January 26, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.306

Care News

Scotland – 23.9% of the Scottish population between the ages of 0 – 15 years attend a registered childcare service. (218,300 children) 5.1% on average is the number of children cared for by a childminder. There are 10,112 childcare services registered in Scotland of which 94% are active. Information published by The Care Inspectorate.


The Care Quality Commission has started regulating primary dental care for both private and NHS services and publishing up-to-date information from their assessments. The standards they assess against are:

  1. Standards of treating people with respect and involving them in their care
  2. Standards of providing care, treatment & support which meets people's needs
  3. Standards of caring for people safely & protecting them from harm
  4. Standards of staffing
  5. Standards of management

After an assessment the results are published on the Commissions website.


We receive calls and emails several times a week with reference to eligibility regarding funding under NHS Continuing Care. The callers usually have difficulty finding out the facts from hospital nurses or social workers. They are left unclear as to what the system does or does not provide, what is the assessment process, who does it, etc. The following information is taken from the Government website on NHS Continuing Care.

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your main or primary need for care must relate to your health.For example, people who are eligible are likely to:

Someone nearing the end of their life is also likely to be eligible if they have a condition that is rapidly getting worse and may be terminal.

Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare does not depend on:

If you have a disability, or if you've been diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition, this doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.

To decide if you’re eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care needs will be assessed by a health or social care professional. The assessment is done by a healthcare professional using a standard NHS Checklist Tool. To look at the contents of this Checklist Tool, go to the following website which is helpful.www.london.nhs.uk/webfiles/Continuing%20Healthcare/checklist.pdf

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Devon, Kent and Norfolk.

Three Care Managers have attended a Safeguarding Refresher Course this week.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

New posts have commenced in:

Four potential live –in carers have been interviewed this week.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have asthma and always have problems when it comes to insurance, car, holiday, etc. It is never straight forward and I would like to know if there is any insurance company which caters for people with Asthma?"

Answer :If you visit Asthma UK web site at www.asthma.org.uk you can read and get contact details for an insurance company, Unique Insurance, that the organisation has a partnership with. They cover most forms of insurance and should be able to help.


Figures relevant to the cost of care and the sometimes mentioned suggestion that the funding to pay for care services should come out of tax revenue.

Currently there are 4 people of working age supporting each pensioner in the UK. By 2035, this figure will be 2.5 people and by 2050, there will be just 2 workers to support each pensioner.

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