Care Act for carers: One year on

We welcome the findings of the Carers Trust’s new report ‘Care Act for carers: One year on’.

This shows that there are some carers who are getting good support under the Care Act, as well as some examples of good practice.

It also shows what needs to improve. Too many carers were unaware of their rights. Practitioners need to understand that a carer’s right to support is independent of the person they care for.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care said:

“I welcome this report and was very pleased to be invited to provide evidence. Support for carers is an important feature that CQC has to see in order to award a Good or Outstanding rating. The best services we see value the contribution that carers can make and proactively consider their needs as well as the needs of people using services.

“Carers’ organisations are involved in our coproduction meetings that develop the way we work and I am grateful for their contribution.”

The 1st Annual Kent Care Awards 2016

KiCA presents

The 1st Annual Kent Care Awards 2016

in Association with the Great British Care Awards

Get your best gown and tuxedo at the ready because the new annual Kent Care event is here… The 1st Annual Care Awards will take place in 2016 to celebrate the work carried out in our great Care sector in Kent. This is a chance to reward the people you work with, work for you or simply people you know in the sector who have been superheroes and delivered something awesome this year and every year.

As Care businesses in Kent this is our opportunity to reward those that really matter  – so lets celebrate the successes of our staff and grow our appreciation for the work they do for in this sector. This is the 1st of Annual Kent Care Awards were we all will celebrate the care sector in this great county of Kent and have an evening to remember.

The Executive Board at KiCA want to hear your nominations for all the awards that will be given out to celebrate great care work in Kent. Your votes truly count and it is important we all engage to build on a successful year so far.

The judging of the awards will take place on 8th September 2016 with a plethora of independent selected judges from the sector. The deadline for nominations is 31st August 2016 so get them in now on our nominations page is live RIGHT HERE!

There are 12 Categories for awards all are linked to Care Homes, LDMH and Home Care Services in Kent so if you have team members who you wish to celebrate and promote their excellent work then let us know we want to hear from you:

Categories for Awards are:

  • The Care Home Worker Award
  • The Home Care Worker Award
  • The Care Home Registered Manager Award
  • The Home Care Supervisor/Leader Award
  • The Ancillary Worker Award
  • The Dementia Carer Award
  • The Care Trainer Award
  • The Care Innovator Award
  • The Care Assessor Award
  • The Nurse Care Award
  • The Putting People First/ Personalisation Award
  • The Care Nutrition Award

So please go to our nominations page and make your nominations NOW!

Remember all winners of the awards will automatically be entered in the nominations for the Great British Care Awards South East section in Brighton in November – we are officially linked to this awards to find out more about them at http://www.care-awards.co.uk/ 

Let the celebrations begin as the winners will be announced at the 1st Annual Kent Care Awards Gala Evening – Get out your best gown and black tie for the gents – as we are going to celebrate our sector in Kent in Style.

The Awards Gala will be held on Friday 7th October 2016 starting at 7.00pm.

Venue: The Ramada Hotel, Dover, Kent

http://www.ramadadover.co.uk/contact/Location-of-Ramada-Hotel/

We hope you invite your teams and your nominees from your businesses as this is their night and an evening for us all to get together and enjoy the great work we all do for the care sector in Kent.

Your Tables include the evening festivities, Food (Buffet Style), Awards & Late night DJ through to 1am. With prize draws and charity donations.

So to find out more about tables and booking your table for the evening now please get in touch with us at info@kica.care or check out the website here

For more information or details on the nominations process, the evening or is you wish to get involved with organisation and sponsorship contact us on marketing@kica.care - all queres and questions are welcome.

We hope to see you all there we hope it will be a night to remember and the beginning of a special event which will run year on year.

Our thanks form all the KiCA Executive Board.

In conjunction with our principal sponsors Kieran Lynch & Co – The VAT Specilaists

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Belmont Sandbanks is discussed on Channel Radio - Listen Again...

This week Director of Belmont Sandbanks Care Group - Adam Hutchison discusses the care business and the Kent Integrated Care Alliance on the business bunker / Kent Business Radio on Channel Radio. Discussing working in the industry, the perception and the joys of working in the care sector.

Download and Listen Again Here

http://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/category/shows link for the show here

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Social care industry at breaking point due to planned increase in national living wage

TV viewers fell in love with Derek, the kind care worker portrayed by Ricky Gervais, who looks after the elderly residents of the Broad Hill nursing home.

Yet Kent care bosses say jobs for people like the loveable Channel 4 character are under threat from cuts to funding and an increase in labour costs from the national living wage due in April next year.

