May 17, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.322

Care News

Continence – A Freedom of Information audit has revealed that approximately 95% of PCT’s in England were unaware of the number of people with continence problems in their operating area. 45% were unable to give details of the performance of local NHS services and 38% could not provide a breakdown of spending on continence products. The NHS itself estimates that around 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence.

The continence products you can expect to get without cost from the NHS varies throughout each county and each PCT has its own eligibility criteria. Your local District Nurse would advise you what and how many items are available in your area.

Over-the-counter insect bite remedies are not worth buying, the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper said a review of the evidence on treating insect bites has found that there is little research to prove they are effective.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is offering disabled campaigners a unique opportunity to have their say at the 2012 party conferences. The scheme has been launched to ensure politicians hear directly from disabled people about what needs to change. Three disabled campaigners will have the opportunity to attend a party conference this autumn to tell politicians and party supporters about their campaigns. For further information, please contact Theresa Hart in Leonard Cheshire Disability's press office on 020 3242 0290 (out of hours 07903 949 388) or email

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Norfolk and a new post has commenced in Hampshire.

The post in Hampshire is for an older lady suffering with dementia. Care Manager is Colin and the weekly wage is £571pw inc.

A client review has taken place in Norfolk.

Two new free leaflets are now available from our website at www.:

  1. It Came From The Chopping Board and
  2. Bugs Like it Hot!

Interesting Information / Statistics

In 1952 the first charge was made for a medical prescription of one shilling, five pence in today’s money! Spain has to date given pensioners free prescriptions but under new arrangements relating to the overall financial position of the country, they will have to pay 10% of the cost of any medication.

In Scotland and Wales where free prescriptions are in place, recent media reports suggest that both countries are looking into the viability of the present arrangements.

Question of the Week
"Am I allowed to see my personal record file that Social Services has about me covering the last five years approximately? Where do I get the records from?"

Answer : The Data Protection Act 1998 gives a general right of access to personal data in social work records which are held by your local Social Services authority in England and Wales*.

You actually apply for ‘subject users rights’ and this has to be made in writing to the data controller of your local authority who has 40 days in which to respond. If data is held about you, you will be given a description of the data held, the reason why it is held and to whom the data may have been given to. You will be given a copy of the data and given any information available to the data controller as to the source of the data. If any automated decisions have been taken you will also be given an explanation as to why this has been done.

There is a cost of up to £10.00 for the service. If in your file there is information that identifies other people unless such third parties have agreed for you to have such access, these details will be removed.

*In Scotland it is a Social Work Authority and in NI the Health and Social Services Board or Trust.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

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