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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. 
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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 www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/communitycancersurvey 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 www.macmillan.org.uk 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: https://www.careinlincs.co.uk/

06/02/2020   Publich Health England Campaign Resource Centre

Deliver award-winning campaigns locally with the Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre

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   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.

21/01/2020   CAS Alerts

MHRA Medical Device Alerts

 

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.

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