The third annual Suffolk Care Awards has been launched, with entries open to Suffolk’s social care workforce and care providers until 16th March 2018. Judges are looking for companies and individuals who go the extra mile to offer exemplary and innovative care. Anyone interested in entering can download an entry form online at www.suffolkcareawards.com
where they can also find out more information about the Awards.
Scie, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, has launched a new website aimed at carers. You can access it here.
The finalists for Skills for Care’s Accolades 2018 have been announced. They are competing to win a national award celebrating excellence in workforce development. Click here.
A new service focused on helping adult social care employers find the right staff to service the growing needs of the health and social care sector in the East of England has been launched. Care Careers East works with care providers seeking staff in Suffolk, Norfolk and North Essex. It also works with individuals who would like to work in the care sector by matching them with existing vacancies. Click here to find out more and read the press release.
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) has received an ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – one of seven general hospitals in England, and the only one in the Midlands and East region, to receive this rating. CQC visited the Trust in November 2017. It was rated outstanding for being caring, effective and well-led, and 'good' for being safe and responsive. More information.
A report looking at six innovations in social care by SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Click here.
Skills for Care has produced a useful fact sheet giving details of the implications for social care employers of the new General Data Protection Regulations coming into force next year. Click here.
The Government has launched the Social Care Compliance Scheme - see details here -
to identify back pay for workers on the topic of sleep-ins. It says it expects all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled Calculating The Minimum Wage.
A new 'dementia hotspots' map has revealed the devastating impact of the disease in the Anglia region, according to an ITV report. Click here.
Care companies and inspiring care managers have scooped awards in the 2017 Suffolk Care Awards. The winners of 10 categories were announced at a ceremony held at Trinity Park on September 28. The Suffolk Care Awards are all about recognising excellent care practice in Suffolk and highlighting the important job that high-quality carers and innovative care providers and companies do every day. For the full list of winners, click here.
A community dementia service, supporting people in east and west Suffolk to live well with the condition, has been shortlisted for a national award. Dementia Together has been shortlisted in the category CCG and Local Authority Integrated Commissioning for Carers in the Health Service Journal Awards 2017. Dementia Together is commissioned by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups and Suffolk County Council and is led by Sue Ryder, working with local organisations. More information.
Skills for Health and Health Education England has launched a new free oral healthcare e-learning course
to support anyone interested in learning more about oral health and mouth care. It will be particularly useful for those providing care for others.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced a quick guide - Moving between hospital and home, including care homes -
for registered managers of care homes. Click for the pdf copy
A LIN Eastern Region Housing meeting - entitled Dementia - the next big housing challenge -
takes place at Bowthorpe Care Village in Norwich on Thursday, November 9th starting at 10am. You can book by clicking here
This conference takes place on 14th November at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa. For further information, click here.
Care and residential homes across Suffolk are invited to be part of a free competition to increase physical activity in Suffolk called the Suffolk Care Home Olympics 2017. The ambition of the project is to increase regular activity amongst the elderly, as research proves that being active daily helps maintain cognitive function, reduces cardiovascular risk, helps maintain ability to carry out daily living activities, and improves mood and reduces the risk of falls. Express an interest in taking part by September 15. Read here for more information.
The chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals have signed a joint statement on conflicts of interest. Read more here.
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has responded to CQC’s consultation document on the next phase of CQC regulation. Click here for more information.
Tickets for Suffolk Care Awards 2017 winners night are now on sale. Held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on September 28, the night starts with a drinks reception and continues with a three-course dinner with wine, followed by the moving and thrilling Awards ceremony. Afterwards, there's a disco. Around 200 guests will be there to recognise and celebrate Suffolk's award-winning care givers and providers. Tickets are £100 each with a table of 10 costing £750. Contact Amanda Bilner at email@example.com
The National Dignity Council has produced a resource pack for its Dancing for Dignity campaign. The pack contains many idea for Champions to support the initiative. Click here to download the resource pack
The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery, support longer lives better lived, meet major challenges facing social care, ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health - as well as save money in social care. Those are the key findings in a briefing paper by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie). Click here.
