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Soha support Prepare to Care

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Are you interested in getting back to work? OACP and Soha offer an introductory session aimed at anyone who is interested in wanting to know more about working in social care. This taster session is specially tailored to provide a key... Read more

Alliance launches sleep in survey

An alliance of national organisations ('Solve Sleep in Alliance' - ARC, Care England, LDE, LDV and VODG) has launched a survey to gather a full independent, accurate analysis of the impact of sleep-in back pay. This commissioned independent... Read more

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