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Immigration skills charge will impact health care funding for many years
August 2017 | Immigration skills charge will impact health care funding for many years
ON April 6 a new immigration skills charge came into force which is taking 'desperately needed money' from the health service for years to come due to the service's continuing reliance on foreign staff. 
The government introduced the skills charge to incentivise the recruitment and training of British workers.  
The immigration skills charge will apply to health care employers that employ non-EEA migrants in the care sector, under a Certificate of Sponsorship for a Tier 2 visa. Employers will have to pay a £1,000 annual charge for skilled workers who are applying for a Tier 2 visa outside the UK, inside the UK to switch to Tier 2 from another visa or inside the UK to extend an existing Tier 2 visa.  
As such, sponsoring a migrant under Tier 2 for three years will attract an additional £3,000.  
Smaller businesses and charities will pay a reduced charge of £364 per employee a year.  
The charge is on top of the fees already in place, which include home office fees for the Tier 2 and the certificate of sponsorship. These home office fees do not include fees for dependants, which would substantially increase costs.  
Following the acute shortage of care workers coupled with an aging population, the UK care industry continues to rely heavily on skilled migrant workers from outside of the EEA.  
Many care homes sponsor skilled migrant workers as it saves the time and cost of training unskilled resident workers.  
However, with the introduction of the immigration skills charge care providers may have to reconsider their approach. It is clear that this will have a significant financial impact on the care industry, and particularly on smaller care providers.  
A major criticism of the introduction of the immigration skills charge is that the existing resident labour market test already ensures that there are no suitable resident workers.  
It is clear that by introducing the immigration skills charge the government is intentionally seeking to out-price a growing number of health care employers from the migrant labour market, limiting their recruitment options.  
The increase in the National Living Wage on April 1 2017 has already place the care industry under significant financial strain. Leading providers of care in the UK raised concerns at this point about the impact the increase may have, and estimated it will 'cost care homes an extra £1bn by 2020'.  
There are serious concerns that without extra funding the sector will be at risk of collapse. Under the circumstances, the introduction of the immigration skills charge will undoubtedly place the sector under further strain. 
It is important to nurture a more competitive, upskilled domestic labour market, as it is critical for the future economic sustainability and success of the UK.  
However, the commercial reality remains that health care employers need to hire workers with the appropriate skills and at a commercially viable cost level. 
Some health care employers faced with mounting costs of migrant sponsorship are reviewing their recruitment strategies, including exploring alternative immigration options. 
n Kashif Majeed is a director at Aston Brooke Solicitors.
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Compliance is easy with Required Systems From only £49.00 per month.
August 2017 | Compliance is easy with Required Systems From only £49.00 per month.
Required Systems has been providing Quality Management Systems and Audit tools for the Care Sector in England, Scotland and Wales for twenty years. 
Over that time there have been many changes to the legislation and the introduction of computers and software to manage the ever increasing requirements to record the implementation of care and delivery of medication. 
The choice in the market continues to grow with ever more comprehensive systems being offered that purport to do everything from Rotas, Salaries, Time Sheets etc. in effect offering a very broad spectrum.  
It is often the case that Care Providers only cherry pic parts of the system through time constraints and available trained staff to implement the numerous elements. 
The two key areas that CQC consistently find that Care Providers do not achieve compliance are the failure to keep comprehensive and accurate Records and the ability to demonstrate through Audit Tools that they do so and Drug Administration. 
At Required Systems, our new cloud based Document Management System provides a comprehensive set of Policies, Procedures and Forms. These are available for Care Homes and Domiciliary providers with English and Scottish versions. 
These can be used on tablets, I pads, desk tops and mobile phones. You can print off copies, amended, personalised and are automatically updated with the previous version archived and easily accessible when needed 
The New Document Management System also allows you to choose any one of the five Kloes and it immediately lists the policies/procedures you need to show an Inspector that you are compliant, supported with our Audit Tools you can demonstrate that you have adopted the system and are making full use of it. 
Our New Document Management System as it is Cloud based and can be used in conjunction with your existing system that does not have an up to date system to accurately record and provide an Audit trail of Quality Care. 
There is a demo video of the system at: and you can open the system, view the content and functionality for FREE. 
Contact; Tel; 01236 782477.
