This tab contains information about workforce – such as Statutory Sick Pay and Key Worker information. NCF is aware that there is currently confusion around both and will be working to clarify the situation. Please ensure you check Anthony Collins’ e-briefings page for the latest advice on new workforce guidance. 

29.5.20 – Changes to the Furlough Scheme

In today’s government briefing, the Chancellor announced that from August, employers will be asked to pay National Insurance and pension contributions for those on the Furlough scheme. From September, employers will be asked to pay 10%, rising to 20% in October before the scheme is closed in November. The scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June. It will be replaced by the flexible furlough.

A ‘flexible’ furlough has also been announced which will go live on 1 July and allow employers to bring back employees part-time. Employers would pay for the days worked, while the furlough scheme would pay the rest.

29.5.20 – Local Authority Discretionary Grants

The government has launched a new fund to support small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes. You can a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000 with this scheme. See the website for full eligibility requirements.

28.5.20 Join Social Care Recruitment Platform

DHSC has launched a ‘Join Social Care‘ recruitment platform – it is designed to make it easier

28.5.20 Skills for Care Analysis of days lost to sickness

Skills for Care have produced data comparing March and April 2020 to before the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of days lost to sickness. They show that 2.3 million extra days were lost to sickness in March and April 2020.

28.5.20 Safe and Fair Recruitment COVID-19 Supplement

Skills for Care have produced a COVID-19 supplement to their safe and fair recruitment guide.

26.5.20 – SSP Rebate Scheme

The SSP rebate scheme went live today.

Updated 25.5.20 – Guidance on Working Safely

In the midst of the flurry of guidance issued, the government released guidance for employers, employees and self-employed people to understand how to work safely. It includes guidance on: offices and contact centres, vehicles, other people’s homes, and a number of other settings.

23.5.20 – Guidance on Travel

The government has issued a few different pieces of guidance on staying safe while travelling:

Updated 21.5.20 – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme)

The Furlough Scheme has now been extended until the end of October 2020. 80% of salaries up to £2,500 will continue to be paid with new flexibility introduced from August.

20.5.20 – Bounce Back and other loans

Applications to the government’s Bounce Back Loan scheme (updated 4.5.20) are now live. The scheme is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by COVID-19 to access loans of up to £50,000.

There is also a separate Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (updated 1.5.20) for small and medium businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5m. You need to have a turnover of less than £45m to be eligible for this.

For larger businesses with more than £45m turnover, you can access the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (updated 20.5.20). Through this you can access loans for up to £25m or finance.

20.5.20 – Nurse Deployment Update

You may have identified a need for a nurse but might not be clear on how the whole process works. To make it easier to understand the full user journey, Skills for Care has produced a flowchart which shows the journey up until the point of a registered nurse being deployed. The flowchart helps you to see what you need to do and what happens after you’ve filled in the NHS and Social Care Capacity Tracker, which is the first step.

They’ve also updated their website to include information about what training a nurse should’ve done prior to deployment and how to access the training, and the indemnity and insurance arrangements you should have.

20.5.20 – Informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

We previously circulated this as an attachment, but DHSC has now uploaded it to the .gov website. DHSC is asking employers to tell them about the deaths of all types of workers in the adult social care sector. The website details how to do this.

Updated 20.5.20 Key Workers

We now have it in writing that those who work in social care, including those providing administrative support, are counted as Key Workers in the government’s guidance.

  • Guidance (14.5.20) for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision
  • Information (updated 20.5.20) for parents and carers

15.5.20 – Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Package for Social Care Staff

The Samaritans confidential staff support line has been extended to social care workers. This is now live and ready to use. Similarly, a Bereavement and Trauma helpline, and free access to mental health apps Silvercloud, Sleepio and Daylight are also available. These must not be shared on social media to prevent the helplines being abused. See here for more details.

Updated 13.5.20 Guidance on safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis

SCIE have produced a quick guide for faith-based organisations and describes some of the potential main issues around safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis that need to be thought through.

12.5.20 Guidance on Dementia in Care Homes and COVID-19

SCIE have produced guidance for supporting people with dementia in care homes during the crisis.

11.5.20 – Deaths of Social Care Workers

In response to the ONS report on the scale of deaths among social care workers, DHSC has produced this letter. It details a process to let DHSC know about the deaths of employees and volunteers.

7.5.20 – Automatic Visa Extensions

The Home Secretary has now extended the offer of free one-year visa extensions to all health and care staff within the professional groups listed on the website, where you can find more information: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-frontline-health-worker-visa-extension.

