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ICG free legal helpline – run by Hempsons
We have a legal helpline service which is free to ICG members run by Hempsons, leading health, social care and charity lawyers.
ICG members are eligible for a free 30 minute consultation on any legal query connected to health and social care (limited to one topic per call).
Should you require any further help Hempsons offers ICG members 20% off its standard rates.
Simply call Philippa Doyle on 01423 724028, or ask for our team coordinator, and let them know you are an ICG member for your free 30 minute consultation.

Hempsons expertise:
·      Charity law
·      Commercial property
·      Community care law
·      Contracts
·      Corporate law
·      CQC regulatory
·      Data protection and security
·      Disputes and litigation
·      Employment law
·      Fundraising
·      Health and safety
·      Inquests and Coroners
·      Judicial review
·      Mental health law
·      Safeguarding
·      Tendering

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Regular e-mail updates
Every week you receive information to make sure that you are kept abreast of both local and national issues, which will help and support you in running your organisation and keeping 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. Members with a special interest can request more information. The ICG update' is the service most valued by our members. Great evidence when CQC inspectors locally are asking how do you keep yourself up to date.


ICG Conference

The ICG Conference and Exhibition is a one day conference and exhibition that showcases the latest trends, products and developments in the care sector. Expert speakers share their insight and vision for delivering social care now and into the future, alongside interactive workshops that will help you implement new ideas for your care provision.

Why should you attend?

• To participate in a new learning experience
• To gain new perspectives on your job and the difference you make to people's lives
• Develop your knowledge, keep up-to-date with the latest regulations and network in a professional and intimate environment
• Benchmark opportunities against your organisation and other comparatives within the care sector
• Excellent opportunities to network
• Share experiences with like-minded people & learn from your peers
• Source the latest innovations within food, drink and equipment

Our last Conference was held at York Race Course on 20th November 2019. Go to our Conference Page for more information.

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Local support meetings
You will be invited to meetings held within your locality. They will include guest speakers, updates and give you chance to air your views and network with others members

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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. We tell you how to get funding for training your staff

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

Special events
There are times when we identify a particular need and work to provide support for the sector. This year we have held a very well attended seminar on the GDPR

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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.

The first Actual Cost of Care exercise took place in 2012 when working with some good members as Claimants, the 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 ICG was also the joint commissioner of a second Cost Care exercise carried out on 2016 by Mazars to inform fee rates. 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.

We are currently in negotiations with our statutory partners for the existing cost of care exercise which began in July 2019.  Results are expected in 2020.