April 05, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.61

Care News

Work and Families Act
With effect from 6th April 2007 the Act introduces a new right for carers of adults to request to work flexibly. It is estimated that one in seven of the workforce is currently juggling full time work and also has a caring responsibility.

Community Care Magazine, in its edition of 29th March, flagged up a problem that concerns employers in the care industry. The care system in the UK could not manage without workers from overseas but in many cases there is no effective way to check their background or suitability for a caring role.

Employers and agencies do submit application forms for an Enhanced Disclosures for all potential care staff but as long as their address checks out, the CRB will issue an all clear Disclosure. The CRB does not have access to criminal records from abroad.

When registration of care workers becomes mandatory the General Social Care Council has said that it will be relying on employers and agencies to verify the suitability of their domiciliary care staff. Until there is a system to allow authorities to share information and enable adequate checks to be made the system will have flaws.

Community Care is suggesting that as the GSCC is dedicated to protecting the public they should take a lead on this issue.

For further details go to:
and enter 103926 in their site search box.

In the same issue of Community Care there is a two page article titled, "Are employment agencies putting profit before safety".

This is directed at social care agencies who can start up with just a telephone, an address and place advertisements for social care workers in the papers. There is no check on who they are or how they operate. Only nursing and domiciliary care agencies currently have to be licensed.

For further information go to the Community Care website http://www.communitycare.co.uk

Second hand equipment
Equipment bought to help a person with a disability is usually not wanted after the person has either gone on to another aid to assist them or has died. The buy back policy of many companies providing such equipment is quite often a financially poor offer.

With effect from this April, Able Community Care is commencing a service to put sellers and buyers in touch with each other.

Details of this service will appear on our website http://www. in the next few weeks.

In-House News

A care review has taken place in Leicestershire.

A new post is commencing in Huntingdon. An elderly lady age 85. Salary �536.00 pw inc. Care Manager Ruth Divey.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Norwich.

Interesting Information

Every year 12,000 people in Wales die from Heart Disease.

6500 people are registered with Parkinson�s Disease in Wales.

A register recording details of people who have Cerebral Palsy, from 1990, in Scotland estimates that there are between 15,000/20,000 people living there.

Free seasonal flu vaccinations will be offered to those who work in close contact with poultry as a precautionary health measure.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.