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Free flu vaccinations for care workers

As from Wednesday 15 November everyone employed in direct care in Oxfordshire is eligible for a free flu vaccination courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council. Team members need to go to their local pharmacy or GP Practice and ask for a free flu... Read more


Countywide, caring is becoming outstanding

We regularly, and unashamedly, publicise how well care providers are performing. In a challenging environment for delivering care, a landscape made more unwelcome by high house prices and wage costs, it is a tremendous feat for a care provider ro... Read more


HMRC launch NMW compliance scheme

Care providers facing a complaint of not paying the NMW to care workers providing sleep-in services, have been offered an olive branch by HMRC to enable them to calculate the back-pay owed (if any). The scheme launched on 1 November is intended to... Read more


Is Registering the Right Support the right way forward?

In June, CQC set out its approach to registration for providers who support people with learning disabilities and autism. With historic scandals like Winterbourne View and the now unthinkable mass hospitals of the past in mind, residential services... Read more


Government extends suspension of NLW-sleep in enforcement

On 28th September, Government agreed to extend the current NLW enforcement suspension. If you haven't beeen following this in detail, this may feel outrageous, or at least confusing. Shouldn't all companies pay NLW/ NMW? In short, the flat rate... Read more


More Outstanding Care

As we moved through the summer holidays, perhaps just for a while forgetting our daily work pressures and chores, care delivery improved in Oxfordshire with three more services being rated as oustanding by the Care Quality Commission. Joining the... Read more


Quality improvement in Oxfordshire

The news that Oxfordshire has improved its care quality is to be welcomed. All reputable care providers set out to provide good quality care and in Oxfordshire we have seen an improvement in the ratings given by the Care Quality Commission.... Read more


Care homes bed availability

On 2 August, Radio 4's You and Yours discussed the lack of care home beds in parts of England. This discussion centred mainly on the north of England where social care providers are more dependent on public funding to run their provision. In short,... Read more


Government sleeps on sleep-in payments

The announcement on 26 July that Government will suspend HMRC enforcement activity and waive historical financial penalties, prior to 26 July, is welcome news for social care providers delivering sleep-in support, mainly for people with a learning... Read more


OACP moves office

OACP has moved home from Wallingford to Abingdon, where we are now sharing office space with Age UK Oxfordshire. Whilst the move was purely pragmatic for OACP, as our team are often out and about, it also offers the two organisations opportunities... Read more