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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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New Dates Added for NISCC WorkshopsNew Dates Added for NISCC Workshops

NISCC have added additional dates for their workshops on medicines management and continence management training.

The training is facilitated by the Social Care Council and delivered by partner organisations. Funding is also available for employers to facilitate staff attendance/backfill arrangements attending from the voluntary and private sectors.

More details of dates and locations can be found on the NISCC website.


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Homecare Day - Wednesday 4th DecemberHomecare Day - Wednesday 4th December

HOMECARE DAY 4 DECEMBER 2019

The contribution of homecare support is to be celebrated across the UK.

Wednesday 4 December will see an online campaign raising awareness of the crucial role of care at home and housing support services in supporting older and vulnerable citizens across the UK.

Homecare Day aims to celebrate what homecare services do, the people that work in them and the achievements of those supported at home. The day also seeks to facilitate wider discussions on the future of homecare and what services should look like.

The day is supported by two leading care bodies, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Scottish Care, who are calling for organisations and individuals across the UK to join them on social media in raising the profile and value of homecare support using the hashtag #homecareday19

Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, added:

Homecare Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the difference that the 750,000 people who work in homecare services are making in the lives of almost a million people across the UK every year. From combatting loneliness through to supporting people with increasingly complex conditions homecare services enable people to live healthier, independent lives at home the preference for the vast majority of people.

We're encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the day and share their stories of the people using and working in care services, as well as their views on the future developments for the sector please join us at: #homecareday19.

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said:

This is the third annual Homecare Day and Scottish Care is delighted that it is now a day which is celebrated across the whole of the United Kingdom. It is a day to celebrate and recognise the professional carers who are the lifeblood of Scotland's care and health system. Through their dedicated skill in support, in palliative and end of life care, in enabling people to remain at home and feel safe, Scotland's homecare workers deserve a debt of huge gratitude.

I hope the day will be one where everyone takes some time to think about those who are cared for and those who care for them. Together they can make us into the nation we want to be, one that cares and enables individuals to live to their fullest potential.

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Homecare Day:

To be able to stay in the place you have call home and to remain around family, friends and community is a desire many of us have, maybe most especially when we are ill or requiring support and care. It is this independent living which thousands of homecare staff enable people to achieve every day across the UK.

Wednesday 4th December is Homecare Day and is an opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing work of the thousands of workers who get up every morning and stay out late into the evening to provide care and support for thousands of citizens. Their work often goes unrecognised and unheralded but Wednesday is a chance for us to say thank you and to share stories of their work, dedication and professionalism.

Homecare Day is also an opportunity for us as a wider society to reflect on the valuable role which homecare plays in the social care and health system. The success of health and social care integration is largely dependent upon the sustainability and success of the care at home and housing support sector. It is this sector which enables people to return home from hospital and to receive adequate care and support and which stops unnecessary admission. Homecare is the backbone of care.


Everyone is invited to use this fantastic opportunity to share any good news stories about this sector. We encourage people and organisations to get involved by sharing content through social media with the hashtag #homecareday19. There are a number of themes planned throughout the day including:

  • Defining homecare: 8am-10am
    A celebration of what homecare is and the crucial role it plays in our communities and health and social care systems
     
  • Homecare heroes: 10am-12pm
    A celebration of the many individuals who work in homecare services and the impact they have on people's lives through their commitment to care
     
  • Real people, real lives: 12pm-2pm
    A celebration of the achievements and lives of the people who access homecare support 
     
  • A time of change: 2pm-4pm
    A celebration of the many ways in which homecare services are able to adapt to meet a changing policy and practice landscape
     
  • The future of homecare: 4pm-6pm
    A celebration of the opportunities provided through homecare services and support for shaping the future of health and social care.

UKHCA:

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA's mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

UKHCA's manifesto can be found here: ukhca.co.uk/manifesto2019

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Scottish Care:

Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for independent sector social care services in Scotland, covering private, charitable and not for profit social care organisations. We represent over 400 organisations, which totals almost 1000 individual services, delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services. Our membership includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium sized groups, national providers and family run services. Our members deliver a wide range of registered services for older people as well as those with long term conditions, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.

Working on behalf of this range of providers, Scottish Care speaks with a single unified voice for both members and the whole independent care sector. This includes staff working in and those who access independent sector care services.

In Scotland, the independent social care sector contributes to:

- The employment of over 103,000 people, which is more than half of the total social services workforce, including approximately 5,000 nurses

- The provision of 88% of care home places for older people

- The delivery of over 55% of homecare hours for older people

Nearly 60,000 individuals receive homecare support, which totals almost 705,000 hours of care delivered annually. The independent sector contributed to the support of 31,173 of these clients, and 68% of the total care hours.

Contact:

Feel free to get in touch by emailing:

UKHCA: media@ukhca.co.uk or call on 020 8661 8165

Scottish Care: comms@scottishcare.org


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Deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5 pm, 4 DecemberDeadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5 pm, 4 December

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote, to vote in the General Election, is 5 pm on 4 December.

There is information on voting in the I am a voter' section of the Electoral Commission's website. This covers casting votes in the ballot and taking part in the democratic process.

The deadline to apply to vote by post has passed, but there is still time to apply to vote by proxy in England, Scotland and Wales - the deadline is 5 pm on 4 December. The same deadline applies in Northern Ireland but applications for a proxy vote must be made on grounds of unforeseen circumstances of ill health.

While everyone should be free to decide which form of vote to use, the possibility of adverse weather may make opting for a proxy vote one to consider. More information about voting by post and proxy

Information on supporting people who use homecare services to vote:

England and Wales

Scotland

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SSSC registration deadline is 13 December 2019SSSC registration deadline is 13 December 2019

Support workers in care at home and housing support services in Scotland need to apply for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) by 13 December 2019 to guarantee their application is processed before the mandatory date for registration of 30 September 2020.

SSSC has published guides for employers to support care at home and housing support workers when they apply for SSSC registration. Find out more

When registered, support workers in care at home and housing support services will be the largest group of workers on the SSSC Register with an estimated 62,500 eligible.

 


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UKHCA issues round-up of party policies on social careUKHCA issues round-up of party policies on social care

UKHCA has prepared a round-up of the policies of the main political parties standing in the UK General Election 2019 for UKHCA members. The summary contains information on each party's policies on social care and related areas.

Round-up of 2019 election manifestos


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Help prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homesHelp prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes

Cold homes are a risk to older and disabled people which is why the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced this quick guide.

Home care managers can help careworkers recognise people at risk and show them how to document and share concerns appropriately.

The SCIE quick guide covers:

  • Recognising a hard-to-heat home
  • Identifying those most at risk
  • Making every contact count
  • Being part of a successful discharge home.

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Survey reveals challenges for district nursesSurvey reveals challenges for district nurses

Based on a survey of nearly 3,000 UK members, The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) has carried out the  first general review of the District Nursing workforce since the publication of '2020 Vision Five Years On' in 2014.

The findings showed the majority of respondents (60%) are over 45 years of age with 46% of the respondents planning to either retire or leave in the next six years (25% planning to retire and 21% planning to leave).

Unpaid overtime is endemic in the service with 1 in 5 (22%) of respondents working a day or more of unpaid overtime each week. The QNI identified an opportunity to work alongside national bodies, the public, media and government to ensure that the District Nursing service continues to be at the heart of all communities.

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Two thirds of adults have been an unpaid carerTwo thirds of adults have been an unpaid carer

Charity Carers UK has published analysis by the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham of data from 2001 to 2018 which shows that two thirds (65%) of adults have cared unpaid for a loved one.

The research also reveals that the average person has a 50:50 chance of caring by 50 - long before they reach retirement age. 

On average, women can expect to take on caring responsibilities over a decade earlier than men. Half of women will care by the age of 46, compared to half of men who can expect to care at 57.

Women are especially likely to care during their working life - highlighting the need for employers to support their employees to stay in work by adopting flexible working practices and, say Carers UK, a right of five to ten days of paid care leave.

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Introducing Social Work EnglandIntroducing Social Work England

Social Work England will take over the regulation of England's 100,000 social workers from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on 2nd December 2019.

Unlike the HCPC, Social Work England will be dedicated to social work. It's responsibilities will include; setting professional standards, ensuring social workers carry out continuing professional development, regulating social work education providers and handling fitness to practice concerns.

Social Work England has ambitious plans to streamline and speed through fitness to practice cases which have previously taken a long time to process. Other changes for social workers include; registration on an annual basis rather than every two years, registering at least one piece of CPD to ensure re-registration in 2020.

More information is available from https://socialworkengland.org.uk/


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Conservative Party Manifesto holds back on major plans for social careConservative Party Manifesto holds back on major plans for social care

The Conservative Party's manifesto published yesterday was largely silent on long term plans to solve the social care crisis, saying instead a Conservative Government would ensure the £1 billion funding from April 2020 will be extended to each year of the new Parliament and a cross party consensus will be built on the long term funding of social care, with the proviso that no one needing care is forced to sell their home to pay for it.

Conservative Party Manifesto


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Labour plans National Care Service and free personal care for older peopleLabour plans National Care Service and free personal care for older people

The Labour Party is planning a 'radical and transformative' approach to policy in its manifesto. It proposes the formation of a National Care Service in England, free personal care for older people, with further roll out to working age adults over time, revising eligibility criteria for care (presumably for that which is not initially covered under free personal care), a lifetime cap on personal care costs, an increase in carer's allowance and a pledge to end 15 minute care visits

Labour Party Manifesto


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UKHCA launches ManifestoUKHCA launches Manifesto

Our next government has a significant opportunity to place the future well-being of older and disabled people at the heart of our nation's vision for a society which values every citizen.

See the online version of the Manifesto here.

This manifesto urges political parties, and candidates standing for election, to commit to ensuring almost one million older and disabled people receiving care in their own homes can remain healthy and independent, while also enabling family members to combine caring responsibilities with family life and employment.


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ADASS launches election manifesto 2019ADASS launches election manifesto 2019

ADASS has launched a manifesto calling on the major political parties in England to prioritise the needs, wishes and aspirations of those of us who are older, disabled or who are carers, should they form a new Government after the election.

The full manifesto can be downloaded from the ADASS website.


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Public procurement thresholds to rise from 1 January 2020Public procurement thresholds to rise from 1 January 2020

A weak pound brings benefits in terms of higher public procurement thresholds, according to our preferred solicitors, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP. Their short briefing sets out the current and new thresholds that apply to all contracts let and procurements that begin after 1 January 2020. The briefing notes the 'Light Touch Regime' applies to “social and other specific services” including health, education, catering, postal services and legal services.

The underlying Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply to England, Wales and partly to Northern Ireland.


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Number of older people with unmet need for care rises to 1.5 millionNumber of older people with unmet need for care rises to 1.5 million

Age UK's manifesto says there are 1.5 million older people in England who have some unmet need for care, ranging from help with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and using the toilet to more intensive support in a residential setting. The charity calls for the next Government to secure the immediate future of care through investing £8 billion over the next two years, to stabilise existing services, and to find a sustainable long-term solution to funding care.


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Liberal Democrats propose taxation solution to social care crisisLiberal Democrats propose taxation solution to social care crisis

The Liberal Democrats, in their manifesto, intend to raise £7 billion a year by putting 1p on Income Tax, ring-fenced for NHS and social care spending, give mental health parity with physical health and to reform the Health and Social Care Act in England to make the NHS work in a more efficient and joined-up way, and end automatic service tendering.

Liberal Democrat manifesto


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100,000 more people to be eligible for personal health budgets100,000 more people to be eligible for personal health budgets

From 2 December, everyone eligible for a NHS wheelchair and people who require aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act will be eligible for a personal health budget, so they have more choice and control over their health and care support.

This could be spent on adapted wheelchairs to maximise independence, a choice of personal care assistants trained to meet the individual's needs or exercise classes to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, for example. The policy applies in England and extending eligibility is part of the NHS Long-Term Plan.

