2.

In an acceleration of previous plans, the number of people and households that can meet inside homes in Level 2 has been increased to six people from three households.

Next steps out of lockdown - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva within Argyll and Bute will move to Level 1.

Moray is likely to remain at Level 3 for a further period due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases. The Scottish Government will confirm this by end of the week.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) protection levels: what you can do


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Recruitment campaign launched in Northern IrelandRecruitment campaign launched in Northern Ireland

The "Social Care - Making a Difference" campaign has launched in Northern Ireland to boost recruitment.

The campaign highlights that social care staff are an integral and valued part of the health and social workforce and their work is critical to the sustainable provision of social care services.

Adult social care recruitment campaign launched

The campaign has been developed by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council on behalf of the Department of Health.


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RCN issues Nursing Workforce StandardsRCN issues Nursing Workforce Standards

The Royal College of Nursing has issued Nursing Workforce Standards which apply across all areas of nursing and all sectors in the UK and are designed for use by commissioners, planners, employers and regulators to support a safe and effective nursing workforce: Nursing Workforce Standards


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UK Chief Medical Officers recommend COVID-19 alert level reduces from 4 to 3UK Chief Medical Officers recommend COVID-19 alert level reduces from 4 to 3

The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have issued a joint statement recommending the UK COVID-19 alert level moves from level 4 to level 3, meaning the virus is still in general circulation, but some of the previous pressures have eased.

CMOs say it is very important we all continue to be vigilant, follow the guidance closely and everyone gets both doses of the vaccine when they are offered it.

COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers (10 May 2021)


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Revised guidance now contains sleep-in scenariosRevised guidance now contains sleep-in scenarios

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has revised its guidance on calculating the National Minimum Wage to reflect the Supreme Court's decision in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake.

The guidance explains that sleep-in workers are only entitled to National Minimum Wage when they are awake for the purposes of working, and includes examples of workers with working arrangements.

The guidance qualifies the examples by saying that each case may be different depending on individual circumstances, including what the contract provides and what is happening in practice.


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Social Care 360 report paints bleak picture of adult social care in EnglandSocial Care 360 report paints bleak picture of adult social care in England

The King's Fund Social Care 360 report, which uses data from 2019/20 to describe key trends in adult social care and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, shows demand was increasing but receipt of long-term care was falling.

Between 2015/16 and 2019/20, 120,000 more people requested social care support but around 14,000 fewer people received either long- or short-term support.

The report says many key indicators were already going in the wrong direction before the pandemic and highlights priorities for improving and reforming the sector.

Social care 360 | The King's Fund


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Guidance updated for travellers to and from EnglandGuidance updated for travellers to and from England

Travel advice - Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated, with links to new guidance that applies from 17 May 2021. The revised guidance includes the red, amber and green list rules for entering England, and how to demonstrate COVID-19 vaccination status to enter specific countries from England. Other guidance has also been amended:

How to quarantine when you arrive in England

Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

A risk assessment methodology will inform decisions on on the international travel light system:

COVID-19 risk assessment methodology to inform international travel traffic light system

Meanwhile the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has expressed concern that people arriving from 'red' countries hosting variants of concern might mix with those arriving from green list countries in overcrowded arrival halls. Press release and report 


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Advice on AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40Advice on AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40

As a precaution given the extremely small risk of blood clots, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that people aged 30-39 without any underlying health condition should preferentially receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This should be done where possible and provided that it does not result in substantial delays to vaccinations.

It follows previous guidance that people aged under 30 should similarly be offered an alternative.

Press release | Government statement | JCVI statement | MHRA response | Welsh Government statement


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Exploring the world of assistive technologyExploring the world of assistive technology

An interactive webinar on assistive technology is being held by Digital Social Care on 20 May 2021 at 3pm.

The session will consider how assistive technology is able to support people with a disability to be independent, pursue their hobbies and have contact with friends/carers.

Places can be booked by visiting the Digital Social Care website.


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Webinars for Scottish social care staffWebinars for Scottish social care staff

The Care Inspectorate are hosting two webinars, each lasting for one hour, for social care staff in Scotland. They are based on the theme of Growing a Good Life and the details are as follows:

  • Webinar 1: Bringing care professionals who support older people together, 20 May 2021, 10.30am.
  • Webinar 2: The Life Curve – helping older people age well, 2 June 2021, 10.30am.

To attend either or both sessions, anyone interested should click here to register.


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Research round up w/c 4 May 2021Research round up w/c 4 May 2021

The Coronavirus APPG have published a report calling for greater curbs on international travel.

The King's Fund have updated their Social Care 360, looking at trends in the sector.

See also our seperate post on the report from LSE in the Lancet calling for increased funding for health and social care over the next ten years.


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New report calls for substantial rise in health and social care spendingNew report calls for substantial rise in health and social care spending

An increase in funding for the NHS and social care of £102 billion over the next ten years has been recommended in a major report by the London School of Economics and Lancet medical journal.

Paid for by raising income tax, national insurance and VAT, this would ensure that the health and care system can meet demand and be rebuilt following the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is proposed that there should be annual spending increases of at least 4% in real terms for health and social care.

LSE-Lancet Report


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The Social Care Challenge - implementing a Connected SystemThe Social Care Challenge - implementing a Connected System

The think tank, Public Policy Projects (PPP), is working on a report entitled State of the Nation: The Social Care Challenge: Implementing a Connected System, due for launch in July 2021, and seeking evidence and case studies that illustrate best practice at local level to deliver sustainable care services on: 

  1. Innovation: Exploring the adoption of new solutions and ways of working.
  2. Integration: Exploring the interoperability between health and care records and the intelligent use of data.
  3. Infrastructure: Exploring the infrastructure solutions available to enhance interconnectivity and deliver place-based health solutions for elderly care recipients.

More about the call for evidence, which concerns the UK social care system: CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Social Care (We understand there may be a charge for case studies to be published in the final report.)


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App helps to identify skin breakdownApp helps to identify skin breakdown

The Scottish Social Services Council has developed a new app to help people working in social care identify potential skin breakdown on people they support. More information and download the app: New skin breakdown app for social service workers


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Free webinar on data and cyber securityFree webinar on data and cyber security

Digital Social Care are hosting a webinar on how the Better Security, Better Care programme can help care providers to store and share information safely.

The event is being on 12 May at 3pm and is free to attend. Please click here to book your place.


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Update on free PPE for unpaid carersUpdate on free PPE for unpaid carers

The Government has said that free PPE for unpaid carers will now be available until the end of March 2022. This follows a previous announcement where the same extension was made for care providers. 

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family


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New President takes the reins at ADASSNew President takes the reins at ADASS

Stephen Chandler is the new President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), taking over from James Bullion.

UKHCA's CEO, Jane Townson, said:

"The last year posed immense challenges for the social care sector and we have appreciated the support of ADASS and James Bullion's inspiring leadership, as we navigated the pandemic.

"We look forward to an equally constructive relationship with Stephen Chandler and wish him well as he takes the over the reins. We know Stephen is committed to enabling a majority of people to live well at home and flourish in their communities. We are keen to work in partnership with central and local government to ensure that home-based support and care is available for all who need it, in a financially sustainable manner. This includes driving innovation in commissioning and provision of services. We must shift from paying for homecare by the minute to a focus on outcomes, allowing people to direct their own care as far as is possible."

Stephen Chandler is Director of Adult Services at Oxfordshire County Council and was previously Director of Adult Services and lead commissioner at Somerset County Council.


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Research round-up w/c 26 April 2021Research round-up w/c 26 April 2021

Research and reports

Institute for Government: Devolved public services - the NHS, schools and social care in the four nations.

Engage Britain: Why is social care reform so difficult? / Careless Whispers - a short history of social care reform and why the conversation needs to change to avoid more failure

Healthwatch Camden: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic views on the COVID-19 vaccine

NICE have launched their 2021-2026 5 year strategy.

Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman three year plan 2021-24

ADASS spring conference

Key speeches included:

  • Secretary of State for Health: "You have my word that we will back you throughout the rest of this pandemic and we'll make the reforms that are needed to put social care on a firm footing for the years to come." Read the full speech: The dedication of carers during the pandemic 
  • Inaugural speech of the new ADASS President, Stephen Chandler "my ask of you is to be confident, to be ambitious for us when we need care and support for our families and our communities, and to help us make the change happen. Speak or write to your local politicians and MPs in a personal or a professional capacity. Let local press and media know about the difference that is made when someone gets good support or changes an abusive relationship. Support your colleagues and partners to do so. And tell us what you are doing so we can celebrate it too."
  • Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance: "CPA is pushing for our ADASS colleagues and system partners as well as the wider government to involve us in decision making from the start, including the development of Integrated Care Services." Read more

Resources

Skills for Care have a new Care Certificate assessors eLearning course.

Health Education England has made software that will support people with basic key skills (numeracy, lieracy, digital) available to all social care providers to support staff. Find out more.

The Health and Safety Executive have launched a Stress Indicator Tool: Stress Indicator Tool (SIT) (hse.gov.uk)


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Right to work checks - end of temporary measuresRight to work checks - end of temporary measures

Temporary changes that allowed employers to carry out right to work checks via video call and through scanned documents, rather than originals, are ending on 16 May 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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COVID-19 vaccination extended to 40 year olds in EnglandCOVID-19 vaccination extended to 40 year olds in England

The National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccination in England has now opened for those of 40 and over, and those who will turn 40 before 1 July 2021, as well as other priority groups already announced.

 Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


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UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson to speak at Care Talk ConferenceUKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson to speak at Care Talk Conference

UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson will be a panellist at the Care Talk Conference in the autumn.

More information here.


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Capacity Tracker feedbackCapacity Tracker feedback

Comparative data can now be accessed on Capacity Tracker. Providers are also being asked what other data analysis would be of benefit - for instance, data sets that could be compared or trend data you would like to see. If you have any comments, please email necsu.capacitytracker@nhs.net.


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Webinar on supporting mental healthWebinar on supporting mental health

The CIPD is hosting a webinar on how best to support the mental wellbeing of frontline workers given the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is being held on May 6 at 12:30pm. To register, please click here.


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New care worker card launched in WalesNew care worker card launched in Wales

Social Care Wales have launched a new digital Care Worker Card. The previous Social Care Worker Card will no longer be valid from 1 May 2021.

Press release.


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Guidance for people receiving direct paymentsGuidance for people receiving direct payments

Guidance has been issued for people who receive direct payments in England about the support available for them and their PAs.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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Give your views on national recruitment campaign - deadline extended to 7 MayGive your views on national recruitment campaign - deadline extended to 7 May

The Department of Health and Social Care is asking for views on the national adult social care recruitment campaign which has been running in England since February 2021 and will end soon.

The survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Feel free to share with other people working in the adult social care sector, from care staff and registered managers to directors and HR teams.

Adult Social Care Recruitment Communication Survey The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to 7 May 2021.

