May 24, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.68

Care News

As a result of a call to Radio Five, a survey has shown that 61% of NHS staff have not been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau. These are staff who were working for the NHS before the Criminal Records Bureau was set up in 2002. It is estimated that the number not CRB checked could be around 50,000.

Domiciliary care agencies and residential homes ran checks on all their staff who were working before 2002 and all staff since that time have been automatically CRB checked, in line with regulations.

In the last three years 2.2 million people in the UK have given up full-time employment to care for children or other dependents. Research found 15% of adults said they had changed working hours or employment since 2004 to enable them to become carers, with about 33% giving up a full time post. (Source: The Scotsman)

The average age of patients in general medical wards is now 74 years of age compared to 65 years of age in 2001.

In-House News

Potential client assessments have taken place in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, South Wales and Somerset.

Mandy Gulatar our Manager for the South West and South Wales and Chris Cook our Manager for the South of England are attending a 3 day Moving and Handling Trainers Course.

Care Manager Susan Lamb has completed a Child Protection Awareness Course (Level 1).

Carer J Makuyana has received training with reference to administering medication via a peg system.

Talks have been held with a Financial Planning Group in Wiltshire re live-in care/funding compatibles.

Staff of Able Community Care travel tens of thousands of miles each year assessing potential clients, interviewing carers, carrying out reviews and risk assessments.

Senior staff within the company also travel many miles attending meetings explaining the services which Able Community Care offers. Meetings with social services departments, financial advisors, solicitors, specialist hospital units, eg. head injury, voluntary organisations and mixed meetings of care professionals.

We write for several periodicals on a regular basis answering questions on the care industry in general or answering questions that are important to an individual reader.

If any readers of The Newsflash would like to meet with a senior staff member of the company to learn more about the services we offer or would like written contributions to their 'in house' magazine, please send an email to

Interesting Information

Sue Vincett is part of the Able Community Care team and between the 3rd and 9th June she is walking the�56 miles of the Lancaster canal raising funds for the High Wycombe and District Disabled Friendship Club. She starts at Preston and finishes four days later in Kendal. Whilst walking around the Lake District she will be carrying a collection tin as she wants to raise as much money as she can.

If you would like to support her cause please would you send a donation to Able Community Care, The Old Parish Rooms, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TZ. Please make cheques payable to 'High Wycombe & District Disabled Friendship Club' and we will be happy to pass them on.

Have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend and 'see you next week'.

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.