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Belfast Communique

#careaboutcare

The Five Nations Care Forum, which comprises representative bodies from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England and the Irish Republic, came together in Belfast to share experiences, and improve the status and recognition of care services.

The forum discussed a range of issues that have significant impacts on the care sector, including, regulation, funding, and the potential impacts of Brexit. These discussions clearly showed there was a commonality of challenges, but also a unity of purpose in confronting them.

The event acknowledged that care services in all countries are under significant pressure, but there was a shared commitment to ensuring that there was better understanding of the role care plays in the lives of all our citizens, and the enormous contribution it makes to both local, and national economies.

Throughout the meeting, there was a strong sense that we must all coalesce to ensure a better understanding of the importance of the care sector; and a hope, that citizens, politicians and the media, will increasingly come to see that social care needs to be regarded as an essential part of the national infrastructure.

The Five Nations Forum has embraced the strapline “Care about Care” and we hope that every citizen and institution will do the same.

#careaboutcare

May 13th, 2019|
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    Failure to recognise impact of Brexit on social care presents real risks for our most vulnerable citizens

Failure to recognise impact of Brexit on social care presents real risks for our most vulnerable citizens

Leaders of care provider associations across the UK have come together to express serious concerns about the implications of Brexit on the social care sector in terms of availability of staff and equipment.

The social care sector is heavily reliant on a workforce from across the EU. On any given day over 100,000 staff from across the EU are working tirelessly to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable citizens. Their contribution is vital and valued by those accessing care and support from them. It is currently difficult to recruit sufficient workers to undertake this important but challenging role and we can already see the prospect of immigration rules post-Brexit making it worse.

Care workers are carrying out complex tasks: delivering end of life care, supporting people with advanced dementia and neurological conditions, and working with people with complex mental and physical health needs. The failure to recognise the contribution of this workforce to society as a whole will leave some of the most vulnerable people unable to be discharged from our already overstretched hospitals. The current categorisation of social care staff as “low skilled workers” by the Migration Advisory Committee doesn’t recognise the level of expertise demonstrated by frontline staff 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

We are also concerned about the availability of key resources. For example no continence products are made in the UK and future access arrangements to drugs and radioactive isotopes are unclear. Health and social care providers need guaranteed access to these products to be able to deliver safe, quality, individualised care to some of our most vulnerable citizens.

The government must recognise the interdependencies between the EU and the UK social care sector in ensuring continued access to the […]

October 19th, 2018|

Next meeting October 2018 in Wales

The next meeting of the Five Nations Care Forum will take place Thursday 18th – Friday 19th 2018 October. It will be hosted by Care Forum Wales and will take place in Cardiff, Wales. Further detail will follow.

August 15th, 2018|

Next meeting in England in May 2018

The next meeting of the Five Nations Care Forum will take place Monday 20th to Tuesday 21st May 2018. It will be hosted by Care England and will take place at Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Matching Road, Hatfield Health, Essex, CM22 7AS. Click for further detail.

Five Nations Care Forum Members seeking further detail or to confirm their attendance are asked to email Antonella at acorby@careengland.org.uk.

March 21st, 2018|

Next meeting in Ireland in October

The next meeting of the Five Nations Care Forum will take place Monday 16th  to Tuesday 17th October 2017. It will be hosted  by Nursing Homes Ireland and will take place at Dunboyne Castle, Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland.

The venue Eircode is A86 KW94.

Five Nations Care Forum Members can email ea@nhi.ie for further detail.  

July 10th, 2017|
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    Five Nations Care Forum Edinburgh Statement: Severe Underfunding

Five Nations Care Forum Edinburgh Statement: Severe Underfunding

Following a meeting in Scotland, the Five Nations Care Forum is calling for remedial action to the severe underfunding of the social care sector.

People are living longer, often with more complex needs, and demand for care is increasing all the time.

At the same time, the funding of social care across the five nations remains wholly inadequate.  This has resulted in serious constraints on the delivery of social care services to individuals who need state support.

We know that these people want reliable, sustainable services, delivered consistently by people known to them who understand their needs, preferences and aspirations.  The current funding shortage has a number of negative impacts:

State funded support being delivered too little, too late, meaning that opportunities are missed to support people in a way that anticipates their current and future care needs and prevents them receiving inappropriate support
People being admitted to hospital unnecessarily and remaining there too long, resulting in negative impacts on individuals’ health and wellbeing, delays for those who do require hospital support and additional costs being incurred by health services
Staff shortages resulting from low salaries and poor terms and conditions
Providers of social care withdrawing from the market, causing changes in or complete removal of support to individuals who require it
More individuals and their families having to bear the cost burdens and physical, emotional and time outlays of providing care, which will stack up problems for the future.

This is not acceptable for a civilised society – it does not adequately support people’s rights and interests, and undermines the dignity, value and worth of people who need care and support.

Social care is a sector of national strategic importance; being a major employer, providing essential support to […]

March 28th, 2017|

Next meeting Scotland

The next Five Nations Care Forum meeting will take place on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th 28th March 2017 at Norton House Hotel & Spa, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8LX.

It will be hosted by Scottish Care

For information contact; Becca Gatherum, Scottish Care

Email: becca.gatherum@scottishcare.org

March 9th, 2017|
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    Five Nations Care Forum calls for a new look at the role of nursing staff in adult social care

Five Nations Care Forum calls for a new look at the role of nursing staff in adult social care

Developing a new role for 21st century care
The general policy direction of ensuring more people are cared for out of hospital, combined with the growing number of older people with complex care and support needs, means we need to review how we support these people appropriately, whether at home or in care settings. There are difficulties in both recruiting and retaining nurses in adult social care, resulting in high rates of turnover compared with turn over levels in health care settings. The age profile of the nurse workforce in the  adult social care sector is also ageing meaning nurses retiring in the coming years will add to the turnover figures of registered nurses in social care.

The Five Nations Care Forum wants to see –

Positive messages on, and the development of, career opportunities in the adult social care sector including the consideration of new roles to respond to the increasing complexity of people in care services.
A recognition of the work done by nurses in this sector and the importance of them in supporting people to live good lives in their local communities
Funding for social care that allows parity of pay and terms and conditions for nurses working in Adult Social Care as work in the health sector
Increased nurse student places with an emphasis on placements within the independent  Adults Social Care sector
The continuation of nurses on the Migration Advisory Committee Shortage Occupation List (SOL) with the nurse in social care designated as a specific role.
Recognition of the increasing need for a skilled workforce, and a review of the application of the language test for international nurse recruitment.

October 21st, 2016|

Next meeting Belfast

Next Five Nations Care Forum meeting will be hosted by IHCP (Independent Health & Care Providers)

Date: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October 2016

Venue: Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3LP

Dinner: Monday 3rd October at Parliament Buildings, Stormont

August 19th, 2016|

Next meeting London

Next Five Nations Care Forum will be hosted by the UKHCA and will take place in England in October.

Date:           Monday, 5th and Tuesday, 6th October

Venue:        Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick, Copthorne Way, Copthorne, Gatwick, Sussex, RH10 3PG, England.

 

August 27th, 2015|