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  10.    <copyright>United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd.  Redistribuition or re-syndication, in part of whole, of the content of this feed is not permitted without explicit consent.</copyright>
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  19.      <title>Care Act 'easements' removed from statute book</title>
  20.      <description> The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Early Expiry) Regulations 2021, made on 16 July 2021, remove provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020 which permitted councils in England to suspend parts of the Care Act 2014. The Coronavirus Act 2020 allowed 'easements' in the pandemic so councils could suspend their duties to assess needs, carry out financial assessments and make care support plans. Councils were also able to refuse to meet needs providing they did not breach the individual's human rights. Care Act relaxations removed from statute books four months after decision to do so - Community Care article. Only a small number of councils used these easements, and only for a limited time.</description>
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  27.      <title>COVID vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes in England - update</title>
  28.      <description>The regulations for vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes in England were signed by the Minister on 22 July, which means the 16 week grace period will end on 11 November 2021. A further consultation on vaccination in other parts of the health and care sector is anticipated.</description>
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  30.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  35.      <title>Self isolation exceptions in Scotland</title>
  36.      <description>The Scottish Government have announced that exceptions will be made in certain circumstances to allow close contacts of COVID cases to return to critical roles, including in health and social care. Exceptions will only be made if staff are fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test and negative daily lateral flow tests.  While some sectors will be able to apply via the Scottish Government website, there will be a seperate process for Health and Social Care. Details to follow. Press release</description>
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  38.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  43.      <title>Vision for future workforce strategy</title>
  44.      <description>The Care Provider Alliance (of which UKHCA is part) has worked with others in the social care sector to develop a vision of what a social care workforce strategy should contain. Priorities should include:  Staff recognition, value and reward. Investment in training, qualification and support. Career pathways and development. Building and enhancing social justice, equality, diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Effective workforce planning across the whole social care workforce. Expansion of the workforce in roles which are designed in coproduction with people who draw on care and support, and in roles which enable prevention, support the growth of innovative models of support. Find out more.</description>
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  46.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  51.      <title>Inquiry into NHS backlog caused by pandemic</title>
  52.      <description> The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into of pent-up demand for key healthcare services and how NHS and care services in England should be reformed to deal with this. The focus will be on elective surgery, emergency care, General Practice, mental health, and long-covid.  MPs seek evidence on clearing NHS backlog caused by pandemic Evidence should be submitted here by 3 September 2021.</description>
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  54.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  55.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  59.      <title>Self isolation guidance in England update</title>
  60.      <description>The guidance: COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings Has been updated and information about self isolation exceptions, previously in a box at the top of the guidance, is now included as section 2.5.2. </description>
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  62.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  67.      <title>Modernising Lasting Powers of Attorney</title>
  68.      <description> The Ministry of Justice and Office of the Public Guardian are working to modernise Lasting Powers of Attorney in England and Wales to increase safeguards, improve processes and achieve cost sustainability.  Modernising Lasting Powers of Attorney The consultation closes on 13 October 2021.</description>
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  70.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  75.      <title>Self isolation exceptions for critical workers outside health and social care in England</title>
  76.      <description>The Government have issued advise for releasing critical workers from self-isolation in other sectors in England. Note that "Separate arrangements are in place for frontline health and care staff." For employers in other sectors, a letter must be obtained from the relevant government department. Read more. Press release. Further criticial sectors: Daily contact testing rolled out to further critical sectors </description>
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  78.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  83.      <title>Integrated Care Systems Boundary Decisions in England and Design Framework</title>
  84.      <description>The Government have published a paper outlining decisions made on Integrated Care System boundaries. As part of the work underpinning the Health and Social Care Bill, the boundaries of Integrated Care Systems were reviewed on the basis that they should match local authority boundaries, where possible. Integrated care systems boundaries review: decision summary  Also of interest might be the Integrated Care Systems: Design framework which outlines how NHS leaders and organisations should operate with partenrs in Integrated Care Systems from April 2022. Skills for Care have also updated their Principles of Workforce Integration in line with the context of ICS implementation.</description>
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  86.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  91.      <title>Vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes</title>
  92.      <description>On Tuesday, the House of Lords raised concerns about the regulations regarding mandatory vaccination for staff and some contractors of care homes in England. They debated and agreed a regret motion. This saw the insertion of the following text: "but that this House regrets that the Regulations do not include any information about how the legislation will operate and that this will be left to guidance that will not be available until the end of July; further regrets that a full impact assessment has not been published including analysis of the number of current staff who may not comply and the potential impact on care homes if care home staff become ineligible for work because they are not fully vaccinated or medically exempt; notes that the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee recommended that the debate on the instrument should be deferred until the operational guidance and full impact assessment has been published; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to provide stronger supporting evidence for permanently requiring staff to have received both doses of the vaccine or, if they have not, to be banned from entering their workplace."  Anthony Collins: Mandatory vaccination - Lords approval with regret, Matthew Wort A consultation regarding the possibility of wider extension of mandatory vaccination in health and social care is anticipated.</description>
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  94.      <pubDate>Thu, 22 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  99.      <title>Pregnant women encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  100.      <description>Pregnant women are being encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccination.  In April, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised pregnant women should be offered the vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population. Health chiefs encourage more pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine  "Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: It's really encouraging that so many pregnant women have already come forward to the vaccine - particularly bearing in mind this figure doesn't include the pregnant health and care workers or those who are clinically extremely vulnerable who would have received at least their first vaccine before 16 April. We're all very aware of just how widely the virus is still circulating. That's why it's so important for pregnant women to take up the vaccine. We are seeing increasing numbers of pregnant women being admitted to hospital with serious illness, almost all of whom are unvaccinated. Pregnant women are at greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19, and those with severe COVID-19 are twice as likely to experience a stillbirth and 3 times as likely to have a preterm baby. Getting the vaccine is the best way to keep you and your baby safe."  </description>
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  102.      <pubDate>Thu, 22 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  107.      <title>Wales: announcements regarding self-isolation</title>
  108.      <description>A statement was made on Monday which included the following: "...during August we will remove the requirement for people who have been fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Self-isolation will continue to play a very important role to help minimise the spread of the virus. There will be additional safeguards in place for people who work in health and social care settings." Today the Minister has confirmed the importance of isolating if advised to do so by the NHS COVID-19 app. Written Statement: NHS Covid 19 App close contact notifications and self-isolation advice  In the Statement, the Minister says:  "Until any changes are introduced it is essential that anyone asked to self-isolate does so I am aware that in the next few weeks there is the potential for critical services, such as the NHS and social care, to face additional pressures as a result of the number of contacts self-isolating increasing. We are working closely with relevant clinical and NHS bodies and social care partners to agree effective mitigation for direct patient and client facing and caring roles to see what more could be done in extremis where self-isolation of fully vaccinated close contacts could have a direct impact on patient safety."</description>
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  110.      <pubDate>Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  115.      <title>National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults 2021 to 2026</title>
  116.      <description>The Government have published a national strtaegy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, along with an impementation plan for 2021 to 2022. Read more.</description>
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  118.      <pubDate>Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  123.      <title>Report into RQIA board resignations published</title>
  124.      <description>An independent review into a spate of board resignations from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) last June has found that inadequate communication, breakdowns in working relationships and deficiencies in governance were to blame. According to those who stepped down, the resignations in part were the result of the Department of Health not consulting sufficiently with the RQIA board, prior to taking important decisions regarding the regulator. While the report makes clear that the speed of decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic was the main cause for the incident, it also adds that the resignations may have been prevented if there were 'well established and functioning relationships, clearly understood lines of communication [and] reporting and accountability' between the Department and the RQIA. Independent Review into the Circumstances of Board Member Resignations in the RQIA Robin Swann (Minister of Health) | Written Ministerial Statement</description>
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  126.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:15:00 GMT</pubDate>
  127.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  131.      <title>Research round up week commencing 19 July 2021</title>
  132.      <description>A series of factsheets have been published on the Health and Care Bill. House of Lords Library: briefing ahead of vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes debate: Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021  Department of Health and Social Care Outcome Delivery Plan: 2021 to 2022. High level overview of DHSCs priority work. "Our objectives for reform [of social care] are to enable an affordable, high-quality and sustainable adult social care system that meets people's needs, while supporting health and care to join up services around people." A Government response and short impact assessment have been published in relation to "Making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes". The Government has published a response to the 2019 consultation Health is Everyone's Business, which is about measures to support wellbeing at work and minimise health-related job loss. The Government have published a response to the consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act.  Older People's Commissioner for Wales: Commissioner's priorities for 2021-22 Anthony Collins Solicitors: Health and safety considerations after 'freedom day': Resuming business operations safely SCIE and Social Care Wales: Using evidence in social services and social care in Wales - explores some of the challenges and enablers to using evidence in social services and social care in Wales. NIHR - Public Involvement in Social Care Research - how NIHR is working to address findings and improvement public involvement Anthony Collins Solicitors - National procurement policy statement - the cart before the horse? Just Group: Social Care - the Policy Vaccum - Care Report 2021. The report explores the views of over 45s towards social care. Centre for Ageing Better - COVID-19 and the digital divide - supporting digital inclusion and skills during the pandemic and beyond NIHR are calling for research proposals in relation to social care in regards to mental health and dementia. The European Affairs Committee has published a report on Citizen's Rights. It raises concerns about the small proportion of applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme in the over 65 age group. Resources The Compassionate Leadership Principles for Health and Social Care in Wales Skills for Care: Person centred and community based working Skills for Care: Workforce commissioning, planning and transformation</description>
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  134.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  135.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  139.      <title>Extreme heat warning - guidance on reducing risks of dehydration and overheating</title>
  140.      <description>With an Amber Extreme Heat Warning issued by the Met Office for the South West and parts of Southern and Central England, and Wales until 22 July, and Northern Ireland until 23 July, there is guidance on reducing the health risks of dehydration, over-heating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke at: NHS: How to cope in hot weather England: Heatwave Plan for England Resources include ‘Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and COVID-19’ poster, leaflet and keep cool at home checklist.Advice for Health and Social Care professionals Wales: Extreme hot weather - advice from Public Health Wales on the health risks of extremely hot weather.Scotland: Hot weather advice from Ready Scotland  Northern Ireland: Hot weather advice from NI Direct Age UK: Advice on staying cool in a heatwave Dementia UK: How to support somebody living with dementia in hot weather and prevent dehydration Met Office Weather app </description>
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  142.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Jul 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  147.      <title>Updates in GOV.UK guidance</title>
  148.      <description>A wide range of guidance has been updated today (19 July) to reflect the wider context of the "Step 4" easing of restrictions in England.  This includes a revision to: How to work safely in domiciliary care.  Other guidance updated includes: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments  Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services  COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults  Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees </description>
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  150.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  151.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  155.      <title>JCVI advice on COVID-19 vaccination for children at increased risk of serious COVID-19</title>
  156.      <description>JCVI have advised that from today children who are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 are offered the Pfizer vaccine.  This includes:   children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down's syndrome, immunosupression and multiple or severe learning disabilities.  Young people aged 12 to 17 living with an immunosuppressed person should also be offered the vaccine.  Those aged 16-17 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious COVID-19 should have already been offered vaccination. JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people  Statement on offering COVID-19 vaccines to at-risk young people  COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: JCVI statement </description>
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  158.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  163.      <title>Exceptions to self-isolation in England</title>
  164.      <description>An announcement has been made today that some frontline health and care staff in England will be able to attend work rather than self-isolate in exceptional circumstances.  The announcement refers to specific mitigation measures needing to be in place and to the exception only applying where staff absence may lead to a significant risk of harm. A risk assessment and certain approval processes must also be followed. Read the press release. We note that a short explanatory box has also been added to the start of the following guidance: COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings.</description>
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  166.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  171.      <title>Reshaping health and social care with data - consultation closes 23 July</title>
  172.      <description>The Government have published a draft of a new policy paper Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data for consultation. The survey closes at 5pm on 23 July.  Section four of the strategy focuses on improving adult social care data (in England). Amongst other things, the proposals include:   Delivering training opportunities to improve the data and digital literacy of the adult social care workforce. NHSx to accelerate the adoption of digital social care records among care providers. The introduction of legislation to require information from all adult social care providers. Work to improve confidence in the commissioning and purchase of care technology, support a vibrant marketplace, and evaluate how data from care technology can improve the quality of care.</description>
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  174.      <pubDate>Sat, 17 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  179.      <title>Flu immunisation programme 2021/22</title>
  180.      <description>The annual flu letter describing the national flu immunisation programme 2021/22 in England has been issued, outlining the groups eligible for free flu vaccination. These have been expanded this year to include:   all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021 those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups pregnant women those aged 50 years and over those in long-stay residential care homes carers close contacts of immunocompromised individuals frontline health and social care staff employed by:  a registered residential care or nursing home registered domiciliary care provider a voluntary managed hospice provider Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants. All frontline health and social care workers are expected to have influenza vaccination to protect their service users. A separate communication is expected about staff vaccination. Further details will be issued about whether flu vaccination will be combined with a COVID-19 booster, for eligible groups. National flu immunisation programme 2021 to 2022 letter  National flu immunisation programme plan </description>
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  182.      <pubDate>Sat, 17 Jul 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  187.      <title>Public asked to follow public health measures in Scotland</title>
  188.      <description>As Scotland moves to level 0 from 19 July, the public are asked to follow public health measures to suppress coronavirus, so Scotland can move beyond Level 0 on 9 August. Details of easing of restrictions from 19 July, which vary from original plans due to a rise in Delta variant cases: Level 0 from 19 July - ( </description>
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  190.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  191.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  195.      <title>Looking back - Coronavirus resources and analysis</title>
  196.      <description>Selected resources and analysis from earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Timeline of pandemic COVID-19 policy tracker 2020 - The Health Foundation  Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources - House of Commons Library  Analysis of impact on social care Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19 - National Audit Office (NAO) Report The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic - National Audit Office (NAO) Report COVID-19: Government procurement and supply of Personal Protective Equipment - Public Accounts Committee - House of Commons The adult social care market in England - National Audit Office (NAO) Report</description>
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  198.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  203.      <title>Mandatory vaccination for care home staff moves a step closer</title>
  204.      <description> The House of Commons voted on 13 July to approve the draft Regulations making it mandatory for anyone entering a registered care home in England to be double vaccinated unless they are clinically exempt, subject to a short list of exemptions.  Subject to the remaining Parliamentary processes, including Ministerial sign off and review by the House of Lords, care homes are likely to have until early November 2021 to prepare. Matt Wort of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has written a blog on what they should do. Mandatory vaccination law passed - What do you need to do?, Matthew Wort ( A consultation is expected shortly on whether these provisions should be extended to the NHS, non-residential social care and homecare settings.</description>
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  206.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  211.      <title>Private members' bill proposes insurance at cost against selling homes to pay for care</title>
  212.      <description> The Elderly Social Care (Insurance) Bill, a private members' bill introduced in the House of Lords by Lord Lilley, is due for its second reading today, 16 July. The Bill seeks to establish a publicly owned body to provide insurance for home owners at cost against selling their homes to pay for elderly social care and would apply in England and Wales.  Elderly Social Care (Insurance) Bill [HL] - Parliamentary Bills - UK Parliament The debate is expected to include discussion of Government plans to reform social care. Meanwhile the #KeepYourPromiseBoris campaign to persuade the Prime Minister to fix social care continues as we approach the second anniversary of the PM's commitment on 24 July. Write to your MP and spread the word on social media. </description>
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  214.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  219.      <title>New testing guidance in Scotland</title>
  220.      <description>New testing guidance has been published for community care settings who are using LFD testing in Scotland (this does not apply to PCR testing).  Testing at home kits are being made available so that employers will have the discretion to allow staff using LFDs to test at home rather than in the workplace. Read the letter to providers. Testing guidnace in Scotland.</description>
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  222.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  227.      <title>Face coverings and social distancing still needed in healthcare settings</title>
  228.      <description>England's Chief Nurse has reminded the public that people accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules, even after COVID-19 legal restrictions end on 19 July. This includes hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies.  Public Health England's infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance still apply to staff and visitors. NHS England - NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings</description>
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  230.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  232.      <link></link>
  233.    </item>
  234.    <item>
  235.      <title>Health and Care Bill moves to Committee stage</title>
  236.      <description>The Health and Care Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons this week and now passes to Committee stage, with a date yet to be announced. Introducing the Bill for its second reading, the Health and Social Care Secretary stressed the benefits of integration and reducing bureaucracy. The debate included exchanges on procurement reform, governance issues when clinical commissioning groups are replaced by integrated care systems, the effect of giving greater powers to the Health and Social Care Secretary and lack of provisions on social care, which mean that further reform is needed in the future. There are useful summaries of the Bill and its impact on social care in England at: What the Health and Care Bill means for social workers | Community Care Health and Care Bill 2021-22 - House of Commons Library ( The Bill itself and Hansard report are at: Health and Care Bill - Wednesday 14 July 2021 - Hansard - UK Parliament Health and Care Bill - Parliamentary Bills - UK Parliament </description>
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  238.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  239.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  240.      <link></link>
  241.    </item>
  242.    <item>
  243.      <title>Working safely during coronavirus - guidance for businesses</title>
  244.      <description> The government has issued general guidance for businesses, by type, which reflects the measures they should follow at Step 4 of the roadmap from 19 July onwards, when some coronavirus restrictions cease to be a legal requirement in England. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance  HSE say businesses must still control the risks and review and update their risk assessment. There is information on their website on:- Controls to use after some restrictions are removed- Other measures to help reduce workplace transmission- Different approaches and timescales for removal of restrictions in Scotland and Wales.   </description>
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  246.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  248.      <link></link>
  249.    </item>
  250.    <item>
  251.      <title>Research round-up week commencing 12 July 2021</title>
  252.      <description>The Health and Social Care Committee in the House of Commons have published a report that on the treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities. The report challenges the way autistic people and people with learning disabilities are treated and recommends that community support for all of those currently in inpatient facilities is costed and funded.  ADASS Spring Survey - see our seperate post on the ADASS spring survey which found that over 50,000 people are waiting for social care needs assessments and that 82% of Directors of Adult Social Services are concerned about the sustainability of some of their homecare providers. House of Commons Library Research Briefing - Health and Care Bill 2021-22  Senedd Research (Wales): COVID-19 vaccination data SCIE: Webinar recording: The next practical steps for Integrated Care Systems Resources Towergate for UKHCA blog - Insurance - preparing for your upcoming renewal in an increasingly hard market Health and Safety Excutive: Working safely after some coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are removed - provides guidance for workplaces after 19 July (not social care specific). Workbook (England)- How to complete [Data Security and Protection Toolkit] Standards Met for small to medium size businesses  Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (England): Resources for care providers Senedd Research (Wales): Accessing care and support (adult social care): a guide for constituents Events Digital Social Care webinar: Exploring the world of Assistive Technology 22 July 15:00 GOV.UK updates  The EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit has been updated to include information on late applications. The Code of Practice on preventing illegal working has also been updated following the end of the Grace Period. The Employers right to work checks supporting guidance, previously circulated, is also available. </description>
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  254.      <pubDate>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  256.      <link></link>
  257.    </item>
  258.    <item>
  259.      <title>ADASS Spring Survey – UKHCA call on Government to invest in social care now</title>
  260.      <description>The latest ADASS Spring Survey reveals that over 50,000 people are waiting for social care needs assessments, as demand for social care increases rapidly in all age groups. ADASS report that Government funding is insufficient to fund both the costs of the National Living Wage increases, and the costs of increasing demographic pressures. Meanwhile, 82% of Directors of Adult Social Services are concerned about the sustainability of some of their homecare providers (this has risen from 75% in 2020). 75% of Directors of Adult Social Services felt that budgets would not be sufficient to meet their statutory duties in relation to Market Stability in 2022/23. The report also warns of an ‘impending crisis’ in the retention of social care staff. The Chief Executive of UKHCA, Dr Jane Townson commented:   Home-based care and support should be available to everyone who needs it. We are calling on the Government to invest in social care now to enable us all to live well at home and flourish in our communities, regardless of age or ability, prevent people’s needs escalating, to properly reward and value the care workforce who have cared with bravery and dedication throughout this pandemic, to support the NHS and to ensure that our social care providers are able to operate sustainably. We want a future in which people can be confident that care and support, of a quality we all expect and deserve, is there for them and their loved ones when they need it. The Prime Minister must keep his promise to ‘fix social care’, and that action must come soon. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA's members agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8165Mobile: 07393 012 113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  262.      <pubDate>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  264.      <link></link>
  265.    </item>
  266.    <item>
  267.      <title>Next steps of lockdown release outlined in Wales</title>
  268.      <description>The First Minister has outlined the changes in restrictions for the general public that will take place as Wales moves to alert level one from 17 July.  New guidance on alert level zero has also been published. Wales will move to this on 7 August if the public health situation allows. Face coverings will still be required by law in all indoor public places at alert level one in Wales, and they will be required indoors in some places at alert level zero. (Note that this refers to guidance for the general public, please continue to follow PPE guidance at work).</description>
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  270.      <pubDate>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  272.      <link></link>
  273.    </item>
  274.    <item>
  275.      <title>Help to Grow - Digital</title>
  276.      <description>This Autumn, small businesses will be able to access free impartial advice on how technology can boost their performance through a new Government scheme. Eligible businesses may also be able to get discounts on approved software. Find out more.</description>
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  278.      <pubDate>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  280.      <link></link>
  281.    </item>
  282.    <item>
  283.      <title>Top tips for retention: a briefiing for adult social care providers</title>
  284.      <description>The Care Provider Alliance and Local Government Association have produced a top tips guide on staff retention. If you have any comments or suggestions to share from your successes you can email  Read the top tips and find out more.</description>
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  286.      <pubDate>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  288.      <link></link>
  289.    </item>
  290.    <item>
  291.      <title>Infection Control Fund and Testing guidance update</title>
  292.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care have updated the guidance for the new Infection Control and Testing Fund. Following representations from UKHCA, this now includes clearer guidance on the use of the discretionary part of the fund to support PCR testing for CQC-regulated community care providers. The revised guidance is available here. Letter from Care Minister to providers</description>
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  294.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  296.      <link></link>
  297.    </item>
  298.    <item>
  299.      <title>Move to step 4 of roadmap from 19 July</title>
  300.      <description>The Prime Minister has confirmed that England will move to Step 4 of the Roadmap from 19 July, a change that will see a significant reduction in restrictions. He urged everyone to be cautious whilst managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high.  The changes to the guidance for the public do not entail a removal of PPE, testing or other infection prevention and control measures in social care.  Prime Minister confirms move to Step 4 COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021  Secretary of State for Health and Social Care provides update on step 4 PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 12 July 2021 The following guidance has been issued or updated: Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July  (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do  COVID-19 vaccination: guide for employers </description>
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  302.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  304.      <link></link>
  305.    </item>
  306.    <item>
  307.      <title>Update - Health and Social Care Board migration of functions</title>
  308.      <description>The Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland have provided an update on the transfer of their functions to the Department of Health. This is subject to the progression of the Health and Care Bill. You can read the update here.</description>
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  310.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  312.      <link></link>
  313.    </item>
  314.    <item>
  315.      <title>Registered manager requirements in Scotland</title>
  316.      <description>The policy and guidance on the qualification requirements for managers of registered services in Scotland has been amended. New managers applying to become a Registered Manager with the Care Inspectorate are required to hold a level 7 practitioner qualification (not a level 9 manager qualification). SSSC regisration requirements remain unchanged.  Guidance available here. Regulating managers of registered services</description>
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  318.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  320.      <link></link>
  321.    </item>
  322.    <item>
  323.      <title>Guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from 19 July 2021</title>
  324.      <description>There is now guidance available on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 in England after the changes in social distancing and other regulations come into force on 19 July. 19 July guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (   </description>
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  326.      <pubDate>Mon, 12 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  328.      <link></link>
  329.    </item>
  330.    <item>
  331.      <title>Research round-up week commencing 5 July 2021</title>
  332.      <description>Research: Skills for Care's new data on the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England showed faster growth in domiciliary care jobs than in residential services. See our seperate post here. Community Integrated Care's research, 'Unfair To Care: Understanding the Social Care Pay Gap and How To Close It', shows that frontline carers receive an unfair deal in comparison to other public funded roles and challenges the view that social care is a 'low skilled' sector. CIC say many frontline social care workers would be paid 39% more - nearly £7,000 per year in equivalent positions within other public funded industries. Vaccinated people may have different symptoms of COVID-19: Research by King's College London's C-19 COVID Symptom Study suggests symptoms may differ for the double-vaccinated, with headache, runny nose and sneezing the top three, compared with the 'classic' coughing, loss of sense of smell, shortness of breath and fever. The research team says people who are sneezing a lot and who work with vulnerable people should get tested. More information. Age Cymru survey findings: Experiences of people aged 50 or over in Wales during the winter COVID-19 lockdown and the road to recovery.  House of Commons Library have updated Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources. The LGA have published the second report of the COVID-19 Adult Safeguarding Insight Project. This seeks to gain a better national picture around safeguarding adults' activity during the pandemic. Read more. The Chair of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has commented on the publication of the Health and Care Bill. The Welsh Government have published the findings of the Rebalancing Care and Support consultation. Wales: Senedd Research: Which groups have lower rates of vaccine uptake? Wales: Senedd Research: Vaccine hesitancy in Wales The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written to the Health and Social Care Committee regarding the Health and Care Bill proposals. Resources: Anthony Collins Solicitors podcast: CQC Strategy 2021 (part 1): How inspections will change and how providers can prepare Anthony Collins Solicitors podcast: CQC Strategy (part 2): How ratings could change and how to challenge them. Skills for Care - new Registered Managers webinars on managing complaints and medication. Skills for Care - Putting the social media in social care   GOV.UK updates Coronavirus testing service for extra care and supported living settings and Coronavirus testing for homecare workers: information for agencies were updated to reflect that coronavirus test results can now be uploaded in bulk. The Hospital discharge and community support: policy and operating model guidance has been restructured with some further detail added.</description>
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  334.      <pubDate>Mon, 12 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  336.      <link></link>
  337.    </item>
  338.    <item>
  339.      <title>Welsh Government - Statement on the Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper</title>
  340.      <description>The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has made a statement in the Senedd regarding the consultation findings on the Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper. In the statement, the Deputy Minister reaffirmed a commitment to introduce a national framework for care and support and to strengthen partnerships. Read the statement in full.</description>
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  342.      <pubDate>Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  344.      <link></link>
  345.    </item>
  346.    <item>
  347.      <title>Transparent facemasks - update</title>
  348.      <description>Transparent facemasks have the potential to provide safe care whilst supporting people who would benefit from being able to see people's faces to communicate. Having published a technical specification for transparent facemasks and following an initial pilot of transparent masks in September 2020, DHSC are planning to undertake a further pilot.  We will update members when we here more. DHSC recognises the importance of transparent face masks to make communication easier - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  350.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  352.      <link></link>
  353.    </item>
  354.    <item>
  355.      <title>Resources: Business Continuity Planning and Cyber Security</title>
  356.      <description>Members may find of interest the updated Busines Continuity Planning resource from the Care Provider Alliance which now includes more information on planning on power outages, data breaches and cyber-attacks.  On that theme, an article from Digital Social Care: The impact of a cyber breach on care services.</description>
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  358.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  360.      <link></link>
  361.    </item>
  362.    <item>
  363.      <title>Domiciliary care jobs increase in pandemic</title>
  364.      <description>Skills for Care’s new data The Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ shows:- The number of adult social care jobs in England in 2020/21 was estimated at 1.67 million, an increase of around 2.7% (45,000 jobs) between 2019/20 and 2020/21.- The number of jobs in domiciliary services increased at a faster rate between 2012/13 and 2020/21 (an increase of 135,000 jobs and 22%) than jobs in residential services (an increase of 25,000 jobs and 4%). - Since the start of the pandemic (between 2019/20 and 2020/21) most of the increase in adult social care jobs was in CQC regulated non-residential care services (increasing by 40,000 jobs or 7%).The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England</description>
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  366.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Jul 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  368.      <link></link>
  369.    </item>
  370.    <item>
  371.      <title>Guidance changes from 19 July for travel to amber list countries</title>
  372.      <description>From 4am,19 July, the government is dropping its recommendation against travel to amber list countries.  Arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days to allow for the vaccine to become effective), or are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from amber list countries will no longer need to quarantine.  Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to travel carriers in advance of travel.  Pre-departure testing, and day 2 (PCR) testing measures to remain. Children under the age of 18 to be exempt from quarantine on returning to England from amber countries. Government press release Transport Secretary's statement Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19) </description>
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  374.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Jul 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  376.      <link></link>
  377.    </item>
  378.    <item>
  379.      <title>UKHCA welcomes the Migration Advisory Committee’s upcoming review of the impact of immigration changes on the Adult Social Care workforce.</title>
  380.      <description>UKHCA welcomes the Migration Advisory Committee’s upcoming review of the impact of immigration changes on the Adult Social Care workforce. The Home Office have asked the Migration Advisory Committee to review skills shortages, visa options, and the long-term consequences of immigration policy for the adult social care workforce. Their review is linked to policy development in the Department of Health and Social Care about the long-term reform of the sector. Responding to the news, UKHCA’s Policy Director Colin Angel said:   Across the country, homecare providers are telling us that recruitment and retention of careworkers has become far more challenging in recent months. UKHCA welcomes Government’s decision to review the immigration arrangements affecting adult social care. The fact that careworkers are not able to access the Skilled Worker visa exacerbates recruitment challenges during coronavirus and beyond. Even if the Government delivers on its commitment to reform of the care system, changes to migration policy are needed urgently to ensure that we have sufficient committed and skilled care workers to provide the quality of support we and our loved ones expect and deserve. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA's members agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8165Mobile: 07393 012 113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  382.      <pubDate>Thu, 08 Jul 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  384.      <link></link>
  385.    </item>
  386.    <item>
  387.      <title>Self-isolation rules to be relaxed in England</title>
  388.      <description>The Government has announced that, from 16 August, a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate, provided that the contact has received both vaccine doses. Anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact will also be exempt. Self-isolation to be eased for fully vaccinated adults in step 4 Update to Parliament on self-isolation rules</description>
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  390.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:01:00 GMT</pubDate>
  391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  392.      <link></link>
  393.    </item>
  394.    <item>
  395.      <title>PPE guidance updated to include section on Live-in Care</title>
  396.      <description>Public Health England have updated the main guidance on PPE for homecare in England: "Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers delivering domiciliary care during sustained transmission of COVID-19 in England" The revised version now includes a new section regarding "Care workers undertaking 'live-in' care".</description>
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  398.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  400.      <link></link>
  401.    </item>
  402.    <item>
