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CPA responds to the Adult Social Care Winter Plan§

18 September 2020

CPA welcomes the government’s promise of extra funding as part of the Infection Control Fund and the announcement of the new Adult Social Care Winter Plan. Kathy Roberts, CPA chair, says:

“The Care Provider Alliance has been working closely with the Minster of State (Minister for Care) Helen Whately, MP and senior policy officials at the Department of Health and Social Care on the core elements of the Winter Plan. As an Alliance we have played an important role in calling on government to provide essential PPE for free to care providers… We are also delighted by the announcement of a new Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care. During the height of the pandemic, many of our members told us of the essential need for expert clinical advice and input. Our expectation is that this role further strengthens our ability to provide more community-based longer term condition management and palliative care.”

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Kathy Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Mental Health Providers, takes over as CPA chair§

01 September 2020

The collective, national voice of adult social care providers in England, the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is delighted to welcome Kathy Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Mental Health Providers as new chair from 1 September 2020.

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Insurance market for care providers is shrinking§

19 August 2020

Our findings have revealed that the insurance market is indeed shrinking and insurers are seeking to limit their liability. There has also been evidence of significant increases in costs of insurance premiums and exclusions in cover, creating further challenges to providers.

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Care providers should encourage staff and service users to apply to EU Settlement Scheme§

24 July 2020

Most EU citizens need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to ensure they are able to continue to live, work and access funding and services in the UK after 30 June 2021. EU citizens are important to care providers both as staff and clients. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is calling on all social care organisations to ensure their staff and people who use their services are aware of the EUSS and how to apply. The CPA  has today published guidance for adult social care providers on the EUSS.

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How to get the most out of inspection: CPA response to CQC guidance§

23 July 2020

CQC has set out key principles and a shared understanding so that everyone gets the most out of inspection. Responding to the document, Lisa Lenton, Chair, Care Providers Alliance, said: "Effective relationships are based on communication and collaboration and we welcome this document that outlines the expectations for both providers and inspectors during an inspection.”

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CQC rapid review of learning from local areas response to COVID-19: CPA response§

8 July 2020

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is carrying out rapid reviews of how providers are working collaboratively in local areas. Responding to the planned reviews, Lisa Lenton, CPA chair said: “Collaboration is key and identifying more effective ways to work in partnership is very welcome to swiftly evaluate what will need to happen in the event of a second peak to support people who access care and support.” Read more

#StarsInMemory: Connected by Care – United by Loss§

23 June 2020

On 30 June 2020 a group of care organisations invites everyone who has experienced loss and bereavement in their lives to connect by making a star and placing it in their window or post on social media under the hashtag #StarsInMemory. Read more

CPA welcomes examples of care provider innovation during coronavirus§

4 June 2020

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published more than 300 examples from the front line. CPA chair, Lisa Lenton has welcomed the publication of the examples saying “this innovation starts with people”. Read more.

CPA responds to CQC data on deaths of people with a learning disability or autism§

2 June 2020

"The focus during the pandemic has been on care homes for older people …. the figures released today put in to focus that people of working age who have a disability are also very much at risk. The Government strategy has been focused on older people in care homes and the Government now needs to ensure further strategies are put in place which are inclusive to support people who access the wide range of social care services available, as a matter of urgency.” Read more

Care providers across the country get free access to leading mental health apps for insomnia and anxiety§

19 May 2020

Big Health partners with the Care Provider Alliance to bring apps Daylight and Sleepio to everyone working in adult social care in England to support their mental health during the crisis. Read more.

Increase in deaths in settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism during COVID-19 pandemic is 'totally unacceptable'§

15 May 2020

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is saddened by the figures released on 14 May by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) showing that during the period 10 April - 8 May this year, the number of deaths reported across all settings where people with a learning disability and/or autism live was 3,765 - compared to 1,370 in the same period last year. This data shows a 175% increase in deaths, which is totally unacceptable. Read more.

Call for support from CQC during pandemic§

12 May 2020

In ongoing discussions with the Care Quality Commission, the CPA has made clear our position, that more needs to be done to relieve the financial burden on care providers. The CQC has advised that if any providers are experiencing financial difficulties at this time, 'they will work constructively with individual providers to find an appropriate solution e.g. payment plan, or Direct Debit plan to support their circumstances.' Read more.

Coronavirus and finance: CPA impact§

7 May 2020

Over the last three months, the CPA has been campaigning on the key issues affecting care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. This week, we have been focused on funding and cash flow. Read more.

Shining the spotlight on social care: coronavirus and the CPA§

01 May 2020

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has been working collaboratively with the government to make sure the adult social care sector has what it needs to keep many different groups of vulnerable people safe, including older people living in care homes. This media briefing provides an update on progress and critical issues that care providers are still facing. Read more.

CPA response to mobile testing for coronavirus§

27 April 2020

The CPA welcomes the announcement that there will be a further increase in capacity, offering tests to essential workers by offering increased mobile testing. This will run alongside the static testing sites. Read more.

Coronavirus testing for care residents and workers: welcome but Government response has been ‘extremely slow’§

15 April 2020

It is welcome news the government has today announced testing for care residents, social care staff and people discharged from hospital to be tested before going into care homes. The care sector has been asking for this since day 1 of the pandemic, and the government has been extremely slow to respond to the emerging crisis. Read more.

Local government funding for adult social care services§

9 April 2020

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) today calls for urgent action by local councils following the publication of guidance to councils by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) on the funding arrangements for social care providers in England during COVID-19. Read more

Joint statement on advance care planning§

30 March 2020

It is unacceptable for advance care plans, with or without DNAR form completion to be applied to groups of people of any description. These decisions must continue to be made on an individual basis according to need. 

This is a joint statement from the British Medical Association, Care Provider Alliance, Care Quality Commission, and Royal College of General Practice. Read more

COVID-19 – Media background briefing§

26 March 2020

Social care has always been a key part of the overall world of care and health. Now, more than ever, social care has a vital and important part to play in supporting whole communities in the fight against COVID-19 and keeping many different groups of vulnerable people safe. Read more

Clap for our carers§

26 March 2020

CPA Press release

People across the UK are being encouraged to take part in the Clap for Our Carers campaign and show appreciation for all those working on the frontline in health and social care. The media is quite rightly highlighting the vital role of the NHS, but there is very little mention of the equally vital role of social care. Please change the narrative and include social care staff in this important campaign. Read more

CPA statement COVID-19§

10 March 2020

On 3 March the government announced the Coronavirus Action Plan and on 8 March the government announced further plans to support the health and care sector. These include outlining what might be included in a Covid-19 Emergency Bill which include measures to enhance workforce capacity. Read more

CPA's response to the Coronavirus§

3 March 2020

The government has just published the coronavirus action plan that sets out what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next. As part of our efforts to be vigilant, proactive and mitigate risks the CPA have developed practical infection prevention and control information. Read more

CPA appoints new Chair§

28 February 2020

Operating a rotating chair basis, Lisa Lenton, England Director at the Association for Real Change, is the current chair of the CPA. Commenting on her recent appointment to the role Lisa explains, “I’m delighted to be the current chair of the CPA. 2020 will be a transitional year indeed, not only for our country as we form a different relationship with the EU, but also for our sector as wider domestic issues take shape under the new government. Read more

New resources published to support care homes meet consumer law§

19 September 2019

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has published new resources to help care homes meet their obligations under consumer law. In response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) care homes market study (November 2017) and subsequent consumer law advice report (November 2018) the CPA has issued 4 model contract clauses on: Read more