Skills for Care's Moving Up
BAME programme supports aspiring social care leaders from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to step up and establish themselves within senior management roles. Click here to find out more
Category finalists in this year's Suffolk Care Awards have been announced. Click here
to find out who is through to the final on September 28th at Trinity Park, Ipswich.
to find out more information about the Quality Matters initiative, which is aimed at improving adult social care.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence, Scie, has a new tool for improving personalisation in care homes. The action planning tool is for managers and owners of care homes for older people. Click here
A consultation for the advanced clinical practice degree apprenticeship is now open. You can take part here
at Skills for Health until 25th July.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, has published a new quality standard covering oral health, dental health and daily mouth care for adults in care homes, with and without nursing provision. Click here
The Care Quality Commission is looking for your views on changes it is planning to the way it regulates health and adult social care services. This is its the second consultation on proposed changes, and you can contribute by Tuesday 8th August by clicking here
You can access a free DVD to help with training staff delivering end of life care by clicking here
. It has been funded through the Commissioning for Learning Group and has been produced by the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy.
Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer, according to the Alzheimer's Society, which is asking everyone to unite against dementia for Dementia Awareness week May 14th - 20th. Find out what is happening here
Seminars useful for people thinking about care for the future, including what to look for in a residential/nursing home, are being held in Ipswich on May 16th - one in the afternoon and one in the evening. You need to pre-book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and click here
for a flyer.
The current apprenticeships frameworks in Health and Social Care and in Care Leadership and Management will be withdrawn by Skills for Care and Development on 29 December, 2017. See details on Skills for Care website.
The Care Quality Commission has published a report sharing a collection of short case studies of good practice shown by care providers that are rated good or outstanding overall. Click here
to access a pdf of the report called Celebrating good care, championing outstanding care
. Skills for Care has produced a good and outstanding care guide. Click here.
A new campaign and set of resources, produced by Mencap in collaboration with NHS England, is all about encouraging people with a learning disability to get better healthcare by letting people know that doctors and other healthcare workers can provide extra support and advice. Click here for details of the campaign on Mencap's website.
Here's a link to some useful guides
Sue Ryder has launched a new dementia service for Suffolk (excluding Waveney) called Dementia Together, working in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, Purple Tuesday and the University of Suffolk to offer a single point of contact for people curious or concerned about dementia. Click here for an information sheet.
For a referral form, click here
The Suffolk Brokerage is offering a free workshop to all care providers who are registered for inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 11th May at Ip-City Centre, Ipswich. It covers preparing for your CQC inspection, managing the process and reflecting on your report. It runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and lunch is included. Click here to download a flyer and the booking form.
The Suffolk Care Awards closes for entries on Friday, 31st March 2017. There are 10 categories this year. All the details of how to enter are on the Suffolk Care Awards website here
A free training opportunity - on the value and importance of activity to care settings - is being held on Tuesday 27th June, 2017, from 10am to 4pm, at Stowlangtoft Hall Nursing Home in Stowlangtoft, Bury St Edmunds, in conjunction with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA). You can get more details from a flyer, which includes a booking form, by clicking on this link
Care England has welcomed the changes that coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Click Care England here.
Healthwatch Suffolk has produced a report exploring people’s experiences of diabetic foot care services in Suffolk. The report is available to download here.
A report on the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website which looks at how transformed and integrated health and care could improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness. Here's the link.
The 2017 National Apprenticeship Week saw the launch of three new apprenticeship standards for Healthcare Support Workers, Senior Healthcare Support Workers and Assistant Practitioners. Click here to go to the Skills for Health
The Care Inspectorate has published a report looking into the dependency needs of care home residents. It uses data from a large sample of Scottish care homes. Click here.
The Law Commission’s report Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
has been published and is awaiting a response from the Government. Click here for more information
A free information session on osteoporosis and falls is being held on Tuesday 18th April at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich, from 9am to 5pm. You can register for this free event at www.nos.org.uk/studydays
or download a leaflet here
A new report called Housing for an Ageing Society
has recently been published. Here's the link.
Skills for Health has put together a really useful toolkit on social media. It covers a wide range of topics, from writing a social media strategy, measurement, and showing the value of social media. Here's the link
The National Care Association’s Spring Conference takes place on 16th March in Birmingham and is being attended by David Mowat, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Community Health and Care. You can find details about the conference and conference timetable, and a booking form by clicking on the links here - Conference programme
and Conference booking form.
