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) 

 

Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk – Have Your Say

Spread the word! The 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 the 8th February 2019 and has questions on the purpose, priorities and structure of a potential Care Association for Norfolk. It will take approximately 20 -25 minutes to complete.

You can also find it on our 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 the 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.

We can learn a great deal from other care associations, but we want to ensure that a Norfolk Care Association delivers on the priorities identified by Norfolk employers for Norfolk residents.

We also want to make sure that the new Care Association will fully represent the diverse range of providers and Social Care services, so you will also find questions about membership, communication and funding.

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 our consultation website.

Our Market Connectors will also be out and about raising awareness of the survey to help us get maximum engagement across the Sector and to ensure we hear as many voices as possible.

We know life is busy and time is precious, so thank you in advance for your commitment to this important project.

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

 

The Market Position Statement is your best source of information on how the Council is shaping Adult Social Care in Norfolk

As you know, Norfolk County Council has published its 2018-19 Market Position Statement (MPS). This is a summary of the Norfolk Social Care market as it currently stands and how the Council intends to shape it to meet people’s needs in the future.

The MPS sets out the Council’s Promoting Independence Strategy to support people to be independent, resilient and well by shifting the focus towards strengthening prevention and early help and supporting people to stay independent for longer and enabling people to live at home with complex needs.  

At the heart of the Strategy is Living Well, the Council’s strengths-based approach to Social Work. Living Well has been built up from small innovation sites since September 2018 which were designed and implemented by front-line Social Care teams. Using feedback and learning from these sites the Council is currently agreeing an optimum approach which will be rolled out across Norfolk in 2019.

In the MPS you will also find information about a range of other projects that are delivering the Promoting Independence Strategy. This includes the provision of information and advice to Norfolk’s residents, place shaping and social prescribing work that is helping people to remain active, get support and tackle loneliness within their communities. You can also read about how the Council is looking to use Assistive Technology (AT) as well as its recently launched Extra Care Housing programme.

There is a wealth of market intelligence in this year’s MPS, making it your best source of information providing insights on care needs across Norfolk, strategic developments, Social Care spending and the workforce. 

Download the Market Position Statement from www.norfolk.gov.uk/mps

 

 

EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Advice and GuidanceSome of your staff may be interested to hear that Norfolk Citizens Advice is running an information service on the new EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).  They have teamed up with Norfolk Community Law Service in order to offer help and advice to individuals from other EU countries, employers, businesses, students and/or family members. They can also offer information on travel, work and study in the EU and on current EU programmes (which will continue to run until the end of the ‘transition period’). If you require some help you can contact them directly and they will also arrange briefings and Q/A sessions for groups of individuals, employees, for employers, student groups etc. Attached is a description of their services and information on EUSS. The latest can be found on their website at https://www.ncab.org.uk/?p=eu.settlement.scheme and the December newsletter will be available soon at https://www.ncab.org.uk/?p=europe.direct.norfolk.news

 

 

New – Age UK Guide

Keeping Winter Wrapped Up is a new guide published by Age UK.

Every year their Winter Wrapped Up guides are delivered to thousands of people across the UK, to help them prepare for winter and avoid the health risks associated with cold weather.

If you know someone who may benefit from their Winter Wrapped Up guide, you can request a free copy by calling 0800 169 65 65.

You can also find the information online by visiting http://www.ageuk.org.uk/winter

hopefully final ag uk winter wrapped up

EU Settlement Scheme

 

In advance of the UK’s planned exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Home Office is testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. This second phase of the pilot starts on 29 November and runs until 21 December 2018. This covers employees in the higher education and health and social care sectors.

The purpose of the pilot is to test the application process and gain feedback about individual’s experiences so that they can make improvements before the Scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019.

Information on eligibility and the application process is available in the briefing pack. If you want to participate in the pilot as soon as it goes live on the 29 November please register here.

Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020. If you choose not to apply during this phase you will be able to apply once the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019 and at any time up until 30 June 2021.

For any questions about an application made during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre by calling 0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) or+44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK). Find out about call charges on www.gov.uk/call-charges. You can also ask a question using the online submissions form eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk.

A reminder about Flu Vaccinations

Following on from the blog post in September …..

Have your employees had their flu vaccinations? If not, please inform them they can get a free flu vaccination by completing this letter and taking it to a pharmacy or GP surgery that provides the vaccination.

The aim of the campaign is to get as many health and social care staff working with vulnerable older people vaccinated. It is targeted at staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered home support provider,as well as health and care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients aged 65 and over.

The campaign is underway and we are keen to see as many care workers vaccinated as possible. Please take the letter (as linked above) to your local pharmacist or GP for the free flu vaccination. They may also require some proof they are employed as a support worker, providing care for older people.

Please could you also consider displaying this Public Health England poster on flu out breaks in areas used regularly by your staff?