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Consistency and relationships between CQC and providers - focus groupsConsistency and relationships between CQC and providers - focus groups

Adult Social Care - 3rd May 2-3pm

CQC is running a series of online focus groups with providers of care to support their work on understanding what good interactions between providers and inspectors look like.

Focus groups have been held with Inspectors to explore their views and experiences; CQC now wants to better understand provider views and look at the impact of good interactions on the quality of care as part of our work with Manchester University Business School.

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Care staff may have compulsory training on learning disabilities and autismCare staff may have compulsory training on learning disabilities and autism

A consultation document has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) with proposals for compulsory training of care staff on learning disability and autism. 

The proposals envisage that all staff delivering personal care will have mandatory trainning regardless of whether or not services are provided to adults with a learning disability, autism or both.

The deadline for responses to DHSC is 12th April 2019.

Download the consultation document

See how UKHCA responded


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Contribute to Wales's health and social care workforce strategyContribute to Wales's health and social care workforce strategy

An online survey has been launched to collect provider's views on what are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the health and social care workforce in Wales over the next decade. The sector's opinions will help in the development of a new workforce strategy across health and social care.

More information and details on how to access the survey can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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New online resource to improve knowledge about direct paymentsNew online resource to improve knowledge about direct payments

Social Care Wales has launched an online resource to improve knowledge about direct payments for practitioners and people who receive them. A partnership with frontline workers, managers, the voluntary sector and direct payments recipients has helped shape 'Direct payments: a guide'.

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


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Ultra-Low Emission Zone starts in London todayUltra-Low Emission Zone starts in London today

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

Key points for members to be familiar with are:

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

Read more about ULEZ here Pay to drive in London




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A Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for actionA Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for action

The Scottish Government has developed and published a framework document which aims to "challenge the inequalities older people face as they age and to celebrate older people in Scotland."

You can read the full document here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/fairer-scotland-older-people-framework-action/pages/1/


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Care Provider Alliance publishes EU Exit Contingency PlanCare Provider Alliance publishes EU Exit Contingency Plan

The CPA has published an EU exit contingency plan that social care providers can fill in and adapt to meet the needs of their business.

The CPA website also contains a number of other resources aimed at helping social care providers to keep up-to-date with the latest information regarding Brexit.

We encourage all members to download the contingency plan from the CPA website.


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Brexit details for care staffBrexit details for care staff

The Secretary of State of Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock has issued a further letter on EU-Exit to health and social care staff. This letter provides:

  • Updates in reference to recognition of professional qualifications
  • Further information about the EU settlement scheme and right to remain
  • Reassurances about medicine supply.

Further details can be found in the DHSC letter to care staff.


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UKHCA member discounts for Alzheimer's ShowUKHCA member discounts for Alzheimer's Show

We are pleased to announce that we have secured UKHCA members the following discounts for 'The Alzheimer's Show'.

UKHCA members can access:

  • 10% discount on all exhibition stands
  • 50% off tickets with code UK19

The event is on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019 at Olympia London.

All bookings can be made via the Alzheimer's Show website.


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Advance care planningAdvance care planning

NICE and SCIE have produced a quick guide for advance care planning. The guide will help people to understand how advance care planning will help them plan their future care and support, including medical treatment, while they have the capacity to do so.

Read more information here


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Not for profit providers invited to bid for share of £4.8m digital fundingNot for profit providers invited to bid for share of £4.8m digital funding

Providers and commissioners of adult social care services in England are invited to bid for a share of £4.8m funding for rolling out local digital projects. Those invited to bid include not-for-profit providers, local authorities and academic institutions and the closing date is 22 May 2019. For bidding criteria, eligibility and details of information webinars, see: https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/social-care-digital-pathfinders-funding


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Voting in local elections on 2 May 2019Voting in local elections on 2 May 2019

Local elections are being held on 2 May in parts of England and all of Northern Ireland, and the registration deadline of 12 April is approaching. The Electoral Commission has produced a variety of useful resources including, with Mencap, easy read guides for voters with a learning disability. There are also videos about improving the voting experience at: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/accessibility-at-elections

There is more information on voting for voters and those supporting them at Your Vote Matters: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/


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EU Settlement Scheme now openEU Settlement Scheme now open

The Home Office's EU Settlement Scheme is now fully open. This means EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family can apply to the Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. For further details and to apply free for settled or pre-settled status, see: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families The guide is available in 26 European Languages.