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UKHCA signs joint open letter on adult social careUKHCA signs joint open letter on adult social care

UKHCA has signed a joint open letter on adult social care by the Local Government Association and is published in today's Daily Telegraph.

"The next government has a unique opportunity to show its ambition for and commitment to the future of adult social care."

You can read the letter in full on our blog.


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PM confirms social care will be included in Conservative's manifestoPM confirms social care will be included in Conservative's manifesto

In yesterday evening's TV debate, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, said social care problems are not being addressed. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in response confirmed there will be a social care policy in the Conservative's manifesto, when it is issued. He said no one should have to sell their home to pay for social care.

Guardian account of ITV debate


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Call for consensus politics as way forward for social careCall for consensus politics as way forward for social care

A report by Demos suggests a consensus model would be better politically for key issues facing society today. 'Whether it is encouraging pension saving, social care, NHS funding, housing reform, or climate change, long-term policy making on a cross-party basis will be far more effective than the short term cycle of decision-making that fits with our current electoral cycle.'

The think tank says the new government should establish a cross-party committee to consult widely and agree the contents of a White Paper setting out plans for government policy over the next 10-20 years.


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No change to CQC Fees Scheme in 2020/21No change to CQC Fees Scheme in 2020/21

CQC has written to all providers in England to advise that the fees' scheme will not be changing next year.

For most providers this will mean no change to the fees paid this year unless there are changes to providers' registration or the number of service users they support.

Further information can be found at www.cqc.org.uk/fees


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Social care nurses praisedSocial care nurses praised

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), praised the role of social care nurses. She wanted to bust the myth that social care nurses are less skilled than those working in the health sector.

Andrea said, "As the independent regulator for nursing and midwifery professionals across the UK, the NMC recognises the vital contribution that adult social care nurses make every day for millions of people living in communities who rely on receiving person-centred care that meets their needs and supports their aspirations."

Today at the Care England Conference, Andrea called for others to recognise, celebrate and promote the brilliant work nurses in adult social care do alongside their colleagues in the health service.

Read the full statement here

 


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Review of variations in terms and conditions for social care employment contractsReview of variations in terms and conditions for social care employment contracts

The Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), and the University of South Wales have been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a review of evidence of variation in terms and conditions for social care employment contracts in Wales.

As part of this work, we are asking providers to complete an online survey about employment terms and conditions. The survey, which is being managed by Data Cymru, has been developed following discussion with the Welsh Government and national bodies representing the public, private and third sector.

The survey can be completed online via the below link:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QWBCX/


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Tell us your experiences - coping with floodsTell us your experiences - coping with floods

UKHCA would like to tell your stories of coping with recent flooding while delivering care, to feature in the next edition of UKHCA's Homecarer magazine. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, please e-mail our Editor via editor@ukhca.co.uk 


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Data reveals adult social care is service most under pressureData reveals adult social care is service most under pressure

CIPFA and the Institute for Government have published their Performance Tracker 2019, which looks at how public services in England are performing. In adult social care, the government in power following the General Election will have to spend nearly £1 billion more than it spends currently just to keep up with demand. The report suggests the incoming government should as a priority consider what happens to adults who request, but don't receive, publicly funded care, when collecting data.


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Think tank says bold reforms are needed for social careThink tank says bold reforms are needed for social care

The Institute for Public Policy Research has called for a bold reform agenda for adult social care, in its new report on ethical care. The Institute argues there are three main drivers of quality in social care - funding, workforce and provider type. A package of interventions is needed that provides a long-term funding settlement, new deal for the social care workforce and a new ethical charter to foster more innovative, socially minded providers. IPPR report


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New quality framework for Support Services (Care at Home)New quality framework for Support Services (Care at Home)

Since 2018, on an incremental basis, the Care Inspectorate has been rolling out a revised methodology for inspecting care and support services. The core of the new approach is a quality framework for use in self-evaluation, scrutiny and improvement support which sets out the elements that will help them answer key questions about the difference care is making to people and the quality and effectiveness of the things that contribute to those differences. By setting out what they expect to see in high-quality care and support provision, they can also help support improvement. Using a framework in this way develops a shared understanding of what constitutes good care and support.

The Care Inspectorate has already introduced frameworks for care homes for older people, care homes for adults, care homes for children and young people (including special residential schools) and support services (not care at home).

Work is currently underway on a joint framework for support services (care at home) and housing support services (including combined services). The Care Inspectorate wish to consult with the sector to ensure that the framework reflects key issues and areas of practice that will support positive outcomes for the people using this range of services. This will be an approach that will consider how it inspects services across the range of services under these registration categories.

Consultation events are being held at the following locations detailed below and the Care Inspectorate would like to invite you to participate.A session will be run at each location from 9.30am until 12.30pm. As places will be limited, they would be grateful if you could book your place as soon as possible.

Please contact Jane McIntosh at Jane.McIntosh@careinspectorate.gov.scot to request a place at any of the following events:

Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the Best Western Plus Inverness Lochardil House Hotel, Stratherrick Road, Inverness, Inverness-Shire, IV2 4LF.

Tuesday 26 November 2019 at the Best Western Queens Hotel Dundee, 160 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DU

Thursday 28 November 2019 at the Stirling Court Hotel, Airthrey Road, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK9 4LA

Please note: A further event will be arranged for Orkney to take place in January 20.

Thank you for your support and the Care Inspectorate looks forward to welcoming you to one of the events.


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Hope that manifestos will include adult social careHope that manifestos will include adult social care

Adult social care was a topic for discussion on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on 12 November, which covered the failure of politicians to come up with a workable solution to the social care crisis, the effect on the NHS of this failure, and hopes that the main political parties will put something in their manifesto. Sir Andrew Dilnot, when interviewed, said the amounts of money involved to solve the crisis were not so enormous, when compared with other expenditure being contemplated by the major parties. BBC Sounds Today Programme 12 November at 1.35 and 2.46 minutes.


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Councils need billions more in funding say Institute for Fiscal StudiesCouncils need billions more in funding say Institute for Fiscal Studies

If councils are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated they will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament.

The extra funding and social care precept announced in the spending round, will only undo around a fifth of the fall in councils' spending - and not all councils will benefit from the extra cash. Figures released today by the IFS show councils will still be at least 20% below 2009-10 levels

According to IFS calculations, if council tax was raised by inflation (2%) annually, councils will need an extra £4bn a year by the end of the parliament to maintain current levels of adult care service, rising to £18bn a year by the mid-2030s.

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New guidance for managers on avoiding winter deaths from cold homesNew guidance for managers on avoiding winter deaths from cold homes

New guidance has been produced for homecare managers on helping to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes. A quick guide for home care managers, produced by NICE, looks at preventative action to help avoid winter deaths as a result of living in cold homes, and covers what is a hard-to-heat home, identifying those most at risk, making every contact count and being part of a successful discharge home. The guidance is aimed at managers in England but will be of interest to managers across the UK.

A quick guide for home care managers


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1.5 million older people without the care they need1.5 million older people without the care they need

Age UK has unveiled new research showing that the number of older people in England with some level of unmet need now stands at 1.5 million.

According to their manifesto, one in seven (15%) of the entire 65+ population are struggling to carry out essential everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, washing and getting dressed.

Age UK is calling on the next Government to secure the immediate future of care through investing at least £8 billion over the next two years.

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Mencap - guides to voting at the General ElectionMencap - guides to voting at the General Election

MENCAP and the Electoral Commission have issued the following guidance to help people vote in the General Election:

Supporter Guide to Voting at the General Election (for carers, support workers and friends of people with learning disabilities)

Easy read guide to voting at the UK Parliamentary General Election


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Voluntary Living Wage rates increase to reflect cost of livingVoluntary Living Wage rates increase to reflect cost of living

The Living Wage Foundation announced on 11 November 2019 that the new UK voluntary Living Wage hourly rate will be £9.30 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour from the last year's rate of £9.00 per hour. The voluntary Living Wage rate for London is now £10.75 per hour, an increase of 20p per hour from last year's rate of £10.55. More information  The Scottish Living Wage rate has increased from £9.00 to £9.30 per hour.

The announcement was made at the start of Living Wage Week (11 November - 17 November), which will see employers host events around the UK. Leaflet on Living Wage Week which lists regional events. The Living Wage is independently calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, to reflect cost of living rises.

We are revising UKHCA's Minimum Price for Care version 6 to include the revised rates and will issue an update.


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Flooding across North of EnglandFlooding across North of England

Our thoughts are with the careworkers, people who use homecare services and all others in the North of England who are affected by the severe flooding. Careworkers go out in all weathers to ensure they people they support are well looked after. We thank them for their efforts in the current adverse weather and hope they, and their service users, stay dry and safe.

For flood updates, follow @metoffice or call the flood hotline on 0345 988 1188 (24 hours).

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UKHCA Homecarer magazine now available to downloadUKHCA Homecarer magazine now available to download

In this issue we take a look at the CQC's State of Care report for England; UKHCA CEO Jane Townson reflects on the Conference at the Care Show; Anna Dabek of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP analyses holiday pay for providers, Diabetes UK give us a break down of what homecare workers need to look out in relation to the condition; Towergate Insurance provides insight into cybercrime risks; and we round up policy issues in our National reports from around the UK as well as summarise provider and commercial member news.

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EU Settlement Scheme - applications can be made on Apple iPhonesEU Settlement Scheme - applications can be made on Apple iPhones

Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme can now be made using an app from the Apple app store. The iOS version of EU Exit: ID Document Check App can be used on iPhone models 7 and above. The iOS app works in the same way as the Android app and can be used to verify your identity. For more information visit GOV.UK.

As a reminder, EU citizens and their family members have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement scheme.

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, and their family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge. Applicants only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions. 

There is full guidance at: www.gov.uk/brexit-eucitizens


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Looking after yourself during winterLooking after yourself during winter

Independent Age has produced a guide 'Winter wise' which has practical tips on staying warm and healthy in the winter months, including information on Winter Fuel Payments.

This is a useful and free guide that members can give to service users and their families. It includes information on:

  • how people can look after themselves in winter,
  • how to lower costs of keeping a home warm, and,
  • how to make winter more affordable.

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Register to vote in General ElectionRegister to vote in General Election

The Electoral Commission's voter information website - Your Vote Matters - has moved to a new I am a voter' section of the Electoral Commission's website. This covers registering to vote, casting votes in the ballot and taking part in the democratic process.

Posters and social media images encouraging people to register to vote

Voters who want to apply to vote by post, should register before:

  • 5pm on 26 November if they live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • 5pm on 21 November if they live in Northern Ireland

There is also the option of applying to vote by proxy after the voter has registered.

The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election on 12 December is midnight on 26 November.

While everyone should be free to decide which form of vote to use, the possibility of adverse weather may make opting for a postal or proxy vote ones to consider.

The old yourvotematters.co.uk web address redirects people to the new 'I am a voter' website.

More information about voting by post and proxy

We have emailed UKHCA members more detailed information on supporting service users to register to vote.


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Number training to be district nurses increases by 20%Number training to be district nurses increases by 20%

Research by the Queen's Nursing Institute shows that there has been a 20% increase in the number of students studying to be district nurses at UK universities. A spokesperson commented that at a time when there is more complex care to be delivered in people's homes and communities in the coming years, it is vital that there is a system response to the issues identified and the solutions proposed. 

However, universities were concerned about the future funding of district nursing courses. More information 


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New Living Wage rates expected on 11 NovemberNew Living Wage rates expected on 11 November

The Living Wage Foundation is to hold a Living Wage Week from 11 November - 17 November 2019, with the voluntary Living Wage rates for 2019/2020 announced at a ceremony on 11 November. The week will see employers host events around the UK, and senior politicians get involved. Leaflet on Living Wage Week which lists regional events. The Living Wage is independently calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.


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Recruitment to the NICE advisory committee for Carers: provision of support for adult carersRecruitment to the NICE advisory committee for Carers: provision of support for adult carers

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence is looking for experts to join their quality standards advisory committee (QSAC) to develop the Carers: provision of support for adult carers (QS 2020).

