Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.
Care Cert for home care agency
As agency providing home care and ad-hoc staff support to care homes, what is the expected criteria we have to meet in line with the care certificate? What measures can we use to assess staff competency? While assessing for competency in people’s homes could be achievable, how do we assess the competency of workers sent to support care homes considering the how busy the home could be and confidentiality and dignity of the service users. – Elizabeth
Administering medication in a nursing home
What qualifications are needed to administrate medication in a nursing home, does it have to be a registered nurse? – Susan
2016 Cap on Care Costs
I am a Home Care Provider of Social Care. I read on the Community Care website that the way that care is funded is set to change in 2016. Will this affect me? – Rita
I applied for a DoLS authorisation for 6 people living in this care home two months ago. Although I have contacted the Local Authority officer about the applications they have still not been dealt with. I am getting anxious now because I am sure I will be inspected soon by CQC and I don’t know what will happen if I don’t have the authorisation in place. – Mark
Dementia and DoLS
I have a care home registered to care for people with dementia. I have just had an inspection and the inspector told me that I must look very carefully at whether or not I need to apply for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) authorisation for all of the people I care for. Is this right? – Ellie
Loads of reading done on the new care act. Is there anything out there – in short version, easy read? A few service users have been asking me for copies.
Looking forward in hearing from you.
I’ve been hearing some buzz about the new Care Certificate, but my team doesn’t know much about it. What is it and do you have any tips for how to incorporate this new requirement?
Acceptable registration as a Registered Manager…
I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree (2:1) in Youth and Community Work and wanted to ask if this would be acceptable for registration as a Registered Manager of a Health and Care Agency which I intend to register. I have undertaken a management module as part of my degree programme. I have worked in intermediate management level over 5 years.
Continual rotation of staff …
Is continual rotation of staff (staff moves every 6 months) in care homes good practice? – Georgina
Respite care for wife
My wife is 75 and has MS. Because of the severity of her condition she receives NHS continuing healthcare at home.
I am her principal carer 24/7, with visits from numerous agencies. On inquiry I have arranged in principle for a week’s respite care in a nursing home later this year, and also a weekly break for part of the year.
Is there are written information about this anywhere? It seems odd that I have to ask in order to find this out. Should not someone have told me? What about the people who do not ask?
All the usual carers’ agencies deny knowledge of any written material.
I’d be glad of your comments.