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Open letter to PM calls for long-term, sustainable future for adult social careOpen letter to PM calls for long-term, sustainable future for adult social care

UKHCA has signed an open letter, coordinated by Care England, to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling on him to establish a long-term and sustainable future for adult social care. Read the letter in full:

1948 Moment for Adult Social Care | Care England


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Free webinar on fee settingFree webinar on fee setting

Interested in learning more about the fee setting and commissioning process of local authorities? Join the LGA, ADASS and the CPA on Tuesday 4th May, from 13:30 to 15:00 for a webinar which will explore the key issues and some common misconceptions regarding these processes, illustrate what providers should expect from local authorities and highlight examples of good practise and the importance of communication and consultation between local authorities and providers.

Please contact marketsandcommissioning@local.gov.uk to book your place and you will subsequently receive a meeting invite and further information regarding the webinar.


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Better Security, Better Care now has local support, webinars and filmsBetter Security, Better Care now has local support, webinars and films

Digital Social Care's Better Security, Better Care project is now providing support to care providers on data protection and cyber security through local support partners as well as running webinars on data security. They have also released a new series of short films explaining why data and cyber security matters.

Find out more.


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MPs seek views on impact of new Immigration RulesMPs seek views on impact of new Immigration Rules

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration is seeking views on the impact of the new Immigration rules and would like to invite stakeholders to complete a survey.

The MPs' inquiry is aiming to collect feedback from a wide range of stakeholders about the positive and negative impacts of the new rules, following up on soundings taken before the rules were introduced.

Those managing human resources and/or immigration at their organisations will be best placed to answer this survey. 

The survey should take around 15 minutes.

The results and follow up interviews will provide the basis for a report and recommendations to the Home Office.

The closing date is 18 May 2021. Those participating are invited to share the survey with others.


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Guidance on second recognition payment for NHS and social care staff in WalesGuidance on second recognition payment for NHS and social care staff in Wales

The Welsh Government have issued guidance on the second regonition payment for NHS and social care staff in Wales.

The guidance covers key points such as who is eligible for the payment within the sector; as well as the process for making claims. Employers will be provided with claim forms via the local authority and will then be able to claim the relevant number of payments from local authorities. The guidance says that "employers also claim additional costs for their contribution to national insurance and pension and receive a nominal administration fee."

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Lateral flow testing available to the public in ScotlandLateral flow testing available to the public in Scotland

From 26 April, lateral flow home test kits will be available free to the public, who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly.

From 20 April, anyone planning travel to the islands next week can order a free home test kit online. The first test should be taken three days before travel and the second on the day of departure.

Moving to Level 3

These provisions do not replace the current regular testing put in place for occupational groups like social care workers. Social care testing guidance.


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Research and resources round up w/c 19 AprilResearch and resources round up w/c 19 April

Research

The Public Accounts Committee have published a report criticising the speed with which the Government identified people who were clinically extremely vulnerable.

Caring (National Survey for Wales): April 2019 to March 2020

The House of Commons Library have updated Coronavirus: Adult social care: key issues and sources

The Public Accounts Commmittee held an oral evidence session on Adult Social Care Markets on 19 April. Transcript available here.

There was a debate in Westminster Hall on Social Care and the COVID-19 outbreak on 22 April. Hansard.

An update from Learning Disability Improvement Cymru

Resources

Digital Social Care have upcoming events on Better Security, Better Care and How to register for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. Find out more.

Once for Wales Health Profile for people with Learning Disabilities.

All Wales Dementia Care Pathway of Standards

elfh / Skills for Care learning path for care workers supporting a person near the end of life

GOV.UK updates:

The Supported Living Guidance has been updated to reflect the availability of self-testing for visitors.

The Guidance for Children's Social Care Services has also been updated.


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Easing of restrictions accelerated in ScotlandEasing of restrictions accelerated in Scotland

The Scottish Government has accelerated the easing of restrictions. From 16 April, six people from six households are allowed to meet outdoors, and travel within Scotland is permitted for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise. People must still stay local for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport.

Accelerated easing of restrictions

If the data permits, the whole of Scotland, including all island communities, should be in Level 3 from 26 April and move to Level 2 from 17 May. Local protection levels

Moving to Level 3


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National Booking Service resumes for social care workers and unpaid carersNational Booking Service resumes for social care workers and unpaid carers

The National Booking Service is once again taking bookings for COVID-19 vaccination in England, following the recent temporary suspension for care workers and unpaid carers in JCVI priority group 2 due to supply issues. UKHCA put the case vigorously to policymakers for the National Booking Service to be re-opened.

Guidance on eligibility

Book a vaccination through the National Booking Service

Vaccination can also be arranged through GP surgeries and employers.

 


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Supporting Social Care Research in South Central EnglandSupporting Social Care Research in South Central England

The National Institute for Health Research are very keen to see more research up and running in social care. To this end, The NIHR Research Design Service South Central and the NIHR Clinical Research Networks and Applied Research Collaboratives have got together to organise an event to bring together researchers, practitioners, providers, commissioners and users of social care, to discuss how they can develop and support research in the South Central and Wessex regions.

Date: 26/5/21

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Who should attend?

  • Social care researchers
  • Social care practitioners
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Users of social care
  • Commissioners and providers of social care

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JCVI issues new advice for pregnant womenJCVI issues new advice for pregnant women

The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. This is a change to previous advice.

JCVI advises that it's preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available, as there is more research on these vaccines.

JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

The Green Book for medical practitioners advises that pregnant women should still discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with their clinician, including the latest evidence on safety and which vaccines they should receive.

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MPs raise questions about social care reformMPs raise questions about social care reform

In Health and Social Care questions recently, Care Minister Helen Whately MP confirmed to MPs that further information about social care reform in England would be published later this year, including a workforce strategy. Hansard: Oral Answers to Questions - Tuesday 13 April 2021 The Care Minister said the Government's objectives for reform are 'to enable an affordable, high quality adult social care system that meets people's needs, whilst supporting health and care to join up services around people': Social Services: Reform: 15 Apr 2021: Hansard Written Answers

The Government is currently conducting a programme of engagement with stakeholders, including UKHCA and the Care Provider Alliance.


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Survey of frontline workers' experiences in social care during pandemicSurvey of frontline workers' experiences in social care during pandemic

 A UK-wide survey of frontline workers in adult social care is being carried out to find out how the pandemic is affecting people's experience of working in adult social care. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and there is a prize draw at the end to win an Amazon voucher worth £50.

 RESSCW Longitudinal Wave 1 (qualtrics.com)

The survey is funded by the Health Foundation and has been put together by researchers at the University of Kent, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and City University of London.

Please could social care employers share the survey with their frontline staff, to support this research. No closing date has been given.


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Research and resources round up w/c 12 April 2021Research and resources round up w/c 12 April 2021

The Government has responded to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Coronavirus, disability and access to services.

Health and Care Research Wales is setting up a public engagement and involvement forum.

Nufield Trust: Fractured and forgotten? The social care provider market in England

Resources

Skills for care have developed new resources on supporting people with everyday technology.

More webinars and support for registered managers from Skills for Care via their latest eNews.

Find out about the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set.


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Routine testing and notifications in ScotlandRoutine testing and notifications in Scotland

Routine testing of homecare workers in Scotland may be via PCR test or lateral flow test, depending on local Health and Social Care Partnership decisions.

The Care Inspectorate have updated their guidance on COVID-19 notifications in relation to lateral flow testing.


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Free webinar: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workersFree webinar: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers

Event: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers
Date and time: Tuesday 20th April, 15.30-16.45
Organised by: the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Sustainable Care Research Programme
Registration link here (Free).

On Tuesday 20 April, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Sustainable Care Research Programme will be discussing the risks that migrants working in the care sector face, what this means for the sector, and what needs to happen to ensure their rights are protected.
 
Chair
Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East

Speakers
Shereen Hussein, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Caitlin Boswell, EU Citizens’ Project Officer at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Kinga Milankovics, a self-employed care provider and co-founder of the Hekate Conscious Ageing Foundation.


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National Booking Service opens for those of 45 and overNational Booking Service opens for those of 45 and over

The National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccination is now open for those of 45 and over in England.

The JCVI has also issued JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021 This confirms offers of vaccination during phase 2 are age-based and in the following order:

  • all those aged 40 to 49 years
  • all those aged 30 to 39 years
  • all those aged 18 to 29 years

The advice suggest those individuals aged 18 to 49 years, where there is an increased risk of hospitalisation in males, those from certain ethnic minority backgrounds, those with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (obese or morbidly obese), and those experiencing socio-economic deprivation, should take up their offer of vaccination promptly.

UK health ministers' statement on JCVI advice (13 April 2021)

UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early

Separate advice has been issued on suitable vaccines for those under 30.


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New posters on COVID-19 vaccination and RamadanNew posters on COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan

A set of three NHS and Public Health England posters has been launched to confirm people can have COVID-19 vaccinations during Ramadan. The message in each poster is vaccination is acceptable for Muslims.

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The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Wales has been acceleratedThe relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Wales has been accelerated

The Welsh Government has announced an acceleration of elements of its planned relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

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This builds on the previous announcement to move towards a movement from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 by mid-May.


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Update to mandatory Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in ScotlandUpdate to mandatory Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in Scotland

The Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum has been updated.


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Update in Personal Assistant COVID-19 testing policy in EnglandUpdate in Personal Assistant COVID-19 testing policy in England

The policy on COVID-19 testing for Personal Assistants has been updated so that PAs will be offered twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Device rather than the previous once a week PCR testing. PCR tests will be used only to confirm LFD positive test results.

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Lateral flow testing opens for people without symptoms in EnglandLateral flow testing opens for people without symptoms in England

The following does not replace the organisation testing arrangements for social care employers, which are summarised here.

However, care providers should be aware that from today, 9 April, anyone in England who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can obtain free 30-minute lateral flow tests so they can do twice a week testing.

Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week

These can be done at home, as well as through employers and test sites. People can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:

People can also order a pack of 7 tests sent to their home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK If testing is done at home, the results should be reported online or by phone.


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Moderna vaccine cleared for use in COVID-19 vaccination rolloutModerna vaccine cleared for use in COVID-19 vaccination rollout

The Moderna vaccine has been cleared for use for all those in phase 1 and 2 of the programme by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), with a 2-dose schedule, the second dose being given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose, like the other approved vaccines.

Letter from JCVI and reply from the Health and Social Care Secretary on use of the Moderna vaccine


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Revised guidance on the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccineRevised guidance on the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Around four people in every million doses of the Astra Zeneca Vaccine delivered have developed an unusual blood clotting condition following vaccination - this is extremely unlikely and rare.

On review of the information available the JCVI and MHRA have suggested that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for most people. However, as a precaution the advice for healthy younger persons aged 18-29 who have not received a first dose has been revised to suggest that it would be preferable for them to have an alternative vaccine.

