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A reminder that Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

A quick reminder that the Age UK Health Influencing team would like to invite all Brand Partners to ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ the latest part of their ongoing webinar series. This webinar, which will be held on the 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am, is exclusively for the Age UK Network and will provide further details on the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, including how you can interact with the new system. It is aimed at all staff and volunteers within the Age UK network, so please share with anyone who is interested. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be viewed here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper.

This session will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage attendees to ask any questions you may have to our speakers. If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK’s comment on the social care cap vote in the House of Commons

Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams comments on the recent vote in the House of Commons on the social care cap.

Following the recent vote on the social care cap in the House of Commons, Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams has released a statement which can be read in full below. We have also written a template tweet which you can use to share Caroline’s statement if you wish. This can be found at the end of this article.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

“The Government’s amendment may have been passed by the House of Commons but no doubt the House of Lords will fulfil its constitutional role and give it the intense scrutiny it needs. We hope Peers will vote to overturn it.

No one disputes that the amendment significantly waters down the Government’s plan for a cap on catastrophic care costs and does so in a way that protects only the better off. This is unfair and means the people who are most in need of protection against the risk of their care bills wiping out all their assets are least likely to receive it. Many of these older people whom the Government is now proposing to let down will have bought their council homes under the ‘right to buy’, an extraordinary situation for this group of Ministers to have created. 

When the Prime Minister announced his intention to activate Sir Andrew Dilnot’s cap on catastrophic costs three months ago Age UK said that this reform was definitely worth having, but increasingly the jury’s out.  Since then, the Government has failed to give social care the financial settlement it needed at the Spending Review; announced a National Insurance increase to help social care and then admitted almost all the money is going to the NHS; and made vaccination compulsory for care home staff without any plan to replace the thousands of workers its own analysis says will walk away as a result.

The fact that the Government is now intending to effectively gut their proposed cap on catastrophic care costs is therefore just the latest in a series of wholly unsupportive decisions so far as social care is concerned. What are we supposed to think about the Prime Minister’s pledge to ‘fix social care’ now?”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Template Tweet

If you’d like to share Caroline’s statement on social media, please feel free to use the wording and link below:

No one disputes that the amendment passed this week significantly waters down the Government’s plan for a cap on catastrophic care costs in a way that protects only the better off. We hope Peers will vote to overturn it.

Read Age UK’s full statement 👉 https://bit.ly/3oXl8Iy

Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide – Virtual Conference 2021

Opening Doors are hosting a virtual conference “Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide” on Wednesday 1st December from 11am-1pm. Find out full details, including how to book your place.

Opening Doors’ latest research, and that of their partners, informs the Pride in Care quality standard and other training that they offer to health and social care services throughout the UK. To help further the impact of this research, recent findings will be presented at their virtual conference, Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide: Virtual Conference 2021 on World Aids Day (1 December from 11am – 1pm), with presentations from Dr. Michael Brady (LGBT Health Advisor to the Government), Marc Thompson (The Love Tank, Team Prepster), Helen Belcher (TransActual UK) and more.

All attendees will receive the Opening Doors LGBTQ+ 50+ Health and Wellbeing Survey Report 2021 and links to the speakers’ research presentations.


Opening Doors would love to see you there! Alternatively, if this might be of interest to others you know, you can share some info about it by clicking: FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Health Influencing Webinar: “What’s next for the health and care system?”

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

The Age UK Health Influencing Team would like to invite all Brand Partners to a webinar titled ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ as part of their ongoing series. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am. This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be found here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system. While the subject matter is very similar to the upcoming SCIE webinar advertised in yesterday’s Signpost, this webinar will be particularly tailored to the Age UK Network and will focus specifically on how Age UKs can influence and engage within their local systems.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage the Partners to ask any questions you may have to our speakers.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

Upcoming Webinar – Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems

Find out full details of the upcoming SCIE webinar “Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems” on Tuesday 30th November.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30th November 12:00pm – 1.25pm, covering the topic “Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems”. Click here to book your place or read on for further details.

