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

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

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

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


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Quick guide 'Effective record keeping and ordering of medicines'Quick guide 'Effective record keeping and ordering of medicines'

NICE and SCIE have published a medicines support quick guide 'Effective record keeping and ordering of medicines', which gives homecare managers a concise overview of these topics so they can ensure homecare workers follow the correct procedures when supporting people to take their medicines. See: https://www.scie.org.uk/home-care/medicine/record-keeping-ordering


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Webinar on using the Data Security and Protection ToolkitWebinar on using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

The Care Provider Alliance have informed us that the next webinar on using the NHS Digital Data Security and Protection toolkit will be on Wednesday 29 August 2018 (12.30-13.30) - social care.

To join Webex meeting:

https://hscic.webex.com/hscic/j.php?MTID=m421474af6edfd234749d935c8992c4e5

Meeting number (access code): 953 185 187

More information on the Toolkit can be found on the following website:

https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/News/10

There will also be an article in the September edition of Homecarer.


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CBI calls for new approach to immigration after BrexitCBI calls for new approach to immigration after Brexit

UKHCA contributed to the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) report which argues that maintaining access to people and skills is a high priority as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

After consulting with business in every sector, and in all parts of the UK, the CBI is putting forward their evidence to the Migration Advisory Council. UKHCA were involved in the consultation along with the UK's other leading trade associations. 

The CBI's findings from their research has resulted in a set of recommendations for a reformed immigration system post-Brexit. Alongside a call to drop the net migration target, which was widely reported in the media, the CBI also recommend simplifying the process for obtaining a visa so that it is manageable for small companies.

Recognising the role of homecare, the report highlights the need for people with skills at all levels in the healthcare system from brain surgeons to home care assistants.

Read the full report here.


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Government decides on housing costs for supported and sheltered housingGovernment decides on housing costs for supported and sheltered housing

When the Government announced in 2015 that support for housing costs in the social sector would be capped at the rate of the Local Housing Allowance, plans for new supported and sheltered housing were shelved almost completely. There was a period of huge uncertainty for both the people who live in supported housing, those who provide and homecare providers who support many of the people living in extra-care and sheltered housing.

After a campaign by the National Housing Federation and others, in response to consultation, the Government has announced they will be maintaining Housing Benefit for all supported housing, including short-term.

Government consultation and response

Local Government Association response

National Housing Federation response




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UKHCA 23rd Annual General MeetingUKHCA 23rd Annual General Meeting

UKHCA's Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 4.30pm after the UKHCA England Conference 2018.

The venue for both events is:

The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington, London SE11 5SS (Directions)

There is no charge for attending the AGM but, for health and safety and catering purposes please email janice.samuel@ukhca.co.uk in advance if it is your intention to attend.

 

Election of Board of UKHCA

A vital part of the business to be conducted at the Annual General Meeting will be the election of members to the Board of UKHCA. If you are a Full member organisation and would like to seek election to the Board, making strategic decisions for the benefit of the Association and its members, you will need to complete and return the Nomination Form and the Declaration of Eligibility.

Whilst all nominations are welcome, we are particularly keen to bring in experiences and perspectives from members of black and minority ethnic groups, in order to help rebalance the ethnicity within the board.

In line with the banding structure (as set out below) and the Articles of Association only certain Board places are available for election this year.

The structure of the Board is:

  • Band 1: 6 places
  • Band 2: 2 places
  • Band 3: 3 places
  • Scotland: 1 place
  • Wales: 1 Place
  • Northern Ireland: 1 place

The Bands reflect different sizes of member organisations:

  • Band 1: 1 - 3 branches
  • Band 2: 4 - 20 branches
  • Band 3: 21+ branches

 

UKHCA Board vacancies

Two Board Members from Band 1, one Board Member from Band 2 and three Board Members from Band 3 are standing down (Section 38.1 of the Articles). As a result, there will be vacancies on the UKHCA Board as follows:

  1. Band 1: 2 places
  2. Band 2: 1 place
  3. Band 3: 3 places

To be eligible for one of the available places, your organisation should

  1. (for the Band 1 vacancies) have between 1 and 3 branches and a head office based in England
  2. (for the band 2 vacancy) have between 4 and 20 branches and a head office based in England
  3. (for the band 3 vacancies) have 21+ branches and a head office based in England

Only one authorised representative from a provider member organisation is entitled to become a Board member.

Please note:

  • Board members are elected for a three year term without the need to seek re-election. They may then seek re-election for a further two three-year periods after which they must stand down for a minimum of one year before seeking election again.
  • The officer posts within the Board (Chair, Vice-Chair, Hon Secretary and Treasurer) are chosen by elected Board members.

Download the nomination and Declaration of Eligibility documents

Once completed, both forms must be either signed and returned to:

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

Or digitally signed and emailed to janice.samuel@ukhca.co.uk

Nominations must be received no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 28th August 2018. Once voting opens, those elegible to vote will receive an email containing their voting instructions. To find out if you will be elegible to vote please refer to the table, below:

 

I am the designated UKHCA primary contact and my office is.. Can I vote?
A single site, full UKHCA member Yes
The head office for a multi-branch full UKHCA member Yes
A branch in a multi-branch full UKHCA member No
The Primary (top-most) Franchisor in a franchise based organisation Yes
A franchisee in a franchise based organisation (regardless of internal organisational nomenclature and/or any sub-branches managed) No

 

I am elegible to vote, can I send a postal vote?

Yes! When the time comes, please log in with the link we send you to retrieve a PDF of the voting form for your band. Alternatively, you will be able to contact us to request a paper copy of the voting form.

 

Motions to be discussed at the AGM

Any Motion to be placed on the Agenda of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting must be signed by a Full member as proposer, another Full member as the seconder and a further six Full members before it can be considered as valid.

Download the Motions to be Discussed form

Once completed with all the required signatories the form must either be returned to:

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

Or digitally signed and emailed to: janice.samuel@ukhca.co.uk

Motions must be received no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

If you have any difficulty in downloading any of the documents, please contact Janice Samuel (tel: 020 8661 8153, email: janice.samuel@ukhca.co.uk) and copies can be sent as required.


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Shortfall of 28,000 care staff in five years - worst case scenario say DHSCShortfall of 28,000 care staff in five years - worst case scenario say DHSC

The Daily Telegraph on 5th August reported on the submission made by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC is a non-departmental public body that advises the government on migration issues.

According to the Telegraph, the DHSC, said that in a "worst case scenario" if EU migrants are barred from coming to the UK there will be a shortfall of 28,000 care staff within five years.

More controversially, the Telegraph report DHSC saying there will be "wider risk to labour market participation" because growing numbers of people, "especially women", will have to give up their jobs to provide "informal care" for loved ones.

Read the full article here.
 

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Health impacts of hot weather and the Heatwave Plan for EnglandHealth impacts of hot weather and the Heatwave Plan for England

Now the temperature is predicted to rise again, here is a reminder of the Heatwave Plan for England. It aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat for:

  • the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
  • professionals working with people at risk
  • individuals, local communities and voluntary groups

Public Health England have produced a training slideset on the health impacts of hot weather and the Heatwave Plan for England for the health and social care system and the voluntary sector.

The slides contain a useful graphic on health related illnesses that providers can share with care workers.

More heatwave resources are available from here.

 


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CQC Annual report and accountsCQC Annual report and accounts

CQC has published their annual report and accounts for 2017/18.

As expected, CQC report that they have not met their target for publishing inspection reports in adult social care. The target is for 90% of reports to be published within 50 days. In fact CQC published 84% in 50 days although this is an improvement on the year before.

By sector, 47% of adult social care services rated as requires improvement on their previous inspection, improved to good. However, 20% previously rated as good and re-inspected deteriorated to requires improvement and 3% deteriorated to inadequate. There were no separate figures for homecare providers.

The annual report records that more than 70% of survey responders who had been inspected in the last year said they felt CQC's judgements and ratings were fair and evidence-based. Some providers felt there were issues around consistency in inspections, with 47% agreeing that CQC's approach is consistent from inspection to inspection. By sector this was 56% of adult social care, 36% of hospital and 37% of primary medical services providers.

CQC say they are taking action to address this and have carried out a review to better understand areas of inconsistency with providers, CQC staff and other regulators.


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Local government representatives launch own 'Green Paper'Local government representatives launch own 'Green Paper'

The Local Government Association has launched its own adult social care 'green paper', to influence the Government's delayed Green Paper and spending plans. The LGA says radical measures are needed to address the funding crisis facing adult social care in England. The paper recommends how the system could be improved and sets out possible long-term funding solutions, including increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages, increasing national insurance, a Social Care Premium, means testing universal benefits and/or allowing councils to increase council tax. LGA report LGA survey


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Report sets out county councils' position ahead of Green PaperReport sets out county councils' position ahead of Green Paper

The County Councils Network of England's largest councils supports a potential cap on care, but say 'it must be fully-funded otherwise it will inadvertently push services, care providers and councils closer to breaking point'.

The report, 'Sustainable Social Care: A Green Paper that Delivers a New Deal for Counties', argues that ministers must 'not be swayed' by overly-simplistic arguments to combine all, or elements of social care into the NHS, in the Green Paper.


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New quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the communityNew quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

NICE have published the 'Medicines management for people receiving social care in the community quality standard', which follows guideline NG67 issued in 2017. This covers:

  • assessing if people need help with their medicines.
  • deciding what medicines support is needed.
  • communication between health and social care staff.
  • high-quality care in priority areas for improvement
  • The need for contractual, commissioning and care planning arrangements to be concluded before medicines support is provided.

The quality standard is available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs171


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Entries invited for Care AccoladesEntries invited for Care Accolades

Skills for Care's Accolades 2019 awards are now open for organisations of all sizes in England. Entries are invited from employers who are committed to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce. There are ten categories, and entries are open until 7 September 2018. Accolades 2019 guidance How to enter


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Caring for people in hot weather - advice for professionalsCaring for people in hot weather - advice for professionals

In the current hot spell, there is advice for health and social care staff on caring for people in a heatwave, including leaflets and posters, at:


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Health and Social Care Secretary sets priorities in first speechHealth and Social Care Secretary sets priorities in first speech

New Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock listed his three main priorities as technology, workforce and prevention, in his first major speech, which saw the announcement of a £487m fund to boost the use of technology in the NHS and provide better support to both staff and patients.

The former secretary for digital, culture, media and sport spoke about how technology could be used to streamline services, by, for example, using digital prescriptions and remote health checks. Matt Hancock acknowledged that the whole health and social care system needed to work together, and the importance of preventative care in supporting people at home. He intends to launch a consultation exercise on workforce issues, as well as the Green Paper, and support the development of leadership, diversity and apprenticeships in social care.

Matt Hancock speech: www.gov.uk/government/speeches/matt-hancock-my-priorities-for-the-health-and-social-care-system


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Low Pay Commission visit to BirminghamLow Pay Commission visit to Birmingham

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) are consulting on National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates, and the idea of a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours. They are also carrying out a review of youth rates. The consultation includes visits around the UK with employers.

There is one remaining visit to employers on their schedule, which is to Birmingham on 8 and 9 August. LPC say they have three or four commissioners going on the Birmingham visit so at the moment they are free to split one or two off to meet any of our members at most times on the 8 and 9 August.

If UKHCA members would like to meet the LPC, please contact Joe Cooper, LPC Policy Adviser and Communications Lead on 020 7211 8772 or email joseph.cooper@lowpay.gov.uk


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Court of Appeal hands down decision in sleep-in caseCourt of Appeal hands down decision in sleep-in case

The Court of Appeal has decided that only time spent awake and working during a sleep-in counts as working time, for the purposes of National Minimum Wage compliance, in its judgment on the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case handed down today. This means the argument that Parliament never intended all hours of a sleep in should count for NMW purposes has been vindicated and for now, the prospect of a £400m back pay bill has receded. Comment from UKHCA Policy Director, Colin Angel


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Matt Hancock MP is new Health and Social Care SecretaryMatt Hancock MP is new Health and Social Care Secretary

Matt Hancock MP has been promoted Health and Social Care Secretary, in place of Jeremy Hunt MP, who becomes Foreign Secretary. Matt Hancock was Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary from 8 January to 9 July 2018, and Digital Minister from July 2016 to January 2018. He previously held ministerial roles concerning skills, business, and apprenticeships. Biography

We welcome Matt Hancock to his new role and look forward to the continuing recognition of social care as an equal partner to health in Government policy.