Everyone (including people aged 18-29) is advised to have a second dose of the vaccine if they have received a first without suffering serious side effects.

An information leaflet is available here.

Government press release / MHRA press release


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Research and resources round up w/c 6 April 2021Research and resources round up w/c 6 April 2021

The Global Travel Taskforce have made policy recommendations on the safe return of international travel.

Marie Curie have published their Better End of Life Report 2021, which looks at how COVID has affected end of life care.

ONS: Coronavirus and vaccine hesitancy 17 Feb - 14 March. During this period reported vaccine hesitancy was lower than the 13 Jan - 7 Feb figures.

Skills for Care have published Workforce Intelligence reports on social work and also on personal assistants.

A technical specification has been published for transparent face masks.

PHE analysis suggests that COVID-19 vaccinations have prevented over 10,000 deaths in those over 60

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has launched a manifesto for the Senedd 2021 Election.

A Kings Fund report: Shaping the future of digital technology in health and social care highlightes the "NHS-social care gap" when it comes to investment, research evidence and digital maturity.

LGA: The lives we want to lead: where next for the debate about care and support reform?

King's Fund blog: Making decisions about social care requires tough choices

Resources

The Care Provdier Alliance have published a web-page bringing together information on COVID-19 vaccination.

Recordings of the National Social Care Conference 2020 for Wales are now available.

LGA's new page on the adult social care workforce.

Events

After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers - 20 April 15.30-16.45

SCIE and Care Talk: Preparing for a new normal in social care 12 April 11.00-12.45

Care Talk: From New Normal to New Future - How has the response to COVID-19 changed social care practice? 30 June 2021.

The National Wellbeing Hub is running a webinar programme for social care staff in Scotland through April and May.


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Scotland coronavirus updateScotland coronavirus update

Lateral flow tests are set to become universally available twice a week in Scotland, according to the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon has said that further information on how people can access the tests and from when could be provided later this week.

COVID-19 update: First Minister's statement – 6 April 2021

Meanwhile, Scotland's 'Stay at Home' guidance has now been replaced with the 'Stay Local' message. A full timetable on the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions has been published, with further outdoor socialising being allowed from 26 April. It is hoped that up to four people from up to two households will be permitted to socialise in-home from 17 May.

Details on the COVID-19 protection levels for each Scottish council area


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PPE Guidance revision in England - How to work safely in domiciliary carePPE Guidance revision in England - How to work safely in domiciliary care

Revised PPE guidance for homecare providers in England has now been published by PHE.

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers delivering domiciliary care during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Our member organisations had an e-mail alert about the changes on Thursday 1 April. We encourage homecare providers to read PHE's revised PPE guidance in full. The most significant changes are as follows:

  1. Sessional use of face masks is no longer recommended in homecare: At the end of each homecare visit, the facemask should be disposed of and fresh PPE, including a new facemask, will need to be donned before entering the next client's home.
  2. If a client has respiratory symptoms compatible with recent COVID-19 infection, or has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that eye protection (visor or goggles) is worn (along with a Type IIR mask, which is already required).
  3. Eye protection and face masks should be removed and disposed of after completing personal care for each homecare client. If the eye protection is not labelled as single use only, then it needs to be decontaminated before reuse.

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Leadership and Management Programme in ScotlandLeadership and Management Programme in Scotland

The Scottish Social Services Council has opened applications for a 10-month leadership and management development programme.

This has been designed for senior leaders in health and social care, as well as partner organisations.

Anyone interested should complete an application form by clicking this link. The deadline for social care applications is 20 May 2021 at 12pm.


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EU Settlement Scheme DeadlineEU Settlement Scheme Deadline

A quick reminder that the deadline for staff who are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen to apply for EU settled status is 30 June 2021. However, staff are encouraged to apply as early as possible so that any problems can be addressed.

Click here for more information.


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Wellbeing programme for Scottish health and social care staffWellbeing programme for Scottish health and social care staff

Scotland's National Wellbeing Hub is hosting a series of wellbeing webinars for people working in health and social care in April and May. Sessions are on subjects such as helping to cope with low mood and mindfulness.

Staff can book their place at a webinar by clicking this link.


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Mental health support for hospitalised coronavirus patients in ScotlandMental health support for hospitalised coronavirus patients in Scotland

Individuals in Scotland who have been hospitalised because of COVID-19 are set to receive access to mental health support.

£4.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government across three years will create a new network of mental health clinicians to help those affected.

Further information


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Scottish Parliament Committee calls for health reformScottish Parliament Committee calls for health reform

A legacy report by the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee has said that the COVID-19 pandemic provides a golden opportunity to implement much-needed reform in health and social care.

In the report, it was recommended that social care be given its own separate Parlimentary Committee, while the progress towards the integration of health and social care was criticised.

Further information


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Real Living Wage for care workers in ScotlandReal Living Wage for care workers in Scotland

From May 2021, adult social care workers in Scotland will be paid at least the Real Living Wage, backdated to the previous month. As a result, each care worker will receive a minimum of £9.50 per hour.

Fair pay for social care workers


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Further easing of lockdown in England from 12 April and universal testing offerFurther easing of lockdown in England from 12 April and universal testing offer

In England, the Government has confirmed a further easing of Covid restrictions from 12 April, when more businesses and venues can reopen. It has also published a Roadmap Reviews: Update on:

  • COVID-Status Certification Review
  • Global Travel Taskforce
  • Events Research Programme
  • Social Distancing Review

The reviews will inform Government decision making on future lockdown easing.

In addition, twice weekly rapid testing is to be available free to everyone in England from 9 April. This does not replace guidance to social care organisations on staff testing, which is summarised here.

PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 5 April 2021


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Updates for Wales - Care Inspectorate Wales and Supported Living GuidanceUpdates for Wales - Care Inspectorate Wales and Supported Living Guidance

Care Inspectorate Wales has confirmed that the first annual returns for all regulated services that were due in May 2020 are not not due until May 2022.

They have published an updated Securing Improvement and Enforcement Policy and the finidngs of their national review of the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

The Supported Living Guidance in Wales has been updated.


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Gender pay gap reportingGender pay gap reporting

Employers with 250 or more employees in England, Wales and Scotland will need to publish their annual gender pay data, with an official deadline for private and voluntary sector organisations of 4 April. However, the Equality and Human Rights Commission have indicated that they will not begin enforcement for the 2020/2021 reporting until 5 October 2021.

Gender pay gap reporting

Further information


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Supporting people living with dementia to be involved in safeguarding enquiriesSupporting people living with dementia to be involved in safeguarding enquiries

New DHSC guidance, supporting people living with dementia to be involved in adult safeguarding enquiries has been issued which draws on research by Dr Jeremy Dixon at the University of Bath and input from people living with dementia, family carers and professionals in the sector.


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COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan for EnglandCOVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan for England

The Department of Health and Social Care have published an action plan outlining the steps that they intend to take over the coming year to respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic.

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan (publishing.service.gov.uk)


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National Minimum Wage and Living Wage increase and age band changeNational Minimum Wage and Living Wage increase and age band change

On 1 April the National Living Wage increased to £8.91 per hour, the age threshold for the National Living Wages also moved from 25 to 23. This means that younger workers are now eligible for the higher rate. The 21-22 year old rate will be £8.36, 18-20 year old rate £6.56 and 16-17 year old rate £4.62. Record retention requirements for minimum wage are also extending to six years; Statutory sick pay and Statutory family-related pay will be increasing; as will Statutory Redundancy Pay.

Guidance from Anthony Collins Solicitors.

Press release.

More information.

UKHCA National Minimum Wage Toolkit.


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Research and resources round up week commencing 29 MarchResearch and resources round up week commencing 29 March

Senedd Research (Wales): Coronavirus: Long Covid - "it's a game of snakes and ladders"

NICE have published a new quality standard on support for adults aged 18 or over who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs.

Action on Smoking and Health have published a report on the cost of smoking to the social care system.

A new version of the House of Commons Library briefing on Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources has been published.

Anthony Collins Solicitors blog: ECJ redefining working time - still relevant post-Brexit


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Supported Living guidance update - visitingSupported Living guidance update - visiting

The supported living services guidance has been updated with regards to visits into and out of supported living settings.

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 


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Free PPE for care providers until March 2022Free PPE for care providers until March 2022

The Government has announced it is extending the availability of free PPE, via the PPE Portal, to care providers in England until March 2022 - excellent news for the care sector.

UKHCA CEO, Dr Jane Townson, said: "We are grateful to colleagues at the Department for Health and Social Care and Care Minister, Helen Whately MP, for supporting the homecare sector with the extra costs of PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic, which UKHCA has campaigned for."


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Advice and reassurance on vaccination and fertilityAdvice and reassurance on vaccination and fertility

There are resources that provide reassurance on COVID-19 vaccination and fertility, which may be helpful for those concerned about this issue. The British Fertility Society has produced this resource and there is a joint statement from the Royal Colleges of Midwives, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. See also videos from NHS GP Dr Charles Esene and Public Health England's Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam.


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PCR tests to confirm lateral flow test resultsPCR tests to confirm lateral flow test results

The government is reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing where people receive a positive LFD test result in England. The confirmatory test will be used to validate the result of the initial rapid test. If the confirmatory test is negative, the person will no longer have to self-isolate. Test and Trace systems are being adjusted accordingly.

Government reintroduces confirmatory PCR testing for assisted testing


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New Infection Control and Testing Fund guidance publishedNew Infection Control and Testing Fund guidance published

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund for England, including fund distribution, conditions and reporting requirements.

Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funds.

DHSC say this is a new grant, with separate conditions to the original Infection Control Fund, the extension to the Infection Control Fund and the original Rapid Testing Fund.

On infection control, local authorities must pass 70% to care homes and CQC-regulated community care providers on a per user basis, as the default allocation. The precise conditions and reporting requirements are set out in the guidance. User allocation is broadly based on the number of non-residential service users per local authority recorded on the Capacity Tracker Home Care Survey as of 18 March 2021. The distribution of the remaining 30% is at local authority discretion, subject to the guidance.

Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund


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Resources on lockdown restrictions in EnglandResources on lockdown restrictions in England

Changes begin today to ease the COVID-19 lockdown in England, in accordance with the Government's road map. Government guidance is being updated and there are summaries of the current guidance at:

Coronavirus rules on what people can and cannot do

Poster on restrictions from 29 March 2021


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UKHCA backs ARCO campaign calling for more housing-with-care optionsUKHCA backs ARCO campaign calling for more housing-with-care options

UKHCA supports the campaign from ARCO calling on the Government for more housi​ng-with-care options for older people. Read the letter in full, which we have co-signed here.

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Household contacts of severely immunosuppressed to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccinationHousehold contacts of severely immunosuppressed to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination

The Health and Social Care Secretary has asked NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) to adopt advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to prioritise household contacts of the severely immunosuppressed for vaccination, alongside priority group 6 in phase 1 of the vaccination programme.

