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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


Saving Social Care

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Saving Social Care: How to find more of the best frontline care employees and keep the ones you have “A vital resource for any care provider”, Professor Martin Green OBE, Care England Saving Social Care is a practical guide to recruiting... Read more


Sleep walking to sleep in disaster

The recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in favour of an employee over their employer has put further pressure on care providers already struggling to make ends meet. In a case heard along with two similar others, a Royal Mencap... Read more


New Social Care Workforce Planning Tool

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Social Care Workforce Planning Tool goes live Social care employers across England have access to a new, free resource to help them plan and develop their workforce. Oxfordshire County Council has worked in partnership with Skills for Care to... Read more


Major report underlines social care crisis

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At 88 pages, the Adult Social Care Ninth Report of Session, published by the House of Commons on 27 March 2017, takes some digesting. However, anyone following the downward spiral of social care as funding has tightened, will know that this Report... Read more


Labour raise in-house home care motion

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In the last Full Council before local elections in May, Labour raise a Motion to create an in-house (council) home care workforce. An in-house workforce is 20-30% more expensive due to public sector overhead costs. And our view is that, the home... Read more


This is a large crisis

Yet another 'expose' on social care this time by BBC's Panorama on 20 March reveals a crisis in home care. Whilst the figures are startling - 1 in 4 home care providers at risk of bankruptcy and 95 councils reporting the handing back of contracts -... Read more


Mental Capacity and DoLS reports published

The Law Commission published their final report and draft Bill on the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards on 13 March 2017. The draft report sets out 47 recommendations, including a pressing urgency that DoLS to be... Read more