This event is for GCPA members only.

If you would like to view this event please log in or register your organisation with a GCPA membership.  If you do not have a personal GCPA account but your organisation is a GCPA member then please contact your lead account holder to set you up with a login.

This event is for GCPA members only.

If you would like to view this event please log in or register your organisation with a GCPA membership.  If you do not have a personal GCPA account but your organisation is a GCPA member then please contact your lead account holder to set you up with a login.

Here is our e-news bulletin for 11 April 2024. 

All contact information for the GCPA team can be found at the foot of the bulletin.

Please note, from 01/05/2024, only 2024/25 members will receive our newsletters. If your organisation does not renew it’s membership by this date, you will not be granted access to members-only newsletters, information & events until renewal is complete.

This is a reminder that the DHSC Capacity Tracker Reporting Window is open (8-15 April 2024). The Homecare Association have shared the following with their members: Capacity Tracker – reporting window dates and training for providers (

To access a recording of yesterday’s GCPA webinar (10/04/2024), please contact

Please read all of this email, respond accordingly and pass on to any of your staff who may have not yet been registered through the website, thank you.

Pastoral Care Drop in Sessions for Organisations who Recruit Internationally

Gugu Mthethwa, GCPA’s seconded Pastoral Care Officer, has recently been running network events for Gloucestershire’s international recruits at the Friendship Café in Gloucester with really positive feedback from those who attended the sessions.

Following on from this, GCPA are now offering drop in sessions at your organisation’s settings, so as many international recruits as possible can be supported by Gugu and the GCPA team.

How can this benefit your organisation?

· Gugu can support your induction plan and ensure that international staff have a smooth transition into your workplace.

· Providing continuous support with accommodation, bank and GP registrations.

· Helping to integrate international staff into their communities and allow them to feel at home.

Testimonials of network event attendees:

“The event was amazing and really helpful for me. I got a lot of new information from GCPA’s side. Gugu and Ollie made excellent conversation with me and my husband. I would like to learn more about my career progression.”

“We really enjoyed today’s networking event. This is a good initiative for international employees.”

Please contact Ollie at GCPA to arrange a drop in session: or call 07563393202

New App for Gloucestershire’s International Recruits

GCPA and system partners have teamed up with Piota Apps to launch a new application called Healthzone UK. This app aims to ease the transition into the UK for international recruits working in the care sector in Gloucestershire.

From locating your nearest supermarket, to finding out how to access Vivup employee benefits and reading up to date articles on modern slavery and exploitation; this app allows you to access all information in one place.

Whilst this app is aimed primarily at international recruits, all information can be relevant for registered managers and other members of staff and we encourage anyone to download it.

This can be downloaded via apple or google stores following the links below:

Apple – App Store
Google Play Store

If you have viewed these links on a laptop or computer, these can be transferred to a mobile device to view on the stores or to download. Screenshots are provided below of what the app will look like on Apple or Google stores.


South West Regional Stakeholder Network – Request for Photos and Locations of Car Parks Where Disabled Bays are not Suitable

The South West Regional Stakeholder Network, which feeds directly into the Office for Disability Issues within Government, has a current focus on issues with transport and challenges with inappropriate disabled parking spaces.

The Chair of the Network is making a request for photos and locations of car parks where disabled bays are not suitable (they may have been given another use such as a bicycle storage area, dumping ground, converted into standard use electric charging bays, are too small to be useful etc.

The Network will take this information directly to the department to be used as evidence for them to take action either against individual landowners or to support the change of culture to ensure disabled bays are given the priority and space they require.  The summarised results of the information they are given will form part of the Government’s Disability Action Plan.

If you know of such a disabled parking space(s) that is being misused, please send more information to

Worried about the recent government changes to International Recruitment? Borderless are here to help!

Navigating these changes can be challenging, so here’s a brief overview of the latest updates effective April 4th:

  • Shortage Occupation Codes have now been replaced by the Immigration Salary List. Any jobs on immigration salary list can be paid a salary of £23,200 or as per the salary on the ‘lower going rate’ section, whichever is higher.
  • All COS’s must now explain how employees meet Health and Care Worker eligibility, including visa requirements and employment by a Home Office approved care provider.
  • All Health and Care employers are now required to be registered with CQC to sponsor new workers.

Have more questions?

Borderless is here to guide you through the entire process. Our platform and team of experts make it easy and affordable to sponsor, employ and maintain compliance. .

Multi Agency Training Courses by Proud to Learn

Proud to Learn offer access to funded learning opportunities to people in the adult care and voluntary community sector in Gloucestershire on our bespoke Learnpro community system. To book onto any course or access the E-learning you will need a one time registration. Either use the link below or email us on

Click Here  for updated course schedule April 2024. Use the button below to go to Learnpro community to see what dates have availability (remember your username will be your email address, and if you have forgotten your password,  request a new one, ) New course dates added weekly.

CareLineLive Webinar – 17 April 2024

Dementia Action Week – 13-19 May 2024

Learn how increasing your activity and maintaining social connections can have an impact on reducing your risk of dementia.One Gloucestershire will have stalls at these locations where you can ask questions and learn more about their services:

Monday 13th May: Tesco, Cinderford (10am-3pm) Tuesday 14th May: Stow Market Place (10am-3pm) Wednesday 15th May: Stratford Park, Stroud (10am-3pm) Thursday 16th May: Tewkesbury Morrisons & Nature Reserve (10am-3pm) Friday 17th May: Gloucester City Farmers Market (9am-3pm) Friday 17th May: Westonbirt Festival entrance (9am-12noon) Saturday 18th May: Stroud Farmers Market (9am-2pm) Sunday 19th May: John Lewis, Cheltenham (11am-2pm)