January 25, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.51

Care News

Claimar Care have won two contracts to provide hourly domiciliary care. Firstly, they have been successful in re-tendering for a contract with Northamptonshire County Council and they have won the tender to provide approximately 2500 hours of care per week to Sheffield City Council. This contract starts on 1st April this year.

The General Social Care Council conducted a four day hearing last week of a social worker from Wiltshire. The result of the hearing was that the social worker was found guilty of misconduct and she will have a caution attached to her entry on the GSCC�s register for two and a half years. For further details:
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Social+worker+admonished+following+conduct+hearing+in+London.htm

As care services are available to less and less people the DOH has launched a consultation on how health and social care agencies should promote the idea that service users should be encouraged to self care.

They are inviting opinions from stake holders as to their views and suggestions. The consultation period finishes on the 28th February and if you would like to take a look at the 11 page document go to Consultation Document on Common Core Principles for Self Care:
http://www.topssengland.net/view.asp?id=861

In-House News

Where carers need to wear disposable gloves, Able Community Care provides them free of any additional charges. Recently we decided to consider using gloves from a different manufacturer. We gave samples to a number of our carers who decided that they liked the new brand of gloves better than the ones from the company we were using. As a result of this trial we are now changing to the new brand.

Potential new clients have been visited in Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Hampshire, West Midlands and Lancashire.

A risk assessment review has taken place in Norfolk.

Another four members of staff have received external training in �Safeguarding Adults�

Two new posts have been started in:

  1. Surrey a male in his fifties requiring care as a result of a stroke. Sal. �601.00 pw inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke.

  2. Suffolk an elderly, frail lady in her eighties. Sal �536.00pw inc. Care Manager Jackie Maasz.

Interesting Information

There are more than 8000 carers age over 90 (Source �nursing older people�)

There are approximately 3000 Macmillan Nurses throughout the UK. The name of their organisation has recently been changed from Macmillan Cancer Relief to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.