A new vision for mental health provision and how measures will be implemented have been agreed. See article in East Anglian Daily Times.
In a pioneering study, patients with Parkinson’s disease have been fitted with implants to deliver drugs directly to the brain through the side of the head, according to an article in Engineering & Technology Magazine.
Social care staff are to receive mandatory autism and disability training under new government proposals, according to an article in Care Home Professional. Click here.
Inspiring carers and adult social care staff received recognition at the Suffolk Care Awards 2018 held on 4th October in Ipswich for their outstanding contribution to caring for people in Suffolk. Find out who won.
A new law seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care and to reduce the burden on local authorities.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 3 July 2018 and seeks to replace the current system known as ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs). Read more here
A new report by the Care Quality Commision (CQC) called Beyond barriers
looks at how services are working together to support and care for people aged 65 and over. Click here.
Skills for Care has just launched a new ongoing learning and development guide developed with managers in mind. Click here for details.
The Care Homes 1 E-Learning package is aimed at all care home staff involved with managing medicines. It is the first of several, planned e-learning packages for care homes and will include modules in addition to three case studies to help apply learning to practice. Click here for details.
To details of how to register on PrescQIPP site, click here.
Scie, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, has launched a new website aimed at carers. You can access it here.
A new service focused on helping adult social care employers find the right staff to service the growing needs of the health and social care sector in the East of England has been launched. Care Careers East works with care providers seeking staff in Suffolk, Norfolk and North Essex. It also works with individuals who would like to work in the care sector by matching them with existing vacancies. Click here to find out more and read the press release.
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) has received an ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – one of seven general hospitals in England, and the only one in the Midlands and East region, to receive this rating. CQC visited the Trust in November 2017. It was rated outstanding for being caring, effective and well-led, and 'good' for being safe and responsive. More information.
A report looking at six innovations in social care by SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Click here.
Skills for Care has produced a useful fact sheet giving details of the implications for social care employers of the new General Data Protection Regulations coming into force next year. Click here.
The Government has launched the Social Care Compliance Scheme - see details here -
to identify back pay for workers on the topic of sleep-ins. It says it expects all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled Calculating The Minimum Wage.
A new 'dementia hotspots' map has revealed the devastating impact of the disease in the Anglia region, according to an ITV report. Click here.
Skills for Health and Health Education England has launched a new free oral healthcare e-learning course
to support anyone interested in learning more about oral health and mouth care. It will be particularly useful for those providing care for others.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced a quick guide - Moving between hospital and home, including care homes -
for registered managers of care homes. Click for the pdf copy
The chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals have signed a joint statement on conflicts of interest. Read more here.
The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery, support longer lives better lived, meet major challenges facing social care, ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health - as well as save money in social care. Those are the key findings in a briefing paper by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie). Click here.
Skills for Care's Moving Up
BAME programme supports aspiring social care leaders from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to step up and establish themselves within senior management roles. Click here to find out more
The Social Care Institute for Excellence, Scie, has a new tool for improving personalisation in care homes. The action planning tool is for managers and owners of care homes for older people. Click here
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, has published a new quality standard covering oral health, dental health and daily mouth care for adults in care homes, with and without nursing provision. Click here
You can access a free DVD to help with training staff delivering end of life care by clicking here
. It has been funded through the Commissioning for Learning Group and has been produced by the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy.
Seminars useful for people thinking about care for the future, including what to look for in a residential/nursing home, are being held in Ipswich on May 16th - one in the afternoon and one in the evening. You need to pre-book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and click here
for a flyer.
The current apprenticeships frameworks in Health and Social Care and in Care Leadership and Management will be withdrawn by Skills for Care and Development on 29 December, 2017. See details on Skills for Care website.
The Care Quality Commission has published a report sharing a collection of short case studies of good practice shown by care providers that are rated good or outstanding overall. Click here
to access a pdf of the report called Celebrating good care, championing outstanding care
. Skills for Care has produced a good and outstanding care guide. Click here.
