October 12, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.37

Care News

ID cards - The Home Office is promoting ID cards as a way of tackling illegal immigration and illegal working. (Times 10th October).

Weekly, Able Community Care, and I am sure it is the same for other domiciliary care agencies, residential homes, nursing homes etc., are presented with false/forged documents and training certificates. Why should ID cards be any different?

(Since the start of the financial year 2003-04, �46.4 million has been spent in total on the identity cards scheme up to the end of May 2006).

Domiciliary care company Careforce has bought Keycare domiciliary care services for �1.25 million. Keycare is based in Cumbria and works from two bases, one in Workington and the other in Carlisle. They have 130 carers providing care under social services contracts and for private clients. They provide a total of approx. 2,800 hours of care per week.

The Care Standards Tribunal handles appeals from individuals who have been placed on either the Protection of Vulnerable Adults list or the protection of Children Act list and wish to try and get their name removed from either or both lists.

The latest appeal was last week and an appellant was appealing against her inclusion on both of the above lists. Evidence was given of how the care assistant, having worked with both adults and children had behaved in an unacceptable manner.

Details, including evidence and the CST conclusion can be found at
http://www.carestandardstribunal.gov.uk/decisions/cstdecisions2006-650EY.htm

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited in Somerset, Derbyshire, Suffolk, Lancashire and South Wales.

A new post has begun in South Wales for a young, female adult with mental health difficulties. Salary is �609.00 pw inclusive. Care Manager Chris Cook.

Reviews have taken place in Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Interesting Information

Research commissioned by Vodafone UK indicate that almost half of the UK�s workforce could be self employed within five years. Vodafone estimate that the number of people working for themselves could be swelled by a further 10m by 2011.

The biggest care show to date takes place in Birmingham on 25th/26th October. Held in the National Exhibition Centre there are expected to be over 160 exhibitors. For further details go to www.careshow.co.uk

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.