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Subscribers can ask us anything related to the Adult Social Care industry, from latest government initiatives, to local intelligence and interaction with commissioners  - we will do all we can to help you. And if we can’t help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.   Ask SCA we’re here to help.
Email: sca@surreycare.org.uk

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP

This is the Minister of State for Community and Social Care meeting with Care Association Alliance members from throughout England which took place on 19th January 2016.
The meeting was held at KPMG offices in Canary Wharf. Many of the issues challenging social care were raised by Associations but it is clear there are no easy answers. Erica Lockhart SCA Chief Executive chaired the meeting in her role as Co-chair of the Alliance. Erica commented " it was a very lively discussion with lots of topics raised. There were no promises of any immediate solution but this meeting opened a dialogue with the Minister and also he offered to arrange a meeting with DH officials to discuss in more detail the topics raised".

Free Business & Training Event for Surrey and Sussex Adult Social Care Employers

Surrey and Sussex Social Care Showcase
Wednesday 9 March 2016 9.00am-4.00pm. Brighton Racecourse BN2 9XZ

CQC’s Andrea Sutcliffe announced as key speaker

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the region’s top business advice and training event for adult social care providers, The Surrey and Sussex Social Care Showcase, takes place at Brighton Racecourse on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

This year Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, is one of several key figures in the sector who will share their views and visions on topics related to the Showcase 2016 theme of ‘The Future in Health and Social Care’.
Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of Surrey Care Association and one of the Showcase organisers said: “We have all seen tremendous changes in social care over the last ten years with increasing government regulation, intense pressure on fees and costs and growing staff recruitment issues.  It’s vital that we take stock and look to the future of our industry to ensure providers can continue to offer high levels of quality care to the vulnerable adults they serve.  The seminars and networking opportunities at Showcase present care providers with a unique perspective on the challenges, developments and opportunities within the sector. Every year over 700 visitors attend so it’s one of the industry’s key events!”

Showcase’s extensive exhibition area will also offer a ‘one stop shop’ for information and advice on products and services from over 50 training providers, workforce development specialists, lawyers and professional services, business advisors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), care associations and suppliers to the care industry.

The High Sheriff of Surrey Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy will officially open the Showcase which is free of charge for social care providers from Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.*  

The Surrey and Sussex Social Care Showcase is supported by Surrey Care Association, East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and West Sussex County Council.
For full details visit www.careshowcase.org.uk or book online on EventBrite http://bit.ly/1o9okzL

* Delegates from other areas are welcome but will be charged a delegate fee of £45.  

Press contact Felicity Otterson, Loud Communications, Tel: 07770 227216   felicity@loudcommunications.co.uk

Editors’ notes:

Confirmed speakers for Surrey & Sussex Social Care Showcase 2016 include:  

•    Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission
•    Prof Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Honorary Visiting Professor of Person-Centred Dementia Care, University of Bradford, BUPA
•    Jon Chapman, Director, Pinders
•    Karen Stevens, Locality Manager, Skills for Care
•    Barry Newell, Resilience and Emergencies Advisor, Communities and Public Engagement [Risky Business! Business Continuity and Emergency Planning in Care Homes]
•    Sarah Pryce & Luke Tye, Trainers, The Smart Enterprise
•    Mei-Ling Huang, Partner, QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day
•    Mike Short, Owner Care Sector Innovations
•    David Roe, Senior Consultant, LaingBuisson
•    Lindy Barclay, Lindy Barclay Consultancy
•    Christine Rose, Independent Consultant, Active Support, Active Support Solutions UK Ltd
•    Sylvie Silver, Director, National Activity Providers Association – NAPA
•    Dr David Parry, CEO, SEHTA
•    Jonny Tooze, MD & Founder, Lab
•    Surrey Fire & Rescue Service

SCA announces new Chairman

Richard Williams who has served us extremely well as Chairman of SCA has had to step down as Chairman following his election at the recent AGM. He has acquired new business interests which mean he is going to be out of the country a great deal and will not be able to fulfill his duties as Chairman. He will however remain as a Director of the Association and continue to represent domiciliary care providers and their interests.