Applicants should be a service provider, for example, a home care provider or worker, and should have experience of managing or delivering services to adult carers and those they are caring for.

Information on the posts is available on the NICE website. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 November 2019 at 17.00.


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Workforce registration is changing in WalesWorkforce registration is changing in Wales

Social Care Wales has launched a consultation on alterations to workforce registration in Wales. Although this mainly concerns the residential care sector, the online survey does ask for more general views on:

  • Changing the way SCW grant registration in years two and three to prevent non-payment of registration fees;
  • Adopting a more flexible way of recognising a social care worker as a manager in services that are without a manager for valid reasons; and
  • Streamlining the categories of workers on the Register.

To respond to the online survey, which closes on 20 December 2019, see: https://socialcare.wales/consultations/registration-is-changing

Social Care Wales is running a series of consultative Autumn workshops from 11 - 19 November 2019. Details of events


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Revised withdrawal agreement 'does nothing' to allay recruitment fearsRevised withdrawal agreement 'does nothing' to allay recruitment fears

The Scottish Government's assessment of the UK Government's revised withdrawal agreement says it does nothing to allay fears that ending of freedom of movement will make it harder to recruit NHS and social care staff in Scotland, posing serious problems for a sector very reliant on EU citizens.

Scotland's Place in Europe: Our Assessment of the Revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: http://bit.do/ffmdr (issued before a date was set for a General Election).

 


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RQIA provider roadshow presentations availableRQIA provider roadshow presentations available

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority have uploaded presentations from their October Provider Roadshows in Northern Ireland. These cover the importance of robust governance, monthly monitoring visits, inspection year findings to date, moving forward, human rights and deprivation of liberty. The slides are available at: https://www.rqia.org.uk/guidance/rqia-events-training-for-service-providers/rqia-events-training/rqia-provider-roadshows-october-2019/


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Northern Ireland's businesses urged to be vigilant about scamsNorthern Ireland's businesses urged to be vigilant about scams

The ScamwiseNI Partnership is warning businesses to be alert to bank mandate fraud, as there have been recent frauds causing significant losses to NI businesses.

The scam occurs where businesses are tricked into changing a regular payment mandate (like a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer) and unknowingly redirect payments to a fraudulent account. ScamwiseNI describes how this happens and what businesses can do to protect themselves at: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/businesses-urged-stay-vigilant-about-scamsì


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Concerted effort needed to encourage staff to have 'flu vaccinationConcerted effort needed to encourage staff to have 'flu vaccination

A paper in the Nursing Times on the importance of flu vaccination for health and social care staff concludes that frontline workers have an important role in preventing the spread of flu. Vaccination rates in the health sector in England have improved, with two thirds of frontline staff vaccinated. The paper comments that data on uptake in the social care sector is lacking but estimates suggest rates are particularly poor, with only 25% of frontline staff vaccinated previously. A concerted effort is needed this year to address this. More information


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Research finds that some areas of the UK are ageing faster than othersResearch finds that some areas of the UK are ageing faster than others

A study by the Resolution Foundation found that there is a big age divide between local authorities with older and with younger populations. Although the country is ageing, it is not ageing at the same pace.

There is a rising demand for social care services at the same time as councils want greater control over their own finances. But the ability of local authorities' to raise money from existing (largely property-based) local taxes is greatest in (often urban, younger) areas with high property prices.

The areas with a younger population map poorly onto those with the greatest social care needs which tend to have an older population and are often in rural and coastal communities. The study highlights the reality that revenue streams for local authorities do not match well with the service requirements of local populations with different needs and ages.

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Spending on adult social care in England has fallen by 3% since 2009/10Spending on adult social care in England has fallen by 3% since 2009/10

While figures released on spending on adult social care in England show that in 2018/19, there was a increase in real terms of 2.6%, the Institute for Government's analysis shows spending on adult social care has fallen by 3% in real terms since 2009/10.

Figures released by NHS Digital show that the increase in gross expenditure for community homecare has increased only marginally to £2.3bn in 2018/19 from £2.2bn in 2017/18. Overall spending on adult social care has increased to £18.7bn in 2018/19 from £17.9bn the previous year.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that to maintain publicly funded social care at 2009/10 levels, the Government would have to spend between £2.8bn and £4bn more than it is forecast to in 2019/20.

Read the Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2018-19


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Warning of increased fines for health and safety offencesWarning of increased fines for health and safety offences

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have issued a briefing warning of the substantially increased fines for health and safety-related offences being imposed by the courts, following the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines. They say social care providers should understand their health and safety duties, carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and implement policies and precautions to comply with their obligations.


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Care robots given £34m government fundingCare robots given £34m government funding

The government is to spend £34 million on designing robots capable of supporting people in the UK with care needs. The idea is to develop safe systems so robots can potentially help an elderly person up after a fall and raise the alarm, deliver food at mealtimes, and ensure they take medication at the correct time. (Other research has cast doubt on whether robots are capable of the 'human touch' needed to carry out care tasks.) Announcement


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Hearing loss in adults - NICE guidanceHearing loss in adults - NICE guidance

A reminder the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued guidance for health and social care professionals in England: 'Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management' (2018), which looks at assessing and managing hearing loss in primary, community and secondary care. 

The guidance covers assessment and referral, managing earwax and referring people for specialist assessment and has a section on hearing aids and assistive listening devices: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng98


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Updated: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for BrexitUpdated: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

This guidance sets out the actions you should take before and after Brexit, to plan for and help manage any potential service disruption to adult social care if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

This guidance is for adult social care providers and local authorities. Guidance for healthcare providers is available in the Planning for a no-deal Brexit: information for the health and care sector collection.

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Pledge to scrap non-residential social care charges in ScotlandPledge to scrap non-residential social care charges in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister and SNP leader, pledged to scrap non-residential social care charges for all in her speech at the party's recent conference. She said charges can be a barrier to people accessing the support they need, and if they can't get that support in their own homes, they are more likely to end up in hospital.

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Consultation on medication in social care in WalesConsultation on medication in social care in Wales

The All-Wales Medicines Strategy Group has launched a consultation on guidance in respect of medicines and care support workers. The group is asking for comments on the guidance document which, looks at the delegation of medicines support by a registered nurse, to a care support worker.

The guidance document, and details of how to respond to the consultation, can be found on the AWMSG website. The deadline for responses is 23rd October 2019.


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SCW workshop on registration and qualificationsSCW workshop on registration and qualifications

Social Care Wales will be running a workshop on the how the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care and the new Health and Social Care qualifications feed into, and support, any potential changes to requirements for registration.

The workshops will run through November, and further details on dates and locations can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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Adult social care national recruitment campaign re-launchesAdult social care national recruitment campaign re-launches

The Department of Health and Social Care's adult social care national recruitment campaign for England, "When You Care, Every Day Makes a Difference", has started and runs to April 2020. To find out how it can support homecare providers' local recruitment marketing, and the free materials available, see Campaign toolkit.

Advertising will appear on radio, social media and online along with national and regional press stories.  We have emailed UKHCA members today with further details of how to get involved and how to post their vacancies.


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Changes announced to UKHCA's BoardChanges announced to UKHCA's Board

United Kingdom Homecare Association is delighted to announce changes to our Board, following our Annual General Meeting on 9 October 2019 and subsequent board meeting on 10 October 2019. Full press release


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State of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19State of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19

CQC have published 'The state of health care and adult social care in England 2018/2019', the regulator's annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report highlights that access to care can be difficult, leading to pressure on services like accident and emergency departments in hospitals. The report notes that a solution has still not been found to funding social care, but there are signs that innovation and integration can help meet demand for health and social care services. Report summary

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Queen's Speech includes reform to adult social careQueen's Speech includes reform to adult social care

The Queen's Speech today included bringing forward proposals to reform adult social care in England to ensure dignity in old age.

The background briefing said the Government "will bring forward substantive proposals to fix the crisis in social care to give everyone the dignity and security they deserve. This will include setting out legislative requirements." It is open to speculation whether the Government plans to proceed direct to legislation, rather than consult further on this topic through a Green Paper.


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No deal Brexit and the homecare sectorNo deal Brexit and the homecare sector

'No deal Brexit and the homecare sector' is a blog written by UKHCA Policy and Campaigns Director, Colin Angel, for the Department of Health and Social Care, on preparing for a No deal Brexit.

Colin considers the issues for homecare providers, consistency, contingency and continuity planning, plus records, rostas and real time info and where to find further resources on contingency planning.


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Ombudsman urges providers to signpost complainantsOmbudsman urges providers to signpost complainants

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is urging care providers to signpost clients to its service at the end of their complaints process. The Ombudsman's annual review of adult social care complaints has found the number of complaints it receives from people who pay for their care privately has levelled off. It suggests the independent sector could do more to highlight people's rights to complain to the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman is now upholding 66% of all investigations, and in areas like fees and charging for care – this figure has risen to 73%. More information can be found at: LGSO website


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Extra 75,000 homecare packages and 13 million additional hours of home care paid for by iBCFExtra 75,000 homecare packages and 13 million additional hours of home care paid for by iBCF

The Government has reported that the funding from the Improved Better Care Fund (iBCF) for 2018-2019, amounting to £674 million, has paid for an additional 75,000 homecare packages equating to 13 million hours of care.

First announced in the Spring Budget 2017, the purpose of the iBCF was to meet adult social care needs, reduce delayed transfers of care and stabilise the social care market. The data collected shows that on average, local authorities increased hourly fees paid to homecare providers to £16.41 per contact hour. This compares to UKHCA's minimum price for care per contact hour of £18.93.

Ministers previously confirmed the renewal of the Better Care Fund for 2019/20.

More information about the iBCF here

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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 confirmed 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."

Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and NHS England dated 22 March 2019.

Leaflet for staff

Further resources for 2019/2020 flu season


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Prime Minister links solving social care problem to UK's productivityPrime Minister links solving social care problem to UK's productivity

The Prime Minister, in his speech at the Conservative's conference, referred briefly to social care, saying '... it is we Conservatives who will solve the problem of social care and end the injustice that means people have to sell their home to pay for their old age and if you ask me how we are going to do it, how we are going to grow the UK economy, I will tell you that it is by raising the productivity of the whole of the UK...'. https://press.conservatives.com/




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Adult social care sector estimated to be worth £40.5 billion to economyAdult social care sector estimated to be worth £40.5 billion to economy

Skills for Care's report, 'The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, September 2019, estimates that the adult social care sector contributed £40.5 billion per annum to the economy in England in 2018, with the total wage bill accounting for around half of this sum. Between 2009 and 2018, the number of jobs in domiciliary care rose 205,000, or 43%.


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Statutory sick pay extension consultation closes on 7 OctoberStatutory sick pay extension consultation closes on 7 October

A reminder the government is seeking views on plans to extend statutory sick pay entitlement to workers earning less than the equivalent of 14 hours on National Minimum Wage and considering whether a rebate of SSP, targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), would help employees to return to work.

An online survey, which applies to England, closes on 7 October 2019: https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/work-and-health/consultation/


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Government to set new target for National Minimum WageGovernment to set new target for National Minimum Wage

The Chancellor, Sajid Javid MP, said yesterday the Government plans, over the next five years, to set a new target for the National Living Wage, to raise it to match two-thirds of median earnings, which on current forecasts would increase the National Living Wage to £10.50 per hour. The Government also proposes to bring down the age threshold for the National Living Wage to 21.

Although employers welcomed the prospect of a pay boost for their employees, concerns were voiced about how they would fund the increases. BBC News article

The Chancellor's speech at the Conservative Party conference is at: https://press.conservatives.com/ (scroll down).


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Health Secretary confirms hospital funding at Conservative Party conferenceHealth Secretary confirms hospital funding at Conservative Party conference

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, confirmed £2.7bn will go to fund six hospital projects in England and the go-ahead for seed funding for another 34. On social care, the Health Secretary briefly referred to the funding announced in the Spending Round, but made no mention of the long-delayed adult social care green paper. Speech (scroll down). According to The Times (paywall) a number of options are still being discussed.


