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20/03/2020    Volunteers wanted to support Lincolnshire care providers in the fight against coronavirus

CareinLincs is on the hunt for volunteers to support Lincolnshire care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers with a range of skills are needed to assist organisations in their local community and beyond, to help ensure the health and wellbeing of Lincolnshire’s most vulnerable people. 

CareinLincs, which we launched in February 2020, was created to encourage people to consider a career in social care. Now, we're using its online presence to support care providers across the county, who are struggling with unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are a range of roles available, meaning it’s not only those with direct care experience who can offer assistance. Organisations need everything from chefs to cleaners, activity co-ordinators, delivery people and more to sign up, as well as those with no previous experience who just want to lend a hand during this challenging time.

Our Chair, Melanie Weatherley MBE, says: “We all need to pull together right now to support the Lincolnshire care sector and make sure that the vulnerable people in our county get the support they need.

“No contribution is too small, so if you’re looking to do more in the fight against coronavirus, we’d love to hear from you.” 

Areas in need of support include:

  • Activity co-ordination
  • Administration
  • Childcare for the children of care staff
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking and hospitality
  • Delivering essentials
  • Frontline care work

To get involved, just register your details on the CareinLincs website. There is no need for a CV or cover letter, just upload your name, email address and phone number and the team will get back you.

19/03/2020   Dear government - Donít forget about the social care sector in the fight against coronavirus

We're calling for more government support for the social care sector amid the coronavirus outbreak, in response to the increasing government funding pledged to help businesses and the NHS to weather the storm. In comparison, little has been promised to assist care organisations, who are on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and are crucial in protecting vulnerable people during this challenging time.

Our Chair, Melanie Weatherley MBE, says: “Although we’re pleased that support is being provided for the NHS and for businesses, we urge the government not to forget about the social care sector.

“There are 1.4 million staff working in care homes and for home care organisations who are vital in caring for the most vulnerable people in society, who need their carers now more than ever.”

Care organisations in Lincolnshire and the UK as a whole are feeling the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic. Home care providers across the country are struggling to reach service users for a multitude of reasons, such as staff having to self-isolate, needing to care for dependents, or becoming ill themselves. Organisations are having to think about restricting the range and number of calls they conduct, with cases needing to be prioritised in order of urgency – a call no home care provider wants to make - while care homes have been forced to ban visitors to stop the virus from spreading.

Despite these issues, Lincolnshire care providers and their staff have been doing everything they can to ensure the health and wellbeing of their service users.

Melanie added: “The NHS is full of amazing people doing amazing work, but so is social care. 

“Integration between social care and the NHS is the best way to ensure the health and well-being of our most vulnerable - not just during times like these, but all-year-round. 

“We’d like to see a more coherent approach to the issue of COVID-19, with a similar commitment made to social care that has been made to the NHS.

“Local government and care providers need the same immediate financial support to maintain their services, which in-turn will reduce pressure on the NHS."

Share if you agree the government needs to do more to support the social care sector during this time!

17/03/2020   Concerned about COVID-19?

Are you a care provider concerned about COVID-19?

Here at LinCA, we’re still available to answer all of your queries about coronavirus. You can reach us by email or call us on the phone, although due to our team now working from home our response time may take slightly longer than usual.

We will be listing answers to common concerns here shortly, as well as sharing useful resources and important updates as and when they appear. If you have any useful ideas or information you would like to share with us please let us know.

We want to reassure our members and all providers that we will be here to support them during this difficult time, so whatever your concern, please get in touch.