  403.      <title>Summer roadmap sets out detail of exit from lockdown</title>
  404.      <description>The Prime Minister announced yesterday that he intends England will move to Stage 4 of easing restrictions on 19 July, subject to the data and a final decision on 12 July. The accompanying roadmap and guidance set out the detail of how restrictions will be lifted and what precautions people should take after 19 July: COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (Roadmap)Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread  The reports that contributed to Government decision making were also published. These contained the findings of the event research programme, the social distancing review and certification review:  COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - roadmap reviews</description>
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  406.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  408.      <link></link>
  409.    </item>
  410.    <item>
  411.      <title>Updates in Scotland - staff wellbeing, development fund and face coverings</title>
  412.      <description>The Scottish Government has provided £8m in additional funding to support health and social care staff wellbeing. This includes funding for the National Wellbeing Hub and for Coaching for Wellbeing. The Scottish Government have issued additional guidance clarifying the use of face masks and face coverings in social care.  Applications to the Voluntary Sector Development Fund are now open, this can be used to fund training for support workers in housing support and care at home services.</description>
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  414.      <pubDate>Mon, 05 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  416.      <link></link>
  417.    </item>
  418.    <item>
  419.      <title>Join UKHCA's campaign and call on the PM to keep his promise on social care reform #KeepYourPromiseBoris</title>
  420.      <description>Nearly 100 weeks ago, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, promised to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all.’ Since then 2m requests for care and support have been turned down. UKHCA is one of 50 organisations who have written to the PM to ask him to act now. Our message is #KeepYourPromiseBoris. We'd like UKHCA members to join with the campaign and join our calls to the PM. There are two ways members can do this:  Write to your MP; and Spread the word on social media Find out how you can get involved here. </description>
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  422.      <pubDate>Mon, 05 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  424.      <link></link>
  425.    </item>
  426.    <item>
  427.      <title>Celebrity film supports COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  428.      <description>A video of celebrities supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme is now available. Recorded with a backing track of the "Rhythym of Life", the film features David Walliams, Jim Broadbent, Russel Tovey, Nicola Roberts and Asa Butterfield.  The film and stills from the film are available to download.More information    </description>
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  430.      <pubDate>Sun, 04 Jul 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  432.      <link></link>
  433.    </item>
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  435.      <title>Research round up week commencing 28 June 2021</title>
  436.      <description>King's Fund - Key facts and figures about adult social care (updated) Anthony Collins e-briefing - NHSx draft strategy - the digital revolution in adult social care HM Treasury have responded to the Public Accounts Committee report on Supporting the vulnerable during lockdown. CQC podcast: Social Care Future's I Pledge and CQC Locked out: liberating disabled people's lives and rights in Wales beyond COVID-19 - the report and Welsh Government response from an inquiry of the Welsh Government's Disability Equality Forum. The report includes "a call for Welsh Government to give social care the same infrastructure status as the NHS in Wales." Press release.  Audit Wales - Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Wales The Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities study at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Warwick have published briefings on their wave 2 results, including relating to access to health and social care services. Easy read versions of the briefings are also available. Research project - an inquiry into the lived experience of COVID-19 in the home care sector in Ireland: the clients experience Resources GOV.UK: COVID-19 vaccination: worried about having your second dose of AstraZeneca? GOV.UK: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) illustrated guide for community and social care settings (now updated) GOV.UK: Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019: Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) has been updated with the latest summary from the National Steering Group meeting in May. SCIE: Critical review tool for social care leaders SCIE: Strengths-based approaches Skills for Care: #ThinkDigital Scottish Social Services Council: Six steps of continuous professional learning poster</description>
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  438.      <pubDate>Fri, 02 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  440.      <link></link>
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  443.      <title>Updates for members in Wales - Accelerate Programme, LFD testing</title>
  444.      <description>The Accelerate Programme is offering 12 hours of free marketing support to health and care businesses who qualify - they focus on SMEs undertaking innovative work. To find out more visit their website. Eluned Morgan has highlighted the importance of registering negative test results. Welsh Government are also undertaking research to evaluate the testing system. Statement.</description>
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  446.      <pubDate>Fri, 02 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  448.      <link></link>
  449.    </item>
  450.    <item>
  451.      <title>CQC survey on sharing information</title>
  452.      <description>The CQC would like to hear the views of adult social care providers on their experience of sharing information digitally when records have been requested. To take the short survey, please click here.</description>
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  454.      <pubDate>Fri, 02 Jul 2021 10:45:00 GMT</pubDate>
  455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  456.      <link></link>
  457.    </item>
  458.    <item>
  459.      <title>Real Living Wage statement in Wales</title>
  460.      <description>The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services made a statement in the Senedd on Tuesday regarding the Welsh Government's intention to ensure that careworkers are paid the Real Living Wage. A phased approach will be taken to implementing this commitment and the Deputy Minister will be meeting with the Social Care Fair Work Forum to ask for their recommendations regarding how this should be implemented.  You can read the statement in full here.</description>
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  462.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  464.      <link></link>
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  467.      <title>JCVI gives interim advice on COVID-19 booster to give winter protection</title>
  468.      <description>The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued interim advice to recommending an autumn COVID-vaccination booster programme from September 2021 to prolong protection over the winter months. This would be administered in two stages: Stage 1. The following should be offered a booster vaccine and the annual influenza vaccine as soon as possible from September 2021:  adults aged 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed those living in residential care homes for older adults all adults aged 70 years or over adults aged 16 years and over who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable frontline health and social care workers Stage 2. The following should be offered a booster vaccine as soon as practicable after stage 1, with equal emphasis on deployment of the influenza vaccine where eligible:  all adults aged 50 years and over adults aged 16 to 49 years who are in an influenza or COVID-19 at-risk group, as defined in the Green Book. adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. JCVI interim advice on a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine programme for winter 2021 to 2022 ​The government is working with the NHS to ensure a booster programme could be delivered promptly and will make a decision based on the data: Most vulnerable could be offered booster COVID-19 vaccines from September</description>
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  470.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  472.      <link></link>
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  475.      <title>Suspension on prescription signatures extended to 31 August 2021</title>
  476.      <description>Temporary approval to suspend the need for signatures on prescriptions, dental and ophthalmic forms in England has been extended to 31 August 2021:</description>
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  478.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  480.      <link></link>
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  483.      <title>Employers must contribute 10% to furloughed workers' wages from 1 July</title>
  484.      <description>The winding down of the UK's furlough scheme has commenced, before it ends on 30 September 2021.  Employers of furloughed workers have to contribute 10% of their wages from 1 July, and 20% from 1 August, with the government's contribution reducing to 70% and 60% respectively.  Guidance for employers on the furlough scheme: Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  486.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  488.      <link></link>
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  491.      <title>NHS Digital Weight Management Programme launches</title>
  492.      <description>A new programme with £12 million funding will offer free online support via GP and primary care teams referrals for adults living with obesity, who also have a diagnosis of either diabetes, high blood pressure or both. There is also £30 million new funding for councils in England to roll out expanded online or face to face management services for adults living with obesity.</description>
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  494.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Jul 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  496.      <link></link>
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  499.      <title>UKHCA's reaction to the appointment of the new Health and Social Care Secretary</title>
  500.      <description>The announcement came as the new Health and Social Care Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, took office in place of Matt Hancock MP. Jane Townson also said:  We welcome Mr Javid to his new role as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. With previous experience as Chancellor and having led the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Mr Javid brings a wealth of experience to his new role, including an understanding of social care and the challenge of sustainable long-term funding. We believe there are three crucial objectives for our new Secretary of State to grasp for social care:  Put people receiving services at the heart of the debate, empowering them to direct their own support and care, ensuring effective collaboration across Integrated Care Systems and investing in innovation and technology; Invest in our care workforce, so the work is rewarded fairly and helps to fuel employment and economic growth; and Deliver Social Care reform, including how homecare services are commissioned and purchased, and clarifying the responsibility of State and citizen in meeting care costs, helping us all to plan for the future. We look forward to working with Mr Javid and his team.   Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA's members agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at 3. For further information please contact: Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH Telephone: 020 8661 8165 Mobile: 07393 012 113 E-mail: Website: Twitter: @ukhca Registered in England, No. 3083104.  </description>
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  502.      <pubDate>Mon, 28 Jun 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  504.      <link></link>
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  507.      <title>EU data adequacy decision</title>
  508.      <description>The EU has adopted a data adequacy decision that will allow data to continue to be transfered between the UK and EU without additional compliance measures. EU adopts 'adequacy' decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK - GOV.UK (  [For context see the article on the draft data adequacy decision from Digital Social Care, February 2021].  </description>
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  510.      <pubDate>Mon, 28 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  512.      <link></link>
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  515.      <title>Funding agreed to extend Infection Control and Testing Fund beyond June</title>
  516.      <description>The Government have agreed additional funding to continue the Infection Control and Testing Fund until the end of September.  We are awaiting the publication of the grant determination letter to confirm the details. Adult social care given over £250 million extra to continue coronavirus (COVID-19) protections - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  518.      <pubDate>Mon, 28 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  520.      <link></link>
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  523.      <title>UKHCA backs #KeepYourPromiseBoris campaign</title>
  524.      <description>Nearly 100 weeks ago, the PM promised to 'fix the crisis in #socialcare once and for all.' Since then 2m requests for care have been turned down. We are 1 of 50 organisations who have written to the PM to ask him to act now #KeepYourPromiseBoris</description>
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  526.      <pubDate>Fri, 25 Jun 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  528.      <link></link>
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  530.    <item>
  531.      <title>Easing of COVID-19 restrictions postponed in Scotland</title>
  532.      <description>The First Minister has confirmed that easing of restrictions in Scotland has been postponed to 19 July in the light of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, and to allow those over 40 to be fully vaccinated.  From then, the hope is all of Scotland will move to level zero, with some changes to the rules on outdoor gatherings. Further easing is planned from 9 August, subject to the data. Face masks, Test and Protect, regular testing and self isolation, especially after a positive test, are likely to continue for the time being. First Minister's statement  The First Minister also published:  Scotland's Strategic Framework update Review of physical distancing in Scotland</description>
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  534.      <pubDate>Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  536.      <link></link>
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  539.      <title>Research round up w/c 14 June and 21 June 2021</title>
  540.      <description>ADASS have published a Report on their Activity Survey findings. They are facing a 'deluge' of requests for care and support'. The number of people asking for help is rising sharply amongst all age groups. 29% of Directors of Adult Social Services said that more people were being referred for support from the community, with almost half reporting a rise of more than 10% over six months. Read more. The Public Accounts Committee have published a report on their Inquiry into Adult Social Care Markets. The Committee have found that: "The current system does not work for local authorities or those paying for their own care. Funding cuts have meant that most local authorities pay providers below the costs of care." They call for the Government to reform social care, including producing a workforce plan. CQC Engagement session - Developing an assessment framework for our future direction NHS England: Supplementary statistics on COVID-19 vaccination in older adult care homes Older People's Commissioner for Wales - More tailored support services needed to ensure older people being abused can get the help and support they need The Care Provider Alliance have published a summary of the questions and answers following their webinar on 4 May regarding the local authority budgeting, fee setting and commissioning process. Find out more. Mind Cymru: two in three people with existing mental health problems say their mental health has got worse during the pandemic. Age UK on why socially excluded older people need better support. Digital maturity of the care sector - Digital Social Care and Skills for Care have published a new report on the digital maturity of the adult social care sector and how this had changed between October 2019 and March 2021. The Community Network: Discharge to Assess - the case for permanent funding The Health Foundation: Revisiting the Wanless Review 20 years on Informational factsheets have been added on the Liberty Protection Safeguards.In Parliament  Urgent Question 23 June, Liz Kendall - To ask the Secretary of State to make a statement on the Government's plans for social care reform - reassurances were given that a plan for social care reform would be brought forward later this year. House of Lords: Social Care and the Role of [Unpaid] Carers 24 June Jeremy Hunt's article on a "do or die moment" for social care and Andrew Dilnot's interview on Radio 4 also attracted considerable interest. Resources Every Action Counts Infection Prevention and Control Toolkit - while some of these resources are more suited to care homes, others could be used in homecare NHS: COVID-19 vaccine communication materials Anthony Collins Solicitors - Regulatory round-up: care and housing prosecutions update Clips from DHSC's webinar on vaccination are now available to download. Anthony Collins Solicitors - Mandatory vaccination - not just your care home staff CQC podcast: Implementing our new strategy - assessment frameworks Rethink Mental Illness: Local authorities and the Community Mental Health Framework - making partnership real CMI - What does best-practice in Gender Pay Gap reporting look like? Events Kickstart scheme webinar for social service employers in Scotland - 30 June Scotland - National Wellbeing Hub for Health and Social Care Staff webinar programme</description>
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  542.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  544.      <link></link>
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  547.      <title>Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets, Batch 1K10121, Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd due to precautionary risk of causing overdose</title>
  548.      <description>MHRA have issued a national patient safety alert regarding a particular batch of Co-codamol 30/500 tablets. Read more.</description>
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  550.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  552.      <link></link>
  553.    </item>
  554.    <item>
  555.      <title>Programme for Government published in Wales</title>
  556.      <description>The Welsh Government have published their Programme for Government.  The section "Protect, re-build and develop our services for vulnerable people" includes: a pledge to pay care workers the real living wage; and to pursue a sustainable UK solution so that care is free for all at the point of need and/or consult on a potential Wales-only solution to meet our long-term care needs.  The Health and Social Care Minister will also be tasked with launching a National Social Care Framework; establishing a Chief Social Care Officer and to maintain the cap on non-residential social care costs at £100 per week.</description>
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  558.      <pubDate>Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  560.      <link></link>
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  563.      <title>New Adferiad programme will be launched in Wales later this week to support people with Long-COVID</title>
  564.      <description>The Welsh Government is investing £5m in healthcare for a new 'Adferiad' (Recovery) Programme to support those suffering from the long-term effects of COVID (including long COVID) in Wales. This will include development of clinical pathways and infrastructure, training and provision of digital resources to support recovery. Policy document Announcement Existing guidance on support for Long COVID in Wales</description>
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  566.      <pubDate>Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  568.      <link></link>
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  571.      <title>Digitising Social Care Records - Dynamic Purchasing System</title>
  572.      <description>The Digitising Social Care Records Programme at NHSx has lauched a Dynamic Purchasing System to support adult social care providers in England to buy digital care record systems from an assured list of providers. You can find out more about this via Digital Social Care.</description>
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  574.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  576.      <link></link>
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  578.    <item>
  579.      <title>Immigration health surcharge</title>
  580.      <description>A reminder that applications are open for people who work in social care to reclaim the immigration health surcharge during the 1 October 2020-31 March 2021 period. Find out more. Apply.</description>
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  582.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  584.      <link></link>
  585.    </item>
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  587.      <title>New Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) NHS policy</title>
  588.      <description>People with learning disabilities may have poorer physical and mental health and may face barriers accessing the healthcare that they need. The Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme was established by the NHS to learn from deaths, improve care and prevent premature mortality. A new LeDeR policy is being launched by the NHS. This sets out the expectations on different parts of the health and social care system to help to deliver the programme from June 2021.</description>
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  590.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  592.      <link></link>
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  595.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 7 June 2021</title>
  596.      <description>Research Recommendations of the Gender Equality Advisory Council 2021 to the G7 include "Strengthened domestic and international social care infrastructure, and access to affordable quality care, including childcare, through increased public investment to address gender imbalances in care work, both paid and unpaid " Audit Scotland have highlighted the need for the Scottish Government to move quickly to formulate more detailed proposals about how care will be funded, the cost of providng new models of care and timescales for any changes. Carers UK highlighted for Carers Week that 72% of unpaid carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic and 35% feel unable to manage. Read the Breaks or breakdown report. NIHR have announced an additional £1.7m funding for social care research. The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has found that over two-thirds of news stories portray older people in a negative light. A study led by Dr Karen Jones from PSSRU at the University of Kent has found that "[Delayed Transfers of Care] will occur in practice and could be alleviated by increases in local home care and care home provision, improving information flow throughout the care system, improving communication channels between organisational representatives across the care sector, and planning early for hospital discharge to provide more time to set-up care packages." Skills for Care are working with the Tribe project to address national care inequality at the local level. This will include a platform that can map and predict care 'dark patches' where there is a lack of provision.  Eurocarers: The Impact of the COVID-10 pandemic on informal carers across Europe. See our seperate post on the Health and Social Care Committee's workforce burnout report. House of Commons Library briefing on Support for people with a learning disability. House of Commons Library briefing on Informal Carers. Healthwatch England on vaccine confidence among people from African, Bangladeshi, Caribbean and pakistani backgrounds living in the UK. Transitional Safeguarding "focuses on safeguarding young people from adolescence into adulthood, recognising transition is a journey not an event". Read the briefing. Public Accounts Committee: COVID-19 Local goverment finance CQC regulation and data protection - Digital Social Care blog NHSx blog - Building the evidence base for digital innovation and capability in adult social care New Integrated Care Systems visualisation from Health Education Engalnd and Skills for Care - this provides headline adult social care data for each ICS area in England. Data ONS: Coronavirus and the social impacts on unpaid carers in Great Britain Resources The GOV.UK overview of guidance for adult social care providers on COVID has been updated. The illustrated guides to PPE have been updated - see here and here. Skills for Care support for registered managers. Including upcoming webinars on:  Managing complaints Good governance: the benefits of Board and Trustee support Medicines from the regulatory perspective While the Supporting excellence in infection prevention and control behaviours Implementation Toolkit contains some suggestions that are most relevant to residential care settings, some elements might be of interest to homecare providers. Improvement Cymru: Magic moments in dementia care services Improvement Cymru: Back to community life - resources to support people who are having difficulty when leaving their home. Skills for Care resources on 'thinking digital'.</description>
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  598.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  600.      <link></link>
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  603.      <title>Northern Ireland: COVID guidance for domiciliary care updated</title>
  604.      <description>The COVID-19 Guidance for Domiciliary Care Providers in Northern Ireland has been updated. A table on the first page details changes made. Read the revised guidance.</description>
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  606.      <pubDate>Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  608.      <link></link>
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  611.      <title>Workforce burnout an 'extraordinarily dangerous risk' to future functioning of health and social care</title>
  612.      <description> MPs have found people working in social care felt 'abandoned' with the early focus on the NHS, in a report on workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care, which highlighted the extreme risks of staff burn out. In our evidence to the Committee we described the pressures on homecare staff caused by the lack of PPE early in the pandemic, and stress experienced by workers who had risen to the task of caring for people, despite the difficulties. The report quotes our comment that homecare staff had 'worked above and beyond their contractual requirements in an emergency situation' and that this could not be considered a long-term position. A previous inquiry by the Health and Social Care Committee had been told of the significantly increased pressure on social care teams and absence of a workforce plan in England, equivalent to the NHS People Plan - points we also made in our calls for adequate workforce planning and parity with the NHS. Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care report UKHCA's response to consultation on staff burnout in health and social care</description>
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  614.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Jun 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  616.      <link></link>
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  619.      <title>Report finds gaps remain in government response to pandemic</title>
  620.      <description> The Health Foundation's analysis of the government response in England, after the first wave, has found a mixed picture for adult social care. Support in some areas improved, such as access to testing and PPE, and the priority given to social care appeared to increase, with groups using and providing social care were prioritised for COVID-19 vaccines, alongside the NHS. But major challenges remained and government policy on social care was often fragmented and short-term, creating uncertainty for the sector and making it harder to plan ahead.  There have also been persistent gaps in the national policy response, including support for social care staff and people providing unpaid care. Adult social care and COVID-19 after the first wave: assessing the policy response in England | The Health Foundation</description>
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  622.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Jun 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  624.      <link></link>
  625.    </item>
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  627.      <title>New employment rights enforcement body planned</title>
  628.      <description>The Government has announced an intention to create a new "workers' watchdog". It will tackle modern day slavery and enforce employment rights including compliance with the minimum wage. The new body will combine enforcement functions currently undertaken by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC's National Minimum Wage Enforcement. The body will also give advice on good practice. No timescale has been given for its introduction other than "when parliamentary time allows" for the necessary legislative developments. See Government press release. See also Government's response to consultation.</description>
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  630.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  632.      <link></link>
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  635.      <title>COVID-19 vaccination offered to people aged 25 and over</title>
  636.      <description>COVID-19 vaccination is being offered in England to people aged 25 and over and those who will turn 25 before 1 July 2021, in addition to previous priority groups. Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines   </description>
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  638.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Jun 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  640.      <link></link>
  641.    </item>
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  643.      <title>Updates for members in Wales - PPE, vaccine strategy and more</title>
  644.      <description>PPE: Public Health Wales have published a new document that aims to answer some of the commonly asked questions about PPE for domiciliary care which is available here. It covers questions such as when PPE should be changed and when eye protection is needed.  New £3m respite fund: the Welsh Government have announced an additional £3m fund to support short breaks for informal carers in Wales. Press release. Written statement.  Care Stars: Social Care Wales are calling for nominations of outstanding care workers who've made a positive impact in people's lives during the pandemic for Care Stars 2021. Nominations are open until 23 June. Find out more. Vaccine Strategy update: the Welsh Government have provided an update on their vaccine strategy. This includes a broad outline of plans for phase 3, once the vaccine has been offered to all over 18s. The elements being considered for phase 3 include booster vaccines, vaccinations for under 18s (which will be based on JCVI recommendations, when they are published), re-offering the vaccine to those that haven't had it and offering second doses to those that haven't had them. An online booking system is being developed. Written Statement. Strategy update.  Abuse support directory: the Older People's Commissioner for Wales has launched a new website to help older people who are experiencing abuse to find advice, information and support. Press release. New website.</description>
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  646.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  651.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 1 June 2021</title>
  652.      <description>Research The Health Foundation: Adult social care and COVID-19 after the first wave: assessing the policy response in England June 2020-March 2021 "Government policy on social care was often fragmented and short-term, creating uncertainty for the sector and making it harder to plan ahead." Evidence summary: Strategies to support uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations among staff working in social care settings National discussions on mandatory vaccination for long-term care staff in 24 countries. EHRC: Strengthening the right to independent living See our seperate posts: A third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, according to new report from Totaljobs and the Work Foundation VISION for later life in Britain report now available from McCarthy Stone Resources DHSC have developed additional comms materials for providers to support social care workers to get vaccinated. The Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland have developed a new app for people involved in dementia care.</description>
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  654.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Jun 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  659.      <title>'15' campaign calls for fairness for all in independent homecare in Northern Ireland</title>
  660.      <description> A campaign dedicated to ending 15-minute visits and fee rates of £15 per hour, leading to unacceptably low pay rates for homecare workers in Northern Ireland, has been launched this week. The Independent Health  and  Care Providers (IHCP) and United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) who represent over 2300 members in the UK, have come together to establish the '15' Campaign which aims to help homecare workers by calling for:  An end to £15 per hour rates for homecare in NI. An end to 15-minute visits for older people NI currently has the highest level of 15-minute visits in the UK (over 30 per cent in Northern Ireland compared with 3.5 per cent in England); Ensuring stability for the sector with fair contracts and fair rates. These calls are in response to the woefully inadequate 34 pence increase to the hourly homecare rate announced by four of the five Health Trusts in Northern Ireland. This equates to an increase from £15.34 to just £15.68 per hour. The Minister for Health, Mr Robin Swann MLA, has stated repeatedly that homecare workers deserve to be appropriately remunerated for their work, but that flies in the face of the reality. This increase means most homecare workers are paid at or just above the National Living Wage, despite the demands thrust upon them in their work. The title of the campaign is especially symbolic of two things - the derisory £15 per hour homecare rates, and the inadequate 15-minute visits for older people, which quite simply is not long enough to meet their needs. The CEO of IHCP, Pauline Shepherd, said: "After the announcements of these unacceptable increases to the homecare rates in Northern Ireland, IHCP and UKHCA have jointly decided enough is enough. "However well-intentioned these increases may have been, they are nowhere near the amount needed to sustain homecare workers in the current climate. These workers showed extraordinary bravery and resilience throughout the pandemic as they continued to put the needs of others before themselves. We are simply asking for fair contracts and fair rates for work which takes a toll on the workers involved." The CEO of UKHCA, Dr Jane Townson, said:  "UKHCA calculates that regulated homecare that can afford to pay the UK real living wage would cost at least £22.73 per hour for 2021/22. Northern Ireland's fee rate is over £7 per hour below the UKHCA Minimum Price to pay careworkers the Real Living Wage. A cost-saving approach which requires providers to penny-pinch from all of their budget lines when the starting point is already so low is taking risks with the quality and safety of a regulated service. It also risks undermining the ability of providers to improve the working experience of careworkers, thereby further destabilising the workforce. "Councils in England report a planned average hourly rate for homecare in 2021/22 of £18.49. This in itself is around £3 more than the amount offered in Northern Ireland, but still glaringly short of the amount required. "So, what we are seeing are worrying issues throughout the UK, but most notably for services relied upon by many people and their families in Northern Ireland. Hopefully the Minister for Health does the right thing by intervening and ensuring fairness for all concerned." IHCP and UKHCA are calling on everyone to sign the petition and make the Minister for Health and respective Trust CEOs reconsider their position. You can support the 15 campaign at the following link: Ends. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA's members agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at 3. For further information please contact: Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH Telephone: 020 8661 8165 Mobile: 07393 012 113 E-mail: Website: Twitter: @ukhca Registered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  662.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  667.      <title>Good care is about more than services, it's about having a life - survey by IMPACT</title>
  668.      <description>Are you involved in adult social care? Whether you care for someone, work in social care, receive care, or have any other connections, IMPACT, a new UK centre for implementing evidence in adult social care, want to hear from you. Complete the survey   The Centre is based at the University of Birmingham's College of Social Sciences.</description>
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  670.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Jun 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  672.      <link></link>
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  675.      <title>Update for Supported Living and Extra Care guidance in Wales</title>
  676.      <description>Public Health Wales have updated the guidance on preventing and managing COVID-19 for residential settings, including Supported Living and Extra Care Housing. Individuals who test negative and are fully vaccinated do not ordinarily need to isolate on admission from the community to residential care. You can read the updated guidance here.</description>
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  678.      <pubDate>Tue, 01 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  680.      <link></link>
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  683.      <title>Less than a month to EU Settlement Scheme deadline</title>
  684.      <description>EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, need to apply without delay at EU Settlement Scheme so they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.&#x6;</description>
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  686.      <pubDate>Tue, 01 Jun 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  688.      <link></link>
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  691.      <title>Skills for Care seeks new Chair of the Board</title>
  692.      <description> Dame Moira Gibb's second and final term as Skills for Care Chair ends in March 2022.  The search for a new Chair has started, who can lead Skills for Care as it moves to a new phase with a new strategy and with the current heightened importance of the social care workforce.  Closing date 31 August 2021.</description>
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  694.      <pubDate>Tue, 01 Jun 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  696.      <link></link>
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  699.      <title>Providers asked for views on PPE received from local authorities or Local Resilience Forums</title>
  700.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care is conducting a survey for providers who use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This is aimed at providers who receive PPE from Local Authorities/Local Resilience Forums and asks about improving communications about PPE, the quality of PPE and any problems regarding PPE that need resolving.  Survey for providers who use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - PPE Distribution Customer Satisfaction survey Deadline for completing the survey - 18 June 2021.</description>
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  702.      <pubDate>Tue, 01 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  704.      <link></link>
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  707.      <title>Review of Care Inspectorate reports</title>
  708.      <description>The Care Inspectorate wants to hear from providers in Scotland, as part of a review of their inspection reports. For instance, they would like to know what providers think about the length of their reports and what information is read within them. To express your view, please visit this link.</description>
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  710.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 17:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
  711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  715.      <title>First Minister to consult on National Care Service for Scotland</title>
  716.      <description> The First Minister's priorities for Government, issued on 26 May, include a consultation on legislation to establish a National Care Service in Scotland. The consultation will begin in the first hundred days with the aim of introducing legislation in the first year of Parliament. The service is planned to be operational by the end of this parliament. Priorities also include an NHS Recovery Plan. Scotland's Recovery</description>
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  718.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  723.      <title>Single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approved</title>
  724.      <description> The one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).  Twenty million doses of the vaccine have been secured for use across the UK, with first deliveries are expected later this year. Janssen coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator  The approval is for people aged 18 and over. The decision on whether to use the vaccine in pregnant or breast-feeding women should be made with advice from a healthcare professional after considering the benefits and risks.  People who have an allergy to one of the components, as detailed in the patient information leaflet, should not receive the vaccine.</description>
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  726.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  731.      <title>Changes planned to Protection Levels in Scotland</title>
  732.      <description> Glasgow will move to Protection Level 2 from 00.01 on 5 June if key indicators remain stable or fall, according to the First Minister, who said there are signs the situation is stabilising in areas affected by rising COVID-19 rates. Mainland Scotland is currently due to move from Level 2 to Level 1 on 7 June. The First Minister is planning to confirm on 1 June to Parliament whether that move will take place. Protection Levels update</description>
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  734.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  739.      <title>Culturally appropriate care resource published</title>
  740.      <description>The Care Quality Commission has launched resources on culturally appropriate care, including:  Key points for registered managers, senior staff and care staff,  Examples of culturally appropriate care, including from inspections, and  Information on cultural values.  Culturally appropriate care | Care Quality Commission  </description>
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  742.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  747.      <title>Staff movement between care settings</title>
  748.      <description>The Government has decided not to change regulations that would stop staff movement between care homes and other health and care settings, following a consultation which UKHCA responded to. However, their consultation response notes that, to limit the spread of COVID-19, restricting such movement is essential.  Consultation outcome | UKHCA submission | Guidance on restricting staff movement</description>
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  750.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  755.      <title>Webinar on the use of technology in care</title>
  756.      <description>Bevan Brittan are hosting a Digital Health and Social Care Forum that will consider how technology has and will continue to improve care provision. Being held via Zoom, the webinar is being held on Friday 11 June at 10am. If you would like to attend, please click this link to register.</description>
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  758.      <pubDate>Fri, 28 May 2021 09:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
  759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  763.      <title>Vaccination opened to those aged 18 and over in Northern Ireland</title>
  764.      <description>Those eligible for COVID-19 vaccination has been extended to include 18 -24 year olds at 31 July 2021. People of 16 and 17 can book if they have an underlying health condition or are clinically extremely vulnerable, subject to providing specified evidence. Get Vaccinated | COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Northern Ireland  May 2021 Vaccination Appointment Update </description>
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  766.      <pubDate>Thu, 27 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  771.      <title>UKHCA welcomes the aspiration in CQC’s new strategy</title>
  772.      <description>Following the publication of “A new strategy for the changing world of health and social care” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). UKHCA’s Policy Director Colin Angel said:  "UKHCA welcomes the aspiration in CQC’s new strategy. Placing greater emphasis on the experience of people who use services, and adopting a more dynamic and flexible approach using data and updating providers’ quality ratings is extremely positive." "As CQC developed its strategy, UKHCA said that the current system of inspection has been too heavily focused on documented processes, at the expense of assessing outcomes for people. We encouraged CQC to be clear about how it would deliver its aspirations in practice." "We support CQC’s intention to evaluate the wider social care and health systems in which care is delivered. However, we recognise that CQC, currently, has limited powers to hold those systems to account. In the case of homecare services bought by councils and the NHS, we see a number of undesirable practices, including care purchased by the minute, which regularly has a negative impact on people’s care and support and on the experience of careworkers. In adopting a whole-systems approach, a regulator also needs the ability to identify the impact of unmet needs of a local population." "UKHCA is committed to working with CQC to help develop approaches which will deliver on this aspiration." Ends. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA’s members agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at 3. CQC’s Strategy document is available from, from 09:00 hrs on Thursday, 27 May 2021. 4. For further information please contact: Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH Telephone: 020 8661 8165Mobile: 07393 012 113E-mail: Twitter: @ukhca Registered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  774.      <pubDate>Thu, 27 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  779.      <title>Travel restrictions lifted in Northern Ireland</title>