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National Living Wage rises to £8.21 from 1 April 2019National Living Wage rises to £8.21 from 1 April 2019

The National Living Wage increases by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21 from today, 1 April 2019. In addition, 

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

Current rates: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

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

UKHCA's Minimum Price for Care version 6: www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=434#bk1 


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UKHCA board appointmentsUKHCA board appointments

United Kingdom Homecare Association is pleased to confirm the following elections to officer positions on UKHCA's non-executive board, as follows:

Dominique Kent, Chief Operating Officer at The Good Care Group and UKHCA board member for Band 1, was elected to the position of Vice Chair of UKHCA.

David Chalk, Managing Director of Windrush Care and UKHCA board member for Band 1, was elected to the position of Honorary Secretary.

More information can be found in the full UKHCA media release.


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CQC Announces Fee Changes for 2019/20CQC Announces Fee Changes for 2019/20

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced changes to the fees it will charge homecare providers in England for the year 2019/20. The changes will take effect from 1 April 2019.

The report can be found here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/care-quality-commission-fees-201920-confirmed


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No Deal Brexit planning guidanceNo Deal Brexit planning guidance

New advice and guidance has been published for social care providers to help with contingency planning in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

The guidance document gives advice on how to plan for, and cope with, possible interruptions to the supply of medical devices, clinical consumables, medicines and vaccines. It also gives advice on securing non-clinical goods and services such as food, laundry services, fuel and data.

More information can be found in the following documents:

Update and guidance on 'No Deal' planning - UK

Letter from the Director General of Social Care - England


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Scotland to review the Mental Health ActScotland to review the Mental Health Act

Support for people with mental health conditions is to be strengthened through an independent review of the Mental Health Act. The review aims to improve the rights and protections of those living with mental illness and remove barriers to those caring for their health and welfare.

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


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Data Security and Protection Toolkit and NHS Mail - Training EventsData Security and Protection Toolkit and NHS Mail - Training Events

NHS England, and members of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), are coordinating a pilot of 28 learning events. These events are to support providers in getting their organisation compliant with the DSPT and then connecting up with NHS mail to enable safe and secure exchange of information between care and health colleagues.

NHS Digital has published an update on DSPT for all care providers, that can be accessed via the below link:

www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/DSPT_update_march_2019.pdf

More information can be found on the CPA website.


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My Learning Cloud and UKHCA announce e-learning partnershipMy Learning Cloud and UKHCA announce e-learning partnership

Through this strategic partnership, which is live from the beginning of April 2019, My Learning Cloud will provide a membership offer and associated benefits for UKHCA's two-thousand members, across the United Kingdom.

For more details, please see the full media release on the UKHCA website.


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Brexit - Health Minister Steve Brine resignsBrexit - Health Minister Steve Brine resigns

During another series of tumultuos Brexit debates, Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, tendered his resignation.

Amongst other areas, Steve Brine had the lead on policy for primary care, prevention and early intervention, health protection and improvement and public health.


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Reminder - New legislation in force from April 2019Reminder - New legislation in force from April 2019

New legislation in force from April 2019 will require all employers to:

a. provide payslips to all workers, not just employees (see note, below), and

b. show hours on payslips where the pay varies by the amount of time worked.

Starting with pay periods which begin on or after 6 April 2019, the hours can be shown either as a single total of all such hours in the pay period, or they can be broken down into separate figures for different types of work or different rates of pay. A payslip may be provided in either a physical format or an electronic format that the worker can print.

The hours that must be shown on a payslip are a separate matter from the number of hours worked for National Minimum Wage (NMW) purposes. 

Read more information here

https://ukhca-mail.co.uk/t/1DVI-674FN-C2AUADIQ23/cr.aspx


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NHS Regional contact detailsNHS Regional contact details

NHS Regional care sector leads can be contacted when care providers need support and/or assistance for getting engagement with NHS organisations like CCGs, STPs etc. for improving pathways, information sharing and partnership working.

They should not be contacted for any contractual disputes that providers may have with their local authorities or NHS bodies.