Call us on 01522 581073 

Or, email Susanna Lovelock at 

Useful links

Royds Withy King Solicitors - here to support you through difficult times

Forrester Boyd Chartered Accounts - HMRC, Business Interuption Loan Scheme and other useful information

Duncan & Toplis - general support for business

Healthwatch Lincolnshire - Coronavirus updates

Public Health England -Resources

SCIE - Coronavirus advice for social care

CQC - Query Log from Adult Social Care Trade Associations

Gov.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19) what you need to do

National Care Forum Members weekly update

National Care Forum Member's updates

Coronavirus Bill - read Royds Withy King blog 

SCIE blog - Support for the Care Sector with COVID-19

Work Force Matters - Looking after your mental health

Skills for Care e-news

13/03/2020   Central Alerting System: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are now in the delay phase of our response to COVID-19. This entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases of COVID-19 which this alert describes.  Please follow the link below for the latest CAS update:

13/03/2020   Healthwatch Lincolnshire - information on Coronavirus

Healthwatch Lincolnshire - information on Coronavirus (updated 13/3/2020)

02/03/2020   Mary Seacole Local Programme

You have until 9th March to submit your applications for the Mary Seacole Local Programme. Contact 

28/02/2020   Winners of Lincolnshire Care Awards 2019 announced

 Lincolnshire Care Awards Logo

The winners of this year’s Lincolnshire Care Awards have been announced! 

Last night we popped the champagne and donned our glad rags to honour the county’s best in care at our gala awards evening at Lincoln's Assembly Rooms. With over 100 nominations across 12 categories (a record number!), choosing this year’s winners was tougher than ever!

But we did it – congratulations to the winners of the Lincolnshire Care Awards 2019! Check out the list below.


Residential Care Award (sponsored by Duncan and Toplis)

Winner: Laura Armstrong, Fotherby House

Highly commended: Julie Muckleston, Syne Hills Care Home


Community Care Award (sponsored by Quality Compliance Systems)

Winner: Elizabeth Felton, Walnut Care

Highly commended: Sharon Patterson, SAGE Care


Nursing & Nurse Associate in Social Care Award (sponsored by Medex Group)

Winner: Angela Cowley, Drovers Call, and Lynn Brown, Westfield Nursing Home


Healthy Nutrition Award (sponsored by Apetito)

Winner: Lisa Herbert & Katie Greenslade, Red House Nursing Home


Residential Care Leadership Award (sponsored by StaffAid)

Winner: Wendy Britton, Nene Lodge Retirement Home

Highly commended: Gale Bull, Red House Nursing Home


Community Care Leadership Award (sponsored by Country Court Care)

Winner: Damian Taylor, EarlyBird Lifestyle & Support Ltd

Highly commended: Amy Elding, Flo's Friends Ltd


Care Trainer Award (sponsored by the Lincolnshire Care Association)

Winner: Sam Stockwell, Boultham Park House

Highly commended: Janice Powell, Drovers Call


Care Activity Organiser Award (sponsored by Lincolnshire County Council)

Winner: Charli Siddons, The Old Hall

Highly commended: Heather Palmer, Mandy Crisp and Natalie Sharp, Royal Mencap Society


Behind the Scenes Award (sponsored by LLIP)

Winner: Andrew Saunders, Gregory House

Highly commended: Liza Nickerson, Kimberley Care Home


Caring Together Award (sponsored by Every-One)

Winner: Gainsborough Not Alone, Macmillan Volunteers


Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by the Lincolnshire Care Awards)

Winner: Helen Reilly, Oakdene Care Home


Rising Star Awards (sponsored by the Lincoln Care College)

Winner: Julia Pagett, Ashdene Care Home, and Richard Skipper, Libertas


Check out the full list of nominees here.

19/02/2020   Age Care Advice

Consistency, competence and compassion united
Do you have a loved one such as your Mum, Dad, Sister, or neighbour that requires care? 
Are you currently waiting for a call back from a member of the council in relation to a self funder assessment?
Age Care Advice is here to help
We can help you overcome the problems you face in the confusing and often frustrating area of care. 
We enable you to have complete peace of mind that your loved one’s best interests are held in the highest regard.
Who are Age Care Advice?
Why Age Care Advice?
Founded in 2011 by Simon Jessop a qualified Social Worker with other 40 years of experience, we are a group of dedicated, Care Coordinators local to your area

We will offer you continued support and guidance throughout the entire process .

Your Care Coordinator will get to know you and your family and work closely to achieve the best quality of life for your loved one. 

