Guidance for Older Drivers (GOLD) sessions

A quick reminder of the Norfolk County Council Guidance for older drivers (GOLD) sessions which may be of interest to some of the people you support.

 The  cost is £29 per person (may be waived for medical issues). 

Session takes about an hour

 •Tailored to suit the person’s needs

•No test involved

•Help and advice

•Refresh skills and build confidence

•Discuss any specific problems there may be. 

Session can cover things like:

 •Night time driving

•Junctions and roundabouts

•Driving in heavy traffic

•Dealing with complex road systems”

 For further information please click on the link below:

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/road-safety/road-education-and-training/training-for-drivers-and-motorcyclists/gold-guidance-for-older-drivers

 

If you would like a copy of the leaflet please visit: https://brochure.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk/product/gold-guidance-for-the-older-driver

 

 

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.

 

National Adult Social Care Recruitment Campaign Launched – 13 February 2019

The National Adult Social Care Recruitment Campaign has launched. Please visit the national website http://www.everydayisdifferent.com/

In Norfolk there will be a local event highlighting the need for the campaign, showcasing what the campaign aims to do and how it’s doing it, and how the sector can get involved. Please register for the event here.

You can also visit our Twitter and Facebook pages to get involved in the campaign locally.