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), Mary Anson (CPIC Chair), representatives from the CPIC Committee, and occasionally colleagues from the Council.
Daily update - 18th February 2022
The meeting today included Jonathan Price, Val Smith, and Carolyn Montgomerie, along with Mary, Phil, and Richard from CPIC. Apologies were received from Christine. We discussed;
- Electric Cars: Jonathan has been looking into funding opportunities around electric cars and is keen to schedule some workshops with providers to get a feel for interest and potential uptake. CPIC were asked to co-ordinate and promote an event for the 24th February which would include colleagues from the Council and leasing experts to answer any questions that might arise. A meeting between Richard, Val and Carolyn was set for Monday to work on further details.
- D2A: Health are opening up alternative spaces for patients, such as chapels, restaurants, etc. They have asked social care providers if they could do the same. Aside from the legalities (providers cannot exceed their CQC registration for beds etc), and the logistics (staffing is already an issue), a care home is someone’s home. This would be akin to the NHS asking their staff to put up a patient in their dining room. Jonathan has relayed this response to Health colleagues, but it does further underline the critical lack of understanding within the NHS of how social care works in the real world.
- We discussed the possibility of trialling a 7 day per week Trusted Assessor scheme in West Cornwall, for around 5 care homes. It was suggested that this could be discussed at the next Residential Forum, where maybe we could invite Melanie Weatherly from Lincoln / CAA who have been running their own TA scheme successfully. There is a need to find a solution for Home Care too, particularly in view of the new contract and linking closer with ICAs.
- Uplift: Jonathan indicated that a proposal was going to the DLT meeting next week and more information will be available after the meeting.
- Grants for small LD providers with few staff but large packages is still an issue as one provider received only £300. Jonathan indicated that there is discretionary funds available and will speak with Kate Alcock.
- There was a discussion around the changes in the covid rules around testing and isolation, as there is no guidance available on what will happen in social care.
- It was reported that one agency is advertising on Indeed for £15 an hour for contracts with Cornwall Council. Jonathan did not recognise the name of the agency as someone who is working with the Council.
- RovaCare will provide 2 cars 7am to 7pm to offer double handed support across mid Cornwall from Newquay to St Austell. The project is still working out some of the detail, which has slowed things slightly. They are looking at how to refer people into the service and the teams need to have clinical support available where needed. It could be that this links with Louisa Forbes’ team.
The next scheduled meeting will take place on the 25th February 2022.