Ruth Holt (North) - ruth.holt3@nhs.net

Rachel Fox (Midlands & East) - rachel.fox13@nhs.net

Susan Glanfield (South West) - Susan.glanfield1@nhs.net

Keith Hardy (South East) - keith.hardy@nhs.net

Jane Sproat (London) - jane.sproat@nhs.net 


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NHS England confirms 2019/20 'flu vaccine eligibilityNHS England confirms 2019/20 'flu vaccine eligibility

After pressure from UKHCA and other provider associations in previous years, NHS England has announced that in 2019-20 "NHS England will continue to support vaccination of social care and hospice workers. The eligible groups will remain the same as in 2018/19 and vaccination will be available through community pharmacy or their registered general practice."

We expect further details to be released by NHS England in the near future and will disseminate to members as soon as possible.


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British Red Cross publish research on hospital dischargeBritish Red Cross publish research on hospital discharge

Findings from the British Red Cross research on hospital discharge shows there is considerable variation in discharge practices.

Including a number of case studies, the research found that without appropriate support and communication throughout their journey people can feel unequipped and ill prepared to support their own recovery.

Read the British Red Cross research


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ExtraCare finds significant improvements in residents health and well-beingExtraCare finds significant improvements in residents health and well-being

ExtraCare, a charitable trust which has housing schemes and villages for older people, has published research showing that since moving in to ExtraCare, the health and well being of their residents has increased. They found that residents get more physical exercise and have improved memory and cognitive abilities. Costs to the NHS were reduced by 38%, and unplanned hospital stays reduced from 8-14 to 1-2 days.

Read the ExtraCare research


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New edition - UKHCA Homecare Workers HandbookNew edition - UKHCA Homecare Workers Handbook

UKHCA's popular Homecare Workers' Handbook has been comprehensively reviewed and updated. Designed to complement your organisation's training, UKHCA's Homecare Workers' Handbook is an easily accessible source of valuable information for your care staff.

The updated version of the handbook can be ordered on the UKHCA publications page.


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Views sought on implementation of NHS Long-term PlanViews sought on implementation of NHS Long-term Plan

Views are being sought on proposals published by NHS England and NHS Improvement on implementing the NHS Long-term Plan, in a consultation that closes on 25 April 2019: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/nhs-long-term-plan-legislation/

The results will be shared with the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, who have decided to scrutinise these legislative proposals, following their report on integrated care last year. The main driver is to speed up and facilitate integrated care, so health bodies and social care providers work better together.


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New King's Fund report on health and social care workforceNew King's Fund report on health and social care workforce

A new joint report published by the King's Fund seeks to address the gap in health and social care workforce. The recommend outlines a number of recommendations for the social care workforce including addressing poor pay, improving recruitment and retention, changing public perceptions of care work, and limiting the impact of Brexit.

The full report can be downloaded from the King's Fund website.


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Councils must continue to address gap between demand and resourcesCouncils must continue to address gap between demand and resources

A recently published report by the Accounts Commission (Audit Scotland) has stated that councils will need to continue to adapt and change services in order to meet future demand and needs. The report noted that, although councils were currently doing a good job providing services, changes would still need to change to meet its responsibilities in future.

The full report can be found on the Audit Scotland website.


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Social Care Wales appoints new director of regulationSocial Care Wales appoints new director of regulation

Social Care Wales has announced that David Pritchard will become their new director of regulation when Gerry Evans retires from the role on 22 of March 2019. The new appointee to the role has previously worked for the Welsh Government on social care policy, and will be taking up the position on 29 April 2019.

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


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CIW changes to service user and staff feedback gatheringCIW changes to service user and staff feedback gathering

Care Inspectorate Wales will be consulting with the care sector within the next few months on changes to have service user and staff feedback on providers is gathered. In the meantime, CIW has asked all providers to begin taking old questionnaires out of circulation.

Providers are being encouraged to send any thoughts on how the information gathering process can be improved through to CIW via CIW.Comms@gov.wales 

More information can be found on the CIW website.


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Consultation on redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parentsConsultation on redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is seeking views on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents. Proposed changes to the current arrangements will affect England, Scotland and Wales.

The consultation recommends that current protection is extended to cover the period of pregnancy and a period after, an extension of 6 months. It asks how best to achieve that and who would be covered, for example, those taking Shared Parental Leave or Adoption Leave.

The consultation closes on April 5th 2019.

