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Sector forums

Our regular forums are an excellent opportunity for CPIC to share information with the sector and for providers to discuss the issues that they are facing. Our forums are for all care providers in Cornwall, not just our members.

The next Domiciliary care and Learning Disability Forum will be held at 10:00 on 29th May 2018
at Crossroads Care Home, Scorrier, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5BP
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The next Residential Care Home Forum will be held at 10:00 on 30th May 2018
at Crossroads Care Home, Scorrier, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5BP
Details if required

Welcome to Cornwall Partners In Care


As you may have seen, David Smith (our Vice Chairperson), was interviewed for Spotlight TV on Monday 12th January 2015. He urged commissioners to engage with CPIC as the only Trade Association in Cornwall representing INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS.

Cornwall Council have been meeting with Lot One Framework Providers regarding recent concerns with commissioning Care at Home Services, as numerous problems have arisen since the Framework was introduced.

There are only 22 providers currently 'approved' to provide Lot One Care at Home services by Cornwall Council, which is approximately 20 per cent of domiciliary care businesses registered with the Care Quality Commission in Cornwall.

CPIC need to increase their membership as a matter of urgency if non-approved Providers want to be listened to, as Jim McKenna has made it perfectly clear that he can only meet with organisations which do represent a majority of the market place. The next CPIC Forum for domiciliary care providers will be are held EVERY month on the last Tuesday of the month. PLEASE come along & complete a membership form if you wish to show your support for CPIC.

CORNWALL PARTNERS IN CARE (CPIC) was formed in May 2007 but there were some difficulties in establishing the priority of INDEPENDENTLY representing INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS!! As some people will be aware, CPIC updated their Articles of Association & re-started as a company limited by guarantee in 2011, and a lot of hard work has been done by the Committee over the past three years, on behalf of the Residential Sector as well as Dom Care & Learning Disability Services.

Unfortunately, this work has not been communicated well to all members, as some are not able to attend the regular forum meetings arranged (monthly for Dom Care & LD Providers, and bi-monthly for Residential & Nursing Home Providers). A development plan called "Moving Forward" was compiled by our Executive Officer, Richard Monk, in January 2014, so we do know that there is much we can achieve to promote the benefits for members (including updating our website).

I joined the committee in May 2013 as I truly believe that if we speak as one voice, we will “eventually" be listened to. I was personally very frustrated at not receiving satisfactory answers to simple questions & I am happy to share an email I sent to Sharon Rosevear & Rachel Thomas prior to the Cornwall Council Providers Forum last July, with the usual frustrating replies (attached).

As a new member of the committee, I have been astounded at how much hard work is done "behind the scenes" by the CPIC committee, and there are often disagreements and lively debates as we are from different sectors & have different opinions and experiences. This diversity shows how representatives from a cross-section of all services can still have common concerns, & I would like you to read recent correspondence which gives an overview of what CPIC is trying to achieve.

Elections for new committee members will be held in May 2015, so if you feel that you could help to represent others, NOW is the time to join CPIC and work together for our common goals of being able to provide the best standards of independent care & support possible throughout Cornwall.

David Smith, Chair, Cornwall Partners in Care -