March 03, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.260

Care News

It was announced last week by the Dept. of Health, that statutory registration for social care workers has been ruled out. However in the White Paper �Enabling Excellence� a system of �assured voluntary registration� is mooted.

The Paper suggests employers could be offered incentives to use workers who have voluntarily registered. Local authority commissioners could give preference to providers using workers on voluntary registers. Statutory or voluntary, it would undoubtedly have the result again of increasing the cost of care services.

The Government has announced that it is proceeding with the Statutory Regulation of herbalists and acupuncturists. From April 2012 the Health Professionals Council will hold the Register of Practitioners who supply unlicensed, herbal medicines and practice acupuncture.

The health service is facing a 'bed-blocking' crisis which may cause up to 50% of wards to be filled with older people who cannot access residential care homes, a study has claimed.According to Bupa's Who Cares? Funding Adult Social Care Over the Next Decade study, without the ring-fencing of social care budgets, 81,000 care home beds will go in the next ten years, leaving vulnerable people with no option but to seek shelter in hospital.

The pressure on the health service will be further compounded by the rapidly ageing population that will see an additional 18,000 older people needing care, the study warns.

This will leave 100,000 of the 170,000 NHS beds taken up by the elderly residents who should be in residential care, restricting the places to those who need them, according to the report.

The researchers are calling on the Government to ring-fence the �2billion earmarked for adult social care so that councils do not use it to plug holes in other budgets.
(Source: AgeUK)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Greater Manchester, Essex, South Wales, Suffolk and Dorset(2).

New posts have commenced in:

Two potential care staff have been interviewed this week and client reviews have taken place in South Wales and Greater Manchester.

Able Community Care attended a Contract Review Meeting this week in South Wales

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jim Green our Risk Assessor and Trainer. Many of you have come to know Jim during the five years he has been with us and I am sure will miss his friendliness and his conscientious attitude to his work.

Jim�s funeral is tomorrow, Friday 4th March and during the afternoon the office will be running on a skeleton staff.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I am in my fifties and disabled. I have never learnt to drive but I understand I may be able to get a car for other people to drive me about. I get the DLA Benefit. Is this possible?"

Answer : If you are in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance you do not need to drive to qualify for a Motability leasing vehicle and can nominate up to two drivers to take you about. These two drivers may be relatives or friends and must not have any serious driving convictions, disqualifications or endorsements within the last five years. For nominated people under the age of 25 there are some restrictions.

For further information contact; Motability Operations, City Gate House; 22 Southwark Bridge Road� London. SE1 9HB

Telephone: 0845 456 4566 (8.30am till 5.30pm Monday to Friday)

LINks � Local Involvement Networks are made up of people and community groups who can influence the way in which health and social care is provided in their area.

LINks responsibilities include:

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.