July 06, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.23

Care News

Kare Plus is a computerised Nursing and Homecare Agency Franchise. Currently a franchise is on sale in West Sussex through Daltons for �22,500. The HQ of Kare Plus is based in Warwickshire and other areas may be available. Initial outlay begins at �4k and a 10% royalty fee is calculated on gross profit not turnover.

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The Commission for Social Care Inspection is to introduce a new system for their assessment of care homes in England. Similar to the ratings used in the hotel industry, plans will be published next month with the system being implemented by April next year.

Vital Carers are being sought by Birmingham City Council to join the 2500 Home Care Assistants already employed by the Council. They are offering a range of posts from 10 to 37 hours per week. To try and recruit carers the City is holding recruitment days at many venues throughout Birmingham until the end of July. For further details go to http://www.birmingham.gov.uk

CRB checks prevented approx. 25,000 unsuitable people from gaining access to children and vulnerable adults during 2005. (Source CRB)

In-House News

Susan Lamb, Scottish Development Manager, has returned from spending a week in Scotland. During that time Susan met with social work teams and voluntary organisations in Aberdeenshire.

Potential new clients/care reviews have taken place in Surrey, Cambridge and Norfolk this week.

New posts requiring carers have started in:

This week we have processed application forms from potential Able Carers with the following qualifications: NVQ2 three applicants, NVQ3, three applicants, Nurses, 3 applicants.

Interesting Statistics

Continuing Care Retirement Communities is one route forward for the UK�s growing, elderly population. An American way of life for older people the planned communities offer, usually from 100 homes upwards, on site facilities such as restaurants, caf�s, fitness studios, craft rooms, sports, etc. As you age and perhaps require care and support, the services are on site.

The communities are usually open to other members of the public to enjoy the facilities so that a "community village atmosphere" is created. The Joseph Rowntree Trust has further information on this increasing formula development.

The General Social Care Council has already registered social workers (currently considering the registration of domiciliary care workers) and the number is more than 73,000.

In June the Independent Conduct Committee suspended one social worker for two years and removed one social worker from the Register. Further details can be obtained from the GSCC website http://www.gscc.org.uk

The Register on which social workers are registered is public and accessible on their website.

IMCA is the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate service. It was created within the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It�s purpose is to help vulnerable people who are facing important decisions made by the NHS or a person�s Local Authority and do not have the capacity to cope with important decision making for themselves, requiring advocacy help to understand and progress appropriately.

The service should come into force from April 2007 and applies to people over the age of 16 in England and Wales.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.