This webinar will explore the importance of the voluntary, community and social enterprise VCSE sector contribution in shaping, improving and delivering services, and developing and implementing plans to tackle the wider determinants of health. It will look at how to effectively include this diverse and creative sector in emergent ICB structures and models. 

The webinar shares learning from systems, and asks:

  • How Integrated Care Boards ICBs can engage and embed the VCSE sector in system level governance and decision making arrangements.
  • How to build on the involvement of VCSE partners in forums at place and neighbourhood level.
  • And also examines how to ensure the VCSE sector can be supported to remain resilient and effective as part of a wider system

Voluntary sector partnerships: the vital cornerstone of integrated care systems

Chair:

Neil Tester, Director at the Richmond Group of Charities

Speakers: 

  • Frances Newell, Head of Partnership Development, Leadership and Partnerships team, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Maddy Desforges, CEO, NAVCA
  • Susannah Howard, Programme Director, Suffolk and North East Essex ICS
  • Sally Chandler, Chief Executive, Carers Trust Hillingdon
  • Stewart Lucas, System Lead for VCSE Integration (Mental Health), Manchester Mind

Click here to book your place

New Skills for Care Leadership Course Launched

“Leading Change, Improving Care (LCIC) is a new course from Grey Matter Learning set to start in the new year. Find out more, including details of available funding for each learner.

Grey Matter Learning has been approved to deliver the new Skills for Care Leadership course called Leading Change Improving Care (LCIC). They will begin providing this course in the new year. Due to limited availability, providers can contact them for pre-registration now. If you are interested in the course, please click here to contact Grey Matter Learning, or read on for further information – including available funding for each learner.

About the Course

The learning programme is grounded in the reality of social care delivery. LCIC takes a practical look at how to implement change in order to address challenges and service needs in social care. Leaders will discover the tools and techniques needed to drive change and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered.

The programme is delivered through five interactive modules covering the objectives below:

  • • Leading and managing the process of change within your team and organisation
  • • Facilitating change sensitively and building resilience for change
  • • Successful leadership skills and behaviours
  • • Managing hard to reach colleagues and those resistant to change to improve the performance of teams
  • • Coaching and development
  • • Improving personal effectiveness and time management
Funding Available!

You will be able to claim back £500 per learner on completion of Leading Change Improving Care through the Workforce Development Fund. The Grey Matter team can support you through the process.

Interested?

If you are interested in doing this programme with a Skills for Care “Centre of Excellence” endorsed provider who has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Social Care Course Training Company 2021’, then please click here.

Age UK’s Response to the Spending Review and #SocialCareCantWait Update

An update on the #SocialCareCan’tWait campaign following the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, including a statement from Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams.

The Age UK #SocialCareCantWait campaign has been building up to the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, which was delivered by the Chancellor on 27th October. With the support of our campaigners and the hard work of local partners across the country, we were calling on the Government to deliver immediate and substantial funding for local councils and their social care budgets. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, has issued a statement in response to the budget which can be seen below.

While we wait for the Government to deliver its promised white paper on social care reform, we will be planning how we progress with our campaign and how we can best make an impact. We would like to thank all local partners for their continued support of our national campaigns and we look forward to continuing this vital work with you. If you have time, you can help to spread our message by retweeting the Age UK Campaigns account.

You can read Age UK’s statement below:

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:

“Today, social care needed a big injection of guaranteed, additional funding for now and the future, but the Chancellor didn’t deliver it. The extra money that was announced for local government was not ring-fenced for social care and will need to be stretched thinly across council services, after a decade of under-funding.”

“The end result is that there is no relief in sight for older and disabled people who require care, and their families and carers, who are having to put up with services under extreme duress – if they can get any help at all.”

“It’s no good the Government promising the possibility of more funding for care in a few years’ time if today’s provision continues to disintegrate and more workers walk away.

“If the Prime Minister’s ambition to ‘fix social care’ is ever to be realised Rishi Sunak has to play his part by providing enough funding to make it happen. He hasn’t done so and therefore unfortunately, the future of social care remains as uncertain as ever, with the credibility of the Prime Minister’s promise increasingly on the line.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

You can find Age UK’s response to all parts of the Budget relating to older people, including energy, healthcare and pensions below:

Social Care Can’t Wait Campaign – Help get the Chancellor’s attention before the Spending Review!

