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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

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