Download the consultation documents

 


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New Ombudsman report on lessons learnt from adult social care complaintsNew Ombudsman report on lessons learnt from adult social care complaints

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has published a new report, 'Caring about complaints: lessons learned from our independent care provider investigations'.

The report takes stock of the Ombudsman's experience of nearly ten years of investigating complaints about independent care providers. It highlights common issues from the investigations including a lack of clear information about fees, charges and contracts, problems with billing and invoices, and dealing with challenging behaviour from friends and relatives.

The full report can be downloaded from the LGO website.




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Healthy Ageing research and innovation investment - request for informationHealthy Ageing research and innovation investment - request for information

UK Research and Innovation is funding the £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge - with the purpose of enabling development of products and services which maintain people's independence as they age. To help UKRI gauge the nature of the opportunities seeking funding from the Challenge they are inviting organisations interested in bidding to complete a 'light-touch' survey.

The deadline for completing the survey is 27 March 2019.


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April workshops on draft 'Code of Practice on Confidentiality' - Manchester & LondonApril workshops on draft 'Code of Practice on Confidentiality' - Manchester & London

The Information Governance Alliance is producing a draft 'Code of Practice on Confidentiality' to provide guidance for NHS and social care staff on using confidential information.

NHS England will be holding workshops for health and care professionals and key stakeholders on 4th April (Manchester) and 11th April (London) 2019 in order to seek views on the Code of Practice.

These workshops will provide an opportunity to influence the content of the code of practice, a useful future resource that may help providers to demonstrate compliance with data protection regulations.

To book your place, please email your name, role and preferred venue to england.dsp@nhs.net.


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Chancellor delivers Spring StatementChancellor delivers Spring Statement

The Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement today. As expected, with the uncertainty over Brexit, it was fairly brief.

  • The statement confirmed the Government is to conduct a full Spending Review before the summer recess, as long as a Brexit deal is agreed, to set 3 year budgets for departmental spending beyond the NHS and conclude alongside the Autumn Budget. The implication was the Chancellor would have more to spend on public finances if a No-deal Brexit is avoided.
  • Apprenticeship reforms will see, from 1 April, the co-investment rate employers pay cut from 10% to 5%, and levy-paying employers able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with the maximum amount rising from 10% to 25%.
  • The government has appointed Professor Arindajit Dube to undertake a review of the latest international evidence on minimum wages, to inform future National Living Wage policy after 2020.

Summary and Written ministerial statement Guardian key points


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UK Government 'must rule out no deal Brexit'UK Government 'must rule out no deal Brexit'

The Scottish Government has repeated calls for the UK Government to rule out a 'no deal' Brexit or risk damaging the stability of the health and social care sector in Scotland. Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick stated that a 'no deal' Brexit could have "damaging and lasting consequences".

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.


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Thousands more careworkers needed in Wales by 2030Thousands more careworkers needed in Wales by 2030

The Welsh Government has launched a new recruitment campaign for social care in Wales, WeCare, to encourage more people to consider a career in social care. The Government has estimated that thousands more careworkers will be needed to keep up with demands on the care sector.

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


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One in a Million: Dementia training resourceOne in a Million: Dementia training resource

Social Care Wales has developed a free dementia training package to help those who work with people with dementia. The resource has been endorsed by Alzheimer's Society UK and the Office of the Older Peoples Commissioner for Wales.

More information and details on how to access the resource can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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EU Settlement Scheme - LatestEU Settlement Scheme - Latest

The Home Office has confirmed the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme will go ahead on 30 March 2019.

Those who have paid an application fee during the test phases will receive a refund after 30 March 2019.

People who are due a refund do not need to do anything. The Home Office will automatically refund the fee to the card that was used to pay it. An email will be sent to the contact address provided in the application, confirming when the refund has been processed.

Read more information about the EU Settlement Scheme


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Public satisfaction levels continue to fall in health and social carePublic satisfaction levels continue to fall in health and social care

The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust analysis of NatCen Social Research’s BSA survey data shows that satisfaction with social care services provided by local authorities was 26%, and dissatisfaction, 34% in 2018. Analysts noted there was a lack of public understanding about social care services and about which were funded by local authorities; most respondents also may not have experience of using services. They concluded the exact reasons for low satisfaction were probably due to problems of access and quality. The study, which covered England, Scotland and Wales, found that public satisfaction with the NHS continued to fall in 2018.