New vaccine advice for adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed

Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the JCVI: 24 March 2021

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Share your feedback on CQC's Transitional Regulatory ApproachShare your feedback on CQC's Transitional Regulatory Approach

From October 2020 CQC introduced its transitional regulatory approach (TRA). The purpose of this approach was to ensure that the Commission continued to deliver its core purpose of keeping people safe as well as to support providers of health & social care during the pandemic.

To help to continue to develop the approach and understand what it may need to change the Commission would like to hear your views on the TRA through a short survey.

You can also access this survey and many others through CQC's digital engagement platform.


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Blog: UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson on the latest NAO report on social care in EnglandBlog: UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson on the latest NAO report on social care in England

UKHCA welcomes the National Audit Office report and recommendations on the adult social care market in England. We strongly agree with the need for a vision for support and care for older and disabled people; and a workforce strategy.

Read Dr Jane Townson's latest blog here.


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Statutory Code of Practice on Autism Services before Senedd (Wales)Statutory Code of Practice on Autism Services before Senedd (Wales)

The statutory code of practice on the delivery of autism services in Wales has been laid before the Senedd and will come into force in September 2021, following which implementation will begin. An implementation plan will be developed in partnership with stakeholders.

The findings of the consultation on the code of practice have also been published.


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Research and resources round up week commencing 22 March 2021Research and resources round up week commencing 22 March 2021

Research and reports

NAO: The National Social Care Market in England (see Dr Jane Townson's blog)

NHS Digital: Adult Social Care Statistics in England - Overview, 2020

[Unpaid] Caring as a social determinant of health: review of evidence

The Economic and Social Research Council and the Health Foundation are supporting the creation of a new centre for research in adult social care called Improving Adult Care Together (IMPACT).

ADASS and TSA have published a report on: How can technology be truly integrated into adult social care?

Technical Advisory Group: Examining Deaths in Wales associated with COVID-19

NHS: Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament

A number of documents have been published on tax reform (summary) including an Interim Report on the Business Rates Review

Resources

There is now a single document summarising routine testing arrangements across all social care settings in England on GOV.UK


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Transforming the public health systemTransforming the public health system

Following last year's announcement on 'The future of public health', details have been published on establishing the 'UK Health Security Agency', including the intention to establish it formally in April 2021 and then begin to transfer relevant functions to it, including NHS Test and Trace and the analytic capability of the Joint Biosecurity Centre. There will also be a new Office for Health Promotion in DHSC and local public health systems will be strengthened. Feedback on the proposals is being sought.

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New strategy for unpaid carers published in WalesNew strategy for unpaid carers published in Wales

The Welsh Government have published a new strategy to support unpaid carers. It includes four priorities for action:

  • identifying and valuing unpaid carers
  • providing information, advice and assistance
  • supporting life alongside caring (including supporting access to short breaks and respite)
  • supporting unpaid carers in education and the workplace

Press release: Caring is everyone's business

Written Statement

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Health and care services recovery plan for WalesHealth and care services recovery plan for Wales

The Health Minister has published a plan to help the health and care system in Wales recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The section most signifcicant to social care is "Chapter 6 - Seamless social care services", however, other sections do discuss the integration of health and social care and the health and social care workforce strategy.

The chapter recognises the significant pressures that the sector has faced during the pandemic, the lack of parity between health and social care, and that issues around financial sustainability have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Positives coming out of the pandemic are also highlighted such as new ways of joint working being identified and an increasd use of digital communication tools.

Priorities identified in relation to the sector include the development of the Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper; the need to consider the future of the Local Authority Hardship Fund; the desire to move towards paying a Real Living Wage in the sector and to ensure support for wellbeing and mental health for workers; an improvement of collaborative working; and support in relation to long COVID.

Press release

Cabinet statement

Health and social care in Wales - COVID-19: looking forward

Alongside this, there has also been a document published on a National clinical framework: a learning health and care system


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Update on £500 payment to care workers in ScotlandUpdate on £500 payment to care workers in Scotland

Jeanne Freeman has indicated that the majority of social care workers should receive the £500 thank-you payment announced last autumn during April.

News report

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Welsh Government update Coronavirus Control PlanWelsh Government update Coronavirus Control Plan

The Welsh Government have updated their Coronavirus Control Plan to take into account vaccinations and the dominant Kent variant.

Press release

Revised control plan

 


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Care Inspectorate in Scotland expanding Reference GroupCare Inspectorate in Scotland expanding Reference Group

The Care Inspectorate in Scotland are expanding their Reference Group. The Reference Group "give their ideas, thoughts and suggestions to help the Care Inspectorate or partners improve what they do."

Members of the group may be invited to join focus groups, complete questionnaires or have a telephone conversation, but there is no requirement to accept invitations.

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Supreme Court rules that Sleep-ins do not qualify for statutory National Minimum WageSupreme Court rules that Sleep-ins do not qualify for statutory National Minimum Wage

The Supreme Court confirmed today (19 March 2021) that the statutory National Minimum Wage did not apply to social care workers permitted to sleep while on duty (notes 1 and 2), an arrangement generally known as a “sleep-in” (notes 3 and 4).

The implications of this long-awaited ruling, whichever way it had been decided, are significant for both employers and members of the social care workforce.

Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association (note 5), said:

Today’s judgement will be hugely disappointing for those members of the social care workforce who believe that the legal minimum pay rate should be paid for sleep-in duties.

The Supreme Court is the highest court in civil cases in the United Kingdom and there is therefore no further route of appeal in these cases. Today’s judgement provides precedent for how the courts are likely to rule in similar cases. As a result, the court’s decision gives reassurance to central and local government, and employers, that substantial claims for back-payment of wages will not create the risk of large-scale closures of voluntary an independent sector care services which have traditionally made extensive use of sleep-in duties.

Angel continued:

“Now that case-law in this area has been finally decided, there remains an urgent need to address the broken system of funding the social care system, including the direct impact it has on the terms and conditions of the social care workforce. Everyone agrees that the care workforce deserves fair recognition and reward for the valuable and skilled roles they perform.

UKHCA calls on central government to provide statutory guidance to councils and the NHS on funding care work, including sleep-in duties, at a level which shows the true value that society should give to members of the social care workforce.

“In the meantime, we urge those local councils and NHS organisations who have so far taken the responsible position of funding sleep-in duties at or above the statutory minimum to continue to do so.”

Ends.

Notes for editors

1. The cases are Tomlinson-Blake (appellant) vs Royal Mencap Society (respondent) and Shannon (appellant) v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) (respondents).

2. The Supreme Court’s ruling in both cases has been published on-line.

3. A “sleep-in” duty may be suitable in situations where a careworker is required to be at or near their place of work and available to provide care and support for one or more people at very short notice when needed. A sleep-in duty can be used when people are unlikely to require assistance of the worker throughout the entire span of duty.

4. Where the needs of people supported by social care require more intensive support than can be offered by a “sleep-in”, workers would normally be expected to remain awake and working (and therefore paid at or above the National Minimum Wage).

5. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the UK’s membership body for homecare providers. Together we ensure that homecare is valued so that all of us can live well at home and flourish within our communities.

6. For further information please contact:
Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer, United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd, Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH. Telephone: 020 8661 8188, Mobile: 07393 012 113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk, Website: www.ukhca.co.uk, Twitter: @ukhca . Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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Research and resources round up w/c 15 MarchResearch and resources round up w/c 15 March

Health for Care have published the findings of a survey of MPs and Councillors in relation to funding for social care. 9 in 10 MPs and 92% of couuncillors agreed that local government does not have enough resources to meet the growing need for social care services.

The Care and Support Alliance have published a report on social care reform - A cry for hope: why 2021 must be the year for social care reform.

CQC blog on Equality and human rights in health and social care

TLAP report: Direct Payments - working or not working?

SCIE: How might leadership roles evolve in integrated health and care systems?

Resources

Skills for Care Wellbeing Resource Finder

Skills for Care Registered Manager Webinars

Affina OD Masterclass: Taking care of your team - Why it matters and what you can do - 31 March 10.30-11.30.

Skills for Care is working with Barclays Digital Eagles to provide digital support and training to the adult social care sector.

There are new resources from Skills for Care on tailoring the Care Certificate in relation to supporting autistic people and people at the end of their life.


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£341 million additional funding announced for infection control and rapid testing in adult social care£341 million additional funding announced for infection control and rapid testing in adult social care

This afternoon, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care anounced an additional £341 million of funding for infection control measures and rapid testing in adult social care services in England.

Press release

Oral statement

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Social care leaders call for end to 25 years of inaction and for the Government to fix the social care systemSocial care leaders call for end to 25 years of inaction and for the Government to fix the social care system

Eight organisations, including the Care Provider Alliance have called on the Government to "end 25 years of inaction and fix the social care system".

The joint statement calls for an increase and extension of emergency support to the sector in the face of the pandemic and for the Government to release proposals for social care reform in advance of the summer parliamentary recess.


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CQC publish review of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions during COVID-19CQC publish review of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions during COVID-19

CQC have published their review of the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during COVID-19.

The report highlights the importance of any DNACPR decisions being made on an individual basis as part of advanced care planning, with the involvement of individuals, in a personalised, caring and compassionate way and at an appropriate time.

Read the report: Protect, respect, connect - decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19

The report makes a number of recommendations including the need to ensure people are at the centre of conversations about decisions around advanced care planning, the need for suitably trained staff to have such conversations, and the need to keep clear records of discussions.

Read more about the recommendations

Alongside this, Compassion in Dying have publised a report: Better understanding better outcomes: what we've learned about DNACPR decisions before and during the Coronavirus pandemic


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Clinically Extremely Vulnerable no longer advised to shield from 1 April in EnglandClinically Extremely Vulnerable no longer advised to shield from 1 April in England

A letter has been sent to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in England, which outlines that they will no longer be advised to shield from 1 April. The letter outlines practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the virus.

Press release

Read the letter


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MPs to debate social reform and the social care workforceMPs to debate social reform and the social care workforce

Following over 44,000 signatories for the petition calling on the social care workforce to be equally recognised to the NHS, MPs will debate the issue in Parliament later today.

The petition can be found here, while you watch it on Parlaiment TV on the following link.


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New bonus payment announced for NHS and Social Care workers in WalesNew bonus payment announced for NHS and Social Care workers in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced that they will fund a second bonus payment to NHS and social care staff to recognise their extraordinary contribution during the pandemic. This is in addition to the £500 payment announced last year.

It is anticipated that the amount will be equivalent to £735 and is intended to cover tax and national insurance so that, after deductions, most staff will receive £500.

Further details on the scheme are expected.

Press release / Written statement

Guidance will be published here.


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Socio-economic equality duty for public bodies in WalesSocio-economic equality duty for public bodies in Wales

The Welsh Government have voted to bring into force a duty for public bodies to take into consideration socio-economic equality. This is part of the Equality Act 2010. It will cover local authorities, however the documentation suggests that:

"As only specified public bodies are subject to the duty, the duty remains with that body. Therefore, the requirement to meet the duty does not pass to a third party through procurement, commissioning or outsourcing.

