15 Nov 2023
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

Most councils in pilot assessments rated ‘good’

The Care Quality Commission has published findings from five pilot assessments assessing how well local authorities meet their duties under Part 1 of the Care Act (2014). CQC looked at nine of their quality statements to do this. The indicative ratings for Birmingham City Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Council and Suffolk County Council were good. Nottingham City Council’s was requires improvement. More from: Local authority assessments – implementing our new approach - Care Quality Commission.

Health and Social Care Secretary speech at NHS Providers

The new Health and Social Care Secretary, Victoria Atkins,  gave a speech at the NHS Providers conference on 15 November 2023 calling for collaborative working to continue to bed-in reforms government brought in to create strong and integrated care systems across England. She said the reforms will require all to work in partnership across acute hospitals, mental health, community, general practice, and pharmacy....'Our unpaid carers and social care workers look after millions of people every single day. And I cannot wait to work with them too'.

Safeguarding Adults Week 2023

Safeguarding Adults Week 2023 is from Monday, 20 November, 2023 until Friday, 24 November, 2023.  Run by the Ann Craft Trust, the week aims to enable more organisations and individuals to feel confident in recognising signs of abuse and neglect and recording and reporting safeguarding concerns. To achieve this, each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding theme and there will be resources to help individuals and organisations participate in the week. More information.

Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement updated

The Guidance: Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement has been updated with information on ordering tests for those eligible for COVID-19 treatment, as well as COVID-19 treatments section and vaccination information.

Virtual wards - connecting the digital dots

Alan Payne, Group Product and Engineering Director and The Access Group Honorary Professor in Intelligent Systems, discusses the benefits of virtual wards and the largest issues facing their adoption, in an article which calls for staff, with technology, to work differently and overcome the challenges: Logistical friction is the largest hurdle to reaching virtual wards’ true potential.

Keeping information Safe - care provider perspectives - new video

Better Security, Better Care has produced a new video to raise awareness of the programme’s free nationwide local support model, which features 8 different care services who detail their experiences of implementing good data security practices and accessing the free support available from their Local Support Organisation, and East Midlands Care Association (EMCARE), one of 28 Local Support Organisations. (Digital Hub Newsletter, 15 November 2023.)

Participate in innovation research with Socrates

SOCRATES (Social Care Rapid Evaluation Team) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Central Lancashire and King’s College London are asking people who work in a role related to social care to complete a survey about new processes or ways of working that their workplace has started to adopt, and people receive social care, or who support someone who does, to tell them about recent changes in the ways this care is given or managed. (Digital Hub Newsletter, 15 November 2023.)

Home Care Awards - Enter by 30 November

Autumna, sponsors of the Home Care Awards 2024, are inviting homecare providers to enter by 30 November 2023. The Awards showcase examples of homecare services and operations, give them due recognition, praise the teams that are making a difference then celebrate their success at a lunch and ceremony on 1 March 2024 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.. Home Care Awards - Entry Form (wufoo.com)

Chickenpox vaccination recommended for children

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that a vaccine against chickenpox should be added to the UK’s routine childhood immunisation programme. The vaccine would be offered to all children in 2 doses, at 12 and 18 months of age. JCVI has also recommended a temporary catch-up programme for older children be included in the initial rollout. The final decision will be taken by DHSC.

Health and safety is vital for seasonal and temporary workers

The Health and Safety Executive is reminding employers that it's important they protect the health and safety of gig economy, agency and temporary workers and have issued advice around protecting those who are new to the job, including 6 ways to protect new starters.

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