David Holmes, Chairman of Ashcroft Care Services, was elected at the December Board meeting with a unanimous vote from Board Directors. He will stand for election at the AGM in October 2016. The December Board also saw two Vice Chairman elected – Jonathan Powell CEO at Queen Elizabeth Foundation for a second term and Simon Whalley Chairman of the Birtley Group (for older people care home services). All these appointments were made in accordance with the governance of the organisation.

David Holmes said, “It is a great privilege to be elected to lead such a dynamic organisation as Surrey Care Association. We are planning to review our strategic objectives and intend in the new year to meet as many of our subscribers as possible to consult on our proposed approach. I very much look forward to working with our CEO and the team in the office in the next stage of our development. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our outgoing Chairman Richard who has worked tirelessly for the organisation”.

A BIG Thank You to everyone who made the SCA Awards Ceremony such a great success, a fantastic night was had by all who attended. Make sure you start thinking about your nominations for next year! If you would like to view the finalist’s photographs and read more about the ceremony please click this link.


Making the Most of Meetings - 17th February 2016

Module 4: Maximum capacity of 12!
Aim: To enable participants to review and develop their skills and personal effectiveness in leading/chairing and/or participating in meetings.
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course participants will:
• Identify the key reasons for “having a meeting” (and when not to)
• Describe the characteristics of effective meetings
• Identify the key actions in preparing for meetings/discussions
• Explain the main factors in managing meetings/discussions to ensure they achieve their purpose
• Specify the role of chair/leader in meetings/discussions
• Explain how to use listening/questioning skills to involve participants and techniques for managing disruptive or inappropriate behaviours.
New venue, date and time to be confirmed for this module but please register your interest by filling in the registration form, click here.

Time and Workload Management - 17th February 2016

Module 3: Maximum capacity of 12!
Aim: To review and develop the participants’ skills in assessing, prioritising and managing their workload and achieving more from their time at work.
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course participants will:
• Be able to prioritise their work in terms of its urgency and importance
• Recognise the distinctions between, and key principles of, delegation v. work allocation
• Have a toolkit of “getting organised” tips for managing their work papers and emails
• Have insights on how to manage their personal “time stealers”
• Identify their own management strengths and development areas via a self assessment questionnaire
• Have an overview of how to limit the time in, and maximise the value from, meetings
New venue, date and times to be confirmed for this module but please register your interest by filling in the registration form, click here.

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures - Have you contacted SCA for your copy yet?


SCA has commissioned Christine Maclean to produce template policies and procedures to reflect recent changes. Chris has produced a fantastic package of templates which providers can customize to update their organization's policies and procedures.

Some providers have already seen a copy and have commented that this will save them hours of time in starting from scratch. The policy and procedures pack is available to subscribers at a cost of £60 and to non-subscribers at a cost of £100 (SCA has to make a charge for these templates to cover the cost of commissioning this piece of work).

To view examples of this useful pack please click here, to purchase your copy contact the SCA office on 01372 825 116 or email sca@surreycare.org.uk.

Last updated: 10/02/16

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Monday 20 July 2015

Click this link to get all the latest information on the SCA Awards 2015! Nomination and Sponsorship Packs are now available! Don't miss this great opportunity!

Monday 8 June 2015

SCA loves to hear about the events going on in your organisations! Please feel free to send your pictures and a short description of the activity to sca@surreycare.org.uk and we will add these to the 'Your Events' page and link to our weekly bulletin!

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Are you a Subscriber to Surrey Care Association? Do you have space on a training course you have commissioned?

SCA would like to assist our Subscribers in filling those valuable spaces, please click here for further information and the registration form. Once SCA has all the details of your training opportunity we will share this in our weekly bulletin.

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