  780.      <description> From 24 May the 'stay local' message has been relaxed in Northern Ireland, with the emphasis switching to individual behaviour rather than distance travelled. Social distancing and face coverings in indoor public areas remain mandatory. Detailed guidance and exemptions for travel within Northern Ireland, the Common Travel Area, and internationally can be found here. Updated Travel Restrictions May 2021 Lockldown easing from 24 May: Easing Of Restrictions in NI May 2021  &#x10;</description>
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  782.      <pubDate>Tue, 25 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  787.      <title>COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches in Scotland</title>
  788.      <description> Scotland now has a scheme that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status.  A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or requested from the Freephone Covid Status Helpline. COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches</description>
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  790.      <pubDate>Tue, 25 May 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  795.      <title>A third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, according to new report from Totaljobs and the Work Foundation</title>
  796.      <description>A third of UK jobseekers considering a career in social care, as public opinion improves after Covid-19 · A new report from The Work Foundation and Totaljobs finds that despite social care’s challenges being exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, the pandemic has given Brits a new-found appreciation of the sector.· The number of people applying for social care roles has increased by 39%, with one in four (25%) 16–25-year-olds reporting they are likely to pursue a career in the sector in the near future.· However, existing high turnover within care roles could mean new hires quickly leave the sector if significant changes are not made. New research has revealed that a third (31%) of UK jobseekers would now consider working in social care, with the pandemic significantly improving people’s perceptions of working in the sector. The report from The Work Foundation and Totaljobs – Social care: a guide to attracting and retaining a thriving workforce – shows how this new-found appreciation for carers could help the government and care providers improve the historic skills and labour shortage in the sector. However, there is a risk that the sector will continue to be characterised by high levels of staff churn. Despite more positive perceptions from the public, one in seven (14%) current social care workers are actively looking for a new role outside the industry, and many of those currently working in social care have seen workplace stress increase during the pandemic. More candidates are interested in entering the sector  Over half (53%) of the general public say their view of social care work has become more positive following the pandemic, with a quarter (26%) noting that Clap for Carers impacted their opinion. Only 16% of people noted that government recruitment campaigns shaped their view of the sector. Nonetheless, the report shows that this positive opinion is increasing interest in working in the sector, which has long been impacted by a shortfall of workers. Younger candidates are most likely to be planning to pursue careers in care, with one in four (25%) 16–25-year-olds expecting to pursue a career in the sector in the near future. More generally, 17% of all jobseekers confirmed that they are likely to move into the sector in the near future. Data from Totaljobs shows how the shift in perceptions is influencing people’s career choices, with the number of applications to social care roles increasing by 39% YoY (Jan-Mar 2020 vs Jan-Mar 2021). Alongside this, the number of social care vacancies advertised on Totaljobs was up by 17% across the same period.  It appears the sector is also seeing more applications from people who have previously worked in sectors worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis of data from 15,248 candidates across 5 major social care organisations shows that 56% of those moving into social care roles had come from a different sector in the last two years. 19% of those moving into the sector moved from customer service, retail and sales roles, whilst 7% moved from catering, utilising key transferrable skills. Historic issues within the sector worsened by the pandemic However, with more people applying to work in the social care sector, significant improvements to the longstanding issues which have been worsened by the pandemic need to be made. This will ensure new entrants to social care don’t leave the sector to pursue other roles as the economic recovery gathers pace. When asked about their experience of working in the last year, two-fifths of social care workers (41%) reported an increased workload during the pandemic, and almost one third (30%) had to make up hours for colleagues who were self-isolating. The report also highlights the extent to which the pandemic has impacted care workers’ wellbeing. 48% of respondents to the carers survey stated that their mental health was good or very good over the past two weeks, in comparison with 60% in early 2020. The pressure the pandemic placed on the social care sector also resulted in 19% of staff not being able to take annual leave to maintain the staff numbers needed over the last year. Retention of staff remains a challenge The Work Foundation and Totaljobs findings show that recognition and wellbeing support are essential in retaining existing and future staff. For those currently looking to leave the sector, half (51%) flag that higher pay is a key motivation, followed by not feeling valued by their current employer (50%), that they’re looking for a less stressful environment (46%) and lack progression routes in their current role (42%). Social carers who don’t feel valued by their employer were almost 1.5 times more likely to be planning to leave their role compared to those who did feel a sense of appreciation from their employer. Beyond these factors, when asked what would encourage them to stay in the care sector, a manageable workload is one key factor. Nearly half (49%) of respondents currently looking to leave said that having enough staff to cover the work needed would motivate them to stay. Ultimately, those who would consider a career in care are motivated by gaining satisfaction from making a difference (73%), caring for others (72%), and knowing they would feel proud to work in care (63%). Those working in care confirm that the role delivers on these motivations, with the majority of care workers reporting they are proud to work in the industry (88%) and that their work makes a difference (93%). In fact, analysis of Totaljobs candidate data suggests that those directly providing care are likely to stay within an organisation for longer than those in non-caring roles, potentially driven by the first-hand experience of the difference their work makes. The average candidate directly providing care spent approximately 8 years at their organisation, compared to an average tenure of around 6.5 years for those not in care providing roles in the same organisation. Jon Wilson, CEO of Totaljobs comments: “The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the adult social care industry, leading people to be more open to pursuing a career in the sector. However, it’s clear that more positive perceptions of the industry won’t guarantee that people will click that apply button on a job ad. Consciously tackling some of the enduring misconceptions of the industry, and crafting messaging that speaks to the needs of young people in particular, will put social care providers in good stead. With this, highlighting the training opportunities and range of qualifications on offer to people pursuing a role in care will help employers to hire staff who see care as a long-term career path.” “Our research also shows the undeniable pride that social carers have for their work, something that they want to see tangibly reflected by their employers. How a social care provider can make their staff feel valued will be unique to their workforce, whether it’s clearer progression opportunities, stronger relationships between carers and managers, or broader wellbeing support. Now is an opportunity to engage with staff and foster a people-first working culture where every social carer can thrive.” Ben Harrison, Director at The Work Foundation explains: “Adult social care is an increasingly vital part of our society and economy. An increasing number of us will require care as we grow older, meaning the sector should provide a growing source of jobs into the future. And yet for too long poor pay, limited options for progression and challenging working conditions have driven significant staff shortages and high levels of churn. “This new Work Foundation and Totaljobs research highlights the window of opportunity we now have to tackle these issues, as more people than ever – including higher numbers of young people – are looking at social care as a viable career option. “We must therefore seize this moment to strengthen and support the sector. The Government made a welcome commitment in its 2019 manifesto to deliver long-term reform for social care. As it does so in the months to come, this has to involve a sustainable funding programme, alongside a comprehensive workforce strategy that engages directly with providers and workers alike, and puts issues like pay, progression and workforce wellbeing at its heart.”</description>
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  798.      <pubDate>Tue, 25 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  803.      <title>Webinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine</title>
  804.      <description>The DHSC webinar entitled: "Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine" is now available to stream. It features Professor Jonathan Van Tam, and Dr Nikita Kanani, helping the adult social care workforce have their questions answered about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. Watch the webinar here</description>
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  806.      <pubDate>Mon, 24 May 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  811.      <title>VISION for later life in Britain report now available from McCarthy Stone</title>
  812.      <description>The latest VISION for later life in Britain report from McCarthy Stone is now available to download. UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson was interviewed as part of the research for this report. Download the report in full here.</description>
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  814.      <pubDate>Mon, 24 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  819.      <title>COVID-19 funding allocated in Northern Ireland</title>
  820.      <description>The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed almost £220 million of Covid funding to support the social recovery from Covid.  The sum includes nearly £60 million to support the health service, to continue the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, supply funding for a number of mental health interventions and help support individuals managing the long term health effects of Covid. Murphy allocates £316 million of Covid funding </description>
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  822.      <pubDate>Mon, 24 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  824.      <link></link>
  825.    </item>
  826.    <item>
  827.      <title>Government launches new pilots to support self-isolation</title>
  828.      <description> The Health Secretary has launched self-isolation support pilots for 9 areas in England with high COVID-19 rates. Backing of £12.9 million a month to councils will be used for:  providing alternative accommodation for people in overcrowded households social care support such as increasing existing social care support for vulnerable adults providing 'buddying' services for people whose mental health has been affected by the pandemic and  language communications support for individuals where English isn't their first language. Government launches new pilots to further support people to self-isolate&#x3;&#xF; An extra £3.2 million per month has been allocated to a free medicines delivery service for people who are self-isolating and don't have access to help in collecting their prescription. </description>
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  830.      <pubDate>Mon, 24 May 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  832.      <link></link>
  833.    </item>
  834.    <item>
  835.      <title>Research round up w/c 17 May 2021</title>
  836.      <description>National Audit Office: Initial learning from the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic - draws out learning from a number of reports, including their earlier The adult social care market in England. Amongst other things, the report highlights staff shortages in social care and the need to put the NHS and social care on an equal footing. Good Governance Institute: Adult social care and ICSs: time for action? - Recommendations include for the NHS and ICS' to engage effectively with adult social care and the independent care sector and for workforce issues to be connected - suggesting that ICS workforce groups need adult social care provider representation. SCIE: Prevention in social care The Alzheimer's Society report a 27% increase in emergency admissions for people with dementia. Three quarters of family carers say their loved one experienced medical issues because of a lack of support.</description>
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  838.      <pubDate>Fri, 21 May 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  839.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  840.      <link></link>
  841.    </item>
  842.    <item>
  843.      <title>COVID-19 response undermined by poor integration</title>
  844.      <description>The response in England to COVID-19 was hampered by inadequate links between health and social care, according to a report by the National Audit Office. Examining the Government's response to the pandemic, the public spending watchdog identified a large discrepancy regarding PPE provision for the social care sector in contrast to that received by the NHS. Read more here | National Audit Office report</description>
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  846.      <pubDate>Thu, 20 May 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  848.      <link></link>
  849.    </item>
  850.    <item>
  851.      <title>Scottish Government announces new cabinet posts for Health and Social Care</title>
  852.      <description>Humza Yousaf has been appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care  Maree Todd is the new Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport. Kevin Stewart is the new Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care  More information can be found here.</description>
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  854.      <pubDate>Thu, 20 May 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  856.      <link></link>
  857.    </item>
  858.    <item>
  859.      <title>Research into homecare provision in Wales</title>
  860.      <description>The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University would like to conduct phone interviews with homecare workers in Wales about their experiences of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers are aiming to contact around ten workers, who will be offered an Amazon voucher in return. Details on how to take part</description>
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  862.      <pubDate>Thu, 20 May 2021 10:45:00 GMT</pubDate>
  863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  864.      <link></link>
  865.    </item>
  866.    <item>
  867.      <title>Excellent practice in adult social care to be rewarded</title>
  868.      <description>Outstanding contributions by the social care workforce in England will soon be recognised following the announcement of a new set of awards. Mirroring similar prizes in the NHS, gold and silver awards will be presented to those in adult social care who have delivered exceptional care, leadership and inspiration. Workers from all social care settings are eligible, with awards being handed out throughout the year. More information and nomination forms are available here.</description>
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  870.      <pubDate>Thu, 20 May 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  872.      <link></link>
  873.    </item>
  874.    <item>
  875.      <title>MPs express concern about the absence of proposals for social care reform</title>
  876.      <description>The lack of a fully-costed, long-term plan for social care could undermine the success of integration with the NHS, according to a group of MPs. In a report on the Government's White Paper on health and social care reform, the Health and Social Care Committee concluded that integrated care systems could be destabilised without such proposals. The Committee added that they would be 'extremely disappointed' if a comprehensive plan was not announced by the end of 2021. Read the report</description>
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  878.      <pubDate>Thu, 20 May 2021 09:45:00 GMT</pubDate>
  879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  880.      <link></link>
  881.    </item>
  882.    <item>
  883.      <title>Northern Ireland plans further relaxation to restrictions from 24 May</title>
  884.      <description> The Northern Ireland Executive is planning a further relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions, subject to a review on 20 May, concerning hospitality, visits to people's homes and indoor gatherings. Statement on Executive decisions 13 May 2021 About 69% of the adult population have now been vaccinated: Coronavirus: One million receive first vaccine dose in NI Booking was opened early this month for those aged 30 upwards.  Further information on vaccination</description>
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  886.      <pubDate>Mon, 17 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  888.      <link></link>
  889.    </item>
  890.    <item>
  891.      <title>Helpline for frontline social care workers extended</title>
  892.      <description>The Samaritans is extending its helpline for frontline health and care workers in England to provide support in the pandemic until at least September 2021. The Samaritans' helpline for NHS and social care workers in England is 0800 069 6222. There is also a helpline for health and care staff in Wales: Wellbeing support line for health and social care workers</description>
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  894.      <pubDate>Mon, 17 May 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  896.      <link></link>
  897.    </item>
  898.    <item>
  899.      <title>Consultation on simplifying pension statements</title>
  900.      <description> The Department for Work and Pensions has issued a consultation on proposed regulations and statutory guidance to introduce simpler annual benefit statements for use by defined contribution workplace pension schemes used for automatic enrolment. This closes on 29 June 2021 This consultation applies to Great Britain. DWP are working with Northern Ireland counterparts at the Department for Communities to make corresponding legislation. Simpler annual benefit statements: draft regulations and statutory guidance&#xE;</description>
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  902.      <pubDate>Mon, 17 May 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  904.      <link></link>
  905.    </item>
  906.    <item>
  907.      <title>Emergency parking guidance to be withdrawn from 21 June 2021</title>
  908.      <description>The Government has decided to withdraw the emergency parking pass guidance by 21 June 2021, following the publication of the government's roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in England. This means health, social care and volunteer workers who are parking pass holders should contact their local council find out about any local plans for the future of the parking pass, or to check whether they are eligible for other local parking permits. Contact details of local councils are here: search tool Coronavirus (COVID-19): health, care and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions</description>
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  910.      <pubDate>Mon, 17 May 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  912.      <link></link>
  913.    </item>
  914.    <item>
  915.      <title>NHS App can now show COVID-19 vaccination status</title>
  916.      <description> The NHS App can be used to prove COVID-19 vaccination status from 17 May 2021. The App is usually used to book medical appointments or order prescriptions in England, and is different from the NHS COVID App. To download, go to: NHS App - NHS ( For those without smartphones or who are going to countries where the App is not accepted, there is guidance on Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad, using a confirmation letter:  COVID-19 vaccination status: what your confirmation letter tells you </description>
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  918.      <pubDate>Mon, 17 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  919.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  920.      <link></link>
  921.    </item>
  922.    <item>
  923.      <title>Guidance on right to work checks changes again</title>
  924.      <description> Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic has changed again. The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 employers will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. Previously the end date was 16 May 2021. Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks</description>
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  926.      <pubDate>Mon, 17 May 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  927.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  928.      <link></link>
  929.    </item>
  930.    <item>
  931.      <title>Advice on mitigating effect of variant of concern</title>
  932.      <description> The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the Government on the use of COVID-19 vaccines to mitigate the impact of the B1.617.2 variant of concern, which urges unvaccinated people, who are eligible, to come forward and the advance of second vaccinations. JCVI advice to mitigate impact of B1.617.2 variant Most vulnerable offered second dose of COVID-19 vaccine earlier to help protect against variants Increased surge testing is being used: Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants Further updates: Secretary of State's statement on 19 May Government sets out new action to tackle B1.617.2 variant - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  934.      <pubDate>Sat, 15 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  935.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  936.      <link></link>
  937.    </item>
  938.    <item>
  939.      <title>National booking service re-opens for careworkers in England</title>
  940.      <description> The National Booking Service has re-opened for all eligible frontline care workers who have not already been vaccinated. They can book via the national booking service, or by contacting their GP or employer. Bookings will take account of vaccine recommendations for age, underlying health conditions, or if workers are pregnant. There is an interactive webinar with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr Nikita Kanani, Director of Primary Care at NHS England, 11am on Friday 21 May to answer questions about vaccination. DHSC's communications toolkit has been updated.</description>
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  942.      <pubDate>Sat, 15 May 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  943.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  944.      <link></link>
  945.    </item>
  946.    <item>
  947.      <title>Unpaid carers in Wales encouraged to use COVID self-test kits</title>
  948.      <description>Lateral flow testing is now available for unpaid carers in Wales, who are being encouraged to self-test. Unpaid carers encouraged to use rapid COVID self-test kits | GOV.WALES </description>
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  950.      <pubDate>Fri, 14 May 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  951.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  952.      <link></link>
  953.    </item>
  954.    <item>
  955.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 10 May 2021</title>
  956.      <description>The Health and Social Care Committee have published a report on the Government's White Paper. It warns that the absence of a fully funded plan for social care has the potential to destablise Integrated Care Systems and undermine their success. Domiciliary Care in England Market Report 2021 - recently produced by CSI Market Intelligence. Members can request a copy of the free report by following this link to send an email. They will then receive an automated email response with a link to the report.  The House of Commons Library 'Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources' has been updated.  IPPR: The state of end of life care: Building back better after COVID-19 Emerging Together: the Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan Age UK: the pandemic has significantly increased older people's need for social care Resources ACAS guidance on long-COVID sickness absence Webinars from ADASS on the EU Settlement Scheme NHS webinars on Anticipatory Care - starting 20 May.</description>
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  958.      <pubDate>Fri, 14 May 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  959.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  960.      <link></link>
  961.    </item>
  962.    <item>
  963.      <title>Changes to Welsh Government Ministers and movement to Alert Level 2</title>
  964.      <description>Following the 6 May Elections, new Ministers have been appointed in the Welsh Government.  Eluned Morgan will be the new Minister of Health and Social Services while Vaughan Gething moves on to be Economy Minister. Julie Morgan has also been appointed to continue as Deputy Minister for Social Services. Welsh Government announcement. Meanwhile, Wales will move to Alert Level 2 on Monday 17 May.  The First Minister has confirmed the international travel rules for Wales applicable from Monday, but has warned of the risks of travel and encouraged people in Wales to holiday in Wales this summer.</description>
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  966.      <pubDate>Fri, 14 May 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  967.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  968.      <link></link>
  969.    </item>
  970.    <item>
  971.      <title>Guidance updates in Wales</title>
  972.      <description>The Supported Living Guidance has been updated. The Welsh Government have also released an 'action card' for social care workers outlining the key actions they should continue to take to reduce coronavirus transmission.</description>
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  974.      <pubDate>Thu, 13 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  975.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  976.      <link></link>
  977.    </item>
  978.    <item>
  979.      <title>Access to home testing kits for unpaid carers</title>
  980.      <description>Unpaid carers in Wales are now able to access COVID lateral flow tests. These can be ordered online or be collected from various test locations. Click here for more information.</description>
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  982.      <pubDate>Thu, 13 May 2021 10:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  983.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  984.      <link></link>
  985.    </item>
  986.    <item>
  987.      <title>National Minimum Wage report</title>
  988.      <description>A report by the Low Pay Commission into compliance with National Minimum Wage requirements has found that businesses face more pressure than ever before due to COVID-19. As a result, the likelihood of the minimum wage not being paid has risen.  Press release | Report</description>
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  990.      <pubDate>Thu, 13 May 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  991.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  992.      <link></link>
  993.    </item>
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  995.      <title>UKHCA supports care workers in Wales calling for waiver of £30 registration fee this year</title>
  996.      <description>11th May 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UKHCA supports care workers in Wales calling for waiver of £30 registration fee this year United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has added support to calls for registration fees for homecare workers to be waived by the Government in Wales. In April 2020 homecare workers in Wales were required to become registered with the statutory regulator, Social Care Wales, in order to work in social care. An earlier, voluntary, registration fee of £20, increased to £25 and has now increased to a compulsory £30 per care worker. Currently the registration fee requirement only applies to homecare workers; Staff working in care homes are not required to register until October 2022, nor do others working in social care, such as those working as directly employed personal assistants. Registration is also not required for comparable roles in the NHS, such as for healthcare assistants. UKHCA supports care workers calling for the £30 registration fee to be waived this year. Colin Angel, Policy Director at UKHCA said:  “We support the registration of the social care workforce, as it is intended to improve their recognition as professionals. However, the application of a £30 fee currently places homecare workers at a financial disadvantage to their colleagues in social care and health. “The pandemic has been an emotionally demanding and physically exhausting year for front-line homecare workers, and the high quality support they deliver continues to be vital. We need to retain our experienced and dedicated staff and attract new people with the right values to provide the care we all expect when we need it. “UKHCA supports homecare workers in Wales and calls for the Welsh Government to waive the £30 fee this year and ensure future fee arrangements are equitable.” Keri Llewelyn, Managing Director of All Care and UKHCA member said:  “£30 may not seem a lot of money to some but to those care workers at the lower end of the wages spectrum it is a big chunk out of their household budget for little immediate benefit. “What we do not want is to put barriers in the way of our ability to recruit high standard new employees. This register was conceived with good intentions but currently the fees structure has caused discontent.” Ends. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104 </description>
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  998.      <pubDate>Tue, 11 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  999.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1000.      <link></link>
  1001.    </item>
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  1003.      <title>UKHCA's reaction to the Queen's Speech</title>
  1004.      <description>Today’s Queen’s Speech (11 May 2021), announced that measures to reform social care in England will be brought forward in this Parliament.  UKHCA’s review of Government’s proposals is that nothing of substance has been proposed and commentary suggests that government is limiting its focus to protecting inheritances from costs of institutional care. If true, this misses the point.  We all want to live well at home and flourish in our communities. As a key part of the “levelling up” agenda, we call on the government to address unmet need for support and care at home, particularly in more deprived areas, which Age UK estimates to affect over 1.5 million people.  Solely investing heavily in the NHS to support people who could have been helped at home is wasteful of public money, bad for individuals and fails to address root causes of ill-health.  UKHCA’s Chief Executive, Jane Townson, said:  “We call on Government to grasp three crucial objectives:  “(1) Put people receiving services at the heart of the debate, empowering them to direct their own support and care, ensuring effective collaboration across Integrated Care Systems and investing in innovation and technology; “(2) Invest in our care workforce, so the work is rewarded fairly and helps to fuel employment and economic growth; and “(3) Clarify the responsibility of State and citizen in meeting care costs, helping us all to plan for the future.” Ends. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104  </description>
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  1006.      <pubDate>Tue, 11 May 2021 14:12:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1007.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1008.      <link></link>
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  1011.      <title>First Minister announces changes to COVID-19 protection levels in Scotland</title>
  1012.      <description> The First Minister has announced changes to COVID-19 protection levels from 17 May, with most of Scotland moving to Level 2. In an acceleration of previous plans, the number of people and households that can meet inside homes in Level 2 has been increased to six people from three households. Next steps out of lockdown - (  Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva within Argyll and Bute will move to Level 1. Moray is likely to remain at Level 3 for a further period due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases. The Scottish Government will confirm this by end of the week.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) protection levels: what you can do</description>
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  1014.      <pubDate>Tue, 11 May 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1015.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1016.      <link></link>
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  1019.      <title>Recruitment campaign launched in Northern Ireland</title>
  1020.      <description> The "Social Care - Making a Difference" campaign has launched in Northern Ireland to boost recruitment. The campaign highlights that social care staff are an integral and valued part of the health and social workforce and their work is critical to the sustainable provision of social care services. Adult social care recruitment campaign launched The campaign has been developed by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council on behalf of the Department of Health.</description>
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  1022.      <pubDate>Tue, 11 May 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1023.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1024.      <link></link>
  1025.    </item>
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  1027.      <title>RCN issues Nursing Workforce Standards</title>
  1028.      <description> The Royal College of Nursing has issued Nursing Workforce Standards which apply across all areas of nursing and all sectors in the UK and are designed for use by commissioners, planners, employers and regulators to support a safe and effective nursing workforce: Nursing Workforce Standards</description>
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  1030.      <pubDate>Tue, 11 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1031.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1032.      <link></link>
  1033.    </item>
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  1035.      <title>UK Chief Medical Officers recommend COVID-19 alert level reduces from 4 to 3</title>
  1036.      <description>The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have issued a joint statement recommending the UK COVID-19 alert level moves from level 4 to level 3, meaning the virus is still in general circulation, but some of the previous pressures have eased. CMOs say it is very important we all continue to be vigilant, follow the guidance closely and everyone gets both doses of the vaccine when they are offered it. COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers (10 May 2021) </description>
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  1038.      <pubDate>Mon, 10 May 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1039.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1040.      <link></link>
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  1043.      <title>Revised guidance now contains sleep-in scenarios</title>
  1044.      <description>The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has revised its guidance on calculating the National Minimum Wage to reflect the Supreme Court's decision in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake.  The guidance explains that sleep-in workers are only entitled to National Minimum Wage when they are awake for the purposes of working, and includes examples of workers with working arrangements.&#x10; The guidance qualifies the examples by saying that each case may be different depending on individual circumstances, including what the contract provides and what is happening in practice.</description>
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  1046.      <pubDate>Mon, 10 May 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1047.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1048.      <link></link>
  1049.    </item>
  1050.    <item>
  1051.      <title>Social Care 360 report paints bleak picture of adult social care in England</title>
  1052.      <description>The King's Fund Social Care 360 report, which uses data from 2019/20 to describe key trends in adult social care and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, shows demand was increasing but receipt of long-term care was falling.  Between 2015/16 and 2019/20, 120,000 more people requested social care support but around 14,000 fewer people received either long- or short-term support. The report says many key indicators were already going in the wrong direction before the pandemic and highlights priorities for improving and reforming the sector.&#x10; Social care 360 | The King's Fund </description>
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  1054.      <pubDate>Mon, 10 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1055.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1056.      <link></link>
  1057.    </item>
  1058.    <item>
  1059.      <title>Guidance updated for travellers to and from England</title>
  1060.      <description>Travel advice - Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated, with links to new guidance that applies from 17 May 2021. The revised guidance includes the red, amber and green list rules for entering England, and how to demonstrate COVID-19 vaccination status to enter specific countries from England. Other guidance has also been amended: How to quarantine when you arrive in England  Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England  A risk assessment methodology will inform decisions on on the international travel light system: COVID-19 risk assessment methodology to inform international travel traffic light system  Meanwhile the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has expressed concern that people arriving from 'red' countries hosting variants of concern might mix with those arriving from green list countries in overcrowded arrival halls. Press release and report </description>
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  1062.      <pubDate>Mon, 10 May 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1063.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1064.      <link></link>
  1065.    </item>
  1066.    <item>
  1067.      <title>Advice on AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40</title>
  1068.      <description>As a precaution given the extremely small risk of blood clots, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that people aged 30-39 without any underlying health condition should preferentially receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine. This should be done where possible and provided that it does not result in substantial delays to vaccinations. It follows previous guidance that people aged under 30 should similarly be offered an alternative. Press release | Government statement | JCVI statement | MHRA response | Welsh Government statement</description>
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  1070.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 17:05:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1071.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1072.      <link></link>
  1073.    </item>
  1074.    <item>
  1075.      <title>Exploring the world of assistive technology</title>
  1076.      <description>An interactive webinar on assistive technology is being held by Digital Social Care on 20 May 2021 at 3pm. The session will consider how assistive technology is able to support people with a disability to be independent, pursue their hobbies and have contact with friends/carers. Places can be booked by visiting the Digital Social Care website.</description>
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  1078.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1079.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1080.      <link></link>
  1081.    </item>
  1082.    <item>
  1083.      <title>Webinars for Scottish social care staff</title>
  1084.      <description>The Care Inspectorate are hosting two webinars, each lasting for one hour, for social care staff in Scotland. They are based on the theme of Growing a Good Life and the details are as follows:  Webinar 1: Bringing care professionals who support older people together, 20 May 2021, 10.30am. Webinar 2: The Life Curve – helping older people age well, 2 June 2021, 10.30am. To attend either or both sessions, anyone interested should click here to register.</description>
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  1086.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 16:25:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1087.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1088.      <link></link>
  1089.    </item>
  1090.    <item>
  1091.      <title>Research round up w/c 4 May 2021</title>
  1092.      <description>The Coronavirus APPG have published a report calling for greater curbs on international travel. The King's Fund have updated their Social Care 360, looking at trends in the sector. See also our seperate post on the report from LSE in the Lancet calling for increased funding for health and social care over the next ten years.</description>
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  1094.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1095.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1096.      <link></link>
  1097.    </item>
  1098.    <item>
  1099.      <title>New report calls for substantial rise in health and social care spending</title>
  1100.      <description>An increase in funding for the NHS and social care of £102 billion over the next ten years has been recommended in a major report by the London School of Economics and Lancet medical journal. Paid for by raising income tax, national insurance and VAT, this would ensure that the health and care system can meet demand and be rebuilt following the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is proposed that there should be annual spending increases of at least 4% in real terms for health and social care. LSE-Lancet Report</description>
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  1102.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 12:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1104.      <link></link>
  1105.    </item>
  1106.    <item>
  1107.      <title>The Social Care Challenge - implementing a Connected System</title>
  1108.      <description> The think tank, Public Policy Projects (PPP), is working on a report entitled State of the Nation: The Social Care Challenge: Implementing a Connected System, due for launch in July 2021, and seeking evidence and case studies that illustrate best practice at local level to deliver sustainable care services on:   Innovation: Exploring the adoption of new solutions and ways of working.  Integration: Exploring the interoperability between health and care records and the intelligent use of data. Infrastructure: Exploring the infrastructure solutions available to enhance interconnectivity and deliver place-based health solutions for elderly care recipients.  More about the call for evidence, which concerns the UK social care system: CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Social Care (We understand there may be a charge for case studies to be published in the final report.)</description>
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  1110.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1111.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1112.      <link></link>
  1113.    </item>
  1114.    <item>
  1115.      <title>App helps to identify skin breakdown</title>
  1116.      <description> The Scottish Social Services Council has developed a new app to help people working in social care identify potential skin breakdown on people they support. More information and download the app: New skin breakdown app for social service workers</description>
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  1118.      <pubDate>Fri, 07 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1120.      <link></link>
  1121.    </item>
  1122.    <item>
  1123.      <title>Free webinar on data and cyber security</title>
  1124.      <description>Digital Social Care are hosting a webinar on how the Better Security, Better Care programme can help care providers to store and share information safely. The event is being on 12 May at 3pm and is free to attend. Please click here to book your place.</description>
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  1126.      <pubDate>Wed, 05 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1127.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1128.      <link></link>
  1129.    </item>
  1130.    <item>
  1131.      <title>Update on free PPE for unpaid carers</title>
  1132.      <description>The Government has said that free PPE for unpaid carers will now be available until the end of March 2022. This follows a previous announcement where the same extension was made for care providers.  Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family</description>
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  1134.      <pubDate>Tue, 04 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1135.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1136.      <link></link>
  1137.    </item>
  1138.    <item>
  1139.      <title>New President takes the reins at ADASS</title>