As the Spending Review on 27th October approaches, find out how we can focus the Chancellor’s attention on providing sufficient funding for councils’ social care budgets.

Last month we wrote to tell you about the latest stage of our campaign for social care reforms. We’re calling on the Chancellor to provide sufficient funding for councils’ social care budgets in the Spending Review on 27th October, so older people can get the care they need now. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have supported the campaign so far, and we would be so grateful if you could all join us in a final push in the lead up to the spending review in two weeks’ time. You can take part by writing to your local paper and by posting about the petition on social media – some template wording can be found below.

Our campaigners have asked Rishi Sunak to be a social care hero and we’ve heard that the Chancellor and his team have noticed the campaign. But there’s still work to be done to show the Chancellor how urgent this is.

Campaigners calling on the Chancellor to be a social care hero

Here is how your Age UK can get involved:

If you have 5 minutes… Please share our petition on Social Media:

If you have time to spread the word on your social media channels there is some suggested wording below. You can also find an image for the posts and more social media templates in the Care Can’t Wait pack.

Twitter:

Help us get the Chancellor’s attention and share the petition with your followers. You can follow along to see what other people have been saying here.

Millions of older people need @RishiSunak to be a social care hero. Sign our petition and tell the Chancellor to give care the funding it needs: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait


‘Without immediate funding, the PM’s #socialcare plan will fail to fix care.

Now it’s up to @RishiSunak to show older people he cares and boost council budgets in the Spending Review.

Join our call on the Chancellor: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait #DoesRishiReallyCare


Facebook:

“For people like Mum, it’s too late. She’s given everything she’s got”.

Sharon just wants the best support for her mum. But the current Government proposals do nothing to help her. She can’t wait until 2023.

Tell Rishi Sunak to help people who need care now. Sign our petition here: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK


If you have 30 minutes… Please Send a letter to the editor:

Use our template letter to the editor, to get coverage in your local paper. Many MPs read their local paper and the more we can promote the issue of funding for social care in local discourse the more pressure MPs will put on the Chancellor.


Thank you for your support!

Everything detailed in this pack can be found in the ‘Care Can’t Wait’ folder in The Box.

Press Release: Council Tax would have to rise by an average 10% next year to allow social care just to ‘stand still’

View the latest press release from Age UK, which urges Chancellor Rishi Sunak to support social care through central government spending, not council tax.

This latest press release from Age UK reveals that Council Tax would have to rise by an average 10% next year to allow social care just to ‘stand still’. As a result, Age UK is urging the Chancellor to give social care the funding it desperately needs in his Spending Review – but from central Government coffers, not Council Tax. You can read the full press release on the Age UK website here.

Free awareness talks from Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK host free online bowel cancer awareness talks, to help organisations to support those they work with. Find out how to book a presentation for your organisation.

Bowel Cancer UK provide free online bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups across the UK. As 90+ percent of bowel cancers occur in those who are over 50 (yet are treatable and curable when caught early) the organisation would like to invite all members of the Age UK Network to book one of their 30-minute virtual presentations to highlight signs, symptoms, and risks for older people. Find out all about the talks, including how to book your place at a presentation, below.

Bowel cancer is currently the fourth most common cancer in England and the second biggest cancer killer. Over 34,000 people in England are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and over 13,500 people die annually from the disease.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way, as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially when caught early. That’s why Bowel Cancer UK are dedicated to raising awareness through our volunteer-led awareness talks.

What will be in the talk?

Our volunteers will deliver a 30-minute virtual presentation and highlight the following key awareness messages:

  • Signs and symptoms – learn the most common symptoms of bowel cancer
  • Risks – gain an awareness of the risk factors associated with bowel cancer
  • Bowel Screening – learn about the NHS bowel screening programme and the importance of taking part

Our volunteers will also be happy to answer any questions you might have. Very often, they have had personal experience of bowel cancer, and therefore have a great deal of knowledge and wisdom to share.

We really do rely on the support of workplaces and community groups to help us raise awareness of this common, yet curable, cancer.