This practical guide is for adult social care commissioners who wish to develop their understanding of the costs involved in providing care to help them meet these duties. Entitled Working with Care Providers to Understand Costs
it's by the Chartered Institute of Public Financing and Accountancy. Click here.
The Medical Protection Society, in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and NHS England, has launched a free Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty online learning tool specifically for health professionals across England and Wales. It will help healthcare professionals understand what the MCA is, what they need to know, how it affects them, how it affects their patients and how to apply this to their practice. The access this free tool, click here
If you employ your own personal assistants or carers using a direct payment or your own money, you can ask for money to pay for training for you and your staff. Funding closes on 28th February, 2017, at 5pm. Click here to find out more from Skills for Care
and to make an application. Skills for Care has produced a report on PAs - click here
The Suffolk Brokerage is running three roadshows, which are free to attend, on the topic of care recruitment in January 2017. Keynote speaker is Professor Jill Manthorpe, Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London. Click here to download a PDF flyer and booking form.
The building resilient teams programme is due to run at University of Suffolk in the spring. Teams must be clinical (patient facing) and be based within Norfolk, Suffolk and North East Essex. The closing date is 7th January. Click here for an information sheet.
The University of East Anglia has a free e-learning course designed to enhance the knowledge of any person involved in the administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia, swallowing difficulties, or those with a general interest in pharmacy who want to learn more. Click here to find out more
Available from January, there is a training opportunity for health and social care practitioners to take part in an initiative consisting of a 20-credit module at the University of East Anglia, combined with a work-based learning portfolio and practice-based experience. For further information, please click here.
More care workers are needed to meet the care and support needs of the future. A new paper from the Social Care Institute for Excellence
looks at three hypothetical future scenarios, and how the sector might respond to the challenges and opportunities those scenarios offer in relation to recruiting, training and retaining care workers.
The Department of Health has launched the first phase of its new Dementia 2020 Citizens' Engagement Programme. The Government wants to hear first-hand from people with dementia, their families and carers. You can take part in the survey by clicking here
and it's open until the end of January 2017.
November 14, 2016 is World Diabetes Day. Click here
to read a press release about it.
Skills for Care has updated its toolkit on recruiting for values and behaviours in social care. Click here
to access it. The toolkit includes topics such as job advertisements and interview questions and good practice case studies.
New Apprenticeship Standards are being developed in England which will, ultimately, replace the current frameworks. The survey for assistant health practitioner support is open until 7th December. You can give your views by clicking here on Skills for Health
The over 75s are at most risk of preventable winter deaths and many of these deaths could be avoided if people were given advice about staying warm and healthy during winter months. A free guide called Being Winter Wise
is available on the Independent Age website by clicking here
Demands are increasing on health and social care. State of Care – the Care Quality Commission's annual overview of health and social care in England – looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care. Click here.
FoNS, the centre for nursing innovation, has produced a practical guide to revalidation for nurses working in social care, as well as a video which includes a useful, short case study. Click here for website and video link.
On World Mental Health Day, the National Dignity Council urges everyone to consider the ways in which they can help improve perceptions around mental health, giving it greater parity with physical health issues and the importance it deserves. Read more
Every year 44,000 lives are lost in the UK due to sepsis. The NHS has produced an interactive film about sepsis targeted towards healthcare professionals. There are multiple versions of the film, but click here
to access it. You can also take part in a survey about the film here.
Skills for Care is running a series of seminars on recruitment and retention in the Eastern region. They cover the topics of finding the right people for your organisation and recruiting for values in adult social care - including interviewing for values, behaviours and attitudes. They run from September to March 2017 in Colchester, Norwich, Cambridge, Stansted, Newmarket and Letchworth. To find out more and to book your place visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/recruitmentseminars
or click here for a PDF flyer
The Suffolk Brokerage is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, 23rd August at Endeavour House, Ipswich, at 2.30pm. We are very aware of the difficulties many of you are experiencing with recruiting and retaining staff, and have had some discussions with Suffolk County Council around what we can do to assist you. We would like to hear all your views. Please email email@example.com
to register your attendance. Click here for an agenda
The Suffolk Brokerage is looking to appoint a number of board directors. Experience of the health and social care sector is desirable, but not essential. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with experience of finance, HR, recruitment or marketing. Contact Louise Whitley on firstname.lastname@example.org
. Click here for more details
The Care Quality Commission has produced a good practice guide – Managing care home closures
– to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit.
