News Items

Hft’s annual Sector Pulse Check

Hft have published their 4th annual Sector Pulse Check summarising the pressure felt by providers across a range of services. Not surprisingly, the biggest pressure felt across the sector is wage rises fuelled by unfunded NLW increases and continued... Read more


Individual employer funding

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If you are employed through a personal budget from social care or health (i.e. personal health budget) or paid by someone using your own money (this is sometimes called being a 'self-funder'), your client can apply for funding to train themselves... Read more


Co-production handbook launched

Knowing how to do Co-production can be daunting. That’s why Oxfordshire County Council has created the Working Together Handbook – a helpful and user-friendly collection of best practice guidance to getting it right. Co-production is not a... Read more


A majority for social care?

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So, now we know what colour of government we will have for the foreseeable future, how much do we know about their policies? The Conservative manifesto was remarkably thin to match their core message of getting Brexit done. What else can we... Read more


Oxfordshire Provider Conference 2019

This year's annual Oxfordshire Provider Conference on 4 November 2019 is set to be another success with all spaces taken. As with last year, there will be a live broadcast of Key Note Speakers and Cross Cutting Themes, so that if you have not been... Read more


EU Exit Planning update: DHSC update (23-10-2019)

Letter from Department of Health & Social Care via Care Quality Commission 23 October 2019 Dear Colleagues, Brexit contingency planning update for adult social care providers and local authorities Ahead of 31st October, I am writing... Read more


Congestion in Oxford

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Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have launched a major engagement exercise to gather views of residents, commuters and employers affected by congestion in Oxford. Bold proposals announced to reduce congestion for routes into and... Read more


Concerned about social care funding?

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Online Petition for social care – please sign and share Dear Colleague, We are sharing a link to an online petition launched this month by Somerset County Council and backed by North Somerset Council. You’ll all be familiar with the Panorama... Read more