Sue Ryder has launched a new dementia service for Suffolk (excluding Waveney) called Dementia Together, working in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, Purple Tuesday and the University of Suffolk to offer a single point of contact for people curious or concerned about dementia. Click here for an information sheet.
For a referral form, click here
Care England has welcomed the changes that coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Click Care England here.
Healthwatch Suffolk has produced a report exploring people’s experiences of diabetic foot care services in Suffolk. The report is available to download here.
A report on the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website which looks at how transformed and integrated health and care could improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness. Here's the link.
The Care Inspectorate has published a report looking into the dependency needs of care home residents. It uses data from a large sample of Scottish care homes. Click here.
The Law Commission’s report Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
has been published and is awaiting a response from the Government. Click here for more information
A new report called Housing for an Ageing Society
has recently been published. Here's the link.
Skills for Health has put together a really useful toolkit on social media. It covers a wide range of topics, from writing a social media strategy, measurement, and showing the value of social media. Here's the link
This practical guide is for adult social care commissioners who wish to develop their understanding of the costs involved in providing care to help them meet these duties. Entitled Working with Care Providers to Understand Costs
it's by the Chartered Institute of Public Financing and Accountancy. Click here.
The Medical Protection Society, in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and NHS England, has launched a free Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty online learning tool specifically for health professionals across England and Wales. It will help healthcare professionals understand what the MCA is, what they need to know, how it affects them, how it affects their patients and how to apply this to their practice. The access this free tool, click here
More care workers are needed to meet the care and support needs of the future. A new paper from the Social Care Institute for Excellence
looks at three hypothetical future scenarios, and how the sector might respond to the challenges and opportunities those scenarios offer in relation to recruiting, training and retaining care workers.
Skills for Care has updated its toolkit on recruiting for values and behaviours in social care. Click here
to access it. The toolkit includes topics such as job advertisements and interview questions and good practice case studies.
New Apprenticeship Standards are being developed in England which will, ultimately, replace the current frameworks. The survey for assistant health practitioner support is open until 7th December. You can give your views by clicking here on Skills for Health
The over 75s are at most risk of preventable winter deaths and many of these deaths could be avoided if people were given advice about staying warm and healthy during winter months. A free guide called Being Winter Wise
is available on the Independent Age website by clicking here
Demands are increasing on health and social care. State of Care – the Care Quality Commission's annual overview of health and social care in England – looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care. Click here.
FoNS, the centre for nursing innovation, has produced a practical guide to revalidation for nurses working in social care, as well as a video which includes a useful, short case study. Click here for website and video link.
Every year 44,000 lives are lost in the UK due to sepsis. The NHS has produced an interactive film about sepsis targeted towards healthcare professionals. There are multiple versions of the film, but click here
to access it. You can also take part in a survey about the film here.
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nurse for England, has today launched a Five Year Nursing strategy for all nurses working in England ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’
sets out a strategy for the first time which clearly includes all registered nurses and care teams working in social care. Care England is the largest representative body for independent sector social care providers.
MECC is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. These Department of Health
guidance documents support the local implementation and evaluation of MECC activity, and the development of training resources.
Care Development East's Registered Managers' Network meetings take place at Stowmarket Community Centre. Contact Amanda Bilner on email@example.com to book a place. Click here for further information.
The accessible information standard aims to make sure that disabled people have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need. All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care must follow the standard by law by July 31st, 2016. NHS England PDF leaflet.
A free, county-wide register called PA Finder enables people to search for a personal assistant. For the first time, PAs looking for work can put their name down on the register to find employment. PA Finder is run by The Suffolk Brokerage. Click here
to go to PA Finder or click here to read a PDF press release
One of Care Development East's expert services is a free 'health check' for your care service. Our consultant, a very experienced adult social care practitioner, will work with you and benchmark your service against good practice. Click here for details.
Clarke Care in Bury St Edmunds recently received an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission
. Owner Lorraine Clarke shared her top tips to Registered Managers at a meeting in Stowmarket run by Care Development East. Click here
to read Lorraine's tips. Also, an article in The Guardian
with top tips on preparing for a CQC inspection.