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Cost of Care and Market Sustainability


15 August, 2022

Please see these presentations for details on the Fair Cost of Care exercises. Cost of Care & Market Sustainability – Home Care Cost of Care & Market Sustainability – Residential

New Service Launched for Wheelchair and Community Equipment Users


5 August, 2022

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset have launched a new Community Equipment and Wheelchair Service to help people live more independently. Previously running as two separate services, (a Community Equipment Service and separate Wheelchair Service) this new integrated provision will…

Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report and Safeguarding Awards


3 August, 2022

The Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board has published it’s annual report for the 2021/22 financial year, which details the work of the Board and its partners during the year. You can read a copy of the full report and a one-page…

ASC Provider Partnerships in Integrated Care Systems (Published August 2022)

Integrated Care Systems

3 August, 2022

The Care Provider Alliance has developed a guide for adult social care providers on Integrated Care Systems and the opportunities they provide for partnership working between health and social care. ICSs are partnerships between health and care organisations, coming together…

Falls Equipment Offer and Other Resources


25 July, 2022

We are doing a lot of work around falls at the moment, both falls prevention and post-fall advice and support. Equipment Offer We are in the process of procuring a number of Mangar Eagle Lifting Cushions for Nursing and Residential…

Fair Cost of Care Exercises


25 July, 2022

Ahead of social care reforms later this year, Somerset County Council are carrying out exercises around Market Sustainability and the Fair Cost of Care. For more details, please see the presentations below. Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care –…

Out of Area (OOA) placements and transfers of care for people with a Learning Disability and or Autism

Quality Assurance

25 July, 2022

In 2018, the LGA (Local Government Association) & ADASS (Association of Directors of Social Services) published an advice note aimed at local authorities providing adult social care services re arrangements and recommended ways of working when commissioning out of area…

Heatwave Advice


15 July, 2022

There is an Amber Extreme heat warning this weekend, valid from 0001hrs on Sunday until 23:59 hours on Tuesday. We are expecting afternoon highs in the low to mid 30s across much of the UK, including parts of the South…

Can you take part in new study? SEntIneL patient and public involvement (PPI


8 July, 2022

What is the project? The SEntIneL1 study is investigating whether sampling from indoor surfaces and air can detect viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory illness in care homes. You can read more about the project here. The project is a…

Provider Webinar and Q&A with Mel Lock

Category two

17 June, 2022

Tuesday 21st June, 4-5pm.  We hope you will be able to join us at our upcoming webinar. The session will be led by Somerset’s Director of Adult Social Care, Mel Lock, and supported by other senior members of the Adult…

17th Edition of the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board’s Newsletter


14 June, 2022

The 17th and latest edition of the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board’s (SSAB) newsletter is now available here. This edition includes: News from the SSAB Guidance and leaflets Professional Curiosity Webinar Every Life Matters Violence Against Women and Girls National Safeguarding…

In The News

Category two

13 June, 2022

It’s been great to see some positive news stories about working in care this week, both locally and nationally! Care workers share experiences working with vulnerable adults | Somerset County Gazette Research reveals high levels of “happiness” in the social…

Provider Briefing – Request for Feedback

Category two

31 May, 2022

Are you subscribed to our weekly Provider Briefing?  It comes out every Friday and contains updates on what we’re doing, new regulation (particularly around Covid), upcoming events, and links to training and other resources. You can subscribe and view previous…

Get involved! Dementia action week – 16 – 22 May


13 May, 2022

Next Monday sees the launch of Dementia Action Week, a national campaign to raise awareness about dementia. Be sure to follow our social media, where we’ll be sharing some great news and videos. If you haven’t planned anything yet, don’t…

ADASS Survey: Waiting for Care and Support


13 May, 2022

New survey findings from ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) show that more than half a million people are now waiting for an adult social care assessment, for care or a direct payment to begin or for a…

Care Provider Quality Assurance: PAMMS Implementation in the South West

Quality Assurance

12 May, 2022

13 Local Authorities across the South West region, including Somerset, have recently agreed to implement a Provider Assessment and Market Management Solution (PAMMS), supported by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (South West ADASS). The PAMMS tool was…

Free Training: 2-day Mental Health First Aid Course


25 April, 2022

Do your teams work with high-risk individuals/ vulnerable adults?  Is there an increasing need for Mental health Support for your clients and/or service users?  Do your teams feel equipped to provide a mental health intervention? Have your staff been trained…

Consultation: Changes to the MCA Code of Practice and Implementation of the LPS

Category two

21 April, 2022

The Government is now consulting on the proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) Code of Practice, which includes guidance on the new Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) system. One of the documents being consulted upon is a draft…

Skills For Care are #CelebratingSocialCare

Category two

8 April, 2022

Throughout April Skills for Care are celebrating social care and recognising the importance of social care and the dedicated and skilled work of everyone in the sector They want as many people as possible to get involved in #CelebratingSocialCare this…

Nominate Someone Amazing! BBC Radio Somerset Make A Difference Awards

Category two

29 March, 2022

This year BBC Radio Somerset wants to celebrate and say thank you to people living in our villages, towns and cities who make where we live a better place. Every day we hear stories of people doing incredible things for…