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Concern there is still Brexit preparation to be doneConcern there is still Brexit preparation to be done

The National Audit Office's report on Exiting the EU: supplying the health and social care sectors, provides some reassurance that the Department of Health and Social Care has made progress on preparing for Brexit, but warns there is still work to do to protect drugs and medical supplies, particularly in the case of a No-deal Brexit. The NAO is not convinced the necessary stockpiles are in place or if social care providers are properly prepared.

UKHCA No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers


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CIW Annual report 2018-19 publishedCIW Annual report 2018-19 published

The CIW 2018-19 annual report shows CIW regulated 5,946 services providing 112,075 places, and carried out 2,499 inspections across adult and children's services, and childcare and play.

They dealt with 2,898 changes to services' registrations and ways of working and received 29,427 notifications from services. CIW received 2,154 concerns about services across Wales.

The full report can be found on the CIW website.


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A new guide to self-evaluation for care servicesA new guide to self-evaluation for care services

The Care Inspectorate has published a new guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation. Self-evaluation is central to continuous improvement and we want to empower services to evaluate their own performance.

The guide helps services across all care settings understand how they can do that. Self-evaluation can be a powerful tool to identify what's working well and to support improvement.

The quality frameworks we are developing will also help services self-evaluate. We began in 2018 with the framework for care homes for older people and we will have launched all the frameworks by the end of 2020. Our inspectors use them too, to evaluate the quality of care during inspections and improvement planning, so it's important that all care services are familiar with them.

Read more here https://www.careinspectorate.com/images/Self_evaluation_for_improvement_-_your_guide.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


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Report calls for better care in the age of automationReport calls for better care in the age of automation

A new report by Doteveryone, the responsible technology charity founded by Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, calls for better use of technology on the front line of social care in the UK. It says NHSX should deliver a new national data strategy for social care, the Department of Health and Social Care should support the setting up of a Royal College for Carers, and NHSX should fund vanguard Enablement Panels to get technology working at ground level. Better Care in the Age of Automation


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The King's Fund issue explanation of commissioningThe King's Fund issue explanation of commissioning

The King's Fund has updated its helpful explainer 'What is commissioning and how is it changing?', which describes commissioning by the NHS and local authorities in England and how it is changing to embrace integration and more focus on local circumstances.


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Employers warned to protect new and young workersEmployers warned to protect new and young workers

The Health and Safety Executive has warned that those new to the job and young workers are more likely to experience an accident at work. The HSE say 'workers are at particular risk of injury in the first six months of a job, when they are more likely to be unaware of existing or potential risks. Young people will often be in this category.' The HSE sets out six steps employers can take to protect new workers and special considerations for employing young workers. HSE guidance


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Labour Party issues plan 'Towards the National Care Service'Labour Party issues plan 'Towards the National Care Service'

At the Labour Party conference in Brighton on 23 September 2019, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Mental Health and Social Care Minister, Barbara Keeley, set out the Party's vision for health and social care, including free personal care for older people funded from general taxation.

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Additional funding to support the adult social care provider sectorAdditional funding to support the adult social care provider sector

A second phase of funding has now been released to help the adult social care provider sector achieve the benefits of digital technology safely.

Whether you’re a local council, local care association or an individual care provider, you may be able to apply now for financial support.

There are up to 100 grants of up to £2,000 now available nationally to help you assess and manage your digital risks.

More details can be found here.


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Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit: Updated Brexit guidance publishedActions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit: Updated Brexit guidance published

The Department for Health and Social Care's guidance 'Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit' has been updated to include a link to NHS website guidance for the public in England on getting medicines if there is a no-deal Brexit.


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UKHCA shares No-Deal Brexit advice with key organisationsUKHCA shares No-Deal Brexit advice with key organisations

We have shared our Brexit advice, which members were given free, with DHSC, NHS England, NHS Improvement, ADASS and LGA. We have particularly emphasied the lack of information that some councils in England are making available to homecare providers and highlighted the importance of fuel security and providers' cash flow, in the event of major disruption in the weeks following a No-Deal exit from the EU.

No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers


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Brexit information for NI health and social care providers
Brexit information for NI health and social care providers

There is information for health and social care providers on Brexit on the NI Direct website which includes medicines and cross border supplies, amongst other issues.



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Brexit - health and social care information for ScotlandBrexit - health and social care information for Scotland

A reminder there is online Scottish Government information on health and social care after Brexit, which covers medicines and services.


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Brexit information on health and social services in WalesBrexit information on health and social services in Wales

There is information on health and social services on the Preparing Wales website, which looks at whether services will be affected, medical supplies, preparing for Brexit, working in health and social care and reciprocal healthcare.

More from:
 https://gov.wales/preparing-wales-brexit/health-and-social-services


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Last chance to respond to survey on Wales’s health and social care workforce strategyLast chance to respond to survey on Wales’s health and social care workforce strategy

The Welsh Government has produced a draft ten year health and social care workforce strategy and is seeking views from people working in health and social care in Wales, as well as those who use care and support services, carers and volunteers.

The online survey closes at midnight on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. 
 
Views will then be used to inform the final high-level strategy.


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Register now for Brexit Business Readiness EventsRegister now for Brexit Business Readiness Events

Free UK Government Brexit Business Readiness Events are being held across the UK, comprising a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts, to provide business-focused advice and help. Register for a free Business Readiness Event (These are half-day events.)

There is general information for UK businesses at Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit and a 'Get ready' checker.


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Liberal Democrats' conference debates policy on NHS and Social careLiberal Democrats' conference debates policy on NHS and Social care

The Liberal Democrats' discussion of health and social care at their conference held in Bournemouth from 14 - 17 September was linked to their Brexit policy. Their policy is set out in Policy Paper 137, ‘Save the NHS and Social care by Stopping Brexit’, which is summarised in the relevant Policy Motion and relates mostly to England.

Any amendments will be recorded in the Conference Daily of 16 September, when published.


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Preparing providers for the Mental Capacity Act NIPreparing providers for the Mental Capacity Act NI

The Department of Health, along with the Department of Justice, are jointly commencing the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 for the purpose of Deprivation of Liberty (DoL). The proposed date for the legislation to go live is 1 October 2019.

The Department of Health are providing training for health and social care workers from all settings. The training will be developed and co-ordinated by the Clinical Education Centre and runs from 2nd September to 13th December 2019.

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


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Adult social care recruitment campaignAdult social care recruitment campaign

The next phase of the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) national recruitment campaign starts again in October 2019 and will run until April 2020. An updated campaign toolkit, and suite of materials, free to download from the website, will also be available for care providers to use.

More information can be found in the DHSC update documents.


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Fee changes for DBS checksFee changes for DBS checks

With effect from 1 October 2019, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be reducing the fees for DBS checks.

DBS has conducted a fee review and as a result, the fees for DBS checks will reduce as follows:

Type of DBS check

Current fee

Fee from 1 October 2019

Basic DBS check

£25.00

£23.00

Standard DBS check

£26.00

£23.00

Enhanced DBS check

£44.00

£40.00

The fee for the Update Service will remain the same, at £13 per year.

Standard and enhanced volunteer applications will remain free-of-charge.

More information available here


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Brexit Support Grants available for SMEs in ScotlandBrexit Support Grants available for SMEs in Scotland

A reminder a Brexit Support Grant of between £2000 and £4,000 is available to assist small and medium (SME) sized businesses in Scotland with Brexit preparation. The grant can be used for activities including consultancy support, professional fees, external training, and international market research.

An SME is defined as an enterprise employing fewer than 250 persons with an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro and is independent.

More from Scottish Enterprise: https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/updates/brexit-support-grant or call 0300 303 0661. The scheme was originally for exporters but has now been extended.


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Grants available to help UK businesses with No-deal Brexit readinessGrants available to help UK businesses with No-deal Brexit readiness

Business organisations and industry bodies are invited to apply by 30 September 2019 for a grant from the Business Readiness Fund to help UK businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The grants are aimed at professional and trade associations, but groups of organisations can apply if they appoint a lead organisation to deliver the project.

Grants are for £25,000 and over and can be used for producing advice packs and running events, training courses and webinars. The application must be for new projects or activities. These must be completed by 31 October 2019 and funding must be spent on these, or repay provisions will apply.

More from: https://www.gov.uk/brexit-business-grants BEIS press release


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Funding support for cross-border planning and implementing BrexitFunding support for cross-border planning and implementing Brexit

Cross-border traders in Ireland and Northern Ireland can apply for two vouchers from InterTradeIreland for planning and Brexit Implementation. The Planning Voucher provides 100% financial support up to £2,000 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice to help businesses to identify Brexit exposure and to plan. The Brexit Implementation Voucher provides financial support up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT), with InterTradeIreland paying 50%. This allows businesses to implement critical changes making them better prepared to deal with a new trading relationship.

Mor information: https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/brexit-funding/


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Edward Argar MP now Health Minister following reshuffleEdward Argar MP now Health Minister following reshuffle

The Prime Minister has carried out a minor Cabinet reshuffle which includes Health Minister Chris Skidmore MP returning to a joint education and business role, following the resignation of Mr Johnson's brother, Jo Johnson MP. Mr Skidmore has been replaced by Edward Argar MP, who moves from the Ministry of Justice, and as Health Minister will take on Brexit, workforce and much of the NHS portfolio. Guardian article on mini-shuffle changes Edward Argar website: About Edward Argar


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Funding announced for UK Centre of Evidence Implementation in Adult Social CareFunding announced for UK Centre of Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care

The Government has announced funding for a range of technology focussed health and social care projects, including £7.5 million for a UK Centre of Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care, which will use high quality research to lead to improvements in the delivery of social care across the UK, implementing innovations with the potential to allow more people to receive care at home. Funding announcement

The Centre is to be joint funded by Health Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). More information 


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Local government briefing on details of Spending Round 2019Local government briefing on details of Spending Round 2019

The Local Government Association has published a briefing summarising Government spending plans for 2020/21 and their effect on public finances. There is also a good opinion piece in Public Finance by the King's Fund which comments on the Spending Round from the health and social care angle (partial paywall - registration required).

UKHCA media release on the Spending Round


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Final report published on well-being of professional care workersFinal report published on well-being of professional care workers

NACAS and the Care Research Group have published their final report on the Well-being of Professional Care Workers, which looks at the mental and physical health and economic well-being of care professionals, together with perceptions of care professionalism. Although many careworkers enjoy their work and hope to stay working in homecare in the short-term, nearly half reported economic pressure due to their pay. The majority viewed themselves as professionals, but felt wider society was less likely to do so.


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What matters to people who use health and social care servicesWhat matters to people who use health and social care services

Research by Healthwatch England, the health and social care watchdog, reveals that people care about privacy, accessing services, late services or appointments, receiving the right information in the right format, and in social care finding out what help is available and how to pay for it. The report is a useful and practical reminder for providers about what matters to people who use health and social care services.

Healthwatch's report, 'What people have told us about health and social care', draws on over 17,000 people's experiences of using health and social care between April and June 2019.


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Public-sector procurement after a No-Deal BrexitPublic-sector procurement after a No-Deal Brexit

The Government has issued information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy in a no-deal Brexit scenario. The guidance considers what will change for contracting authorities and entities, and what contracting authorities need to do now, among other topics.


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No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after BrexitNo deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit

The Home Office has updated its policy paper on the No-deal immigration arrangements which will apply to EU citizens arriving in the UK after Brexit, on 31 October 2019. Policy paper These replace the arrangements set out in the policy paper published on 28 January 2019.

Guidance on Right to work checks on EU citizens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Guidance on Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families:

 


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MPs Demand Investment in Social Care Workforce TrainingMPs Demand Investment in Social Care Workforce Training

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care's report, published today, highlights England's 'broken' social care system and demands proper training and qualifications for "under-valued, exploited and degraded" care workers.

UKHCA contributed to the Group's Inquiry which has recommended the setting up of a National Care Service to ensure greater parity with NHS staff and mandatory registration of care workers.