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Frozen vegetable products recalled due to listeria riskFrozen vegetable products recalled due to listeria risk

The Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert warning that certain frozen vegetable products have been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

For a list of those products, see the updated product list at: www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/search/alerts Items should be returned to the shop where they were purchased for a refund.


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Seven years of cuts leave councils in a worrying financial positionSeven years of cuts leave councils in a worrying financial position

The Public Accounts Committee, (PAC) which scrutinises the value for money of public spending and holds the government to account for the delivery of public services, has concluded that more and more local authorities are showing signs of financial stress. They now face a period of greater uncertainty as their funding framework beyond 2019/20 is unclear.

In their report, 'Financial Stability of Local Authorities', the PAC said the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is overly reliant on a favourable outcome from the 2019 Spending Review to address authorities' financial issues. The PAC viewed this as particularly complacent given that the previous Spending Review settlement resulted in many local authorities having to rely on reserves to fill the gaps in funding.

Read the report summary

Read the report conclusions and recommendations

Read the full report: Financial sustainability of local authorities


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Older people's charity says unmet need has risen nearly 20% in two yearsOlder people's charity says unmet need has risen nearly 20% in two years

New analysis by Age UK suggests that in two years, the number of older people living with an unmet care need has risen by 19% to nearly 1 in 7 older people. The charity, which based its analysis on official figures, said 1.4 million older people aren’t getting the care and support they need – an increase of almost 20% in two years. More information


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Funding settlement will cover older and working age adultsFunding settlement will cover older and working age adults

MPs discussed the Health and Social Care Committee and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee report on long-term social care funding in the Commons yesterday. Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP welcomed the joint report's contribution to the debate and said: '..It is absolutely right that future social care funding is agreed alongside the rest of the local government settlement at the forthcoming spending review. The settlement will of course apply to older and working-age adults as well...' Hansard


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Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill introduced to House of LordsMental Capacity (Amendment) Bill introduced to House of Lords

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords and has reached the Second Reading stage. The new bill seeks to replace the 'Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards' with a simpler version known as 'Liberty Protection Safeguards.' The Government has stated that it expects the new safeguards to be less burdensome for local authorities and more responsive to the needs of service users.

The current version of the Bill can be found on the House of Lords website.


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'CQC "Beyond Barriers" report''CQC "Beyond Barriers" report'

The CQC has published the "Beyond Barriers" report today which presents the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England. Read our response from Bridget Warr (UKHCA's Chief Executive) to the report.


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Government consulting on loneliness strategyGovernment consulting on loneliness strategy

The Government is consulting on its Loneliness Strategy which it says will be the first step in tackling the long-term challenge of loneliness. Loneliness is a complex issue that affects many different groups of people, and the evidence base is still developing.

The Government's approach is to focus the Strategy where there is the clearest opportunity for government action and further learning. Alongside this, the Government will be working with partners to explore how to improve the evidence base, which will inform future government policy.

The survey can be completed online and closes at 10am on Friday 20th July 2018.


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Nine in ten councils say national taxation key to solving adult social care funding crisisNine in ten councils say national taxation key to solving adult social care funding crisis

Ahead of its Annual Conference in Birmingham next week, the Local Government Association (LGA) has polled the leaders and adult social care cabinet members in all 152 councils providing social care in England to gauge their views on the options for funding adult social care and support for the long-term.

The survey - the first of its kind by the LGA - reveals that 96 per cent believe there is a major national funding problem in adult social care.

A separate LGA public poll reveals nearly nine out of 10 people (87 per cent) surveyed believe that councils should be given more government funding to tackle the funding gap in the sector.

The LGA said the findings further demonstrate that bold and possibly radical political decisions are urgently needed to provide a long-term and sustainable solution to funding adult social care.


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CQC publishes local system review for StockportCQC publishes local system review for Stockport

The Care Quality Commission have published their local system review for Stockport, one of the 20 targeted reviews of local authority areas looking specifically at how people move through the health and social care system, and how health and social care services work together. Amongst the areas CQC suggested need improvement were:

  • recognising independent providers as system partners and ensuring they are involved in strategic planning and market shaping, to determine how the needs of the people of Stockport can be effectively met, and,
  • fulfilling its statutory obligation under the Care Act 2014 to provide assurance that there is appropriate capacity of good quality services within the social care market to ensure people receive person-centred, safe, high-quality care.

 


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NHS and Social Care at 70NHS and Social Care at 70

To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the NHS.

In their report, What's the problem with social care, and why do we need to do better? the King's Fund and Health Foundation have modelled various options for social care funding reform. In comparison to the £1.5bn required to maintain the current (albeit unstable) level of service in 2020/21, it would cost:

  • 8bn to provide the same level of access to services as in 2009/10.
  • £5.5bn to introduce a cap on total costs (of £75,000) and a more generous means test (from £23,250 to £100,000). This model, similar to a proposal in the 2017 Conservative party manifesto, would mean including the value of people's homes in the means test for both residential care and home care.
  • £7bn to provide free personal care in people's home, similar to the system in Scotland.

The report points out that although these sums may appear small when compared to the amount spent on the NHS, previous proposals such as those produced by the Dilnot Commission and Barker Commission were eventually shelved or ignored on the grounds of cost.

More on NHS funding from The Guardian


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Vanguard transformation programme hindered by financial issuesVanguard transformation programme hindered by financial issues

The National Audit Office has reported that NHS England's vanguard programme, designed to meet patients' needs and deliver savings using new care models to integrate health and social care, has not delivered the depth and scale of transformed services intended.

Money originally aimed at transformation had been spent on relieving short-term financial pressures by reducing NHS trusts' financial deficits, affecting the programme's success. Consequently, the objective to design new care models that could be replicated quickly across the NHS has not yet been fully achieved.

More from: www.nao.org.uk/report/developing-new-care-models-through-nhs-vanguards/


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Entries close for National Dementia Care Awards on 20 July 2018Entries close for National Dementia Care Awards on 20 July 2018

The ninth National Dementia Care Awards are to take place at the 13th UK Dementia Congress, to celebrate the best in dementia care, with a glittering Gala Dinner on 8 November 2018 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The Awards are free to enter and there are 16 categories overall, including Best Dementia Team and Dementia Care Inspiring Leader. The closing date is 20 July 2018. More information and apply online (UKHCA is specialist stream partner of the 13th UK Dementia Congress)

Applications are also open for the National Care Awards 2018, which culminate in a black tie Awards Presentation Dinner on 30 November 2018 at the Hilton London Metropole, on Edgware Road. There are 18 categories of award and the closing date is 20 July 2018: www.careinfo.org/careawards/

Both are UK-wide.


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Learning from safety incidentsLearning from safety incidents

CQC has published the first of a range of resources on learning from safety incidents, which draw on enforcement activity with health and social care providers. Each describes what happened, what CQC and the provider have done about it, and what steps providers can take to prevent it happening.

Issue 1: Falls from improper use of equipment

Issue 2: Unsafe use of bed rails

Issue 3: Fire risk from use of emollient creams

Issue 4: Burns from hot water or surfaces

Issue 5: Safe management of medicines

UKHCA members are reminded they also have access to free UKHCA resources on:


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New learning disability guideline to give people care closer to homeNew learning disability guideline to give people care closer to home

NICE has published a new guideline on improving care for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities who have challenging behaviour. It suggests local authorities and clinical commissioning groups should take joint responsibility and put one experienced person in charge of designing services. This person should work with people using services and families to develop a clear plan, based on good local evidence, with resources pooled across health, social care and education. 

NICE say people should not be admitted to inpatient units unless all other possible options have been considered and exhauste. Capacity in non-specialist community services should be developed to prevent unnecessary inpatient admissions.


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Cancer survival worse for older peopleCancer survival worse for older people

Cancer survival is generally lower for older patients and the discrepancy between the UK's performance and the best performing countries is worse for older patients than it is for younger patients. A new report from Cancer Research UK suggests that the number of older people diagnosed with cancer every year could rise by up to 80% to nearly a quarter of a million by 2035.

Every year around 130,000 people aged 75 and over in the UK develop cancer. By 2035 this is projected to rise to around 234,000, largely due to an ageing population.

Despite cancer survival doubling over the last 40 years, it's still lower among older people who are more likely to be diagnosed in an emergency and less likely to receive curative treatment.

Cancer Research UK say this highlights the urgent need for older patients, who are more likely to have multiple health conditions or need help from social care, to be given better support.


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Long term funding inquiry recommends tax on over-40sLong term funding inquiry recommends tax on over-40s

The Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees' first joint report on the long term funding of adult social care has been published, and recommends that a combination of revenue-raising means is needed:

  • Future care provision costings need to start with a clear articulation of what good care looks like and the costs for older and working age adults.
  • The over-40s, including those over 65, should pay a Social Care Premium under the tax system to fund care.
  • There would be a minimum earnings threshold, but income from pensions and investments would be included.
  • These changes would be more acceptable to the public if the derived funding from the Social Care Premium was placed in a dedicated and audited fund.
  • Care home accommodation costs would be outside the fund and continue to be means-tested, but personal care would be delivered free to all those who need it, starting with those with 'critical' needs, and a preventative element to care would be reinstated.
  • An additional amount of Inheritance Tax would also be charged on estates over a certain threshold.
  • A political consensus could be achieved by establishing a cross-party parliamentary commission.

Long term funding of adult social care report. UKHCA statement in reply

More information on the inquiry. UKHCA response to the inquiry, March 2018.


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Sleep-in developmentsSleep-in developments

As we wait for the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Mencap case, the current government stance on the potential effect of back-dated sleep-in shifts payments was set out by Social Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP in a reply to a written question on 15 June 2018: "The Government recognises the pressure that sleep-ins liabilities are placing on the social care sector and is exploring options to minimise any impact on the sector."

A House of Commons library briefing paper, National Minimum Wage and sleep-in care, lists comment in Parliament in more detail.

We included concerns about back pay liabilities in our letter to the Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, and continue to support researchers quantifying the impact from the point of view of homecare. The public campaign continues under the banners of the #StopSleepInCrisis, #SolveSleepins Alliance, who are organising a day of action on 29 June 2018.


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How much extra funding will the NHS get?How much extra funding will the NHS get?

Following the Prime Minister's announcement that the NHS will receive additional funding, some media outlets and commentators are reporting the NHS will receive £20.5 billion every year for 5 years.

This is not the case.

The £20.5 billion will be spread over 5 years from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

You can download the NHS Funding settlement from here.

The Government press release on the announcement is available from here.

 


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NICE publishes updated guideline on diagnosing and managing dementiaNICE publishes updated guideline on diagnosing and managing dementia

NICE have published an updated guideline on diagnosing and managing dementia (including Alzheimer's disease), which aims to improve care by making recommendations on training staff and helping them to support people living with dementia. The guideline recommends that people with dementia should be involved in discussions about their care, as part of person-centred support.

Updated guideline: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG97

Blog on the update by Tracy Wright, member of the Dementia Guideline Committee at NICE, who chaired a sub group looking specifically at the social care aspects of dementia: https://socialcare.blog.gov.uk/2018/06/21/involving-people-living-with-dementia-in-their-care/

The update follows a consultation that took place earlier this year.


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Scheme will enable EU citizens to stay in UK after June 2021Scheme will enable EU citizens to stay in UK after June 2021

The Home Secretary has announced that EU citizens will have to complete three key steps to obtain settled status to stay in the UK after June 2021: prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare that they have no serious criminal convictions. The settlement scheme will operate online and via a smartphone app, and through libraries and special contact centres. Most decisions will be made within two weeks or sooner.

The scheme will be phased in from later in 2018 and be fully open by 30 March 2019, with the deadline for applications 30 June 2021.

More about the scheme at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44553225 Home Office announcement

Statement of Intent Settlement scheme


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Online auctioning of social care should be prohibitedOnline auctioning of social care should be prohibited

The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA is a member, has issued a position statement strongly opposing the use of online reverse auctioning of social care. The statement says "People should not be treated like commodities. Commissioning services in this manner fails to take the individual care needs of service users into account and removes any element of choice in the kind of care that they receive."

