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Section 114 notices

Northamptonshire County Council has issued a section 114 notice, a technical tool that halts all non-essential expenditure as the Council cannot be confident of meeting current liabilities and does not have the reserves to bail it out. Unlike the... Read more


CQC rating updates

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Oxfordshire continues to outperform the rest of the country in terms of Good or Outstanding services. The last check showed that 89% of registered care services are in the top two rating categories. A full list of Oxfordshire's Outstanding services... Read more


#ColdHardFacts winter 2017/18 campaign

Do you know someone who is having to choose between heating and eating? They don’t have to. #ColdHardFacts is a campaign led by Better Housing Better Health and supported by Public Health to support vulnerable people in cold weather. ... Read more


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