  1140.      <description> Stephen Chandler is the new President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), taking over from James Bullion. UKHCA's CEO, Jane Townson, said:   "The last year posed immense challenges for the social care sector and we have appreciated the support of ADASS and James Bullion's inspiring leadership, as we navigated the pandemic. "We look forward to an equally constructive relationship with Stephen Chandler and wish him well as he takes the over the reins. We know Stephen is committed to enabling a majority of people to live well at home and flourish in their communities. We are keen to work in partnership with central and local government to ensure that home-based support and care is available for all who need it, in a financially sustainable manner. This includes driving innovation in commissioning and provision of services. We must shift from paying for homecare by the minute to a focus on outcomes, allowing people to direct their own care as far as is possible." Stephen Chandler is Director of Adult Services at Oxfordshire County Council and was previously Director of Adult Services and lead commissioner at Somerset County Council.</description>
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  1142.      <pubDate>Tue, 04 May 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1143.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1144.      <link></link>
  1145.    </item>
  1146.    <item>
  1147.      <title>Research round-up w/c 26 April 2021</title>
  1148.      <description>Research and reports Institute for Government: Devolved public services - the NHS, schools and social care in the four nations. Engage Britain: Why is social care reform so difficult? / Careless Whispers - a short history of social care reform and why the conversation needs to change to avoid more failure Healthwatch Camden: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic views on the COVID-19 vaccine NICE have launched their 2021-2026 5 year strategy. Local Government  and  Social Care Ombudsman three year plan 2021-24 ADASS spring conference Key speeches included:  Secretary of State for Health: "You have my word that we will back you throughout the rest of this pandemic and we'll make the reforms that are needed to put social care on a firm footing for the years to come." Read the full speech: The dedication of carers during the pandemic  Inaugural speech of the new ADASS President, Stephen Chandler "my ask of you is to be confident, to be ambitious for us when we need care and support for our families and our communities, and to help us make the change happen. Speak or write to your local politicians and MPs in a personal or a professional capacity. Let local press and media know about the difference that is made when someone gets good support or changes an abusive relationship. Support your colleagues and partners to do so. And tell us what you are doing so we can celebrate it too." Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance: "CPA is pushing for our ADASS colleagues and system partners as well as the wider government to involve us in decision making from the start, including the development of Integrated Care Services." Read more Resources Skills for Care have a new Care Certificate assessors eLearning course. Health Education England has made software that will support people with basic key skills (numeracy, lieracy, digital) available to all social care providers to support staff. Find out more. The Health and Safety Executive have launched a Stress Indicator Tool: Stress Indicator Tool (SIT) ( </description>
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  1150.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1151.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1152.      <link></link>
  1153.    </item>
  1154.    <item>
  1155.      <title>Right to work checks - end of temporary measures</title>
  1156.      <description>Temporary changes that allowed employers to carry out right to work checks via video call and through scanned documents, rather than originals, are ending on 16 May 2021.  Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1158.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1159.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1160.      <link></link>
  1161.    </item>
  1162.    <item>
  1163.      <title>COVID-19 vaccination extended to 40 year olds in England</title>
  1164.      <description>The National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccination in England has now opened for those of 40 and over, and those who will turn 40 before 1 July 2021, as well as other priority groups already announced.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS ( </description>
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  1166.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1167.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1168.      <link></link>
  1169.    </item>
  1170.    <item>
  1171.      <title>UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson to speak at Care Talk Conference</title>
  1172.      <description>UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson will be a panellist at the Care Talk Conference in the autumn. More information here.</description>
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  1174.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1175.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1176.      <link></link>
  1177.    </item>
  1178.    <item>
  1179.      <title>Capacity Tracker feedback</title>
  1180.      <description>Comparative data can now be accessed on Capacity Tracker. Providers are also being asked what other data analysis would be of benefit - for instance, data sets that could be compared or trend data you would like to see. If you have any comments, please email</description>
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  1182.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1183.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1184.      <link></link>
  1185.    </item>
  1186.    <item>
  1187.      <title>Webinar on supporting mental health</title>
  1188.      <description>The CIPD is hosting a webinar on how best to support the mental wellbeing of frontline workers given the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is being held on May 6 at 12:30pm. To register, please click here.</description>
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  1190.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1191.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1192.      <link></link>
  1193.    </item>
  1194.    <item>
  1195.      <title>New care worker card launched in Wales</title>
  1196.      <description>Social Care Wales have launched a new digital Care Worker Card. The previous Social Care Worker Card will no longer be valid from 1 May 2021.  Press release. </description>
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  1198.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1200.      <link></link>
  1201.    </item>
  1202.    <item>
  1203.      <title>Guidance for people receiving direct payments</title>
  1204.      <description>Guidance has been issued for people who receive direct payments in England about the support available for them and their PAs. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1206.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1208.      <link></link>
  1209.    </item>
  1210.    <item>
  1211.      <title>Give your views on national recruitment campaign - deadline extended to 7 May</title>
  1212.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care is asking for views on the national adult social care recruitment campaign which has been running in England since February 2021 and will end soon.  The survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Feel free to share with other people working in the adult social care sector, from care staff and registered managers to directors and HR teams. Adult Social Care Recruitment Communication Survey The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to 7 May 2021. Any questions to</description>
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  1214.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1215.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1216.      <link></link>
  1217.    </item>
  1218.    <item>
  1219.      <title>Open letter to PM calls for long-term, sustainable future for adult social care</title>
  1220.      <description> UKHCA has signed an open letter, coordinated by Care England, to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling on him to establish a long-term and sustainable future for adult social care. Read the letter in full:  1948 Moment for Adult Social Care | Care England</description>
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  1222.      <pubDate>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1223.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1224.      <link></link>
  1225.    </item>
  1226.    <item>
  1227.      <title>Free webinar on fee setting</title>
  1228.      <description>Interested in learning more about the fee setting and commissioning process of local authorities? Join the LGA, ADASS and the CPA on Tuesday 4th May, from 13:30 to 15:00 for a webinar which will explore the key issues and some common misconceptions regarding these processes, illustrate what providers should expect from local authorities and highlight examples of good practise and the importance of communication and consultation between local authorities and providers. Please contact to book your place and you will subsequently receive a meeting invite and further information regarding the webinar.</description>
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  1230.      <pubDate>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1232.      <link></link>
  1233.    </item>
  1234.    <item>
  1235.      <title>Better Security, Better Care now has local support, webinars and films</title>
  1236.      <description>Digital Social Care's Better Security, Better Care project is now providing support to care providers on data protection and cyber security through local support partners as well as running webinars on data security. They have also released a new series of short films explaining why data and cyber security matters. Find out more.</description>
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  1238.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1239.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1240.      <link></link>
  1241.    </item>
  1242.    <item>
  1243.      <title>MPs seek views on impact of new Immigration Rules</title>
  1244.      <description> The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration is seeking views on the impact of the new Immigration rules and would like to invite stakeholders to complete a survey. The MPs' inquiry is aiming to collect feedback from a wide range of stakeholders about the positive and negative impacts of the new rules, following up on soundings taken before the rules were introduced.  Those managing human resources and/or immigration at their organisations will be best placed to answer this survey.  The survey should take around 15 minutes.  The results and follow up interviews will provide the basis for a report and recommendations to the Home Office.The closing date is 18 May 2021. Those participating are invited to share the survey with others.</description>
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  1246.      <pubDate>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1248.      <link></link>
  1249.    </item>
  1250.    <item>
  1251.      <title>Guidance on second recognition payment for NHS and social care staff in Wales</title>
  1252.      <description>The Welsh Government have issued guidance on the second regonition payment for NHS and social care staff in Wales. The guidance covers key points such as who is eligible for the payment within the sector; as well as the process for making claims. Employers will be provided with claim forms via the local authority and will then be able to claim the relevant number of payments from local authorities. The guidance says that "employers also claim additional costs for their contribution to national insurance and pension and receive a nominal administration fee."  Read the guidance.</description>
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  1254.      <pubDate>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1256.      <link></link>
  1257.    </item>
  1258.    <item>
  1259.      <title>Lateral flow testing available to the public in Scotland</title>
  1260.      <description> From 26 April, lateral flow home test kits will be available free to the public, who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly.  From 20 April, anyone planning travel to the islands next week can order a free home test kit online. The first test should be taken three days before travel and the second on the day of departure. Moving to Level 3 These provisions do not replace the current regular testing put in place for occupational groups like social care workers. Social care testing guidance.</description>
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  1262.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1264.      <link></link>
  1265.    </item>
  1266.    <item>
  1267.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 19 April</title>
  1268.      <description>Research The Public Accounts Committee have published a report criticising the speed with which the Government identified people who were clinically extremely vulnerable. Caring (National Survey for Wales): April 2019 to March 2020 The House of Commons Library have updated Coronavirus: Adult social care: key issues and sources The Public Accounts Commmittee held an oral evidence session on Adult Social Care Markets on 19 April. Transcript available here. There was a debate in Westminster Hall on Social Care and the COVID-19 outbreak on 22 April. Hansard. An update from Learning Disability Improvement Cymru Resources Digital Social Care have upcoming events on Better Security, Better Care and How to register for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. Find out more. Once for Wales Health Profile for people with Learning Disabilities. All Wales Dementia Care Pathway of Standards elfh / Skills for Care learning path for care workers supporting a person near the end of life GOV.UK updates: The Supported Living Guidance has been updated to reflect the availability of self-testing for visitors.  The Guidance for Children's Social Care Services has also been updated. </description>
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  1270.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1272.      <link></link>
  1273.    </item>
  1274.    <item>
  1275.      <title>Easing of restrictions accelerated in Scotland</title>
  1276.      <description>The Scottish Government has accelerated the easing of restrictions. From 16 April, six people from six households are allowed to meet outdoors, and travel within Scotland is permitted for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise. People must still stay local for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport.  Accelerated easing of restrictions If the data permits, the whole of Scotland, including all island communities, should be in Level 3 from 26 April and move to Level 2 from 17 May. Local protection levels Moving to Level 3 </description>
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  1278.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1280.      <link></link>
  1281.    </item>
  1282.    <item>
  1283.      <title>National Booking Service resumes for social care workers and unpaid carers</title>
  1284.      <description>The National Booking Service is once again taking bookings for COVID-19 vaccination in England, following the recent temporary suspension for care workers and unpaid carers in JCVI priority group 2 due to supply issues. UKHCA put the case vigorously to policymakers for the National Booking Service to be re-opened. Guidance on eligibility Book a vaccination through the National Booking Service  Vaccination can also be arranged through GP surgeries and employers.    </description>
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  1286.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1288.      <link></link>
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  1291.      <title>Supporting Social Care Research in South Central England</title>
  1292.      <description>The National Institute for Health Research are very keen to see more research up and running in social care. To this end, The NIHR Research Design Service South Central and the NIHR Clinical Research Networks and Applied Research Collaboratives have got together to organise an event to bring together researchers, practitioners, providers, commissioners and users of social care, to discuss how they can develop and support research in the South Central and Wessex regions. Date: 26/5/21 Where: Online Cost: Free Who should attend?  Social care researchers Social care practitioners  Healthcare professionals Users of social care Commissioners and providers of social care Sign-up </description>
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  1294.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1296.      <link></link>
  1297.    </item>
  1298.    <item>
  1299.      <title>JCVI issues new advice for pregnant women</title>
  1300.      <description> The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. This is a change to previous advice. JCVI advises that it's preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available, as there is more research on these vaccines. JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women The Green Book for medical practitioners advises that pregnant women should still discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with their clinician, including the latest evidence on safety and which vaccines they should receive. COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a</description>
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  1302.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1304.      <link></link>
  1305.    </item>
  1306.    <item>
  1307.      <title>MPs raise questions about social care reform</title>
  1308.      <description> In Health and Social Care questions recently, Care Minister Helen Whately MP confirmed to MPs that further information about social care reform in England would be published later this year, including a workforce strategy. Hansard: Oral Answers to Questions - Tuesday 13 April 2021 The Care Minister said the Government's objectives for reform are 'to enable an affordable, high quality adult social care system that meets people's needs, whilst supporting health and care to join up services around people': Social Services: Reform: 15 Apr 2021: Hansard Written Answers The Government is currently conducting a programme of engagement with stakeholders, including UKHCA and the Care Provider Alliance.</description>
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  1310.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1312.      <link></link>
  1313.    </item>
  1314.    <item>
  1315.      <title>Survey of frontline workers' experiences in social care during pandemic</title>
  1316.      <description>  A UK-wide survey of frontline workers in adult social care is being carried out to find out how the pandemic is affecting people's experience of working in adult social care. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and there is a prize draw at the end to win an Amazon voucher worth £50.  RESSCW Longitudinal Wave 1 ( The survey is funded by the Health Foundation and has been put together by researchers at the University of Kent, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and City University of London. Please could social care employers share the survey with their frontline staff, to support this research. No closing date has been given. </description>
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  1318.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1320.      <link></link>
  1321.    </item>
  1322.    <item>
  1323.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 12 April 2021</title>
  1324.      <description>The Government has responded to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Coronavirus, disability and access to services. Health and Care Research Wales is setting up a public engagement and involvement forum. Nufield Trust: Fractured and forgotten? The social care provider market in England Resources Skills for care have developed new resources on supporting people with everyday technology. More webinars and support for registered managers from Skills for Care via their latest eNews. Find out about the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set.</description>
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  1326.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1328.      <link></link>
  1329.    </item>
  1330.    <item>
  1331.      <title>Routine testing and notifications in Scotland</title>
  1332.      <description>Routine testing of homecare workers in Scotland may be via PCR test or lateral flow test, depending on local Health and Social Care Partnership decisions. The Care Inspectorate have updated their guidance on COVID-19 notifications in relation to lateral flow testing.</description>
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  1334.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1336.      <link></link>
  1337.    </item>
  1338.    <item>
  1339.      <title>Free webinar: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers</title>
  1340.      <description>Event: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workersDate and time: Tuesday 20th April, 15.30-16.45Organised by: the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Sustainable Care Research ProgrammeRegistration link here (Free). On Tuesday 20 April, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Sustainable Care Research Programme will be discussing the risks that migrants working in the care sector face, what this means for the sector, and what needs to happen to ensure their rights are protected. ChairNadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East SpeakersShereen Hussein, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Caitlin Boswell, EU Citizens’ Project Officer at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants Kinga Milankovics, a self-employed care provider and co-founder of the Hekate Conscious Ageing Foundation.</description>
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  1342.      <pubDate>Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1344.      <link></link>
  1345.    </item>
  1346.    <item>
  1347.      <title>National Booking Service opens for those of 45 and over</title>
  1348.      <description>The National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccination is now open for those of 45 and over in England. The JCVI has also issued JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021 This confirms offers of vaccination during phase 2 are age-based and in the following order:  all those aged 40 to 49 years all those aged 30 to 39 years all those aged 18 to 29 years The advice suggest those individuals aged 18 to 49 years, where there is an increased risk of hospitalisation in males, those from certain ethnic minority backgrounds, those with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (obese or morbidly obese), and those experiencing socio-economic deprivation, should take up their offer of vaccination promptly.  UK health ministers' statement on JCVI advice (13 April 2021)  UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early  Separate advice has been issued on suitable vaccines for those under 30.</description>
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  1350.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1352.      <link></link>
  1353.    </item>
  1354.    <item>
  1355.      <title>New posters on COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan</title>
  1356.      <description>A set of three NHS and Public Health England posters has been launched to confirm people can have COVID-19 vaccinations during Ramadan. The message in each poster is vaccination is acceptable for Muslims. More information </description>
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  1358.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1360.      <link></link>
  1361.    </item>
  1362.    <item>
  1363.      <title>The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Wales has been accelerated</title>
  1364.      <description>The Welsh Government has announced an acceleration of elements of its planned relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more This builds on the previous announcement to move towards a movement from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 by mid-May.</description>
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  1366.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1368.      <link></link>
  1369.    </item>
  1370.    <item>
  1371.      <title>Update to mandatory Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in Scotland</title>
  1372.      <description>The Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum has been updated.</description>
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  1374.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1376.      <link></link>
  1377.    </item>
  1378.    <item>
  1379.      <title>Update in Personal Assistant COVID-19 testing policy in England</title>
  1380.      <description>The policy on COVID-19 testing for Personal Assistants has been updated so that PAs will be offered twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Device rather than the previous once a week PCR testing. PCR tests will be used only to confirm LFD positive test results. Find out more</description>
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  1382.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1384.      <link></link>
  1385.    </item>
  1386.    <item>
  1387.      <title>Lateral flow testing opens for people without symptoms in England</title>
  1388.      <description>The following does not replace the organisation testing arrangements for social care employers, which are summarised here. However, care providers should be aware that from today, 9 April, anyone in England who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can obtain free 30-minute lateral flow tests so they can do twice a week testing. Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week  These can be done at home, as well as through employers and test sites. People can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:  find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests find a test site where you can collect rapid tests People can also order a pack of 7 tests sent to their home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK If testing is done at home, the results should be reported online or by phone.</description>
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  1390.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1392.      <link></link>
  1393.    </item>
  1394.    <item>
  1395.      <title>Moderna vaccine cleared for use in COVID-19 vaccination rollout</title>
  1396.      <description> The Moderna vaccine has been cleared for use for all those in phase 1 and 2 of the programme by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), with a 2-dose schedule, the second dose being given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose, like the other approved vaccines. Letter from JCVI and reply from the Health and Social Care Secretary on use of the Moderna vaccine&#x2;</description>
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  1398.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1400.      <link></link>
  1401.    </item>
  1402.    <item>
  1403.      <title>Revised guidance on the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine</title>
  1404.      <description>Around four people in every million doses of the Astra Zeneca Vaccine delivered have developed an unusual blood clotting condition following vaccination - this is extremely unlikely and rare. On review of the information available the JCVI and MHRA have suggested that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for most people. However, as a precaution the advice for healthy younger persons aged 18-29 who have not received a first dose has been revised to suggest that it would be preferable for them to have an alternative vaccine.  Everyone (including people aged 18-29) is advised to have a second dose of the vaccine if they have received a first without suffering serious side effects. An information leaflet is available here. Government press release / MHRA press release</description>
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  1406.      <pubDate>Thu, 08 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1408.      <link></link>
  1409.    </item>
  1410.    <item>
  1411.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 6 April 2021</title>
  1412.      <description>The Global Travel Taskforce have made policy recommendations on the safe return of international travel. Marie Curie have published their Better End of Life Report 2021, which looks at how COVID has affected end of life care. ONS: Coronavirus and vaccine hesitancy 17 Feb - 14 March. During this period reported vaccine hesitancy was lower than the 13 Jan - 7 Feb figures. Skills for Care have published Workforce Intelligence reports on social work and also on personal assistants. A technical specification has been published for transparent face masks. PHE analysis suggests that COVID-19 vaccinations have prevented over 10,000 deaths in those over 60 The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has launched a manifesto for the Senedd 2021 Election.  A Kings Fund report: Shaping the future of digital technology in health and social care highlightes the "NHS-social care gap" when it comes to investment, research evidence and digital maturity. LGA: The lives we want to lead: where next for the debate about care and support reform? King's Fund blog: Making decisions about social care requires tough choices Resources The Care Provdier Alliance have published a web-page bringing together information on COVID-19 vaccination. Recordings of the National Social Care Conference 2020 for Wales are now available. LGA's new page on the adult social care workforce. Events After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers - 20 April 15.30-16.45 SCIE and Care Talk: Preparing for a new normal in social care 12 April 11.00-12.45 Care Talk: From New Normal to New Future - How has the response to COVID-19 changed social care practice? 30 June 2021. The National Wellbeing Hub is running a webinar programme for social care staff in Scotland through April and May.</description>
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  1414.      <pubDate>Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1416.      <link></link>
  1417.    </item>
  1418.    <item>
  1419.      <title>Scotland coronavirus update</title>
  1420.      <description>Lateral flow tests are set to become universally available twice a week in Scotland, according to the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon has said that further information on how people can access the tests and from when could be provided later this week. COVID-19 update: First Minister's statement – 6 April 2021 Meanwhile, Scotland's 'Stay at Home' guidance has now been replaced with the 'Stay Local' message. A full timetable on the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions has been published, with further outdoor socialising being allowed from 26 April. It is hoped that up to four people from up to two households will be permitted to socialise in-home from 17 May. Details on the COVID-19 protection levels for each Scottish council area</description>
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  1422.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1424.      <link></link>
  1425.    </item>
  1426.    <item>
  1427.      <title>PPE Guidance revision in England - How to work safely in domiciliary care</title>
  1428.      <description>Revised PPE guidance for homecare providers in England has now been published by PHE.  Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers delivering domiciliary care during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England - GOV.UK (  Our member organisations had an e-mail alert about the changes on Thursday 1 April. We encourage homecare providers to read PHE's revised PPE guidance in full. The most significant changes are as follows:   Sessional use of face masks is no longer recommended in homecare: At the end of each homecare visit, the facemask should be disposed of and fresh PPE, including a new facemask, will need to be donned before entering the next client's home.  If a client has respiratory symptoms compatible with recent COVID-19 infection, or has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that eye protection (visor or goggles) is worn (along with a Type IIR mask, which is already required).  Eye protection and face masks should be removed and disposed of after completing personal care for each homecare client. If the eye protection is not labelled as single use only, then it needs to be decontaminated before reuse. </description>
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  1430.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1432.      <link></link>
  1433.    </item>
  1434.    <item>
  1435.      <title>Leadership and Management Programme in Scotland</title>
  1436.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council has opened applications for a 10-month leadership and management development programme. This has been designed for senior leaders in health and social care, as well as partner organisations. Anyone interested should complete an application form by clicking this link. The deadline for social care applications is 20 May 2021 at 12pm.</description>
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  1438.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1440.      <link></link>
  1441.    </item>
  1442.    <item>
  1443.      <title>EU Settlement Scheme Deadline</title>
  1444.      <description>A quick reminder that the deadline for staff who are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen to apply for EU settled status is 30 June 2021. However, staff are encouraged to apply as early as possible so that any problems can be addressed. Click here for more information.</description>
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  1446.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1448.      <link></link>
  1449.    </item>
  1450.    <item>
  1451.      <title>Wellbeing programme for Scottish health and social care staff</title>
  1452.      <description>Scotland's National Wellbeing Hub is hosting a series of wellbeing webinars for people working in health and social care in April and May. Sessions are on subjects such as helping to cope with low mood and mindfulness. Staff can book their place at a webinar by clicking this link.</description>
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  1454.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:50:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1456.      <link></link>
  1457.    </item>
  1458.    <item>
  1459.      <title>Mental health support for hospitalised coronavirus patients in Scotland</title>
  1460.      <description>Individuals in Scotland who have been hospitalised because of COVID-19 are set to receive access to mental health support. £4.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government across three years will create a new network of mental health clinicians to help those affected. Further information</description>
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  1462.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1464.      <link></link>
  1465.    </item>
  1466.    <item>
  1467.      <title>Scottish Parliament Committee calls for health reform</title>
  1468.      <description>A legacy report by the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee has said that the COVID-19 pandemic provides a golden opportunity to implement much-needed reform in health and social care.  In the report, it was recommended that social care be given its own separate Parlimentary Committee, while the progress towards the integration of health and social care was criticised. Further information</description>
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  1470.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:15:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1472.      <link></link>
  1473.    </item>
  1474.    <item>
  1475.      <title>Real Living Wage for care workers in Scotland</title>
  1476.      <description>From May 2021, adult social care workers in Scotland will be paid at least the Real Living Wage, backdated to the previous month. As a result, each care worker will receive a minimum of £9.50 per hour. Fair pay for social care workers</description>
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  1478.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1480.      <link></link>
  1481.    </item>
  1482.    <item>
  1483.      <title>Further easing of lockdown in England from 12 April and universal testing offer</title>
  1484.      <description>In England, the Government has confirmed a further easing of Covid restrictions from 12 April, when more businesses and venues can reopen. It has also published a Roadmap Reviews: Update on:   COVID-Status Certification Review Global Travel Taskforce Events Research Programme Social Distancing Review The reviews will inform Government decision making on future lockdown easing. In addition, twice weekly rapid testing is to be available free to everyone in England from 9 April. This does not replace guidance to social care organisations on staff testing, which is summarised here. PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 5 April 2021</description>
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  1486.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1488.      <link></link>
  1489.    </item>
  1490.    <item>
  1491.      <title>Updates for Wales - Care Inspectorate Wales and Supported Living Guidance</title>
  1492.      <description>Care Inspectorate Wales has confirmed that the first annual returns for all regulated services that were due in May 2020 are not not due until May 2022. They have published an updated Securing Improvement and Enforcement Policy and the finidngs of their national review of the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).  The Supported Living Guidance in Wales has been updated.</description>
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  1494.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1496.      <link></link>
  1497.    </item>
  1498.    <item>
  1499.      <title>Gender pay gap reporting</title>
  1500.      <description>Employers with 250 or more employees in England, Wales and Scotland will need to publish their annual gender pay data, with an official deadline for private and voluntary sector organisations of 4 April. However, the Equality and Human Rights Commission have indicated that they will not begin enforcement for the 2020/2021 reporting until 5 October 2021. Gender pay gap reporting Further information</description>
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  1502.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1504.      <link></link>
  1505.    </item>
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  1507.      <title>Supporting people living with dementia to be involved in safeguarding enquiries</title>
  1508.      <description>New DHSC guidance, supporting people living with dementia to be involved in adult safeguarding enquiries has been issued which draws on research by Dr Jeremy Dixon at the University of Bath and input from people living with dementia, family carers and professionals in the sector.</description>
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  1510.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1512.      <link></link>
  1513.    </item>
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  1515.      <title>COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan for England</title>
  1516.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care have published an action plan outlining the steps that they intend to take over the coming year to respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic. COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan ( </description>
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  1518.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1520.      <link></link>
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  1523.      <title>National Minimum Wage and Living Wage increase and age band change</title>
  1524.      <description>On 1 April the National Living Wage increased to £8.91 per hour, the age threshold for the National Living Wages also moved from 25 to 23. This means that younger workers are now eligible for the higher rate. The 21-22 year old rate will be £8.36, 18-20 year old rate £6.56 and 16-17 year old rate £4.62. Record retention requirements for minimum wage are also extending to six years; Statutory sick pay and Statutory family-related pay will be increasing; as will Statutory Redundancy Pay.  Guidance from Anthony Collins Solicitors.  Press release.  More information.  UKHCA National Minimum Wage Toolkit. </description>
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  1526.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1528.      <link></link>
  1529.    </item>
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  1531.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 29 March</title>
  1532.      <description>Senedd Research (Wales): Coronavirus: Long Covid - "it's a game of snakes and ladders" NICE have published a new quality standard on support for adults aged 18 or over who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs.  Action on Smoking and Health have published a report on the cost of smoking to the social care system. A new version of the House of Commons Library briefing on Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources has been published. Anthony Collins Solicitors blog: ECJ redefining working time - still relevant post-Brexit</description>
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  1534.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1536.      <link></link>
  1537.    </item>
  1538.    <item>
  1539.      <title>Supported Living guidance update - visiting</title>
  1540.      <description>The supported living services guidance has been updated with regards to visits into and out of supported living settings. Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (   </description>
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  1542.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1544.      <link></link>
  1545.    </item>
  1546.    <item>
  1547.      <title>Free PPE for care providers until March 2022</title>
  1548.      <description>The Government has announced it is extending the availability of free PPE, via the PPE Portal, to care providers in England until March 2022 - excellent news for the care sector. UKHCA CEO, Dr Jane Townson, said: "We are grateful to colleagues at the Department for Health and Social Care and Care Minister, Helen Whately MP, for supporting the homecare sector with the extra costs of PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic, which UKHCA has campaigned for."</description>
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  1550.      <pubDate>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1552.      <link></link>
  1553.    </item>
  1554.    <item>
  1555.      <title>Advice and reassurance on vaccination and fertility</title>
  1556.      <description>There are resources that provide reassurance on COVID-19 vaccination and fertility, which may be helpful for those concerned about this issue. The British Fertility Society has produced this resource and there is a joint statement from the Royal Colleges of Midwives, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. See also videos from NHS GP Dr Charles Esene and Public Health England's Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam.</description>
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  1558.      <pubDate>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1560.      <link></link>
  1561.    </item>
  1562.    <item>
  1563.      <title>PCR tests to confirm lateral flow test results</title>
  1564.      <description> The government is reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing where people receive a positive LFD test result in England. The confirmatory test will be used to validate the result of the initial rapid test. If the confirmatory test is negative, the person will no longer have to self-isolate. Test and Trace systems are being adjusted accordingly. Government reintroduces confirmatory PCR testing for assisted testing</description>
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  1566.      <pubDate>Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1568.      <link></link>
  1569.    </item>
  1570.    <item>
  1571.      <title>New Infection Control and Testing Fund guidance published</title>
  1572.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund for England, including fund distribution, conditions and reporting requirements. Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funds. DHSC say this is a new grant, with separate conditions to the original Infection Control Fund, the extension to the Infection Control Fund and the original Rapid Testing Fund.  On infection control, local authorities must pass 70% to care homes and CQC-regulated community care providers on a per user basis, as the default allocation. The precise conditions and reporting requirements are set out in the guidance. User allocation is broadly based on the number of non-residential service users per local authority recorded on the Capacity Tracker Home Care Survey as of 18 March 2021. The distribution of the remaining 30% is at local authority discretion, subject to the guidance. Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund</description>
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  1574.      <pubDate>Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1576.      <link></link>
  1577.    </item>
  1578.    <item>
  1579.      <title>Resources on lockdown restrictions in England</title>
  1580.      <description>Changes begin today to ease the COVID-19 lockdown in England, in accordance with the Government's road map. Government guidance is being updated and there are summaries of the current guidance at: Coronavirus rules on what people can and cannot do Poster on restrictions from 29 March 2021</description>
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  1582.      <pubDate>Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1584.      <link></link>
  1585.    </item>
  1586.    <item>
  1587.      <title>UKHCA backs ARCO campaign calling for more housing-with-care options</title>
  1588.      <description>UKHCA supports the campaign from ARCO calling on the Government for more housi​ng-with-care options for older people. Read the letter in full, which we have co-signed here.</description>
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  1590.      <pubDate>Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1592.      <link></link>
  1593.    </item>
  1594.    <item>
  1595.      <title>Household contacts of severely immunosuppressed to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  1596.      <description> The Health and Social Care Secretary has asked NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) to adopt advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to prioritise household contacts of the severely immunosuppressed for vaccination, alongside priority group 6 in phase 1 of the vaccination programme. New vaccine advice for adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the JCVI: 24 March 2021 Æ </description>
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  1598.      <pubDate>Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1600.      <link></link>
  1601.    </item>
  1602.    <item>
  1603.      <title>Share your feedback on CQC's Transitional Regulatory Approach</title>
  1604.      <description>From October 2020 CQC introduced its transitional regulatory approach (TRA). The purpose of this approach was to ensure that the Commission continued to deliver its core purpose of keeping people safe as well as to support providers of health  and  social care during the pandemic. To help to continue to develop the approach and understand what it may need to change the Commission would like to hear your views on the TRA through a short survey. You can also access this survey and many others through CQC's digital engagement platform.</description>
