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The Tizard Centre, an eminent research centre within The University of Kent, is carrying out research on how the learning disabled or their family carers choose their services and how the services offered are identified. (Rescare is aware that many of its members, as family carers, during ‘transition planning’ and at other times, will have sought what they consider the best and most suitable sevices for the person they care for; and that the real issue is often the paucity of service choice offered.) Continue reading
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced two consultations ‘on its guidance to help services meet new regulations’. These stem from recent legislative changes, notably the Care Act 2014, and a commitment of the new regime at the CQC to reform and self-improvement, following revelations of previous failings.
The CQC’s webpage on the consultation explains:
The following email notification was sent to Rescare via The Department for Work and Pensions from the WCA Independent Review Team. The implementation of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) has been subject to regular reviews. The 5th such review is now underway, led by Dr Paul Litchfield. (You may find the review process being referred to as “Litchfield”).
This 5th review is of special interest to Rescare because it specifically focuses on ‘mental health and learning difficulties’. Please give evidence, if you have had relevant experience of the WCA in action. Continue reading
A Parliamentary Inquiry into childcare for disabled children has just been launched wby Robert Buckland MP and Pat Glass MP. The charities EDCM, the Family and Childcare Trust, Contact A Family and Working Families are supporting the inquiry.
The inquiry aims to gather evidence on how to improve the affordability, quality, availability and access of childcare for disabled children and use this evidence to develop recommendations for Government.
The consultation will remain open until 9 June 2014, 12pm. Continue reading
The Dept. of Health has just announced a major consultation on the introduction of the Statutory Duty of Candour. This is a significant proposal, as the DoH’s overview explains:
“This consultation sets out a proposed addition to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) registration requirements in order to introduce a statutory Duty of Candour on all providers registered with the CQC.”
The introduction of a statutory Duty of Candour is a major step towards implementing a key recommendation from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (the Francis Inquiry). The Duty of Candour will place a requirement on providers of health and adult social care to be open with patients when things go wrong. Providers should establish the duty throughout their organisations, ensuring that honesty and transparency are the norm in every organisation overseen by the CQC. Continue reading
The leading think-tank Demos announced last year that it would be considering the future of residential care via a special Commission to chaired by former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP. The Commission was to be assigned the aim of developing a vision of residential care ‘that is fit for the 21st century’.
The Demos Commission on Residential Care (CORC) which is now ‘up and running’ and has just issued a call for evidence about the future direction of the care home sector – click here to download the details of the call. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st May 2014. We would encourage Rescare members and family carers generally, with experience of residential provision, to submit evidence. Continue reading
A group of Surrey-based parents are petitioning all three main party leaders, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband, to stop the cutting of benefits for disabled and vulnerable adults in society.
The group has started the petition,entitled “Stop the False Economy of Cutting Benefits for Disabled and Vulnerable Adults. Ring Fence Long Term Funding for Their Support.” because of concerns that their disabled (adult) children’s funding comes entirely from benefits and social services. Continue reading
Resnews No.4 2013 was accompanied by the following ‘insert’: Letter to members Dec 2013
Dear Members, You may be aware that Residential Care in Intentional Village Communities is under extreme threat. We suggest that our members and other concerned individuals write a letter to or email their MPs and relevant Ministers of State, reminding them of the misinterpretation of government policy by both Local Authorities and some charities, and the financial incentive, which favours Supported Living over Residential Care. For your convenience a template letter is overleaf. Continue reading
Manchester University intends to discontinue its Learning Disability Studies (LDS) course as of next academic year.
This decision has prompted criticism and protests within and outside the university.The full story of the closure is available here in an article in the mancunianmatters online news service; and several critical observations on Twitter https://twitter.com/SaveLDS_UoM , from people across the ‘learning disability sector’. Continue reading