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Urgent same day care to spare unnecessary hospital staysUrgent same day care to spare unnecessary hospital stays

NHS England has said that every major hospital will provide urgent same day services to improve care for patients and cut unnecessary admissions by next winter.

Many hospitals are already providing comprehensive care without admitting patients who come to A&E with conditions such as pneumonia or other breathing difficulties through same day emergency care (SDEC) services, which are also known as ambulatory care.

Clinical leaders believe that around half a million more patients a year across England could be assessed, diagnosed, treated and allowed to return home without the need for an overnight stay.

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Social Care Innovation Network plannedSocial Care Innovation Network planned

Following a recommendation in a report by SCIE, Nesta and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), 'Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults', the Department of Health and Social Care is funding SCIE, TLAP and Shared Lives Plus to develop a network to help local areas test new ideas and share innovatory learning and support. To sign up for news and opportunities for providers to get involved, see: https://www.scie.org.uk/transforming-care/innovation/network


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Council tax rises insufficient to fund social careCouncil tax rises insufficient to fund social care

Research by the Local Government Association suggests that council tax rises in 2019/20 will bring in insufficient funds to prevent the need for further cutbacks in adult social care services.

The LGA estimate that 'even if all councils used their council tax flexibilities to the maximum allowed, adult social care services still face a funding gap of at least £1 billion in 2019/20, just to maintain existing standards of care. This will rise to £3.6 billion by 2025.' More from: www.local.gov.uk/about/news/council-tax-will-fail-protect-adult-social-care-services-year


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BBC - Social care 'national scandal and disgrace'BBC - Social care 'national scandal and disgrace'

Leading health organisations have formed a new coalition to support a long-term settlement for social services in England. The coalition, 'Health for Care', has written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to deliver a settlement for social care in England that would last for generations. In an article on the BBC's website, the BBC's health editor, Hugh Pym, discusses the letter to the Theresa May and whether the social care Green Paper will emerge before the local elections due to be held in May.

Read the BBC article

Read the letter to the Prime Minister


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Migration Advisory Event - Shortage Occupation CommissionMigration Advisory Event - Shortage Occupation Commission

As part of their Shortage Occupation List commission, the Migration Advisory Committee are looking to engage with employers across the regions and countries of the UK to hear their concerns and issues with regards to shortages of workers.

This is an opportunity for care providers to explain the difficulties of recruiting staff to those who advise the government on immigration.

A roundtable event on is being held on Friday 15th March from 12pm-2pm in Sheffield at:

Vulcan House Steel,

6 Millsands,

Sheffield,

S3 8NU

Please note that places are limited and to register your place, 

email: MAC@homeoffice.gov.uk


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CQC changing how location history is displayedCQC changing how location history is displayed

CQC will be changing the way a location's history is displayed on their website. In future, the ratings information and inspection reports will stay with a location when it moves address or changes ownership. The changes are designed to ensure:

  • Greater transparency for the public
  • Providers do not lose any existing ratings for their locations
  • CQC will be able to take a more proportionate and efficient approach to inspecting after a change of registration.

This change will come into effect from 1 April 2019 and will apply to all registration applications completed on or after this date. CQC will publish guidance shortly.


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CQC - Update on human rights approach to regulationCQC - Update on human rights approach to regulation

CQC has developed their human rights approach to reflect changes both within CQC and in the health and social care system since 2014. Their new document explains the human rights topics that CQC need to consider to ensure people receive good quality care, and how they propose to look at these topics.

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EU drivers visiting or living in the UK after EU ExitEU drivers visiting or living in the UK after EU Exit

From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, arrangements for EU and EEA licence holders who are visiting or living in the UK will not change.

Visitors with EU and EEA driving licences will not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the UK.

EU and EEA licence holders visiting the UK can continue to drive on valid EU and EEA licences.

EU and EEA car or motorcycle licence holders who are (or become) UK residents can drive in the UK using EU and EEA licences until they are 70 or for up until 3 years after they become resident, whichever date is the later. At this point an application would need to be made for a UK licence.

For EU and EEA licence holders who passed their test in the EU or EEA, the UK will continue to exchange their licence.

