Time to speak up for the vulnerable in society

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Today, The Oxford Times publishes a joint letter from a range of Oxfordshire providers concerned at the latest budget options proposed by Oxfordshire County Council. This unprecedented alliance demonstrates the strength of feeling at this latest... Read more

Number crunching the recruitment challenge

Where to start with a series of headlines over the past few weeks. The most alarming is the BBC News Report earlier in the week about soaring housing prices in Oxford and the surrounding area. The BBC says that a first step on the housing ladder... Read more

Dignity in Care Awards 2015

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Do you know a care worker who, or service which provides outstanding care? OACP is sponsoring the Leadership in Dignity Award in this first cross-Oxfordshire social care awards. The Awards are led by Age UK Oxfordshire and Healthwatch... Read more

Why invest in learning and development?

Why invest in learning and development? As an employer and provider of care services, you need to ensure that your workforce is competent to undertake their roles to high standards of professionalism, respect and sensitivity. As a good... Read more

Market Shaping Toolkit

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University have developed a Market Shaping Toolkit (MaST) supporting local authority and SME care provider innovation and collaboration. MaST supports both smaller care providers and local... Read more

Dignity in Care – a responsibility for all of us

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At the beginning of this week, Age UK Oxfordshire and Healthwatch Oxfordshire jointly launched their project on Dignity in Care in Oxfordshire. This is a research project that OACP fully supports and below we provide links to opportunities for... Read more

Manifesto for adult social care

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On 7 May, we all get the chance to tell aspiring politicians what we want from our next Government. Or rather we get the chance to choose, not so much a la carte, but a limited set menu of options. Debate on adult social care has been not... Read more

The Care Act is coming…

Last few weeks to the implementation of most of the Care Act. The Care Act 2014 is a new law about care and support for adults in England that will come into action in April 2015, making one new law saying what people will be able to get and what... Read more

Oxfordshire’s social care workforce

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Skills for Care published several documents recently on the state, size and structure of the social care workforce in England. They make for interesting reading. Some statistical highlights: The latest figures (2013) show that there are between... Read more

Care Act – eligibility

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A key component of the Care Act is the introduction of a new approach to the assessment of people’s needs for care and support. The new eligibility determination, which follows assessment, requires consideration of three key areas in order to... Read more