The CPA recommends that 'providers, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups should seek alternatives to reverse auctions and that such methods of purchasing social care should be prohibited.'

CPA Position Statement on online reverse auctioning of care


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Dismay at delay of social care Green PaperDismay at delay of social care Green Paper

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, has confirmed that the social care Green Paper will be delayed. Speaking in Parliament, Jeremy Hunt said the Green Paper will be published in the autumn around the same time as the NHS plan. More than seven months ago, the government committed to publishing the paper before the summer recess this year.

The decision has been met with dismay and disappointment. Colin Angel, UKHCA's Policy Director said,

'It is very disappointing that the Government chose to announce the delay of the Green Paper on the day that we learned the NHS will receive an extra £20.5 billion. While the delay could allow more time to produce a stronger joined-up document, Government cannot continue to ignore the deepening crises in social care services.'

Guardian article quoting UKHCA: 'Delay to green paper caps dismal 48 hours for social care'


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£20.5 million boost for the NHS - nothing for social care£20.5 million boost for the NHS - nothing for social care

In a speech at the Royal Free Hospital today (18/06/18), the Prime Minister, Teresa May, set out the extra funding the government will provide to the NHS from 2019/20 to 2023/24.

NHS funding will grow on average by 3.4 per cent in real terms so that by 2023/24, the NHS England budget will increase by £20.5 billion in real terms.

Despite referring to people staying in hospital longer than they need and wanting to ensure people get the right care in the right place at the right time, there was no funding commitment for social care.

However, the Prime Minister did say the government will set out the budgets for both social care and public health as part of the forthcoming Spending Review.

Teresa May confirmed that extra money for the NHS will go to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland under the Barnett formula.

You can find the full text of Prime Minister's speech here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-the-nhs-18-june-2018


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Call for social care to be free at the point of needCall for social care to be free at the point of need

Lord Darzi, Professor of Surgery, chair of the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, and former Labour Government minister has published his final report.

The Lord Darzi review, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research has put forward a 10-point plan for long-term funding as well as a 10-point offer to the public which sets out what the health and care system will be able to offer if his plan for investment and reform is adopted. The fourth point reads:

"Make social care free at the point of need. This means extending the NHS's 'need, not ability to pay' principle to social care and fully funding the service as part of a 'new social contract' between the citizen and the state."


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NICE want to hear from providersNICE want to hear from providers

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) worked with a range of partners to develop a Quality improvement resource for adult social care which maps NICE quality statements and medicines recommendations against Care Quality Commission (CQC) key lines of enquiry. The original resource was aimed primarily at social care commissioners, but NICE is keen to develop the resource further, for commissioners but also for providers and wider stakeholders. You can help to shape the way the resource is developed by completing a quick online survey which is open until 14 July 2018.


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APPG on Dementia launch inquiry into dementia and disabilityAPPG on Dementia launch inquiry into dementia and disability

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia has announced it will investigate the barriers that people with dementia face in having their rights met and the impact of this on their daily lives.

According to the APPG Co - Chairs, the MPs, Debbie Abrams and Edward Argar say that recognising dementia as a disability has been an important part of campaigning for change for people living with the condition.

A call for evidence is now open and the APPG would like to receive submissions from as wide a range of organisations and respondents as possible, including people affected by dementia, third sector organisations, healthcare professionals and service providers.

The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 20th July. To submit evidence, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/appg.


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Top Tips for Sustaining HomecareTop Tips for Sustaining Homecare

A summary of 11 actions which local authorities and homecare providers can consider to create more stable homecare markets and reduce the possibility of local market failure has been published.

'Top Tips for Sustaining Homecare' is a joint publication, agreed between the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA).

https://www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=572#bk1


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Audit finds small pensions and ill health affect many older peopleAudit finds small pensions and ill health affect many older people

The Age Audit has found that, contrary to the image of older people in the UK being considerably better off than their younger counterparts, many are surviving rather than thriving on meagre pensions and with poor health. The audit has been compiled by the National Pensioners Convention to coincide with its annual Pensioners' Parliament gathering in Blackpool. More from: https://www.npcuk.org/


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ADASS Budget Survey 2018ADASS Budget Survey 2018

The ADASS Budget Survey 2018 is now available to read. It shows how adult social care is coping with the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing resources in an environment where Local Government funding is facing cuts.

Within the document, there is recognition that the Government intends to respond to the adult social care crisis by finding a long-term solution and has provided addititional funding through the Improved Better Care Fund, the social care precept and grants, but as councils across the country are having to make cuts and the adult social care sector is in a fragile state, there is as yet no sustainable, long-term solution to the funding of adult social care.

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CPA publishes contingency planning guidanceCPA publishes contingency planning guidance

The Care Provider Alliance has published some practical guidance to help care providers with contingency planning. From exceptionally bad weather, a fuel shortage or a pandemic, to financial or quality problems, there are many circumstances that can disrupt services provided by the adult social care sector. This guide has been written to help independent and voluntary providers ensure continuity of care if a problem occurs. It is a concise, practical document, with links to more detailed information on many different topics.

The guidance can be downloaded from the CPA website.


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Care homes for the elderly - draft consumer law adviceCare homes for the elderly - draft consumer law advice

The Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on draft consumer advice for UK care homes for the elderly. The purpose of the advice is to help care homes understand and comply with their obligations under consumer law. It is likely to have a significant impact on terms and conditions in the sector.

Our preferred solicitors, Anthony Collins, say the consultation may be of interest to homecare providers because, although purchasers face different challenges purchasing residential care, there are themes in the proposals that will translate across to the homecare sector. 

The CMA has also published 'UK care home providers for the elderly - consumer law advice on the charging of fees after death' following an earlier consultation: https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/care-homes-consumer-protection-case#advice-for-care-homes-on-the-charging-of-fees-after-death


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Joint letter to the Prime Minister on NHS and social care fundingJoint letter to the Prime Minister on NHS and social care funding

The Health Foundation, The King's Fund, and Nuffield Trust have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a long-term funding settlement for the NHS. The think tanks say, on social care, 'it is essential that the green paper outlines proposals for substantial and wide-ranging reform, including a long-term funding settlement, and that these proposals are fully aligned with the plan for the NHS'.


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Research suggests Brexit could worsen crisis in social careResearch suggests Brexit could worsen crisis in social care

Ending free movement within the EU risks exacerbating the social care crisis, according to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, which warned that the UK's third sector social care organisations were increasingly dependent on hiring EU workers to fill staffing gaps.

IPPR argue that the scale of the impact that Brexit could have on the charity sector workforce will depend on five core considerations:-

  1. The profile of the current EU charity workforce
  2. The future immigration system for EU nationals
  3. The immigration choices of EU nationals
  4. The future demand for EU charity workers
  5. The alternative for charity employers if they are unable to recruit from the EU.

The research found social care charities currently have 90,000 staff vacancies but 87% of all EU charity workers employed in social care would not qualify for work visas under conditions imposed on non-EU nationals. The IPPR suggested charities would be left: 'facing a perfect storm of high employee churn, skills shortages, low pay, and increasing labour demand'.

The charity workforce in post-Brexit Britain: Immigration and skills policy for the third sector: https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/the-charity-workforce-in-post-brexit-britain

Article in the Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-free-movement-social-care-charities-ippr-report-eu-citizens-rights-immigration-controls-a8384836.html


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Chief Executive of Social Work England announcedChief Executive of Social Work England announced

The Government has appointed Colum Conway to the post of chief executive of the new regulator for social workers in England.

Conway will lead Social Work England which will replace the Health and Care Professions Council, (HCPC) later this year. He qualified as a social worker in 1995 and is currently chief executive of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the regulator for social workers in Northern Ireland, where he has worked for five years.

Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford will chair Social Work England.


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Investigation reveals 166,000 people are in social care debtInvestigation reveals 166,000 people are in social care debt

GMB, the trade union for carers, has carried out an investigation which has revealed at least 166,000 people are in debt for their social care.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, submitted to every local authority in Great Britain with responsibility for social care, also show that at least 1,178 people have been taken to court by local authorities in the last two years for social care debts.

Of the total of at least 166,835 people who are in arrears on their social care payments, more than 78,000 have debt management procedures started against them by their authority for non-payment of social care charges.

The |GMB say the true figure is likely to be higher as some authorities didn't respond to their FOI request. Read the GMB's press release here.


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Meeting the Accessible Information StandardMeeting the Accessible Information Standard

CQC have reminded NHS or adult social care providers who provide publicly-funded care that they must meet the Accessible Information Standard (AIS).

The AIS applies where people who use a service have information or communication needs because of a disability, impairment or sensory loss. CQC will be looking for evidence of compliance at inspection time, so providers should consider whether they have documents to support their compliance, for example, evidence that they provide large print documents to those who need them, or have access to an interpreter where a service user's first language is British Sign Language.

UKHCA Factsheet on the Accessible Information Standard: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=501#bk1

Providers who do not have to comply with the AIS may have similar accessibility obligations under the Equalities Act 2010, or choose to adopt the AIS, as a matter of good practice.


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Carers' Action Plan contains measures for short term supportCarers' Action Plan contains measures for short term support

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a cross-Government 'Carers Action Plan 2018 - 2020 - Supporting carers today', which contains plans for short term measures to support family carers. These include a review of dedicated employment rights for carers, so they can benefit from improved practices and more flexible working, an innovations fund to develop ways to provide earlier information to carers, and training for NHS staff on better supporting family carers.

Carers Action Plan 2018 - 2020 - Supporting carers today': https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/713781/carers-action-plan-2018-2020.pdf


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NHS launches digital opt out campaignNHS launches digital opt out campaign

A new public information campaign promotes the stronger protection that now applies to NHS patient information, including a national opt-out provision. The campaign emphasises that the NHS and social care use citizen's information to improve individual care, reduce unnecessary tests, speed up diagnosis, plan local services and research new treatments.

Following the introduction of the GDPR in the UK, the Government has brought in a national data opt out which offers people a choice on whether their confidential patient information is used for research and planning.

NHS England press release: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2018/05/nhs-launches-public-campaign-to-highlight-new-stronger-protections-around-health-and-care-information/

NHS Digital news article: https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/national-data-opt-out-introduced-across-england

NHS Digital national data opt-out: https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme


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Age UK highlight the battle to get care at homeAge UK highlight the battle to get care at home

A report by Age UK, Behind the Headlines - the battle to get care at home' shows that the provision of homecare services has decreased by 3 million hours since 2015. In some areas, councils were unable to provide basic care and support to older people, with assessed needs, because there was a 'care desert' and no care available for the council to purchase in the local area.

The publication presents the following issues that seem to be coming up time and again from all parts of the country:-

  • Long waits to get an assessment
  • Services that are disjointed or simply unresponsive
  • Social services refusing to get involved
  • Fundamental lack of capacity in the system
  • Poor quality services and support
  • Support and services being cut back
  • Help for families providing care being withdrawn

The charity noted that the average spend per adult on social care has fallen 13%, from £439 to £379, between 2009/10 and 2016/17 and said it was not surprising that over the same period around 400,000 fewer older people received social care.

Age UK called for the Government to support the current system with substantial added investment. More from: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-press/articles/may-2018/3-million-hours-of-home-care-lost-due-to-council-cuts/

Report, which contains many examples of the struggle people face to receive homecare: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/care--support/rb_jun18_-the_struggle_to_get_care_at_home.pdf

Age UK has also said within the report that older people are experiencing a lack of continuity among carers. The charity received feedback from older people and families who are sent new careworkers on such a regular basis that they rarely know who is going to show up on any given day.


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CQC change how they inspect adult social care servicesCQC change how they inspect adult social care services

CQC has changed how they will inspect adult social care services.

The changes are included in the new version of CQC's guidance, "How CQC monitors, inspects and regulates adult social care services." (May 2018)

 The changes from the November 2017 version of the guidance are:

  • CQC will no longer carry out questionnaires prior to inspections, see paragraph 'Community services', page 12
  • New paragraph, 'Feedback on the visit', page 12
  • New paragraph, 'Services repeatedly rated requires improvement', page 24.

Members are advised to familarise themselves with latest version of the CQC's guidance. 


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Deprived areas receiving worse social care servicesDeprived areas receiving worse social care services

According to an article in the Guardian newspaper, a quarter (24%) of the social care services in the 10 most deprived areas in England have been deemed to be inadequate or in need of improvement compared with only 15% of those in the 10 richest areas. If accurate, it means the proportion of inferior services on offer in the poorest areas is higher than the national average of 20%.

