March 01, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.311

Care News

The Government has said that the law will be changed to allow taxi licensing authorities to apply for Enhanced CRB checks for all applications to drive a taxi.

Currently Enhanced CRB checks are only made on drivers who regularly pick up children or vulnerable adults.


Age UK have published a report 'Care in Crisis 2012' which shows that of the 2 million older people who need care, almost 800,000 do not receive any formal support.


The Care Quality Commission was brought into being as a result of combining the Healthcare Commission, The Mental Health Act Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection and it was to have responsibilities for all these sectors.

There has been much criticism of the CQC with reference to a much reduced number of inspections regarding care businesses; changing the format of ratings for care businesses; the loss of guidance and advice which had been present with previous organisations and, the media advised, internal problems. Last week the Chief Executive Cynthia Blower resigned.

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in London and a new post has commenced in Norfolk. This is for an older gentleman with poor memory. Care manager is Sam and the weekly wage is £571.00inc.

Monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk and client reviews were carried out in Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

Medication training has also taken place with two carers.

The Customer Satisfaction Forms have been sent out to all our clients and a summary of comments will appear on our web site in a few weeks time.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Have you purchased?
SPAR is recalling one batch of SPAR Flame Grilled Chicken Chunks due to the presence of low levels of Listeria monocytogenes being detected in one sample during routine monitoring. The affected batch of 140g packs has a use-by date of 3 March 2012 and was distributed to stores in the Midlands and Wales.


In 2010/11 there were 8,087 weight loss operations in hospitals in England. This is up from 7,214 the previous year.Source NHS Information Centre

Question of the Week
"I live in a small rural town with only a few shops. I need to get some anti-allergy bed linen. The catalogues I have sent for do not have this kind of item. Do you know where I can purchase some please?"

Answer : Pay a visit to the following web site: http://www.allergyuk.org . This web site has information with reference to chain stores which sell anti allergy bed linen as well as smaller companies.

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