However, in circumstances where the procurement activity itself is considered by a specified public body to engage the duty, the relevant public body must consider how such arrangements reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage."


Overview. Press release.


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Third Wales Procurement Policy StatementThird Wales Procurement Policy Statement

The Welsh Government have published a new Wales Procurement Policy Statement. Buying organisations will be developing action plans outlining how they comply with the statement. More information. Policy statement.


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Lockdown easing in ScotlandLockdown easing in Scotland

Scotland's requirement for people to Stay at Home will be removed on 2 April, and be replaced with a message to Stay Local. According to a timetable announced by the First Minister, additional easing is expected on 26 April, including travel restrictions in mainland Scotland being lifted and six people from up to three households being able to meet outside. The hope is that Scotland could move to Level 0 by the end of June.

Timetable for further lockdown easing


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Joint statement on speaking up to keep people safe - Care Inspectorate WalesJoint statement on speaking up to keep people safe - Care Inspectorate Wales

Speaking up when you are concerned about someone's safety or wellbeing is the focus of a new joint statement from Health Inspectorate Wales and Care Inspectorate Wales. 

Joint statement with HIW: The importance of speaking up | Care Inspectorate Wales


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Vaccinations for unpaid carers in EnglandVaccinations for unpaid carers in England

The Government have now published guidance on access to vaccinations for those unpaid carers who form part of cohort 6.

You can find out more here.

All eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it's their turn to receive the vaccine.

Unpaid carers over the age of 18, who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service or ring 119, to find out if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment.


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Mencap judgment to be handed down on 19 March 2021Mencap judgment to be handed down on 19 March 2021

The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its long-awaited judgment in the cases of Royal Mencap Society (Respondent) v Tomlinson-Blake (Appellant) and Shannon (Appellant) v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) (Respondents) on 19 March 2021 at 9.45 am. The cases concern workers' entitlement to National Minimum Wage while carrying out sleep-in shifts.

The Supreme Court's listing is at: Future judgments - The Supreme Court


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CPA calls for emergency funding extensionCPA calls for emergency funding extension

The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA are members, have called for the extension of emergency funding for social care.

Below is a full statement from the CPA:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences on adult social care. Like every other industry in the UK, without essential government intervention many social care providers would not have been able to operate to deliver vital services throughout the pandemic.

Emergency funding from the government has been a lifeline. This has consisted of the Adult social care Infection Control Fund first introduced in May 2020 and extended in the autumn - providing over £546m of essential funding to the sector. The Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund of £149m and the Workforce Capacity Fund provided an additional £120m to support local authorities and social care providers to maintain safe staffing levels in accordance with the requirements set out in the government’s Winter Plan. All three funds have been critical in facilitating and supporting social care providers to meet government policy and guidance, in the control and management of infections including regular testing of staff and residents; the care workforce and capacity issues; and in the management of safe visits to care homes. It has taken months to get these systems in place to ensure service continuity during what has been an unprecedented onslaught of the COVID-19 virus.

Reports earlier this week from the Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Chris Whitty warns of another surge in coronavirus cases in the UK being inevitable and could hit in late summer, despite the success of the country’s ongoing vaccine rollout. He stressed the need to remain vigilant. Yet the Chancellor in his budget statement last week did not announce any specific measures for social care, despite the imminent end to the emergency funding on 31st March 2021.

Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), the collective body of adult social care trade associations, said:

“Evidence available to the Care Provider Alliance indicates that less than a third of local authorities have declared their fee rates beyond 1st April. Those that have, are offering 0-2% uplifts which is far short of the increase to the national living wage (NLW), and the sums needed to adequately support social care providers.

“We echo the warning from Prof. Whitty that it is essential to remain vigilant and consistent in the management of reducing the risk of transmission, and call on the government to immediately extend the emergency funding available to the sector as a matter of urgency. The clock is ticking and time is running out. It is vital that care providers have a clear understanding of what measures will be in place to support them to operate after the deadline of 31st March of the emergency funding arrangements.”


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Launch of modern slavery statement registryLaunch of modern slavery statement registry

The Home Office has launched a registry for organisations to share their modern slavery statements.

The registry will form part of future reporting requirements under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, where organisations that meet certain criteria (including an annual turnover of £36 million or more) are required to produce annual modern slavery statements.

Press release on the registry

More on who needs to produce statements and what they contain.

Process for submitting a government modern slavery statement, updated 7 May 2021.


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New Health and Social Care Intensive Learning Academies in WalesNew Health and Social Care Intensive Learning Academies in Wales

In partnership with Welsh Universities, the Welsh Government has announced over £9m in funding to create three new academies to support the next generation of health and care leaders in Wales.

The Intensive Learning Academies will offer short and flexible academic courses, research and consultancy services.

Press release

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CMA launch a study into children's social care provisionCMA launch a study into children's social care provision

The Competition and Markets Authority have launched a study into children's social care provision in England, Scotland and Wales. They will be looking at the supply of placements, prices charged, commissioning practices and ways to ensure suffiicent availability.

Press release


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DNACPR letter to NHS practitioners in EnglandDNACPR letter to NHS practitioners in England

A letter has been issued restating that blanket policies in relation to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions are inappropriate. The letter emphasises that a person having a learning disability, autism or both should never be a reason for issuing a DNACPR order.


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Senior care workers and domiciliary care managers added to the Shortage Occupation ListSenior care workers and domiciliary care managers added to the Shortage Occupation List

Senior care workers and domiciliary care managers have been added to the Shortage Occupation List.

Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said:
 
"We are pleased the Government has taken on board the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee and will add senior care workers and domiciliary care managers to the Shortage Occupation List. This will help solve part of a much larger issue which we have called on Government to address for a long time. This will be extremely useful for some social care employers, who should now find it easier in sourcing candidates from outside the UK for hard-to-fill roles, including live-in homecare."

Note for Editors

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07393 012113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
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Registering home test kits for care workers in England - new guidanceRegistering home test kits for care workers in England - new guidance

New guidance has been published to clarify how to register home test kits used for routine testing of homecare workers in England.

You can access the guidance here:

Registering test kits for homecare workers (publishing.service.gov.uk)


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Research and resources round up week commencing 8 MarchResearch and resources round up week commencing 8 March

Research

NIHR have published a literature review on a strengths based approach to social work and social care.

Hft and Cebr have published their annual Sector Pulse Check. The report finds that 56% of providers report that they are either in deficit or that their surplus has decreased.

The ONS have published data on vaccine hesitancy.

The Health Foundation blog has commented on the Budget and social care.

The National Audit Office have published a report on Local government finance in the pandemic. The report highlights that some local authorities are facing signifiant cost pressures and uncertainties and that many local authorities will be reducing service budgets in 2021-2022.

The Alan Turing Institute have been investigating who is vulnerable to misinformation online

Civitas have published a paper on insurance based funding for social care.

SCIE have published a report from the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support. This looks at improving housing that facilitates care and support for older people.

The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing giving an overview of Children's social care services in England.

Public First have highlighted the mental health impact of the pandemic in "The Other Pandemic".

Resources

The consent form for COVID-19 vaccinations has been released in BSL format.

The Health and Safety Executive have updated their guidance on Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus. (Note this isn't social care specific).

An easy read version of the Direct Payments guidance in England has been issued.

SCIE are hosting a webinar on 24 March on providing safe face to face adult day care.


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CQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission sign Memorandum of UnderstandingCQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission sign Memorandum of Understanding

The CQC and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on how they will work together to safeguard the wellbeing and rights of those receiving health and social care.

Find out more.


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Shielding, vaccination, testing and other updates for WalesShielding, vaccination, testing and other updates for Wales

The Chief Medical Officer in Wales has advised that the shielding of those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should be paused from 1 April. Read the letter.

Twice weekly lateral flow testing for domiciliary care should be extended to supported living staff in services with fewer than 5 residents (you should hear from your local authority).

The Welsh Government has announced that people who are homeless may be prioritised for vaccination. There has also been a clarification on the definition of severe asthma for inclusion in cohort 6.

Guidance has been published on how to book a vaccination if you are an unpaid carer.

Testing is being extended so that tests will be offered to close contacts of positive cases who do not show symptoms in order to identify asymptomatic cases. This will not remove the need to self-isolate. A new framework for the testing of hospital patients has also been published.

The statutory sick pay enhancement scheme has been extended until September.

The workforce risk assessment tool has been updated to include reference to vaccination.

Information on how to get a vaccine if you think you have been missed is available here.

An update has been published on palliative and end of life care.


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Guest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging timesGuest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging times

Tim Jones MBS of UKHCA commercial members Kaizen Business Consultants has contributed a new guest blog entitled: "Guest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging times"

Read it in full here


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Slight relaxation of lockdown rules in ScotlandSlight relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland

A slight relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland will enable more people to meet outside. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that, from this Friday, as many as four adults from two households will have the opportunity to socialise locally in outdoor settings (which includes in private gardens). This could be for exercise, or social and recreational reasons.

Changes to Level 4 restrictions


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Individuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 invited for vaccinationIndividuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 invited for vaccination

Individuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 will begin receiving invitations this week to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Provided they were not in a higher priority group, people aged 55-59 will start having injections from next week, while the cohort aged from 50 to 54 will begin vaccinations from 22 March.

Under 60s to begin receiving vaccination invitations


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Census 2021 - How to help someone else complete the censusCensus 2021 - How to help someone else complete the census

Census Day is 21 March 2021. The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. Every householder is responsible for completing a questionnaire for their household and should either answer for all household members or ensure they all have their own.

Everyone must complete or be included in the census and provide accurate information. The Census is online, using an access code in the letter about the Census, but people can ask for a paper copy to be posted to them. There is more about the census and how it operates at Census 2021.

People can complete the census on the day or in advance if they answer as if it is 21 March. If they need help, they can:

For those such as care staff who may be asked to help people complete the census, there is guidance on Getting started: Completing the census for someone else This includes a section on helping someone who lacks the capacity to answer for themselves.

There is information on accessibility on the Census website at: Languages and accessibility

The census is also taking place in Northern Ireland on 21 March 2021. More information: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/census. The 2021 census in Scotland was moved to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Free coaching offered to health and social service workers in ScotlandFree coaching offered to health and social service workers in Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and partners are offering two hours of free online coaching to health and social service workers during the pandemic. Funding has been extended for another 18 months. 

Coaching for Wellbeing - a digital coaching service for all health and social care staff (sssc.uk.com)


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Cross departmental interim autism strategy 2021- 2022Cross departmental interim autism strategy 2021- 2022

A cross departmental interim autism strategy for action in 2021 and 2022 in Northern Ireland has been published by the Department of Health. The strategy focuses on improving support for autistic people, their families and carers, and those waiting assessment, through collaborative working with government departments, the health and social care sector and voluntary and community organisations.