The article contrasts Wokingham in Berkshire with Manchester. Wokingham, one of the least deprived communities, had just 7% of social care services rated as inadequate or requiring improvement. But in Manchester, a more deprived area, 42% of social care services were rated inadequate or requiring improvement.

The analysis, carried out by the Labour Party concludes that councils in the poorest areas have suffered the most from government cuts, have been hit the hardest and also have fewer people paying all of their care costs, putting further strain on the services offered.

UKHCA has not seen the analysis and is unable to comment on the findings.


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Medicines causing harm to older people discharged from hospitalMedicines causing harm to older people discharged from hospital

A British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study shows that medication-related harms affects one in three older adults following hospital discharge, of which at least 10% is preventable.

The study recruited 1280 older adults at hospital discharge and followed them up for eight weeks. A total of 74% of medication-related harm events were attributed to medicines prescribed at hospital discharge; four patients died, nine experienced a life threatening event and for a further 323 patients, the medicine-related harm was serious. Medicine-related harm was estimated to cost the NHS £396 million for hospital readmissions.

Amongst the conclusions, the study called for medicines prescribed in the hospital setting to be reconciled with those already listed on the repeat prescription from the GP and any additional medicines the older person might be taking at home.


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Jeremy Hunt breaks a recordJeremy Hunt breaks a record

Jeremy Hunt is now the UK's longest serving health secretary. From today, Monday 4th June 2018, it has been five years and 274 days since he took over from Andrew Lansley.

According to the Independent newspaper, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP has also surpassed the tenure of health service founder, Labour's Aneurin Bevan, in February. The milestone comes just a month ahead of the NHS' own 70th anniversary.


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Data Security and Protection Toolkit webinar delayedData Security and Protection Toolkit webinar delayed

The joint NHS Digital and Care Provider Alliance webinar on the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) that was due to take place on Wednesday 6th of June, will now take place on Thursday 21st of June between 15:00 and 16:00.

Details of other future webinars is available on: https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/News/10


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Learning disabilities - SCIE and NICE WebinarLearning disabilities - SCIE and NICE Webinar

Children, young people and adults with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges should have the support they need to live within their communities. The NICE guideline on Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery makes evidence-based recommendations on prevention and early intervention as well as increasing support for families and carers.

SCIE and Nice are holding a webinar on 25th June at 1pm to 2pm which offers an opportunity to hear more about this guideline and its recommendations. A recording will be available on both the NICE and SCIE websites after the webinar has taken place.


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Heatwave plan for EnglandHeatwave plan for England

Public Health England has published the heatwave plan for England.  It sets out what should happen before and during periods of severe heat in England including what preparations both individuals and organisations can make to reduce health risks and includes specific measures to protect at-risk groups.

The plan is primarily for health and social care services and other public agencies and professionals who interact with those most at risk from excessive heat during heatwaves. At-risk groups include older people, the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions as well as those whose health, housing or economic circumstances put them at greater risk of harm from very hot weather.


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New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) now in effectNew General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) now in effect

New GDPR requirements come into effect today (25th May) so we would urge all members to review their company's policies and procedures on data protection.

UKHCA has published a number of resources to help:

GDPR Information and Resources

Draft Privacy Notice

We would also recommend a thorough check of the Information Commissioner's Office website for further help and information.


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People not online are missing out on benefitsPeople not online are missing out on benefits

In a mystery shopping exercise, Age UK rang 100 randomly picked local councils in England, to ask what options people have if they want to claim help with their rent and council tax but do not use the internet.

Age UK's report, "Everything is online nowadays" found that in two-fifths of councils (41 per cent), Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction could only be claimed using the internet, mainly through an online system, although sometimes by downloading a form from the council website.

When the mystery shopper asked for help with claims, callers were often directed to family or friends for support to claim online. This is fine for some, but such help will not be available or appropriate for everyone. Age UK are calling on local councils and other providers to make sure their services are equally accessible to all and not to consign those who do not use the internet to second class services.

 


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Emergency admissions up by 42%Emergency admissions up by 42%

The Health Foundation has published a briefing giving an overview of trends in emergency admissions over the past decade. Their findings show that the number of emergency admissions in England has grown by 42% over the last twelve years.

In 2015/16, one in three emergency patients admitted for an overnight stay had five or more health conditions, up from one in ten in 2006/07. Emergency admissions have grown particularly rapidly for older patients, increasing by 58.9% since 2006/07 for people aged 85 years or older.

The reduction in publicly funded care social care since 2010 might well have had consequential impacts on the NHS as well as for the individuals concerned say the Health Foundation.

 


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Dress codes and sex discrimination - what you need to knowDress codes and sex discrimination - what you need to know

The Government Equalities Office has issued new guidance for employers, employees and job applicants on dress codes. This makes clear that dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer's terms and conditions of service, but it is important the code does not discriminate, for example, by allowing both men and women to wear trousers in the workplace. It sets out how the law might apply in cases of sex discrimination where an employer requires female staff to wear, for instance, high heels, make-up, hair of a particular length or style, or revealing clothing.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/dress-codes-and-sex-discrimination-what-you-need-to-know

The guidance cross refers to ACAS guidance on religion and belief at: www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1856 which also considers dress code and appearance.


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CQC publishes local system review for CumbriaCQC publishes local system review for Cumbria

The Care Quality Commission have published their local system review for Cumbria, one of the 20 targeted reviews of local authority areas looking specifically at how people move through the health and social care system, and how health and social care services work together. The review that found that older people in Cumbria had inconsistent experiences of health and social care and while there was a health and wellbeing strategy and a vision for the whole area, there was also inconsistency in interpretation and delivery.


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Up-front fees and deposits need to be proportionateUp-front fees and deposits need to be proportionate

There has been concern about compulsory, non-returnable up-front fees charged in the UK care home sector. The Competition and Markets Authority has obtained more than £2mn compensation for care home residents, and is set to issue guidance on service user contracts which will extend to the homecare sector. To find out more, and what providers should be doing, read a briefing from Anthony Collins Soliciitors LLP.


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Dementia Action Week 21-27 May 2018Dementia Action Week 21-27 May 2018

It is Dementia Action Week from 21 - 27 May 2018. Alzheimer's Society are calling on people to share their actions, large and small, to support people with dementia. More from: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week

UKHCA is holding a Dementia Care - Train the Trainer workshop in London on 18 October 2018. This train the trainer course has been created specifically for the homecare sector by UKHCA and the Alzheimer's Society, the UK's leading dementia support and research charity. Information and booking details


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After a diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care servicesAfter a diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a guide to the support people should get from local services in England if they or someone they know have been diagnosed with dementia. The guide is intended to support people and their families, following a diagnosis of dementia.

UKHCA is holding a Dementia Care - Train the Trainer workshop in London on 18 October 2018. This train the trainer course has been created specifically for the homecare sector by UKHCA and the Alzheimer's Society, the UK's leading dementia support and research charity. Information and booking details


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Shift of healthcare from hospitals to community is failing, says reportShift of healthcare from hospitals to community is failing, says report

A new report by NHS Providers examines why Government's ambition to shift healthcare from hospitals into the community has failed, despite recognition that this is better for patient outcomes and the financial sustainability of the NHS. Survey results in the report suggest a lack of priority for community services and rising demand, coupled with under-funding, poor commissioning and workforce issues, have all contributed to the ambition not being realised. Key points of report: http://nhsproviders.org/state-of-the-provider-sector-05-18/key-points


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GDPR action point check-listGDPR action point check-list

Anthony Collins Solicitors has produced an action point check-list to help people to become GDPR ready, including information on privacy notices and internal policies and procedures, and may be especially useful for those who are new to GDPR.

The article can be found on the Anthony Collins website.


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Nominations for Towergate Care Awards 2018Nominations for Towergate Care Awards 2018

Do you know someone who has made a real difference to the lives of the clients in their care? Do you think it's time that their hard work, passion and determination is recognised? You can nominate them for the Outstanding Contribution to Home Care award.

To nominate a deserving colleague or friend, please see: www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/careawards Nominations close on 1 June 2018. The awards are UK-wide.


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Webinars on Data Security and Protection ToolkitWebinars on Data Security and Protection Toolkit

NHS Digital and the Care Providers Alliance are holding two webinars for social care organisations on the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/looking-after-information/data-security-and-information-governance/data-security-and-protection-toolkit). The Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool for social care organisations to find out how to protect their information and demonstrate they have met data security standards, such as GDPR compliance. To join please use either of the links below: 

May 22nd (2pm): https://hscic.webex.com/hscic/j.php?MTID=md32a6ee4f1341cb790f3d04da36139c9

June 6th (12.30pm): https://hscic.webex.com/hscic/j.php?MTID=mb1b2e193965cb6b58eb2b78d26d6bce5


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New CQC guidance on pre-employment checks - Regulation 19(3)(a)New CQC guidance on pre-employment checks - Regulation 19(3)(a)

In our last policy update, we mentioned that CQC have published new guidance and FAQs relating to evidence providers must retain to show CQC they have carried out the necessary pre-employment checks for all staff carrying out personal care.

Since then, we have queried some aspects of this guidance with CQC, which:

  • Asks for hard copies of the DBS check
  • Appears to require all staff to have information which includes DBS checks. We think this should be restricted to people who provide personal care.
  • Sets out the length of time for keeping staff information or records. We think linking this to the length of time that CQC itself keeps records is questionable.

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The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017

A review into the deaths of people with learning disabilities by NHS England has highlighted significant concerns surrounding their care. Some 1,311 cases were passed for review between July 2016 and November 2017, with only 103 (8%) finished so far.

Of these, the Learning Disability Mortality Review found failings had taken place in one in eight deaths, from abuse to delays in treatment. An example included a person discharged home with a catheter, although the care staff had never received any training about catheter care. The person was later readmitted to hospital with possible urinary sepsis.

In a debate in parliament on the 8th May 2018, the Minister for Care, Caroline Dineage MP said, "We are already taking steps to address the concerns raised, but the early lessons from the programme will continue to feed into our work, and that of our partners, to reduce premature mortality and improve the quality of services for people with learning disabilities."


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Local system reviews published for Liverpool and BirminghamLocal system reviews published for Liverpool and Birmingham

CQC has published the outcome of local system reviews in Liverpool and Birmingham, part of the reviews of health and social care systems being carried out in 20 local areas to find out how services are working together to care for people aged 65 and older. The reviews have focused on the 'pressure points' and the interface of social care, community and acute health services and delayed transfers.

The reviews recommended, among other issues, that both cities should include independent care providers and voluntary organisations in their strategic planning and implementation.

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Views sought on NICE quality improvement resourceViews sought on NICE quality improvement resource

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) worked with a range of partners to develop a Quality improvement resource for adult social care www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/social-care/quality-improvement-resource, which published in October 2017. The resource maps NICE quality statements and medicines recommendations against CQC key lines of enquiry.

The original resource was aimed primarily at social care commissioners, but NICE are keen to develop the resource further, for commissioners but also for providers and wider stakeholders.

Please help to shape the way the resource is developed, by taking up to 5 minutes to complete a quick online survey at www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152395909590 about the resource, which will be open until 1 June 2018.


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Induction Programme Launched for Social Care WorkersInduction Programme Launched for Social Care Workers

NISCC has launched its new Induction Programme for Social Care Workers, which will replace the 2007 Induction Standards. The programme is aligned to the Standards of Conduct and Practice and will help and support new staff better understand their role, help build their confidence and make sure they have the skills and knowledge to succeed in the job.

The new programme can be found on the NISCC website.


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Health and social care transformation funding announcedHealth and social care transformation funding announced

The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund, including £15m worth of funding for developing the health and social care workforce.

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


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Public Accounts Committee report on the adult social care workforcePublic Accounts Committee report on the adult social care workforce

We submitted evidence at very short notice to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on the adult social care workforce and the MPs' subsequent report is interesting reading. The Committee queries the Department of Health and Social Care's understanding of the relationship between commissioning, the price paid for care and the effect on the workforce, and wonders if, in seeing the Green Paper as a cure-all, the Department is under-estimating the scale of the challenge. The MPs' report reflects many of the arguments in our response, evidence that our message is getting through.


