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‘Implementing the Care Act: the story so far…’
IPC Partnership members attended a conference in November which considered the Care Act. Delegates had a valuable opportunity to share practical examples of how their organisations are implementing the Care Act and dealing with the challenges they face.
The event included guest speakers Stephen Airey, Policy Manager at the Department of Health and David Pearson, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. Stephen Airey discussed the topic of building and maintaining effective relationships between local authorities and the market, while David Pearson reflected on his personal experience of implementing the Care Act.
The conference also heard from Tristram Gardner and John Woods of Surrey County Council, who shared their learning on the piloting of four models to boost social care assessment capacity under the Care Act.
The event welcomed representatives from 13 Partner organisations working across health and social care, including colleagues from new members Southwark and Haringey.
More information about the highly successful Partnership programme for local authorities and health organisations can be found here.
IPC supported the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in developing new materials aimed at commissioners working to implement the Care Act 2015. The Care Act gives commissioners new duties to provide advocacy under the Care Act 2014.
The new resource will help commissioning officers in local authorities think through their new duties and understand what they are required to do to comply with the new requirements of the Act.
All the resources are available on the SCIE website.
IPC has developed the suite of learning materials published by Skills for Care today, which will help you implement the Care Act. The Act is set to transform care provision, and introduces a number of new duties for local authorities in particular, from April 2015.
The learning materials summarise and explain the statutory guidance and how it will impact on local authorities, care providers and service users. They include presentations, videos, case studies and workbooks to help facilitators design a learning programme for local audiences. The materials are free to download from the Skills for Care website.
How IPC can help you
We can help you analyse your staff’s learning needs in relation to the Care Act as well as design and/or deliver learning programmes tailored to the needs of your organisation. We can also help you to get the best out of the new materials by training your trainers.
In addition to providing learning and development support, we are currently working with a number of authorities and regions, helping them to redesign their systems and processes in preparation for April 2015.
We continue to support local authorities and providers to respond to the market shaping requirements of the Act. You can download the materials from the Department of Health funded DCMQC programme from our website.
IPC has been approved by the Department for Education as an evaluation partner for Innovation Programme Sites across England. The sites will explore new ways to deliver social work-led packages of support to children, young people and families with support from Government.
IPC's role will be to support the sites to undertake successful evaluation of the innovations they introduce, such as those looking to safely prevent young people needing to come into care or developing new ways of working with younger children and families.
The online social care magazine Community Care has published an article on the report prepared by IPC for the Care Quality Commission which discusses the older people’s care home market in England. The report considers the fragility of the market and notes that another collapse of a major provider cannot be ruled out. It identifies a number of conditions which could lead to another major provider failure similar to Southern Cross in 2011.
The report was commissioned to inform the CQC’s preparation for its new role of market oversight over the social care sector in England, from April 2015. This is intended to help prevent a market destabilising failure by enabling the CQC to monitor the financial position of large or specialist providers.
IPC works with national and local government, charities, third sector agencies and care organisations including CQC across Britain, helping to inform, advise and set the agenda for improving care planning and delivery.
In the wake of the collapse of Southern Cross and following the development of the Market Oversight regime in the Care Act, CQC has published a significant report, produced by IPC in the spring of 2014, reviewing the state of the Care Market in England. IPC found that:
- The older persons' care market continues to be fragile.
- The more internationally diverse the ownership model of care providers, the more difficult it is to gain clarity about their overarching financial position.
- Debt, and the management of debt, is a critical issue for some providers.
- Recruiting a trained and well paid workforce is likely to be a major issue for the future.
- A series of factors in the next few years may persuade some smaller care home providers to cash in their assets and leave the market.
Overall, the greatest risk of failure is likely to be amongst larger care home provider who do not own the properties in which they operate, and where they have a concentration of homes in a limited number of authorities in less affluent areas.
The report contains a number of recommendations and suggestions for how CQC implements its market oversight role. A full copy of the report is available here.
IPC has supported the Welsh Government in developing new national eligibility criteria for social care. IPC helped to draft the new guidance and offered group facilitation during the development process.
The new eligibility criteria will ensure that people receive social care when they cannot meet their own well-being needs without a care and support plan. This replaces the current system which only supports those who cross a specific threshold based on definitions of need, from low to critical. The new model will base decisions on a discussion about 'what matters', what the person wants to be able to achieve in life and whether they need managed care and support to achieve this. There will be a focus on prevention, transparency, and building on people’s strengths to enable them to exercise control over their lives, while recognising that some people will need care and support managed for them.
Calderdale Council has appointed Professor Andrew Kerslake as the Independent Chair of the People’s Commission on Health and Social Care. The new commission will give residents of Calderdale the chance to comment on and help shape health and social care services for the area.
The People’s Commission will have an evidence gathering panel which will include representatives from the Council’s three main political parties, as well as Calderdale Healthwatch. The Commission will hold meetings across Calderdale to listen to the views of Calderdale residents. It is expected to make recommendations about the future of health and social care services to Calderdale Council and the CCG in Autumn 2014.
Andrew Kerslake is an Associate Director of the Institute of Public Care and an Emeritus Professor at Oxford Brookes University.
New courses offering support and training in commissioning for adults' and children's services in England have been been announced. The popular courses will begin in October, November and February in Birmingham, London and Bath. The commissioning courses are run regularly around the country and offer a focused introduction to this topic. Full details of all the new courses can be found here.
IPC has published a new book on commissioning in health and social care, offering a clear, straightforward guide for those involved across the public sector. The new guide uses the popular IPC commissioning cycle, considering the four stages - analyse, plan, do, review - with a mix of theory and practical tools. The book, written by a number of IPC consultants, covers a range of areas and reflects the evidence-based approach to commissioning adopted by IPC in its consultancy and research work. The guide draws on legislation, research and regulation to support the analysis and will prove invaluable to commissioners working across all sectors of health and social care.
More details about the new guide can be found here.