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Provider Newsletter May 2019


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


Equality Act and recruitment: Pre-Employment Health Questionnaires

We wish to remind providers that, when recruiting, asking a candidate any questions about a health or disability prior to making a job offer is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. Information can be requested after an offer of employment has been made but using this information to withdraw the offer could be used against you at a tribunal. Further information about the legislation can be found here


Important: Use of Social Media

We would like to use this opportunity to remind you of the benefit of having effective guidelines in place for all employees on the use of social media at work, outside of work and whilst carrying out their day to day duties. This is particularly important when dealing with vulnerable adults and children as part of the services that you are providing. Click here to read the full article.


ECC's Quality Innovation team announced as finalists at this year's Patient Safety Awards


The Provider Quality Innovation team are pleased to announce they are a finalist in this year's Patient Safety Awards for their work on the PROSPER project. Shortlisted for the Improving Care for Older People award, the team will find out if they have won on the 2nd July 2019.

Details of all the finalists can be found here


Winter Fast Track Acceptance Payment Survey

Just a reminder that the Winter Fast Track Acceptance Payment incentive ended on the 30th April 2019. To help us understand how successful the Winter Fast Track Acceptance Payments has been, a survey was issued on 2 May 2019 to all framework providers. We would request all framework providers to complete the short survey regardless of whether they received the payment or not to help inform future schemes.


Workforce Development Fund (2018-19)

The Workforce Development Fund supports the learning and development of adult social care workers in England. The fund is still open to claim money towards developing adult social care employees (and is the last opportunity to submit claims for any completed QCF qualifications (excluding Level 5). The Essex Care Training Partnership are the existing grant holders of this fund, and there could be monies available to support your claim, should you meet the eligibility criteria. The deadline for claims is 31 May 2019. Therefore, please contact ECTP on Tel: 01268 565551 or email your enquiry to or visit their website by clicking here.

Further information on the Workforce Development Fund for 2019-20 can be accessed by clicking here. Further information will be available in due course (once the 2019/20 contract holder has been announced).

If you have any queries, please contact Nicola Faulkner (Locality Manager - Eastern) via email on


Book your place at the Essex Care Association's forthcoming Breakfast Conference

The ECA Chair and Committee would like to invite you to our second Breakfast Conference of 2019, bringing you up to date with what's happening in Social Care

Wednesday 17th July 2019 - 8.00am to 12.00pm - Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1DU

Click Here to view the flyer

Please book your places directly through EventBrite clicking on the correct link:

ECA Members : Here

Non ECA Members : Here



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