Friday 15th March 2024

 

 

Our negotiations with North Yorkshire Council over fee increases for the coming year are reaching a pivotal moment and we need your help…

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PAYMENTS IN ADVANCE – JOIN THE DISCUSSION

During April, in partnership with North Yorkshire Council, ICG would like to invite you to be part of a discussion regarding payments in advance. We know that many providers find the system very complex and time consuming when it comes to reconciling invoices.

North Yorkshire Council has been looking at this issue and would welcome the opportunity to share some updates with providers affected within each of the North Yorkshire Localities.

Please register your interest by sending an email to:

 johnpattinson@independentcaregroup.co.uk marking the header ‘PAYMENTS IN ADVANCE’

We will then set the dates for some online sessions depending on the level of demand.  ICG is encouraging as many providers as possible to engage in this discussion because we recognise the significant burden it causes for many of our members.

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A BIG CHEQUE!

Earlier today ICG’s John Pattinson proudly handed over a big cheque to Carolina Gerlich, CEO of the Care Worker’s Charity. £1000 was raised for the charity at our 21st birthday bash and awards ceremony last year.

 

 

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NEW GUIDANCE

Justice for Care have produced a new publication entitled ‘Information and Guidance: For International Workers on Sponsorship in the Care Industry’

Law enforcement are specifically looking at the care sector so we are advising all of our partners to use this guide for workers within the sector.

 

Guidance For International Workers in the Care Sector – Debi – LoRes – 0042

 

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NYC Market Positioning Statement – An Online Listening Exercise

North Yorkshire Council are holding an online listening exercise with providers to get some feedback around what they would like from our Market Position Statement.

The online events will be hosted by Anna Finch (Service Development Project Officer Housing, Technology and Sustainability Health and Adult Services) at North Yorkshire Council.

There are two opportunities to attend. Book via the Eventbright links below:

Monday, March 18 · 11.00am – 12.00noon

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/857921585557?aff=oddtdtcreator

Tuesday, March 19 · 13.00pm – 2.00pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/857928014787?aff=oddtdtcreator

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Campaigning and lobbying by the Independent Care Group and our Chair, Mike Padgham, is paying off handsomely with social care reform getting discussed by local candidates heading towards the General Election…

The Scarborough News Yorkshire Post

https://loom.ly/AI9TtDA

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Get your blood pressure checked

Millions at risk from ‘silent killer’ as NHS campaign warns there are often ‘no clues’ when it comes to high blood pressure.

The King’s Fund Social Care 360: Care England Reaction

In response to The King’s Fund report, published today (Wednesday 13 March), Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said:

“The Spring Budget was the Government’s last chance saloon to make good on their 5-year-old promise to fix social care. The findings in this report show just how urgent government action truly is.

Earlier this year, Care England and the national learning disability charity, Hft, found that unsustainable financial and workforce pressures are forcing adult social care providers to turn down new admissions and close services, as government grants are not reaching the people who need them most.

The sector finds itself in a worsening crisis amid the Government’s narrative of ‘record investment’ into the sector. The cost of providing care is rising, the needs of the population are growing and the vacancy rate in the sector is at its second highest level ever.

Social care has become a political football, leaving care providers and local authorities alike having to make difficult decisions about how to sustain care for those in need. It is unclear just how many more reports it will take to spur the Government into action, but it feels like time is running out.”

 

The King’s Fund Report in full:

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/insight-and-analysis/long-reads/social-care-360

 

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Social Care Set to Influence Election Year – Community Integrated Care launch ‘Who Cares Wins – Unfair to Care 2024’

A ground-breaking new report (launched in Parliament on Wednesday 13th March) has revealed a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end the enduring workforce crisis in social care, with exclusive public and MP polling finding consensus that the social care pay gap and workforce shortages must be addressed. Highlighting the importance of a 2.6m strong ‘social care vote’, it indicates that the challenges of social care may influence the course of the 2024 election.