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What can England learn from long-term care in Japan?What can England learn from long-term care in Japan?

The Nuffield Trust has produced an interesting research report on the long-term care system in Japan,and whether we can learn from their model of universal care. The report highlights Japan as a country with a rapidly expanding older population, which has managed to achieve fundamental reform by taking radical action, and suggests we can learn from this in Green Paper discussions.

The Guardian summarises the report in an article: https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2018/may/09/england-japan-social-care-reform and the report itself is available from: https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/research/what-can-england-learn-from-the-long-term-care-system-in-japan


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May 2018 Homecarer is now available to downloadMay 2018 Homecarer is now available to download

May 2018 Homecarer is now available to download. In this issue: Colin Angel, Policy Director, UKHCA talks about the potential impact of CQC fee increases on members; Bridget Warr, CEO, UKHCA, discusses the seven principles underpinning the forthcoming social care Green Paper; Anthony Collins Solicitors writes an article about the noticeable increase in CQC letters to providers about the potential commission of criminal offences; the Membership and Marketing team provide a special section about choosing care management software; Towergate Insurance present the things to consider when renewing your insurance; In the National England Report, Veronica Monks, Policy Officer, UKHCA, talks about the select commitees for Health and Social Care and Housing, Communities and Local Government scrutinising social care funding; James Whynacht, Policy Officer, UKHCA ,writes about how co-operation is essential in providing high quality care in Northern Ireland.


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Creative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later LifeCreative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later Life

Age UK have produced a report showing that creative and cultural participation is the top-most contributor to wellbeing in older age.

Their report delves further into findings around creative and cultural participation - what it is, who does what, and how it differs depending on people's overall level of wellbeing. They include examples of creative and cultural activities for older people and conclude with recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.


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New survey shows impact of sleep-in liabilities on the care sectorNew survey shows impact of sleep-in liabilities on the care sector

A new survey, by Agenda Consulting and solicitors Trowers & Hamlins LLP, has looked at the impact of sleep-in pay liabilities on the care sector. 

The results suggest the viability of nearly 70% of the care sector is under threat from pay liabilities. Most UK care providers have not budgeted for the back pay bill and only half of commissioners of care services are paying the National Minimum Wage for care workers on sleep-in shifts. The crisis has led to providers deciding not to bid or negotiate for 273 new contracts because of their financial situation. The report is available at: www.vodg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/20180508-Solve-Sleep-Ins-Alliance-sector-report.pdf

Local Government Association response: https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/lga-responds-vodg-survey-sleep-costs-paid-carers


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MPs debate Social Care Provision and the NHSMPs debate Social Care Provision and the NHS

Ruth George, MP for High Peak, secured a debate in Westminster Hall on 3rd May 2018 which considered the effect of social care provision on the NHS.

Touching on a wide range of issues, Ruth George referred to many of the difficulties affecting homecare and the consequences for people who might have avoided admission to hospital, or whose discharge has been delayed. Speaking for the Government, Caroline Dineage, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, cited the achievement of the Better Care Fund which in the previous 12 months had freed up 820 beds. (According to the Office for National Statistics, 228,509 people died in hospital in the year 2017/2018, or 626 a day across the whole of England).


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New homecare company targets the LGBT communityNew homecare company targets the LGBT community

Alternative Care Services has just been launched as Britain's first LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and queer and intersex +) domiciliary care service. Its owner, Ramses Underhill-Smith, says: "Sadly, discrimination in the care industry exists. We know from recent studies that many older LGBTQI+ people feel unable to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to carers."

The British-born LGBTQI+ campaigner thinks that too many LGBT people feel that they need to "go back into the closet" to receive care when they are older. He believes a more practical and humane alternative would be a care system that is more tailored to individuals within the LGBT community, and with this aim he set up Alternative Care Services; delivering non-discriminatory care services throughout the whole of London.


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Commission makes recommendations for intergenerational fairnessCommission makes recommendations for intergenerational fairness

The Intergenerational Commission, convened by the Resolution Foundation, has issued its final report on jobs and pay, the housing market, and pensions. Among the recommendations for intergenerational fairness:

  • Use a new progressive property tax to address gaps in public social care funding.
  • Introduce charges on assets so wealthier individuals contribute towards social care costs in England, but set asset floors and cost caps so no more than 1/4 of assets are depleted.
  • Introduce a two-part NHS levy that charges employee and self-employed NICs on the earnings of workers over State Pension age and places a charge that mirrors employee NICs on private occupational pension income, initially at half the main rate and with a higher starting threshold.

The report is available at: www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/a-new-generational-contract-the-final-report-of-the-intergenerational-commission/


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Social Care Conference - May 16th, 2018, LondonSocial Care Conference - May 16th, 2018, London

LaingBuisson are holding their flagship social care event on 16 May 2018 in London. Taking place ahead of the publication of the Government's Green Paper on the long-term funding of older people, the event will look to the future and how providers, stakeholders and investors can make the homecare, care home, supported living, specialist care and housing with care markets work for them. UKHCA's Policy and Campaigns Director, Colin Angel, is a speaker.

For rates and to register, please see: https://scc18.laingbuissonevents.com/


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New CQC chief executive appointedNew CQC chief executive appointed

The new chief executive of the Care Quality Commission is Ian Trenholm, current chief of the NHS Blood and Transplant Authority. He takes up the role in July, when David Behan steps down. Mr Trenholm started his career in the police and was also Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. CQC announcement


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Could you host the next generation of leaders in social care?Could you host the next generation of leaders in social care?

Would you be interested in hosting a talented graduate aspiring to be a future leader in social care from October 2018? Developed in partnership between Skills for Care and the NHS Leadership Academy, the one year Graduate Management programme is now open for applications from health and social care organisations. The application process for host organisations is open until 30 May 2018.

Register your interest to host a graduate by emailing graduates@skillsforcare.org.uk. Further information about the programme, benefits and associated costs can be found here.

 


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New insight and advice to help you improve your CQC ratingNew insight and advice to help you improve your CQC rating

Skills for Care asked good and outstanding care providers what they do to achieve this rating, which they are sharing in their updated 'Good and outstanding care guide'.

If you're looking for ways to improve your service and ensure you deliver good and outstanding care, download the free online edition. You can also buy a printed copy of the extended workbook edition, with activities to help you implement change in your organisation.


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£6.9m training funding for nursing care nearer to home£6.9m training funding for nursing care nearer to home

Almost £6.9 million funding is to be invested in nurse training so care can be provided closer to home in Scotland. The funding is part of a new Primary Care Workforce Plan intended to give the existing nurse workforce more skills to better care for people at home, in GP practices and in other community settings.

The Primary Care Workforce Plan commits to expand and strengthen primary care significantly across Scotland, including the recruitment of an additional 800 GPs over the next ten years.

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Plans to reform disclosure system in ScotlandPlans to reform disclosure system in Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to reform the disclosure regime in Scotland. A pre consultation engagement showed that people think the current system is too complicated, so the plans aim to simplify the current system and prepare it for the next ten years, with increased digitalisation.

The consultation, which is open to 18 July 2018, includes changes to both the PVG scheme and barring service, among other changes.

Consultation paper: https://consult.gov.scot/disclosure-scotland/protection-of-vulnerable/user_uploads/sct0418415086-1_vulnerable_final.pdf

Read the response from UKHCA here:

file:///W:/members/pdfs/UKHCA-response-consultation-disclosure-scotland.pdf

 

 

 


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New Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary appointedNew Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary appointed

James Brokenshire MP has returned to the Cabinet and is now Housing Secretary, taking over from the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who replaced Amber Judd. Mr Brokenshire said, in response to his appointment, "As the son of a former chief executive of a council local government is in the blood for me. So I look forward to working with councils across the country by supporting them to deliver quality public services and build strong integrated communities."

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All Wales induction framework for health and social care launchedAll Wales induction framework for health and social care launched

Social Care Wales have launched a new tool aimed at helping care workers gain the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to provide high-quality care. The induction framework was launched by the Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, on the 25th of April 2018.

The new induction framework has been developed in partnership between Social Care Wales, the NHS Wales Workforce Education Service, employers and learning providers in Wales.

The framework can be downloaded from the Social Care Wales website.


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Annual Registered social care managers forum 2018Annual Registered social care managers forum 2018

Social Care Wales have announced the dates for their annual registered social care managers forum. Taking place on a number of dates between the 13th and 28th of June across Wales, the event will provide an opportunity for social care managers to discuss current issues, network with peers and share ideas.

The full list of dates and details of how to book on to the event can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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Social Care Wales National Social Care Conference 2018Social Care Wales National Social Care Conference 2018

Social Care Wales have released further information about their annual national conference taking place on the 12-13th September. Jointly held with ADSS Cymru, the conference will give attendees the opportunity to explore current social care policy and practice, learn about new and future developments, and share examples of innovation and good practice.

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


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Independent Age guide on Home SafetyIndependent Age guide on Home Safety

Independent Age have produced a guide for older people living at home on Home Safety.  This guide can help people identify some of the common hazards in their home and advise on preventive measures. It includes some simple checks people can do for themselves and also advises how people can get help to keep safe and well.

Providers may want to give this very readable guide to service users which has a quick quiz to see how safety-conscious they are.


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Care for people with learning disabilities should be close to home wherever possible, says NICECare for people with learning disabilities should be close to home wherever possible, says NICE

NICE is urging councils and health bodies to make sure that people with learning disabilities can access well-designed services and staff with the right skills so they do not need to move away for care or treatment.

In a new guideline, NICE says children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, who have behaviour that challenges, should have the right support to live their lives in the community like everyone else. The guideline aims to promote a lifelong approach to supporting people and their families and carers, focusing on prevention and early intervention and minimising inpatient admissions.

 

 


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Opposition Day debate on social careOpposition Day debate on social care

Today, 25 April 2018, there will be an Opposition Day debate on social care in the House of Commons. To watch or listen to the debate, see: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/09fded12-9698-4d15-8c33-3367e149abb1


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Joint inquiry into long term funding gathers more evidenceJoint inquiry into long term funding gathers more evidence

The joint Health and Social Care Committee and Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has been hearing more evidence in its review into the long-term funding of social care. Leading figures from the care, professional and regulatory sectors told Committee members about the challenges facing social care, including recruitment, funding, maintaining quality, and training.

To hear the evidence given on 24 April 2018, see: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/10d4edc6-5831-4bc3-86eb-cc2d65cdd9d2?agenda=True

UKHCA's written evidence to MPs is at: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/UKHCA_funding_inquiry_2018.pdf


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New CQC guidance on pre-employment checks - Regulation 19(3)(a)New CQC guidance on pre-employment checks - Regulation 19(3)(a)

CQC have published new guidance and FAQs relating to evidence providers must retain to show CQC they have carried out the necessary pre-employment checks for all staff carrying out personal care.

Regulation 19(3)(a) of the Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 requires providers to make available to CQC the information set out in Schedule 3. CQC Inspectors may ask for this information at any time in relation to each "person employed for the purposes of carrying on a regulated activity". The guidance lists the type of information providers must keep and an explanatory note.

Members are strongly advised to read the guidance and to review their recruitment polices to ensure they are completing the employment checks required and can provide the evidence CQC set out in the guidance.

