16 Jan 2024
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

New Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman appointed

Amerdeep Somal has been appointed as England’s new Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Ms Somal will take up the post on 1 February 2024. Learn more here.

Home Care Research Forum – 14 February 2024, 2- 4 pm

The NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit is holding a Home Care Research Forum at which Dr Deborah Chinn (Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Disabilities, King's College London), will discuss ‘What helps you feel at home where you live’?  Exploring the concept of ‘homeliness’ with housemates with learning disabilities living in staffed group homes, their families and support staff. Then Helen Moores-Poole (Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Doctoral Candidate, University of Stirling), will speak on What are the experiences of Home Care staff when supporting older adults with speech or swallowing difficulties, how can we help and what can we learn from these? Attendance is online, free and open to all with an interest in homecare research. Please register via Eventbrite to secure your place: Home Care Research Forum - 14th Feb 2024, 2-4pm Tickets, Wed 14 Feb 2024 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Government tweaks statutory paternity leave provisions

Anthony Collins Solicitors have published a blog on the draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024, which change statutory paternity leave provisions and will warrant changes to handbooks/policies. The new provisions apply where the expected week of birth or expected date of placement for adoption (or entry into the UK for adoption is after 6th April 2024, so employers will want to take action very shortly. More on the provisions at: Government tweaks statutory paternity leave provisions, Libby Hubbard (anthonycollins.com)

Supporting neurodivergent employees - free webinar

Anthony Collins Solicitors are holding a free webinar for those involved in HR on supporting neurodivergent employees in the workplace on 28 February 2024, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The aim is to consider how to manage neurodivergent employees; those on the autistic spectrum, those with dyslexia or dyspraxia or those with ADHD.  More information.

New website dedicated to Making It Real

Think Local, Act Personal are launching a new website on 23 January 2024, dedicated to Making It Real. MakingItReal.org.uk will be easy to navigate and understand, have new resources for getting started with Making It Real and showcase inspiring stories of how Making It Real is being used. Follow on LinkedIn.

Knowing how to support mouth care and health for older people living in care home

A recording is available here of the CRED webinar on knowing how to support mouth care and health for older people living in care home, which took place on 16 January 2024, and was also relevant to homecare. Slides are also available. Some links shared during the webinar are: Overview | Oral health for adults in care homes | Guidance | NICE, CQC Documents – Smiling Matters and TOPIC study and intervention materials.

Rebalancing Health and Social Care Experience in the Pre-Registration Nursing Curriculum

The next CRED webinar is on Rebalancing Health and Social Care Experience in the Pre-Registration Nursing Curriculum on 12 February 2024, from 15:00 – 16:00. This will look at student nurse placements in social care and a model developed by the University of Chester of an innovative indirect practice supervision/ assessment model, which supports the development of social care-focused practice placements. 

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