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Think tanks warn MPs of impact of a No-Deal BrexitThink tanks warn MPs of impact of a No-Deal Brexit

Think tanks The King's Fund, the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust have sent an open letter to MPs summarising the four major areas which are likely to impact on health and social care, in the event of a no deal Brexit. The letter warns of staffing and supply shortages, the need to care for returning emigrants and funding shortfalls.


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Only substantial extra funds will avert care system collapse, says Age UK Only substantial extra funds will avert care system collapse, says Age UK 

Age UK's new report calls for substantial additional investment into care services in 2020/21, to avert 'a complete collapse in the worst affected districts.'

Analysis in 'The Health and Care of Older People in England 2019' suggests the system is under extreme stress and in no position to respond adequately to demands being placed on it by growing numbers of older and sick and disabled adults.


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Spending round must address challenges facing councils' social care servicesSpending round must address challenges facing councils' social care services

The Local Government Association has issued a briefing paper repeating a warning that adult social care in England faces a £1 billion funding gap in 2020/21, rising to £3.6 billion by 2025, to keep providing existing support at the same level, ignoring the costs of altering the current model or tackle unmet need.

The paper was issued in advance of a House of Commons debate on Treasury funding for the Department of Health and Social Care, due to take place on 4 September 2019, the same day as the Spending Round announcement by the Chancellor.


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Using multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) in home care servicesUsing multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) in home care services

The CQC has published an update to its guidance page on the use of medication compliance aids in a homecare setting (including blister packs). The advice helps to clarify when then use of compliance aids is appropriate, and when providers should seek alternate means of managing medications.

This follows UKHCA's letter to CQC regarding the use of Monitored Dosage Systems in homecare settings and the completion of medicine administration record (MAR) charts.

We asked that CQC ensure that the issue could be clarified and that guidance reflected the realities of medication administration in homecare.

The guidance on MCAs can be found on the CQC website.


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DHSC national social care recruitment campaign updateDHSC national social care recruitment campaign update

DHSC has issued an update on the national social care recruitment campaign that ran from February to April 2019. The update gives details on what providers can expect from the next round of the campaign, including a longer campaign window, and evolved advertising.

An updated campaign toolkit, and suite of materials, free to download from the website, will also be available for care providers to use.

More information can be found on the DHSC update documents.


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County councils say funding streams must continueCounty councils say funding streams must continue

The County Councils Network has warned that key funding streams for social care in England must continue and increase in the mini-Budget on 4 September. The future of the Improved Better Care Fund, Winter Pressures Grant and Social Care Grant are all uncertain (as is the adult social care precept policy). CCN Analysis: Adult social care funding & the Spending Review argues that county councils are the most reliant on these streams of funding, and in most need of financial certainty to avoid de-commissioning services.

UKHCA has put a strong case to the Health and Social Care Secretary for sustainable, long-term funding for homecare, and interim funding until this is settled.


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Plea to sort out social care once and for allPlea to sort out social care once and for all

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have delivered a plea to government in advance of the mini-Budget/Spending Round to sort out social care in England for all, once and for all, as promised by the Prime Minister. Their report calls for:

  • Short-term funding, including continuation of the Better Care Fund and Improved Better Care Fund, to avoid services having to be de-commissioned from April 2020;
  • Long-term funding and reform proposals in a White, rather than Green Paper; and
  • A long-term plan for adult social care, like the NHS Long Term Plan, with a support system that links with other public services including the NHS.

The Local Government Association is also running a #CouncilsCan campaign saying councils can do so much more but need financial reassurance from government.


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UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson interviewed on BBC Coventry and WarwickshireUKHCA's CEO Jane Townson interviewed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson was interviewed on the Vic Minett show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire this week in a discussion about social care.

You can listen back to the interview here via BBC Sounds, from 22:38 into the show.


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Chancellor to deliver mini-Budget on 4 SeptemberChancellor to deliver mini-Budget on 4 September

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that a fast-tracked one-year Spending Round will be delivered on 4 September, setting departmental day-to-day budgets for 2020/21. The 'mini-Budget' will take place the day after MPs return from the summer recess.

UKHCA made an advance submission to DHSC which sets out the homecare sector's expectations for the mini-Budget.

A full multi-year government Spending Review is due to take place in 2020.

H M Treasury announcement Politics Home article


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PM's social care plans delayedPM's social care plans delayed

The Prime Minister is reported to have said the Government's 'ready to implement' social care plan for England has now been delayed, and may not be announced until next year.

Explaining the need for cross-party support, the Prime Minister is quoted as saying "We will be advancing plans in due course that satisfy two criteria - nobody should be forced to sell their home and everybody should have dignity and security in old age."

The plans will be issued 'in due course'.

Report in iNews


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When medicine does more harm than goodWhen medicine does more harm than good

Age UK have published a report showing that in England, more than 1 in 10 people aged over 65 take at least eight different prescribed medications each week. This increases to nearly 1 in 4 people aged over 85.

The report, 'More harm than good', describes the human and financial cost of poor medicine management and gives examples where older people are taking around 30 prescribed medicines a day.

Although the data for the report was collected England, colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be interested in the findings.

Read the report here


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SCIE webinar on giving covert medicationsSCIE webinar on giving covert medications

SCIE will be running a free webinar on covert medications that will cover when it is appropriate for medicines to be given covertly, and what factors need to be taken into account when making decisions on this subject.

The webinar will be taking place on the 27 September, and places can be booked via the Eventbrite website.


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£4 billion required for local government to restore status quo£4 billion required for local government to restore status quo

MPs on the Communities and Local Government Committee concluded if HM Treasury want to restore local government expenditure to the position it was in 2000-1, as a share of GDP, this would require an increase of around £4 billion, before taking into account the increased demand for services such as adult social care and children's services over the last twenty years. Report Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review


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Action needed to achieve sustainable adult social care in LondonAction needed to achieve sustainable adult social care in London

A new report by London Councils on the State of Adult Social Care in London says Government must provide sustainable funding for London to fill a gap equating to £540 million by 2025. The move is vital as the number of provider closures and contracts being handed back to councils have been on the increase. With recruitment and retention increasingly challenging, the report says increased investment in the health and care workforce is needed to create an equal workforce for the sector, as are DHSC's long-term plans for transforming adult social care. State of Adult Social Care in London


 


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Departmental plan sets DHSC objectivesDepartmental plan sets DHSC objectives

The Department for Social Care's updated departmental plan includes 'Develop the government strategy for adult social care which addresses sustainability, quality and fairness over the medium term, including the development of the green paper on adult social care reform' (2.1). On workforce issues, the plan states DHSC will 'Ensure the health and social care system workforce is prepared for all Brexit scenarios' and 'Ensure we have a social care workforce of the right size with the right skills in order to deliver our ambitions for social care' (3.4). 


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Landmark judgment alters calculation of holiday payLandmark judgment alters calculation of holiday pay

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal on 6 August 2019 determined that employers can no longer legally calculate holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year for those employed on permanent contracts of employment. 

UKHCA preferred solicitors Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have prepared a briefing on the decision, which looks at calculating holiday entitlement for employees on zero hours contracts, the approach for casual workers on discrete assignemnts, and part-time workers.

Holiday, celebrate, but not if you employ term-time only employees or use zero hours contracts briefing

UKHCA members who would like further advice on the decision should contact their own legal advisers or the member helpline operated by Anthony Collins Solicitors.

Members are entitled to a limited amount of free telephone advice (not extending to reading or preparing documents). Please contact the member helpline for referral - 020 8661 8188, option 4.


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National Social Care ConferenceNational Social Care Conference

Social Care Wales, and ADSS Cymru, will be joint hosting this year's National Social Care Conference in Wales. The conference, which is aimed at senior decision makers and leaders in social care, frontline practitioners and researchers, takes place in Cardiff from 11 to 12 September.

Booking details and a full speaker list can be found on the conference website.


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Care Inspectorate Wales - mandatory annual returnsCare Inspectorate Wales - mandatory annual returns

The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 requires service providers to submit an annual return. The first set of annual returns must be submitted by 27 May 2020, and service providers will have 56 days after the end of the financial year to submit their annual return.

CIW will provide an online template for the annual return. Further guidance on the information to be submitted within the annual return will be available in due course.

More information can be found on the CIW website.


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Northern Ireland Social Care Survey 2019Northern Ireland Social Care Survey 2019

NISCC would like to hear the experiences of all social care workers, managers and employers through the third annual social care survey. Responses will help the assessment of the impact of introducing registration and professional standards for social care workers.

More information can be found on the NISCC website.


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Home Care Experience Survey 2018 resultsHome Care Experience Survey 2018 results

The Department of Health has published the results of the 'Home Care Experience Survey 2018' report. The aim is to gain an understanding of the aspects of care that are of most importance to service users, to act on patients' feedback, and to improve the quality of health and social care.

Key findings and the full report can be found on the Department of Health website.


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Adult social care workforce data - NMDS updateAdult social care workforce data - NMDS update

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is being updated to the Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set. This online data collection service covers the adult social care workforce in England.

The NMDS-SC closed on Thursday 18 July 2019 so all data could be migrated to the new service. The ASC Workforce Data Set will go live once all existing NMDS-SC accounts have been successfully migrated to the new service.

UKHCA contacted all members to provide an update on this change. More information can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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Gigabit Broadband Voucher SchemeGigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.

The scheme is being run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and more information can be found on the DCMS website.


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Funding now available for learning and developmentFunding now available for learning and development

The Workforce Development Fund is available to any adult social care employer in England to support the continuing professional development of their staff at all levels, offering funding for a wide range of qualifications and learning programmes.

Employers can access enhanced funding for the completion of apprenticeship standards. This year, there's £3 million of targeted funding aimed at supporting managers and deputies develop the skills and knowledge they need to lead high quality services.

More information can be found on the Skills for Care website, or by calling the UKHCA Disclosure team.


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Practical help to apply to EU Settlement SchemePractical help to apply to EU Settlement Scheme

Fifty seven charities and voluntary organisations have been funded to provide practical support to vulnerable or at-risk people EU, EEA and Swiss citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The aim is to support people to apply for settled status so they can protect their status as the UK leaves the EU. List of the organisations which can provide support. Information about EU Settlement Scheme


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Guide to developing your staff Guide to developing your staff

Skills for Care has launched a 'Guide to developing your staff' to help employers plan, deliver and evaluate the learning and development provided for staff, including templates and details of how to produce a learning plan. 


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Guide for adult social care employers that employ staff who regularly work aloneGuide for adult social care employers that employ staff who regularly work alone

A new online guide provides information for employers of staff who regularly work alone. Published by Skills for Care, the guide has top tips on recruitment and retention, planning the workload, learning and development, health and safety, and supporting mental health and wellbeing. Supporting lone workers' guide

Research with employers on working alone


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Mental Capacity Act e-learning programme launchedMental Capacity Act e-learning programme launched

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with organisations, including the Department of Health and Social Care and the Care Quality Commission, to develop an e-learning programme for health and care professionals about the Mental Capacity Act.

Each e-learning session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is made up of factual knowledge, case scenarios, short interviews and self-assessment questions to test your knowledge.

More information and instructions on how to register can be found on the HEE e-LfH website.


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New service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into UKNew service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into UK

The Department of Health and Social Care is strengthening its Brexit preparations with a £25 million contract to set up an express freight service to deliver medicines and medical products into the country.

The department is leading a procurement exercise for an express freight service as part of the government's plans to support continuity of supply when the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.

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


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Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for BrexitActions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

The UK Government has created a web-page to disseminate advice for adult social care providers on how to prepare for Brexit, including advice on supply of medicines, workforce issues and business continuity plans.

Then web-page can be found on the gov.uk website.


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UKHCA supports Professional Care Workers DayUKHCA supports Professional Care Workers Day

UKHCA will be supporting Professional Care Workers Day (PCWD) next month, with CEO Dr Jane Townson by speaking at a special event in London.

On the 4th of September, PCWD celebrates those who aim to deliver great care on a daily basis.