Download the guidance : http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20180412_9001403_FAQ-CQCs_employment_requirements%20_Regulation_19_v1.pdf


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Ten principles for long-term funding of NHS and social careTen principles for long-term funding of NHS and social care

Nick Boles MP, Liz Kendall MP and Norman Lamb MP have joined forces to issue ten principles for long-term funding of the NHS and social care, in a cross-party initiative ahead of tomorrow's Opposition Day debate on social care. This move comes as Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP is reported to have written to Tory MPs promising that solutions for the NHS and proposals on social care will be settled by the summer. More from:

www.facebook.com/notes/nick-boles-mp/ten-principles-of-long-term-funding-for-nhs-and-social-care/1522885904504144/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43875246


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Court challenge to Accountable Care OrganisationsCourt challenge to Accountable Care Organisations

A court challenge has begun to the Government's plans to bring in Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) as part of the reform of the NHS, and move to more integrated care between hospitals, mental health and community services. Campaigners claim the plans will lead to more privatisation in the health service, and cuts to services.

https://news.sky.com/story/nhs-reorganisation-could-threaten-patient-safety-11344619

There is more about ACOs, now known as integrated care systems, and what they mean for health and social care, at: www.kingsfund.org.uk/topics/accountable-care

 


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Men still receive larger pensions than womenMen still receive larger pensions than women

Research by the Consumers' Association has shown that men in the UK are still receiving a better state pension than women, an average of £153.86 a week, which is £27.88 more than the average woman, who receives £125.98 a week. The difference amounts to almost £29,000 over the course of a typical 20-year retirement, but the disparities have lessened slightly since the last analysis of Department for Work and Pensions data in 2015. More from: https://press.which.co.uk/whichpressreleases/mind-the-state-pension-gap-latest-data-shows-men-still-get-a-better-deal-than-women/


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Citizens' Assembly to tackle social care fundingCitizens' Assembly to tackle social care funding

A Citizens' Assembly of up to 50 people will consider how care should be paid for in the future in England, as part of the inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee. Assembly members will hear presentations from experts, before considering the arguments and devising recommendations for the inquiry. More from: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/housing-communities-and-local-government-committee/news/citizens-assembly-faq-17-19/


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Free information sharing workshop on 8 June 2018 in LeedsFree information sharing workshop on 8 June 2018 in Leeds

The UK Caldicott Guardian Council (NW and NE regional network) is holding a free one-day workshop on information sharing with relatives and others in Leeds on 8 June 2018. The event is for small-scale settings like as domiciliary care agencies, care homes, and hospices, with the presentations from professional trainers. The organisers say this is part of a drive to introduce Caldicott principles (confidentiality of patient data). Workshop details and how to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northern-caldicott-guardian-event-information-sharing-in-small-scale-orgs-tickets-43880537870


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Allied Healthcare bids to restructure its financesAllied Healthcare bids to restructure its finances

UKHCA understands that Allied Healthcare has submitted a proposal for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) in order for it to restructure its financial arrangements without impacting on the day-to-day operations of its business.

Partner organisations will be working to ensure that people's care and support needs continue to be met. UKHCA are in contact with the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Department of Health and Social Care while Allied Healthcare are in negotiation with their creditors.


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New code of practice for inspection in WalesNew code of practice for inspection in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales have published a new code of practice to inform their inspection of social care services in Wales. The frameworks are outcomes focused and help to inform what good care looks like.

The full document can be downloaded from the Care Inspectorate guidance page.


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New requirements for zero-hours contractsNew requirements for zero-hours contracts

As of 2nd April 2018, providers are required to give domiciliary care workers a choice between remaining on a zero-hours contract and a guaranteed hours contract after a three month period of employment.

Further details can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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New legislation now in force in WalesNew legislation now in force in Wales

A number of changes in domiciliary care in Wales are now in force, having come into effect on the 2nd April. Registered managers will no longer be required to register with Care Inspectorate Wales, however, providers will still need to appoint registered managers and they must be appropriately qualified and registered with Social Care Wales.

All domiciliary care providers will need to re-register with Care Inspectorate Wales, and should have received written instructions from CIW on how to do this. Once registration is complete, providers will be able to give notifications to CIW via a new online service.

Full details can be found on the Care Inspectorate Wales website.


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Local authority chief calls for social care to be recognisedLocal authority chief calls for social care to be recognised

The new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Glen Garrod, has called for social care to have parity of esteem with the NHS. In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph he said 'the health service was "mythologised" and had become "totemic" in many people's minds, which meant social care was underfunded and found it harder to recruit': https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/12/social-care-loses-mythologised-nhs-says-head-adass/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

In his inaugural speech, Glen Garrod, who is Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing of Lincolnshire County Council, said helping the public recognise the importance of social care will be the most essential task for the social care sector.

https://www.adass.org.uk/public-debate-on-social-care-most-essential-task-new-adass-president-outlines-in-inaugural-speech


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NICE Guideline on care and support of people growing older with learning disabilitiesNICE Guideline on care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities

NICE has produced new guidelines on how organisations, including social care providers, can provide for the care and support needs of people growing older with learning disabilities and their families and carers. As they grow older, people with learning disabilities have many of the same age-related health and social care needs as other people but they also face specific challenges associated with their learning disability. The new guidance covers identifying changing needs, planning for the future, and delivering services including health, social care and housing.


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MPs condemn NHS Digital for sharing confidential informationMPs condemn NHS Digital for sharing confidential information

The Health and Social Care Committee looked into the Memorandum of understanding on data-sharing between NHS Digital and the Home Office, and have raised serious concerns about NHS Digital's ability to protect patient data.

The report examined the arrangements agreed between the Home Office, the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Digital regarding tracing immigration offenders using patient information. MPs were alarmed by the increases in sharing non-clinical data such as addresses and were worried that passing on information to immigration authorities could deter people from seeking treatment. The committee has called for the arrangements to be suspended while a review is carried out which would look at the implications for public health and the expectation that health and social care data, including addresses will be regarded as confidential.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-and-social-care-committee/news/mou-data-sharing-report-publication-17-19/


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'500 miles' film teaches people to do CPR'500 miles' film teaches people to do CPR

A new online film teaches people to do CPR to the tune of the Proclaimer's hit '˜I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)'. The film, which features Carole Smillie and is funded by the Scottish Government, is part of Scotland's Strategy for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest - a five-year plan to equip 500,000 people with CPR skills and save an additional 1,000 lives by 2020.

More from: https://news.gov.scot/news/getting-scotland-cpr-ready-1


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New NHS Digital resources for GDPR complianceNew NHS Digital resources for GDPR compliance

Data Security and Protection Toolkit - This replaces the Department of Health and Social Care Information Governance Toolkit. Care providers operating under a NHS Standard Contract have to complete the new Data Security and Protection Toolkit by 31st March 2019. It is also recommended other social care providers use the Toolkit to assist their compliance.

To register to use the Toolkit, providers need an organisation code assigned by ODS. NHS Digital say the process is:

  • Go to https://digital.nhs.uk/organisation-data-service/our-services/download-forms
  • Download and complete the Organisation code request form - tick DSP Toolkit in section 6.
  • Submit the completed form to exeter.helpdesk@nhs.net
  • Once you have been allocated a unique organisation code by ODS, the DSP support team can register your organisation on the DSP Toolkit. This may take a few days as NHS Digital are just completing development work.
  • Organisations that have NHS contracts, or have tendered for one, may have an organisation code already.

Guidance for health and social care providers - written by the Care Provider Alliance with the Social Care Programme in NHS Digital: www.careprovideralliance.org.uk/information-governance.html

Department of Health and Social Care guidance on information sharing at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-security-and-protection-for-health-and-care-organisations

The above guidance applies in England, but may be of interest to providers in other parts of the UK.


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Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into effectCarers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into effect

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect from 1 April 2018 to strengthen support for family carers, and give them a new right to be offered or request an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP) or Young Carer Statement (YCS).

The Act imposes a duty on local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer's needs which meet the local eligibility criteria and there is also a power to provide support to meet carers' needs which don't meet these criteria. The responsible local authority will be required to consider support in the form of a break from caring, and whether there should be planned breaks.

For a list of provisions in the Act, and useful links, see: http://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/news/4333-carers-scotland-act


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New posters and leaflets to promote SSSC Codes of PracticeNew posters and leaflets to promote SSSC Codes of Practice

The Scottish Social Services Council is sending out a resource pack to providers this month which includes posters and leaflets about the Code of Practice. The pack features photographs of social service workers from a range of services, and is intended to help services promote the Codes widely.

More information or extra copies of the pack from communications@sssc.uk.com

SSSC news item: http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications/press-releases/new-resources-to-support-the-sssc-codes-of-practice


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Minister hints at funding boost for social careMinister hints at funding boost for social care

Social Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP is reported as hinting there is a possibility of more funding for councils to make the current social care system sustainable, before the Government looks into reform for the future.

Innovation appears to be being contemplated. The Minister is quoted as saying to directors of adult social services - even with all the money in the world, we may not necessarily choose to keep things the way we are doing them'.

https://www.lgcplus.com/services/health-and-care/minister-raises-possibility-of-social-care-funding-boost/7024048.article (registration required to view).


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Comments on CQC's new fee scheme - deadline extended to 18 April 2018Comments on CQC's new fee scheme - deadline extended to 18 April 2018

We've had a really good response to our request for comments from members on CQC's new fee scheme, but still have time for more replies. The extended deadline is now close of business on Wednesday, 18 April 2018.

To have a compelling argument to present to CQC, we need as many responses as possible to show just how widespread the impact of the fee scheme could be.

Please see our email alerts of 6 and 11 April for the information we would like members to send us. If you would like a copy, please email policy@ukhca.co.uk

Thank you to those who have responded. We will be sharing our analysis with CQC on a no-names basis, so they understand the effect of the change of fee calculation on our members.


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FAQs describe how Trusted Assessment affects providersFAQs describe how Trusted Assessment affects providers

New FAQs are available on Trusted Assessment, following webinars on the topic, developed by NHS Improvement with the assistance of the Care Provider Alliance (including UKHCA).

Hospitals and councils are under considerable pressure to develop Trusted Assessment, particularly where there are high numbers of DTOCs.

There is also guidance which describes how local systems can implement such schemes to reduce the number and wait of people awaiting discharge from hospital.

A trusted assessment is where a trusted assessor - someone acting on behalf of and with the permission of multiple organisations - carries out an assessment in a health or social care setting. The aim is to speed up the process so the person being assessed can move to the next stage of their care (for example, from acute hospital to support at home with homecare).

The guidance, 'Developing trusted assessment schemes: essential elements' is available at: https://nhsicorporatesite.blob.core.windows.net/blue/uploads/documents/Trusted_assessment__FINAL_2.pdf

The questions and answers about the scheme, and how it affects providers, are at: https://nhsicorporatesite.blob.core.windows.net/blue/uploads/documents/Trusted_assessment__FAQs_FINAL.pdf


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Messages on the future of domiciliary care servicesMessages on the future of domiciliary care services

The Institute of Public Care have published a discussion document looking at the future of domiciliary care services. Written by Professor John Bolton and Vice Chair of UKHCA, Dr Jane Townson writing in a personal capacity, the paper explores the main messages to be heeded by commissioners and providers if homecare is going to be sustainable. UKHCA contributed to the document by reflecting on the realities of the true costs of homecare, while other sections look at how to take forward innovation and move towards outcome-based commissioning.

Colin Angel, UKHCA Policy Director said;

"Jane Townson and Prof John Bolton have combined their different perspectives on the homecare sector to provide a thoughtful reflection on the issues facing providers and commissioners. The document highlights live issues for the sector, and thoughts about changes needed for the future."


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Consultation on personal health budgetsConsultation on personal health budgets

The Department of Health and Social Care together with NHS England have launched a consultation which contains proposals to extend legal rights to personal health budgets and to combine personal health budgets with personal social care budgets. At the moment, only those with a specific right to personal health budgets are those in receipt of continuing healthcare. The consultation closes on 8th June 2018

 


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New digital 'right of work' serviceNew digital 'right of work' service

The Home Office has launched a 'beta' trial of a new digital service to help individuals and employers to check work eligibility. The service will help holders of a Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) to prove their right to work, and will help employers to demonstrate compliance with eligibility checks.

This service is an optional additional step and does not replace the existing requirements on checking worker eligibility. More details will be announced after the conclusion of the 'beta-phase'.


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Consultation about regulation of nursing associatesConsultation about regulation of nursing associates

The Nursing and Midwifery Council are consulting on their approach to the regulation of nursing associates in England. The Council say this is an exciting step on the road to regulation for this new profession and they would like to hear from those with an interest in the role, before approving final standards in September 2018.

NMC will be holding consultative workshops for registered nurses, healthcare professionals, employers, patients and the public, with regular Twitter chats and webinars. There are further details on NMC's website. The consultation runs until 2 July 2018.


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Deadline for reporting gender pay gap data arrivesDeadline for reporting gender pay gap data arrives

Employers in Britain with 250 or more employees in the private or voluntary sector have until today, 4 April 2018, to publish their gender pay gap figures on the Government online reporting service. ACAS have guidance on reporting and dealing with a gender pay gap.


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Minimum wage increased from 1 April 2018Minimum wage increased from 1 April 2018

From 1 April 2018, the National Living Wage rate for those aged 25 and over increased from £7.50 per hour to £7.83 per hour.

