April 08, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.214

Care News

Organ donors will in future be allowed to donate their organs to a family member or close friend in need of a transplant under new rules, Health Minister Ann Keen has announced.

New guidance for transplant teams sets out that in some exceptional cases people will be able to request that their, or a family members, organs are given to a family member or close friend after they die� in cases where there is someone in need of a new organ.

This will give transplant teams greater flexibility in the allocation of organ donations, particularly where a family member intended to donate an organ, such as a kidney, to a person but sadly died before they could.
(Source: DOH)


Since the beginning of the year, the General Social Care Council have held 31 Conduct Hearings with reference to allegations re Social Workers. As a result of these Hearings 14 social workers have been removed from the Social Care Register for misconduct, 7 have been suspended for varying periods, 6 have been admonished, in 2 cases there was no evidence of misconduct and a further 2 cases were not proven.

Scottish Government announcement
From December 1st 2011 all managers in day care services for children will be required to hold a degree-level qualification.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire this week.

Client care review took place in Nottinghamshire.

The "Fair Access to Care" course held by Mencap was attended by Registered Manager Judy Tye and Care Manager Katie Plane this week. They would recommend the course to others.

Carer interview held in Norwich plus MH training.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Every five minutes in the UK someone has a stroke. That is an estimated 150,000 people per annum.


In China people above the age of 60 account for more than 11% of the 1.3 billion population. Of this number, 149 million, only 6-8% are willing to enter retirement homes according to a Chinese report issued.

Question of the Week
"I am in my twenties and on benefits because of my disability. I would like to investigate the possibility that I might do some work but do not know whom to ask. I am worried that my enquiries might mean that I am now seen as "fit to work" when I only really want to know if this is a possibility."

Answer : Making enquiries will not affect your benefit situation but you do need to speak to a professional who can give you advice and guidance as to the practical possibilities of what you may be able to do or trained to do.

A Disability Employment Advisor would be the first point of call. A DEA can try to help you locate and identify what type of work or training will suit you. They can introduce you to individually tailored programmes designed to help. They will be able to refer you on, if needed, to other professionals who may be able to offer further advice, guidance and possibly work referrals.

To speak about having a DEA, ring up your local Job Centre to make an initial enquiry and then see where that can lead you to. Pressure will not be put on you at any time and should this lead you to a work situation of your choice, help will continue to be available to support you in your working life.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.