The event will take place from 10am to 7pm on the day at The Human Rights Action Centre in London.

Click here to find out more about PCWD


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EHRC call for legal right to live at homeEHRC call for legal right to live at home

The Equality and Human Right Commission is reported to be calling for people to be given the legal right to a home in the community rather than being forced to live in institutions. The move follows long delays in moving people with learning disabilities from institutions like Winterbourne View back into the community. Guardian article


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Government launches Brexit update serviceGovernment launches Brexit update service

The UK Government has launched an instant e-mail update service to keep people informed about developments regarding Brexit and immigration policy.

Any businesses interested in signing up for the e-mail service can do so via the gov.uk website.


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Chancellor announces fast-tracked one-year Spending ReviewChancellor announces fast-tracked one-year Spending Review

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has announced a fast-tracked one-year Spending Review to ensure departments can focus on delivering Brexit by 31 October. This will include the Prime Minister's recent spending commitments and set departmental budgets for 2020/2021.

UKHCA's letter to the Prime Minister setting out the homecare sector's issues, which should be considered in the Spending Review (this pre-dates the announcement): https://ukhcablog.com/blog/ukhcas-open-letter-to-the-prime-minister/




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Implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016Implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

The Welsh Government is asking for views on changes to the regulation and inspection of social care services and the social care workforce in Wales. Draft proposals include the mandatory registration of domiciliary care workers, opening the workforce register on a voluntary basis to social care workers and changing the way that Care Inspectorate Wales decides whether a person is fit and proper to be a service provider. Consultation document and response form


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No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providersNo Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers

With the likelihood of a 'No Deal' Brexit increasing, Terry Donohoe, Policy Officer, and Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director, have produced guidance for UKHCA members to help them plan for this eventuality.

The guidance summarises the choices facing the UK, as it prepares to leave the EU, and identifies some of the areas UK homecare providers might wish to consider as part of their Business Continuity Plans.

UKHCA Guidance: No Deal Brexit: Contingency planning for homecare providers


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Adult social care jobs predicted to grow to 2.20 million by 2035Adult social care jobs predicted to grow to 2.20 million by 2035

New figures from Skills for Care show the number of adult social care jobs in England increased by around 1.2% between 2017 and 2018 from 1.60 to 1.62 million. The number of adult social care jobs is predicted to increase by 36% to around 2.20 million jobs by 2035.

Since 2009, the number of jobs in domiciliary care has increased by 205,000, or 43%, with most of the growth coming in the independent sector.

'Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2019' report 


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Consultation on the health and social care workforce for the futureConsultation on the health and social care workforce for the future

A workforce strategy is being developed by Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), supported by the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University. Social Care Wales is seeking the views of the sector through a consultation process.

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


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Provider Information Returns (PIR) will be annualProvider Information Returns (PIR) will be annual

From 7 August 2019, CQC will be asking all providers to complete an updated PIR and this will then continue on an annual basis.

Requests for the PIR will be sent during the anniversary month of your first site visit. CQC say this will allow them to expand how they use information from the PIR to support continuous monitoring of services. CQC will continue to use the PIR as part of any inspections carried out. 

CQC will write to all providers with details of the updated questions/guidance and a reminder of of the date of your first site visit to assist with planning for your PIR.


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Suspending employees fairly and lawfullySuspending employees fairly and lawfully

UKHCA preferred lawyers Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have written an article on suspending employees fairly and lawfully, which considers recent case law, and gives employers advice on how to approach an employment investigation when a police investigation is running alongside. The article includes tips for employers on dealing with serious allegations of misconduct.

The article can be found on the Anthony Collins website.


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Economic Affairs Committee responds to PM's comments on social careEconomic Affairs Committee responds to PM's comments on social care

The Chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has released a statement on the Prime Minister's comments on social care welcoming the commitment to produce a 'clear plan' and expressing a preference for free personal care in England funded by general taxation, rather than a private insurance or auto-enrolment scheme.


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'No deal' warnings, analysis and advice'No deal' warnings, analysis and advice

The Institute for Government has warned that delivering a no-deal Brexit could dominate the domestic agenda leaving politicians and Whitehall little time for issues like social care. Paper: Preparing Brexit No Deal

Meanwhile the CBI has issued 200 recommendations in a paper ‘What comes next? The business analysis of no deal’. Summary of paper

The CBI has also issued a business manifesto 'Getting back on track: A business manifesto for the new Prime Minister', which aims to help get the British economy back on track. It includes such issues as connectivity, business rates, immigration policy and restoring business confidence and the UK's reputation for evidence-based policy making.


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Junior ministerial appointmentsJunior ministerial appointments

Jo Churchill MP and Nadine Dorries MP have been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Full biographies and responsibilities are awaited. Jo Churchill was previously an Assistant Government Whip and Nadine Dorries trained originally as a nurse. Former junior minister Jackie Doyle-Price has returned to the backbenches.

DHSC ministerial line up: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

 


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New NICE guideline on learning disability: care and supportNew NICE guideline on learning disability: care and support

The new quality standard covers a range of issues, including identifying, assessing and regularly reviewing the care and support needs of people with a learning disability as they grow older.

People with a learning disability have many of the same age-related health and social care needs as other people, but this quality standard focuses on the specific challenges associated with their learning disability.

More information can be found on the NICE website.


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A detailed plan for social care?A detailed plan for social care?

Boris Johnson, in his first speech as PM, said : 'My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care and so I am announcing now - on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve..' His subsequent Priorities for Government, in the House of Commons, referred to 'putting forward a detailed plan' and seeking cross-party support.

Where this stands with plans reappointed Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP has been considering in his Green Paper on adult social care for England, is not known. At one stage the latter favoured a voluntary insurance scheme but some commentators say this does not go far enough. Blog by Caroline Abrahams, Age UK discussing the options for what the PM meant.


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Chris Skidmore MP - new Minister for HealthChris Skidmore MP - new Minister for Health

Chris Skidmore MP, the former Universities and Science Minister and interim Energy Minister, is the new Minister for Health, replacing Stephen Hammond MP who has returned to the backbenches. More information on Chris Skidmore  Biography Responsibilities

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP retains her role, as lead on adult social care.


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UKHCA writes to new PMUKHCA writes to new PM

United Kingdom Homecare Association has written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, calling on the Government to urgently address the issues facing the social care sector.

Read the full letter here


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Scottish Government Consults on Falls and Fracture Prevention StrategyScottish Government Consults on Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy

Harm from falls and fear of falling affect large numbers of people both directly and indirectly, having a significant impact on wellbeing and preventing many people from experiencing healthy ageing.

The Scottish Government has consulted on a Strategy outlining a vision of a joined up, whole system approach to falls and fracture prevention and management.

The consultation closed on 12 August 2019

You can read the consultation paper here:

https://consult.gov.scot/health-and-social-care/falls-and-fracture-prevention-strategy/


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Supreme Court ruling extends who can qualify for PIPSupreme Court ruling extends who can qualify for PIP

A Supreme Court judgment has extended those who may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment to people with mental health conditions and disabilities which affect their ability to socially interact. The case concerned the scoring which enables people to qualify for PIP. In this case the appellant required more than just prompting to socially interact - he needed social support from someone trained or experienced to do this, which scores more highly. Personnel Today article explaining decision


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Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020sAdvancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

The Government's Prevention Green Paper 'Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s', covering issues like smoking, obesity and mental health, has been published online. The consultation closes on 14 October 2019 and applies to England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s-consultation-document

 


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Good Work Plan: Proposals to support familiesGood Work Plan: Proposals to support families

HM Government has launched a consultation 'The Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families' which seeks views on parental leave and pay, transparency of employer work-life balance policies and neonatal leave and pay.

The consultation closes on: Chapter 1 (Parental leave and pay) – 29 November 2019 and Chapters 2 (Neonatal Leave and Pay) & 3 (Transparency) – 11 October 2019 and applies to Great Britain.


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Better Care Fund boosted by £6.4 billion for 2019/20Better Care Fund boosted by £6.4 billion for 2019/20

Ministers have confirmed that the Better Care Fund (BCF) will be renewed for 2019 to 2020, bringing the pooled funding to over £6.4 billion.

The BCF programme spans both the NHS and local government seeking to join-up health and care services, so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.

NHS England will make arrangements for CCGs to pool a mandated minimum amount of funding. Local authorities will be required to pool grant funding from the improved Better Care Fund, Winter Pressures funding and the Disabled Facilities Grant.

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Grants available up to £25k to test localising Every Day is Different campaign Grants available up to £25k to test localising Every Day is Different campaign 

Skills for Care have launched a tender exercise to bid for grants up to £25k to test ways of localising the Every Day is Different (EDID) campaign in their area.

Given how varied the Adult Social Care (ASC) sector is across England, a key priority is to ensure that the campaign addresses local needs as much as is possible. Skills for Care are looking for local group(s) to test scalable ways of localising, amplifying or extending the EDID campaign.

The full tender specification can be found by following this link.

The closing date for applications is 6 August 2019.


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Care Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report PublishedCare Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report Published

The Care Inspectorate's Statistical Summary Report for Quarter 1 of 2019/20 has been published. The report provides data on the number of registered care services, new registrations and cancellations, complaints about care services and quality theme grades by care service type and or service sector.

You can read the full report here: http://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/news/5171-statistical-summary-report-for-quarter-1-of-2019-20


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Complaints about care in Scotland: New Report Published.Complaints about care in Scotland: New Report Published.

A new report, published by the Care Inspectorate, has revealed that the number of complaints received by the Care Inspectorate increased from 4,089 in 2015/16 to 4,940 in 2018/19.

21% of the complaints were about either combined housing support/ care at home or standalone care at home services.

However, the Care Inspectorate stressed that although levels of complaints received have risen over this period, it is not an indicator that quality of care is in decline.

You can read the report here: http://www.careinspectorate.com/images/Complaints_Statistical_Bulletin_2018-19.pdf


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Guidance on how Public Guardian deals with concerns about attorneys and deputiesGuidance on how Public Guardian deals with concerns about attorneys and deputies

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has published new guidance on how it deals with safeguarding concerns, where someone has a lasting power of attorney, enduring power of attorney or deputy court order. The guidance will assist care providers who suspect that an attorney or deputy may be abusing or neglecting the person receiving care and explains:
 
• The type of concerns that the OPG can investigate
• How to report concerns
• What happens during an investigation, the length of investigations and the actions the OPG may take at the end of the investigation.
 
The guidance also includes a statement that the OPG will protect the identity of anyone who reports a concern and sets out the circumstances in which it will provide information to other bodies. For example, in applications to the Court of Protection, to tell the police of a possible crime or to get help from a local authority or other agency. (Thank you to Anthony Collins Solicitors for drawing this guidance to our attention.) The OPG operates in England and Wales.

The report can be found on the gov.uk website.


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Driving improvement through technologyDriving improvement through technology

The Care Quality Commission has uploaded a series of case studies which demonstrate innovative ways of using technology in care settings. The Commission explains these case studies show what is possible, and what might benefit other services. Where new technologies are used, CQC says it will use them to help consider what evidence is needed to see to be sure services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, and improve outcomes for people.


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Nominations close soon in the Guardian Public Service AwardsNominations close soon in the Guardian Public Service Awards

The Guardian Public Service Awards 2019 aim to recognise projects, team and individuals who make a real difference in people's lives. The awards are free to enter and open to all those working in the UK public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Care category is awarded to an outstanding social work or social care intiative that has put service user, residents or clients as its focus.

More information on how to nominate visit the Guardian website


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Social care flu uptake survey - deadline approachingSocial care flu uptake survey - deadline approaching

NHS England, working with the Care Provider Alliance, has developed a survey to gain a better understanding of levels of flu vaccination uptake in the social care workforce in 2018/19. 

The results will help support future plans for the programme, so we would encourage all members to reply to the survey.

NHS England now routinely offers the flu vaccine to social care and hospice workers through GPs and community pharmacies, to complement occupational health programmes provided by employers, to help increase vaccine uptake.

How do I take part?