The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 to 24, increased from £7.05 per hour to £7.38 per hour, and the rate for those aged 18 to 20 rose from £5.60 per hour to £5.90 per hour. The rate for those from school leaving age to 17 increased from £4.05 to £4.20 per hour and the apprentice rate rose from £3.50 per hour to £3.70 per hour. Current and future rates: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

For how a rate increase applies in a pay reference period, see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-living-wage-nlw/national-living-wage-nlw#rates


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Prime Minister promises 'multi-year' funding plan for NHSPrime Minister promises 'multi-year' funding plan for NHS

Speaking to the Commons Select Committee chairs on 27 March 2018, the Prime Minister promised to outline the details of a long-term funding plan for the NHS before Easter 2019. This follows an earlier call by the Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP for a 10-year funding deal for the NHS.

Colin Angel, UKHCA's Policy Director, said: "Any long-term funding plans for the NHS must be developed alongside those for social care, as the two systems are highly dependent on each other. Government has been using the forthcoming social care Green Paper as its method to address the long-term funding solution for the sector. However, the Green Paper by itself will not deliver Mrs May's plan within the timescale she proposes, and if the NHS plan doesn't include social care, it will not be successful."

You can listen to the Prime Minister being questioned by the Select Committee here.


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Tax rises could fund health and social care say MPsTax rises could fund health and social care say MPs

The Prime Minister is being urged to set up a Parliamentary Commission to examine the long-term demand for health and social care across the UK, and to consider a broad range of funding options, including a hypothecated tax or contribution. In a letter to Teresa May signed by over 90 MPs from the main political parties, Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee suggests the Commission should take into account the emerging proposals from the Social Care Green Paper and report before Easter 2019. Calling for a whole system approach to funding the NHS, social care and public health, the letter urges the Prime Minister to set up the Commission to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.


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Public Accounts Committee finds NHS finances in a perilous statePublic Accounts Committee finds NHS finances in a perilous state

"The National Health Service continues to scrape by on emergency hand-outs and funds that were intended for essential investment", said Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), in her statement on the Committee's latest report. Examining the Sustainability and Transformation of the NHS, the report found that The Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement are too focused on propping up the system and balancing the books in the short term and have not paid enough attention on transforming and improving patient services in the long term.

Read the report from the Public Accounts Committee here.


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NHS facing court action over continuing healthcare policiesNHS facing court action over continuing healthcare policies

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken its first steps in legal proceedings against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). If the CCGs fail to provide evidence to demonstrate that their continuing healthcare (CHC) policies are lawful, or do not take steps to review them, they will be taken to court.

The dispute concerns the legality of blanket policies that limit the amount that the CCGs spend on people's continuing healthcare in their own homes, resulting in some people having to be supported in a care home against their wishes.

The Commission consider the actions by the CCGs to be a serious breach of the Human Rights Act, the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Department of Health and Social Care's own NHS CHC framework.


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Local authority funding panels refusing and delaying care packagesLocal authority funding panels refusing and delaying care packages

Community Care has carried out research about how funding panels are being used by local authority adult social care services. Their findings suggest that the majority of panels are used to review funding decisions made by social workers on new and existing cases on all types of social care support. The most common reason given to social workers for a care package being refused or delayed was that it cost too much money. 

 


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Brexit negotiation update for EU citizensBrexit negotiation update for EU citizens

The UK and the EU have reached an agreement on what happens during the period immediately after Brexit, known as the implementation period, but also referred to in the media as the transition period. The agreement means that EU citizens living in the UK before 29 March 2019 will be able to continue to live and work in the UK. The Government has provided more information here: Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know.

The agreement also covers EU citizens and their families arriving in the UK during the implentation period which is from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020. More information is available at UK leaving the EU: what you need to know.


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Pay rises expected for NHS StaffPay rises expected for NHS Staff

BBC news is reporting today that over a million NHS staff, which includes nurses, porters and paramedics, can expect pay rises of over 6% over three years.

Although the deal has yet to be agreed by unions and ministers, it is likely to go through and could cost as much as £4bn. The lowest paid are expected to receive the highest rises, and, if approved, workers in England could see their pay increase almost immediately.

The agreement will cover all staff on the Agenda for Change contract - about 1.3m across the UK, which is the entire workforce with the exception of doctors, dentists and senior leaders.

Colin Angel, UKHCA Policy Director said:

"I am sure that the pay rises announced for NHS will be welcomed by staff, especially those who are in lower paid jobs. However, I am deeply concerned about the impact this will have on recruitment and retention of staff in social care, particularly those in the independent sector. The promise of a social care Green Paper is not going to attract new staff to homecare when local authorities are not reflecting the real costs of care in their contracts with homecare providers."

Read the BBC report here.

 


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Brexit threats to health and social care in ScotlandBrexit threats to health and social care in Scotland

Scotland's Health Minister, Shona Robinson MSP, has stated that Scotland can protect its health and care services from the effects of Brexit. Speaking ahead of giving evidence to the Health and Sport Committee inquiry she commented:

"I am clear that the only way to protect patients, our health and social care services, and our research and pharmaceutical industries is to retain our membership of the Single Market and Customs Union.

This would ensure we continue to benefit from recognition of qualifications and free movement of staff within the EU, the rights of Scottish patients to have treatment in the EU, and access for Scotland to pan-European research, medicines and clinical trials."

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.


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Jeremy Hunt sets out principles for the social care Green PaperJeremy Hunt sets out principles for the social care Green Paper

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social care set out the seven key principles that will guide the development of the social care green paper due to be published in summer 2018. These are:

  • Quality
  • Whole-person integrated care
  • Control
  • Workforce
  • Supporting families and carers
  • A sustainable funding model for social care supported by a diverse, vibrant and stable market
  • Security for all.

Amongst the highlights of the speech were references to the possibility of independent Ofsted-style ratings for commissioners, a consultation on Personal Health Budgets and the announcement of an NHS 10-year workforce strategy with the needs of the NHS and social care sectors considered together and fully aligned.

On sustainable funding, Jeremy Hunt said that the Green Paper will 'jump start' the debate about funding for the future and stated that the Government is clear that there has to be a partnership between the state and individuals, and also the system needed to include an element of risk-pooling.

Read the full speech here.


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Scottish Government publishes summary of health and social care experiencesScottish Government publishes summary of health and social care experiences

The Scottish Government has published a summary of the free text responses that were given by the public about health and social care services, as part of a survey in 2016. Comments highlighted the need for continuity of care, with regular workers at consistent times, to suit individual need rather than resource priorities.

The summary can be accessed via the Scottish Government's publications page.


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Does homecare need more support from pharmacists?Does homecare need more support from pharmacists?

NHS England has announced a plan to recruit and deploy hundreds of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to carry out reviews for residents in care homes to ensure people are prescribed the right medicines, at the right time, in the right way to improve their health and overall quality of life.

UKHCA welcomes initiatives which ensure optimum management of long-term conditions for people living in care homes. However, we would like to hear the views of members on whether a similar plan is needed to support people receiving care in their own homes.

Please write and tell us about your experiences of dealing with community pharmacists by emailing us at policy@ukhca.co.uk.

Read the pharmacist announcement from NHS England here.


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CQC looks to hire 100 more inspectors after £10m underspendCQC looks to hire 100 more inspectors after £10m underspend

The National Health Executive, an independent management magazine for the health sector, has reported that CQC is planning to hire an additional 100 inspectors to decrease the current workload on its staff, specifically for those investigating the adult social care sector. The report goes on to say that a recent staff survey pointed to workload pressures as one of the key issues faced by the organisation, which - coupled with a reported £10.2m underspend largely down to pay - has prompted CQC to push for greater recruitment. It is expected that there will be increased pressure on the inspectorate's finances in the future, with a warning that continued reduction of expenditure will be necessary as the budget drops from £223m to £217m.

Read the National Health Executive article here.


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DOLS system will be replacedDOLS system will be replaced

Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, announced in Parliament the Government's final response to the Law Commission's report on mental capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). The government has accepted (or accepted in principle) 42 of 47 recommendations, with only one rejected “ the proposed statutory codification of the law in relation to mental capacity and children" and four others deferred for consideration as part of the separate independent review of the Mental Health Act. However, legislation to replace DoLS will only happen when parliamentary time allows.

Read the Minister's announcement here.


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Manchester City Council increase to homecare businesses will not cover costs of careManchester City Council increase to homecare businesses will not cover costs of care

Manchester City Council announced via their website, that from April 2018, homecare workers would receive a pound an hour increase in their pay. Acknowledging that careworkers are often the lowest paid people in the city, the council's announcement said that careworkers will receive £8.75 an hour, which is Manchester's Living Wage.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, responding to the announcement on Twitter said that the aspiration from Manchester City Council that careworkers should receive UK Living Wage should be applauded, but the rhetoric isn't supported by the £15.20 per hour rate the council intends to pay, which doesn't come close to covering providers' costs. UKHCA's minimum price for homecare services from April 2018 is £20.03 per hour where the employer is paying the (voluntary) UK Living Wage of £8.75.

Cllr Bev Craig, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Adult Services, replied that the announcement on the increase was made after proper conversation with homecare providers and providers had agreed to the rate of £15.20 an hour, which is an increase from £13.20 an hour.

UKHCA would be interested to hear the views of members who supply homecare services to Manchester City Council, particularly about the level of engagement that they experienced. Please write to us at policy@ukhca.co.uk.


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Social care and health could benefit from a £14bn boostSocial care and health could benefit from a £14bn boost

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has called for the proportion of centrally collected taxes going to social care and health to increase from 22% to 24%. "Public funding has not kept pace with the demographic demands", and "the right long-term investments are not being made to the extent required", CIPFA wrote to the health and communities and local government inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care.

"For example, setting the tax take dedicated to social care and health at 24% rather than the current 22% would enable an extra £14bn to be invested, which is in line with CIPFA's assessment of what the system is likely to need," the submission stated.

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Additional funding for health and social care in Northern IrelandAdditional funding for health and social care in Northern Ireland

As part of a new budget for Northern Ireland, the Department of Health is set to receive an additional 2.6% in funding in real terms for this year. There has also been £100m allocated from the budget to implement the recommendations of the 'Bengoa Report' on changes to health and social care services. However, the Department is facing a reported shortfall of £160m so it is unclear how much of this funding will be used on adult social care directly.

The report on the budget can be found on the BBC website, and the Bengoa recommendations can be found here.


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Social Care Wales online services temporarily unavailableSocial Care Wales online services temporarily unavailable

All of Social Care Wales' online functions will be offline from 16th March as planned maintenance and improvements to the system are carried out. All of the online features will be up and running from the 9th of April. People wishing to register with SCW for the first time are being encouraged to wait until after this date to do so.

Further information can be accessed via the Social Care Wales news page.


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Social Care Wales seek views on draft equality planSocial Care Wales seek views on draft equality plan

Social Care Wales has launched a consultation over its draft equality plan and objectives. The four year plan is based on a principle of promoting equality and valuing diversity. It sets out:

-The six equality objectives;

-How SCW will identify and collect equality information;

-How SCW will publish equality information;

-How SCW will carry out impact assessments; and

-How SCW will promote knowledge, and understanding, of the equality duties to their staff.

The consultation period will run until 27th April. The draft equality plan and the short survey can be accessed on the Social Care Wales website.


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Advice for social care staff in raising work concerns available in Northern IrelandAdvice for social care staff in raising work concerns available in Northern Ireland

NISCC has published a short guide which aims to help social care staff to raise concerns in the workplace about putting service users or the public at risk, or affecting the quality or safety of care provided.

The full guide can be downloaded from the NISCC website.


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New Dementia strategy launched in WalesNew Dementia strategy launched in Wales

The Welsh Government announced a new dementia strategy in February 2018. The new document 'The Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-22' seeks to improve on many aspects of dementia care, including living as well as possible with dementia for as long as possible. The overall aim is to make Wales a dementia-friendly nation.

The full strategy and action plan can be accessed on the Welsh Government website.


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Local Government Association responds to Spring StatementLocal Government Association responds to Spring Statement

The Local Government Association has responded to the Spring Statement to urge the Government to pass on any extra funding to local authorities. They argue that this funding should be used to address the growing gaps in local authority funding.

The full statement can be found on the LGA website.


