October 03, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.393
The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England in 2013 from a report produced by Skills for Care.
The summary of key findings are:
Adult social care employers
Adult social care workforce
- An estimated 17,000 organisations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2012 - an increase of 2.5% from 2011.
- An estimated 39,000 establishments were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2012 - an increase of 1.5% from 2011.
- Around 193,000 adults, older people and carers were receiving direct payments from councils' social services departments as at March 2012 - it is estimated that approximately 100,000 of these recipients directly employ their own staff.
- The total number of direct payments recipients continued to increase (by 8% between 2011 and 2012). There is evidence, however, that the growth of this part of the sector may be beginning to plateau.
- The number of adult social care jobs in England as at 2012 was estimated at 1.63 million.
- The number of people doing these jobs was estimated at 1.50 million.
- The number of whole time equivalent jobs was estimated at 1.23 million.
- The number of adult social care jobs was estimated to have increased by around 4% between 2011 and 2012 and by 15% since 2009.
- Since 2009 the workforce has continued to shift away from local authority services (-15%) and towards independent employers (+15%), the personalisation of adult social care is also apparent with a large increase in the number of jobs for direct payments recipients since 2009 (+50%).
- The growth in the number of adult social care jobs is roughly following that projected by the 'maximizing choice' scenario. Under this scenario the number of adult social care jobs is projected to grow to around 2.6 million by 2025
Department of Transport - estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2012 (provisional) and 2011 (final)
- Provisional estimates for 2012 show that 290 people were killed in drink drive accidents in Great Britain (17 per cent of all reported road fatalities), an increase of around a quarter compared with 2011.
- There was a 5 per cent decrease in seriously injured drink drive casualties in 2012, to around 1,200 (5 per cent of all seriously injured road casualties).
- Final estimates for 2011 show that there were 220 fatal drink drive accidents in 2011, resulting in 230 deaths, the lowest number of deaths since detailed reporting began in 1979.
- Among those killed in drink drive accidents, the majority (68 per cent) are drivers and riders over the legal alcohol limit. The remaining 32 per cent were other road users, involved in the accident but not necessarily over the legal limit themselves.
Personal budgets are improving outcomes for most service users in most areas of their lives but their impact is being undermined in some areas by excessive bureaucracy in council care management processes.
That was the verdict of the second National Personal Budgets Survey, based on the views of 2,022 personal budget holders and 1,386 carers living in 22 local authority areas, and published today by sector personalisation partnership Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).
As with the preceding survey in 2011, researchers found a strong link between positive outcomes and how simple councils made the process of accessing a personal budget.
Source: Community Care
Question of the Week
"Christmas cards are now being sold and I usually try to buy charity cards but how do I know which cards to buy in relation to how much of the card price actually goes to the charity concerned?"
Answer : All companies producing cards that make donations to charity are required by law to state how much money the charity will receive. This is generally written on the back of the cards, so check here before you buy cards in shops. Charity Christmas Cards need to indicate clearly:
- Which charities or charitable causes will benefit when you purchase the pack of Christmas Cards
- If there is more than one charity or charitable cause that will benefit, the proportions in which each of the organisations are respectively to benefit
- How much of the proceeds from the sale of Christmas Cards will go to the charity, charities or charitable causes. An actual amount or as accurate an estimate as is reasonably possible ought to be given in all circumstances.
Whether you buy cards online, from a catalogue or from a shop, always check how much money is being donated to charity per pack sale.
Where should I buy charity Christmas Cards? Many charities now sell their own charity Christmas cards. This way, the charity can often receive the most money from the card sales. Look for these cards in specific charity card shops that trade in places such as churches in the run up to Christmas or the charity’s own shop.
You can often buy charity cards direct from the charity’s website. Search the internet for your favourite charity to check whether they have any cards you can buy.
Source:Information from The Institute of Fundraising
Avoid Winter Flu
You can protect yourself against seasonal flu by getting an annual flu jab. You can get a free jab if you:
- are aged 65 or over;
- are pregnant;
- have a serious medical condition such as chronic heart, lung, neurological, liver or kidney disease or diabetes;
- have a weakened immune system due to HIV or treatments that suppress the immune system such as chemotherapy;
- have had a stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack) or post-polio syndrome;
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility (not prison or university halls); or
- are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
Contact your GP or talk to your pharmacist if you think you might qualify for a free flu jab.
A potential client has been visited in Devon.
Care reviews, team meetings and ‘pop in’ visits have taken place in Norfolk and Greater London.
Two live-in carer workers have gone on the Register and interviews have taken place in Norfolk and France.
A new post has commenced in Kent for an older lady requiring palliative care. Care Manager is Sam, wage is £550.00pw inc.
Next week a member of staff will be in both Guernsey and Jersey so if anyone wishes to meet up to have a chat about our Live-in Care services, please give us a call on 01603 764567.
A presentation ‘Community Care 1601-2013’ was made to a Probus group in Suffolk this week.
Britons gave more than £10 billion to charity last year.
Research has shown that smell is the sense most linked to our emotional recollection. So, when linked to a product, that can reap dividends. The smell of a new leather jacket or pair of shoes makes everyone happy and a new car smells best of all. An artificial “new car smell” is sprayed inside cars that lasts for six weeks.
Keith is a gentleman now in his early 70’s. His social worker approached Able Community Care for a live-in care package for Keith in early 2001. Keith needed care because he has cerebral palsy and wished to stay in his own home with support. Keith goes to a day centre twice a week and has two regular live-in carers on his roster. Carer one first went to Keith in 2001 and his second live-in carer became part of the team in April 2012.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567