July 27, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.26

Care News

Registration of domiciliary and residential care workers
As mentioned in previous Able Newsflashes the General Social Care Council was consulting on whether to recommend to Government the registration of social care workers and residential care home staff. On 24th July they proposed to Government that the Social Care Register should be opened for the above groups of social care staff.

Care UK based in Colchester provides over 70,000 hours of care each week to people in their own homes. Care UK also operates 90 care homes and independent hospitals. The company has now become the first independent healthcare business in the UK to be awarded a contract by the NHS to run a GP practice and integrated walk-in centre for NHS patients. The facility will be based in Dagenham will be able to treat 7000 patients in the GP practice and up to 100 patients a day in the walk -in centre. Care UK was founded in 1994 and now has an annual turnover of �170 million. (Source Business Weekly)

Increase in the cost of care
Many local authorities facing a shortfall in their budgets are either reducing services or increasing the cost of care to their residents. One such council in Cheshire has raised the cost of care by an amount of �7.20 per hour to �16.46 per hour. The cost for attendance at a day care centre has risen from �13.37 to �30.00 per session. Age Concern East Cheshire "are horrified by the huge increases to care charges". The new rates apply to people who have capital of over �21,000. Other users with less savings will continue to receive free services or will pay a reduced rate.

In-House News

Potential carers applying this week had the following qualifications: NVQ2, two carers, NVQ3, one carer plus two nurses and one person with a qualification in Social Care.

Interviews have taken place in Glasgow and Norwich.

Reviews of clients care packages have taken place in Hertfordshire, Derbyshire, Berkshire, Wales, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire.

This week, Christina Oshinyemi, one of our existing carers successfully completed NVQ2 training.

Interesting Statistics

Practice Based Commissioning
The majority of our NHS "money" is currently allocated to Primary Care Trusts who then commission and reimburse hospitals and other health care providers, including domiciliary care agencies such as Able Community Care. The PCT also pay GP�s for the services they provide to their patients.Under Practice Based Commissioning GP�s will be given their own resources to become more involved in commissioning decisions for their patients. This will for example, give clinicians greater freedom to tailor services to the needs of their local community.

PBC differs from the GP Fund-holding in that the system will be less bureaucratic, centred on improving patient care, funding will be equitable across practices and the service is focused on quality for the patient of the practice not on bargaining on a price for a service.

Currently all practices are receiving information about PBC, will have received details of an indicative budget and will be in dialogue with their Primary Care Trust.

Universal coverage will be achieved when all Primary Care Trusts have made arrangements for PCB to begin. The anticipated date for this is 31st December this year.

For further details go to the DOH website at http://www.dh.gov.uk

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.