Are You Promoting the EU Settlement Scheme with Your Workforce?

EU nationals play a crucial role in our care system, and the Government wants them to know that they have a secure future here after the UK leaves the EU. Through the EU Settlement Scheme, which will launch later this month, EU nationals will be able to register for settled status if they have been here for five years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than five years.

The process to register is free, simple and largely digital, and we encourage social care providers to work with your workforce and support them through the process.

We’d also like to highlight the Department of Health and Social Care’s 26 February 2019 letter to all Adult Social Care Providers, which contains an update on the adult social care guidance for EU Exit Planning. Please read this letter, along with the EU Exit Operational Readiness Guidance, which outlines the key areas where you should consider your preparation for the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Government is maintaining an online repository of information for the health and social care sector on planning for a potential no-deal Brexit, and we will continue to communicate with the care market in Norfolk as and when information becomes available. You can also contact us via ASSDBrexitInfo@norfolk.gov.uk .

Shaping A Care Association for Norfolk – thank you and next steps

A big thank you to everyone took time out to give their views on the value and purpose of a Care Association for social care providers in Norfolk and what its priorities should be.

Over 150 owners, manager, employers and care workers, representing almost 300 social care services and thousands of service users completed, the 25-minute online survey.

Our six Market Connectors also spent many hours talking to managers and owners, raising awareness of the consultation and the potential benefits of a Care Association.

Added to the views of the 78 participants who attended the ½ day consultation workshops in October last year, it means that we, as a provider-led Executive Steering Group (ESG), can feel confident this has been a robust and inclusive consultation.

What next?

Our University partners (University of East Anglia and University of Suffolk) are currently analysing the results of the survey which will be considered at our next Executive Steering Group meeting in March 2019. Following that meeting a report on the survey will be sent direct to everyone who requested a copy. It will also be circulated widely through our usual communication channels. There will then be another short window for feedback.

In April 2019 a final report will be presented to the ESG bringing together all the strands of consultation and research: the initial consultation workshops; the online survey; additional feedback and our findings on what Care Associations are doing elsewhere in the country. This is the report that will contain options and recommendations on the purpose, priorities and form of a Care Association for Norfolk.

We already know from your responses (both through the survey and in conversations with the Market Connectors) that a large majority of you welcome the idea of a Care Association for Norfolk. Over 85% of survey respondents felt it was important to have a Care Association – 52% (very) and 33.3% (fairly). So, the consultation has given us a ‘green light’ to move towards implementation.

We look forward to updating you shortly.

The Executive Steering Group – Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk

Association Representing Mental Health Care (ARMC)

Community Action Norfolk (CAN)

Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd (N&SCS)

Norfolk County Council (NCC)

Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust (NCH&C)

Norfolk Continuing Care Partnership (NCCP)

Norfolk Independent Care (NIC)

Norfolk Older People’s Strategic Partnership

Voluntary Norfolk.

 

Norfolk Care Association Consultation – Have your say

With only a few days before the Norfolk Care Association consultation online survey closes, don’t miss the chance to feed in your views.

So far we have received almost 180 contributions from Social Care providers (managers, owners/employers and care workers) either as part of the face to face consultation events last October and/or through the survey. The respondees represent the full range of Adult Social Care Services and work with all ages and needs. We continue in our quest to make this consultation as inclusive as possible.

You can complete the online survey by going to: www.norfolkcareassociationconsultation.com

The new Care Consultation will be all about supporting Social Care providers and representing their views to commissioners and policy makers alike. However, the priorities for a Care Association for Norfolk and the way it runs are still to be determined and are the focus of this consultation.

The provider led Executive Steering Group overseeing the consultation is determined that the voice of the sector be sought and acted on throughout.

There are already some excellent and much valued support services available to Social Care providers but our feedback is that they often work well for one part of the sector or one part of Norfolk but not for everyone. A Care Association offers the opportunity to be a central hub for all social care providers. Below are just a few of the possible services a Care Association for Norfolk might offer:

  • a voice for the sector with commissioners and regulators – around the true cost of care but also more widely on systems and processes,
  • lobbying/campaigning/raising awareness of the sector generally.
  • providing information/advice and specialist support (eg HR/recruitment law/finance)
  • Signposting to partner services
  • Supporting recruitment and promoting careers in social care
  • Co-ordinating peer support networks
  • Maximising opportunities to buy services and goods at a discounted rate.

