Weekly Update – 8 March 2024


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

Follow this link for the full story and to take part in the survey:






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.






NYC Market Positioning Statement – A 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


Tuesday, March 19 · 13.00pm – 2.00pm





Increased funding for nursing in care homes

The rate paid to care homes for NHS-funded nursing care (FNC) will increase by 7.4% for 2024 to 2025

The standard weekly rate per person eligible for FNC will increase from £219.71 to £235.88 from 1 April 2024

Increased funding for care homes providing nursing will support tens of thousands of care home residents with nursing needs following confirmation that government will increase the rate by 7.4% for 2024 to 2025.

The standard weekly rate per person provided for NHS-funded nursing care will increase by 7.4% from £219.71 to £235.88 from 1 April 2024 with funding paid by the NHS directly to care homes who provide nursing care. For the higher rate, it will increase from £302.25 to £324.50. This allows eligible care home residents with specific nursing needs to benefit from NHS-funded Nursing Care.

Registered nurses provide support to people eligible for NHS-funded nursing care with a variety of needs, including people with learning disabilities, those living with enduring physical or mental health needs and various conditions associated with old age. This type of nursing requires a range of skills and training, with the extra funding supporting this important role.

The NHS-funded nursing care rate helps cover the costs of nursing care, ensuring the vital provision can continue to support the needs of residents within nursing homes. The uplift for the 2024 to 2025 financial year is based on adult social care data which is quality assured and independently verified and cost collection data submitted by Adult Social Care providers which has been quality assured.

Providing this nursing care also helps reduce the pressure on hospitals, ensuring the government’s record funding can be used to help discharge medically fit patients into social care settings. This care eases pressure on the NHS and delivers on the government plan to cut waiting lists.

The government has a 10-year vision for adult social care. To support that vision, the government has made available up to £8.6 billion over this financial year and next for adult social care and discharge.

This funding will enable local authorities to buy more care packages, help people leave hospital in a timely way, improve workforce recruitment and retention, and reduce waiting times for care. Patients get the care they need more quickly.

The government is additionally investing up to £700 million to make major improvements to the adult social care system. These include improving care workers’ skills and supporting career progression; investing in technology; innovation and digitisation and adapting people’s homes to allow them to live independently.




NCF briefing: Spring Budget 2024

Earlier this week, the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his Spring Budget to parliament. As expected, there were no new announcements for adult social care. Instead, the budget was focused on delivering pre-election tax cuts at the long-term expense of public services. It also appears to be an attempt to constrain the public spending of any future government. Any ambition that might have remained to deliver on the 2019 manifesto promise to ‘fix adult social care’ or to deliver on the 2021 People at the Heart of Care reform plan is well and truly gone.

The key links are as follows:

  • The budget documents can be found at this link.
  • A transcript of the Chancellor’s speech can be found at this link.
  • NCF’s full response can be found at this link.
  • Response from the Care and Support Alliance at this link.

The big announcement was a further 2p cut to National Insurance but this and other tax cuts announced appear to rely on at least £19bn a year cuts to the day-to-day spending of government departments and public services post-election according to the Resolution Foundation.

Similarly, the OBR has stated that by “leaving departmental spending plans largely unchanged amid higher inflation growth, [the Chancellor] has also chosen no real growth in spending per person on public services over the next five years.” Departments are likely to see real terms of cuts of 2.3% a year from 2024/25 as a result.

The IFS agrees and states that the Chancellor’s assumptions would require “cuts to unprotected services of around 3.3% per year….This compares with cuts of 6.1% per year to those areas between 2009–10 and 2014–15…”.

Public sector investment spending is set to fall by a full 31 per cent as a share of GDP between 2024-25 and 2028-29, a cut equivalent to £17 billion in real terms. Despite all of this the tax burden is still set to rise – rising by the equivalent of £3,900 per household.

