May 17, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.67

Care News

The POVA Register, introduced by the Department of Health, is there to register perpetrators of abuse to adults. Domiciliary care agencies, when requesting a criminal records check can also request a POVA check in order to make sure that the person who is applying to work is not on this list and therefore, not barred from working in the care field.

However, referring a carer to the POVA list is not a simple process. It can involve the police if it could be perceived as a criminal act, it could involve a social services adult protection team, and could, as mentioned in this arena before involve carers being suspended for quite long periods of time, without work, even if they are not guilty of the offence.

Our experience to date has been one of seeking advice only to find that responses in England, Wales and Scotland can be different, lengthy delays for the issues to be discussed and carers feeling that the time delays are unacceptable.

Our experience appears to be fairly common as on 10th July 2007, Action on Elder Abuse is running a training event on getting POVA referrals right. It is being held in London and further information can be found on their website at:

A massive influx of migrant staff in the social care sector is causing disruption for those being looked after because of high staff turnover rates, academics have warned.

The latest government figures show that 15,655 migrants from the 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004 are listed as care assistants or home carers. But George Leeson, assistant director of the Oxford University Institute of Ageing, which works with the university's migration centre to understand population shifts, said migrant workers were only staying in social care for a few months. He told Personnel Today: "Some years ago, migrant workers were more stable in their roles, but there is now a huge turnover, suggesting that it is seen as a stepping stone to the wider UK labour market. As they leave, their jobs are taken by new migrants."
From - Employment law news

In-House News

Potential new clients were visited in South Wales and Oxfordshire.

Reviews and risk assessments have taken place in Bedford and Norfolk.

A new post has been started in London for an elderly lady requiring care after a stroke. Care Manager is Samantha Clarke and the salary for this post is �633.00 inc. of travel.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Norwich.

Each week we place advertisements for potential live-in care staff. This week was no exception. However, when trying to place an advertisement for "mature" care staff we were advised by the newspaper concerned that we could no longer use that word. We changed it to "responsible"!

Interesting Information

A survey which took place during one week in September 2006 found that 75% of local authorities commissioned homecare was provided by the independent sector. Over 100,000 households were receiving more than ten hours a week. (Source UKHCA)

The DOH has just published a Guidance Document, 12 pages in total, titled Heatwave: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave: advice for health and social care professionals 2007. This can be downloaded from their website:

St John Ambulance treated 5,054 people during the hot weather during the 2007 Flora London Marathon, ensuring that most runners went on to finish the race. Seventy-three were sent to hospital for further treatment.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.