News Items

CQC ratings at May 2016

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The latest aggregated ratings for adult social care provision have been released by CQC. Nationally, just 4% of care providers are rated Inadequate. 68% are Good or Outstanding. Like the previous month, they indicate that small is beautiful... Read more


Talking Care goes LIVE

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Talking Care is a new publication from Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers. The A4 36-page magazine reflects the many facets of social care around Oxfordshire. Our first issue is published online as an interactive flip-book, with a... Read more


NEW: Registered Managers Network – 7 June

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With support from Skills for Care, and in partnership with Abingdon & Witney College, OACP will be facilitating a new Registered Managers Network. The first meeting will be held at Godswell Park Care Home in Bloxham. Book your place... Read more


Personal Assistant Network – coming soon

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To support personal assistants, OACP will shortly be launching a complete programme of training and a Personal Assistant Network to enable quality delivery and networking across Oxfordshire. Available to anyone working as a Personal Assistant,... Read more


Personal health budget holder funding still available

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Personal Health Budget (PHB) holders who receive funding from the NHS, including those under 18, can apply for funding from Skills for Care to pay for training for themselves or their personal assistants (PAs). The funding can also be used to meet... Read more


OACP CEO appreciates office base

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OACP has been based at Howbery Park for a couple of years. Here, our Chief Executive, Eddy McDowall, reflects on what makes a good office base and why Howbery works for us. Not just the fish and chips on... Read more


Government extends CQC fee-raising powers

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On the 1 April, care providers are facing increased costs from the Care Quality Commission, the same day as the implementation of the National Living Wage. A consultation on fee-raising powers will significantly raise costs of inspection for... Read more


Putting the squeeze on care provision

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The National Living Wage (NLW) comes into force on Friday 1 April. Starting at £7.20 per hour, for all workers in the UK who are aged 25 and over, it will rise over the next four years to reach £9.00 per hour, or as the Chancellor has requested,... Read more


Care Certificate workbooks updated

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Skills for Care has updated three Care Certificate workbooks to reflect feedback from the sector. The Care Certificate workbook is a free downloadable resource to support the training process and help you and your new workers cover parts of the... Read more