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  1606.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1608.      <link></link>
  1609.    </item>
  1610.    <item>
  1611.      <title>Blog: UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson on the latest NAO report on social care in England</title>
  1612.      <description>UKHCA welcomes the National Audit Office report and recommendations on the adult social care market in England. We strongly agree with the need for a vision for support and care for older and disabled people; and a workforce strategy. Read Dr Jane Townson's latest blog here.</description>
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  1614.      <pubDate>Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1616.      <link></link>
  1617.    </item>
  1618.    <item>
  1619.      <title>Statutory Code of Practice on Autism Services before Senedd (Wales)</title>
  1620.      <description>The statutory code of practice on the delivery of autism services in Wales has been laid before the Senedd and will come into force in September 2021, following which implementation will begin. An implementation plan will be developed in partnership with stakeholders. The findings of the consultation on the code of practice have also been published.</description>
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  1622.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1624.      <link></link>
  1625.    </item>
  1626.    <item>
  1627.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 22 March 2021</title>
  1628.      <description>Research and reports NAO: The National Social Care Market in England (see Dr Jane Townson's blog) NHS Digital: Adult Social Care Statistics in England - Overview, 2020 [Unpaid] Caring as a social determinant of health: review of evidence The Economic and Social Research Council and the Health Foundation are supporting the creation of a new centre for research in adult social care called Improving Adult Care Together (IMPACT).  ADASS and TSA have published a report on: How can technology be truly integrated into adult social care? Technical Advisory Group: Examining Deaths in Wales associated with COVID-19 NHS: Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament A number of documents have been published on tax reform (summary) including an Interim Report on the Business Rates Review.  Resources There is now a single document summarising routine testing arrangements across all social care settings in England on GOV.UK</description>
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  1630.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1632.      <link></link>
  1633.    </item>
  1634.    <item>
  1635.      <title>Transforming the public health system</title>
  1636.      <description>Following last year's announcement on 'The future of public health', details have been published on establishing the 'UK Health Security Agency', including the intention to establish it formally in April 2021 and then begin to transfer relevant functions to it, including NHS Test and Trace and the analytic capability of the Joint Biosecurity Centre. There will also be a new Office for Health Promotion in DHSC and local public health systems will be strengthened. Feedback on the proposals is being sought.  Find out more </description>
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  1638.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1640.      <link></link>
  1641.    </item>
  1642.    <item>
  1643.      <title>New strategy for unpaid carers published in Wales</title>
  1644.      <description>The Welsh Government have published a new strategy to support unpaid carers. It includes four priorities for action:  identifying and valuing unpaid carers  providing information, advice and assistance supporting life alongside caring (including supporting access to short breaks and respite) supporting unpaid carers in education and the workplace Press release: Caring is everyone's business  Written Statement Strategy for unpaid carers</description>
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  1646.      <pubDate>Tue, 23 Mar 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1648.      <link></link>
  1649.    </item>
  1650.    <item>
  1651.      <title>Health and care services recovery plan for Wales</title>
  1652.      <description>The Health Minister has published a plan to help the health and care system in Wales recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The section most signifcicant to social care is "Chapter 6 - Seamless social care services", however, other sections do discuss the integration of health and social care and the health and social care workforce strategy. The chapter recognises the significant pressures that the sector has faced during the pandemic, the lack of parity between health and social care, and that issues around financial sustainability have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Positives coming out of the pandemic are also highlighted such as new ways of joint working being identified and an increasd use of digital communication tools. Priorities identified in relation to the sector include the development of the Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper; the need to consider the future of the Local Authority Hardship Fund; the desire to move towards paying a Real Living Wage in the sector and to ensure support for wellbeing and mental health for workers; an improvement of collaborative working; and support in relation to long COVID. Press release Cabinet statement Health and social care in Wales - COVID-19: looking forward  Alongside this, there has also been a document published on a National clinical framework: a learning health and care system </description>
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  1654.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1656.      <link></link>
  1657.    </item>
  1658.    <item>
  1659.      <title>Update on £500 payment to care workers in Scotland</title>
  1660.      <description>Jeanne Freeman has indicated that the majority of social care workers should receive the £500 thank-you payment announced last autumn during April. News report Original announcement FAQs about the payment</description>
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  1662.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1664.      <link></link>
  1665.    </item>
  1666.    <item>
  1667.      <title>Welsh Government update Coronavirus Control Plan</title>
  1668.      <description>The Welsh Government have updated their Coronavirus Control Plan to take into account vaccinations and the dominant Kent variant. Press release Revised control plan  </description>
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  1670.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1672.      <link></link>
  1673.    </item>
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  1675.      <title>Care Inspectorate in Scotland expanding Reference Group</title>
  1676.      <description>The Care Inspectorate in Scotland are expanding their Reference Group. The Reference Group "give their ideas, thoughts and suggestions to help the Care Inspectorate or partners improve what they do." Members of the group may be invited to join focus groups, complete questionnaires or have a telephone conversation, but there is no requirement to accept invitations. Application form</description>
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  1678.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1680.      <link></link>
  1681.    </item>
  1682.    <item>
  1683.      <title>Supreme Court rules that Sleep-ins do not qualify for statutory National Minimum Wage</title>
  1684.      <description>The Supreme Court confirmed today (19 March 2021) that the statutory National Minimum Wage did not apply to social care workers permitted to sleep while on duty (notes 1 and 2), an arrangement generally known as a “sleep-in” (notes 3 and 4). The implications of this long-awaited ruling, whichever way it had been decided, are significant for both employers and members of the social care workforce. Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association (note 5), said: Today’s judgement will be hugely disappointing for those members of the social care workforce who believe that the legal minimum pay rate should be paid for sleep-in duties. The Supreme Court is the highest court in civil cases in the United Kingdom and there is therefore no further route of appeal in these cases. Today’s judgement provides precedent for how the courts are likely to rule in similar cases. As a result, the court’s decision gives reassurance to central and local government, and employers, that substantial claims for back-payment of wages will not create the risk of large-scale closures of voluntary an independent sector care services which have traditionally made extensive use of sleep-in duties. Angel continued: “Now that case-law in this area has been finally decided, there remains an urgent need to address the broken system of funding the social care system, including the direct impact it has on the terms and conditions of the social care workforce. Everyone agrees that the care workforce deserves fair recognition and reward for the valuable and skilled roles they perform. “UKHCA calls on central government to provide statutory guidance to councils and the NHS on funding care work, including sleep-in duties, at a level which shows the true value that society should give to members of the social care workforce.  “In the meantime, we urge those local councils and NHS organisations who have so far taken the responsible position of funding sleep-in duties at or above the statutory minimum to continue to do so.” Ends. Notes for editors 1. The cases are Tomlinson-Blake (appellant) vs Royal Mencap Society (respondent) and Shannon (appellant) v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) (respondents). 2. The Supreme Court’s ruling in both cases has been published on-line. 3. A “sleep-in” duty may be suitable in situations where a careworker is required to be at or near their place of work and available to provide care and support for one or more people at very short notice when needed. A sleep-in duty can be used when people are unlikely to require assistance of the worker throughout the entire span of duty.  4. Where the needs of people supported by social care require more intensive support than can be offered by a “sleep-in”, workers would normally be expected to remain awake and working (and therefore paid at or above the National Minimum Wage). 5. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the UK’s membership body for homecare providers. Together we ensure that homecare is valued so that all of us can live well at home and flourish within our communities. 6. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer, United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd, Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH. Telephone: 020 8661 8188, Mobile: 07393 012 113E-mail:, Website:, Twitter: @ukhca . Registered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  1686.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1688.      <link></link>
  1689.    </item>
  1690.    <item>
  1691.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 15 March</title>
  1692.      <description>Health for Care have published the findings of a survey of MPs and Councillors in relation to funding for social care. 9 in 10 MPs and 92% of couuncillors agreed that local government does not have enough resources to meet the growing need for social care services. The Care and Support Alliance have published a report on social care reform - A cry for hope: why 2021 must be the year for social care reform. CQC blog on Equality and human rights in health and social care TLAP report: Direct Payments - working or not working? SCIE: How might leadership roles evolve in integrated health and care systems? Resources Skills for Care Wellbeing Resource Finder Skills for Care Registered Manager Webinars Affina OD Masterclass: Taking care of your team - Why it matters and what you can do - 31 March 10.30-11.30. Skills for Care is working with Barclays Digital Eagles to provide digital support and training to the adult social care sector. There are new resources from Skills for Care on tailoring the Care Certificate in relation to supporting autistic people and people at the end of their life.</description>
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  1694.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1696.      <link></link>
  1697.    </item>
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  1699.      <title>£341 million additional funding announced for infection control and rapid testing in adult social care</title>
  1700.      <description>This afternoon, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care anounced an additional £341 million of funding for infection control measures and rapid testing in adult social care services in England.  Press release Oral statement We await further details.</description>
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  1702.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1704.      <link></link>
  1705.    </item>
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  1707.      <title>Social care leaders call for end to 25 years of inaction and for the Government to fix the social care system</title>
  1708.      <description>Eight organisations, including the Care Provider Alliance have called on the Government to "end 25 years of inaction and fix the social care system".  The joint statement calls for an increase and extension of emergency support to the sector in the face of the pandemic and for the Government to release proposals for social care reform in advance of the summer parliamentary recess.</description>
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  1710.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1713.    </item>
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  1715.      <title>CQC publish review of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions during COVID-19</title>
  1716.      <description>CQC have published their review of the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during COVID-19. The report highlights the importance of any DNACPR decisions being made on an individual basis as part of advanced care planning, with the involvement of individuals, in a personalised, caring and compassionate way and at an appropriate time. Read the report: Protect, respect, connect - decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19 The report makes a number of recommendations including the need to ensure people are at the centre of conversations about decisions around advanced care planning, the need for suitably trained staff to have such conversations, and the need to keep clear records of discussions. Read more about the recommendations Alongside this, Compassion in Dying have publised a report: Better understanding better outcomes: what we've learned about DNACPR decisions before and during the Coronavirus pandemic</description>
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  1718.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1723.      <title>Clinically Extremely Vulnerable no longer advised to shield from 1 April in England</title>
  1724.      <description>A letter has been sent to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in England, which outlines that they will no longer be advised to shield from 1 April. The letter outlines practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the virus. Press release Read the letter</description>
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  1726.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1731.      <title>MPs to debate social reform and the social care workforce</title>
  1732.      <description>Following over 44,000 signatories for the petition calling on the social care workforce to be equally recognised to the NHS, MPs will debate the issue in Parliament later today.  The petition can be found here, while you watch it on Parlaiment TV on the following link. </description>
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  1734.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1739.      <title>New bonus payment announced for NHS and Social Care workers in Wales</title>
  1740.      <description>The Welsh Government has announced that they will fund a second bonus payment to NHS and social care staff to recognise their extraordinary contribution during the pandemic. This is in addition to the £500 payment announced last year.  It is anticipated that the amount will be equivalent to £735 and is intended to cover tax and national insurance so that, after deductions, most staff will receive £500. Further details on the scheme are expected. Press release / Written statement  Guidance will be published here.</description>
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  1742.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1744.      <link></link>
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  1747.      <title>Socio-economic equality duty for public bodies in Wales</title>
  1748.      <description>The Welsh Government have voted to bring into force a duty for public bodies to take into consideration socio-economic equality. This is part of the Equality Act 2010. It will cover local authorities, however the documentation suggests that:  "As only specified public bodies are subject to the duty, the duty remains with that body. Therefore, the requirement to meet the duty does not pass to a third party through procurement, commissioning or outsourcing.  However, in circumstances where the procurement activity itself is considered by a specified public body to engage the duty, the relevant public body must consider how such arrangements reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage." Overview. Press release. </description>
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  1750.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1755.      <title>Third Wales Procurement Policy Statement</title>
  1756.      <description>The Welsh Government have published a new Wales Procurement Policy Statement. Buying organisations will be developing action plans outlining how they comply with the statement. More information. Policy statement. </description>
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  1758.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1760.      <link></link>
  1761.    </item>
  1762.    <item>
  1763.      <title>Lockdown easing in Scotland</title>
  1764.      <description>Scotland's requirement for people to Stay at Home will be removed on 2 April, and be replaced with a message to Stay Local. According to a timetable announced by the First Minister, additional easing is expected on 26 April, including travel restrictions in mainland Scotland being lifted and six people from up to three households being able to meet outside. The hope is that Scotland could move to Level 0 by the end of June. Timetable for further lockdown easing</description>
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  1766.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1768.      <link></link>
  1769.    </item>
  1770.    <item>
  1771.      <title>Joint statement on speaking up to keep people safe - Care Inspectorate Wales</title>
  1772.      <description>Speaking up when you are concerned about someone's safety or wellbeing is the focus of a new joint statement from Health Inspectorate Wales and Care Inspectorate Wales.  Joint statement with HIW: The importance of speaking up | Care Inspectorate Wales </description>
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  1774.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1776.      <link></link>
  1777.    </item>
  1778.    <item>
  1779.      <title>Vaccinations for unpaid carers in England</title>
  1780.      <description>The Government have now published guidance on access to vaccinations for those unpaid carers who form part of cohort 6. You can find out more here. All eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it's their turn to receive the vaccine. Unpaid carers over the age of 18, who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service or ring 119, to find out if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment. </description>
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  1782.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1784.      <link></link>
  1785.    </item>
  1786.    <item>
  1787.      <title>Mencap judgment to be handed down on 19 March 2021</title>
  1788.      <description>The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its long-awaited judgment in the cases of Royal Mencap Society (Respondent) v Tomlinson-Blake (Appellant) and Shannon (Appellant) v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) (Respondents) on 19 March 2021 at 9.45 am. The cases concern workers' entitlement to National Minimum Wage while carrying out sleep-in shifts. The Supreme Court's listing is at: Future judgments - The Supreme Court</description>
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  1790.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1792.      <link></link>
  1793.    </item>
  1794.    <item>
  1795.      <title>CPA calls for emergency funding extension</title>
  1796.      <description>The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA are members, have called for the extension of emergency funding for social care.  Below is a full statement from the CPA: The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences on adult social care. Like every other industry in the UK, without essential government intervention many social care providers would not have been able to operate to deliver vital services throughout the pandemic. Emergency funding from the government has been a lifeline. This has consisted of the Adult social care Infection Control Fund first introduced in May 2020 and extended in the autumn - providing over £546m of essential funding to the sector. The Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund of £149m and the Workforce Capacity Fund provided an additional £120m to support local authorities and social care providers to maintain safe staffing levels in accordance with the requirements set out in the government’s Winter Plan. All three funds have been critical in facilitating and supporting social care providers to meet government policy and guidance, in the control and management of infections including regular testing of staff and residents; the care workforce and capacity issues; and in the management of safe visits to care homes. It has taken months to get these systems in place to ensure service continuity during what has been an unprecedented onslaught of the COVID-19 virus. Reports earlier this week from the Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Chris Whitty warns of another surge in coronavirus cases in the UK being inevitable and could hit in late summer, despite the success of the country’s ongoing vaccine rollout. He stressed the need to remain vigilant. Yet the Chancellor in his budget statement last week did not announce any specific measures for social care, despite the imminent end to the emergency funding on 31st March 2021. Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), the collective body of adult social care trade associations, said: “Evidence available to the Care Provider Alliance indicates that less than a third of local authorities have declared their fee rates beyond 1st April. Those that have, are offering 0-2% uplifts which is far short of the increase to the national living wage (NLW), and the sums needed to adequately support social care providers.  “We echo the warning from Prof. Whitty that it is essential to remain vigilant and consistent in the management of reducing the risk of transmission, and call on the government to immediately extend the emergency funding available to the sector as a matter of urgency. The clock is ticking and time is running out. It is vital that care providers have a clear understanding of what measures will be in place to support them to operate after the deadline of 31st March of the emergency funding arrangements.”</description>
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  1798.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1800.      <link></link>
  1801.    </item>
  1802.    <item>
  1803.      <title>Launch of modern slavery statement registry</title>
  1804.      <description>The Home Office has launched a registry for organisations to share their modern slavery statements.  The registry will form part of future reporting requirements under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, where organisations that meet certain criteria (including an annual turnover of £36 million or more) are required to produce annual modern slavery statements. Press release on the registry More on who needs to produce statements and what they contain. Process for submitting a government modern slavery statement, updated 7 May 2021.</description>
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  1806.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 11:15:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1808.      <link></link>
  1809.    </item>
  1810.    <item>
  1811.      <title>New Health and Social Care Intensive Learning Academies in Wales</title>
  1812.      <description>In partnership with Welsh Universities, the Welsh Government has announced over £9m in funding to create three new academies to support the next generation of health and care leaders in Wales. The Intensive Learning Academies will offer short and flexible academic courses, research and consultancy services. Press release Find out more</description>
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  1814.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1816.      <link></link>
  1817.    </item>
  1818.    <item>
  1819.      <title>CMA launch a study into children's social care provision</title>
  1820.      <description>The Competition and Markets Authority have launched a study into children's social care provision in England, Scotland and Wales. They will be looking at the supply of placements, prices charged, commissioning practices and ways to ensure suffiicent availability. Press release</description>
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  1822.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1824.      <link></link>
  1825.    </item>
  1826.    <item>
  1827.      <title>DNACPR letter to NHS practitioners in England</title>
  1828.      <description>A letter has been issued restating that blanket policies in relation to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions are inappropriate. The letter emphasises that a person having a learning disability, autism or both should never be a reason for issuing a DNACPR order.</description>
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  1830.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1832.      <link></link>
  1833.    </item>
  1834.    <item>
  1835.      <title>Senior care workers and domiciliary care managers added to the Shortage Occupation List</title>
  1836.      <description>Senior care workers and domiciliary care managers have been added to the Shortage Occupation List. Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: "We are pleased the Government has taken on board the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee and will add senior care workers and domiciliary care managers to the Shortage Occupation List. This will help solve part of a much larger issue which we have called on Government to address for a long time. This will be extremely useful for some social care employers, who should now find it easier in sourcing candidates from outside the UK for hard-to-fill roles, including live-in homecare."  Note for Editors For further information please contact: Colin Angel, Policy DirectorUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhca  </description>
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  1838.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1839.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1840.      <link></link>
  1841.    </item>
  1842.    <item>
  1843.      <title>Registering home test kits for care workers in England - new guidance</title>
  1844.      <description>New guidance has been published to clarify how to register home test kits used for routine testing of homecare workers in England. You can access the guidance here: Registering test kits for homecare workers ( </description>
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  1846.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1848.      <link></link>
  1849.    </item>
  1850.    <item>
  1851.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 8 March</title>
  1852.      <description>Research NIHR have published a literature review on a strengths based approach to social work and social care. Hft and Cebr have published their annual Sector Pulse Check. The report finds that 56% of providers report that they are either in deficit or that their surplus has decreased. The ONS have published data on vaccine hesitancy.  The Health Foundation blog has commented on the Budget and social care. The National Audit Office have published a report on Local government finance in the pandemic. The report highlights that some local authorities are facing signifiant cost pressures and uncertainties and that many local authorities will be reducing service budgets in 2021-2022.  The Alan Turing Institute have been investigating who is vulnerable to misinformation online Civitas have published a paper on insurance based funding for social care. SCIE have published a report from the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support. This looks at improving housing that facilitates care and support for older people. The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing giving an overview of Children's social care services in England. Public First have highlighted the mental health impact of the pandemic in "The Other Pandemic". Resources The consent form for COVID-19 vaccinations has been released in BSL format.  The Health and Safety Executive have updated their guidance on Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus. (Note this isn't social care specific). An easy read version of the Direct Payments guidance in England has been issued. SCIE are hosting a webinar on 24 March on providing safe face to face adult day care.</description>
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  1854.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1856.      <link></link>
  1857.    </item>
  1858.    <item>
  1859.      <title>CQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission sign Memorandum of Understanding</title>
  1860.      <description>The CQC and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on how they will work together to safeguard the wellbeing and rights of those receiving health and social care. Find out more.</description>
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  1862.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1864.      <link></link>
  1865.    </item>
  1866.    <item>
  1867.      <title>Shielding, vaccination, testing and other updates for Wales</title>
  1868.      <description>The Chief Medical Officer in Wales has advised that the shielding of those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should be paused from 1 April. Read the letter. Twice weekly lateral flow testing for domiciliary care should be extended to supported living staff in services with fewer than 5 residents (you should hear from your local authority).  The Welsh Government has announced that people who are homeless may be prioritised for vaccination. There has also been a clarification on the definition of severe asthma for inclusion in cohort 6. Guidance has been published on how to book a vaccination if you are an unpaid carer. Testing is being extended so that tests will be offered to close contacts of positive cases who do not show symptoms in order to identify asymptomatic cases. This will not remove the need to self-isolate. A new framework for the testing of hospital patients has also been published. The statutory sick pay enhancement scheme has been extended until September. The workforce risk assessment tool has been updated to include reference to vaccination. Information on how to get a vaccine if you think you have been missed is available here. An update has been published on palliative and end of life care.</description>
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  1870.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1872.      <link></link>
  1873.    </item>
  1874.    <item>
  1875.      <title>Guest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging times</title>
  1876.      <description>Tim Jones MBS of UKHCA commercial members Kaizen Business Consultants has contributed a new guest blog entitled: "Guest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging times" Read it in full here</description>
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  1878.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1880.      <link></link>
  1881.    </item>
  1882.    <item>
  1883.      <title>Slight relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland</title>
  1884.      <description>A slight relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland will enable more people to meet outside. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that, from this Friday, as many as four adults from two households will have the opportunity to socialise locally in outdoor settings (which includes in private gardens). This could be for exercise, or social and recreational reasons.  Changes to Level 4 restrictions</description>
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  1886.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1888.      <link></link>
  1889.    </item>
  1890.    <item>
  1891.      <title>Individuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 invited for vaccination</title>
  1892.      <description>Individuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 will begin receiving invitations this week to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Provided they were not in a higher priority group, people aged 55-59 will start having injections from next week, while the cohort aged from 50 to 54 will begin vaccinations from 22 March.  Under 60s to begin receiving vaccination invitations</description>
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  1894.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Mar 2021 14:45:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1896.      <link></link>
  1897.    </item>
  1898.    <item>
  1899.      <title>Census 2021 - How to help someone else complete the census</title>
  1900.      <description>Census Day is 21 March 2021. The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. Every householder is responsible for completing a questionnaire for their household and should either answer for all household members or ensure they all have their own. Everyone must complete or be included in the census and provide accurate information. The Census is online, using an access code in the letter about the Census, but people can ask for a paper copy to be posted to them. There is more about the census and how it operates at Census 2021.  People can complete the census on the day or in advance if they answer as if it is 21 March. If they need help, they can:  ask someone else to fill it in for them, or help them if they can't do it themselves find a support centre, where they can get help to complete the census online access web chat, call on the phone or use the text relay system from the contact page read translations of information about the census in different languages For those such as care staff who may be asked to help people complete the census, there is guidance on Getting started: Completing the census for someone else This includes a section on helping someone who lacks the capacity to answer for themselves. There is information on accessibility on the Census website at: Languages and accessibility The census is also taking place in Northern Ireland on 21 March 2021. More information: The 2021 census in Scotland was moved to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.</description>
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  1902.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1904.      <link></link>
  1905.    </item>
  1906.    <item>
  1907.      <title>Free coaching offered to health and social service workers in Scotland</title>
  1908.      <description> NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and partners are offering two hours of free online coaching to health and social service workers during the pandemic. Funding has been extended for another 18 months.  Coaching for Wellbeing - a digital coaching service for all health and social care staff (</description>
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  1910.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:01:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1912.      <link></link>
  1913.    </item>
  1914.    <item>
  1915.      <title>Cross departmental interim autism strategy 2021- 2022</title>
  1916.      <description> A cross departmental interim autism strategy for action in 2021 and 2022 in Northern Ireland has been published by the Department of Health. The strategy focuses on improving support for autistic people, their families and carers, and those waiting assessment, through collaborative working with government departments, the health and social care sector and voluntary and community organisations.  </description>
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  1918.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1919.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1920.      <link></link>
  1921.    </item>
  1922.    <item>
  1923.      <title>People of 60 and over urged to book their vaccinations in Northern Ireland</title>
  1924.      <description> Health Minister Robin Swann is urging anyone over 60 to book their appointments as soon as possible at one of Northern Ireland's seven regional trust vaccination centres. People are asked to book online if possible: Online booking It is also possible to book by calling 0300 200 7813. Opening hours now extended to 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.</description>
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  1926.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1927.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1928.      <link></link>
  1929.    </item>
  1930.    <item>
  1931.      <title>New campaign to raise awareness of stroke</title>
  1932.      <description>The Public Health Agency (PHA) is conducting a public awareness campaign to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke. This will run in Northern Ireland until 25 April across TV, radio, digital and outdoor media. The public are reminded to seek urgent medical care if they or someone they know experience any of the symptoms of stroke. The theme is when stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T. call 999.  More information about campaign</description>
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  1934.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1935.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1936.      <link></link>
  1937.    </item>
  1938.    <item>
  1939.      <title>Update on community testing in Scotland</title>
  1940.      <description> The Scottish Government has issued an update on community testing for COVID-19. More than 10,000 tests have been carried out on asymptomatic people since 18 January, with 251 (2.4%) tests found to be positive.</description>
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  1942.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1943.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1944.      <link></link>
  1945.    </item>
  1946.    <item>
  1947.      <title>New guide for those supporting people with dementia</title>
  1948.      <description> The Scottish Social Services Council has published information and advice to support Dementia Ambassadors, social services workers and family carers in their role which covers dealing with the impact of current restrictions and changes to routine.  New guide for Dementia Ambassadors, social service workers and carers</description>
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  1950.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1951.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1952.      <link></link>
  1953.    </item>
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  1955.      <title>Bill to dissolve Health and Social Care Board passes first stage</title>
  1956.      <description> The Health and Social Care Bill, which provides for the closure of the Health and Social Care Board and transfer of its responsibilities to the Department of Health and Health and Social Care Trusts, passed its first stage on 8 March at the Northern Ireland Assembly.  Official Report  The Bill was also discussed at a recent Health Committee meeting, where MLAs heard more about the history and intentions behind the Bill: Committee for Health Meeting Thursday 4 March 2021 | NI Assembly TV (1 hour 26 minutes onwards). </description>
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  1958.      <pubDate>Sat, 06 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1959.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1960.      <link></link>
  1961.    </item>
  1962.    <item>
  1963.      <title>Keeping well at home</title>
  1964.      <description>HSC Public Health Agency has published two leaflets that may be of interest to homecare providers in Northern Ireland: Keeping well at home: Keeping Well at Home booklet COVID-19 - how to reduce the spread within your home (infographic)</description>
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  1966.      <pubDate>Sat, 06 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1967.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1968.      <link></link>
  1969.    </item>
  1970.    <item>
  1971.      <title>Routine testing of care workers update</title>
  1972.      <description>DHSC are continuing to run webinars for care managers and staff on the routine testing of homecare workers in England (you can book here). In response to feedback the test kit instructions have been simplified and highlight how to register using a Unique Organisation Number.</description>
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  1974.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1975.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1976.      <link></link>
  1977.    </item>
  1978.    <item>
  1979.      <title>Frontline social care workers can still book vaccination appointments through the National Booking Service</title>
  1980.      <description>The initial period of access for social care workers in England to accessing vaccinations via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119 has been extended and is still available.  Care Workforce ( </description>
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  1982.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1983.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1984.      <link></link>
  1985.    </item>
  1986.    <item>
  1987.      <title>Digital Lifeline Fund to improve digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities on low incomes</title>
  1988.      <description>The Government have established a £2.5 million Digital Lifeline Fund to provide devices, data and digital support for people with learning disabilities who can't afford to get online. Free tablets to improve lives of thousands of people with learning disabilities - GOV.UK (  Further information</description>
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  1990.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1991.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1992.      <link></link>
  1993.    </item>
  1994.    <item>
  1995.      <title>Intended changes to Coronavirus Act 2020 in Wales</title>
  1996.      <description>Later this month the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales intends to suspend Section 15 and Part 2 of Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. These sections modified the duties of local authorities in Wales as set out in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Concerns were raised about the potential impact of the provisions on individuals with care and support needs. Written Statement: The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Suspension: Local Authority Care and Support) (Wales) Regulations 2021 (19 February 2021) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1998.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1999.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2000.      <link></link>
  2001.    </item>
  2002.    <item>
  2003.      <title>Testing for extra care and supported living settings</title>
  2004.      <description>Extra care and supported living settings in England that are assessed as high risk will now have access to twice weekly laterl flow testing. Wider settings meeting one of the criteria (relating to whether the care is CQC regulated and if there is a closed community with shared facilities) will also have access to PCR testing on referral from a local authority. You can access the guidance here Webinars to inform providers are also available.</description>
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  2006.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2007.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2008.      <link></link>
  2009.    </item>
  2010.    <item>
  2011.      <title>Care home guidance on restricting workforce movement</title>
  2012.      <description>New guidance has been published for care homes about restricting workforce movements between care homes and other care settings. This may have indirect implications for some homecare providers. Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2014.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2015.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2016.      <link></link>
  2017.    </item>
  2018.    <item>
  2019.      <title>Updates to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit</title>
  2020.      <description>NHSx have published changes in relation to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. Changes include the end of the 'Entry Level' status regarding level of compliance on 4 March and the introduction of an 'Approaching Standards' status on 5 March 2021. This new status not a direct replacement for the Entry Level status previously included. Resources are available to support providers to reach 'Approaching Standards' and above. Find out more, including suggested actions for providers, from Digital Social Care. </description>
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  2022.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2023.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2024.      <link></link>
  2025.    </item>
  2026.    <item>
  2027.      <title>NHS England issues advice on DNACPR and people with learning disabilities</title>
  2028.      <description>NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued a letter making it clear that people should not have a DNACPR on their record just because they have a learning disability, autism or both. Blanket policies are inappropriate whether due to medical condition, disability, or age. This is particularly important in regard to DNACPR orders, which should only ever be made on an individual basis and in consultation with the individual or their family.</description>
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  2030.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2031.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2032.      <link></link>
  2033.    </item>
  2034.    <item>
  2035.      <title>New guidance on ventilation of indoor spaces</title>
  2036.      <description>New guidance has been published in England on the ventilation of indoor spaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus. COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus - GOV.UK ( </description>
  2037.      <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  2038.      <pubDate>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 19:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2039.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2040.      <link></link>
