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ACCOLADES AWARDS OPEN FOR GREAT INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS Skills for Care logo.png

If you employ your own personal assistants and are committed to their learning and development, enter Skills for Care’s Accolades and get recognised for the great work you do.

If you work with individual employers who are doing a great job, nominate them for the Accolades 2019 or encourage them to enter themselves.

The ‘Best individual who employs their own care and support staff’ category recognises the achievements of individual employers who effectively recruit, manage and train their personal assistants (PAs) so that they can live the life that they want.

Entering these awards is a great way to recognise and celebrate the hard work you and your PAs do every day. And if you get through to the final stage, you will be invited to our celebration event with your PAs – which can really boost their morale and confidence. 

Find out more and enter at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Accolades. Entries close on Friday 07 September 2018 at 5pm.

 

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The Partner2Care team have exceeded their target to raise £346.00 for a great cause, Marie Curie. Marie Curie are a charitable organisation offering expert care, guidance and support to people living with a terminal illness.

The challenge involved each team member walking 10,000 steps every day of March 2018. 

This often involved braving some challenging weather!..

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The first national Personal Health Budget (PHB) experience survey from NHS England will be available to complete until 30th April 2018. It has been introduced to improve how PHBs are offered in England. We'd love to hear your experiences. Please click here to take part.

 

VISIT FROM JUDITH BROWN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NSCP

Last week we welcomed a service visit from Judith Brown, Chief Executive, North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP).

Judith reflected "Thank you to the Partner2Care team for a really inspirational Board Service visit yesterday.

Great to meet all the team and to get a far more detailed understanding of all that you do and the opportunities going forward. Delighted that mobile working is becoming a reality and to hear about how you work with our commissioners. 

Special thank you to Julia Counsell for taking me to visit Matthew and his wonderful family. The benefits to this family of a PHB and their own personal assistants is phenomenal and I could really see P2C in action. I was also delighted to see and hear about how we are working with children and young people in addition to the adult population."

 

NEW PARTNER2CARE PAYROLL SERVICE 

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Article from Autumn editon of Pulse

As part of their service Partner2Care (P2C) help to recruit Personal Assistants (PAs) for patients looking to employ their own support staff, allowing them more choice, control and flexibility over their care.

Previously the payroll aspect of the recruitment process was subcontracted but since the beginning of July 2017, Partner2Care have become a payroll provider.

The team have recently appointed a new Payroll Officer, Louis Roberts. Louis’ role consists of liaising with NSCP’s Finance Team to ensure monthly payments are made to employees and HMRC. His role also includes setting up new Personal Health Budget (PHB) holders as employers with HMRC, processing PA timesheets, issuing payslips and calculating HMRC contributions.

Patients will benefit from continuity of using one service for all aspects of the employment and recruitment process. This has already helped alleviate any confusion and worry over who employers and employees need to contact if they have any queries or issues.

Partner2Care’s new payroll service provides a more streamlined process for patients and going forward aims to make many improvements to the service previously provided.

The team are delighted to welcome Louis and are looking forward to continuing to provide this new service to patients.

 

Personal health budgets: how can healthcare professionals empower patients?

The personalisation agenda is at the centre of modern healthcare delivery, but healthcare staff need to ensure it is being undertaken effectively.

Since October 2014, people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC), as well as young people and children eligible for continuing care, have had the right to have a personal health budget.

Personal Health Budgets enable patients to manage their own budgets, employ their own staff, build their own support systems from family and friends, volunteers and traditional care providers, and develop a health and wellbeing care plan with the support of healthcare professionals and that of the clinical commissioning groups which is meaningful and bespoke to them.

The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16, published in December 2014, called for a major expansion in giving patients more direct control over their own health care and in the offer and delivery of personal health budgets where evidence indicates they could benefit.

It is clear that the personalisation agenda is at the centre of modern healthcare delivery but how do we ensure it is being undertaken effectively?

Jane Towler, commissioner for Continuing Healthcare, north Somerset clinical commissioning group says: “Commissioning in personal health budgets opens the door for us to loosen our paternalistic approach to providing services and open up the platform for individuals to be in the driving seat as the creators and shapers of the services they want to receive and benefit from, to become responsible participants not just receivers of services provided.”

But, what is being done to ensure the right support is given to patients with personal health budgets? Do you have the skills to undertake care planning and outcome goal setting in personal health budgets? The National Skills Academy for Health has partnered with Partner2Care and Skills for Health to develop a short video highlighting key considerations for healthcare professionals supporting patients with personal health budgets.

For more information or to develop your knowledge further with our personal health budgets elearning programme, visit personal health budgets.

This content is produced and paid for by Skills for Health, sponsor of the Guardian Healthcare Professionals Network’s workforce development hub


Alliance Homes Group to set up new training care 'Academy'

In a bid to attract and promote a career as a carer, Alliance Homes has teamed up with Weston College and North Somerset Council to develop the Care Academy. 

The move comes a year after the social housing provider launched its care business – Alliance Living Care, which currently provides around 1,300 hours of care per week across North Somerset. 

The Academy is due to launch at the end of September and will provide a 3 week training programme at the end of which participants can gain a recognised care qualification. Successful completion of the course, guarantees an interview with Alliance Living Care and a pathway to a career as a carer. Taking up a job offer will mean competitive pay with guaranteed hours along with professional development for those who want to progress within the sector. 

Steve Chinn, Managing Director, Alliance Living said that the decision to set up the Academy was in response to a general shortage of carers and a desire to help people into employment. 

“We hope that the Academy will help us to attract much needed staff to join the existing team of 75. We plan to promote it initially through local job centres and westonworks and are working on plans to ensure that all target groups are aware of the opportunities. We currently employ carers from all walks of life and our campaign will centre on this. 

We recognise that there are a number of barriers that prevent people becoming a career and by providing the right training, a supportive environment and competitive pay we are hoping to attract the right people.” 

To find out more about joining the Care Academy call 03000 121 447.

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