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/autism-interim-strategy-2021-2022

 


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People of 60 and over urged to book their vaccinations in Northern IrelandPeople of 60 and over urged to book their vaccinations in Northern Ireland

Health Minister Robin Swann is urging anyone over 60 to book their appointments as soon as possible at one of Northern Ireland's seven regional trust vaccination centres.

People are asked to book online if possible: Online booking

It is also possible to book by calling 0300 200 7813. Opening hours now extended to 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.


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New campaign to raise awareness of strokeNew campaign to raise awareness of stroke

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is conducting a public awareness campaign to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke. This will run in Northern Ireland until 25 April across TV, radio, digital and outdoor media.

The public are reminded to seek urgent medical care if they or someone they know experience any of the symptoms of stroke. The theme is when stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T. call 999.

More information about campaign


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Update on community testing in ScotlandUpdate on community testing in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued an update on community testing for COVID-19. More than 10,000 tests have been carried out on asymptomatic people since 18 January, with 251 (2.4%) tests found to be positive.

https://www.gov.scot/news/community-testing-highlights-hidden-cases/


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New guide for those supporting people with dementiaNew guide for those supporting people with dementia

The Scottish Social Services Council has published information and advice to support Dementia Ambassadors, social services workers and family carers in their role which covers dealing with the impact of current restrictions and changes to routine. 

New guide for Dementia Ambassadors, social service workers and carers


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Bill to dissolve Health and Social Care Board passes first stageBill to dissolve Health and Social Care Board passes first stage

The Health and Social Care Bill, which provides for the closure of the Health and Social Care Board and transfer of its responsibilities to the Department of Health and Health and Social Care Trusts, passed its first stage on 8 March at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Official Report

The Bill was also discussed at a recent Health Committee meeting, where MLAs heard more about the history and intentions behind the Bill: Committee for Health Meeting Thursday 4 March 2021 | NI Assembly TV (1 hour 26 minutes onwards).


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Keeping well at homeKeeping well at home

HSC Public Health Agency has published two leaflets that may be of interest to homecare providers in Northern Ireland:

Keeping well at home: Keeping Well at Home booklet

COVID-19 - how to reduce the spread within your home (infographic)


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Routine testing of care workers updateRoutine testing of care workers update

DHSC are continuing to run webinars for care managers and staff on the routine testing of homecare workers in England (you can book here).

In response to feedback the test kit instructions have been simplified and highlight how to register using a Unique Organisation Number.


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Frontline social care workers can still book vaccination appointments through the National Booking ServiceFrontline social care workers can still book vaccination appointments through the National Booking Service

The initial period of access for social care workers in England to accessing vaccinations via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119 has been extended and is still available.

Care Workforce (adultsocialcare.uk)


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Digital Lifeline Fund to improve digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities on low incomesDigital Lifeline Fund to improve digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities on low incomes

The Government have established a £2.5 million Digital Lifeline Fund to provide devices, data and digital support for people with learning disabilities who can't afford to get online.

Free tablets to improve lives of thousands of people with learning disabilities - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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Intended changes to Coronavirus Act 2020 in WalesIntended changes to Coronavirus Act 2020 in Wales

Later this month the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales intends to suspend Section 15 and Part 2 of Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. These sections modified the duties of local authorities in Wales as set out in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Concerns were raised about the potential impact of the provisions on individuals with care and support needs.

Written Statement: The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Suspension: Local Authority Care and Support) (Wales) Regulations 2021 (19 February 2021) | GOV.WALES


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Testing for extra care and supported living settingsTesting for extra care and supported living settings

Extra care and supported living settings in England that are assessed as high risk will now have access to twice weekly laterl flow testing. Wider settings meeting one of the criteria (relating to whether the care is CQC regulated and if there is a closed community with shared facilities) will also have access to PCR testing on referral from a local authority.

You can access the guidance here

Webinars to inform providers are also available.


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Care home guidance on restricting workforce movementCare home guidance on restricting workforce movement

New guidance has been published for care homes about restricting workforce movements between care homes and other care settings. This may have indirect implications for some homecare providers.

Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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Updates to the Data Security and Protection ToolkitUpdates to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

NHSx have published changes in relation to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.

Changes include the end of the 'Entry Level' status regarding level of compliance on 4 March and the introduction of an 'Approaching Standards' status on 5 March 2021. This new status not a direct replacement for the Entry Level status previously included. Resources are available to support providers to reach 'Approaching Standards' and above.

Find out more, including suggested actions for providers, from Digital Social Care.


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NHS England issues advice on DNACPR and people with learning disabilitiesNHS England issues advice on DNACPR and people with learning disabilities

NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued a letter making it clear that people should not have a DNACPR on their record just because they have a learning disability, autism or both. Blanket policies are inappropriate whether due to medical condition, disability, or age. This is particularly important in regard to DNACPR orders, which should only ever be made on an individual basis and in consultation with the individual or their family.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/C1146-dnacpr-and-people-with-a-learning-disability-and-or-autism.pdf


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New guidance on ventilation of indoor spacesNew guidance on ventilation of indoor spaces

New guidance has been published in England on the ventilation of indoor spaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare AssociationBudget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association

"An announcement with nothing specific to offer to social care", summarises the United Kingdom Homecare Association's response to the Chancellor's Spring Budget today, 3 March 2021.

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Low Pay Commission remit for recommending 2022 National Minimum Wage ratesLow Pay Commission remit for recommending 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

The Government has published its remit to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) outlining what they should consider when recommending the 2022 National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

This will guide the LPC's consultative process with employers, before they make recommendations to Government later this year.


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Budget 2021 - provisions relevant to businessesBudget 2021 - provisions relevant to businesses

The Budget_2021 contained a range of measures relevant to businesses, which may be of interest to the homecare sector.

Here are selected highlights. The quotes and paragraph numbers relate to the Budget Red Book:

  • Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme "for a further five months from May until the end of September 2021" (par 2.14, pg. 45)
  • Increase in the National Living Wage from April 2021 to £8.91 (this confirms last year's announcement)
  • Change to the rate of corporation tax paid, depending on the size of the profit (par 2.81, pg. 52)
  • Trading loss carry-back rule for businesses "temporarily extended from the existing one year to three years" (par 2.51, pg. 49-50). 
  • "Companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets will benefit from a 130% first-year capital allowance" (par 2.111, pg. 57). 
  • Fuel duty frozen in 2021-22 (par 2.85, pg. 53)
  • "New UK-wide management programme to upskill 30,000 SMEs in the UK over three years" (par 2.138, pg. 62)
  • New UK-wide scheme to be launched "in the autumn to help 100,000 SMEs save time and money by adopting productivity-enhancing software" (par 2.139, pg. 62)
  • "£1.65 billion for 2021-22 to continue the vaccine deployment programme in England" (par 2.34, pg. 47).

Further Budget documents

UKHCA's media statement on the Budget and measures that are absent:

Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association

Budget booklet from UKHCA commercial members, Hazlewoods: Budget booklet 2021.pdf (hazlewoods.co.uk)


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Furlough scheme extended in today's BudgetFurlough scheme extended in today's Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) will be extended until the end of September, in the Budget. The scheme pays 80% of employees' wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month if they cannot work due to the pandemic. Employers will have to pay 10% towards this in July, rising to 20% in August and September.

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

Budget 202: More information


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Care Quality Commission consultation on draft strategy for 2021 - closes 4 MarchCare Quality Commission consultation on draft strategy for 2021 - closes 4 March

The Care Quality Commission is carrying out a formal consultation on its draft strategy 2021, which focuses on four key themes: People and communities, smarter regulation, safety through learning and accelerating improvement. The draft strategy reflects changes to regulation during the pandemic. UKHCA's response to the consultation 

CQC strategy consultation

CQC strategy consultation survey

The consultation closes on 4 March 2021. More information: Project: Strategy 2021: CQC launches strategy consultation (citizenlab.co)


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Northern Ireland Executive publishes pathway out of COVID-19 restrictionsNorthern Ireland Executive publishes pathway out of COVID-19 restrictions

The Northern Ireland Executive has published its pathway out of COVID-19 restrictions, which describes a staged approach to lifting restrictions.

The Pathway outlines nine pathways each of which has five phases, covering areas such as home and community, work, retail and services, education and young people etc. The approach to lifting restrictions will involve monitoring, reviewing and implementing changes to see what effect they have on health, community and economic trends. The pathway does not contain a timetable.

The first easings will be in education, and the Executive's next review of the Coronavirus Regulations is due to take place on 16 March, as part of a four weekly review cycle.

Details and phases of the pathways

 


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Research round up week commencing 1 March 2021Research round up week commencing 1 March 2021

A survey that Health for Care commissioned from YouGov has found that nine out of ten MPs say that local government does not have enough resource to meet the growing need for social care services. A majority believe the social care budget should be increased by £7 billion a year over the next two years. Find out more.

ONS statistics: Coronavirus and vaccine attitudes and behaviours in England: over 80s population 15 Feb - 20 Feb

PSSRU have published a summary of their findings from interviews relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the social care workforce.

Statistics on the progress of the vaccination programme, including those on social care staff from Capacity Tracker are available here: Statistics: COVID-19 Vaccinations (england.nhs.uk)

King's Fund blog: Why the market matters in social care

King's Fund blog: Integrated care systems in London: Challenges and opportunities ahead

Public Policy Projects are working on a report about "The Social Care Challenge: Implementing a Connected System. Recent event.

Association of Mental Health Providers blog: Acheiving Racial Equality Together

The Government have responded to the recommendations from the Lords Public Services Committee Report A critical juncture for public services - lessons from COVID-19.

Resources and events

The NHS have published an animated video aimed at people who have received the vaccine: 'What should we do after the vaccine?'

There will be a DBS annual conference on 24 and 25 March. Registration is available here.

LGA and ADASS have produced a short guide on implementing a Home First approach to discharge from hospital.

Skills for Care have published a COVID-19 symptoms management guide for adult social care managers to support their teams when providing care to someone with COVID-19.


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Making Safeguarding Personal - free webinar on 23 March, 2-4 pmMaking Safeguarding Personal - free webinar on 23 March, 2-4 pm

Research in Practice is hosting a free webinar to support the implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) in provider organisations. This work has been commissioned by ADASS and the LGA.

The aim of the webinar is to raise awareness of the resources available to support Making Safeguarding Personal and give those in learning and development roles an overview of how to use the resources.

The webinar is an overview of the resources available to support MSP, this includes

  • The MSP toolkit
  • Case Study Resources
  • Myth busting resources

Please note this is a re-run of the previous webinar on Making Safeguarding Personal tools and resources and this session is aimed at people working in provider organisations in England.

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Towards seamless working across health and careTowards seamless working across health and care

NHSx has published a blog on 'Towards seamless working across health and care', written by Mandy Thorn (Vice Chair of the National Care Association and Chair of UKHCA member Marches Care Ltd, a provider of nursing and dementia services).