You can follow this link here


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Reform of systems for regulating UK healthcare professionalsReform of systems for regulating UK healthcare professionals

The UK and Devolved Governments intend to draft secondary legislation to provide the nine UK healthcare regulatory bodies for healthcare professionals with a modern legislative framework. The move follows a consultation in 2017 and concerns that these bodies were bureaucratic, inflexible and had complex and inefficient systems. Government response to consultation

A list of the bodies is at Appendix C and includes the General Medical Council, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


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Commons briefing provides update on paying for careCommons briefing provides update on paying for care

The House of Commons has updated its briefing paper "Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England)", which describes how people are assessed for local authority support in paying their social care costs for 2019/20. The briefing provides a useful summary of the complex rules governing eligibility.

The paper can be accessed on the House of Commons research briefings page.


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Huge proposed BA fine - a warning to those who breach data protection rules?Huge proposed BA fine - a warning to those who breach data protection rules?

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced it intends to fine British Airways (BA) more than £183 million following a hack last year that compromised the personal data of 500,000 of BA's customers. In a new briefing, Anthony Collins Solicitors consider the ICO's reasons and what providers, including care services, can do to ensure the personal data they hold is adequately protected.


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Proposals to extend statutory sick pay entitlementProposals to extend statutory sick pay entitlement

The government has sought views on plans to extend statutory sick pay entitlement to include workers earning less than the equivalent of 14 hours on National Minimum Wage, under plans which seek to support more people to return to work after sickness. Consultation

The government also consultied on whether a rebate of SSP, targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), would help employees to return to work. The online survey, which applies to England, closed on 7 October 2019.


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CQC guidance on covert administration of medicinesCQC guidance on covert administration of medicines

A reminder CQC has issued guidance on administering medicines covertly, where medicines are administered in a disguised format. The guidance covers what is covert administration, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and best practice principles and examples. There is a further CQC resource at: Medicines: information for adult social care services and consideration of covert administration in NICE guidance NG67 'Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community'


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Regular voluntary overtime must be included in holiday payRegular voluntary overtime must be included in holiday pay

The Court of Appeal has held that UK employers must include regular voluntary overtime and non-guaranteed overtime in holiday pay calculations, in a case concerning ambulance workers. The ruling applies to statutory leave workers are due under the European Working Time Directive (20 days), rather than the extra eight days workers are due under UK law and any extra contractual leave.

For a more detailed explanation, see Anthony Collins Solicitors' briefing by Faye Rush at: https://www.anthonycollins.com/newsroom/ebriefings/holiday-pay-and-overtime-more-clarification/


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New Budget Committee to scrutinise spending proposals?New Budget Committee to scrutinise spending proposals?

The Procedure Committee of the House of Commons has called for a Budget Committee to be set up quickly to scrutinise Government spending plans 'before the event'. The Committee would take a leading role in 'examining the rationale behind decisions made during multi-annual Spending Reviews, and would consistently monitor how those plans are being implemented'.

The Committee wouldn't be involved in policy decisions as such and would operate in contrast to the Public Accounts Committee which examines expenditure 'after the event'. Should there be a Commons Budget Committee? report


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People with dementia spend almost £15bn waiting for reformPeople with dementia spend almost £15bn waiting for reform

Latest analysis by Alzheimer's Society shows people living with dementia have had to spend almost £15bn of their own money on social care since Government first promised a green paper for England in March 2017, compared with less than £10bn (£9.3) spent by Government.

The Society says, in the same period, people with dementia have spent more than 1 million days in hospital, despite being well enough to go home, at a cost to the NHS of over £340 million.


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Health and Social Care Secretary sets out seven point planHealth and Social Care Secretary sets out seven point plan

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP set out a seven point plan on how local and national government can work together to improve health and care, when addressing local government representatives recently. Re-confirming his commitment to more support at home and in the community, Matt Hancock said the best solution to the funding of social care was to abandon partisan politics. He said the green paper was being held up by the parliamentary logjam and a lack of cross-party consensus. Full speech


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Survey on digital technology in adult social careSurvey on digital technology in adult social care

Skills for Care is developing an online self-assessment tool to help employers in England measure how digital their organisation is. People who make decisions about using and investing in digital technology are invited to complete a short survey by 16 July 2019 to assist with the development of this project.


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How to protect yourself in summerHow to protect yourself in summer

'Summer wise' is a new guide produced by Independent Age about how to stay safe in hot weather. It includes how to look after yourself, keeping your home cool, and what to do if someone becomes unwell. Some of the tips may seem like common sense, but they can make a big difference to people's wellbeing.

Download a copy from Independent Age


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Adult social care - the challenges and opportunitiesAdult social care - the challenges and opportunities

The APPG on Adult Social Care has issued a report on 'The Future of Adult Social Care' in the UK which calls for a cross-party solution to providing a sustainable future and parity with the health system. The group says there must be a stronger focus on social care as an enabler to support people to live more independently. People using services must be involved and there should be a positive portrayal of people working in the sector.


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Additional funding available for domiciliary care workforce training in NIAdditional funding available for domiciliary care workforce training in NI

Transformation Funding has been made available for Phase 2 of the 'Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project'. This fund is available to facilitate enhanced learning and development to domiciliary careworkers, supervisors and managers working in the statutory and independent sectors.

Funding is available from the Social Care Council for backfill/staff costs for voluntary and private domiciliary care providers/employers to facilitate staff attendance, participation and engagement in approved training/learning resources. For organisations that find backfill problematic, costs can be claimed for staff time in attendance at/time spent re approved training/learning resources.

Full details on the funding and how to access it can be found below:

Phase 2 of the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project

Payment Proforma Form

Learning and Development Evaluation Form


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Transformation fund continues to support much-needed change in NITransformation fund continues to support much-needed change in NI

The Department of Health has confirmed that projects initiated using funding from the 'Transformation Fund' will continue, and has provided a breakdown of areas which have already received funding, including £13m for building capacity in communities.

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


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New report on self-directed support in ScotlandNew report on self-directed support in Scotland

Care Inspectorate Scotland has published a report stating that more needs to be done to fully implement self-directed support and realise its potential in supporting the transformation of social care delivery in Scotland.

Self-directed support puts people who experience care at the centre of the support planning process. It enables people, carers and families to make informed choices about what their social care support is and how it is delivered.

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


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Joint call to UK Government on Brexit ahead of British Irish CouncilJoint call to UK Government on Brexit ahead of British Irish Council

Speaking ahead of the final British Irish Council before a new Prime Minister takes office, the Scottish and Welsh First Ministers have called on the future Prime Minister to rule out a 'no deal' Brexit under any circumstances.

In a joint statement, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said both their governments would work together, and with others, to keep the UK in the EU.

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


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Care Inspectorate Wales publishes local authority performance reviewsCare Inspectorate Wales publishes local authority performance reviews

CIW has published its annual performance letters on each local authority in Wales. Each letter summarises performance in relation to adults and children's services during 2018/19, and report against the four core principles of the Social Services and Well-being Act.

The letter to each local authority summarising performance can be found on the CIW website.


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Consultation on new qualifications in social care and proposed funding for learningConsultation on new qualifications in social care and proposed funding for learning

Social Care Wales is running a series of free consultation workshops across Wales on the new qualifications in health and social care.

These workshops are aimed at employers and learning providers, and will be an opportunity to help review SCW's frameworks, and feed in to what should be included in the apprenticeship frameworks from September 2019.

The new qualifications are expected to go live in September 2019.

More information, and details on how to take part in the consultation process, can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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Lords Economic Affairs Committee calls for more social care fundingLords Economic Affairs Committee calls for more social care funding

The Economic Affairs Committee has published its report 'Social care funding: time to end a national scandal.' The report recommends that the Government immediately spends £8 billion to restore social care to acceptable standards and then introduces free personal care over a period of 5 years.

The Committee found that publicly funded social care support is shrinking, as diminishing budgets have forced local authorities to limit the numbers of people who receive public funding. Funding is £700 million lower than 2010/11 in real terms, despite continuing increases in the numbers of people who need care.

More information can be found on the committee web-page.


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DHSC national recruitment campaign updateDHSC national recruitment campaign update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recently ran a national recruitment campaign for adult social care. Following an evaluation, it has been announced that funding has been approved for a second national wave of the 'Every Day Is Different' campaign to run in 2019/20.

Feedback on the campaign, and campaign performance figures, can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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New guide supports succession planning for managersNew guide supports succession planning for managers

Skills for Care has launched a new 'Developing new managers and deputies' online guide to support adult social care employers to plan for their next generation of managers. Following extensive engagement with aspiring and new managers, the new practical guide presents a recommended route of support and development for future managers.

The guide can be found on the Skills for Care website.


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New resources for care workers to support achieving well-being in careNew resources for care workers to support achieving well-being in care

The new resource will help domiciliary care managers and trainers who will support staff to increase awareness and train staff in taking an outcomes-focused approach to practice. Managers and trainers can use the resources in a number of ways, including as part of supervision, in team meetings, recruitment or in peer support sessions.

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


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Dementia UK publish advice on Pain in dementiaDementia UK publish advice on Pain in dementia

Dementia UK have published a booklet which shows how pain can often be missed or not recognised in people with dementia. It explains what to look out for that can help identify pain in a person with dementia. Once pain is identified, the booklet advises on how to help the person seek appropriate treatment, so they feel more comfortable and content.

Read more information here


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Healthwatch - why it is important to review the care of people with dementiaHealthwatch - why it is important to review the care of people with dementia

Healthwatch have found that fewer than half of all people who use social care are getting the regular care reviews they are entitled to. Councils must ensure that these reviews are happening in a timely fashion, to meet the requirements of the Care Act 2014 and to make all care plans responsive to people's needs. Healthwatch found:

  • Only half of those receiving social care services received a planned review last year, and people with dementia this was even lower (45%).
  • One quarter of people with dementia had an unplanned review last year, due to an emergency or sudden change in circumstances.
  • 65% of people with dementia who had a review were referred for a full reassessment. However, half of these reassessments led to no change in the level of care and support.

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Call for more intergenerational housing optionsCall for more intergenerational housing options

Demos has issued a report which calls for Government housing policies to address the needs of future generations.

Demos suggests that multigenerational housing could help tackle loneliness and social care demands. It recommends the government's new Future Homes standard should include a requirement for new homes to be fit or adaptable for multigenerational living, and for planning rules to be relaxed to allow conversion of existing homes.


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Funding for the safe use of technology in care servicesFunding for the safe use of technology in care services

Digital Social Care is calling on local councils, local care associations and informal groups of care providers to run a series of local digital projects focusing on finding practical solutions to some of the sector's challenges.

Digital Social Care is working with the Local Government Association and the Department of Health and Social Care to support and fund these projects with one-to-one face-to-face advice and support from digital experts and the provision of 10-15 grants of between £25,000 and £50,000.

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July 2019 edition of Homecarer now available to downloadJuly 2019 edition of Homecarer now available to download

In the July 2019 issue of Homecarer we comment on the recent Panorama 'Crisis in Care' programmes; UKHCA Chair Trevor Brocklebank considers the perfect storm of challenges facing social care; UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel discusses using social media; we summarise our response to the Low Pay Commission; Adrian Leonard of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP gives top tips for a successful homecare business acquisition; Towergate Insurance consider motor insurance; Darren Housden of Animo Business Consulting says help is at hand for new businesses; we describe our new and revised resources, and round up policy issues in our National reports. July 2019 Homecarer


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Local government representatives warn of funding pressuresLocal government representatives warn of funding pressures

The Local Government Association is warning that a third of councils in England fear they will run out of funds to provide services they have a legal duty to provide, like adult social care, protecting children and preventing homelessness, by 2022/23, rising to nearly two thirds by 2024/2025 or later.

LGA online survey results summary


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CARE badge campaign commencesCARE badge campaign commences

A reminder the CARE badge is now available - the care sector's response to the NHS badge and a unifying symbol of pride and quality in care in the UK. Badges cost £1 each and there is a minimum order size of 100, with a choice of fixing styles. Badge purchasers can use the CARE badge logo in their marketing materials.