We offer a guaranteed same day response .

We will be the advocate you need to get your loved one the care they deserve and guarantee the initial assessment within 48 hours. 
We will never have a waiting list.

We are available seven days per week, twelve hours per day.

We become an extension of your family helping in areas like  GP and hospital appointments, respite care, advice and guidance with important documents.
Take a look at our full list of services here

Alternatively, request a call back below and let's have a chat to see how we can help you.  We will always do our best to point you in the right direction. 
Request a Call Back
Got questions navigating the Care system? 

Or perhaps you have been through the system and want to share your experiences with others who are just starting their journey?
Join our brand new Facebook group Age Care Advice - The Care Hub

11/02/2020   HWLincs Cancer Care Review Project

Message from HWLincs

Are you or someone you know living with a Cancer diagnosis?

A new piece of patient experience work is being carried out to better understand what it’s like for people to live in the community with a cancer diagnosis.  We are encouraging the community to share as many personal experiences as possible to influence and improve our local cancer support. This piece of work is supported by the East Midlands Cancer Alliance in partnership with Macmillan and Health Education England, its findings will feed directly into the Lincolnshire Living with and Beyond Cancer programme.

How to share your experiences.  To understand and support patients, it is vital we talk to those with lived experiences.  People might want to tell us they have everything they need in the community, they may tell us they don’t know where to start, or even, that something vital isn’t available where they live.    Whatever it is, we want to hear it, and people can share their views by taking the online survey, attending our drop-in sessions or even phoning our office if you want to complete your survey over the phone.

You can find the online survey by entering or phone into the office on 01205 820892 and ask for ‘cancer survey support’.

You can also complete the survey in person at one of our drop-ins being held 1.30pm-2.30pm and 3.30-4.30pm on Monday 2nd March at Barrat Court. Skegness, and 10.30-11.30am and 12pm-1pm on Friday 6th March at Meadow Close Community Centre, Bourne.

If individuals don’t wish to share their views but need help and support we would ask them to contact their GP Surgery, call 111 or contact Macmillan at or 0333 271 9338.


10/02/2020   CAS Alert - Coronavirus

This alert updates the advice sent on 31st January 2020. Changes from the previous version are highlighted in blue font. The key changes are to the case definition. These include the expansion of geography for clinical case definition from mainland China to mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau; and the modification of the clinical case definition so that fever without any other symptoms is sufficient criteria for testing (if the patient has also travelled from or transited through the previously names countries in the previous 14 days). Alternative clinical diagnosis for fever in a returning traveller should be considered and tests performed at local NHS laboratories, according to published PHE guidance.

07/02/2020   The CareinLincs website has now launched!

Our revolutionary new CareinLincs website, designed to increase employment and support Lincolnshire’s social care sector, has launched! Free for our members, the website advertises care and nursing vacancies across the county and was created with Lincolnshire job-hunters in mind.

Every image featured on the website is of a real Lincolnshire care worker or organisation and includes everyone from support workers to registered nurses. The website showcases the many pathways available for those interested in a career in care, whether you want to progress your career or land your first role.  

The new website is not only a first for our county, but also the UK. CareinLincs is the first website to fight the sector’s recruitment crisis at the local level, with the goal of creating an emotional connection between would-be carers and the sector.

Along with assisting care homes, nursing homes and homecare providers in recruiting and retaining quality team members, CareinLincs can also be used to find volunteers, hire apprentices and organise work experience with schools and colleges.

As well as making it easier for students and would-be carers to find roles, CareinLincs makes finding new staff easier for care providers by handling the recruitment process from start to finish. Members of LinCA can sign up for free to this unique system, which allows providers to find and organise their favourite candidates, helping them to hire those with the right values for a career in care. 

Our Chair Melanie Weatherley MBE says: “Recruiting and retaining staff with the right values for a career in care is a challenge across the sector, but the CareinLincs website aims to change that.

“We want to help care providers in Lincolnshire to find kind, committed team members to take care of the vulnerable people in our county, but we also want to help those caring individuals to build a career they can be proud of.

