18 May 2022
by The Homecare Association

News update - week ending 20 May

New Forefront Programme to support black, Asian, and ethnic minority people working in social care

Skills for Care have launched a new training programme to support people from ethnic minority backgrounds working in social care.  The Forefront Programme is a suite of digital modules, aimed at adult social care staff from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds who are working directly with people drawing on care and support.

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New Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce modules available

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with the National Wound Care Strategy Programme and Health Education England has launched a programme which aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enable appropriate wound care to people in any health and care setting, including 3 new tier 2 modules.  Visit the National Wound Care Strategy website for more information about the programme.   To access the elearning programme, see programme page


Low Pay Commission reviews impact of National Living Wage

The Low Pay Commission has issued a review of the National Living Wage from 2015 to 2020 which looks at the impact of minimum wage legislation over the five years.  It concludes that the National Living Wage has raised wages and not reduced employment (as was feared).  But the increase in earnings did not lead to higher incomes for various complex reasons.

On social care, the report refers to reports the LPC has issued throughout the period which state that public funding has failed to keep pace with the rising NLW, leading to underfunding of the homecare sector.

National Minimum Wage (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Headlines from the review of the National Living Wage - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Transforming Social Care website and resources

A reminder the Department of Health and Social Care has webpages dedicated to social care reform under the banner ‘Transforming Social Care’.  There is information on the reforms planned over the next three years, and resources which include explainer factsheets on the new care charging system.  There is also a latest news section and an opportunity to sign up for email updates on reform.  See: Social Care Reform


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