May 13, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.219

Care News

Violence against adult social care staff and volunteers is sadly a fact and there have been ongoing initiatives to try and reduce this since 2001 when an employer's self-audit toolkit and a checklist for employees became available.

There are now up to date publications of 'guidance for employers' and 'a guide for individuals' with reference to combating the violence which includes a range of examples, policies and procedures, assessment tools, training frameworks, ways of responding to violent incidents and additional information.

For further information and on how to access go to:

Prior to CSCI being set up, the specifications required in being able to achieve a placement on a local authority approved list meant that duplication or re-inventing the wheel, applied to almost every local authority. There were very few accepting the fact that had your organisation been through a neighbouring authorities process, been accepted as being a provider of the required standard in home care, it could mean that you could be accepted 'over the border' and the organisation had to go through an almost identical process again.

When CSCI came in to being it was hoped that this would provide one inspection process that would be accepted by all. Unfortunately, gradually authorities began to add on their individual requirements and this process started to increase as time went by.

Recently The Independent Care Group, York and North Yorkshire, (representatives of care providers in the region) have renewed calls to the Care Quality Commission to tackle such duplication. The duplication of having both a CQC inspection and a local authority inspection is inefficient and wasteful in both time and cost.

One wonders what the overall benefit is of this duplication and what benefits it has brought over the last decade and more.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Gloucestershire, Suffolk and Nottinghamshire.

Carer interview has taken place in Hampshire.

Courses on: Mental Capacity � Train the Trainer and on Parkinson's Disease have been attended by staff.

A client review has been held in Cambridgeshire.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an elderly lady requiring stroke aftercare. Care Manager is Jackie on 01603 281914, Wage is �571.00pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have been told more than once that there are grants and one off payments which I could access, not necessarily from the state but from more charitable sources, but no one tells me how to find them. My situation is that I am disabled and a pensioner living on a very small income. Is there a list that I could have to see if I can find any help?"

Answer : There is a website that may be of use to you. It is the website of an organisation called Turn2us which lists payments and grant availability throughout the country. Visit their site at: The information is clear, comprehensive and has many local, smaller charities.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.