EU and EEA licence holders who passed their test outside the EU or EEA have restrictions on licence exchange. As such, they may need to take a test to obtain a UK licence.

More information can be found on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit#eu-drivers-visiting-or-living-in-the-uk-after-eu-exit


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March Homecarer now available to downloadMarch Homecarer now available to download

In the March 2019 edition of Homecarer: We announce the appointment of Roger Berry as our new Chief Executive; Bridget Warr CBE says the outlook for homecare is bright, in her last column as CEO; we launch our new discounted eLearning facility, which will help with staff training; Amy Callahan-Page of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP explains how providers can recover debts from local authorities; Towergate Insurance Brokers consider effective risk management; we report on our survey of homecare providers in Wales, carried out with support from Welsh Government, Social Care Wales, CIW and regional partners; describe additional funding in Northern Ireland to ease winter pressures and concerns in Scotland about Brexit; Joanna Grant of Interserve introduces a guide on managing the transition from child to adult care provision; and we launch our updated portability of disclosure and barring checks guidance for members in England. Download March 2019 Homecarer


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Fair Work in Scotland's Social Care Sector 2019Fair Work in Scotland's Social Care Sector 2019

Following an 18-month inquiry involving research and extensive engagement with stakeholders the Fair Work Convention has published its report Fair Work in Scotland's Social Care Sector 2019.

The Convention recommends that the Scottish Government supports a new sector-level body to act as an effective voice in the social care sector and as an immediate priority, should establish a minimum Fair Work contract for social care. The contract should underpin commissioning of social care services.

The full report can be found here: https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/our-report-on-fair-work-in-social-care/

 


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NICE - New quality standard on people's experience using adult social care servicesNICE - New quality standard on people's experience using adult social care services

NICE have announced that the 'People's experience using adult social care services quality standard', has been published on their website. The quality standards refer to:

  • Discussing people's personal strengths, preferences, aspirations and needs when they have a care and support needs assessment.
  • People using adult social care services having as much control as they would like over their personal budget.
  • People using adult social care services having continuity of care and support.
  • The views of people using adult social care being used to inform service improvement.

Members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be interested in this standard. However, decisions on how NICE guidance applies in the devolved administrations will be made by ministers in the Welsh government, Scottish government, and Northern Ireland Executive.

Read the Nice Quality Standard


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Government planning for 'no deal' Brexit and failures in social care marketGovernment planning for 'no deal' Brexit and failures in social care market

A leaked document, apparently by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and reproduced in the Guardian newspaper, shows Government's concerns about the risks the adult social care sector could face in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29th March without a deal. The document sets out a number of potential risks and how the government is planning for various scenarios, including provider failure.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"One should expect a responsible government department to be preparing for worse-case scenarios. UKHCA have been working with DHSC and CQC to share the providers' view of the risks of a 'No-Deal' Brexit, particularly given the evidence of the vulnerability of the state-funded homecare market that already exists."

Read the Guardian article


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Warning of tax increases to cover care costsWarning of tax increases to cover care costs

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State of Department of Health and Social Care, and responsible for publishing the social care Green Paper has, according to the Daily Telegraph, warned about substantial tax increases if plans for a £100,000 care cap are introduced.

It is understood that Mr Hancock would prefer a new system of insurance to fund care for older people which could operate in a similar way to the auto-enrolment pension scheme. However, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is concerned about the impact such a scheme would have on people's pay packets.

Read the report in the Daily Telegraph


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Update on planning for a no deal brexitUpdate on planning for a no deal brexit

The Minister of State for Health, Stephen Hammond, laid a written statement in the House of Commons updating parliament on the plans for the continuity of medicines and medical products in the event the UK exits the EU without a deal. The statement refers to arrangements in England and the Devolved Administrations.

Read the statement here

Caroline Dineage, Minister of State for Care, has written to care providers in England via the Care Quality Commission in similar terms.

Read the letter here

 


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CQC published guidance on relationships and sexuality in adult social careCQC published guidance on relationships and sexuality in adult social care

The Care Quality Commission, (CQC), has published guidance which sets out how care providers should consider people's relationship and sexuality needs. The guidance builds on CQC's quality framework adding further detail on issues like relationships, diversity and protecting people from harm.

