April 02, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.162

Care News

From 1st April 2009 the Commission for Social Care Inspection will have handed all of its regulatory and inspection work to the new Care Quality Commission.

The aim of the new Commission is to bring together the regulation of health and adult social care.

The Commission will be responsible for checking the quality of NHS services, adult social care services and independent healthcare services.

From April 1st 2009 the Care Quality Commission will use existing laws but from April 1st 2010 they will have new powers and responsibilities under the terms of The Health and Social Care Act 2008.


In other years the new rate for the National Minimum Wage, payable from October, has been announced in March each year. This year the rates will not be announced until after May 1st.


The Dept. of Health has announced that a survey has revealed that whilst almost 50% of British travellers have become ill or injured on holiday, 35% of these have delayed, often essential, medical treatment until they return home. The main reasons given for not seeking treatment abroad are concerns about the potential cost and lack of travel insurance.

The DOH wishes to send the message that if a person has a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) this will entitle them to reduced cost or free healthcare in most European countries.

EHIC�s have an expiry date and the DOH is urging people to look at their cards and to apply for a new one if it is out of date.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited this week in the Channel Islands, Kent and Norfolk.

MH training has taken place in our offices in Norwich.

A Risk Assessment has been carried out in Bedfordshire.

Visits have been made to clients in Hertfordshire.

The following new posts have commenced:

Able Community Care has been evaluated and as a result has been successful in joining West Sussex County Council Framework Agreement. This will enable us to be considered for Spot Purchases for care packages from West Sussex Council staff.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The number of people receiving "free" care is declining as increasing focus is placed on people who have the most critical need.


The number of home care providers registered with CSCI has increased by 300 or 6% over the past eighteen months.

Question of the Week
"Do you know of an organisation that can help people with physical and social disabilities find friendship/love?"

Answer The Outsiders is one organisation that you can contact. Outsiders, a registered charity, was established 30 years ago and can offer opportunities and support.

You can contact the organisation by phoning 020 7354 8291 or email to: info@outsiders.org.uk For further information visit: http://www.outsiders.org.uk

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.