The Chancellor has essentially set a trap for the next government by announcing that there will be no spending review until after a general election to allocate cash to government departments and make the difficult decisions about spending cuts – that’s been left to the next government.

This budget is yet another demonstration of this government undermining its pledges to deliver adult social care reform. We are struck that we have gone from a position where there was a dedicated Health and Social Care Levy to “fix social care once and for all” in 2021, to one where National Insurance has been cut by 4p in the space of a year.

It is clear the Chancellor has missed a key opportunity to address the huge funding pressures on local government and social care providers alike – these pressures are leading to multiple councils from across the political spectrum declaring bankruptcy due to the spiralling costs of social care. For the thousands of people who are waiting for assessments and care packages, this budget does nothing to improve the accessibility or availability of care. For the organisations providing care and support, it does nothing to address the ongoing workforce and recruitment challenges.

We continue to call on the government to take a long-term, strategic approach to investment in adult social care as a key part of the nation’s infrastructure. Adult social care is a public service which unlocks economic growth, enables people to return to work, reduces demand on other public services and leads to more social cohesion.

A summary of the key announcements can be found at the link below:.




Want to help raise money for The Care Workers Charity whilst you do your regular spending?

The Care Workers Charity can earn £5 every time a new supporter signs up to easyfundraising and raises £5*!But this time round, you could win £500 too**! 

A small donation is made by the brands you shop with, which comes to the charity every time you use the easyfundraising platform.

There are over 8,000 reasons to sign up to easyfundraising, but the main one is that you can help The Care Workers Charity for free. Turn your weekly food shops, birthday gifts, train tickets, holidays, and general online shopping at over 8,000 brands into free funding and support for us.

Sign up to support us today, and we’ll get a bonus £5 donation:








Championing Change in Care for the Long Term

The importance of ensuring high-quality, affordable care for the long-term is vital. But, how can this be done? At the Future of Care Leaders Conference London 2024, join a panel made up of some of the most esteemed figures across social care to work on tangible solutions to these challenges.

Book your ticket and keep reading to discover more about this session…

This lineup of insightful speakers will discuss long-term strategies that will have a positive impact on the care sector. So, why not join the conversation? Topics in this session include:

  • What the sector must do to deliver high quality care with a higher population of older people?
  • What are the practical solutions that will ensure future stability and growth to increase effectiveness?
  • How will fostering collaboration amongst leaders in health care drive innovation in the sector?
  • How can we transform the ways we utilize resources?

Do you want to be a part of this conversation?

Click here to book your conference ticket. 







NEW environmental sustainability checklist: prepare for the future…

As the CQC introduces the new Quality Statement focusing on environmental sustainability, it’s time to get ahead of the game! While no one knows how much weight the CQC will give to this Quality Statement, one thing’s for sure – it’s going to be more important than ever to reduce your impact on the environment.

If you’re looking to achieve or maintain an outstanding rating in your next inspection download our Partner Citation’s brand new interactive checklist to help you see where you stand and how you can prepare for what inspectors will be focusing on.

Are you ready to see how you score?

Download now: http://tinyurl.com/4yym4h9p

If you’d like to chat about how Citation can support you with CQC guidance, HR and Health & Safety compliance, care policies and procedures and much more, just fill in their call-back form, and they’ll get right back to you. Remember to let them know you’re a ‘Independent Care Group’ member when enquiring to access preferential rates.




5 Reasons you don’t want to miss UK Care Week…

We’re only 2 weeks away from UK Care Week opening their doors on the 20-21 March 2024 at NEC Birmingham.

