September 12, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.390

Care News

Disability Social Work Service - The possible outsourcing of a pioneering all-age disability social work service has sparked concern among staff and families, despite support for its ambitions to join-up children's and adults' care.

Staffordshire council is in the process of setting up Independent, which will provide assessments and brokerage for people of all ages with learning disabilities or autism and those under 18 with a physical or sensory impairment. The service is designed to provide more seamless care for disabled people through the allocation of a single key worker to people and their families, who would work with those with lifelong conditions through childhood into adulthood.

The council also believes Independent Futures will help promote independence for disabled people, reduce bureaucracy and avoid crisis management through the provision of lifelong support planning. It is also designed to improve support to people who do not meet eligibility criteria, who, it is claimed, would receive better signposting to universal services.

Social enterprise or private sell-off?

While it is initially being launched as an in-house service, the council is considering whether it should be outsourced in future, either as a new social enterprise run in part by staff and service users or through sale to a private company. The council set up a company in the name of Independent Futures Staffordshire Limited last year so that a structure is in place to externalise it should that be decided. A consultation will be launched later in the year on how the service should be developed.

(Source: Community Care)


The UK charities with the highest voluntary income as published in July 2013 are:The Arts Council of England

  • The Charities Aid Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • The Save the Children Fund
  • The Gavi Fund Affiliate
  • The British Council
  • Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind
  • The Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • CITB- Constructionskills
  • Macmillan Cancer Support.All have voluntary income in excess of £140m.


    Practice Physiotherapists and podiatrists in the UK will be the first in the world to be able to independently prescribe medicines “within their area of expertise”, under legislation that came into force last month from the Department of Health.

    Question of the Week

    "Where can I buy large print crossword puzzle books for an old friend with poor eyesight?"

    Answer : there are many places which sell large print crossword books. They can be bought on Amazon, from bookshops such as The Works and from EBay stores.

    The RNIB have brought out a large print Puzzle Book which includes crossword puzzles and this can be purchased from WH Smith.

    Summer Days

    The football season is well under way and The Scottish Football Museum based at Hampden Park Glasgow is a must for football lovers.

    There are guided tours, a seamless ease of access, 4 Blue Badge parking spaces to the base of the lift and once in the site, is level throughout. A comfortable and spacious café, a shop and exhibits which are tactile, full size, audio-visual displays re-counting anecdotes and telling the story of the game with stories from players, pundits and fans. Entry fees range from £3-£6.00 and apart from when international matches are played at the stadium the museum is open daily.

    www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk

    In-House News

    Potential clients have been visited in Surrey and Lincolnshire.

    One new live-in care scheme has commenced this week for an older lady in Hertfordshire. The Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is £571 inc.

    Three visits to existing clients took place and one carer was interviewed this week.

    Interesting Information

    460BC – Birth of Hippocrates; the Greek father of medicine begins the scientific study of medicine and prescribes a form aspirin.

    1249 – Roger Bacon invents spectacles. He was an English friar based in Paris.

    1489 – Leonardo da Vinci dissects corpses.


    There are over 12,000 community pharmacies across the UK.

    Client Profile

    Ken is in his late 60’s and has Learning Disabilities. Ken is also wheelchair dependent and requires total personal, social and domestic care.

    It is not safe for Ken to be left on his own, so when Able Community Care were asked to provide live-in care for Ken in 2009, an outside hourly care agency was also commissioned to come in to cover our live-in carer's breaks.

    Ken's current live–in carer rota consists of two regular live–in carers who were, in turn, introduced to Ken in January 2012 and in December 2012.


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    Best Wishes,
    Angela Gifford, Director
    Able Community Care Ltd.
    Telephone 01603 764567