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16th March 2017

The NHS-funded nursing care standard rate is being reduced to £155.05 from 1 April 2017.!

Read the full story and access the report 

10th March 2017

Care home managers play a pivotal role in raising quality standards, and more are needed

10th March 2017

The prime minister’s confirmation of a review must be considered progress, but the sector is still in for a rough ride...... read more

6th March 2017

A four day Safeguarding Supported Learning Programme (PACT0920-17AA) course for £200, on the 26th April, 23rd May, 21st June, 19th July 2017 at Mercure Wessex Hotel in Winchester.

27th February 2017

"Public bickering" between the prime minister and the NHS is an "insult to taxpayers" who want clear information on health funding, MPs have said.

20th February 2017

Council leaders are warning of deep cuts to services despite nearly every local authority in England planning to raise council tax in 2017. 

17th February 2017

Coffee Mornings at the West End Centre, Aldershot 

For people with learning disabilities and their carers

15th February 2017

Dear Debbie Corti-Young,

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Theresa May: Seek an urgent cross-party solution to the health and care crisis”.

Government responded:

The Government recognises the pressures on the health and social care system. It is supporting the NHS’s own plan for the future and going further than ever before to integrate health and social care.

The Government knows that the NHS is facing many challenges and there are increasing pressures on all parts of the health and care system. It is important to remember that the pressures faced by the NHS are common to most developed health systems and are due to, amongst other things, an ageing population, changing public expectations and the cost of new drugs. However we have more doctors, more nurses, more paramedics all delivering more treatments than ever, funded by a budget at record levels.

The NHS and wider health system has already examined what needs to be done to ensure the sustainability of the health and care system. This is why in the Spending Review in November 2015, the Government committed to increase funding for the NHS in England, with funding to be £10 billion higher in real terms by 2020-21, compared to 2014-15. This is the money that the NHS in England asked for and will support the NHS’s own plan for its future – the Five Year Forward View – which set out what needs to change and how this can be achieved of this new funding. £6 billion will be provided by the end of this year, kick starting the process of change, and enabling the Government to deliver Government objectives including seven day services and improved access to cancer treatments and mental health services. The Five Year Forward View is available on NHS England’s website –

We are making progress towards strategic system changes and new models of care. There is emerging evidence that the vanguards have had a significant impact, reducing pressure on busy services at local level since their launch. In the Fylde Coast Local Health Economy vanguard for example, early figures show that bringing different health professionals under one roof to support older patients with multiple conditions reduced A&E attendance by 13%. We will continue to support this work to design a world class health system, fit for the future.

Alongside this, we are giving local authorities access of up to £3.5 billion of new support for social care by 2019-20, through the social care precept and the Better Care Fund. And aware of the more imminent pressures on social care, the Government took the necessary steps in the recent Local Government Settlement to help in the shorter-term, making available almost £900 million of additional social care funding over the next two years.

The Government believes that the answer to the challenges faced by the health and social care system lies in delivering more integrated services and keeping people well and independent for longer, and in working with the NHS in implementing its own plan for the future of the NHS – the Five Year Forward View.

Department of Health

Click this link to view the response online:

The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.

The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee:

The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament

27th January 2017

Yesterday saw the launch of the amazing new training course called 'Autism Reality Experience'. 

16th January 2017

CQC to fast-track inspections of adult social care to ease winter burden

13th January 2017

Nursing and Care Homes: Values now, and the likely trends as demand is set to increase


25th November 2016

Autumn Statement


1st November 2016

26th August 2016

Below are links to this month's CQC newsletters:

5th August 2016

If you’re considering a move to a care home, you may be wondering how you’ll pay for it. Paying for care can be complicated, so get as much advice as you can. 

21st July 2016

Benfield Fire are one of our Patrons. See how their Digital Firefighting Training could benefit your care home.

19th July 2016

As a sector we have been quite successful with raising the issue of duplication between CQC and Commissioners, particularly over inspections.  As a result the Department of Health is undertaking consultation work with providers including a survey of providers.



18th July 2016

Please find below the HCC heatwave notification with information about the Level 2 Alert.

30th June 2016
FREE - HSAB / HCA Safeguarding Workshop
Safeguarding Adults Lead Network An event for independent care providers

15th June 2016

Nominations and ticket sales are now open for the 2016 Hampshire Care Awards!

10th June 2016

FREE Peninsular event - 19/07/16

Your obligations as an employer - help and advice.

1st June 2016

Next week the Alzheimers Show will be on at Olympia, London on 10th & 11th June.

27th May 2016

This week the CQC released details of their new strategy.

27th May 2016

This week our new Fair Price 4 Care petition to parliament went live! 


9th May 2016

The latest issue of Care Talk Magazine is online now.

6th May 2016

The Bournemouth Echo write about what it means for care homes.

6th May 2016

The Guardian write about the cash crisis facing the care sector.

4th May 2016

CQC Update

28th April 2016

Highlights from Lester Aldridge's Employment Law & HR Blog

28th April 2016

HCA have launched a new campaign called, Fair Price 4 Care.

12th April 2016

We are holding a Workshop & Information Day at KCC in Hedge End on Wednesday 27th April.


1st April 2016

HCA talk to ITV about the national living wage.

7th March 2016

HCC announce 2.2% Fee Uplift for 2016 /17


24th November 2015

Last Friday night the annual Hampshire Care Awards took place at Southampton Golf Club. 


Booking is now open for our Spring Seminar on Wednesday 5th April!
Click here to book your tickets (free for HCA Members)
We will also be having the Dementia Experience Bus on site again!
Click here to book your place on the bus
(Tickets are limited and are the special discounted price of £20 each) 
Click here to see the full agenda & exhibitor list!
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