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Lords discuss funding of personal careLords discuss funding of personal care

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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Theresa May announces new loneliness strategyTheresa May announces new loneliness strategy

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The full report can be downloaded from the CQC website.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Download the Inspection Guidance


 


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Council services increasingly face funding pressuresCouncil services increasingly face funding pressures

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

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

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


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

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

Colin Angel, Policy Director at UKHCA said,

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

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

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


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

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

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

Download the letter to the Ministers


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

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


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

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

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

Download Fire Safety for homecare providers: Questions and Answers


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Age UK reports on lonelinessAge UK reports on loneliness

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

Download All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Later Life


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

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

More at PoliticsHome website


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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New statistics on domiciliary care workforceNew statistics on domiciliary care workforce

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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World Alzheimer's DayWorld Alzheimer's Day

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


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

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

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

 

 


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The survey closes on Friday 21 September 2018.

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


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

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

 

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

LGSCO decision

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the article in the Nursing Times

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

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

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


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Winter and contingency planningWinter and contingency planning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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:

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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/

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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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