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26 July 2016: Please see resources from the latest ASC Trade Association meeting.:

Please see attached, this weeks’ list of inspection reports published including links to the reports.

Managing care home closures good practice guide

We have now published the document and press release. Please find press release attached and the Managing care home closures good practice guide is also available to view online here


11 July 2016: Pharmacists Improving Care in Care Homes & Pharmacy Integration Fund and Care Homes roundtable. On behalf of NCF Sharon Blackburn is contributing to this work alongside other member organisations. view two presentations - Pharmacists Improving Care in Care Homes by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Pharmacy Integration Fund and Care Homes by NHS England


18 July 2016: Vic Rayner speaks at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for older people on the impact of Brexit on housing and care. view the presentation


13 July 2016: Sharon Blackburn represented NCF at the ASC trade association meeting. The slides from the meeting are now available


30 June 2016: The DH Independent Sector Advisory Forum (DH ISAF) Sharon Blackburn represented NCF.   

 This meeting comprises senior nurses across health and social care. It provides a focus for independent sector nursing and care and facilitates informed discussions re government policy. It allows for an exchange of information that is grounded in practice and has helped shape and inform policy decisions. Topics covered today included the following: New Models of Care Programme: Leading Change, Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff; the demise of the DH Nursing and policy unit in the latest reorganisation - this is a significant loss to Nursing and Care across all sectors. A discussion took place regarding how the DHISAF offer its expertise and participate in the exchange of information going forward; Pharmacy Integration Fund.


8 June 2016: CQC Trade Association Meeting. NCF was represented by Sharon Blackburn. The slides from this meeting are now available. Areas to note. A briefing re DBS has been produced and can be found. In addition CQC have produced a Q&A sheet which is for use by their inspectors which is available for members following a query which was raised on behalf of members.

8 June 2016: The National Palliative and End of Life Meeting. NCF was represented by Sharon Blackburn. This meeting was to progress the Ambitions Framework of which NCF are a partner. The intent of the new ambitions is to raise the bar for end of life care. It is a national framework which urges local leadership to be a the forefront of improvement in end of life care. There are 6 ambitions which members can use locally to improve end of life care

11 May 2016: The CQC Trade Association meeting - NCF was represented by Vic Rayner and Sharon Blackburn. Key issues discussed: CQC business plan has been published. It sets out that CQC will complete first rating comprehensive inspections of adult social care registered on or before 1 October 2014 by March 2017. The actual date the adult social care directorate is aiming for is January 2017. It also includes re-inspections plus contingency for risk. A presentation was made by Claire Light from Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Claire is GMP's Head of Profession for Neighbourhoods, Confidence and Equality. Work is being undertaken on Disability Hate Crime. More information is to follow regarding working with health, social care and housing. More information will also follow on what CQC's approach will be on assessing its impact and value for money.



5 May 2016: CQC’s Adult Social Care external co-production group met on 5 May. NCF was represented by Sharon Blackburn. Topics discussed included views on the KLOE's (Well-led, Effective and Responsive) which are currently being reviewed. An update was given in CQC's relationship with Healthwatch. In addition an update was given regarding the experts by experience used by CQC. Information when provided in a format for sharing will be made available to members.


13 April 2016: ASC trade association meeting – NCF was represented by Des Kelly and Sharon Blackburn. 

The slides from this meeting have been made available: 

Weekly stats on ASC

ASC Trade Association meeting slides

Extra large residential homes - referred to in previous meeting

Previously we shared an update on the ‘What Good Care Services Look Like’ leaflets. These can be found on our website under each sector here
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