March 16, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.7

Care News

The Commission for Social Care Inspection inspects every domiciliary care agency in England. Currently all providers are inspected once or twice a year with inspections ranging from one to several days. However, now, for top providers, full inspections will be once every three years under changes to the regulation system announced by the Dept. Of Health.

The worst providers could receive several visit�s a year from the inspectors in a bid to bring them up to the required standards.

For the best providers, although visits may be every three years there will be a system of self assessment, review of complaints, etc. which will be ongoing.

Care Homes can expect an increase in the number of unannounced inspections. This is in light of recent reports that many care homes were poor providers.

Ceretas Annual Home Care Conference 2006 takes place on Wednesday 10th May at The Mermaid Conference Centre, Blackfriars, London. Speakers include Liam Byrne MP, Minister for Care Services and David Behan, Chief Inspector of CSCI. For details telephone 0115 983 8991.

In-House Section

Visits have been made to potential clients and existing clients in the last week in the following areas: Kent, Norfolk, Wales, Bradford and Suffolk. These visits have been for assessment. re-assessment and risk assessment purposes.

Interviews for Carers have taken place in Norfolk, Kent and Blackburn.

Client enquiries have come in from London, Berkshire, Cornwall, the Shetland Islands, Wales, Northumberland and mainland Scotland.

New Client - elderly lady in Sussex. Salary �536.00 per week.

Interesting Statistics

UK : In the last seven years the following numbers of staff have been recruited to the NHS:(Source Daily Mirror)

Wales : Recent views expressed by NHS workers in Wales have indicated that 43 percent have considered leaving the service.

Ban on Smoking in Public Places
In Summer 2007 smoking will be banned in "enclosed public places". This includes public houses, restaurants, clubs, etc. However, for the time being, residential homes are exempt from the ban.

Public House access for Disabled People
Almost half of Britain�s public houses are difficult or impossible to use by disabled people. (Leonard Cheshire research)

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.