Read CQC's guidance on relationships and sexuality


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Government confirms plans to extend personal health budgets in EnglandGovernment confirms plans to extend personal health budgets in England

The Government is to extend rights to personal health budgets to people eligible for mental health aftercare services, and people who access wheelchair services. Policymakers will also explore extending rights to:

  • People with ongoing social care needs, who make regular and ongoing use of relevant NHS services.
  • People leaving the Armed Forces, who are eligible for ongoing NHS services.
  • People with a learning disability, autism or both, who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.
  • Additional groups who the Government believe could benefit.

Government and NHS England response to consultation on extending rights to personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets, as proposed in the NHS Plan (para 1.41). Care Minister's written statement

Currently only adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare and children and young people in receipt of continuing care, have a right to a personal health budget, although CCGs do have some flexibility. Over 40,000 people have personal health budgets, and government plans would increase this to up to 200,000 people by 2024.


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UK Government publishes post-Brexit data protection planUK Government publishes post-Brexit data protection plan

The UK Government has published a document outlining data protection rules following Brexit. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will continue to apply following the UK's exit from the European Union.

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


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Working together "crucial" to prepare for Brexit outcomeWorking together "crucial" to prepare for Brexit outcome

Co-operation between health and social care services will be a vital step in protecting both services from the possible effects of Brexit.

Vaughan Gething AM, Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services said:

"Maintaining high-quality health and social care is my top priority in preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Given the continued lack of clarity from the UK government regarding our future relationship with the EU, we must continue to prepare our public services for all eventualities. That is why it is so vital that health and social care leaders have come together today to assess and address the challenges we may face and how we can collectively work together to mitigate their impact."

More information can be found on the WLGA website.


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New MySSSC service now activeNew MySSSC service now active

SSSC has launched a new version of their "MySSSC' service. Their website also has a number of guides for workers and employers explaining changes to the service.

More information can be found on the SSSC website.


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HMRC publishes video on sleep-in complianceHMRC publishes video on sleep-in compliance

HMRC has published a short video to help care providers to comply with National Minimum Wage regulations when providing sleep-in care services.

The video has been published for viewing on YouTube.


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Government response to CPA immigration letter worryingGovernment response to CPA immigration letter worrying

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

The response from the Government indicates that they have not accepted the social care sector's view that care workers are high skilled but will not meet the salary threshold of £30,000 which had been suggested by the Migration Advisory Committee.

A programme of events is being held around the country to engage with employers across the regions and countries of the UK to hear their concerns and issues with regards to shortages.

Read more about the employer events

Read CPA's letter to the Home Secretary 

Read the response from the Home Secretary


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UKHCA Members' Forum - places still availableUKHCA Members' Forum - places still available

Limited places are still available to attend UKHCA's Member Forums. The programme for the Members' Forum will include UKHCA briefings on a range of areas currently having an impact on providers.

The forum will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues and current trends in your local areas with UKHCA and other local providers.

Birmingham

Manchester

Leeds

London

Bristol


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CQC research shows people regret not raising concerns about their careCQC research shows people regret not raising concerns about their care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for people to speak up about their experiences of care, as new research shows that almost seven million people in England who have accessed health or social care services in the last five years have had concerns about their care, but never raised them. Of these, over half (58%) expressed regret about not doing so.

The most common reasons for not raising a concern were not knowing how (20%) or who (33%) to raise it with, not wanting to be seen as a 'troublemaker' (33%) and worries about not being taken seriously (28%). Over a third of people (37%) felt that nothing would change as a result.

Read the CQC press release

CQC are encouraging people to share their experiences of care (good or bad), to support their monitoring, inspecting and rating of services. #DeclareYourCare campaign


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CQC changes process for collecting contact details of service usersCQC changes process for collecting contact details of service users

UKHCA has established from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)that the centralised process for requesting contact details of people who receive homecare ahead of inspections has ceased.

Providers will no longer receive an online form with their Provider Information Return. To replace this, CQC have developed a new approach which they say fits better with their risk-based approach to inspection.

Inspectors will send a cover letter with instructions and a contacts detail spreadsheet directly to providers, rather than it being sent centrally. More information from CQC will be available in CQC's newsletter to be issued shortly.

