May 2019 E-News


May 2019 E-News

E-News prepared by Alan Willmott on behalf of SCA - Members distribution only

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Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill
Approved by House of Lords

The MC(A) Bill was approved by the House of Lords on the 24 April 2019, which means it is now just waiting for Royal Assent before becoming law. One of our commercial partners, Royds Withy King solicitors give an overview which can be accessed below.
Overview here
Care Minister Caroline Dineage MP stated on behalf of the Government, in an Opposition Day Debate on 24 April 2019 on Local Government and Social Care Funding, that a version of the Green Paper already exists, but that does not mean that we are resting on our laurels while we are waiting for an opportunity to publish it. We are continuing to improve it and evolve it so that when we do publish it — as soon as possible — it will be in the best possible shape.'

CQC News

Additional prompts added to some Statutory Notifications forms
CQC is making some changes to the way they ask you to report some incidents to them with the aim of reducing the amount of follow up work they need to do with you. These are interim changes, which form part of a larger piece of work.
They have added additional prompts to the word versions of the following notification forms in the additional information field:

Death (question 7)
Serious injury (question 6)
Allegations of abuse (question 13)

Medicines: information for adult social care services
These pages have replaced the adult social care medicines FAQs and are updated periodically.

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Changes to Guidance on Displaying Ratings
Ratings help people to find out about the quality of health and care services. We rate services as either outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
Read Guidance here

Business Updates

Skills for Care Publish New Report on Pay Rates

This report details pay rates across the adult social care sector in England as at February 2019.

It examines pay trends since 2011/12, investigates any side effects in the adult social care sector as a result of the higher pay floor, and looks at the potential impact of the 2019 National Living Wage (set at £8.21).

The report mainly focusses on care worker hourly rates and differentials with other job roles in the sector.

See the Report here
Administrators have been appointed for the two holding companies of Four Seasons Healthcare, Elli Investments Ltd and Elli Finance (UK) Plc
Four Seasons said the move was designed to ring-fence its £500m plus debt and launch the sale of its operational business.

A spokesperson told CHP: “We have decided to call in administrators in respect of the holding companies that carry the group’s debt.

“They are entirely separate from the operational business and administration does not change the way our homes are run and they will continue to operate as normal. It does not in any way impact the day to day running of Four Seasons Healthcare, BrighterKind and Huntercombe Group, which have sufficient funding to continue to operate and deliver continuity of care.”

The spokesperson said the administration would have no “unscheduled” impact on Four Seasons’ care homes and hospitals, which were now open to sell to all interested parties.

General Updates

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice 
Peter Beresford in the Guardian discusses how to progress in peoples involvement is being lost.
Read the Article here

Service Sector Updates

Older People 

Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital
Sensors small enough to fit in the ear, robotic devices and sleep monitors could all become standard technology in the homes of people with dementia, scientists say.

The idea is to keep people safe and independent in their own homes, rather than needing to go to the hospital.

Scientists, engineers, and doctors are working to develop the technology at Imperial College London. They say much of it is affordable and "could be usable in five years".

One in four hospital beds is occupied by someone with dementia - and 20% of these admissions were due to preventable causes, he said.

Every six months, 50 people with dementia and their carers will be asked to test the technology in their own homes by the University of Surrey.

The ultimate aim is to create "healthy homes" for people with dementia to live in using technology.
Although it is not known how the technology will be funded, scientists said some elements would be free, like memory apps, and some sensors could cost as little as £10.

Payam Barnaghi, professor of machine intelligence at the University of Surrey, said: "Doctors will be able to have confidence in their ability to monitor people remotely and to react quickly to any worrying changes.
"Improving the quality of life of people with dementia is crucial to their and their families' overall wellbeing."
Read the Article here

Learning Disabilities 

Updated research about the learning disability and autism workforce
As the leading source of social care workforce intelligence, we’ve updated this research report about the adult social care workforce supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

It shows there were an estimated 665,000 jobs in this workforce in 2017/18 - 57,600 of which were in the local authority sector and 575,000 were in the independent sector. It also explores key workforce demographics including an employment overview, recruitment, and retention, pay, and qualifications.

Read the Report here

“We have come a long, long way, but we cannot be complacent.”
A powerful blog from Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care.

This includes a video from the old St Lawrence’s hospital and could be useful for staff training.

Domiciliary Care

A Labour government would spend £2.8 billion to increase the number of home care packages for vulnerable people, the party has announced.

Labour said it would “reverse the reductions” made by the Conservative Party buy providing support to over 160,000 older people, including 50,000 people with dementia.

It said £350 million will be spent on investment in training to develop the social care workforce, uprating the carers allowance in line with job seeker’s allowance and ensuring that the earnings threshold for the carers allowance rises year on year, in line with the National Living Wage.


Mental Health

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has opened a public consultation on the proposed changes to guidance for prosecuting defendants with mental health issues.

The draft guidance advises prosecutors on decisions surrounding whether to prosecute, fitness to plead and/or stand trial, remand considerations, sentencing, and diversion. 

The consultation, open until 4th June, seeks feedback on four main areas of the proposed revisions to the guidance:
  • Information prosecutors need about each mental health condition or disorder;
  • Appropriate public interest factors;
  • Appropriate factors when considering diversion from prosecution; and
  • Whether the “fitness to plead” procedure is set out clearly and accurately.

Rethink Mental Illness publishes a report that sets out a roadmap to rebuild mental health community care in England by 2024. 
Following the recent focus on treatment and crisis care in the NHS Long Term Plan, the charity is calling on people to look beyond care in traditional settings and to start building communities that are able to provide care outside of the hospital.

It sets out that for the vast majority of people living with severe mental illness, people who are most likely, in theory, to end up in a position of crisis, the things that really matter - once a diagnosis has been achieved and some reasonably successful form of medication or therapy is offered - are levels of social connectedness, financial stability, employment, and housing.

Whilst diagnosis and treatment are vital, it’s only half the story. Without access to services like supported housing, help with employment, and debt advisors, the care provided in the hospital can be undone if the right support networks aren’t available.

Read more here


Upcoming SCA Events

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SCA Members-Only Network Meetings

Older People Care Home Business Update Meeting
Thursday 16th May 2019 | 9:30 - 13:00

Domiciliary Care Provider Business Update Meeting
Thursday 16th May 2019 | 13:00 to 16:30

Learning Disability Provider Business Update Meeting
Tuesday 11th June - 9:30 - 13:00
Training Managers & Leads

Tuesday 29th May 2019
10:00 - 12:00

The Whiteley Homes Trust, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 4EH
Registered Managers Forum

Wednesday 5th June 2019
10:00 to 12:30

Venue To be Confirmed

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