Latest News - May 2015

Fair Cost of Care Briefing

Throughout 2017/18 Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow have been working closely with providers of care homes in Cornwall to develop an approach to calculating placement fees. This is intended to take account of the actual cost of delivering care in the local market, helping us to ensure sustainable and responsive services for the future.

Home Care and Supportive Lifestyles Bidder Workshops

Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow are offering bidder workshops for all Organisations interested in applying for the Care Closer to Home (Homecare) and/or the Supportive Lifestyles (Supported Living) tenders.

EPIC- Ehealth Productivity & Innovation in Cornwall & IOS

EPIC is a 3 year project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, it aims to improve the use of EHealth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and, at the same time develop expertise and commercial opportunities for Cornish Small and Medium Size Enterprises.

Reporting deaths to coroner

Forthcoming changes to coroner duty to undertake inquest in DoLS and other authorisations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

FNC rate for 2017/18

The Department of Health has announced changes to the 2017/18 rate for NHS-funded Nursing Care, to be applicable from 1 April 2017.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans

There are 44 areas now developing STPs and they are asked to ensure they involve local providers in their preparation. The aide memoire attached to this email makes specific reference to the need to have stronger partnerships with care homes.

Transforming learning disability services

NHS England bring you a new and innovative online course for anyone in Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) or delivering care and support to people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) were announced in the NHS planning guidance published in December 2015. NHS organisations in different parts of the country have been asked to come together to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their area.

NMC Changes to Overseas Nurse Language Test

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has decided it will change its rules so that nurses wishing to work in the UK will be able to pass the test requirements across two sittings, if they do not pass the first exam

Minutes from AGM

Minutes from the 2016 AGM with guest speakers Dr Jonathan Katz and Martin Green.


At Crossroads Care Home, Scorrier. Buffet lunch at Networking from 12:00 with guest speakers Martin Green (Care England) and Dr Jonathan Katz (Kernow Health CIC)

Safeguarding Information Leaflet

Cornwall Council have recently provided a revised LADO leaflet in order to clarify the procedure for adult reporting for professional allegations.

LD DOM Care Forum notes

Notes fro the LD/DOM Care forum held on the 23rd February 2016 at Crossroads are now available.

Peninsula Comment on NMW

since April 2015 travel between assignments has be covered by the amended NMW Regs 27 & 34. As a consequence...

CPIC Q&A Session

Here are the notes taken at the Q&A sessions held on the 24th November 2015

Cornwall Devolution Deal

The Prime Minister recently announced new powers as part of the Deal for Cornwall – with more decisions, budgets and accountability at a local level.

Healthwatch Cornwall Care at Home Report

During 2014, Healthwatch Cornwall (HC) was made aware of a number of concerns about the commissioning, supply and administration of the process for providing care at home in Cornwall.

Transforming care

NHS England’s work aims to ensure that people with learning disabilities and/or autism receive high quality care in the most appropriate settings

RCN Public meeting in Penzance on the NHS

Our NHS: Shaping its future
If you are interested in attending please contact Melissa Muir in the office of Andrew George MP on 01736 360021 or email

65 Local Authorities to receive 25 million

65 local authorities will each received a share of the £25 million allocated by the Department for Communities and Local Government last month. Cornwall is not on the list.

CPIC's Letters to Cornwall Council

CPIC regularly writes to Cornwall Council on a variety of issues. Here are some of our letters and the replies we have received in a handy zip file.

March for Care - 8th July 2014

Cornwall Council is reorganising community care in a way which will mean that vulnerable adults may lose their carers, with whom they have built up a relationship of trust, and experienced carers may lose their jobs.

Join us to oppose the changes.

Workforce Development Fund 2013/14

Social Care and Learning Development have released details on how to apply for Workforce Development funding for 2013/14. Also included is Cornwall Council's core funding details.

Personal Independence Payment

As part of wider welfare reform, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013 and those turning 16 after that date. This is initially for new claims only.

Update - Funding subsidies for adult social care training 2013/14

To summarise, as of the 1st July 2013 Social Care Learning & Development will ensure that:

• Funding towards social care qualifications (QCF) is available to NMDS-SC compliant organisations through the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund (WDF). Support to become NMDS – SC compliant and to make claims is available.

• 50% training fees will be available for individuals or groups for other relevant training sessions. Please complete an ASC21 (individual) or ASC138 (Group) training request form – attached - to apply for this.

• Funding to subsidise qualifications which do not attract help from the WDF may also be available.

• Access to fully funded E-Learning and current face to face programmes is unchanged.

Red tape freeze extended to more small businesses

The Government has announced that the moratorium exempting businesses with fewer than 10 employees from new regulations will now be extended to firms with up to 50 staff, and will continue beyond 2014. Businesses will also be exempted from new regulations if there is any evidence that they will result in disproportionate burdens that could impede growth.