The survey will close at 11 pm on Friday 8th February so please find time to take 20 minutes out of your day to give us your views.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Executive Steering Group – Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk

Association Representing Mental health Care (ARMC)

Community Action Norfolk (CAN)

Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd (N&SCS)

Norfolk County Council (NCC)

Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust (NCH&C)

Norfolk Continuing Care Partnership (NCCP)

Norfolk Independent Care (NIC)

Norfolk Older People’s Strategic Partnership

Voluntary Norfolk

 

 

Exciting new community micro- enterprise project in Norfolk

Community Catalysts is working with the County Council and other local partners on the Norfolk Community Micro-enterprise Project which runs from August 2018 until January 2021.

The project takes learning from Community Catalysts’ highly successful project in Somerset and aims to work with local people who want to develop small enterprises and ventures offering a wide range of help and support for older and disabled people who want to live life their way.

As well as helping people to set up new enterprises Community Catalysts will also be able to advise small groups and organisations already established in Norfolk and looking to diversify or extend what they offer. Helping local people to help other local people.

Work will start in North Norfolk (Aldborough, Cromer, Mundesley, North Walsham) and the Greater Norwich area, where increasing the number and range of community micro-enterprises that provide a wide range of help and support for older and disabled people is seen as a real priority. Enterprises in other parts of Norfolk that fit well with local priorities can also be supported.

‘We are delighted to be working with Community Catalysts CIC to explore the potential and talent within our communities to develop enterprises which help people in their own homes and in the community’, says Sera Hall, Director of Integrated Commissioning Norfolk CCGs and Norfolk County Council. ‘As part of our Promoting Independence strategy we want to shift focus to strengthening prevention and early help, supporting people to stay independent for longer. Community Catalysts have a strong track record in supporting people to set up sustainable and high-quality community micro-enterprises which truly meet the needs in their communities. This project will increase capacity and the choice of services that are delivered by local people for local people.’

We will try hard to build on things that already work well and to value and nurture people, groups and organisations with strong local knowledge and expertise. The project aims to capture learning and actively use this to affect local system and culture change – working in partnership to improve the way that health and care works for people in Norfolk.

 

Debra Morris has been employed as the local Catalyst to lead the project in Norfolk and can be contacted on debra.morris@communitycatalysts.co.uk or 07384 835722.

National Social Care recruitment campaign

The information below has been taken from the Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd newsletter. This might be of interest to someone considering a new career?

The website for the national recruitment campaign for Social Care is up and running. ‘Every day is different when you care’ is a campaign that has been launched to promote job opportunities in the Adult Social Care sector. The website hosts job listings and a campaign which aims to show how rewarding a career in social care can be. It emphasises the fact that making a difference in people’s lives can bring a real sense of career fulfilment. Looking after people is a gratifying profession, which offers excellent progression from a support worker to a rehabilitation worker or a management position.

http://www.everydayisdifferent.com/consider.aspx

 

 

Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk – Have Your Say

There is an online survey seeking your views on the shape of a Care Association for Norfolk is live and can be accessed at https://uea.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/care-association-consultation-survey.

The survey will run until 11 pm on 8th February 2019 and has questions on the purpose, priorities and structure of a potential Care Association for Norfolk. The survey will take approximately 20 -25 minutes to complete.

You can also find it on the Norfolk Care Association consultation website: www.norfolkcareassociationconsultation.com

There are already a number of care associations across England, offering a wide range of services to Social Care providers including:

  • negotiation of fees with local authorities and health;
  • working alongside commissioners on policy, guidance and the introduction of new processes and systems;
  • peer support networks;
  • helping providers with recruitment, business, legal and HR advice;
  • DBS checks;
  • discounted bulk purchasing schemes and
  • access to training.

The survey was designed by a group from University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Suffolk (UoS), based on findings from consultation events held across the County in October and attended by 78 representatives from the Social Care sector. It has been commissioned by the provider-led Executive Steering Group for the ‘Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk Consultation’. You will find further information on the membership of the University Team and the Executive Steering Group on the consultation website.

Market Connectors will also be out and about raising awareness of the survey so there is maximum engagement across the Sector and to ensure as many voices are heard as possible.

The Executive Steering Group – Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk

Association Representing Mental health Care (ARMC) 
Community Action Norfolk (CAN) 
Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd (N&SCS) 
Norfolk County Council (NCC) 
Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust (NCH&C)
Norfolk Continuing Care Partnership (NCCP) 
Norfolk Independent Care (NIC)