  2041.    </item>
  2042.    <item>
  2043.      <title>Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association</title>
  2044.      <description> "An announcement with nothing specific to offer to social care", summarises the United Kingdom Homecare Association's response to the Chancellor's Spring Budget today, 3 March 2021. UKHCA full media release</description>
  2045.      <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  2046.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2047.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2048.      <link></link>
  2049.    </item>
  2050.    <item>
  2051.      <title>Low Pay Commission remit for recommending 2022 National Minimum Wage rates</title>
  2052.      <description>The Government has published its remit to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) outlining what they should consider when recommending the 2022 National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. This will guide the LPC's consultative process with employers, before they make recommendations to Government later this year.</description>
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  2054.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2055.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2056.      <link></link>
  2057.    </item>
  2058.    <item>
  2059.      <title>Budget 2021 - provisions relevant to businesses</title>
  2060.      <description> The Budget_2021 contained a range of measures relevant to businesses, which may be of interest to the homecare sector.  Here are selected highlights. The quotes and paragraph numbers relate to the Budget Red Book:  Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme "for a further five months from May until the end of September 2021" (par 2.14, pg. 45) Increase in the National Living Wage from April 2021 to £8.91 (this confirms last year's announcement) Change to the rate of corporation tax paid, depending on the size of the profit (par 2.81, pg. 52) Trading loss carry-back rule for businesses "temporarily extended from the existing one year to three years" (par 2.51, pg. 49-50).  "Companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets will benefit from a 130% first-year capital allowance" (par 2.111, pg. 57).  Fuel duty frozen in 2021-22 (par 2.85, pg. 53) "New UK-wide management programme to upskill 30,000 SMEs in the UK over three years" (par 2.138, pg. 62) New UK-wide scheme to be launched "in the autumn to help 100,000 SMEs save time and money by adopting productivity-enhancing software" (par 2.139, pg. 62) "£1.65 billion for 2021-22 to continue the vaccine deployment programme in England" (par 2.34, pg. 47).&#x15;&#x11; Further Budget documents UKHCA's media statement on the Budget and measures that are absent:  Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association  Budget booklet from UKHCA commercial members, Hazlewoods: Budget booklet 2021.pdf ( </description>
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  2062.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2063.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2064.      <link></link>
  2065.    </item>
  2066.    <item>
  2067.      <title>Furlough scheme extended in today's Budget</title>
  2068.      <description>Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) will be extended until the end of September, in the Budget. The scheme pays 80% of employees' wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month if they cannot work due to the pandemic. Employers will have to pay 10% towards this in July, rising to 20% in August and September. Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes   Budget 202: More information</description>
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  2070.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2071.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2072.      <link></link>
  2073.    </item>
  2074.    <item>
  2075.      <title>Northern Ireland Executive publishes pathway out of COVID-19 restrictions</title>
  2076.      <description> The Northern Ireland Executive has published its pathway out of COVID-19 restrictions, which describes a staged approach to lifting restrictions. The Pathway outlines nine pathways each of which has five phases, covering areas such as home and community, work, retail and services, education and young people etc. The approach to lifting restrictions will involve monitoring, reviewing and implementing changes to see what effect they have on health, community and economic trends. The pathway does not contain a timetable. The first easings will be in education, and the Executive's next review of the Coronavirus Regulations is due to take place on 16 March, as part of a four weekly review cycle. Details and phases of the pathways  </description>
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  2078.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2079.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2080.      <link></link>
  2081.    </item>
  2082.    <item>
  2083.      <title>Research round up week commencing 1 March 2021</title>
  2084.      <description>A survey that Health for Care commissioned from YouGov has found that nine out of ten MPs say that local government does not have enough resource to meet the growing need for social care services. A majority believe the social care budget should be increased by £7 billion a year over the next two years. Find out more. ONS statistics: Coronavirus and vaccine attitudes and behaviours in England: over 80s population 15 Feb - 20 Feb PSSRU have published a summary of their findings from interviews relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the social care workforce.  Statistics on the progress of the vaccination programme, including those on social care staff from Capacity Tracker are available here: Statistics: COVID-19 Vaccinations (  King's Fund blog: Why the market matters in social care King's Fund blog: Integrated care systems in London: Challenges and opportunities ahead Public Policy Projects are working on a report about "The Social Care Challenge: Implementing a Connected System. Recent event. Association of Mental Health Providers blog: Acheiving Racial Equality Together The Government have responded to the recommendations from the Lords Public Services Committee Report A critical juncture for public services - lessons from COVID-19. Resources and events The NHS have published an animated video aimed at people who have received the vaccine: 'What should we do after the vaccine?' There will be a DBS annual conference on 24 and 25 March. Registration is available here.  LGA and ADASS have produced a short guide on implementing a Home First approach to discharge from hospital. Skills for Care have published a COVID-19 symptoms management guide for adult social care managers to support their teams when providing care to someone with COVID-19.</description>
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  2086.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2087.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2088.      <link></link>
  2089.    </item>
  2090.    <item>
  2091.      <title>Making Safeguarding Personal - free webinar on 23 March, 2-4 pm</title>
  2092.      <description>Research in Practice is hosting a free webinar to support the implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) in provider organisations. This work has been commissioned by ADASS and the LGA.  The aim of the webinar is to raise awareness of the resources available to support Making Safeguarding Personal and give those in learning and development roles an overview of how to use the resources. The webinar is an overview of the resources available to support MSP, this includes   The MSP toolkit Case Study Resources Myth busting resources Please note this is a re-run of the previous webinar on Making Safeguarding Personal tools and resources and this session is aimed at people working in provider organisations in England. You can book here</description>
  2093.      <guid isPermaLink="false">,2-4pm</guid>
  2094.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2095.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2096.      <link></link>
  2097.    </item>
  2098.    <item>
  2099.      <title>Towards seamless working across health and care</title>
  2100.      <description>NHSx has published a blog on 'Towards seamless working across health and care', written by Mandy Thorn (Vice Chair of the National Care Association and Chair of UKHCA member Marches Care Ltd, a provider of nursing and dementia services).  Mandy is a member of the NHSX Social Care IG Group, which takes forward the use of digital technology in social care.</description>
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  2102.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2104.      <link></link>
  2105.    </item>
  2106.    <item>
  2107.      <title>Resources on when to refer to DBS</title>
  2108.      <description> Guidance on the DBS Regional Outreach service has been amended to include new information around barring referrals, and the legal duty to refer. This may be useful for organisations who have a legal duty to refer, or the power to refer, and includes a video that explores the information needed as part of a barring referral and why this is important.</description>
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  2110.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2111.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2112.      <link></link>
  2113.    </item>
  2114.    <item>
  2115.      <title>Free CARE badges still available</title>
  2116.      <description>DHSC say CARE badges are still available for all staff working in adult social care across England. If you have placed an order but now need more badges for new and existing staff, please use the link below to place additional orders. Limit one badge per member of staff employed. Order CARE badges</description>
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  2118.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2120.      <link></link>
  2121.    </item>
  2122.    <item>
  2123.      <title>Trauma-Informed adult social care in Scotland</title>
  2124.      <description>The Improvement Service working with NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government are running an event on 25 March about adopting a trauma-informed approach to adult social care. There is also a trauma-informed workforce survey being undertaken.</description>
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  2126.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2127.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2128.      <link></link>
  2129.    </item>
  2130.    <item>
  2131.      <title>Vaccine and testing update in Wales</title>
  2132.      <description> The Health Minister in Wales has confirmed that all eligible adults will be vaccinated by 31 July. Schemes for workplaces to carry out testing will also be extended.  Vaccine and testing boost to help re-open Wales safely | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: COVID-19 Workplace Testing (24 February 2021) | GOV.WALES  Some unpaid carers will also be eligible for earlier vaccination as part of cohort 6 in Phase 1, as will people with a severe/profound learning disability and people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment. COVID-19 vaccination of unpaid carers [HTML] | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy – Guidance for Priority Group 6 (24 February 2021) | GOV.WALES  The Vaccine Strategy has been updated. </description>
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  2134.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2135.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2136.      <link></link>
  2137.    </item>
  2138.    <item>
  2139.      <title>Code of practice for international recruitment of health and social care staff</title>
  2140.      <description>The DHSC has published a code of practice setting out the principles and best practice benchmarks that health and social care employers and recruitment agencies must follow to ensure effective, ethical international recruitment.  Code of Practice and press article. </description>
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  2142.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2143.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2144.      <link></link>
  2145.    </item>
  2146.    <item>
  2147.      <title>Workforce specialist service to support regulated professionals in Scotland</title>
  2148.      <description> A new Workforce Specialist Service is offering confidential mental health assessment and treatment, to help regulated health and social care professionals with a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, with a focus on the impact this may have on their work. The initiative is part of Scotland's Wellbeing and Mental Health programme. Specialist support for health and social care staff</description>
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  2150.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2151.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2152.      <link></link>
  2153.    </item>
  2154.    <item>
  2155.      <title>Vaccination priorities for Phase 2 to continue with age</title>
  2156.      <description> The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued an interim statement advising Government that the offer of vaccination during phase 2 of the UK's programme should be age-based, starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:  all those aged 40 to 49 years all those aged 30 to 39 years all those aged 18 to 29 years JCVI said this will facilitate rapid vaccine deployment. Mass vaccination targeting occupational groups would be more complex to deliver and may slow down the vaccine programme, JCVI strongly advised that priority be given to promoting vaccine uptake in groups at higher risk of hospitalisation:  men those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities those with a BMI over 30 those living in deprived neighbourhoods JCVI interim statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme Press release Advice on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: DHSC statement</description>
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  2158.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2159.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2160.      <link></link>
  2161.    </item>
  2162.    <item>
  2163.      <title>Updated Strategic Framework provides route of lockdown in Scotland</title>
  2164.      <description> The Scottish Government has published an updated Strategic Framework which sets out the six tools it will use to ease the country out of lockdown. Easing will be on a phased basis with a gap between each reduction in restrictions so the impact can be assessed. More information on the detail of easing: Gradually easing lockdown restrictions</description>
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  2166.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2167.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2168.      <link></link>
  2169.    </item>
  2170.    <item>
  2171.      <title>More people with learning disabilities to be invited for vaccine</title>
  2172.      <description>JCVI has issued advice supporting the NHS operational plan to invite anyone on the GP Learning Disability Register, as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy, for vaccination as part of priority group 6.  This will involve the NHS working with local authorities to identify adults in residential and nursing care, and those who require support living in the community, and in shared accommodation with multiple occupancy. JCVI advises inviting people on Learning Disability Register for vaccine  Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on COVID-19 vaccination in people with learning disabilities </description>
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  2174.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2175.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2176.      <link></link>
  2177.    </item>
  2178.    <item>
  2179.      <title>How UKHCA has supported homecare providers during the pandemic</title>
  2180.      <description>˜How UKHCA has supported home care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic' is the theme of a special report by Homecare Insight. Drawing on an overview given by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, to the Home Care Research Forum, hosted by King's College London, the special report looks at UKHCA's work over the past year, representing the homecare sector as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded. SPECIAL REPORT: How UKHCA has supported home care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic</description>
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  2182.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2183.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2184.      <link></link>
  2185.    </item>
  2186.    <item>
  2187.      <title>Social care communications survey closes today</title>
  2188.      <description>DHSC's survey on social care COVID-19 communications closes at the end of today, 24 February 2021. To have your say, see:  The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.</description>
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  2190.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2191.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2192.      <link></link>
  2193.    </item>
  2194.    <item>
  2195.      <title>Update from the Scottish Social Services Council</title>
  2196.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council have advised that:  Overdue registration fees should be paid by 1 March 2021. Anyone experiencing financial hardship should contact Workers due to meet qualification conditions between March 2020 and March 2021 were given an extra year to qualify. This will be extended. Anyone due to meet qualification conditions in 2021 will be given a further year if needed. The deadline for workers to register with SSSC was extended from 6 to 12 months on 25 March 2020. This means that any workers who started in late March of early April 2020 will need to register soon if they haven't done so.</description>
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  2198.      <pubDate>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2200.      <link></link>
  2201.    </item>
  2202.    <item>
  2203.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 22nd February</title>
  2204.      <description>PHE have published data demonstrating the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine. The results suggest taht 1 dose reduces the risk of infection by 70% rising to 85% after the second dose. News item. Study. LSE have published a report on The Conservative Governments; Record on Social Policy from May 2015 to pre-Covid 2020: Policies, Spending and Outcomes. The report draws attention to high levels of unmet need in adult social care with two out of five older people in the most deprived areas not receiving the help that they needed in 2018. The Health Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies have projected that 458,000 additional social care staff would be needed in England by 2033/34 in evidence provided to the Health and Social Care Committee.  The Government Equalities Minister has published a second report on COVID-19 disparities. Resources COVID-19 vaccine information is now available in a number of different languages NICE are holding a launch event for their 5 year strategy on 19 April. </description>
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  2206.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2208.      <link></link>
  2209.    </item>
  2210.    <item>
  2211.      <title>Roadmap out of the lockdown in England</title>
  2212.      <description>Following an announcement by the Prime Minister, the Government has published a roadmap out of lockdown for Spring 2021 in England. Press release. The roadmap is available here: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (  Key points include:  The Prime Minister has confirmed a 'stretching target' to offer a first vaccine dose to every adult by the end of July. Progression of the release from lockdown will depend on: the progress of the vaccination programme, the evidence that vaccines are reducing hospitalisations and deaths, the infection rate and the risks associated with new variants. The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be advised to shield at least until the end of March. As a broad outline (see the above document for details) the stages of lockdown release are as follows, there will be at least five weeks between each step:  Step one - from 8 March pupils and students in all schools and further education will return to face to face teaching. People will be able to meet outside one to one socially. Every care home resident will be able to nominate a named visitor.  On 29 March it will be possible to meet in groups of six or in groups of two households outdoors. Step two - no earlier than 12 April - non-essential retail shops will reopen as will hairdressers, nail salons and other personal care facilities. Leisure facilities and holiday lets will be available for individuals or houshold groups. Outdoor dining and pubs will be able to reopen as will zoos, public libraries and some other venues. Step three - no earlier than 17 May - meeting friends and family indoors and the opening of indoor hospitality venues may be possible. Step four - no earlier than 21 June - with appropriate mitigations, all legal limits on social contact will be removed. Further reviews will be undertaken on: how long social distancing measures and face coverings need to be maintained and how long people should work from home; when international travel can resume; the safety of holding major events; and the potential of Covid-status certification. The 3 March budget is expected to set out further detail on economic support for individuals and businesses. A JCVI announcement is expected regarding who will be prioritised for vaccination during Phase 2 of the vaccination programme (i.e. from mid-April onwards for those under 50s who are not deemed clinically vulnerable). The lockdown guidance has been updated to outline changes from 8 March. Comms resources</description>
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  2214.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2215.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2216.      <link></link>
  2217.    </item>
  2218.    <item>
  2219.      <title>Testing of close contacts in Scotland will help identify asymptomatic cases</title>
  2220.      <description> From 18 February, people who have been identified as a close contact via the Protect Scotland app, or through manual contact tracing, will be given instructions on how to book a PCR test. This measure does not replace self-isolation, and close contacts who test negative will still have to complete 10 days of self-isolation, as there is still a risk the virus could develop. Close contacts who test positive will be asked to self-isolate for a further 10 days from the time of their test result. Close contacts to be offered testing</description>
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  2222.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2223.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2224.      <link></link>
  2225.    </item>
  2226.    <item>
  2227.      <title>Care home visits to re-start in March in Scotland</title>
  2228.      <description> The Scottish Government is to publish guidelines on 24 February to support care providers when care home visiting is resumed. Up to two designated visitors per resident will be allowed from early March.  Visitors will have to wear face coverings and any PPE requested by the care home. They are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test on-site.  Care home visits to resume </description>
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  2230.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2232.      <link></link>
  2233.    </item>
  2234.    <item>
  2235.      <title>Health Secretary gives an update on vaccination in Scotland</title>
  2236.      <description> Health and Sport Secretary Jeane Freeman has given an update on vaccination. As of 19 February, 1,386,152 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 29,015 people have received the second dose. 287,800 frontline health and social care workers have been vaccinated, exceeding the initial target provided by Health Boards. The update describes preparations to identify and vaccinate the next cohort, cohort 6, which comprises people aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers. </description>
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  2238.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2239.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2240.      <link></link>
  2241.    </item>
  2242.    <item>
  2243.      <title>Infection control remains important in Scotland, as schools partially re-open</title>
  2244.      <description>The Scottish Government is reminding the public about the importance of the FACTS advice and all other rules and guidelines. The campaign will stress the need for everyone to stay on their guard, even as the vaccination programme is rolled out.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Deputy First Minister's statement - 19 February 2021  From 22 February, children are returning to early learning and childcare, and to primaries 1 to 3.A very limited number of senior phase students will return to secondary school, for essential work which is required for national qualifications, and which can only be done within school. The measures are accompanied by a testing regime. More information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Deputy First Minister's statement - 19 February 2021 </description>
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  2246.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2248.      <link></link>
  2249.    </item>
  2250.    <item>
  2251.      <title>MSPs report on future of care and support in Scotland</title>
  2252.      <description> The Health and Sport Committee's report on The Future of Social Care and Support in Scotland, which follows the Committee's inquiry that started before the pandemic, concludes:  Future reform must be developed and delivered with the individuals who are most impacted. There should be a prevention-focused approach to enable people to live longer, healthier lives at home. There should be a national conversation about reform, and increased public understanding of the role of social care, with improved recognition of the value and status of carers. Local partnerships must be supported to deliver creative, innovative solutions, focussing on well-being outcomes for individuals and communities. There should be an agreed strategic aim and measured outcomes, with improved data collection and monitoring of progress.</description>
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  2254.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2256.      <link></link>
  2257.    </item>
  2258.    <item>
  2259.      <title>ICF2 funding can cover administrative costs of testing and vaccination</title>
  2260.      <description> Criteria for the distribution of Infection Control Fund 2 have been extended to include reasonable administrative costs associated with organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and organising COVID-19 vaccinations. This change is the result of repeated requests from UKHCA to the Department of Health and Social Care. Distribution in this way is subject to local authority discretion and only applies where costs are not supported by other government funding streams.  The guidance on Infection Control Fund 2 now contains an additional paragraph: "On 19 February 2021, the Department clarified that funding under this allocation could also be used for reasonable administrative costs associated with (1) organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and (2) organising COVID-19 vaccinations, where these were not being supported by other government funding streams. The decision to allow claims against the fund for these purposes would remain a choice for local authorities and no additional funding is being provided for these purposes."</description>
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  2262.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2264.      <link></link>
  2265.    </item>
  2266.    <item>
  2267.      <title>Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people</title>
  2268.      <description> From Monday 22 February, people who care for or work with children and young people aged up to 25 who have been affected by COVID-19 (or other emergencies or individual crises) can access an online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course. This offers training on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. </description>
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  2270.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2272.      <link></link>
  2273.    </item>
  2274.    <item>
  2275.      <title>Draft data adequacy decisions</title>
  2276.      <description>The European Commission has published draft data adequacy decisions that, if approved, will mean that the UK will be found to be 'adequate'. Data adequacy, if agreed, will allow personal data to continue to flow between EU and EEA countries and the UK. There is currently a 'bridging mechanism' that will remain in place until 30 June or until the adeqacy decision comes into effect. If the European Commission grants an adequacy decision, then no action will need to be taken by social care providers. Digital Social Care had previously advised to consider what action might be required if adequacy is not granted as a contingency. We await the final decision.  See previous Digital Social Care advice. UK government welcomes the European Commission's draft data adequacy decisions - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2278.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2280.      <link></link>
  2281.    </item>
  2282.    <item>
  2283.      <title>Recruitment campaign says there's 'More to Care Than Caring'</title>
  2284.      <description> The rewards and job satisfaction of a career in adult social care are highlighted in a new Scottish Government campaign to attract recruits to the sector. The new campaign, which has a dedicated website,, runs for four weeks to mid-March, and draws on the values needed to work in adult social care and the benefits of working in care.  More on the Scottish Social Services Council website: There's More to Care Than Caring' campaign Organisations can find out more about how to advertise their jobs here. There is a toolkit available at  The campaign also links to SSSC's careers website  Follow #LifeChangingWork on social media. There is a careers in adult social care workshop on 4 March 2021: There's more to care than caring - Adult Social Care </description>
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  2286.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 02:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2288.      <link></link>
  2289.    </item>
  2290.    <item>
  2291.      <title>Update regarding lockdown in Wales</title>
  2292.      <description>The First Minister has announced that the lockdown will continue a further three weeks. However, there will be some changes including:   younger children and some of those requiring practical learning returning to school from 22 February  up to 4 people from 2 households allowed to meet to exercise in a public place from 20 February wedding venues allowed to open for weddings from 1 March talented athletes to resume training care home visiting guidance will be reviewed.  Lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school | GOV.WALES  A strategy document has also been published outlining a Coronavirus control plan for coming out of lockdown.  Coronavirus control plan: alert levels in Wales (coming out of lockdown) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2294.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2296.      <link></link>
  2297.    </item>
  2298.    <item>
  2299.      <title>Expansion of eligibility for self-isolation support payment in Wales</title>
  2300.      <description>The £500 Self-Isolation Support Payment, which has been extended until June 2021, will be open to applications from people with a personal income of less than £500 per week and those on basic Stautory Sick Pay who have been asked to self-isolate by Test, Trace, Protect, the NHS COVID-19 App or by their child's education setting. Eligibility criteria for the Self-Isolation Support Payment widened | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2302.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2304.      <link></link>
  2305.    </item>
  2306.    <item>
  2307.      <title>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector"</title>
  2308.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members: Caremark DacorumAgincareKemble at HomePromedica24Right at Home ColchesterSweetTree HomecareCharlesworth Community CareHome Instead ScarboroughInter CountyBluebird Care SwaleHelping Hands GloucesterCaring Connections Read in full here.</description>
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  2310.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2312.      <link></link>
  2313.    </item>
  2314.    <item>
  2315.      <title>Challenges of homecare in rural areas covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today</title>
  2316.      <description>The challenges of homecare in rural areas has been covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today (item starts at 8m47s). UKHCA worked collabaratively with Radio 4 with regards to this piece and it features UKHCA members.  The feature recognises the significantly higher costs of careworkers’ travel time and mileage is essential when councils commission care for people in rural communities. Listen here</description>
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  2318.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2320.      <link></link>
  2321.    </item>
  2322.    <item>
  2323.      <title>Additional funding for devolved administrations</title>
  2324.      <description>The UK Government has provided additional funding to the devolved administrations in order to provide support to people, businesses and public services affected by coronavirus. This includes:  £650 million additional funidng for the Welsh Government £1.1 billion additional funding for the Scottish Government £300 million additional funding for the Northern Ireland Executive</description>
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  2326.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2328.      <link></link>
  2329.    </item>
  2330.    <item>
  2331.      <title>Social Care Worker Card in Wales - update</title>
  2332.      <description>Social Care Wales have advised that they are currently only issuing digital versions of the social care worker card and are moving towards a new digital version.</description>
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  2334.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2336.      <link></link>
  2337.    </item>
  2338.    <item>
  2339.      <title>Report highlights challenges of responding to pandemic in Scotland</title>
  2340.      <description> A report by Audit Scotland has concluded that the Scottish Government could have been better prepared to respond to the pandemic, but staff across the NHS and Scottish Government have worked hard, in challenging circumstances, to respond. PPE procurement should be improved, national pandemic guidance for health and social care should be updated, as a priority, as should the integrated workforce plan, and NHS leaders, particularly those newly appointed, should have the support they need to balance the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19 with the need to remobilise health and social care services. NHS in Scotland 2020 (</description>
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  2342.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2344.      <link></link>
  2345.    </item>
  2346.    <item>
  2347.      <title>Independent review findings accepted by Scottish Government</title>
  2348.      <description>Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has accepted the findings of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, and said the Scottish Government is working to implement key recommendations. Measures implemented include new £20 million Community Living Change Fund to redesign services for people with complex needs including intellectual disabilities and autism, and for people who have enduring mental health problems.  The Scottish Government is discussing plans for a National Care Service with COSLA and working to implement Review recommendations to:  work with local partners to end charging for non-residential care develop minimum standards for terms and conditions in the social care sector, to help organisations meet fair work principles by the end of May work to ensure there is no delay in the annual Real Living Wage uplift for Adult Social Care workers. Backing for Feeley Review recommendations - ( &#x3;</description>
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  2350.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2352.      <link></link>
  2353.    </item>
  2354.    <item>
  2355.      <title>Weekly testing available for personal assistants in England</title>
  2356.      <description>NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to personal assistants working in adult social care in England, if they provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of an adult over the age of 18 who they support. A 'personal assistant' is defined as someone who is directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to enable them to live as independently as possible, including support in the home or out in the community. Personal assistants will be responsible for ordering test kits every 28 days, or an employer can order test kits for their personal assistant. Further information and sign up for live webinars</description>
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  2358.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2360.      <link></link>
  2361.    </item>
  2362.    <item>
  2363.      <title>Expansion of shielding list in England</title>
  2364.      <description>The list of people advised to shield will be expanded in England.  A new method of predicting risk based on factors recorded in medical records will be deployed. This will identify up to 1.7 million additional people who are at increased risk from coronavirus. Those identified will be sent a letter from NHS England to advise them of their status, GPs will also be notified. Those who are newly identified as being at risk but have not already received their first vaccination (thought to be over 800,000 adults) will be prioritised to receive a vaccination. New technology to help identify those at high risk from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (  Updated shielding guidance Letters to those identified</description>
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  2366.      <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2368.      <link></link>
  2369.    </item>
  2370.    <item>
  2371.      <title>Return to school for some children in Scotland from 22 February</title>
  2372.      <description>From 22 February, children in early learning and childcare and primaries 1-3 will return to classroom teaching. Those in S4-S6 who need to undertake pratical work to acheive an SQA certificate will also return. However, the majority of pupils will still be learning remotely until at least mid-March. Remote learning to continue for majority - ( </description>
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  2374.      <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2376.      <link></link>
  2377.    </item>
  2378.    <item>
  2379.      <title>COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool updated in Wales</title>
  2380.      <description>The Welsh Government's COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool has been updated. This can be useful where there is a change of circumstances as well as for initial or routine assessments.</description>
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  2382.      <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2384.      <link></link>
  2385.    </item>
  2386.    <item>
  2387.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 15 February 2021</title>
  2388.      <description>Research The CQC, working with other organisations, has deveoped six principles for innovation in health and social care. John Penrose MP has published an Independent Report on consumer protection and competition policy. COVID-19 report - planning for a vaccine Part 1 - from the Public Accounts Committee. Audit Scotland have published a report on the NHS in Scotland in 2020. The Department of Health in Northern Ireland have published new statistics on domiciliary care services for 2019. A report synthesising the findings of five NIHR projects on implementing the Care Act 2014 has been published. Social Care Wales have publlished a report on research prioritisation. Following a project to identify priorities with 400 older people, carers and social care practitioners, 10 priorities for research have been identified. Read the report.  The Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee has written to the Minister of State for Care expressing disappointment that the Ministers had not addressed key recommendations in the Social care: funding and workforce report. The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People have published a report Housing for people with dementia - are we ready? The EHRC briefing on the National Disability Strategy has suggested that reforming the social care system should be a key area of focus, including that the Government should: "Commit to sustained resourcing of social care services during and after the pandemic, including provision of sufficient home and community-based support ". The Scottish Parliament Citizen's Panel on COVID-19 has called for increased recognition of social care and support. Resoures and events The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland are running a series of webinars on equality in the workplace. Find out more. Social Care Wales have updated their All Wales Basic Safeguarding Training Pack. The CQC are holding a webinar on their "Changes for more flexible and responsive regulation" consultation on 3 March. Further information. For those who missed it, Social Care Wales have uploaded their webinar on the Care first Employee Assistance Scheme. You can watch it here. ADASS are running a series of webinars on the EU Settlement Scheme, including one on 25 February aimed at care providers. Find out more. New social media resources are available including profile picture frames that say 'I'll get my vaccine' or 'I've had my vaccine'.  Comms resources in Wales: Keep Wales Safe, Business Wales Tool Kit</description>
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  2390.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2392.      <link></link>
  2393.    </item>
  2394.    <item>
  2395.      <title>Definition of social care workers for COVID-19 vaccines in Wales</title>
  2396.      <description>The Welsh Government have published guidance on who is considered a social care worker for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination in Wales. Eligibility is based on the vulnerability of the person in receipt of care or support (due to age or underlying health conditions, for example) and the nature of support that is provided (e.g. personal care, close regular or prolonged contact where social distancing is not possible). The guidance clarifies that eligibility is not based on location of where care and support is delivered or whether the care worker is employed by a local authority, in the independent sector, by an agency or is self employed. The guidance also lists those who are unlikely to be eligible - this includes administrative staff, managers and other staff who are not providing care and support to vulnerable people. Read the guidance in full here. The full list of vaccine priority groups is available here.</description>
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  2398.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2400.      <link></link>
  2401.    </item>
  2402.    <item>
  2403.      <title>Highlighted updates to GOV.UK week commencing 15 February</title>
  2404.      <description>Self isolation guidance is now available in easy read.  An illustrated example of household self isolation periods has been added. Guidance for children's social care providers has been published on inspector's review of records held on electronic systems</description>
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  2406.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2408.      <link></link>
  2409.    </item>
  2410.    <item>
  2411.      <title>New border regulations in force today</title>
  2412.      <description>A reminder that the new border controls to reduce risks around new COVID variants coming to the UK are in force from today. Robust border regime comes into force - GOV.UK (  Additional testing requirements (on day 2 and 8 of quarantine) will also apply for travellers to Wales. In addition, travelleres to Wales coming from a travel ban country will need to arrive at a designated port in England or Scotland and should complete their mandatory quarantine before travelling to Wales. Written Statement: Written Statement on the Health Protection Regulations (13 February 2021) | GOV.WALES  Arriving in Wales from overseas | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2414.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2416.      <link></link>
  2417.    </item>
  2418.    <item>
  2419.      <title>Vaccine uptake plan aims to boost uptake in under-served groups</title>
  2420.      <description>The Government has published the COVID-19 vaccination uptake plan which sets out how the government and NHS England are partnering with directors of public health, charities and the faith sector to increase vaccine take up and ensure equal access. The plan aims to boost vaccine uptake in vulnerable and under-served groups. New vaccine uptake plan published - GOV.UK ( The move came as online bookings for vaccinations were extended to frontline health and social care workers, as well as those of 65 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (  Blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA: Vaccination for the homecare nation - Social care ( </description>
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  2422.      <pubDate>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2424.      <link></link>
  2425.    </item>
  2426.    <item>
  2427.      <title>Announcement - UKHCA – Appointment of Finance and Corporate Services Director</title>
  2428.      <description>Last year, United Kingdom Homecare Association’s (UKHCA’s) Finance and Corporate Services Director, Peter Randall, indicated his intention to retire on 31 March 2021, after nearly 22 years of valuable and committed service to the Association.  Following national advertising, executive search and a thorough recruitment process, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Williams as UKHCA’s new Finance and Corporate Services Director. Keith is a highly experienced and senior Finance and Corporate Services Director who has worked in the not-for-profit, charitable and commercial sectors.  Keith is currently Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the London Grid for Learning, a charity which is the leading provider of broadband services to schools and local authorities in London and the Home Counties.  Before this, Keith was Finance Director at the National Education Union, the 4th largest trade union in the UK, with more than 500,000 members and income of over £50m from membership fees and commercial revenues.  Much of Keith’s earlier career was spent in the private healthcare sector, at the London Clinic and St Martin’s Healthcare Ltd.  As CFO at the London Clinic, London’s largest independent multi-site private healthcare facility, with a turnover of more than £140m, Keith drove a £75m capital expansion programme. This included a new Cancer Centre and introduction of robotic surgery technology in the hospitals.  Keith trained at Deloitte and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. UKHCA’s Chair, Dominique Kent said:  “Warm thanks to Peter Randall for his dedication to UKHCA over many years. We are really pleased to welcome Keith Williams who brings strong skills and experience to contribute to our work”. UKHCA’s CEO Jane Townson said: “The retirement of our Finance and Corporate Service Director, Peter Randall, after over two decades of dedicated service, feels like the end of an era and his are big shoes to fill. We are, however, delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Williams as Peter’s successor. Keith’s background, skills, experience and personal attributes will enable him to make a valuable contribution to the work of the Association and we very much look forward to welcoming him to our team on 22 March 2021.” Keith Williams said: “The ongoing pandemic has highlighted how important the homecare sector is to those being supported and to wider society and at the same time how undervalued it has been historically. I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to help redress this balance by bringing the skills and experience I have acquired throughout my career so far to UKHCA.” An image of Keith is available here</description>
