October 26, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.39

Care News

Much has been written in the national media this week about the study into domiciliary care carried out by The Commission for Social Care Inspection

They found that many people are receiving a less than satisfactory service and in particular those who literally receive a service that gives them a carer for 15 minutes. In these 15 minutes a carer may have to get someone up, dressed and toileted. Later on in the day the fifteen minutes may have to cover getting a person something to eat, drink and perhaps helped to the toilet again. No time for problems and not much time for a conversation.

This is not the fault of the agencies that supply the carers but to the local authorities that commission the care provision.

Interestingly enough, in 1992, 500,000 homes were receiving a care service, last year this slipped to care being provided in 354,000 homes only. This with an increasingly elderly population.

Limits on the working week are again being discussed in Brussels. Currently Britain has an "opt out" of the 48 hour working week, but this concession is not welcomed by many members of the EU. Tony Blair is considering trying to get members to consider a compromise proposal whereby a maximum of 60 hours a week would be worked. There would remain exemptions for people such as company executives, farmers and those in the emergency services.

Another compromise proposal put forward by Finland is that the hours worked by doctors on call would be removed from the calculations of working time.

It is currently estimated by the Government that 1,7 million workers work in excess of 48 hours per week, (Source Telegraph.co.uk 21/10/06)

A Social Worker appeared before the General Social Care Council last week to answer an allegation that he had breached the Codes of Practice by failing to disclose information relating to his employment history.

"Misconduct was found against the registrant and he was admonished and a record of the admonishment was to be placed on his entry in the Social Care Register for one year". (Source GSCC)

In-House News

Care Manager Christopher Cook is leaving his base and job in Norwich to move to Portsmouth where he is taking up a new post with Able Community Care - Development Manager for the South East of England. His new post begins on November 1st and if you would like to contact Chris from that date he can be reached on 02392 838708.

Potential clients have been visited in Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Client reviews have taken place in Hertfordshire and South Wales.

A new client has been taken on in Leicester. The female client has Spina Bifida. Ruth Divey is the Care Manager and the inc. salary is �568.00 per week.

Care Manager, Samantha Clark has attended a course on Emergency Life Support. The course was run by Heartstart UK and is a training opportunity co-ordinated by The British Heart Foundation.

Norfolk - Carer advertisements last Thursday from companies other than Able Community Care:

Interesting Information

A health study carried out by The Royal College of Nursing has found that nearly � of newly qualified nurses cannot find a permanent job in the Health Service. The cost of training a nurse is estimated to be around �50,000 according to Gail Adams, Head of Nursing at the Unison union.

The Dept. of Health has produced a new voluntary code and information resource on the web which provides guidance on recruiting social care workers from overseas. www.sccir.org.uk The information covers both employer and employee.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.