The Care Home Environment will be attending so why not come along and achieve some of your most productive days of 2024 with us? All you need to do is collect your free ticket below:


So why should you attend? We’ll give you 5 reasons:

  • Get inspired: Impactful keynotes – lessons and advice from care professionals and people with lived experience
  • Learn from care leaders – 100+ speakers including sessions from CQC, Hallmark Care Homes, Helen Whately, National Care Association, The Care Workers’ Charity and Homecare Association.
  • Explore the latest social care solutions  – 150+ world leading brands under one roof including Sona, Specsavers, Person Centred Software, Intelligent Lilli, OneTouch Health & many more
  • Interactive features and workshops, including the CQC Inspector Hub, apetito Lounge and The Virtual Dementia Tour (free training session to better understand what it may feel like to live with Dementia)
  • Enjoy drinks at the exhibitor happy hour – expand your professional and social network

And, your ticket to UK Care Week also gives you access to co-located events, Neuro Convention and Naidex (National Accessibility, Inclusion & Disability Expo).





Have You Got Medequip Community Equipment that Could be Recycled?

In January 2024 Medequip introduced a bulk care home collection speed. Medequip are aware that care homes can find it challenging when trying to arrange collections and as a result, often have a number of items that they need to collect at once. To make this easier, Medequip have introduced a bulk collection speed for care homes.

Care homes need to contact Medequip via the north.yorks@medequip.com email address and let the Medequip team know the details (EIN number) of at least one item they need to be collected. This bulk collection speed is for 6 large items or more. For less than 6 items the normal collection process remains for care homes, which is to email Medequip and inform them of all of the EIN numbers and equipment details of the items they want to be collected.

If you have equipment that is no longer needed, you are urged to contact Medequip. An email must be sent to Medequip to confirm as many items as possible to be collected (EIN numbers), this information will be passed to the commissioners who will review the request.  Once the request is approved, Medequip will contact you direct to agree the collecton date and location of the items on site. One the day of the collection please make sure a member of your team is available should Medequip need to be shown where to access the equipment.

Should you have any issues in arranging your collection with Medequip please contact pam.bolderson@nhs.net




Moving Up bookings open now

Our Moving Up programme supports Black and Asian minority groups who are managers or aspiring managers and have the desire and drive to progress in their career but are facing blockages and resistance preventing them from doing so.

Taking part in the programme gives participants an increased understanding of who they are, their strengths and weaknesses and a variety of techniques to help overcome any personal challenges. It will focus on increasing confidence and self-belief, to allow growth and progression to where they want to be in their career.

The next programme dates (which are three live online sessions) are:

  1. Tuesday 30 April I 09:30 – 16:00

  2. Tuesday 28 May I 09:30 – 16:00

  3. Wednesday 26 June I 09:30 – 16:00

If you, or someone you know, is interested, register by Friday 15 March.


 Find out more and book



Nursing in Adult Social Care Community of Practice Event

When: Tuesday 19 March 2024 10:00-12:00 (Via Zoom)

Nursing recruitment and retention webinar series

6 February to 5 March 2024

Recruiting and retaining the nursing workforce within social care is more important than ever. We’re running a series of webinars for those invested in the social care nursing workforce. Each webinar is designed to explore recruitment and retention best practice approaches, including career opportunities, developing learning environments and supporting early careers nurses.

⇨ Book now and find out more




Ministerial visit to hear more about proactive care

Helen Whately, Minister for Social Care, visited our district on 7 March to hear more about the reducing inequalities programme across Bradford and Craven that proactively targets health inequalities. The Minister heard about three integrated services that bring together specialists across health, care and voluntary organisations, and the positive impact of their work.  The Proactive Care Team brings together a wide range of skills and experience to support adults at home and avoid unnecessary GP and hospital appointments. This service is proving successful, showing a 41% reduction in A&E attendances so far. The Minster also heard about two mental health initiatives from Healthy Minds. The Cultural Adapted Therapies service supports individuals with depression in Muslim communities and is showing positive outcomes for those involved. While the Specialist Early Adaption and Development service – just one of three across the UK – and its multidisciplinary team within CAMHS, is providing therapeutic support for 0–6-year-olds and their families. This is also having a positive impact and showing lasting change for the families involved. Thank you to all those involved in the visit who showcased the innovative work across our place.