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  2430.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 10:15:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2433.    </item>
  2434.    <item>
  2435.      <title>Some Councils are now offering rapid lateral flow community testing for people without symptoms</title>
  2436.      <description>Some local councils in England are offering rapid lateral flow tests to people in the community who do not have symptoms. Find out if your area offers rapid lateral flow test sites - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2438.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2440.      <link></link>
  2441.    </item>
  2442.    <item>
  2443.      <title>Quarantine hotels and travel restrictions - further guidance issued</title>
  2444.      <description>Further guidance has been issued today on the increased travel restrictions, featuring additional testing for all travellers and quarantine hotels for countries on the travel ban list, from Monday 15 February. The guidance is as follows: Government to introduce tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers - GOV.UK (  (for countries on the travel ban list): Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England - GOV.UK (  (for countries not on the travel ban list): How to quarantine when you arrive in England - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2446.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2448.      <link></link>
  2449.    </item>
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  2451.      <title>Adult social care recruitment campaign from DHSC launches</title>
  2452.      <description>The next phase of the adult social care recruitment campaign from the Department of Health and Social Care has now been launched. Get involved in the latest campaign by visiting their website.</description>
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  2454.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2456.      <link></link>
  2457.    </item>
  2458.    <item>
  2459.      <title>UKHCA on the blueprint for social care reform white paper</title>
  2460.      <description>The blueprint for NHS and social care reform following the pandemic has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care.  Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said:  “Today’s White Paper promises to lay some of the foundations for longer-term reform of the adult social care system in England, including a more joined-up approach to social care and health. Of particular interest is what could be an answer to UKHCA’s consistent calls for greater oversight and accountability of the commissioning of social care by local government and the NHS. If delivered well, this could ensure that market-shaping responsibilities in the Care Act 2014 are properly met. Improved powers for the Secretary of State to make payments directly to adult social care providers, where appropriate, will provide a way of avoiding delays which have characterised emergency funding during the pandemic”. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104  </description>
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  2462.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2464.      <link></link>
  2465.    </item>
  2466.    <item>
  2467.      <title>UKHCA on the COVID-19 National Booking System for social care staff</title>
  2468.      <description>The National Booking System has now been opened, for eligible #homecare workers (and other frontline #socialcare staff) who haven’t yet had their COVID-19 vaccinations.  Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: "For over a month UKHCA has urged the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England to provide an effective system which will help careworkers undertaking 24-hour live-in care services to receive a vaccination wherever in the country they are currently on placement. The National Booking Service is a major breakthrough for the live-in care sector, and for the entire social care workforce who haven’t yet been able to be booked into their vaccination appointments." Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104</description>
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  2470.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2472.      <link></link>
  2473.    </item>
  2474.    <item>
  2475.      <title>Vaccination booking details for those aged 70 and over in Wales</title>
  2476.      <description>The Welsh government have provided details of how those aged 70 and over who have not been contacted about vaccination can book themselves COVID-19 vaccinations. Arrangements vary by health board and details can be found on this web page: Coronavirus vaccinations for those aged 70 or over | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2478.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2480.      <link></link>
  2481.    </item>
  2482.    <item>
  2483.      <title>Recruitment in Scotland</title>
  2484.      <description>Today, the Scottish Government are launching the next phase of their recruitment campaign "There's More to Care Than Caring". Care providers have the opportunity to advertise vacancies for free for the next three months on myjobscotland. Support on promoting vacancies is also available.</description>
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  2486.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2488.      <link></link>
  2489.    </item>
  2490.    <item>
  2491.      <title>Research and Resources round up week commencing 8 February</title>
  2492.      <description>The Kings Fund have published a report on "Stories from social care leadership: Progress amid pestilence and penury". The Welsh Government have published an Evaluation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014, part of ongoing work to review the legislation. Ministerial statement. Evaluation reports  The Public Accounts Committee in the UK Government have published a report on Government procurement and supply of PPE. One finding of the report was that "The Department's focus on supporting hospitals meant assistance to social care providers was neglected." Providers 'must be proactive' in challenging lack of fees to cover COVID costs - Emma Watt of Anthony Collins Solicitors in Home Care Insight. The Care Policy Evaluation Centre have published a report on Supporting [unpaid] Carers following the implementatioon of the Care Act 2014. The report found that "the impact of strengthened carer rights appears to have been limited by the requirement for local authorities to keep within budget, and as a result these rights have not led to greater access to support for carers." A report released by the County Councils Network looks at the potential of social care to support more people to live independently. The report advocates for social care delivery remaining with local authorities. County Councils Network news item with links to report. Events Care Inspectorate Scotland are hosting a Covid Winter Support Webinar Level 3 on the Essentials of Safe Care on 17 March. Click here to book.</description>
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  2494.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2496.      <link></link>
  2497.    </item>
  2498.    <item>
  2499.      <title>Hotel quarantine for all international travellers to Scotland from Monday 15 February</title>
  2500.      <description>The Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, has said that all international arrivals to Scottish airports would need to quarantine in managed hotel facilities from Monday 15 February. Arrangements for costs, possible exemptions and a welfare fund to support those unable to pay are being considered. This goes further than arrangements proposed in England that cover mandatory hotel isolation only for travellers from countries on the travel ban list.  Incoming travellers to Scotland will face quarantine hotels from Monday | The Scotsman  Quarantine hotels - </description>
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  2502.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2504.      <link></link>
  2505.    </item>
  2506.    <item>
  2507.      <title>Further details on quarantine hotel announcement</title>
  2508.      <description>Today the Department of Health and Social Care announced further details around the previously announced (see news items from 5 Feb, 2 Feb) new quarantine measures that will come into force from 15 February.  These include that:  All passengers arriving in England will need to take COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. There will be heavy financial penalties, and potentially prison sentences, for non-compliance. Those who have been to a 'red list' country (from which there is a travel ban) will need to purchase a 'quarantine package' covering hotel, food, testing, transport, security and welfare support at a cost of £1,750 for a single adult. Government to introduce tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers - GOV.UK (  Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to England - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2510.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2512.      <link></link>
  2513.    </item>
  2514.    <item>
  2515.      <title>Free PPE for unpaid carers</title>
  2516.      <description>Working with local authorities and local resilience forums, the government has announced an offer of free PPE to unpaid carers who do not live with the person they care for. Free PPE for unpaid carers - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2518.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2520.      <link></link>
  2521.    </item>
  2522.    <item>
  2523.      <title>Cold weather alert extended in England</title>
  2524.      <description>Public Health England have extended their cold weather alert until midday on Friday. Cold weather alert issued by PHE - GOV.UK (  Public Health England's cold weather plan UKHCA's updated winter planning factsheet For online winter weather help and advice in other parts of the UK, see: Wales Scotland Northern Ireland For weather warnings, see Met Office UK Severe Weather Warnings:</description>
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  2526.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2528.      <link></link>
  2529.    </item>
  2530.    <item>
  2531.      <title>Government urges those aged 70 and over to book a COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  2532.      <description>The Government is urging people who do not already have an appointment to book a vaccination if they are aged 70 or over, or clinically extremely vulnerable. They do not need to wait for a letter. The suggested way is through the National Booking Service, online at Or people who are not online can call 119 or their local GP practice. Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 8 February 2021  This applies in England. Other arrangements apply in the devolved nations.</description>
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  2534.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2536.      <link></link>
  2537.    </item>
  2538.    <item>
  2539.      <title>Asymptomatic testing expanded in England</title>
  2540.      <description>Businesses can order tests for their employees if they have over 50 staff. Government boost to rapid workplace testing This is a new government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus in people who are not showing symptoms. In addition surge testing is taking place in postcodes CR4, EN10, GU21, ME15, N17, PR9, W7, WS2, where a COVID-19 variant has been found. Everyone over 16 is strongly encouraged to get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. This has been extended to targeted areas around Manchester in M14 4, M14 7, M15 5, M15 6, M16 7 and M16 8: Surge testing to be deployed in areas around Manchester in connection to new variants Find out how to get a test as part of surge testing from the local authority website (enter postcode).</description>
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  2542.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2544.      <link></link>
  2545.    </item>
  2546.    <item>
  2547.      <title>GPs receive £10 bonus to vaccinate those at home</title>
  2548.      <description> NHS England is to pay GPs an extra £10 for every COVID vaccination they deliver to someone who is housebound. The move is to ensure the most vulnerable people are vaccinated as swiftly as possible. Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, tweeted: "It is great to see the importance recognised of reaching everybody, especially people who struggle or are unable to get out. People with dementia and frailty need to be considered too." The £10 per visit additional funding recognises the extra staff time and complexity of vaccinating the housebound and applies retrospectively to home visits already made by GPs to vaccinate people at home. NHS England announcement: GPs receive funding boost to vaccinate housebound in NHS drive to protect most vulnerable</description>
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  2550.      <pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2552.      <link></link>
  2553.    </item>
  2554.    <item>
  2555.      <title>Draft Health White Paper outlines plans for wide-ranging reform</title>
  2556.      <description> Draft text of the Government's new Health White Paper obtained by Health Policy Insight outlines plans for health care reform that could have potentially far-ranging effects, if implemented. The proposals, which do not include plans for wider social care reform due separately this year, include putting Integrated Care Systems on a statutory footing and enabling legislation for adult social care that includes:  A new assurance framework that would give the Care Quality Commission a new duty to assess local authorities' delivery of their adult social care duties, alongside powers for the Secretary of State to intervene where there is a risk of failure to meet these duties. Powers for the Secretary of State to collect data from local authorities and providers, including that on self-funders, fee rates, hours of care and their cost per person, plus data on financial flows. Powers for the Secretary of State to make direct payments to providers for specific purposes, for example, emergency payments during the pandemic. These would not replace the normal procedures local authorities use to purchase care. Provisions for improving hospital discharge processes, making the Better Care Fund more flexible, changing the procurement of healthcare services, and powers to reduce the number of regulators of health professionals, among other proposals. Most of the provisions apply to England, though there are some which apply to devolved nations.  UKHCA was one of the stakeholders involved in discussions with Government on some of the themes developed in the draft White Paper. Draft text of the Government's new Health White Paper  Health Policy Insight commentary</description>
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  2558.      <pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2560.      <link></link>
  2561.    </item>
  2562.    <item>
  2563.      <title>Businesses given greater flexibility to pay back Bounce Back loans</title>
  2564.      <description> The Government has announced that UK businesses which took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater flexibility to repay their loans, with Pay as You Grow flexible repayment options. News story on Pay as You Grow flexible repayment options </description>
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  2566.      <pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2568.      <link></link>
  2569.    </item>
  2570.    <item>
  2571.      <title>Staff absence notifications in Scotland</title>
  2572.      <description>The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have updated their COVID-19 staff absence notifications. This includes a new question on staff absences for any reason (not just COVID), and a new category to capture staff absences related to ongoing COVID symptoms or long COVID.</description>
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  2574.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2576.      <link></link>
  2577.    </item>
  2578.    <item>
  2579.      <title>Confirmation of mandatory hotel quarantine for travel ban countries</title>
  2580.      <description>The Government has confirmed that mandatory quarantine facilities will come into use from 15 February 2021 for countries on the travel ban list. Further details will be published next week about how travellers can book the designated facilities. Government confirms mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2582.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2584.      <link></link>
  2585.    </item>
  2586.    <item>
  2587.      <title>Rolling out routine testing to day centres</title>
  2588.      <description>Work is beginning to roll out routine, asymptomatic testing to staff at day centres in England.  Guidance is available here Information on testing is here If you run a day centre, you can book to find out more via a webinar here. </description>
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  2590.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2592.      <link></link>
  2593.    </item>
  2594.    <item>
  2595.      <title>Recruitment campaign: Every Day is Different</title>
  2596.      <description>A reminder that providers in England who wish to advertise via the Everyday is Different recruitment campaign for social care can find details of how to do so here.  Individuals looking for work can find out more via this website. </description>
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  2598.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2600.      <link></link>
  2601.    </item>
  2602.    <item>
  2603.      <title>Final local government settlement for England 2021 to 2022</title>
  2604.      <description>The Government have published the final local government settlement for England for the 2021 to 2022 financial year. You can find the details at: Final local government finance settlement: England, 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2606.      <pubDate>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2608.      <link></link>
  2609.    </item>
  2610.    <item>
  2611.      <title>Independent review of adult social care in Scotland - report published</title>
  2612.      <description>The independent review of adult social care support in Scotland, led by Derek Feeley, has handed their report to the Scottish Government. Recommendations include:  Setting up a National Care Service, to ensure strategic integration with the National Health Service. Appointing a minister specifically for Social Care, with legal responsibility and accountability for social care passing from local authorities to ministers. Making social care free 'at the point of need', like the NHS, with increased funding and a human rights-based approach to care. The service should not be nationalised and the current use of private, third sector and public care providers should carry on. Independent Review of Adult Care in Scotland ( Video about the Review:</description>
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  2614.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2616.      <link></link>
  2617.    </item>
  2618.    <item>
  2619.      <title>Progress of vaccination of homecare workers against COVID-19</title>
  2620.      <description>UKHCA’s CEO, Dr Jane Townson has written a blog entitled: "Progress of vaccination of homecare workers against COVID-19". The information of which is correct on the 2nd February 2021. A rapid survey of homecare providers’ experience of vaccination of the homecare workforce in England against COVID-19 was conducted by United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) from 27 to 29 January 2021. The survey covered employers of staff who are in group 2 of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s priority list (“JCVI-2”). Data indicates that around 32 per cent of the workforce in the sample already appear to have been vaccinated. Given the numbers of staff involved and the extremely short period for these workers to obtain vaccination, it is to the immense credit of everyone concerned, including local government, central government, the NHS, GPs, primary care networks and employers that this has been achieved. Link to the full report here. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104</description>
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  2622.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2624.      <link></link>
  2625.    </item>
  2626.    <item>
  2627.      <title>Infection control guidance reviewed in light of new variants but PPE advice unchanged</title>
  2628.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have said that: "A comprehensive review of evidence has been undertaken by the UK Infection Prevention Control Cell in light of the new variants and, in line with NHS advice to staff, there has been no change to guidance on the use of infection prevention control measures. This means it remains essential existing 'How to Work Safely' guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures are followed to minimise the risk of transmission."</description>
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  2630.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2632.      <link></link>
  2633.    </item>
  2634.    <item>
  2635.      <title>Advice to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in Wales extended</title>
  2636.      <description>The advice previously issued to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people (previously shielding) in Wales has been extended. The guidance was initially issued until 7 February but has now been extended until 31 March 2021. Written Statement: Advice to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable - extension to period advice covers (29 January 2021) | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: Letter to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable – previously ‘shielding' (4 February 2021) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2638.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2640.      <link></link>
  2641.    </item>
  2642.    <item>
  2643.      <title>NHSx update - new Dynamic Purchasing System for digital care records under development</title>
  2644.      <description>NHSx have published an update blog announcing that they are working on a new Dynamic Purchasing System, due to launch in April 2021.  The system is intended to list products that meet certain compliance standards and also provide guidance to help care providers to identify what would work best for them. Support for digital social care records - NHSX </description>
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  2646.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2648.      <link></link>
  2649.    </item>
  2650.    <item>
  2651.      <title>Oxford vaccine analysis promising</title>
  2652.      <description>Oxford University have released analysis in Preprints with the Lancet showing that: A single does of the vaccine offers 76% protection from day 22 to day 90 following vaccination and 82.4% protection following a second dose after 3 months. Analysis also suggests that the vaccine may have a substantial effect on transmission with a 67% reduction in positive PCR swabs amongst those vaccinated. Further research is underway.</description>
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  2654.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2656.      <link></link>
  2657.    </item>
  2658.    <item>
  2659.      <title>Scottish Budget reflects impact of pandemic on spending</title>
  2660.      <description>The Scottish Government has set out its proposed spending and tax plans for 2021 to 2022, in a budget that reflects the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scottish Budget 2021-22 The Scottish Budget provides £883 million for social care, including £34 million for delivery of the living wage, and guarantees £11.6 billion for local government, including £90 million to deliver a national council tax freeze. See pages 26-28 for social care, and page 36 for local government. Scottish Budget 2021-22 - ( </description>
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  2662.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2664.      <link></link>
  2665.    </item>
  2666.    <item>
  2667.      <title>Return to school for those with additional support needs</title>
  2668.      <description> The Scottish Government has announced a phased return to school of certain pupils. Children in early learning and childcare and in primaries 1-3 are due to return 22 February. Very limited numbers of pupils in S4-6 are allowed to return to complete practical work. Some children and young people with significant additional support needs will be prioritised for a return to in-person provision, for those most urgently in need of support. Others, except vulnerable children and those of key workers, will continue with remote learning. The return to school will be accompanied by an increase in testing: Back to school Current restrictions, including the 'stay-at-home' requirement, are set to remain in place until at least the end of February: New measures to tackle virus   </description>
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  2670.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2672.      <link></link>
  2673.    </item>
  2674.    <item>
  2675.      <title>£500 Self-Isolation Support Grant extended in Scotland</title>
  2676.      <description>The Self-Isolation Support Grant is available to low income workers who lose earnings if they self-isolate, or have to care for a child under 16 who has to self-isolate, is being made available from 16 February to workers earning the Real Living Wage or less, as well as those in receipt of a council tax reduction because of low income. People with caring responsibilities for someone over 16 who is asked to self-isolate, where the carer themselves meet the other eligibility criteria, can also get the grant. The Scottish Government is also lengthening the period for applications to within 28 days of being told to self-isolate. Eligibility will be backdated to 2 February.  Self-Isolation Support National Helpline on 0800 111 4000. More people supported to self isolate</description>
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  2678.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2680.      <link></link>
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  2683.      <title>Mass vaccination programme continues in Scotland</title>
  2684.      <description> According to the Scottish Government, recent developments in rolling out COVID-19 vaccination include:  People aged 70 and over being given vaccines in a range of settings, from Monday 1 February; People aged 70-79 and the clinically extremely vulnerable - including over-16s on the shielding list - will have received their first dose by mid-February, subject to supplies New mass vaccination centres opening in Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Aberdeen's P and J LIVE at TECA from 1 February for members of the public with appointments.  Letters will start going out shortly in Lothian, Grampian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde to those aged between 65 and 69. Other smaller vaccination centres, located in community facilities are also opening. The programme for first doses for care home residents, frontline health and social care workers and those aged 80 and over will be completed by 5 February. Update on 29 January: Vaccine programme moves to next stage</description>
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  2686.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2691.      <title>Mental health support for health and social care staff</title>
  2692.      <description> An additional £500,000 will be made available to Scottish health boards in 2020/21 to provide dedicated mental health support for health and social care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Health Boards will be able to immediately recruit psychologists and other staff dedicated to supporting the mental health of the health and social care workforce. This funding will be followed by a further £1 million in each of the next two financial years. &#x15;&#x10;Mental health support for health and social care staff 24 Hour Wellbeing Helpline on 0800 111 4191. Wellbeing Hub:</description>
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  2694.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2696.      <link></link>
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  2698.    <item>
  2699.      <title>Welsh Government self isolation payment extended to users of NHS app</title>
  2700.      <description>The Welsh Government have announced that the £500 self isolation support payment, available to those on low incomes (announced in November) , will be extended so that those who were notified of a contact via the NHS App can claim. The payment is intended to support those who are unable to work due to a self isolation requirement, and currently have a low income (i.e. either in receipt of certain benefits such as Universal Credit or have their application accepted under the discretion of the local authority reviewing their case).  Users of the NHS Covid-19 App now eligible to apply for £500 self-isolation payment | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: Letter to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable - previously 'shielding' (4 February 2021) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2702.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2704.      <link></link>
  2705.    </item>
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  2707.      <title>New and updated guidance on GOV.UK - "how to stop the spread of coronavirus" and "provision of home care"</title>
  2708.      <description>There is new guidance for the general public that brings together things that can be done to reduce COVID-19 transmission: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (  The provision of homecare guidance (for England) has been updated including amendments to the definition of homecare, and added guidance on vaccinations and capacity tracker. Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care - GOV.UK (   </description>
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  2710.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2712.      <link></link>
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  2715.      <title>Local Government Association survey on resources to support wellbeing</title>
  2716.      <description>The LGA is gathering views from across the Adult Social Care workforce in England on the availability, quality and experience of engaging with advice and resources to support wellbeing. Responses will be used to inform the LGA's ongoing work to support wellbeing and positive mental health among the workforce. Anyone working in adult social care is invited to participate, all contributions are greatly appreciated and responses can be submitted anonymously if preferred.  Access the survey</description>
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  2718.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2720.      <link></link>
  2721.    </item>
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  2723.      <title>Updates from the Scottish Social Services Council - vaccinations and the Flexible Workforce Development Fund</title>
  2724.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council have issued information on vaccinations. While encouraging care workers to get the vaccine, and providing further information, the information confirms that where registered workers are not able or decide not to have the vaccine this will not affect their registration status. It reminds care workers of the importance of maintainig other infection control measures, even if vaccinated, such as using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).  COVID-19 vaccination “it's time to roll up your sleeve" (  They have also published guidance on the use of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund for employers in Scotland. This can be used by organisations with under 250 employees for learning delivered by colleges or The Open University or by employers who pay the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy, for learning delivered by colleges or independent training providers The flexible workforce development fund: guidance for social service employers in Scotland ( </description>
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  2726.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2728.      <link></link>
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  2731.      <title>Increased border controls and travel restrictions</title>
  2732.      <description>Those wishing to leave the UK will now need to declare a reason for travel. There will be increased police enforcement at ports and airports and those without a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may be fined.  Those arriving in the UK from countries with international travel bans will be asked to isolate in hotels. The police will be undertaking increased checks to ensure people are self isolating as required.  Press release Travel guidance</description>
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  2734.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2736.      <link></link>
  2737.    </item>
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  2739.      <title>Guidance published on £120m Workforce Development Fund for councils and adult social care providers</title>
  2740.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have published guidance on the new, ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, announced on 17 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2 and aims to deliver measures that result in additional staffing capacity for adult social care in England  You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents.  </description>
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  2742.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2744.      <link></link>
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  2747.      <title>Research, news in brief and resources round up for week commencing 1 February 2021</title>
  2748.      <description>Brief news updates Alert level 4 is continuing in Wales but a phased and flexible approach to returning children to school could commence following February half term, if the situation continues to improve. Press release. Care inspectorate Wales have provided an update to confirm they will be continuing with their assurance checks of how well local authority social services are discharging their statutory functions towards people who need care and support and unpaid carers.  Novavax and Janssen have published positive outcomes for their phase 3 trials of their COVID-19 vaccines. The government has also secured more of the Valneva vaccine which is in phase I/II trials. A circular on charging for social care has confirmed that capital limits, the minimum income guarantee and savings credit disregards will be remaining at their current levels in the 2021/22 financial year.  The Care Provider Alliance have responded to the new Workforce Capacity Fund guidance calling for the fund to be distributed at speed and for the development of a longer term People Plan. Research and statistics Care Inspectorate Wales have published their annual statistics on the care services that they regulate.  The Committee for Health in the Northern Ireland Assembly have published a report of the findings of their Inquiry Report on the Impact of COVID-19 in Care Homes. While most of the findings are focused on care homes, some of the recommendations have a wider scope - including the consideration of career pathways for social care and the need to consider the funding of all adult social care.  The Government have responded to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on "Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond".  The Welsh Government have published a summary of their findings regarding social care market stability reporting.  The latest CQC COVID-19 Insight report includes the latest statistics on COVID prevalence and staff absence rates in homecare. ONS Blog on ongoing work to estimate the size of the self-funding population. Chief Medical Officer for Wales's special edition of annual report 2019-2020: protecting our health. ONS update on Social Impacts of coronavirus. Resources and events Vaccination Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in our diverse communities (GOV.UK blog) Fact cards and summaries for your vaccination communications from DHSC. Resources for raising awareness about vaccine fraud. (GOV.UK) There are also resources for people with learning disabilities including this video and easy read guides to vaccination and the national lockdown. Workforce recruitment, retention and wellbeing Recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic: sharing recruitment solutions - Skills for care webinars. Delivering under pressure: supporting the wellbeing of frontline staff - a webinar on 11 February 2pm by the Local Government Association National wellbeing hub webinars for social care workers in Scotland - everything from stress to parenthood to ballet. Equality and Diversity Increasing LGBT+ awareness in care  and  preparing for greater CQC scrutiny - Altura learning with the National Care Forum and Opening Doors, webinar on 24 February at 11.30. The CQC LGBT+ network are running a series of online events through February. Find out more.  Skills for Care are running webinars on "How to become an anti-racist organisation" and "Discrinination and care workers rights" Find out more. Webinar for registered managers 11 February: Having conversations about workplace race equality issues (Skills for Care and ACAS) Register. Improvement The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have published videos of their winter support webinars on improvement for Level I and II on their Hub website Data The National Data Resource for Wales is hosting a webinar on social care data on 24 February 13.00-15.00.    Podcasts CQC Connect The Care Exchange (Skills for Care) </description>
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  2750.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2752.      <link></link>
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  2755.      <title>Let's do this: the promise of fixing social care</title>
  2756.      <description> A new report by the Health for Care coalition of 15 national health organisations, led by the NHS Confederation, says for there to be a functioning, effective NHS in England, there needs to be a strong and sustainable social care sector. Heath leaders argue social care funding must urgently be put on a sustainable footing, to ensure social care is person-centred, accessible and available to all who need it, without pushing them into financial hardship.  Failure to do so jeopardises the NHS Long Term Plan and any meaningful integration. Social care, including domiciliary care, keeps people well and at home, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving wellbeing. If the social care system does not have sufficient capacity, the NHS will experience greater demand for its services.  Let's do this: the promise of fixing social care - NHS Confederation </description>
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  2758.      <pubDate>Mon, 01 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2760.      <link></link>
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  2762.    <item>
  2763.      <title>How to work safely guidance remains fit for purpose</title>
  2764.      <description>  A comprehensive review of evidence by the UK Infection Prevention Control Cell has concluded that the current 'How to Work Safely' guidance remains fit for purpose, in light of new, more infectious COVID-19 variants. This means, in line with NHS advice to staff, there has been no change to guidance on the use of infection prevention control measures, even after staff and service users have been vaccinated. So existing guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control procedures in England are to be followed to minimise the risk of transmission. This is supported by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. New evidence is being kept under review. </description>
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  2766.      <pubDate>Mon, 01 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2768.      <link></link>
  2769.    </item>
  2770.    <item>
  2771.      <title>Research round up 29 January 2021</title>
  2772.      <description>The Health for Care Coalition has launched a new report "Let's do this: the promise of fixing social care". The report highlights seven key principles including ensuring social care is sustainable and that the workforce are valued. The Government has responded to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on Adult Social Care Funidng and Workforce. You can read the response here. The Government has also responded to the Women and Equalities Committee's report "Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services" including discussion of the Care Act easements. You can read the response here.  </description>
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  2774.      <pubDate>Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2779.      <title>Updated COVID-19 testing strategy for Wales</title>
  2780.      <description>The Welsh Government have published an updated testing strategy that outlines how testing can be used to diagnose COVID in hospitals, safeguard vulnerable people in health and care settings, find COVID for people who have symptoms and enhance community surveillance to manage outbreaks, maintain work and school activities through testing and enable international travel, sports and other activities through testing.  Press release. You can find the strategy here.</description>
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  2782.      <pubDate>Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2784.      <link></link>
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  2787.      <title>£500 one-off recognition payment for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland being considered</title>
  2788.      <description>Yesterday Robin Swann announced that he was working on proposals for a £500 one-off recognition payment for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland. He indicated that this would include domiciliary care workers. However, the details of the scheme have yet to be signed off.</description>
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  2790.      <pubDate>Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2792.      <link></link>
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  2795.      <title>Joint statement on the use of COVID-19 positive staff in care settings</title>
  2796.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, Care Quality Commission and the Assoication of Directors of Public Health have issued a joint statement to emphasise that under no circumstances should staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 be working. Joint statement on the use of COVID-19 positive staff in care settings | Care Quality Commission ( </description>
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  2798.      <pubDate>Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2800.      <link></link>
  2801.    </item>
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  2803.      <title>CQC is consulting on changes for more flexible and responsive regulation</title>
  2804.      <description> The Care Quality Commission are consulting on making changes so they can assess and rate services in England more flexibly, and update ratings more often in a more responsive and proportionate way. CQC say this will make ratings easier to understand. CQC want to move away from comprehensive, on-site inspection as the main way of updating ratings and use wider sources of evidence to assess quality. On-site inspection will still be used where the regulator has information about significant risks to people's safety. Consultation on changes for more flexible and responsive regulation Please respond by 5pm on Tuesday 23 March 2021. The quickest and easiest way to respond is through the consultation survey.</description>
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  2806.      <pubDate>Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2808.      <link></link>
  2809.    </item>
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  2811.      <title>PM confirms commitment to social care reform</title>
  2812.      <description> The Prime Minister confirmed the Government's commitment to bring forward plans later this year to reform and improve social care in England, when he gave evidence to the House of Commons Liaison Committee recently. He also agreed that social care should have a long-term plan.  Transcript of PM's evidence, 13 January 2021, unrevised ( (Questions 5 and 6)</description>
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  2814.      <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2816.      <link></link>
  2817.    </item>
  2818.    <item>
  2819.      <title>Looking forward - coronavirus resources and analysis</title>
  2820.      <description>Individuals who have had coronavirus Social Care Institute for Excellence, with extensive input from UKHCA, has published a guide on providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19, November 2020. Sickness and absence because of long COVID: Long COVID - advice for employers and employees - Acas  CIPD - Managing a return to work after a long absence Guidance - COVID-19: long-term health effects, updated 30 April 2021. NHS - Long term effects of long covid NICE rapid guideline on managing the long term effects of Covid Long covid - the NHS Plan for 2021-22 NHS - Post-covid syndrome CSP Covid-19 Rehabilitation Standards, published 14 May 2020. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's statement, published 5 May 2020, calling for a comprehensive strategy. CSP are concerned once people are home, they are less likely to receive rehabilitative care. Covid-19: the challenge of patient rehabilitation after intensive care , BMJ, says both the Intensive Care Society (ICS) and the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine are working with NHS England to urgently develop - 'soon-to-be-released' covid-19 recovery plans.  NICE quality standard Rehabilitation after critical illness in adults: quality standard QS158, published September 2017.  Hospital discharge guidance - collection A film has been released by the Department of Health and Social Care with the stories of 4 people, including one aged 22, who are living with the long-term effects of coronavirus. More about the film Long-covid Support: Study by King's College London identifies those most at risk from 'long COVID': ONS statistics show shadow cast by long Covid is 'even worse than feared' - All-Party Group on Coronavirus - Call for Evidence   Social care Beyond COVID: new thinking on the future of adult social care, paper by SCIE. September 2020, More information Charting a post-COVID-19 future for social care, SCIE article published 14 May 2020, by Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence.</description>
