May 20, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.220

Care News

The consumer group Which have published figures with reference to the cost of home care per hour charged by Councils across England and Wales. It again shows that it is where you live as to how much you have to pay.

If you are unlucky enough to be living in a town where the hourly costs are high, you could find that in an area only a couple of miles away from you, the hourly cost of care services are much cheaper.

In an article published by the Daily Mail the following examples were given from the Which findings.

In the following areas the hourly rate a person could be charged per hour was between �17.06 and �17.76: Kingston, Lambeth, Oxfordshire, and Cheshire East and in Brighton the hourly rate could go as high as �18.50 per hour.

At the other end of the scale the cost of an hour's care in Barnsley, Pembrokeshire and Sandwell was in the range �5.00 to �7.00 per hour. In the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets, care is free.

Many types of council have a "cap" on the maximum that can be paid towards a person's care and in Brighton this is �850.00pw and �328.00pw in Cambridge.


In the current economic situation NHS staff cuts are a possibility. The BBC has reported that the Southampton Hospitals Trust is shedding 400 posts this year and 200 next year. Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which includes Addenbrookes and also The Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool have asked staff who want to leave to put themselves forward for a pay-off.

Scottish Government Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has offered a guarantee that no NHS employee will face compulsory redundancy amid pressure on the budgets.

However, NHS Lothian wants to reduce it workforce by approx. 2000 and there are proposed cuts within NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde which include nursing and midwifery posts and admin. and clerical posts.

In-House News

Prospective client's visits have been carried out in Norfolk and one in Lincolnshire.

Manual Handling refresher training has taken place in Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear and Bedfordshire. LA meeting has taken place in the West Midlands and client care reviews in Norfolk, Tameside and Wales.

New clients have commenced with care packages in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"What are the grounds for a decision that will say that a person lacks mental capacity?"

Answer : The Mental Capacity Act 2005 helps people to make their own decisions. It also protects people who cannot do so. The Act sets out four key points for deciding whether a person lacks capacity or not.

A person will be deemed to lack capacity if they are unable to do any of the following:

(Source: Norfolk County Council)


There are about 3,000 secondary schools. The 2008 NHS Workforce Census shows there were 3,645 qualified nurses in school nursing areas (headcount equivalent), an increase of 1,234 or 51 percent since 2004.


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Able Community Care we are publishing the book "Able to Cook" as a charity fund raising project. The book which has recipes and stories from any person or organisation that has links to Norfolk (where Able Community Care began and still has its main office) will be published in late June.

The book has recipes from our carers and clients and in addition from many, many 'famous' contributors. To name but a few: Sir Michael Caine, Dame Judy Dench, Frederick Forsyth, Sir Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley, Bill Treacher, Sir John Major, Prunella Scales, Phyllida Law, Joan Collins, Bob Flowerdew and more!

The book will be available on our website at a price of �6.00 plus postage.

The two Norfolk charities who will receive 50% of the profits each are Age Concern Norfolk and Connect and Go, a charity which supports young carers.

If you would like to order a copy in advance, please let us know.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.