Cornwall Partners in Care hold weekly briefings with Cornwall Council and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation trust. These meetings involve Jonathan Price (Joint Director Adult Care and Health for Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow) and Phil Confue (Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation trust), as well as David Smith (CPIC Chairman) and representatives from the CPIC Committee.
Daily update - 23rd April 2021
The meeting today was between Jonathon, Val, Kate Alcock, and Mary, Christine, Phil and myself. We discussed the following;
1/ The response to the CPIC Cost pressure Report was sent yesterday. In the letter there is an offer for the Council to work with CPIC to make the case for additional funding.
2/ Media stories will highlight joint working which took place involving Proud to Care and outbreak management. There will also be formal thanks to the sector through communication channels throughout May.
3/ The ICC Summer Plan had highlighted potential pressures this Summer. Kieran Bignall who used to work for the ambulance service will take the lead on this, and will work alongside Karen Kay who will take the lead on D2A arrangements. Both will be invited to future meetings to provide updates.
4/ Jonathon highlighted new working arrangements in the light of the new White Paper which still needed to be finalised. It was noted that the three ASC Area Directors will report to Suzanne Wixey as ASC Director, and Val agreed to incorporate job roles in a future communication bulletin. Jonathon suggested that he attend a future CPIC Forum with the new Directors to discuss the new working arrangements. Jonathon also agreed to review future representation within the Primary Care Networks.
5/ Kate provided an update on ADASS discussions relating to D2A funding which will be channelled through CCGs and will be for upto 6 weeks until the end of June, and then for 4 weeks upto the end of September. The funding for CPIC to provide emotional and psychological support had provided some really useful feedback which needed to be captured and further considered. It was noted that some further funding might still be available for this work, and Mary stated that she was keen to be involved as it might help prevent staff leaving the sector.
6/ Jonathon stated that Rob White had agreed to take the Chair of the Care Home Cell for an interim period, and that its remit would hopefully be extended to include Care at Home. The cell had looked at Care Home resilience and the fragility of staffing and Jonathon agreed to circulate this information. The importance of Independent Care Providers in supporting a large proportion of the population had been recognised at a strategic level, but this mindset was not so evident at an operational level, and it was hoped that the Cell would address this issue in the future.
7/ David provided feedback on Care Friends to state that it was a legitimate use of the Workforce Grant as it provided rewards for covering shifts at short notice and therefore reduced the need for Agency staffing. Staff liked the reward system which they generally utilised as a Christmas Bonus. The costs involved were offset against reduced recruitment costs.
8/ The promotion of Electric Vehicles was being pushed by Adult Social Care although the availability of charging units and the time taken to recharge were recognised as limiting factors. Nick Hayden is the lead on this, and Jonathon agreed to invite him to a future meeting.
9/ Christine stated that UKHCA had now produced guidance and a legal framework for Live in Care, and she agreed to circulate this. Kate asked for Amy Claridge to be included for incorporation into an options appraisal.