Learning from Winterbourne View -
Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board
The events at Winterbourne View, as shown on the BBC Panorama programme, horrified all reasonable people. That vulnerable people should be treated so appallingly despite high levels of public money being spent, has raised public anxiety about what happens in all sorts of care settings, whether for elderly people, people who are mentally unwell or people who have a disability of some kind. Fortunately, the majority of care settings, whether hospitals or care homes, provide good quality care. The events at Winterbourne View have highlighted the importance of well co-ordinated efforts by all involved to ensure that good quality is maintained. It has also focused attention on the need for effective ways of identifying and addressing concerns in services. Click here to access the full report.
Care Awards 2013 -
Nomination packs available now....
Please click on links below to access all the documentation needed to nominate for the 2013 Care Awards:
Care Award Categories
Terms and Conditions
Or alternatively, please ring Care Focus if you would like us to post you a paper copy. 01823 461876
CLOSING DATE: 15th May 2013
Workforce Development Funding 2013/2014
Care Focus are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Workforce Development Contract for 2013/14. Please see our funding page for the 2013/14 guidance and application forms.
If you have any queries or need support please do not hesitate to contact either Shirley or Denise at Care Focus 01823 461 876.
Care Focus revised Cancellation/
Non-attendance policy 2013
Please click here to view our revised 2013 Policy. All training courses and event will also require a signed commitment statement. These will be course specific and sent out when training courses or events are advertised.
Somerset OPH Leaflet
This booklet was commissioned by Somerset NHS - it’s about making the most of your life as you get older and knowing where to find information if you need further support. All Somerset residents should enjoy later life to the full and age should not be a barrier to this. Click here to access the leaflet
Care Awards 2012 - The Results
Celebrating Outstanding Performance - To view the 2012 results please click here.
If you have any questions, please call on 01823 461876
The Whistleblowing Helpline is an independent, confidential, free phone service for staff and organisations working within the NHS and social care sector.It is provided by Mencap and commissioned by the Department of Health.
Click here to access website for further information.
Somerset County Council
Market Position Statement - July 2012
Please click here to view
Meeting Room available for hire
Care Focus has a meeting room available to hire for 12 people boardroom style or 25 people theatre style. With ample free parking and easy access to the M5 and the A38 our suite is available for half day hire at a cost of £70 or full day hire for £120. (Discounts offered to Care Focus Partners and for block bookings)
Contact us for further details and a booking form.
Click here for room brochure, price list and booking form.
Keeping Safe in Your Own Home Brochure
We were delighted to secure a regional contract through the Joint Improvement Partnership and ADASS to produce a short guide for individuals purchasing their own care or support. Working with colleagues from Age UK, Compass Disability, Carers UK, Way Ahead Care and Skills for Care we were able to consult with a wide range of individuals including those in receipt of services, family members, carers and care and support workers. Revised 2013 copy on link below.
Please click here to open a copy of the brochure.
Click here to view the latest E-update . This newsletter gets sent via email at the beginning of each month. If you would like to receive the attachments which go with this, or would like to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please contact us here.
2011 Care Awards Focus Special can be viewed by clicking here.
Winter 2011 Focus newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
Summer 2012 Focus newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
2012 Care Awards Focus Special can be viewed by clicking here.
Do you understand the benefits of having an apprentice? Do you already employ apprentices? Would you like further information? Did you know existing staff can undertake an apprenticeship as an enhanced route of training? With significant government investment planned for apprenticeships over the next few years, apprenticeships are great training option. Contact us to find out more.
could you care?
Social care careers
Six people chat about their roles as social care workers. They all have different roles in the caring profession and discuss what motivates them and the value of a rewarding career. Can you relate to what they have to say or want a career in social care?