A third of employees taking on extra training with a focus on compliance eLearning
August 2017 | A third of employees taking on extra training with a focus on compliance eLearning
A third of employees taking on extra training with a focus on compliance eLearning 
25% of course completions in data protection compliance ahead of the GDPR 2018 huge boost in online training courses for UK employees has also seen a spike in legal compliance training over the past year, with Data Protection and Information Security accounting for over 25% of course completions. Cheaper costs and work-friendly learning management systems also mean that this increase in workplace training favours online learning packages which could spell a significant decline in face-to-face and blended upskilling courses in the UK.Research recently released from Groupon reveals that businesses are actively upskilling staff at an impressive rate, with a third of employees in the UK taking measures to upskill through extra training and qualifications. Engage in Learning Account Director, Mark Edmonds, says, "Amidst this growth, legal compliance modules with Data Protection and Information Security account for over 25% of course completions in the last year. Reducing risk of non-compliance and the resulting penalties and loss of reputation is at the top of any company's agenda, particularly with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in April 2018". For many employees and employers, the costs and time-consuming nature of more traditional face-to-face and blended learning approaches to staff training have been the main barriers to staff development, a difficulty when there are legal shifts that affect most businesses in the UK: 
Around 61% believe that learning new skills through face-to-face and blended learning courses is too expensive for the average person, the financial strain of which can be unavoidable during times of legal shift and compliance changes.This has led to an increase in training managers saying that they are more likely than ever to consider automated online training courses which are significantly cheaper, particularly when purchased in bulk. Most online training and upskill courses now come with a bite-size learning function built in, allowing learners to study at their own speed and for short periods of time, which reduces time spent away from tasks and makes it easier for employees to integrate training into their working day. This flexible online approach means that staff training and compliance preparedness can take place cost-effectively and can be completed during work hours in bite-sized chunks, at their own pace and with reduced disruption to productivity. Engage in Learning is a UK based supplier of automated, multilingual, bespoke eLearning solutions helping small businesses, local government and multi-national companies to improve safety, compliance and staff performance. Website: 
James Morelli-Green  
Engage in Learning 
0845 4560465
Care homes counting the cost of energy bills
August 2017 | Care homes counting the cost of energy bills
By Rachel Adamson 
MEDIA coverage of the decision in the Budget to devote extra funding to tackle the dire state of finances in the UK's care home industry generally overlooked one of the big causes of the squeeze. 
The Chancellor's decision to pledge £2bn extra into social care over the next three years comes after warnings by the Care Quality Commission last year that services for the elderly had reached a 'tipping point'. 
Care homes are suffering from huge pressure on their finances. Figures released by the Insolvency Service late in 2016 showed that a total of 380 care home businesses had been declared insolvent since 2010. 
The cash crisis has been blamed on councils paying less towards fees for residents, and rising costs, particularly staffing overheads. 
Care homes also face paying for administration and regulation. Providers are dedicating increasing time and resources to the maintaining of standards and accreditation for the various regulatory bodies - often at the expense of front-line care, and often involving copious amounts of reporting and so-called 'red tape'. 
The high cost of gas and electricity has largely been overlooked. Soaring energy costs are a big factor and they could be helping put the health, safety and well-being of residents at some of the nation's 20,000 care homes at risk. 
There is an intense and almost round-the-clock demand for energy and water at care homes, which are open 24/7. 
While some estimates say energy bills at care homes went up by 151 per cent from 2004-2012, others say energy costs have risen by 40 percent in three years. Whatever the precise figure, there is unanimity that prices have increased substantially. 
And this is only the beginning. Energy experts predict that fuel bills will double in the next 10 years. 
Added to that mix is an increasing pressure due to legislative demands. Energy Performance Certificates come into effect in 2018 meaning care home operators must ensure their buildings comply with the minimum standard, or it will be considered unlawful to offer residence within their property.  
It wouldn't be surprising if there was speculation that this background of intense financial pressure was having an impact on standards of care provided in care homes. 
According to a Parliamentary answer published in December last year, 11,000 care home residents a year are not being properly fed or are being left without food and drink. 
It also said that around 312 homes had been found to be in breach of basic standards to ensure vulnerable residents are not left hungry or dehydrated. 
In 2015, the Care Quality Commission found that a third of care homes required improvement and seven per cent were inadequate. 
While the vast majority of workers in care homes work hard to maintain good standards for residents their jobs are being made harder by cash pressures of which rising energy bills are a growing component. 
Rachel Adamson is head of regulatory law at Stephensons.
New manager appointed at Bridgwater home
August 2017 | New manager appointed at Bridgwater home
PAULA Howlett has been appointed as the new manager of Avalon Nursing Home in Bridgwater, which is part of the West Country-based Camelot Care group of specialist dementia care homes. 
She was previously the registered manager at a home in Burnham, where her expertise had been swiftly recognised by promotion from carer to manager after only six months. 
Having originally trained as a psychiatric nurse, Paula has been working in mental health care for 20 years, firstly with the NHS - including experience in hospital dementia units and as a community psychiatric nurse - then moving to the private sector in 2009.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
August 2017 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
August 2017 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
August 2017 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
August 2017 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
August 2017 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
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19/09/2017 | National Care Association Regional Business Clinic, Birmingham, Lapal House
04/10/2017 | Caring UK Conference, Torquay, Riviera International Centre
05/10/2017 | Caring UK Conference, Bristol, Bristol Zoo Gardens
10/10/2017 | Care and Dementia Show, NEC
15/11/2017 | Diabetes Professional Care, Olympia