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Provider Newsletter January 2020

Request For Case Studies

Do you have a staff member who is passionate about care and would like to be part of a national campaign to promote careers in care? 

We know it is often difficult to find and keep staff and we want to help. Through raising Essex's profile and a targeted recruitment campaign we are aiming to help fill your vacancies.

Essex Case Studies

We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care to tackle the recruitment need by using the national campaign to gain coverage. The National Recruitment Campaign team are interested in having case studies from Essex to be part of the national campaign. We want to promote care in Essex through case studies of your amazing staff, to appear in the National Recruitment Campaign. The case studies are being themed, with a new one each month:

  • January - 'career switchers', those who have moved from another industry into adult social care
  • February - those supporting people with learning disabilities
  • March - those working in rural areas

To join in the campaign and raise the profile of care in Essex, please complete the attached case study form and submit it to

Essex targeted digital campaign

Once we have Essex case studies we intend on using digital channels including social media to target people with the right values and behaviours for a role in care and direct them to current vacancies in Essex. Having Essex case studies of care staff passionate about what they do will add weight to the local campaign as well. The Essex digital campaign will point the targeted local people to the national DWP vacancy page so, to ensure that we have all the available vacancies on the page, please support us by uploading your vacancies and keeping them up to date.

Why should providers be interested?

The national campaign drive that started in October has seen an average of 26,600 new visits to the website each week, and vacancies are being filled. A targeted digital campaign will draw in more interest and more people applying for care roles, helping to fill your vacancies. Having Essex case studies will allow applicants to relate more with the jobs and will increase the profile of care in the county. Also, targeted digital channels including social media are powerful tools in recruitment drives. This approach has been used by the Council successfully in other recruitment campaigns eg. foster care.

What else can providers do?

Upload your vacancies

Use campaign materials

Refer friends and family

Sign up to receive updates from the campaign

We're always interested to hear about your experiences of recruiting staff in the county, including if you have already advertised through the campaign, and how you think ECC can help. Please email us at to tell us more, or if you have any questions regarding the above.


West Essex Care Home Forum

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:


New Falls Improvement Group

Do you have an interest in Falls Reduction? Mid Essex CCG have joined forces with partners from the local health and social care system to create a new Falls Improvement Group for mid Essex area. The group's aim is to work collaboratively on improving falls and would welcome care home partners to get involved. If you are interested in attending the group (6 weekly meetings at Broomfield) or would like to learn more about how you can reduce risk of falls, please email Louise Pinder (CCG Resilience Team) on


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.

The platform offers the following functionality.

The opportunity for the adult to:

  • See their support plan
  • Purchase their care and support through an e-market place
  • Recruit PA's
  • Manage time sheets and invoices
  • Pay providers quickly and efficiently
  • See their budget and what their contribution/assessed charge is
  • Set up a direct debit to pay their assessed charge

We are planning to undertake the test and learn to see how this works and whether it can become part of the offer.  We will run the test and learn in the Mid Quadrant with a mixed group of adults form April to December 2020.

If you support someone who pays for their care via a direct payment this may impact upon you.  Once we have recruited the adults to be part of the test and learn we will contact the providers that work with them to ensure that the system works smoothly and that the payment mechanisms are set up properly.

We would appreciate your support and co-operation throughout this process if it involves your organisation.

For Further information contact Stephen Watt

Foot Education Leaflets

In order to promote the importance of foot checks and foot health, the Provide Podiatry team will be issuing education leaflets to all care and nursing homes. The leaflets will give lots of information that will help all staff and relatives look after residents feet and provide information for when and how residents can be referred to Podiatry for  specialist care


Good News Story!!

Care Group of the Year 

Stow Healthcare homes in East Anglia has recently been awarded the Care Group of the Year title at two national awards - both the Caring UK Awards, and the National Care Awards.

The judges of the National Care Awards said of Stow Healthcare: "Stow Healthcare Group demonstrated to the Judges how changing cultures in failing homes can transform the lives of residents in services rated Inadequate, to Outstanding. They did this by empowering staff to enable change which is a clear testament to the leadership in this exceptional group."


Drop in sessions for catheterisation skills'

The dates below are drop in sessions for catheterisation skills and care in the Medical Academic Unit Lecture theatre 1,  Broomfield hospital. Open to all and there is no need to book in advance.

  • Monday 3rd February, 13:00-17:00hrs
  • Monday 23rd March, 12:00-17:00hrs

Transform a child's life, be the parent they need.

In 2020, it is predicted that 500 Essex children will come into care. Essex County Council needs your help. Watch our film here.

Many foster children have a difficult start in life. By taking in a child and giving them a safe, stable and nurturing home - perhaps for the first time - you could set them on the path to a better future.

Essex County Council can best match children to your family, the training is local, support is 24/7 and your family can receive up to £483 per week, per child. You don't need any specific qualifications to foster, just patience, time and a commitment to improving children's lives.

Pop along to an informal event where you can hear first-hand from people who foster and learn about some of the children who need homes. Social workers and foster carers will be on hand to chat and answer your questions.

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