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Independent Care Group is Registered in England. Company Registration Number 4433126. Registered Office 10 North Park Road, Harrogate , HG1 5PG.

 

The benefits you would get for becoming an member of ICG

What and who is the ICG?

ICG is a membership organisation for care providers in York and North Yorkshire. Our members include care homes for older people, homecare agencies, care homes for specialist clients, services and supported living for Learning Disability organisations, and extra care housing. We are committed to helping members to give the best possible care to their clients.

What are the benefits we provide?
• Personal Support
A full time senior officer on hand who will talk through issues with you and provide individual support and information in complete confidence, with their specialist knowledge and expert experience in the care field.

We represent your interests in numerous meetings where we aim to ensure that the independent sector is taken into consideration. We pass on a wealth of information of use to you, for example: CQC changes, Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity Act, End of Life Care.

As a collective, we aim to represent your concerns and interests in working closely with the Local Authority and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and where needed entering negotiations on your behalf with the statutory sector.

For example; We have put the case to the Local Authority for fee increases for your publicly funded clients by looking at the actual cost of care.

In 2012 , working with some good members as Claimants, ICG took the case for fees for care homes for older people in North Yorkshire to the High Court for Judicial Review. We agreed to go to formal Mediation with the Council and reached agreement on an Actual Cost of Care exercise to be undertaken by an independent company. We assisted in the appointment (by tender) of Genica. The City of York Council also agreed to be part of the Actual Cost of Care exercise. Through this exercise we were able to negotiate and agree realistic uplifts in fees with the council.

ICG was also the joint commissioner of a second Cost Care exercise carried out on 2016 by Mazars to inform fee rates.

Raising issues on behalf of the sector carries much more weight than an individual.

• Regular e-mail updates
Every week you receive information to make sure that you are kept abreast of both national and local issues, which will aid you in running your organisation and keep you up to date. Whether it is local training opportunities, regulation changes or best practice guidance you need to know about, the documentation you need is sent to you directly by e-mail. We also keep you updated on issues locally which affect the care sector – for example work with the Clinical Commissioning Groups. And much more. Members with a special interest can request more information. This is the service most valued by our members. Great evidence as inspectors locally are asking how do managers keep themselves up to date with changes.

• A regular newsletter, Independent Care Matters
To keep you abreast of local issues, this can also be used as part of supervisions or training for your senior staff members. The newsletter is posted out quarterly and covers all the hot topics for our area including a page for your letters. By sending the newsletter to County Councillors, City Councillors, MPs, MEPs, Chief Executives of Borough and District Councillors and NHS Trusts, and senior managers at the local authorities and the CCGs we ensure that a wider audience is made aware of the issues which are affecting our sector. Please let us know of anything you would like to see covered.

• Free legal helpline
We have a legal helpline service which is free to ICG members from Hempsons Solicitors who have offices in Harrogate, London, Manchester and Newcastle. Hempsons has particular expertise in the healthcare sector.

All paid-up ICG members are entitled to contact Adam Hartrick (Partner) at Hempsons on 01423 724 014. You can have a free 20 minute consultation on any legal query connected to health and social care. (Your calls will be limited to one call per topic). When you call please give the name of your business so that you can be identified as an ICG member. Should you require any further help Hempsons offers ICG members 20% off its standard rates.

• New for 2017 are local support meetings
Meetings prevalent to local issues with be held within your locality. They will include guest speakers, updates, give you chance to air your views and network with others members.

• Conference
Last year's conference was held on Wednesday 9th November 2016. It focused on recruitment and retention, named aptly as Finders Keepers.
We will be organising another event and will keep members informed.

• Networking
ICG can put you in touch with other care providers who would be willing to talk through any issue with you. We also organize and promote events where you will get chance to meet commissioners and influential people of the local care sector .

• Special events
There are times when we identify a particular need and work to provide support for the sector. We have held workshops on hot topics including The Care Act; staff pensions; zero hours contracts, paying for care; and how to demonstrate quality.

• Training
ICG works closely with Skills for Care, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and other partners to make sure that we can be responsive to care providers' development needs. Where there is a need we work to bring training to our area, thus helping you to keep costs of valuable training down.

How do you contact the ICG?

Chief Executive Keren Wilson
The office is open Tuesday to Friday Tel: 01423 816 582, Mobile: 07766 714 157.
E–mails are checked outside office hours. Our website is www.independentcaregroup.co.uk
You can also follow us on Twitter with our Chair @Mike_Padgham

ICG Preferred Suppliers

Offer special rates to ICG members:

HempsonsHempsons Solicitors
Leading lawyers in health and social care ICG would like to thank lawyers Hempsons of Harrogate who have helped us at every stage of the Judicial Review proceedings including reaching a Mediation Settlement. Hempsons is a progressive, professional firm, dedicated to providing high-quality, relevant advice to reflect client’s specialist needs and circumstances. See free legal helpline above for contact details.


CitationCitation
Health and Safety and Employment Law

Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise, Citation offers a service which ensures that your business is compliant with health and safety and employment law. Keeping up to date with the numerous changes can be a nightmare for small businesses. Should you face an employment tribunal or other action from an enforcing authority after adopting the systems and advice from Citation, their promise is to pay defence costs and Tribunal awards up to £1m per annum. ICG has negotiated a 5% reduction for its members. For more information: Tel: 0845 844 1111, E-mail: enquiries@citation.co.uk Website: www.citation.co.uk

The above companies have been vetted by the ICG Board

   

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E-mail: keren.wilson@indcaregroup.plus.com