Skills for Care’s Accolades awards are open to adult social care organisations of all sizes and individual employers in England. The closing date for entries is Friday 23 September 2016. Click here for more information.
The programme of seminars run by Skills for Care has been announced. The seminars will help you prepare for, and respond to, inspections, assess the Care Certificate and focus on recruitment. Click here
for more information.
St Elizabeth Hospice is running a series of educational sessions on palliative and end of life care taking place on four consecutive Wednesdays during September and October 2016. Click here
for details and a pdf flyer.
The East Suffolk Care Homes Forum has just been launched and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of residents of the care homes in this area. As well as representatives from Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Suffolk Community Healthcare and out-of-hours providers, local care homes are also included.
Suffolk Brokerage's summer newsletter is now out. It has latest details on the Suffolk Care Awards and information about the new Government apprenticeship levy coming into force next year. Click here to access a pdf of The Newsletter.
The Workforce Development Fund 2016/17 is now open. This fund helps towards the costs of health and social care qualifications on the QCF framework including diplomas and apprenticeships. For further information please click here for a leaflet giving details.
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nurse for England, has today launched a Five Year Nursing strategy for all nurses working in England ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’
sets out a strategy for the first time which clearly includes all registered nurses and care teams working in social care. Care England is the largest representative body for independent sector social care providers.
The Department of Health's open consultation on a new strategy for carers has been extended until 31st July 2016. The Government wants to hear from carers, those who have someone who care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers. Click here
for more information.
MECC is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. These Department of Health
guidance documents support the local implementation and evaluation of MECC activity, and the development of training resources.
Suffolk Brokerage's Registered Managers meetings take place at Stowmarket Community Centre. Contact Karen Perridge on email@example.com to book a place. Click here for further information.
The accessible information standard aims to make sure that disabled people have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need. All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care must follow the standard by law by July 31st, 2016. NHS England PDF leaflet.
East Coast Community Healthcare is providing two days of health coaching training for all clinical staff in primary care settings - including nursing homes. Training takes place in Beccles on Friday, 17th June and Friday 1st July. To book a place, call 01502 718674/ 07500 929103, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to access a PDF flyer
A free, county-wide register called PA Finder enables people to search for a personal assistant. For the first time, PAs looking for work can put their name down on the register to find employment. PA Finder is run by The Suffolk Brokerage. Click here
to go to PA Finder or click here to read a PDF press release
The Suffolk Care Awards were launched on March 20th, 2016. Could you be a winner? Visit the Suffolk Care Awards
website where you can download an information pack and find out about the 13 categories. Click here for a PDF press release.
The Suffolk Brokerage has organised a number of care business training courses taking place in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft up until June 2016 covering topics including marketing, business planning and cash flow forecasting, retaining staff, and an HR masterclass. All sessions, which run from 9.30am to 4pm, are free. Click here for further details on a PDF flyer.
A new qualification from the ILM - the Institute of Leadership and Management - is open to anyone who attends or organises volunteering as part of their job. Christine Laverock Training Services is taking bookings for the ILM Level 3 Award in Management of Volunteers commencing April 21st, at Community Action Suffolk in Ipswich, from 9.30am to 2pm. It comprises four half-day workshops, as well as practical assignments. Click here for information on a PDF flyer.
Half day workshops, to support support nurses and midwives through revalidation, are taking place on Thursday, 21st April at Ipswich Hospital, and on Tuesday, 26th April at the University of East Anglia. Places are limited to 22 per session, so the advice is to book early. Contact 01603 597199 or email email@example.com
A project aimed at helping family carers spot signs of deterioration in the nutrition and health of the person they are looking after, as well as giving them one-to-one support at home, has been launched in Suffolk. Training sessions are being held throughout 2016 in Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Sudbury. Called the Integrated Family Carer Support Project, it
is being run in partnership by the charities Sue Ryder and Suffolk Family Carers, funded by the Suffolk Brokerage and Health Education East (HEE). Click here to see a press release
about the project. For a PDF flyer family carers, click here.