Mandy is a member of the NHSX Social Care IG Group, which takes forward the use of digital technology in social care.

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Resources on when to refer to DBSResources on when to refer to DBS

Guidance on the DBS Regional Outreach service has been amended to include new information around barring referrals, and the legal duty to refer.

This may be useful for organisations who have a legal duty to refer, or the power to refer, and includes a video that explores the information needed as part of a barring referral and why this is important.

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Free CARE badges still availableFree CARE badges still available

DHSC say CARE badges are still available for all staff working in adult social care across England.

If you have placed an order but now need more badges for new and existing staff, please use the link below to place additional orders. Limit one badge per member of staff employed.

Order CARE badges


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Trauma-Informed adult social care in ScotlandTrauma-Informed adult social care in Scotland

The Improvement Service working with NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government are running an event on 25 March about adopting a trauma-informed approach to adult social care. There is also a trauma-informed workforce survey being undertaken.


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Vaccine and testing update in WalesVaccine and testing update in Wales

The Health Minister in Wales has confirmed that all eligible adults will be vaccinated by 31 July. Schemes for workplaces to carry out testing will also be extended.

Vaccine and testing boost to help re-open Wales safely | GOV.WALES

Written Statement: COVID-19 Workplace Testing (24 February 2021) | GOV.WALES

Some unpaid carers will also be eligible for earlier vaccination as part of cohort 6 in Phase 1, as will people with a severe/profound learning disability and people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment.

COVID-19 vaccination of unpaid carers [HTML] | GOV.WALES

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy – Guidance for Priority Group 6 (24 February 2021) | GOV.WALES

The Vaccine Strategy has been updated.


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Code of practice for international recruitment of health and social care staffCode of practice for international recruitment of health and social care staff

The DHSC has published a code of practice setting out the principles and best practice benchmarks that health and social care employers and recruitment agencies must follow to ensure effective, ethical international recruitment.

Code of Practice and press article.


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Workforce specialist service to support regulated professionals in ScotlandWorkforce specialist service to support regulated professionals in Scotland

A new Workforce Specialist Service is offering confidential mental health assessment and treatment, to help regulated health and social care professionals with a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, with a focus on the impact this may have on their work. The initiative is part of Scotland's Wellbeing and Mental Health programme.

Specialist support for health and social care staff


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Vaccination priorities for Phase 2 to continue with ageVaccination priorities for Phase 2 to continue with age

The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued an interim statement advising Government that the offer of vaccination during phase 2 of the UK's programme should be age-based, starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:

  • all those aged 40 to 49 years
  • all those aged 30 to 39 years
  • all those aged 18 to 29 years

JCVI said this will facilitate rapid vaccine deployment. Mass vaccination targeting occupational groups would be more complex to deliver and may slow down the vaccine programme,

JCVI strongly advised that priority be given to promoting vaccine uptake in groups at higher risk of hospitalisation:

  • men
  • those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • those with a BMI over 30
  • those living in deprived neighbourhoods

JCVI interim statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme Press release

Advice on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: DHSC statement


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Updated Strategic Framework provides route of lockdown in ScotlandUpdated Strategic Framework provides route of lockdown in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published an updated Strategic Framework which sets out the six tools it will use to ease the country out of lockdown.

Easing will be on a phased basis with a gap between each reduction in restrictions so the impact can be assessed.

More information on the detail of easing:

Gradually easing lockdown restrictions


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More people with learning disabilities to be invited for vaccineMore people with learning disabilities to be invited for vaccine

JCVI has issued advice supporting the NHS operational plan to invite anyone on the GP Learning Disability Register, as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy, for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

This will involve the NHS working with local authorities to identify adults in residential and nursing care, and those who require support living in the community, and in shared accommodation with multiple occupancy.

JCVI advises inviting people on Learning Disability Register for vaccine

Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on COVID-19 vaccination in people with learning disabilities


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How UKHCA has supported homecare providers during the pandemicHow UKHCA has supported homecare providers during the pandemic

˜How UKHCA has supported home care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic' is the theme of a special report by Homecare Insight.

Drawing on an overview given by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, to the Home Care Research Forum, hosted by King's College London, the special report looks at UKHCA's work over the past year, representing the homecare sector as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded.

SPECIAL REPORT: How UKHCA has supported home care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic


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Social care communications survey closes todaySocial care communications survey closes today

DHSC's survey on social care COVID-19 communications closes at the end of today, 24 February 2021. To have your say, see: 

https://dhexchange.kahootz.com/connect.ti/COVID19SOCIALCARECOMMS/view?objectId=7160259

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Update from the Scottish Social Services CouncilUpdate from the Scottish Social Services Council

The Scottish Social Services Council have advised that:

  • Overdue registration fees should be paid by 1 March 2021. Anyone experiencing financial hardship should contact accounts.receivable@sssc.uk.com
  • Workers due to meet qualification conditions between March 2020 and March 2021 were given an extra year to qualify. This will be extended. Anyone due to meet qualification conditions in 2021 will be given a further year if needed.
  • The deadline for workers to register with SSSC was extended from 6 to 12 months on 25 March 2020. This means that any workers who started in late March of early April 2020 will need to register soon if they haven't done so.

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Research and resources round up week commencing 22nd FebruaryResearch and resources round up week commencing 22nd February

PHE have published data demonstrating the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine. The results suggest taht 1 dose reduces the risk of infection by 70% rising to 85% after the second dose. News item. Study.

LSE have published a report on The Conservative Governments; Record on Social Policy from May 2015 to pre-Covid 2020: Policies, Spending and Outcomes. The report draws attention to high levels of unmet need in adult social care with two out of five older people in the most deprived areas not receiving the help that they needed in 2018.

The Health Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies have projected that 458,000 additional social care staff would be needed in England by 2033/34 in evidence provided to the Health and Social Care Committee.

The Government Equalities Minister has published a second report on COVID-19 disparities.

Resources

COVID-19 vaccine information is now available in a number of different languages

NICE are holding a launch event for their 5 year strategy on 19 April.


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Roadmap out of the lockdown in EnglandRoadmap out of the lockdown in England

Following an announcement by the Prime Minister, the Government has published a roadmap out of lockdown for Spring 2021 in England. Press release.

The roadmap is available here:

COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Key points include:

  • The Prime Minister has confirmed a 'stretching target' to offer a first vaccine dose to every adult by the end of July.
  • Progression of the release from lockdown will depend on: the progress of the vaccination programme, the evidence that vaccines are reducing hospitalisations and deaths, the infection rate and the risks associated with new variants.
  • The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be advised to shield at least until the end of March.

As a broad outline (see the above document for details) the stages of lockdown release are as follows, there will be at least five weeks between each step:

  • Step one - from 8 March pupils and students in all schools and further education will return to face to face teaching. People will be able to meet outside one to one socially. Every care home resident will be able to nominate a named visitor.
  • On 29 March it will be possible to meet in groups of six or in groups of two households outdoors.
  • Step two - no earlier than 12 April - non-essential retail shops will reopen as will hairdressers, nail salons and other personal care facilities. Leisure facilities and holiday lets will be available for individuals or houshold groups. Outdoor dining and pubs will be able to reopen as will zoos, public libraries and some other venues.
  • Step three - no earlier than 17 May - meeting friends and family indoors and the opening of indoor hospitality venues may be possible.
  • Step four - no earlier than 21 June - with appropriate mitigations, all legal limits on social contact will be removed.

Further reviews will be undertaken on: how long social distancing measures and face coverings need to be maintained and how long people should work from home; when international travel can resume; the safety of holding major events; and the potential of Covid-status certification.

The 3 March budget is expected to set out further detail on economic support for individuals and businesses.

A JCVI announcement is expected regarding who will be prioritised for vaccination during Phase 2 of the vaccination programme (i.e. from mid-April onwards for those under 50s who are not deemed clinically vulnerable).

The lockdown guidance has been updated to outline changes from 8 March.

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Testing of close contacts in Scotland will help identify asymptomatic casesTesting of close contacts in Scotland will help identify asymptomatic cases

From 18 February, people who have been identified as a close contact via the Protect Scotland app, or through manual contact tracing, will be given instructions on how to book a PCR test.

This measure does not replace self-isolation, and close contacts who test negative will still have to complete 10 days of self-isolation, as there is still a risk the virus could develop.

Close contacts who test positive will be asked to self-isolate for a further 10 days from the time of their test result.

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Care home visits to re-start in March in ScotlandCare home visits to re-start in March in Scotland

The Scottish Government is to publish guidelines on 24 February to support care providers when care home visiting is resumed. Up to two designated visitors per resident will be allowed from early March. 

Visitors will have to wear face coverings and any PPE requested by the care home. They are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test on-site. 

Care home visits to resume


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Health Secretary gives an update on vaccination in ScotlandHealth Secretary gives an update on vaccination in Scotland

Health and Sport Secretary Jeane Freeman has given an update on vaccination. As of 19 February, 1,386,152 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 29,015 people have received the second dose.

287,800 frontline health and social care workers have been vaccinated, exceeding the initial target provided by Health Boards.

The update describes preparations to identify and vaccinate the next cohort, cohort 6, which comprises people aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers.


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Infection control remains important in Scotland, as schools partially re-openInfection control remains important in Scotland, as schools partially re-open

The Scottish Government is reminding the public about the importance of the FACTS advice and all other rules and guidelines. The campaign will stress the need for everyone to stay on their guard, even as the vaccination programme is rolled out.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Deputy First Minister's statement - 19 February 2021

From 22 February, children are returning to early learning and childcare, and to primaries 1 to 3.A very limited number of senior phase students will return to secondary school, for essential work which is required for national qualifications, and which can only be done within school. The measures are accompanied by a testing regime. More information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Deputy First Minister's statement - 19 February 2021


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MSPs report on future of care and support in ScotlandMSPs report on future of care and support in Scotland

The Health and Sport Committee's report on The Future of Social Care and Support in Scotland, which follows the Committee's inquiry that started before the pandemic, concludes:

  • Future reform must be developed and delivered with the individuals who are most impacted.
  • There should be a prevention-focused approach to enable people to live longer, healthier lives at home.
  • There should be a national conversation about reform, and increased public understanding of the role of social care, with improved recognition of the value and status of carers.
  • Local partnerships must be supported to deliver creative, innovative solutions, focussing on well-being outcomes for individuals and communities. There should be an agreed strategic aim and measured outcomes, with improved data collection and monitoring of progress.

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ICF2 funding can cover administrative costs of testing and vaccinationICF2 funding can cover administrative costs of testing and vaccination

Criteria for the distribution of Infection Control Fund 2 have been extended to include reasonable administrative costs associated with organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and organising COVID-19 vaccinations.

This change is the result of repeated requests from UKHCA to the Department of Health and Social Care.

Distribution in this way is subject to local authority discretion and only applies where costs are not supported by other government funding streams.