The county’s care industry is at breaking point according to Adam Hutchison, who represents about 200 care providers across the county as an executive board member of the Kent Integrated Care Alliance.

He said private care homes will close if local authorities do not provide more money and claims the cost of caring for residents allocated through social services has been underfunded for more than a decade.

Mr Hutchison, who is director of Belmont Sandbanks Care Group, which operates homes in Romney Marsh and near Hastings, said his company receives £408.48 per patient per week from Kent County Council.

Yet his private fees for residential care range from £550 to £650 per week.

In East Sussex care homes receive £496 a week while in Hampshire the figure is £574.

In west Kent, the figure increases to £440.30.

The situation has been made worse by increases in the cost of workers.

“We need to increase what is funded by central and local government to accommodate the increase in labour costs forced on us by government...” - Adam Hutchison, Kent Integrated Care Alliance

Over the last 10 years the national minimum wage has gone up from £5.35 in 2006 to £6.70 last month, an increase of 25%. Another 6% increase will be introduced in April when the government introduces its £7.20 national living wage.

However, the Kent County Council rate for supporting residents in care homes has risen by only 5% since 2008 – with the additional cost swallowed by private businesses.

The latest increase in the national minimum wage at the start of October is expected to cost Mr Hutchison’s business £26,000 in increased labour costs. The introduction of the national living wage in April is due to up that by another £70,000.

He claims government payments need to increase by £20.52 per week per person just to stand still, with that due to increase once the living wages comes into effect.

Mr Hutchison, who employs more than 75 people, said: “As a sector we are all for the national living wage because people don’t get paid enough.

“However, how are we able to fund that? We are constantly under pressure to improve quality but we are at breaking point in care.

“The private market subsidises the social services market. Those who pay privately will have to pay more than those who come through social services.

“We need to increase what is funded by central and local government to accommodate the increase in labour costs forced on us by government.”

“We have got the national living wage and all the pressures it brings, which is probably more than the impact of the amount which can be raised through council tax..." - Cllr Graham Gibbens

“If this doesn’t happen, the short term result is independently run businesses in Kent, small family-run providers,will begin to exit the market and decide to build houses on their land or look at another form of business on the site.

“Then there will be a knock on for employment, with the long term effect larger national providers will come in and be able to charge what they want.

“We’re not trying to plead poverty but we are under pressure as a business sector.”

In the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to allow councils to put council tax bills up by 2% provided all the money was used to help fund social care.

Kent County Council cautiously welcomed the move.

Cabinet member for adult social care & public health Graham Gibbens said: “The announcement was only recent and it is too early to give a forensic analysis.

“The big issue is how the 2% is going to be used but I do welcome it.

“The Government has recognised that social care does need to be funded.

“We have got the national living wage and all the pressures it brings, which is probably more than the impact of the amount which can be raised through council tax.

“One of the big things we need to do is encourage people to stay at home as long as they can and avoid going into residential care..." - Cllr Graham Gibbens

“As a local authority we have a duty to ensure there’s a vibrant social care market and we have a duty to ensure there’s appropriate funding to the sector.”

He said he would have been “very disappointed” if funding was cut and hopes to be able to increase funding in the future.

He added: “One of the big things we need to do is encourage people to stay at home as long as they can and avoid going into residential care.

"We have been quite successful at keeping people out of residential care but as people get older many do not have any other option.

“How we manage that is an issue.”

He has also approved plans to force KCC to pay the same amount to social care providers wherever they are in the county, which comes into force next year.

Who Cares about the Care Sector?

The results of a National Care Association survey of independent Care provider members has shown that 24% of care providers could exist the market.

The very people the care sector relies on to provide high quality care are being squeezed to the point where many are considering and exit from the sector, which could create a serious bed shortage and have serious repercussions for the wider NHS.

The National Care Associations predicts – due to the £375 m black hole in state funding – such an exit could equate to the loss of 40,000 beds in the independent social care market. and the worsening of the bed blocking crisis already in evidence across much of the NHS.

The NCA points to a critical shortfall in the average council funding of about 8% for a typical care home placement care home placement as the significant contributory factor in the likely exodus of care providers. This underfunding together with the impact on Care Sector overheads of the introduction of the NLW National Living Wage in April 2016 is seriously eroding the viability of many care homes businesses.

Without increasing funding from local councils in recognition of the true cost of care the predicted market crash will spell the end of the road for many independent care homes … In short under very real threat is a UK support service which is essential to local government and NHS care provision.

More detail of the reports can be found in the following Links

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