Free training sessions organised by St Nicholas Hospice Care are being held at the Hyndman Centre in Bury St Edmunds, from 2pm to 4pm. They run from Tuesday 1st March, 2016, to December and cover a number of different topics including pain in the older person, nausea and vomiting, and palliative care emergencies. Please click here for more details.
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is holding its flagship conference and 2016 awards on 23rd March. For further information, click here
One of The Suffolk Brokerage's expert services is a free 'health check' for your care service. Our consultant, a very experienced adult social care practitioner, will work with you and benchmark your service against good practice. Click here for details
Clarke Care in Bury St Edmunds recently received an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission
. Owner Lorraine Clarke shared her top tips to Registered Managers at a meeting in Stowmarket run by The Suffolk Brokerage. Click here
to read Lorraine's tips. Also, an article in The Guardian
with top tips on preparing for a CQC inspection.
The 31st Norfolk Palliative Care Conference takes place on Thursday, 12th May 2016 at the Bob Champion Research Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Click here
for more information. To book, call 01603 287227.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Workforce Partnership is running a series of workshops to support nurses and midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's revalidation process. There are still places left on the next workshop being held on 11th February, 2016, at Mid Suffolk District Council offices in Needham Market. Click here for flyer details.
Suffolk Community Healthcare's falls and fragility fracture prevention team is inviting care professionals to an open day on Thursday 25th February, 2016 to view and evaluate equipment specialising in falls and fracture prevention. It is taking place between 10am and 4pm at Ipswich Hospital's postgraduate education centre in Heath Road. For more information, contact Anita Walkinshaw at Suffolk Community Healthcare on 01473 275250. Click here
for a leaflet.
If you provide dementia support within Suffolk, you are invited to the Suffolk Dementia Providers Forum which is being held on 28th January 2016, 9.30am at Landmark House, Ipswich. Click here to find out more.
You can contact Lucy Dougan on 01284 811107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free places are now available for a conference called Eliminating Avoidable Heel Pressure Ulcers
taking place on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 at the Hallam Conference Centre in London. Chaired by Tina Chambers, Vice Chair of the Tissue Viability Society, it focuses on a practical guide to eliminating heel pressure ulcers. Click here for details.
Personal Health Budget (PHB) holders now have until March 31st, 2016 to apply for funding for training for themselves or their personal assistants (PAs). Click here for further information.
The West Suffolk Care Home Conference is being held on Friday 15th April, 2016 in Bury St Edmunds from 9.30am. To find out more and register click here.
St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich is running a Masterclass in Palliative Care
on 16th March, 2016. It will cover respiratory symptoms in palliative care and you can find out more information by clicking here
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has information about a webinar taking place on 3rd February from 12.30pm entitled Understanding and supporting the digital needs of the Charitable Sector: How can Connecting Care help?
You can register and find more information here
Are you one of a significant number of registered nurses working for a smaller social or primary care provider? The new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation requirements will impact on the way every nurse demonstrates their competence to practice and renew their registration every three years. The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) is offering a series of FREE informative and practical workshops to help nurses prepare for revalidation. The workshops are facilitated by FoNS and representatives from the NMC. Click here for full details and contact information
The inaugural National Council for Palliative Care Awards will recognise outstanding commitment, care and support to end of life care across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These are the only awards dedicated to recognising people from across the health and social care sector who make a real difference to improving the experience of end of life care. Nominations for the awards close on Friday 8th January 2016 and the awards ceremony takes place at Keele University on 23rd March 2016. Click here for more details
This week (7-13 December, 2015) is Social Care Commitment Week. The Social Care Commitment is a promise made by people working in care to give the best care and support possible. Organisations sign up and encourage their staff to do the same. Click here for more information.
St Elizabeth Hospice has joined up with a range of partners to offer free informative and practical education and training courses. The network is open to anyone who works in a care setting. To find out more click here
or call 01473 727776 or email email@example.com
The Suffolk Brokerage is working in partnership with Leading Lives to deliver Care Certificate training across the sector. The full course is delivered over a one half day session and a further full day session and is available in three different locations in Suffolk. For details of course dates and venues in 2015, and for instructions on how to book please download this flyer.