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  2822.      <pubDate>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2824.      <link></link>
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  2827.      <title>Government's guidance for social care providers</title>
  2828.      <description> Overview of adult social care guidance produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE).  England moved to Stage 4 of easing lockdown restrictions on 19 July 2021. See Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread and the Government's roadmap. Homecare guidance Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home.    Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care, updated 17 May 2021.  Guidance - COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework, updated 1 December 2020.Guidance - COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care, updated 19 July 2021 with minor changes. UKHCA members should see our email alert of 19 July. UKHCA Resource - Self-isolation of live-in homecare workers who test positive for COVID-19 (log in needed). Guidance, Coronavirus testing for homecare workers, updated 14 May 2021. FAQs issued following DHSC webinar on testing for homecare workers, December 2020. Maintaining mental health of the workforce  Guidance on topics relevant to homecareCOVID-19 Vaccination - Social care workers COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff  Careworkers in England can book a vaccination appointment through: The National Booking Service. Those with second vaccination bookings are urged to take them up. All adults aged 18 and over in England are eligible for vaccination: Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Guidance states those without a NHS number can be vaccinated: COVID-19: migrant health guide COVID-19 vaccination: booking an appointment letter COVID-19 Vaccination - Information supporting take-up    Employer Toolkit - Coronavirus Resource centre ( Department of Health and Social Care's Vaccination Communications Toolkit.  DHSC's Questions and Answers on vaccination Webinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine - YouTube, 21 May 2021. COVID-19 Vaccination - Information for the publicCollection of government guidance: COVID-19 vaccination programme Public Health England leaflets. Accessible versions and translations are available: COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources  Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, updated 27 April 2021. Includes guidance on 'best interests' decisions and vaccination in the Additional Guidance. COVID-19 Vaccination - Information for pregnant women and those of child-bearing age COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a,  COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding Guidance, Safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy, updated 30 April 2021. COVID-19 Vaccination - Children JCVI advice that from 19 July 2021 children of 12 and over who are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 should be offered the Pfizer vaccine: COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: JCVI statement  Statement on offering COVID-19 vaccines to at-risk young people  Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine - approval for use in children over the age of 12.  COVID-19 Vaccination - Information on blood clotting COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting - collection of guidance.   COVID-19 vaccination: worried about having your second dose of AstraZeneca?  Young adults: JCVI advises that people aged under 30, and those aged 30-39 without any underlying health condition, should preferentially receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine: Use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: updated JCVI statement, 7 May 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination - Early priorities and programme to vaccinate social care workers Standard operating procedure: Frontline social care workers (JCVI priority cohort 2), published 14 January 2021. List of contacts within local authorities for workforce vaccination. Slides from NHS England webinar on 25 January - vaccination of frontline social care workers. Blogs on vaccination by UKHCA's CEO, Dr Jane Townson:  Progress of vaccination of homecare workers against COVID-19 - The UKHCA Blog  LGA and others: Supporting personal assistants to take up vaccination as part of priority group two, frontline care workers  JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021  Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI  Funding, VAT and HMRC Extension of ICF3 - to end September 2021: Press release - Social care to receive £269 million to boost staff levels and testing  Adult social care extension to Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021 - guidance and grant conditions. UKHCA members should refer to our email alerts for more details.Infection Control and Rapid Testing Fund - to end June 2021 Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funding. Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund, updated 8 April 2021. Workforce Development funding: The Department for Health and Social Care published guidance on a ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, updated 19 January 2021.  updated 19 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2. You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents.  The funding was available until 31 March 2021. PPE - Infection control other guidance    Guidance, COVID-19: Putting on and removing PPE - a guide for care homes (video), updated 19 July 2021. Referred to 'How to work safely in domiciliary care guidance' above.  Guidance, COVID-19: Personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures, updated 21 August 2020. HSE guidance: Using PPE at work during the coronavirus outbreak WHO 5 moments for Hand Hygiene, published 2006. NICE Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care, CG139, updated 15 February 2017.PPE - Supply Guidance - PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment, updated frequently. Providers should register with the portal so they can order emergency supplies. There are limits on orders and a limited range of PPE, which includes PPE for AGPs, visors and small bottles of hand sanitiser. The Government has extended the provision of free personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 needs to social care providers until March 2022: UKHCA news item  More about PPE supply: Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care  Guidance, Personal protective equipment (PPE): local contacts for care providers, for care providers not on the PPE Portal, updated frequently. National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) telephone 0800 915 9964. Email: Last resort for emergency supplies. List of commercial suppliers of PPE, see: (scroll down to end).  UKHCA commercial members who supply equipment. Clear masks - in the short term Local Resilience Forums will distribute these.  Testing - in homecare and social care The Government provides weekly testing for asymptomatic homecare workers.  Guidance, Coronavirus testing for homecare workers, updated 14 May 2021. Includes translations and information on Lateral Flow Antigen Tests. This has been extended to extra-care and supported living settings: Guidance on the testing process and the opportunity to sign up to informational webinars. Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants  Government Guidance on getting tested, updated frequently. This includes how to get a test, and the arrangements for key workers. The testing guidance is accompanied by a privacy notice. Guidance, COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions, updated 20 May 2021. Testing - asymptomatic community and public testing Information about local asymptomatic community testing at Community testing - explainer This involves using lateral flow tests. Locations where surge testing is being used to detect COVID-19 variants: Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants, updated frequently.  Get tested for coronavirus - NHS resources:  Guidance - How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA, updated 17 June 2021. Guidance - For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits, updated 17 June 2021. Video on how to use a home testing kit:  Test and Trace *Exception to self-isolation: Some frontline health and care staff in England will be able to attend work rather than self-isolate in exceptional circumstances. The Government announcement refers to specific mitigation measures being in place and only operating where staff absence may lead to a significant risk of harm, and following risk assessment and certain approval processes: UKHCA members should refer to our email alert of 19 July 2021 on this topic. NHS COVID-19 app: People of 16 and over are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 app, part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. This identifies contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.  Some businesses are required by law to display the official QR code so people can check in.  Guidance - NHS test and trace: what to do if you are contacted, updated 20 May 2021. What happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Guidance, NHS test and trace in the workplace, Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers, updated 17 May 2021.  Guidance, COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings, includes guidance on when health and social care staff can be exempt from being considered a contact for the purposes of Test and Trace. Updated 19 July 2021. *Refers briefly to Exception to self-isolation above. Guidance specific to homecare on keeping records for test and trace is found in section 3 of this document. Guidance for general business - Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace, updated 20 July 2021. Testing - Antibody testing Antibody test to check if you've had coronavirus, currently offered on a limited basis including to those working in paid adult social care.  Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing, updated 24 February 2021.  Other guidance:Car Parking Guidance on scheme for health, care and volunteer workers in England to have free parking in local-authority owned off-street car parks and on-street bays, updated 17 May 2021. This guidance is expected to be withdrawn by 21 June 2021, with local councils responsible for setting their own parking policy. Data protection  Information Commissioner's Office: Health, social care organisations and coronavirus - what you need to know on data protection. Death of a frontline worker or other person from COVID-19 Guidance, Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England, published 7 July 2020. This includes bereavement resources for the social care workforce. NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme for families of members of the workforce in England who sadly pass away as a result of contracting COVID-19 at work. Main page for the scheme, information re Wales. Communication support in breaking bad news: COVID-19 Communication Support - Department of Psychiatry (  Disclosure and recruitment  Guidance around free-of-charge DBS applications and new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19, Disclosure and Barring Service, updated 22 October 2020. CQC interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 29 May 2020.  Health inequalities Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, Public Health England, published 2 June 2020 - review into the disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19 for different cross-sections of society.  COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities, published 16 June 2020.Hospital discharges Hospital discharge service guidance, published 2 February 2021, updated 5 July 2021. COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements, NHS, collection of documents, updated 3 September 2020. Guidance - COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings, updated 22 March 2021. Law and legal briefings Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP COVID-19 briefings and updates - a listing of briefings on various topics. Mental capacity The Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales has published guides on decision making for others, covering making an LPA, being a deputy or attorney and how NHS or social care staff can check if a patient/client has an attorney or deputy. More information Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, updated 27 April 2021. This has a new sub-section on 'Offering a vaccine to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity', which includes how an individual 'best interests' decision should be taken. The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance Notification HSE guidance: RIDDOR Reporting of Covid-19  Other types of care - selected guidance Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services, updated 19 July 2021. Guidance - Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), updated 20 July 2021. This relates mostly to residential settings, but there is some limited guidance useful to providers of social care to children at home. Visiting arrangements in care homes - GOV.UK (  Arrangements for visiting out of the care home - GOV.UK (  Guidance - Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19, updated 16 July 2021. Has Annex K: moving from the community to care homes. Guidance - Mouth care for hospitalised patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, published 6 August 2020. Guidance - COVID-19: Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, updated 19 July 2021. Guidance - Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 16 July 2021. Guidance - Getting help with daily activities outside your home, updated 21 May 2021. Pregnancy and COVID-19 infection Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees, updated 20 July 2021. COVID-19 vaccination - see above. Tax Guidance - How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 23 March 2021. Considers testing and PPE costs.Training UKHCA has a series of free, short online presentations for members on topics such as care coordinator training, medication, end of life care, training online and infection control: UKHCA Resources (search for presentations). Skills for Care package of support for registered managers, and rapid induction for new staff. The Skills Toolkit to enhance digital and basic skills while in lockdown.Travel Advice Government Travel Advice This includes red, amber (amber-plus for France) and green list rules for entering England, and demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status to enter specific countries from England.  Jobs that qualify for exemptions Mandatory hotel quarantine requirements apply to travellers arriving from red list countries: Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel if you've been in a red list country Managed quarantine: what to expect  PCR tests for travel purposes must be purchased from private providers: Passengers refused boarding amid testing confusion - BBC News  Foreign Travel Advice, updated frequently.  Visas and migration Health and social care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement. The scheme to exempt non-EEA nationals applying for a health and care visa to work in a health or social care setting, in an eligible occupation, from paying the immigration health surcharge is described here: IHS Reimbursement Scheme  Guidance Immigration health surcharge - applying for a refund, published 1 October 2020. Guidance (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents, updated frequently. Visa extensions for NHS and frontline health workers during coronavirus (COVID-19)</description>
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  2830.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:01:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2835.      <title>Government's guidance for the general public</title>
  2836.      <description> Listing of government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19), updated frequently.  For a list of legislation, and amending regulations, see:  Roadmap out of lockdown  Changes from 19 July 2021 as England moves to Step 4 of the roadmap: Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread  The Government's roadmap out of lockdown in England: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021   COVID-19 restrictions Police guidance on how they should police the pandemic.    App and test and trace Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) How NHS Test and Trace works: what to do if you are contacted People of 16 and over are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 app, part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. This identifies contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. NHS COVID-19 app. Privacy information for the app is available here.  There is an official QR code businesses can use so customers can check in, to help with contact tracing. Guidance Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, updated 12 May 2021. Asymptomatic testing Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants, updated frequently to include new postcode areas. Lists locations using surge testing to test for new variants. Regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms  Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms  Dealing with a possible COVID-19 infection  Guidance on getting a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus  Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, updated 19 July 2021.  Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person, updated 19 July 2021. Includes legal requirements for self isolation. NHS 111 Online - Get medical help. People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) OR a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), should get a test and stay at home until they get the result. Use this on-line tool from the NHS to find out what to do if you, or somebody else, may a medical problem. NHS England has Health at home advice on how to access NHS services online. Face coverings Guidance, Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own, updated 20 July 2021.This includes exemption cards or badges people can carry with them. Guidance, How to wear and make a cloth face covering, updated 15 July 2020. Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers, updated frequently.  NHS England, Visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic updated 23 March 2021. NHS England - NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings  Guidance on staying safe and stopping the spread of infection Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread  Guidance - Containing and managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, updated 18 March 2021.  Shielding of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are no longer advised to shield from 1 April in England. A letter has been sent to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in England, which outlines that they will no longer be advised to shield from 1 April. The letter outlines practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the virus. Press release and Read the letter Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - collection including translations. Includes sections on work and additional care and support. Guidance for at-risk groups offered free vitamin D supplements by the government this winter, updated 12 January 2021. Travel advice Red, amber and green list rules for entering England, updated frequently. Includes changes from 19 July for those who are fully NHS-vaccinated, and amber list exception for those entering from France. Check to make sure you're following quarantine rules after international travel  Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel if you've been in a red list country  Managed quarantine: what to expect  Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country, updated frequently. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for international travel, updated frequently.   Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions, updated frequently. The list of categories of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions has been reduced. Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19)Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)  Foreign travel advice, updated frequently. Includes option to sign up for country updates. Vaccination advice - COVID-19  National booking service: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice: Use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 (AZD1222) vaccine, updated 7 May 2021. People under 30, and unvaccinated people of 30 to 39 without any underlying health condition should preferentially receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.  Adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed should be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine, published 29 March 2021. Priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, updated 6 January 2021. Prioritising the first COVID-19 vaccine dose, published 26 January 2021.  New advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women, published 16 April 2021. COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - information on COVID-19 vaccination. Updated frequently. A series of leaflets has been issued by Public Health England about COVID-19 vaccination: COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources  COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting  COVID-19 vaccination: worried about having your second dose of AstraZeneca?   Other guidance and advice Work and financial support This guidance covers England only. Guidance: Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread, updated frequently. Guidance for the safe use of places of workship during the pandemic.   Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments, updated 19 July 2021.  What to do when someone dies, step by step Guidance: Volunteering during coronavirus Guidance for consumers on coronavirus and food, updated 25 April 2020.  </description>
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  2838.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  2843.      <title>Advice for homecare providers</title>
  2844.      <description> Note: Government guidance for homecare providers can be found under 'Government's guidance for social care providers' and selected guidance on this website at:  Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees advice from ACAS on sick pay, including for those who self-isolate on medical and non-medical advice. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) Infection control guidance Contains advice on managing infections, including outbreaks of flu and other viral and bacterial infections. Advice on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which includes workers in front-facing roles. There are Q and As and a link to sign up for updates.  NICE COVID-19 rapid guideline - Managing COVID-19: &#x15;&#xF;</description>
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  2846.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2851.      <title>Other Government guidance and support for business, including furlough scheme</title>
  2852.      <description>Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response. This is Government's general advice on how it is responding to COVID-19.Advice for businesses Working safely From 19 July 2021, some COVID-19 restrictions have been removed, including the need for social distancing. There is guidance for businesses and employers at: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 - Guidance, updated 14 July 2021. Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. This includes a work section.  Guidance - How to stay safe and prevent the spread, updated frequently. HSE guidance - Keeping workplaces safe as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are removed  HSE guidance - Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak HSE guidance - HSE's enforcement of guidelines on COVID-19 in workplaces HSE guidance - Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19) - Overview  HSE guidance- Protect vulnerable workers - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic  HSE guidance - Risk assessment - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic  UKHCA Resource: Risk Assessments - Why are they important and how are they done? (Members only) UKHCA Resource: Risk Assessment Template (Members only) Testing in work places (other than health and social care - see Government's guidance for social care providers) Get coronavirus tests for your employeesFurlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - CJRS) and Job Support Scheme Collection, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated frequently.  Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated frequently  Step by step guide for employers to CJRS, updated frequently.  Guidance - Steps to take before calculating your claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated frequently. HMRC links to getting help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Direction from HM Treasury to HM Revenue and Customs (various)  COVID-19 Updates and briefings by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP on various topics, including the CJRS and SSP. Guidance - Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated frequently, which sets out how the scheme will operate, from the employee's perspective. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers, undated, which considers selecting employees fairly for furlough or redundancy.    Financial support COVID-19: financial support for businesses, collection, updated frequently. Includes support for businesses affected by local restrictions. Guidance: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch videos and register for the free webinars. Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 1 July 2021. Guidance - Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 12 June 2020.   Workforce, annual leave, SSP, apprenticeships Guidance - Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 26 March 2021. SSP Online Claim Service through Government Gateway. Guidance - Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19), published 13 May 2020.  Guidance - Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 7 July 2021.Self-employment   Self-employment income support scheme fourth grant, updated 6 July 2021. Schools and Education Guidance for schools, updated frequently. Guidance - What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 19 July 2021.   The Department for Education's The Skills Toolkit online training courses help people furloughed or at home acquire new skills. The course covers basic maths, computer coding, getting started online, digital skills, producing online content and online marketing.Transport Guidance, Safer travel guidance for passengers, updated frequently. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Getting an MOT. Original scheme gave vehicle owners a 6-month exemption if they were due an MOT between 30 March and 31 July. There was no extension in the January 2021 lockdown, so MOTs need to be obtained as usual. Garages remain open.</description>
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  2854.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2856.      <link></link>
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  2858.    <item>
  2859.      <title>Wales</title>
  2860.      <description>All of the guidance linked to on this page is updated frequently, please take care to ensure that the most recent version of gudiance is being referred to.   Government guidance for the general public COVID-19 control plan for Wales (explains alert levels). Welsh government Coronavirus guidance homepage. Public Health Wales - Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do . Guidance on face coverings. Collection of guidance on shielding / Text message alert service Coronavirus legislation and guidance on the law, collection.   Travel Collection of guidance on travel Arriving in Wales from Overseas Quarantine guidance (relevant for amber list countries, red list countries need quarantine hotels - see link above 'arriving in Wales from overseas')   COVID-19 Vaccine Information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Wales COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, weekly updates Welsh Government guidance on vaccination programme Definition of front-line social care worker Get your vaccine if you think you've been missed   Government guidance for health and social care professionals   Social Care Wales coronavirus guidance page. Welsh Government: Health and Social Care Professionals: coronavirus, guidance and services  Public Health Wales: Guidance for Health and Social Care Professionals in Wales Care Inspectorate Wales: Statements on Coronavirus Guidance on CIW notification See ‘What COVID-19 notifications are required by CIW?’. Supported Living guidance ADSS Cymru, COVID-19 updates for care providers Health and care services recovery plan   PPE and infection control Updated guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care homes and domiciliary support services, including:  PHW Advisory Note - Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Social Care Settings (Care Homes and Domiciliary Care) Flu vaccine information Providers may also need to liaise with their local authorities in relation to accessing PPE and ensuring whether there is any additional guidance at local level.    Workforce COVID-19 testing Routine asymptomatic testing for frontline homecare workers has been rolled out. This uses twice weekly lateral flow tests.  Providers should have received information directly from Care Inspectorate Wales about how to access a portal through which they can order testing kits to distribute to staff (which is the same platform that is used in England via GOV.UK). Information has also been distributed on training to use the lateral flow tests. Providers may receive updated information from Care Inspectorate Wales. An allowance of £22.60 has been made available per staff member for time spent completing the lateral flow testing training that care providers can claim via the local authority administered hardship fund. Providers experiencing difficulties with accessing workforce testing should contact:  The original announcement and statement are here: announcement; written statement.   Other information on testing and contact tracing Community testing and how to access testing for other workers (outside of the above scheme) Welsh Government Testing Strategy Self isolation support payment Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme Test, trace, protect: coronavirus, collection. Guidance on test bookings and process Guidance on NHS App  Contact tracing: if you have tested positive What to do if you are a confirmed contact Your questions on contact tracing Contact tracing: stay alert to scams   Workforce recognition, support and wellbeing The Welsh Government have agreed two recognition payments to social care workers:  2020 - Guidance - Social care workforce special payment scheme 2021 - NHS and social care financial recognition scheme: guidance for social care workers  Social Care Wales are offering a digital Care Worker Card.  This will replace the Social Care Worker Card that was issued in 2020 - the Social Care Worker Card will no longer be valid from 1 May 2021.   Social Care Wales have collected information and resources on health and well-being for Social Care workers. They have launched an Employee Assistance Scheme that can provide a range of support to social care staff (call 0333 2129 212, this is available 24/7).  The Our Frontline helpline is also available in Wales. The Welsh Government has agreed to a death in service payment for the families of all NHS and social care staff in Wales. This scheme will provide eligible beneficiaries with a one-off sum of £60,000.  Press release dated 27 April 2020.    Information for businesses UK Government, Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Wales. Welsh Government page on support for businesses and employers.  Business Wales 'We're in your corner' Skills Gateway   Funding The Welsh Government has allocated funding to local authorities to administer as a hardship fund in order to support social care providers through the coronavirus pandemic. This has included a £1 per hour temporary fee uplift for local authority or health board commissioned homecare providers. The funding is currently continuing until September 2021 - consideration is being given to what support is required following this. Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme   In April 2020 the Welsh Government supplied an additional £10 million funding, through Regional Partnership Boards, to support new and enhanced homecare packages to support patients to leave hospital for their ongoing assessment and recovery. Press release 29 April 2020</description>
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  2862.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2867.      <title>Scotland</title>
  2868.      <description> Guidance for the public Main collection of guidance from Scottish Government Easing of restrictions from 19 July: Level 0 from 19 July - (  Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels Coronavirus levels - Postcode checker for levels Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance on public use of face coverings, updated 2 June 2021.    NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19), information for the public  Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation - (  Quarantine hotels - (  COVID-19 Vaccination The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Scotland is underway, with Scotland following the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) on priorities. &#x12;  Resources on vaccination for social care employers and their staff: COVID-19 vaccinations - COVID-19 - Public Health Scotland Shielding Updated advice for people shielding in Scotland: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts. Care home visiting guidance Guidance for health and social care professionals Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance (main collection of guidance for business, healthcare, education and housing) Flu vaccination information for Scotland Revised information and guidance from Health Protection Scotland COVID-19 - Information and guidance for social, community and residential care settings, version 1.8, published 16 April 2021. COVID-19 - Guidance for non-healthcare settings, updated 31 December 2020. Listing of publications by Health Protection Scotland  Care Inspectorate -  PPE and infection control PPE Action Plan: The Scottish Government has published a PPE Action Plan for health, social care and other essential public services to support COVID-19 infection control, preparations for winter and the potential impact of exiting the EU. D23Q The Scottish Government has issued guidance on changes to PPE supply, updated 25 November 2020, which says providers should use local PPE Hubs. They have been emailed contact details. Providers can also contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 for details of their local Hub. Letter from CMO and others dated 26 March 2020  Version 1.8 of the COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social, Community and Residential Care Settings, dated 16 April 2021.  National Infection Prevention  and  Control Manual and with advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19. Plus the additional Addendum on COVID-19 in community health and care settings. COVID-19: Clinical Care Guidance for Care at Home, Housing Support and Sheltered Housing, updated 21 May 2021. Test and Protect Protect Scotland App Grants for those self isolating The Scottish Government has issued guidance on testing: Getting tested in Scotland, updated 7 June 2021. Scotland's Test and Protect scheme: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - information for people asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, updated 18 February 2021. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - advice for employers, updated 18 February 2021. Asymptomatic testing Routine testing for care at home workers and community-based services in Scotland. Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care testing guidance - (  Workforce and training     The Scottish Social Service Council and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have a Health and social care COVID-19 accelerated recruitment portal Information for Employers The Care Inspectorate has relaxed its advice that providers should seek updates on individual staff PVG Scheme membership every three years. Existing guidance in Protecting Vulnerable Groups - Guidance for Care Inspectorate Staff and Service Providers (2015) is best practice, not a requirement of Disclosure Scotland. Disclosure Scotland is currently prioritising checks for workers needed to deal with coronavirus, including social care workers. Disclosures for workers in priority sectors are free until until midnight on 25 March 2022. More information Support for businesses UK Government, Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland, updated 28 April 2021. Information about advice for businesses, including getting funding. </description>
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  2870.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2875.      <title>Northern Ireland</title>
  2876.      <description>Government guidance for the public Guidance and support, including face coverings. Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you HSC Public Health Agency, COVID-19: Information for the public Northern Ireland Executive, Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates  Government guidance for health and social care professionals Stop COVID-19 NI App  HSC Public Health Agency, Guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland - COVID-19, updated 7 June 2021. Guidance for HSC staff on using PPE Questions and answers for HSC staff COVID-19 Vaccination  Domiciliary care workers in Northern Ireland and those employed by independent care agencies are able to book COVID vaccinations at Trust vaccination centres.  The statement is available here. Further information on the Northern Ireland COVID-19 Vaccination Programme  Care worker information leaflet Online booking arrangements for domiciliary care workers registered with the NISCC.  Information on testing Test and trace information StopCOVID NI Proximity App  Public Health Agency information on testing in Northern Ireland, including primary care workers  Northern Ireland's contact tracing scheme HSC, Public Health Agency: Contact tracing FAQs   Support for businesses UK Government, COVID-19 Guidance: Information for NI Businesses  and  Employers, updated 10 June 2020. Summary of coronavirus business support </description>
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  2879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2883.      <title>Information for family carers and informal carers</title>
  2884.      <description> Information from Carers UK for informal carers. Provides guidance for family members and carers supporting people at home. Alzheimer's Society, Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia  Diabetes UK, Coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes- updates  Helpline Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care, updated 8 July 2021. Guidance: Volunteering during coronavirus, undated. Guidance COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, updated 19 July 2021. SCIE, COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or autistic adults and children Free online resources for unpaid carers: Health Education England's e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team has worked with Carers UK to develop a free online resource to support unpaid carers.  Information on surviving a critical illness, ICUsteps. Guidance - Support for the bereaved, updated 15 June 2020.</description>
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  2886.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2891.      <title>Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak</title>
  2892.      <description>CIPD webinar on supporting the mental health of frontline workers, updated 30 April 2021. Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce, updated 19 May 2021. Advice for those working in adult social care on managing their mental health, including guidance, tools and advice on how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff. Coronavirus resources of the British Psychological Society for professionals and the public. Our Frontline supports the mental health of people working in health, social care, and other key workers in the UK and offers 24 hour one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources.It is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Our Frontline: support for social care workers  Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, updated 19 May 2021. COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, updated 19 May 2021 to add section for students. ACAS guidance on coronavirus and mental health at work  Every Mind Matters - simple tips for taking care of mental health.ANXIETY UK resources ANXIETY UK helpline open until 10.00 pm: 03444 775 774, Text Service: 07537 416 905. Check your business insurance to see if it includes a Stress Helpline for employees. Page 9 for those with a Towergate Insurance policy. Health and Safety Executive information on stress at work, and carrying out a stress risk assessment Wales: Wales wellbeing - sources of supportScotland: NHS Inform - resources on mental health and well-beingNorthern Ireland: Covid-19 App - resources on mental health Guidance on wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, updated 18 June 2020. This is guidance for people stuck overseas.</description>
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  2894.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2899.      <title>Advice for councils on funding and market stability</title>
  2900.      <description> The pandemic has posed serious financial challenges to providers and local councils alike. UKHCA engaged with local government representatives from the outset to ensure providers were sustainably funded and councils measured up to guidance issued to support this aim. Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners. Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), published 13 March 2020. Guidance, COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care, updated 28 April 2021. The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) issued guidance to councils in England on the fee increases for the National Minimum Wage and COVID-19 on 9 April 2020.  A blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, highlighted the value of homecare and the urgent need for investment to prevent multiple provider failure. Read about Homecare in the time of coronavirus, published 26 April 2020: A case for urgent investment to prevent multiple provider failure\x9d. See April archive, scroll down. Central goverment funding was allocated in tranches for infection control purposes, and more recently, for workforce development:Infection Control Fund 1 - 2020 Guidance, Adult social care infection fund, updated 25 March 2021, set out how the funding operated was to be distributed. Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes, updated 1 April 2021. Transparency data, Coronavirus (COVID-19) care home support: council transparency data, published 9 July 2020. Spreadsheet of local authority spending of ICF1 Infection Control Fund 2 - 2021-2021 The Government announced a further £546m of funding under the Infection Control Fund for winter 2020/21, aimed at care homes but a portion had to be spent on homecare. Government Press release - More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter Documents and guidance regarding Infection Control Fund 2, updated 8 April 2021. Updated to clarify that providers can use the Fund to pay wages for staff to attend work or other locations for vaccinations or COVID-19 tests, and that certain administrative costs of testing and vaccination would be covered. The Local Government Association issued notes to councils on using Infection Control Fund 2: Infection Control Fund 2 - LGA Further advice and Infection Control Fund 2 - LGA note on allocation to community providers, published 15 October 2020. (Thanks to CPA for this.) Allocations of £1 billion funding for councils this winter, published 22 October 2020.  Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government, allocations of additional funding to local authorities, updated 5 March 2021. Infection Control and Rapid Testing Fund - 2021 Guidance has been published on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund for England, including distribution of funds, local authority allocations, conditions on funding and reporting requirements. Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funding: Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund, published 8 April 2021. Collection of guidance and documents. Extension of Infection Control and Testing Fund to end September 2021 Adult social care given over £250 million extra to continue coronavirus (COVID-19) protections, 27 June 2021.  Adult social care extension to Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021 - guidance and grant conditions. UKHCA members should refer to our email alerts for more details. Workforce Development funding Social care sector to receive £269 million to boost staffing levels and testing, updated 19 January 2021. The Department for Health and Social Care have published guidance on a new, ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, updated on 19 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2. You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents. This funding closed on 31 March 2021.</description>
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  2902.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2907.      <title>Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19</title>
  2908.      <description>This page provides links to the latest information which helps homecare providers provide services during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as is the advice which is available. Please return to this page regularly, from the link and check you are using the latest update of the guidance concerned. Government's guidance for the general public Government's guidance for social care providers Advice for homecare providers Advice for councils on funding and market stability Other Government advice and support for businesses, including furlough scheme Information for family carers and informal carers Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak Looking back - Coronavirus resources and analysis  Looking forward - Coronavirus resources and analysis Insurance advice from Towergate The general response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been co-ordinated across the UK, with the governments of the devolved nations working closely with the UK Government. As health and social care are responsibilities devolved to the respective governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, some guidance is individual to, or presented differently, by the nation concerned. Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Keep up to date with COVID-19 developments: - Bookmark this webpage - Read UKHCA's email alerts for members - ask to receive email alerts Send us your contact details, organisation and membership number. - Attend UKHCA's fast-paced webinar briefings for members - look out for our email invitations - Follow our social media channels: Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn   Not a member? If you are a regulated homecare provider, find out how to join UKHCA If you are a commercial supplier to homecare organisations, find out how to join UKHCA</description>
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  2910.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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