The guidance on Infection Control Fund 2 now contains an additional paragraph:

"On 19 February 2021, the Department clarified that funding under this allocation could also be used for reasonable administrative costs associated with (1) organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and (2) organising COVID-19 vaccinations, where these were not being supported by other government funding streams. The decision to allow claims against the fund for these purposes would remain a choice for local authorities and no additional funding is being provided for these purposes."


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Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young peoplePsychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people

From Monday 22 February, people who care for or work with children and young people aged up to 25 who have been affected by COVID-19 (or other emergencies or individual crises) can access an online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course.

This offers training on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. 


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Draft data adequacy decisionsDraft data adequacy decisions

The European Commission has published draft data adequacy decisions that, if approved, will mean that the UK will be found to be 'adequate'. Data adequacy, if agreed, will allow personal data to continue to flow between EU and EEA countries and the UK.

There is currently a 'bridging mechanism' that will remain in place until 30 June or until the adeqacy decision comes into effect. If the European Commission grants an adequacy decision, then no action will need to be taken by social care providers. Digital Social Care had previously advised to consider what action might be required if adequacy is not granted as a contingency.

We await the final decision.

See previous Digital Social Care advice.

UK government welcomes the European Commission's draft data adequacy decisions - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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Recruitment campaign says there's 'More to Care Than Caring'Recruitment campaign says there's 'More to Care Than Caring'

The rewards and job satisfaction of a career in adult social care are highlighted in a new Scottish Government campaign to attract recruits to the sector. The new campaign, which has a dedicated website, caretocare.scot, runs for four weeks to mid-March, and draws on the values needed to work in adult social care and the benefits of working in care.

More on the Scottish Social Services Council website: There's More to Care Than Caring' campaign

Organisations can find out more about how to advertise their jobs here.

There is a toolkit available at www.caretocare.scot/stakeholder-resources

The campaign also links to SSSC's careers website

Follow #LifeChangingWork on social media.

There is a careers in adult social care workshop on 4 March 2021: There's more to care than caring - Adult Social Care


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Update regarding lockdown in WalesUpdate regarding lockdown in Wales

The First Minister has announced that the lockdown will continue a further three weeks. However, there will be some changes including:

  • younger children and some of those requiring practical learning returning to school from 22 February
  • up to 4 people from 2 households allowed to meet to exercise in a public place from 20 February
  • wedding venues allowed to open for weddings from 1 March
  • talented athletes to resume training
  • care home visiting guidance will be reviewed.

Lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school | GOV.WALES

A strategy document has also been published outlining a Coronavirus control plan for coming out of lockdown.

Coronavirus control plan: alert levels in Wales (coming out of lockdown) | GOV.WALES


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Expansion of eligibility for self-isolation support payment in WalesExpansion of eligibility for self-isolation support payment in Wales

The £500 Self-Isolation Support Payment, which has been extended until June 2021, will be open to applications from people with a personal income of less than £500 per week and those on basic Stautory Sick Pay who have been asked to self-isolate by Test, Trace, Protect, the NHS COVID-19 App or by their child's education setting.

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Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector"Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector"

Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members:

Caremark Dacorum
Agincare
Kemble at Home
Promedica24
Right at Home Colchester
SweetTree Homecare
Charlesworth Community Care
Home Instead Scarborough
Inter County
Bluebird Care Swale
Helping Hands Gloucester
Caring Connections

Read in full here.


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Challenges of homecare in rural areas covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming TodayChallenges of homecare in rural areas covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today

The challenges of homecare in rural areas has been covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today (item starts at 8m47s). UKHCA worked collabaratively with Radio 4 with regards to this piece and it features UKHCA members.

The feature recognises the significantly higher costs of careworkers’ travel time and mileage is essential when councils commission care for people in rural communities.

Listen here


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Additional funding for devolved administrationsAdditional funding for devolved administrations

The UK Government has provided additional funding to the devolved administrations in order to provide support to people, businesses and public services affected by coronavirus. This includes:


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Social Care Worker Card in Wales - updateSocial Care Worker Card in Wales - update

Social Care Wales have advised that they are currently only issuing digital versions of the social care worker card and are moving towards a new digital version.


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Report highlights challenges of responding to pandemic in ScotlandReport highlights challenges of responding to pandemic in Scotland

A report by Audit Scotland has concluded that the Scottish Government could have been better prepared to respond to the pandemic, but staff across the NHS and Scottish Government have worked hard, in challenging circumstances, to respond.

PPE procurement should be improved, national pandemic guidance for health and social care should be updated, as a priority, as should the integrated workforce plan, and NHS leaders, particularly those newly appointed, should have the support they need to balance the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19 with the need to remobilise health and social care services.

NHS in Scotland 2020 (audit-scotland.gov.uk)


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Independent review findings accepted by Scottish GovernmentIndependent review findings accepted by Scottish Government

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has accepted the findings of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, and said the Scottish Government is working to implement key recommendations.

Measures implemented include new £20 million Community Living Change Fund to redesign services for people with complex needs including intellectual disabilities and autism, and for people who have enduring mental health problems. 

The Scottish Government is discussing plans for a National Care Service with COSLA and working to implement Review recommendations to:

  • work with local partners to end charging for non-residential care
  • develop minimum standards for terms and conditions in the social care sector, to help organisations meet fair work principles by the end of May
  • work to ensure there is no delay in the annual Real Living Wage uplift for Adult Social Care workers.

Backing for Feeley Review recommendations - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)




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Weekly testing available for personal assistants in EnglandWeekly testing available for personal assistants in England

NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to personal assistants working in adult social care in England, if they provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of an adult over the age of 18 who they support.

A 'personal assistant' is defined as someone who is directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to enable them to live as independently as possible, including support in the home or out in the community.

Personal assistants will be responsible for ordering test kits every 28 days, or an employer can order test kits for their personal assistant.

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Expansion of shielding list in EnglandExpansion of shielding list in England

The list of people advised to shield will be expanded in England.

A new method of predicting risk based on factors recorded in medical records will be deployed. This will identify up to 1.7 million additional people who are at increased risk from coronavirus. Those identified will be sent a letter from NHS England to advise them of their status, GPs will also be notified.

Those who are newly identified as being at risk but have not already received their first vaccination (thought to be over 800,000 adults) will be prioritised to receive a vaccination.

New technology to help identify those at high risk from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Updated shielding guidance

Letters to those identified


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Return to school for some children in Scotland from 22 FebruaryReturn to school for some children in Scotland from 22 February

From 22 February, children in early learning and childcare and primaries 1-3 will return to classroom teaching.

Those in S4-S6 who need to undertake pratical work to acheive an SQA certificate will also return.

However, the majority of pupils will still be learning remotely until at least mid-March.

Remote learning to continue for majority - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


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COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool updated in WalesCOVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool updated in Wales

The Welsh Government's COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool has been updated. This can be useful where there is a change of circumstances as well as for initial or routine assessments.


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Research and resources round up week commencing 15 February 2021Research and resources round up week commencing 15 February 2021

Research

The CQC, working with other organisations, has deveoped six principles for innovation in health and social care.

John Penrose MP has published an Independent Report on consumer protection and competition policy.

COVID-19 report - planning for a vaccine Part 1 - from the Public Accounts Committee.

Audit Scotland have published a report on the NHS in Scotland in 2020.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland have published new statistics on domiciliary care services for 2019.

A report synthesising the findings of five NIHR projects on implementing the Care Act 2014 has been published.

Social Care Wales have publlished a report on research prioritisation. Following a project to identify priorities with 400 older people, carers and social care practitioners, 10 priorities for research have been identified. Read the report.

The Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee has written to the Minister of State for Care expressing disappointment that the Ministers had not addressed key recommendations in the Social care: funding and workforce report.

The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People have published a report Housing for people with dementia - are we ready?

The EHRC briefing on the National Disability Strategy has suggested that reforming the social care system should be a key area of focus, including that the Government should: "Commit to sustained resourcing of social care services during and after the pandemic, including provision of sufficient home and community-based support ".

The Scottish Parliament Citizen's Panel on COVID-19 has called for increased recognition of social care and support.

Resoures and events

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland are running a series of webinars on equality in the workplace. Find out more.

Social Care Wales have updated their All Wales Basic Safeguarding Training Pack.

The CQC are holding a webinar on their "Changes for more flexible and responsive regulation" consultation on 3 March. Further information.

For those who missed it, Social Care Wales have uploaded their webinar on the Care first Employee Assistance Scheme. You can watch it here.

ADASS are running a series of webinars on the EU Settlement Scheme, including one on 25 February aimed at care providers. Find out more.

New social media resources are available including profile picture frames that say 'I'll get my vaccine' or 'I've had my vaccine'. 

Comms resources in Wales: Keep Wales Safe, Business Wales Tool Kit


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Definition of social care workers for COVID-19 vaccines in WalesDefinition of social care workers for COVID-19 vaccines in Wales

The Welsh Government have published guidance on who is considered a social care worker for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination in Wales.

Eligibility is based on the vulnerability of the person in receipt of care or support (due to age or underlying health conditions, for example) and the nature of support that is provided (e.g. personal care, close regular or prolonged contact where social distancing is not possible).

The guidance clarifies that eligibility is not based on location of where care and support is delivered or whether the care worker is employed by a local authority, in the independent sector, by an agency or is self employed.

The guidance also lists those who are unlikely to be eligible - this includes administrative staff, managers and other staff who are not providing care and support to vulnerable people.

Read the guidance in full here.

The full list of vaccine priority groups is available here.


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Highlighted updates to GOV.UK week commencing 15 FebruaryHighlighted updates to GOV.UK week commencing 15 February

Self isolation guidance is now available in easy read.

An illustrated example of household self isolation periods has been added.

Guidance for children's social care providers has been published on inspector's review of records held on electronic systems


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New border regulations in force todayNew border regulations in force today

A reminder that the new border controls to reduce risks around new COVID variants coming to the UK are in force from today.

Robust border regime comes into force - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Additional testing requirements (on day 2 and 8 of quarantine) will also apply for travellers to Wales. In addition, travelleres to Wales coming from a travel ban country will need to arrive at a designated port in England or Scotland and should complete their mandatory quarantine before travelling to Wales.

Written Statement: Written Statement on the Health Protection Regulations (13 February 2021) | GOV.WALES

Arriving in Wales from overseas | GOV.WALES


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Vaccine uptake plan aims to boost uptake in under-served groupsVaccine uptake plan aims to boost uptake in under-served groups

The Government has published the COVID-19 vaccination uptake plan which sets out how the government and NHS England are partnering with directors of public health, charities and the faith sector to increase vaccine take up and ensure equal access. The plan aims to boost vaccine uptake in vulnerable and under-served groups.

New vaccine uptake plan published - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The move came as online bookings for vaccinations were extended to frontline health and social care workers, as well as those of 65 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA: Vaccination for the homecare nation - Social care (blog.gov.uk)


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