Local health leaders encourage uptake of childhood immunisations

People across Bradford District and Craven are being encouraged to ensure their children are up to date with all their vaccinations as part of a national drive to increase uptake, with a national campaign stating this week. Vaccine uptake levels have been falling over the past decade with fewer children having a full course of vaccination year on year. The lower uptake has resulted in a recent rise in highly contagious and unpleasant infections like measles, with a number of cases in Bradford. Read more…


Papers for the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership Board meeting 

Our Bradford District Craven Health and Care Partnership Board – a committee of NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board – currently meets bi-monthly and in public. Papers for the meeting on Friday 8 March can be accessed through the Bradford District Craven Health and Care Partnership website. This page also includes past meeting papers and an opportunity for people to submit questions to the Board.


RIC: What works in reducing inequalities

To address inequalities in central Bradford, the Reducing Inequalities in Communities (RIC) programme was set up in 2019 as a five-year programme to test out various interventions. The programme has been overseeing the delivery of 21 projects, involving a range of partners and has benefitted over 16,000 people.

  • This short film highlights the learning from the past 5 years and pulls out key themes across the programme.
  • This blog by Dr Sohail Abbas on the RIC programme and shares his vision for Bradford District and Craven

A RIC summary report sharing learning from all the projects will be published in the coming weeks, alongside recordings from the RIC Learning Week sessions.


Tree planting at Lynfield Mount drives efforts for a greener future

Patients at Lynfield Mount Hospital will have a greener future with the planting of 260 trees, as part of a wider initiative funded by Natural England, the public body that helps protect nature and landscapes. The innovative partnership between Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Natural England aims to evidence the positive impact of green therapy on patient wellbeing, whilst supporting nature recovery in the area. Read more…


Tree planted in memory of healthcare workers lost to suicide

A memorial tree has been planted at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation in memory of all healthcare workers in the city and across the country who have taken their own lives. The National Memorial Tree Campaign, led by the mental health charity Doctors in Distress and in association with their patron, BAFTA winner and former NHS doctor Adam Kay, honours the memory of healthcare professionals and highlights the hospital’s commitment to protecting the mental health and wellbeing of its staff. Read more…


Airedale shows its support for the Armed Forces Community

As part of #MilitaryMarch, Martin Flint-Johnson, Armed Forces Advocate at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, is sharing the achievements made in supporting veterans from the Armed Forces community. Martin will be holding a Brew Up event on Tuesday 19 March. The Brew Up is from 9.30-10.30am in the restaurant (location C30) at Airedale Hospital and free brews and cake are on offer. Anyone with a military connection including patients, visitors and staff who are serving or ex-armed forces are welcome to drop by. Read more…


Large capital investments mark ambitious plans from Bradford College

Work is getting underway on several large capital investment projects at Bradford College. Over the last two years, Bradford College has successfully secured nearly £29 million in funding. This considerable investment will enhance, refurbish and build new aspirational facilities right in the heart of Bradford. Three extensive Bradford College construction projects are set to soon take shape. Read more…


Community, Arts, Heritage and Future Technology Centre approved for historic Saltaire

Once in a generation’ plans have been unanimously approved for a new £6m Community, Arts, Heritage and Future Technology Centre in the heart of Saltaire. The new centre, which is being Government-funded through the Shipley Towns Fund, will benefit both local people and visitors, and is being delivered by Shipley College and the Saltaire Collection. Read more…


Chair and members wanted for Joint Independent Ethics Committee to increase confidence and trust in policing

We are looking to appoint a Chair and four Independent Members to work with the Mayor of West Yorkshire and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police to promote the highest trust and public confidence in policing. We are seeking individuals with skills and experience in ethical governance and an interest in human rights and the ability to offer balanced, reasonable and proportionate judgements and independent expert advice to the Mayor and Chief Constable. Find out more about the role, closing date for applications is Sunday 24 March 2024.