“Whether searching for their first job in care or moving up through their next great role, we want to show that working in care is a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

Check out the CareinLincs website now:

05/02/2020   Healthwatch Lincolnshire - change of name

Healthwatch Lincolnshire has changed its name to HWLincs and elected Dr Maria Prior as Chair for 2020.

05/02/2020   HFT 2019/20 Sector Pulse Check Report

Read the results of Hft's 2019/20 Sector Puls check Report here.

21/01/2020   CAS Alerts

MHRA Medical Device Alerts


21/01/2020   Special Care Dentistry Service Lincolnshire

The Special Care Dentistry Service in Lincolnshire is largely a 'referral only' service providing high quality care and treatment for patients that are resident, including homeless and socially excluded groups, within the county of Lincolnshire. View further information here.

14/01/2020   Test Skills for Care model to improve workforce productivity

Skills for Care have developed a draft model that outlines some of the ways that adult social care organisations can measure and increase workforce productivity. They've already tested the model with a small number of providers and commissioners, and due to the positive feedback received so far, they'd like to make the draft model more widely available during this test phase. If you’re interested, please email them stating who you are and why you want to get involved.

14/01/2020   Community Plan 2020-2023

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue (LFR) is currently developing its Community Plan for 2020-2023.  The Community Plan looks at how they can manage or reduce risks in some areas and how to use resources to best effect.

LFR would like to develop this document alongside the residents, businesses and organisations of Lincolnshire and they would love to hear from you.  Please could you take a few minutes to compete their Community Plan Survey.  The close date for receiving feedback is midnight on 9 March 2020 and further details can be found on the LFR website.

19/12/2019   Placements wanted for promising young care students

Can you provide quality work experience for a young care worker? Then we want to hear from you!
Lincoln Care College’s first students started their care journey in September, and now this promising group of trainees are in need of placements to help hone their skills.
If you'd like to support the future of care in Lincolnshire, contact Grace Neal at to offer a placement!
For more information about the Lincoln Care College and the unique training experience it offers, click here.

25/11/2019   Finalists announced for Lincolnshire Care Awards 2019!

The judges have had their say… Let’s give a big cheer for the finalists of the Lincolnshire Care Awards 2019!  

We think they’re all winners, but the best of the best will be announced at our gala awards evening on Thursday 27th February 2020.

In the meantime, download our outstanding list of nominees here.

21/11/2019   EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit

The employer toolkit equips employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

05/11/2019   The Care College

The Care College

LinCA has worked closely with Lincoln College to aid in the development of the Care College. The Care College has been developed with the aim of ensuring students are going to be prepared and suited to begin their career in care from the day they leave college. Throughout the two years the students will complete the Care Certificate and Level 2 Adult Social Care Award alongside good quality work experience throughout the sector.

The Care College’s aim is to showcase care as a career and enlighten students to feel passionate about working in the sector. Over 30 students began in the first cohort which started in September 2019.  All of these students will soon begin their first placements in a variety of settings in care.

LinCA is passionate about supporting the sector’s recruitment needs and aiding in the development of the future workforce.

For further information or if you would like to get involved in enlightening these students please contact Grace Neal on:

01/10/2019   Workforce Development Fund

Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high-quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.

For those who have already joined and have access to our partnership we would like to thank you for your continued support, for those who want to find how to get access to this funding, then please feel free to come on board and join our healthy partnership here in Lincolnshire.  If you are interested in applying for funding or you would like further information then please email Anna Bociaga: who will help you and guide you through the sign up process

To learn more about the Workforce Development Fund check the Skills for Care Website

01/10/2019   Nursing Associates

Nursing Associates

A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care for people in health and social care settings. It has been created to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses. This role is only being used and regulated in England. 

A nursing associate is not a substitute for a registered nurse. The intention is that by employing a nursing associate, who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) having completed an approved training course, it can free up the time of a registered nurse to focus on more complex clinical duties.

To find out more check the Skills for Care website.