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Nothing for Social Care in Chancellor's Spring Statement Nothing for Social Care in Chancellor's Spring Statement

Although the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, recognised the pressures facing the NHS and local authorities, he didn't make any new spending commitments for social care in his Spring Statement to Parliament. Despite forecasting a small current surplus for 2018/19, the Chancellor said public spending and investment will be increased in the years ahead, but only if public finances continue on the improved path and borrowing continues to fall.

Although no new spending was announced, Philip Hammond confirmed that £80m is being released to support small businesses in engaging an apprentice. He also said that business rates revaluation would be brought forward 12 months to 2021. There was a call for evidence to eliminate late payments to small businesses, and he made the first allocations of the £190 million local full-fibre challenge fund announced at the Autumn Budget while also confirming £25 million for the first 5G testbeds.

No doubt pressures for more spending on public spending will increase as we head towards the 2018 Autumn Budget. However, given that in his Spring Statement, the Chancellor announced a multiyear Whitehall spending review, the real battles over public spending will come in 2019.

You can read the full Spring Statement here.


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Councils raiding reserves to fund adult social careCouncils raiding reserves to fund adult social care

The report from the National Audit Office (NAO) on the Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities 2018 confirms what the social care sector already knew about funding vital adult social care services. With two thirds of local authorities with social care responsibilities drawing on their financial reserves in 2016-17 it's not surprising that the NAO finds current trends are financially unsustainable over the medium term.

The NAO reports on increasing demand for services together with increased costs and says that one in 10 councils with social care responsibilities will have exhausted their reserves within the next three years if the current rate of expenditure continues. Given that local authorities have been delivering savings since 2010, the NAO concludes they are nearing the end of their ability to make further service savings without impacting on front-line services.


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CQC should speed up publication of inspection reportsCQC should speed up publication of inspection reports

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has improved significantly since 2012 said the Public Account Committee (PAC) which is responsible for scrutinising the value for money of public expenditure. However, the PAC considers CQC needs to improve its current performance. It does not make inspection reports available to the public quickly enough and it needs to improve how it interacts with and regulates GP practices. With health and care providers under severe financial pressure, CQC's workload is likely to increase if services deteriorate. CQC needs to monitor this closely and understand the impact on its staff requirements. CQC must improve its information systems and has more work to do to ensure it has the wide range of intelligence it needs to identify early warning signs of poor care.

Read the PAC report here.


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Cuts to trading standards putting older people at risk of fraud, warns Age UKCuts to trading standards putting older people at risk of fraud, warns Age UK

Age UK have warned that budget reductions of up to 60% over the last seven years have undermined the ability of local authorities to tackle scams among older people. It is calling on the Government to ensure that all local authorities have the resources needed to meet their safeguarding duties under the Care Act 2014.

In their new report, Applying the Brakes, Age UK says trading standards services have a key role to play in tackling fraud yet severe budget cuts are damaging their ability to act.

While this report is focused primarily on England, it will be of interest to members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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Staff crisis in Scotland could worsen post-BrexitStaff crisis in Scotland could worsen post-Brexit

Members of the Scottish Parliament are currently looking at the potential impact of Brexit on the care sector in Scotland. An evidence gathering session will take place with the Health Committee on 20 March 2018.

Further details can be found on the Health Committee page.


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New Care Standards currently on trackNew Care Standards currently on track

The Care Inspectorate has announced that they are on track to roll out the new care standards from April 2018 across Scotland. The standards will be implemented incrementally throughout 2018, starting with care homes for older people, before expanding into other care settings through 2018/19.

Further information can be found on the Care Inspectorate website.


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IRISS hold 'portrait of care' eventIRISS hold 'portrait of care' event

Coinciding with World Social Work Day, the exhibition aims to celebrate the great work of the sector, understand practitioners' views, as well as provide an opportunity to share key insights from the public.

Dates and venues can be found on the IRISS website.


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New Data Protection Bill introduced in ParliamentNew Data Protection Bill introduced in Parliament

The UK's third generation of data protection law has entered Parliament. The Data Protection Bill updates data protection laws in the UK, supplementing the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR), as well as extending data protection laws to areas which are not covered by the GDPR. It is intended to provide a comprehensive package to protect personal data.

The Information Commissioners Office has published a document, 'An Introduction to the Data Protection Bill'. It is intended as an introduction to the content and structure of the Data Protection Bill for organisations and individuals who are already familiar with data protection law and the GDPR.


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Skills for Care launch National Careers and Apprenticeship WeekSkills for Care launch National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

Skills for Care have launched National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week - a week of celebrating high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Skills for Care say this is an excellent opportunity for adult social care organisations across England to work closely with young people and students, to break down some of the negative stereotypes about working in care and inspire them to consider a career in the sector.

To mark this occasion, Skills for Care have launched new online guidance about how providers can support people who are new to the sector, to start work in your organisation.

Find out more from their website.


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Government responds to CMA study of care homes marketGovernment responds to CMA study of care homes market

The Government has published its response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) study of the care homes market in England. The CMA has asked each of the Devolved Administrations to respond to their recommendations.

All of the recommendations made by the CMA have either been accepted or accepted in principle by the Government in Westminster and will feed into the social care Green Paper expected in summer 2018. The Government said, "The Green Paper will consider the fundamental issues facing the care system, including future sustainability of the market, capacity planning and market shaping responsibilities."

UKHCA members will wish to note that in their response, the Government has signalled it would welcome a CMA study into the homecare market. Read the Government's response to the CMA study here.


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CQC need volunteers to test digital registration toolCQC need volunteers to test digital registration tool

CQC is transforming its approach to registration with the aim of streamlining and improving processes to reduce some of the burden and time costs for providers. They are looking for providers to help develop their approach.

CQC are asking for expressions of interest to be involved from aspiring or new registered managers of existing personal care providers, this includes registered managers of domiciliary care services, extra care housing, shared lives and supported living services.

Please email providerengagement@cqc.org.uk if you are interested in getting involved.

 


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Social Care Wales host qualifications engagement sessionsSocial Care Wales host qualifications engagement sessions

Social Care Wales are hosting a number of events across Wales to engage with providers and other over the new qualifications requirements.

A full list of dates and locations can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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UKHCA Workshop - end of life care: train the trainerUKHCA Workshop - end of life care: train the trainer

UKHCA will be holding a workshop on end of life care in Cardiff in September 2018. UKHCA's end of life - train the trainer workshop has been designed to ensure you can train your care staff to a high standard, giving them the skills and confidence to care for people at the end of their life.

Delegates attending this workshop will receive a copy of UKHCA's end of life care training pack. The pack includes a resource guide, trainer's handbook, a PowerPoint presentation and a CD containing the entire course.

More information can be found on the UKHCA events page.


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Department of Health publish annual inequalities reportDepartment of Health publish annual inequalities report

The Department of Health has published a report into health inequalities in Northern Ireland, Published annually, this report presents a comprehensive analysis of regional health inequality gaps between the most and least deprived areas of NI, and sub-regional gaps within Health & Social Care (HSC) Trust and Local Government District (LGD) areas across a range of health indicators.

The full report can be access on the Department website.


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UKHCA Workshop - Medication: train the trainerUKHCA Workshop - Medication: train the trainer

UKHCA will be hosting a medication training event in Belfast in October 2018. UKHCA's Medication - Train the Trainer workshop is designed to enable homecare providers to train staff flexibly and cost-effectively, in-house.

Further information can be found on the UKHCA events page.


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Minister thanks care providers for dedicated serviceMinister thanks care providers for dedicated service

The Minister for Social Care in Wales, Huw Irranca-Davies, has written a letter thanking care providers for their hard work and dedication over the winter period.

The letter can be accessed here.


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March 2018 Homecarer is now available to downloadMarch 2018 Homecarer is now available to download

March Homecarer is now available to download. In this issue: UKHCA looks at ringfencing health and social care; Bridget Warr, UKHCA CEO, discusses how the green paper is an opportunity to put homecare on a firm footing; Anthony Collins Solicitors provides homecarers with 12 top tips for GDPR; Karen Reid, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate tells members how recruitment and retention is vital for high quality care in Scotland;James Whynacht, UKHCA Policy Officer provides written commentary on planning for the future of social care in Wales and Lesley Megarity, UKHCA Board Member for Northern Ireland writes about the priorities in health and social care for any incoming Minister. 


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Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2017Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2017

Since 1983, NatCen Social Research's British Social Attitudes survey has asked members of the public about their views on the NHS and health and care issues generally. The latest survey was carried out between July and October 2017.

  • Satisfaction with GP services fell to 65% in 2017 - a 7 percentage point drop from the previous year.
  • Satisfaction with outpatient services was also 65% in 2017. The change from the previous year was not statistically significant.
  • Satisfaction with inpatient services was 55% in 2017, down by 5 percentage points from 2016.
  • Satisfaction with accident and emergency (A&E) services was 52% in 2017. The change in satisfaction from 2016 was not statistically significant.
  • Satisfaction with NHS dentistry services was 57% in 2017. The change from the previous year was not statistically significant.
  • Satisfaction with social care services was 23% in 2017. The change from the previous year was not statistically significant. At the same time, dissatisfaction with social care services increased by 6 percentage points in 2017 to 41%.

You can download a copy of the results of the survey here.


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Social workers should have done more to ensure man received appropriate careSocial workers should have done more to ensure man received appropriate care

Social workers in Northamptonshire did not do enough to ensure a care home implemented a vulnerable man's care plan, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found. Despite a protection plan having been drawn up for the man, the council failed to check that the home was implementing the man's plan or that it was communicating the plan effectively with staff.


Additionally the investigation found the council did not do enough to ensure his care bills were going to the correct address, which meant by the time he received them, a large invoice had built up.

In a ruling that has read-across for homecare provision, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, said:

Councils cannot contract out responsibility for care when they contract out the provision: poor quality care by a council-funded provider is poor quality care by the council itself.

Although the questionable care this man received from his care home was not provided by the council, Northamptonshire County Council is directly responsible for ensuring the quality of care delivered by providers acting on its behalf.

I'm pleased that by the end of the investigation, the council had agreed to improve its policies and procedures and provide the remedy I have recommended.

https://www.lgo.org.uk/information-centre/news/2018/feb/social-workers-should-have-done-more-to-ensure-man-received-appropriate-care


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New guidance on information sharing and data protectionNew guidance on information sharing and data protection

New guidance is available for health and social care providers on information governance written by the Care Provider Alliance with the Social Care Programme in NHS Digital. The guidance, and Data Security and Protection Toolkit due to be launched in April 2018, will help providers comply with CQC KLOEs and the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect on 25 May 2018. 

The Department of Health and Social Care have also issued guidance on information sharing for social care providers, including contractual requirements: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-security-and-protection-for-health-and-care-organisations. (Providers operating under a NHS Standard Contract will have to complete the Toolkit by 31st March 2019; this is recommended for other providers.)

More from: www.careprovideralliance.org.uk/information-governance.html The guidance applies to England, but may be of interest to other UK providers.


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Know your ACO from your STP, ICS and ICPKnow your ACO from your STP, ICS and ICP

Keen observers of the NHS will have seen that NHS England has recently changed the name of accountable care systems to integrated care systems. The King's Fund have helpfully provided a briefing which examines the reasons for the changes and explains some of the new organisations and revised names emerging as the NHS transforms following the Five Year Forward View first published in 2014 and updated as the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View in 2017.

Read The King's Fund briefing here.

 


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Council tax increases will not stop cutbacks in servicesCouncil tax increases will not stop cutbacks in services

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that council tax rises will not prevent the need for continued cutbacks to all local services this year. With an overall funding gap that will exceed £5 billion by 2020, LGA Chairman Lord Porter, said that the extra income from the social care precept, "will be wiped out by the significant costs pressures of paying for the Government's National Living Wage and extra general council tax income will only replace a third of the central government funding they will lose this year".

Read the full statement from the LGA here.


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Duty of Candour implementationDuty of Candour implementation

From 1 April 2018, the requirements for Duty of Candour will come into effect in Scotland. The requirements are contained within The Health and Care (Scotland) Act 2016, which received Royal Assent on 1 April 2016.

The details of this procedure will be set out in regulations which will be published prior to 1st April 2018. Organisations will have a new requirement to publish an annual report on when the duty has been applied. This will include the number of incidents, how the organisation has complied with the duty and what learning and improvements have been put in place.

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


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