News Items

EU Exit planning update: DHSC update (15-03-2019)

Letter from Department of Health & Social Care via Care Quality Commission 15 March 2019 Dear Colleague, As you will be aware, over the last few days Parliament voted against leaving the EU without a deal and in favour of extending... Read more


EU Exit planning update: DHSC update (26-02-2019)

Letter to adult social care providers from Caroline Dineage, Minister of State of Care 26 February 2019 Dear Colleague, Further to the letter of 21 December 2018 from the Permanent Secretary, I am writing to update you on work to ensure... Read more


Safeguarding: everyone’s priority

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The CQC statistics on safeguarding reporting as highlighted on BBC Breakfast 18 February, look alarming, but hide some nuanced messages. Care providers in the community are required to report to the national regulator to ensure that they do not fall... Read more


Every Day Is Different

The national reruitment campaign for adult social care launched on 12th February  2019, to run until the end of March with the aim of demystifying some misconceptions and promoting social care as a rewarding and worthwhile career. Social care is a... Read more


EU Settlement Scheme pilot

News item via Royds Withy King EU citizens working in social care, health and the education sectors are being given the opportunity to confirm their lawful status in the UK ahead of Brexit, which is less than four months away. EU citizens must... Read more


CQC Fees consultation 2019-20

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The Care Quality Commission are consulting on fee increases for 2019-20. CQC is proposing to raise fees for community social care providers by 12.7%. We disagree with this path (and their consultation portal is a bit of a shambles too). The... Read more


No deal, Brexit

As we move towards the Government target of 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019 for the UK to leave the EU, unless you have been away from 24-hour news on holiday, you will have not have failed to note the increasing panic that we may leave on a no deal... Read more


The adult social care miracle

Sadly, another home care provider exited the market this week in Oxfordshire. It's too early to judge the causes of this withdrawal, but we congratulate the tireless work of the Registered Manager and staff at Cherwell Care, as well as Oxfordshire... Read more


New SwC PA portal launches

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Since OACP took over the register of Approved Personal Assistants under the Support with Confidence licence, we have worked hard to try and make the most of micro-providers working in Oxfordshire, who fill the gaps between registered home care and... Read more


Court of Appeal rules on sleep in payments

Today the Court of Appeal has sent down a joint judgement on the Royal Mencap Sciety Ltd v Tomlinson-Blake, and Rampersad v Shannon cases concerning the payment of National Minimum Wage across all hours a worker is employed in the workplace and in... Read more