Full story here: https://www.nationalcareforum.org.uk/care-sector-news/social-care-set-to-influence-election-year-community-integrated-care-launch-who-cares-wins-unfair-to-care-2024/

and the Report here: https://c-6.net/virtualdocs/unfairtocare2024_a4brochure/

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Philippa Doyle (above), head of social care at ICG Affinity Partner Hempsons, spoke at the Care England Conference yesterday on the ‘CQC single assessment framework – Quality Statements analysis and how they link with fundamental standards of care’.

Find out more about how Philippa helps providers ensure they are operating in accordance with the fundamental standards of care – and tick some CQC boxes too.

https://www.hempsons.co.uk/fundamental-standards-of-care-training/

 

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DOWNLOAD THE LATEST CITY OF BRADFORD PROVIDER BULLETIN HERE:

https://bradford.connecttosupport.org/media/4dafyrav/provider-bulletin-week-200.pdf

 

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Our progress on SEND services for Bradford District

Developments in SEND Services are continuing at a pace following the joint area SEND Inspection in 2022. For a comprehensive round-up of key activity in the SEND Partnership please read our latest SEND Stakeholder Bulletin. Following our last monitoring visit in October 2023 the Board is pleased to share the news that 30% of our Written Statements of Action (WSoA) are now completed with another 45% on track. We have continued to work closely with children, young people and families as well as our colleagues in SEND to further our progress.

Extended visiting hours at Bradford Teaching Hospitals during Ramadan

For the holy month of Ramadan, Bradford Teaching Hospitals has reviewed its visiting policy and from 12 March visiting for everyone will now be extended from 10am until 10pm. The visiting time extension will continue until the end of Eid on 10 April. This will allow people enough time to visit their loved ones following Iftar, the meal eaten by Muslims to break their fast. Read more…

Essential upgrade works to Airedale Hospital’s car parking pay machines

Please be aware that essential work to upgrade the visitor car parking machines at Airedale General Hospital will be taking place between 18-29 March 2024. There may be some disruption as the contractors work on the machines, but every effort has been made to keep this to a minimum and at least one machine will be available to use at any point during the day. Following the upgrade, the pay machines will issue paper tickets which are a sustainable alternative to the plastic tokens previously issued. In addition to the pay machines, visitors will also be able to pay when exiting the car parks which will allow for a quicker entry/exit. If you need any assistance, please use the help points on the machines. Extra car parking staff will also be on site during this time to help.

Blog: Why acting as one is the golden thread for healthy minds

Matthew Riley, an involvement partner at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, and Madeyah Khan, a qualified education mental health practitioner at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, have written a blog on the Healthy Minds Summit. Both Matthew and Madeyah had hosted the summit and have summed up the day in their own words. The blog also includes short stories from people with lived experience talking about accessing mental health services across the district, these were shared at the summit. View blog

JogOn to female runner harassment

Safer Bradford is clamping down on the harassment and abuse of female runners by telling perpetrators to JogOn. A national survey by Runner’s World magazine has found that 60 per cent of female runners experience some form of harassment, particularly from men in cars. The Safer Bradford partnership (which includes Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police and the NHS) wants to stamp out the problem. It leaves many women feeling scared and intimidated, looking for alternative running routes or changing the times they go out to avoid cat calling, offensive comments and, occasionally, physical harassment. Read more…

‘Your Story’ film in partnership with Barnardo’s and All Star

Filmed and edited over a three month period (late 2023), ‘Your Story’ is a unique storytelling experience documenting the life, times, experiences and journey of parents, carers and young people with lived experience of SEN, Autism and Neurodiversity living in the Bradford district and surrounding areas. Watch ‘Your Story’ on YouTube now.

 

Views of unpaid carers needed to help refresh the Bradford carers strategy

We are now reviewing the Carers Strategy and would like to hear from unpaid carers about their experiences. Share your views through this online survey that’s running until Tuesday 30 April 2024.