30.4.20 – Food Offers for Social Care Staff

NHSX and CQC are working together to identify and disseminate priority food offers for social care staff. These include offers that are available to individual employees and for care providers. The link details for offers from the following:

  1. Food to care
  2. Iceland
  3. Morrisons
  4. Blue Light card for carers
  5. Discounts for carers
  6. Annex – how to sign up for an NHSMail account

16.4.20 Anthony Collins Solicitors Advice on Furlough Scheme

Anthony Collins has produced a new e-briefing on the Job Retention Scheme reflecting a Treasury Direction and a new version of the government’s furlough guidance.

FAQs on Personal Budgets

Skills for Care, with the input of TLAP, have created FAQs for Individual Employers and Personal Assistants.  

28.03.20 – Letter of Thanks

A Letter of Thanks to social care workforce from Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

26.3.20 Access to Supermarkets for social care staff

NCF has worked with the Care Provider Alliance to create an open letter to supermarkets to call on them to treat social care workers in the same way they are treating NHS staff. You can read the letter on the CPA website. Please share and show to your local supermarket chains.

Sick Pay and workforce availability: guidance for commissioners

Guidance for local authority commissioners on alleviating pressures on care providers, including in relation to sick pay, backfill payments, workforce availability, DBS checks and deployment across different care setting.

25.3.20 Free Parking for Social Care and NHS Staff

The government has announced that Social Workers and NHS staff will be able to use on-street parking and council-run car parks for free for the duration of the crisis. NHS Trusts are also suspending parking charges for NHS staff.

Anthony Collins’ Briefings

Anthony Collins have created a number of e-briefings which can be accessed on their website. These are updated regularly.

Previous briefings have included;

Convert your face to face training to online via National Care Forum Partners – Altura Learning

We know what a challenging and uncertain time it is for care providers during this COVID-19 pandemic.

From a training perspective, Skills for Care recommends that training is completed online for the foreseeable future. However, staff require more support and training than ever before around infection control, outbreak management and COVID-19.

Volunteers and new recruits are being called upon to support existing care teams, who will have little or no prior knowledge of working in the sector.

Altura Learning, as a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence, are in a position to support the sector with these challenges, so we’ve launched a special 6 month Care Industry Support Package to help where we can.

With this special package, you can access 10 pre selected accredited courses via the Bridge Learning Management System, whilst converting all your existing face to face training materials quickly and easily into online courses.

Your trainers can even use the system to arrange and deliver webinar training workshops to your staff.

It’s a package designed to facilitate ongoing, high quality learning for your whole team, all your volunteers and your new starters, any time, any place and on any device.

Take a look below at what we’re offering you:

Our Care Industry Support Package

  • 6 month condensed Altura Learning Membership package reducing the pressure to commit to full term costs and contracts
  • £11 per learner
  • Unlimited, ongoing access to ten courses selected in line with Skills for Care guidance that will help support you to train staff and volunteers through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Convert your existing face-to-face training into online training quickly and easily using the Bridge course authoring tool
  • Deliver Webinar training sessions 
  • Quick and effective remote setup that’s free of charge, enabling you to onboard new teams in record time

To find out more about the offer and to sign up, please visit:

https://www.alturalearning.com/care-industry-support-package-uk/

Adult social care recruitment care campaign launched to boost workforce

A new national adult social care recruitment campaign has been launched to boost the adult social care workforce in England as part of a wider plan to attract more staff into the sector.

It highlights the vital role of the social care workforce during the pandemic, along with the longer-term opportunity of working in care and a rapid training and work programme will be set up. The campaign, titled ‘Care for Others. Make a Difference’, will look to inspire the public to consider a career in social care. Read more here.

Care Workers’ Covid Grant Update

The Care Workers’ Charity has opened up their Covid-19 Emergency Fund to include more support roles in care settings. Due to more funding we can now support: Cooks/Kitchen roles, Housekeepers, Maintenance staff, Admin staff etc. Grants will be offered on a case by case basis and are available while funds last.

For applicants  who have had their income reduced due to self-isolating for 2 weeks or shielding for 12 weeks, they  may be entitled to a grant between £500 and £1000. More info here:        

 CWC is also offering grants of £2000 for funeral costs. This grant is available if a person working as a care worker or in a supporting role in a care setting passes away OR to help a care worker cover the funeral costs if a next of kin passes away. Find out more here: