March 19, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.160

Care News

One of the problems with CRB's is that many potential carers from overseas do not have a CRB that domiciliary care agencies can look at prior to offering a person a job interview. The agencies will automatically apply for a current CRB but this will only be effective from the time the potential carer domiciled in the UK.

Now however, it is possible for potential carers from Turkey to obtain a copy of their CRB from the Public Prosecutors Office in the area in which they lived or apply to the General Directorate for Criminal Records in Ankara or to any Turkey Consulates if they are abroad.

Simply speaking, if you wish to offer work to a person from Turkey it is now reasonable and appropriate to ask them to obtain a CRB in order for you to look at prior to offering them an interview/work. The process for applications made in Turkey is that they are processed on the day of request and returned the same day. Applications made from the UK are likely to take two months starting from the day of receipt and will be returned to the applicant by post.
(Source: CRB)

Eleven major umbrella bodies for adult care providers in England have got together in order to give providers a stronger voice in the development of personalisation*.

The Care Providers Alliance represents providers across residential, nursing, domiciliary care and adult placements, the private and voluntary sectors, services for older and disabled people and those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Des Kelly, executive director of voluntary sector care umbrella body the National�Care Forum, has been appointed chair. He said: "It is essential that care providers are regarded as equal partners alongside commissioners and people receiving services."

The other organisations involved are:-

* The traditional way social care provision has been provided often meant that people have not received the right support for their circumstances or been able to help shape the kind of help they need. Personalization should improve this.

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited in Dumfries and Galloway and Norfolk.

Client carer reviews and MH training has taken place in Hampshire, Middlesex, and the West Midlands.

Chris Cook, Manager in the South of England attended the Care Show in Bournemouth.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Annually in the UK approx. 4000 people die in accidents in the home. 2.7 million people go to Accident and Emergency departments seeking treatment.

The Axis Partnership have announced that three health care providers have gone "under offer" in recent weeks. The negotiated sale prices were �85,000, �810,000 and �850,000. For buying or selling please contact Axis on 01284 716000

Question of the Week
"I have a young friend who has poor sight and I would like to get him a talking watch. I have tried my local jeweller who could not help. Any ideas?"

Answer : The RNIB has a range of talking watches which comes in varying designs which are suitable for people from a young age upwards. They range in price from �6.84 to �39.10. You can see the design by going to their website at or contact them by phone on 0845 702 3153

(Checking this out I noticed that three of their range were on sale until 31st March with up to 20% off)

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.