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Provider Newsletter - December 2019


To the December 2019 issue of Essex County Council's Provider Newsletter.


Subsidised training for care providers

Adult Community Learning (ACL) in partnership with Essex County Council Economic Growth team are delighted to offer a number of subsidised training opportunities to the care provider market. These training programmes aim to support the development of care management skills, leadership and team skills, and digital skills. In addition to these programmes, there is the opportunity to undertake unit accreditation towards achieving a L4 Adult Social Care Diploma.

The training is subsidised by Essex County Council and there are a limited number of places on each programme.

Please see attached flyer for course information and contact details.


Digital solution to support people using Direct Payments

As part of the Choice and Control transformation programme where Essex County Council are aiming to embed personalisation across all that we do in Adult Social Care, we are undertaking a test and learn project to see if we can improve and broaden our offer to people who receive Direct Payments.  This will involve trying out a digital solution that allows people to manage their direct payment and place orders for services through an online platform. Find out more here.


Meaningful Lives Facebook Channel - help us spread the word


The Meaningful Lives Facebook channel is live and we would appreciate your help by sharing the link to help get the message out across Essex and for the new page to start gaining a profile. The Meaningful Lives Matter program is the biggest transformation program in Essex and is a new countywide movement to transform the lives of children and adults with learning disability and/or autism in Essex.  The page is designed to inform our Learning Disability & Autism communities about the services we offer, events, news updates and awareness campaigns. Access the page here:

We would also welcome any uplifting or interesting stories from your schemes and residents for consideration to include in the pages. Please send these to


Annual Provider Relationship Survey

The Annual Provider Relationship Survey is live and we need as many care provider responses as possible. Please click the link below to access the survey.


Your feedback is extremely valuable and the data obtained from your anonymised answers will be used by senior managers and directors at Essex County Council to help plan future activity.

The survey, which is being conducted by an external agency Enventure Research, is made up of quick and easy to answer questions which you can complete in around 10 minutes.

Please forward the link above onto your teams so they too can take part.

If you have any questions about completing or accessing the questionnaire, please call the survey helpline on 0800 0092 117 or email  


Flu vaccinations for care sector staff

Please be reminded that frontline care staff are eligible for free flu vaccinations on the NHS. As an added incentive Public Health England and the NHS will be giving certificates to organisations who ensure their staff are vaccinated. Further details are within the flyer attached.

We urge you to ensure your staff receive the vaccine for the safety of those in their care.

Care Worker Survey Results

We're pleased to announce the care worker survey results are now available and can be accessed here. Thank you again to everyone who responded, the responses you gave will be used to inform ECCs future workforce activity. If you have any questions or comments on the findings please email

Additionally, 3 donations to charities have been made by Enventure. The charities chosen by the winners are: Havens Hospices, Diabetes UK & Farleigh Hospice. 

You can also find useful information to support recruitment and retention on our Hub workforce pages.


EPUT Care Home Training Provision Review

EPUT would like your feedback on the training currently provided and have produced this short questionnaire.  

Please return your completed questionnaire to Sharon Earl, Committee Secretary, by e-mail, by post 12 Castle Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7QF or over the telephone Tel: 01268 464508.


Care Home Event

Please find attached invitation to the West Essex Care Home Forum which will be held on 28th January at 9.30am.

This is an opportunity for care homes to find out more from the local health and social care system about the local services that can support you and your residents, and includes Oral Health training. Followed by a networking lunch.

Please note that a number of funded places are available for this event, these will be issued on a first come first served basis - details are included on the attached flyer.

Book your places via the following link via Eventbrite at:


Essex Care Sector Awards 2019

Winners of The Essex Care Sector Awards 2019 were announced on Tuesday 26th November at a gala dinner held at the Chelmsford City Racecourse.

The awards are a celebration of innovative practice and outstanding achievement and showcases the hard work and dedication of the care sector throughout Essex.

This years awards were sponsored by: Tesco, Training 2 Care, Tovertafel, Attwells Solicitors, NeoNavitas and Total Merchandise

The Awards were judged by an independent panel of judges which included representatives from the Sponsors, Health and Social Care. A list of the judges can be found here

A full list of all the finalists can be found in the Essex Care Sector Awards 2019 programme.

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