Get connected to health and wellbeing prevention summit Save the date 8 October 2015, Himley Hall

Save the date 8 October 2015, 9am – 3.45pm, Himley Hall This year ‘ Get Connected’ is hosting a prevention summit, for anyone involved with supporting or enabling older or vulnerable people living across Dudley borough. The summit offers an opportunity to reinforce the work being done across Dudley borough to enable people to stay as independent as possible. As a result of our summit we hope to see: • Increased involvement from wide range of prevention agencies • Increased profile for our prevention services • New partnerships that push boundaries and strengthen the support that we can offer to older people The summit will be showcasing a range of services which are on offer to support the health and wellbeing of older or vulnerable residents. The focus will be upon prevention and early intervention to keep people independent and well in their own homes – for as long as possible. ‘Get connected’, following the introduction of the Care Act 2014, is about connecting individuals and communities and getting professionals, suppliers, agencies, anyone working with older or vulnerable people, together. Our focus will be: Information sharing – Collaboration – Networking On the day there will be opening keynotes from Tony Oakman, Strategic Director – People, and Paul Maubach, Chief Officer – Dudley CCG, presentations and workshops from a range of providers. As well as a marketplace where you can find out more about what is on offer for older and vulnerable people across the borough, including what’s new. The opportunity to network is also a useful element to the day. Interested in attending? The summit is taking place on 8 October 2015, 9am until 3.45pm. There is no charge and refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending please let us know by emailing your name, job title and organisation to kay.woolls@dudley.gov.uk Living well, feeling safe is a partnership service headed up by Dudley Council, working along with other organisations and charities across Dudley borough. The service aims to provide a joined up, holistic service to supporting older and vulnerable people. For more information on the service or on the summit call us on 01384 817743   LWFS – prevention summit-flyer October...

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Delay in implementation on cap on care costs

The Government on Friday announced a delay in the implementation of the cap on care costs system. The changes were due to come into force in April next year but in the light of concerns expressed by the LGA and many other stakeholders about the timetable for implementation, the Government has decided to delay implementation of the cap on care costs system, including changes to the means test, until 2020. The delay will allow time to be taken to ensure that everyone is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care. There remains a clear commitment to implementing the cap in this Parliament and revised plans will be shared shortly. Briefing for contact centres (from the Department for Health) will be made available as soon as possible. Letter from Care and Support Minister Alistair Burt to Cllr Izzi Seccombe regarding Phase 2 of the Care Act reforms Source: Care and support reform bulletin – special issue Friday 17 July...

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Transforming care for people with learning disabilities: next steps

The Transforming Care Delivery Board, comprising NHS England, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England and the Department of Health, have published this report which outlines the steps taken towards improving services for people with learning disabilities. The report is clear that while progress is being made, there is still much more to do to ensure that where it is appropriate, people are cared for in the community and close to home.   Report Source: The Kings Fund health management and policy alert 9 July...

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The budget: health and social care funding – The Kings Fund

This briefing warns that unless additional funding is found, a growing black hole in NHS finances could have significant consequences for patient care. Although there are opportunities for the NHS to improve productivity, the briefing argues that initiatives to reduce spending on agency staff and increase financial control will not be enough to offset growing deficits among NHS providers. It also warns that the £8 billion a year increase in the NHS budget pledged by the government by 2020 is the bare minimum needed to maintain standards of care.   Briefing Source: The Kings Fund health management and policy alert 9...

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Flats available to rent now

People looking to rent flats with two or more bedrooms in the Brierley Hill area are being urged to attend a drop in event held by Dudley Council. A number of one, two and three bedroom properties are available to rent at Chapel Street estate, Brierley Hill, which are suitable for young single people, couples and families. Rent starts from as little as £61 per week. At the Chapel Street housing office (Lower Derry Street, DY5 2SQ) there will be an opportunity for prospective tenants to drop in and have a chat to find out more. These sessions are being held on Tuesday 21 July from 9am until 12.30pm. Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing, said: “Chapel Street flats are a great opportunity for anyone who wants to live in the Brierley Hill area. They are very close to local amenities including Brierley Hill High Street and Merry Hill. They have a great community feel, including an active Tenants and Residents Association. “Renting a flat directly from Dudley Council provides potential tenants with a cost saving opportunity which means these properties are ideal for anyone who may be struggling financially. “Tenants also have the assurance of knowing that repairs, maintenance and service charges are included in the rental. Anyone who is interested in renting from the council should call 01384 815100.” This scheme is not exclusive to Dudley borough residents and people from outside of the borough can also contact the council to express an interest. Anyone interested in the scheme should telephone 01384 815100 or email nowaithomes@dudley.gov.uk Notes: Allocation will be subject to eligibility checks No dogs allowed Chapel Street estate is a police check...

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Care Act first-phase reforms

The Department of Health has implemented the first phase of the 2014 Care Act well, according to the National Audit Office. Ninety-nine per cent of local authorities were confident that they would able to carry out the Act reforms from April 2015. However, the spending watchdog warns that the Department’s cost estimates and chosen funding mechanisms have put local authorities under increased financial risk given the uncertain level of demand for adult social care. In a challenging financial environment, with pressure on all services, authorities may not have enough resources to respond if demand for care exceeds expectations. The Care Act, which aims to reduce reliance on formal care, promote people’s independence and wellbeing and give people more control of their own care and support, will increase demand for assessments and services at a time when local authority provision has been falling and the number of people in need is rising. The NAO estimates that phase 1 of the Act will cost £2.5bn to carry out from 2013-14 to 2019-20, more than half of which is for carers’ assessments and services – a new entitlement and the largest single cost. Today’s report, Care Act first-phase reforms, finds that the Department consulted carefully on the Act, to understand the main risks and respond to sector concerns, and there is wide support for the Act. Other departments implementing programmes could learn from this approach. Local authorities identified two big risks: cost and, secondly, uncertain additional demand from self-funders and carers. The Department estimates that there are some 455,000 people paying for care in their own homes. The Department may, however, have underestimated the demand for assessments and services for carers. It based its estimate of take-up on the number actually receiving Carer’s Allowance, which it compared with other sources. The NAO repeated the Department’s calculation concluding that it was as reasonable to assume that those carers who have applied for Carer’s Allowance and are eligible, but do not receive it because they receive other allowances, are as likely to seek an assessment. This equates to a risk of £27 million (26%) in extra assessments and services if these people also come forward. Also published today is the NAO’s report on Local government new burdens, which considers how well the government has applied the New Burdens Doctrine. This sets out how the government would ensure that new requirements that increased local authorities’ spending did not lead to excessive council tax increases. The NAO underlines the importance of departments assessing new burdens on authorities not only rigorously but also transparently. In addition, the Department for Communities and Local Government needs to use intelligence better, to improve its understanding of the pressures affecting local...

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