 Providers can sign up to CQC's newsletter using this link. https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/newsletters-alerts/email-newsletters-cqc


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Survey reveals poor state of local government finances in EnglandSurvey reveals poor state of local government finances in England

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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National Social Care Recruitment Campaign launchedNational Social Care Recruitment Campaign launched

The Government's £3m 'Everyday is different when you care' recruitment scheme to fill more than 100,000 vacancies in social care will run until the beginning of April 2019.

There are instructions for how providers can upload their vacancies to Find a job (all job postings must contain the phrase social care to be found effectively) and information about DHSC's promotional activities so providers can arrange their own recruitment activities.

Schedule of locations where DHSC are running outdoor posters

Schedule of locations where DHSC are using radio

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

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


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

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

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

More details are available from Skills for Care


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

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


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Voter registration resources availableVoter registration resources available

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

Further information, links for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and important deadlines

Voter registration and voter information resources, to help promote democratic engagement in your networks: 

https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/get-involved


 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information can be found on the SCW website.


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

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

Bridget Warr, UKHCA Chief Executive said:

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

Nominations for the Accolades 2020 will open in April 2019.

Learn more about this year's finalists here.


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EU Settlement SchemeEU Settlement Scheme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for response - 8 February 2019.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Read the Local Government Finance statement here


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

See the UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet


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

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

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


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

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

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

Link to MCA Code of Practice survey


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

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

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

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

Read more information here


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

More information can be found on the Department website.


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NHS financial sustainability in doubtNHS financial sustainability in doubt

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

See the UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet

 


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

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

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

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

Read the government's advice 


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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New Chief Executive for UKHCANew Chief Executive for UKHCA

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

UKHCA's Chair, Trevor Brocklebank, said:

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

Full media release


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Guide to data protection updatedGuide to data protection updated

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


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

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

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

Read the ONS report


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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NISCC survey on technology in careNISCC survey on technology in care

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

More information can be found on the CIS website.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

UKHA guidance on emollients will be updated in due course.

Read MHRA press release

UKHCA Guidance for Homecare Providers on Emollient Products


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Priority training areas identified are:

-Management of Dysphagia

-Medicines Management

-Continence Management

-Outcomes Based Approaches

-Loneliness and Social Isolation

More information can be found on the NISCC website.


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

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

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The survey deadline is: Monday 7 January 2019


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The announcement confirmed the adult social care precept will continue:

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

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

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


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

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

Ministers say the new legislation will:

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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

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

The report can be found on the Department website.


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

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

The report can be downloaded from the Coram Family website.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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Care Inspectorate annual returnsCare Inspectorate annual returns

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the BBC News report.


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Local Government financial settlement delayedLocal Government financial settlement delayed

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

More information can be found on the LGC website.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Read the full report from the Ombudsman


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

More details can be found on the Citation website.


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

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

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

 


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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Leadership in integrated care systemsLeadership in integrated care systems

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

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

SCIE registration needed to download the report.


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

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

The Bill applies in England and Wales.


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

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

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

 


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

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

The statement can be found on the CBI website.


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

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

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


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CPA publishes local authority engagement guidanceCPA publishes local authority engagement guidance

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

The new guidance can be found on the CPA website.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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UKHCA comment on Allied HealthcareUKHCA comment on Allied Healthcare

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

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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New document on supporting improvementNew document on supporting improvement

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Updated BEIS National Minimum Wage GuidanceUpdated BEIS National Minimum Wage Guidance

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

The guidance document can be downloaded from the BEIS website.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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RQIA publishes winter planning resourcesRQIA publishes winter planning resources

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

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

The new resources can be found on the RQIA website.


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

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

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

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

Statement by Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP


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

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

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

 Briefing webinars

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

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

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


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CIW publishes annual reportCIW publishes annual report

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

Chief Inspector Gillian Baranski said:

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

The report can be downloaded from the CIW website.


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

Work smart, work safe

Lone worker guide

Health and Safety Executive - Violence in health and social care

Suzy Lamplugh Trust: - Resources and training on personal safety 


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

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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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UKHCA winter planning guidance availableUKHCA winter planning guidance available

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

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


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National homecare survey WalesNational homecare survey Wales

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

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

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


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

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

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


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WLGA issues warning over core servicesWLGA issues warning over core services

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

More information can be found on the WLGA website.


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The Homecare Deficit 2018The Homecare Deficit 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Read the press release from the Alzheimer's Society


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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