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 graceneal@linca.org.uk to offer a placement!
For more information about the Lincoln Care College and the unique training experience it offers, click here.

29/11/2019   CAS Alerts

Central Alerting System: Ranitidine: All Formulations. Supply Disruption - Update.

This alert provides an update on the supply status of ranitidine products. Tablets, effervescent tablets, oral solutions and ranitidine injection are all expected to shortly be out of stock with no date for resupply until further notice.


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: graceneal@linca.org.uk

18/09/2019   Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

Guidance on how those using services can access medicines in a no-deal scenario has now been updated on NHS.UK, and includes a link to advice for healthcare staff. The ASC GOV.UK page has been updated to include a link to this guidance and advice. You can view the update here.

05/09/2019   NEW materials promoting the flu vaccination for social care workers available

NEW materials promoting the flu vaccination for social care workers available to download FREE from end of August 

A brand new flu vaccination campaign for health and social care workers is launching this year, delivered by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

“Time to get your flu jab” will take a new approach to encouraging the uptake of flu vaccinations by social care staff - emphasising the protective benefit of the flu vaccination with a “Shield” motif and the message “Take care of others by taking care of yourself. If you work in the community, it’s time to get your annual flu jab”. 

Campaign materials have been designed to show social care staff going about their work protected by the shield of flu vaccination – all materials, including adaptable artwork and social media tools, will be live on PHE’s Campaign Resource Centre for colleagues to download or print locally by the end of August. Further communication will be sent to you as and when these are made available. 

The resources available include:

  • A4 posters featuring different social care professionals (alongside posters featuring healthcare workers in clinical settings for NHS Trusts, which are already available to download)
  • Leaflet
  • “I’ve had my flu jab” Sticker artwork
  • Social media tools including gifs and digital banners
  • Brand artwork
  • Communications toolkit (including long and short copy)
  • FAQs 

For any queries relating to this campaign, please contact Partnerships@phe.gov.uk.

01/09/2019   Hard working carers honoured at this year’s Lincolnshire Care Awards

The Lincolnshire Care Awards are back for 2019 to celebrate Lincolnshire’s best in care. Now in its fourth year, our annual award ceremony honours exceptional care workers, teams and organisations that go above and beyond for their service users.

The awards put the spotlight on the hard work and dedication carers bring to the job every single day, particularly those who go the extra mile for their service users.

Last year’s award ceremony at Lincoln’s County Assembly Rooms was bigger and better than ever, with over 100 people nominated by service users and their family members, as well as fellow carers. Our 66 finalists came from a range of outstanding care organisations across the county, with the winners being presented with their awards by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior.

Mental Health Nurse Clare Caffrey took home last year’s Nursing and Nurse Associate in Social Care Award. Clare is based at Drovers Call, a nursing home in Gainsborough that provides personal and nursing care for elderly people, including those living with conditions such as dementia. Being nominated by her mentor for the award, Clare says winning has helped to feel confident in her abilities to make a difference for others.

“It was absolutely amazing to win this award,” she said. “It has made me feel so proud of the work we do and the care we deliver to our dementia clients.

“It has made me realise that the dedication, passion and love I have for my job is recognised and only encourages me to go that extra mile to ensure individuals with dementia live well.” 

Clare wasn’t the only Drovers Call team member to be honoured at 2018’s celebration. Nursing Associate Emily Gillett came highly commended in the same category after being nominated by Home Manager Lisa MacFarlane, and says the prestigious awards evening was “a lovely experience.”

She explained: “I think it’s an amazing event for social care providers, which allows people to be recognised for their delivery of care within their role.

“Winning the award has increased my confidence within my career. The nursing associate role is so new, it’s amazing to be recognised so early on!”

But it’s not just individuals who were commemorated at last year’s ceremony - groups were also awarded for their hard work. Nogi John, Home Manager for Westfield Nursing Home, collected the Care Leadership Award on behalf of her team. The Boston-based care home provides residential care and prides itself on its comforting “family-orientated” atmosphere. 

Nogi said: “Winning the Care Leadership Award 2019 for the first time was extremely overwhelming. I am indebted to the Team at Westfield Nursing Home, who works so passionately in delivering high quality care for our service users.“

19/08/2019   EU Exit Communications - Adult Social Care

Gov.uk has now updated their EU Exit Communications advice for Adult Social. The new page is now available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/actions-for-adult-social-care-providers-to-prepare-for-brexit



02/08/2019   NICE draft guideline consultation - Carers: provision of support for adult carers

NICE draft guideline consultation - Carers: provision of support for adult carers.  Draft guideline and its supporting evidence are now out for consultation - further information can be found on the consultation page.

25/07/2019   Use of CCTV in care homes

CQC have prepared some guidance regarding the use of provider-operated CCTV in care homes 

17/07/2019   Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board Factsheets

LSAB Adult Exploitation Factsheet June 2019

LSAB Non-Engagement Factsheet June 2019

LSAB Over-Riding Consent Factsheet June 2019