The CARE badge is an initiative of Professor Martin Green of Care England and everyLIFE Technologies. All profits will go to care-related charities. More from: https://www.thecarebadge.org/


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CQC case studies showcase flexible staffingCQC case studies showcase flexible staffing

A new series of case studies by the Care Quality Commission highlights the way providers have flexibly addressed staffing issues. The series includes a homecare case study from Home Instead Senior Care Exeter and East Devon which shows how they worked with South West Ambulance Service Trust to deal with increasing pressure on services from falls related calls.


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New research shows failure to review care packagesNew research shows failure to review care packages

New research by Healthwatch shows that fewer than half of those with dementia, who use social care, are receiving the care reviews they are entitled to under care legislation. Of those with a care plan, only 45% are reviewed on an annual basis. The report is critical of councils in England who fail to ensure people's changing needs are taken into account in the care planning process.


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ADASS Budget Survey 2019 publishedADASS Budget Survey 2019 published

ADASS has published their annual report into the financial position of local authorities in England with regards to adult social care. The key messages of this year's report states that:

"the problems councils and providers face have got progressively worse. The system is not only failing financially, it is failing people."

Key facts from 2019:

  • Adult social care services account for 37.4% of local authority budgets;
  • Only 35% of councils felt confident in meeting their statutory obligations;
  • Increased cost pressure through rising demand and changing demographics was 3.3% of the adult social care budget;
  • Majority of councils increased fees by 3% and 4.9% to care providers.

The full report can be downloaded from the ADASS website.


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New legislation introduced to improve quality health and social care in WalesNew legislation introduced to improve quality health and social care in Wales

The Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill was introduced into the National Assembly for Wales on 17 June 2019.

The bill will:

  • ensure that NHS bodies and ministers think about the quality of health services when making decisions;
  • ensure NHS bodies are open and honest with patients and service users;
  • create a citizen voice body to enable people to provide feedback on health and social services;
  • enable the appointment of vice chairs for NHS trusts.

If passed by the National Assembly, it will become law in summer 2020. More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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MPs debate living with dementiaMPs debate living with dementia

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has issued a report 'Hidden No More: Dementia and disability', which calls for people with dementia to be treated fairly and equally. At a subsequent debate, Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP confirmed the Government's commitment to meeting the dementia challenge 2020 and beyond. Improving diagnosis rates, extending training, supporting research and people to live well in their communities were all part of the strategy. Hansard


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Social care and hospice worker flu uptake surveySocial care and hospice worker flu uptake survey

NHS England, working with the Care Provider Alliance, has developed a survey to gain a better understanding of levels of flu vaccination uptake in the social care workforce in 2018/19.

The results will help support future plans for the programme, so we would encourage all members to reply to the survey.

NHS England now routinely offers the flu vaccine to social care and hospice workers through GPs and community pharmacies, to complement occupational health programmes provided by employers, to help increase vaccine uptake.

The survey can be accessed by the below link:

NHS England flu uptake survey


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CQC - new report on oral health careCQC - new report on oral health care

The Care Quality Commission has published a new report on the state of oral care in England. Although the report focuses on care homes, it has some very useful advice for homecare providers on the care of people's mouth and teeth. The report refers to NICE guidance NG48 Oral health for adults in care homes.

Members will also find helpful the advice in 'Keep Smiling', Mouth and teeth care for older people', produced by the Relatives and Residents Association.


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NHS England issue Level 2 alert: heatwave is forecastNHS England issue Level 2 alert: heatwave is forecast

At 08.41am on Monday 24 June 2019, NHS England warned there is a 70% probability of heat health criteria being met between 6am on Thursday and 6pm on Saturday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients.

Read more about how to cope in hot weather.


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New online service for those living with dementia in NINew online service for those living with dementia in NI

A new digital service offering support for people living with dementia and their carers has been launched by the Health and Social Care Board. It provides a place for users to find safe, trusted apps to provide information and guidance on the condition, support self-care of symptoms and enable users to carry on with their day-to-day activities for as long as possible.

More information is available on the HSCB website.


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Jane Townson appointed as permanent CEO at UKHCAJane Townson appointed as permanent CEO at UKHCA

Jane Townson has been confirmed as UKHCA's permanent CEO by the Board following on from a period of acting as interim-CEO.

Jane will provide strong leadership in working with the board, UKHCA's staff team and you, our members, as we develop our strategic vision for the homecare sector and UKHCA's role in representing and supporting our members.


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Minister listening to concerns about £30k minimum income in migration policyMinister listening to concerns about £30k minimum income in migration policy

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP took the point that a £30,000 annual minimum income in any future immigration policy would have a detrimental effect on social care. He said: "We need to deliver better social care, with people coming from all around the world in addition to domestically trained people." (Health and social care questions in the House of Commons on 18 June 2019, Hansard).


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Technology Supporting PeopleTechnology Supporting People

A new campaign launched by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) encourages people to use everyday technology such as mobile phones and tablets to control and manage their own health, care and wellbeing.

More information can be found on the Care Inspectorate website.


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Social care support reform in ScotlandSocial care support reform in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published a vision for the future of Scotland's adult social care services. The vision sets a number of goals to outline how care provision needs to change in order to meet the future care needs of Scotland.

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.


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Careworker awards for utilising Welsh language in careCareworker awards for utilising Welsh language in care

Nominations are now open for a new award to recognise and celebrate care workers who've made a difference to people's lives by providing care and support in Welsh.

The Caring in Welsh award is open to any paid care workers who work in social care or early years and childcare in Wales, and who provide excellent care through the medium of Welsh.

More information on how to nominate a carer for an award can be found on the Social Care Wales website.


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New 'Let's talk about loneliness' campaign launchedNew 'Let's talk about loneliness' campaign launched

A new campaign has been launched by Loneliness Minister Mims Davies to help tackle the stigma of loneliness and encourage people inthe UK to speak out. The government is also investing £1 million in a Tech to Connect Challenge Prize. Charities and social enterprises are invited to apply as up to £500,000 is available for social tech innovation. More information


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Survey of social workers reveals 'crisis in social work'Survey of social workers reveals 'crisis in social work'

A survey by union Unison has found that social workers in the UK say they are no longer able to do their jobs effectively because of government cost-cutting, with key community services now barely effective. Eight in ten social workers (80%) say local people are not receiving the help and support they need at the right time.


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Call for people receiving care to share their storiesCall for people receiving care to share their stories

The Care and Support Alliance is calling on people to share what good care means so they can show government its #TimeToCare.

With 1.4 million people estimated not to be getting the care they need, the Alliance has launched a campaign to show why good care is so important. Individuals and their families are invited to share their stories by completing an online form at: https://careandsupportalliance.e-activist.com/page/43568/data/1?locale=en-GB


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Blue Badge scheme extended to people with 'hidden disabilities'Blue Badge scheme extended to people with 'hidden disabilities'

People with hidden disabilities will soon be able to access Blue Badge parking permits, following the rollout of new guidance which applies to local authorities in England.

The new scheme will help address problems for drivers or passengers with dementia, anxiety disorders or reduced mobility where the anticipation of travel difficulties such as finding a parking space can add to the stress of the journey itself.

Read more about the extended Blue Badge scheme


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NHS Plan will falter without more social care fundingNHS Plan will falter without more social care funding

A new briefing by the Health Foundation and NHS Confederation warns the NHS Long Term Plan will be jeopardised unless more funding is found for social care and public health. The briefing notes the Plan was developed expecting a sustainable settlement for social care and action to prevent ill health. Social care alone is likely to have a funding gap of £4.4 bn in England in 2023/24 unless action is taken. 


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Survey on recruiting the right people and skills in WalesSurvey on recruiting the right people and skills in Wales

This is a short online survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. This survey will enable the Skills Partnership in Wales to understand your current and future skills needs. It will also enable them to better understand the current business landscape across the region, and to align its priorities with the needs of employers from across all sectors.

North Wales (deadline 21st June 2019)

South East Wales 

South West and Mid-Wales (deadline 21st June 2019)


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£22.7 million funding announced towards delivering 'A Healthier Wales'£22.7 million funding announced towards delivering 'A Healthier Wales'

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board, which now includes the Bridgend County Borough Council area, will receive £22.7 million from the Transformation Fund.

The money will be used to expand successful pilot projects across Cwm Taf and Bridgend to provide greater choice and independence for individuals, whilst reducing pressure on social care, GP surgeries and hospitals.

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


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Heatwave plan for England launchedHeatwave plan for England launched

New heatwave guidance aimed at reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves, has been launched by Public Health England and NHS England.

The Plan aims to provide guidance on preparing for and dealing with a heatwave, and is particularly aimed at the most vulnerable people in society.

Professor Dame Sally C Davies, the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health & Social Care said:

"The purpose of this heatwave plan is to reduce summer deaths and illness by raising public awareness and triggering actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community and voluntary organisations to support people who have health, housing or economic circumstances that increase their vulnerability to heat. Communities can also help their neighbours, friends and relatives to protect against avoidable harm to health this summer."

Read the full guide here


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Trafford Council have announced a £1m boost for homecareTrafford Council have announced a £1m boost for homecare

Around 1,700 residents who use homecare services in Trafford are set to benefit from a £1m investment from the local authority.

Council leader Andrew Western said: "We have managed to put extra money into the adult social care budget this year but we still want to improve the lives of residents by creating better and more efficient services."

Service users are set to receive more personalised support under the range of pilot schemes which will launch later in the year.

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£5m available from new Carers Innovation Fund£5m available from new Carers Innovation Fund

A new fund has been set up by the Government to support unpaid carers. The Fund aims to support accessible, carer-friendly communities and public services and also seeks to provide evidence on effective interventions to support carers.

Applications to the fund can come from a mix of sectors, and will be expected to show a positive effect on carers' health and wellbeing and their ability to manage work alongside responsibilities.

More details about the purpose of the fund and application process and will be given on two webinars on 19th June.

More information is available here


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Thousands of patients in England are missing out on NHS funding for homecareThousands of patients in England are missing out on NHS funding for homecare

Several families are featured in this piece for the Victoria Derbyshire programme, as having spent their life savings on home care having not had sufficient support from CHC.

According to the BBC, every year around 160,000 applications are made for continuing healthcare, costing the NHS around £3bn.

Lloyd Tingley, chairman of the Continuing Healthcare Alliance, says the system is a "national scandal".

Read the full story via BBC News here


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Medication - CQC publish new report on learning from medication errorsMedication - CQC publish new report on learning from medication errors

A new report published by the Care Quality Commission, (CQC), looked at 55 inspection reports from residential and homecare providers where medication related issues gave inspectors cause for concern.

UKHCA recommends members read and digest this report given the high priority CQC are giving to medication during the inspection process. Deficiencies in safe administration of medicines are not only a risk to service users but could well lead to enforcement action which could jeopardise the viability of your service. 

Read CQC's medication report

Link to NICE guideline - Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

Link to UKHCA Medication guidance


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Health and Social Care Secretary favours insurance-based schemeHealth and Social Care Secretary favours insurance-based scheme

According to an interview given to the press, Health and Social Secretary Matt Hancock MP favours an (initially voluntary) insurance based scheme to pay for social care in the future and is less keen on the idea of a cap on expenditure, when the adult social care green paper is eventually published. Workers would have to fund average lifetime costs of around £40,000. The Health and Social Care Secretary also pledged a £3.5 billion cash injection to prop up the social care system.

The interview was given in the context of the Conservative Party leadership contest, as Mr Hancock is expected to launch his bid to become leader today. Daily Mail article


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UKHCA responds to the Low Pay CommissionUKHCA responds to the Low Pay Commission

UKHCA has submitted a response to the Low Pay Commission's annual consultation into the impact of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

UKHCA commented that, without any additional funding from local authorities, further rises to the wage rates could have a significant impact on a sector that is already under pressure.

The full response can be accessed on the UKHCA website.

Low Pay Commission visits to gather evidence for their report.


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