Here is our e-news bulletin for 2 May 2024. 

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

The GCPA 24/25 membership certificate is now live. Simply download, enter your organisation’s name and expiry date and print for your care setting. You can download the document here,

GCPA will be launching a members-only WhatsApp group chat in the next couple of weeks, if you are interested in being added to this, please email your phone number to info@gcpa.co.uk

For a copy of Tuesday’s GCPA webinar recording, please email info@gcpa.co.uk

REMINDER: The DHSC Capacity Tracker Reporting Window is open next week (8-15 May 2024). The Homecare Association have shared the following with their members: Capacity Tracker – reporting window dates and training for providers (homecareassociation.org.uk)

Today’s bulletin includes an update from CQC, the Capacity Tracker team and VIVUP employee benefits available to all of your staff members.

Please read all of this email, respond accordingly and pass on to any of your organisation’s staff who may have not yet been registered through the website, thank you. To add team members to this mailing list, please visit your account dashboard.

For all GCPA updates and to see previous bulletins, please visit https://www.gcpa.co.uk/news/


GCPA Upcoming Events

Gloucestershire County Council Provider Forum – Have your say!

*GCPA Member Meeting to follow the provider forum*

GCC Statement:

“Following on from successful forums in February, Gloucestershire County Council Commissioners will continue to host regular events of this kind, which give you the opportunity to have your say and us the chance to share information and commissioning updates.

The Dom Care Provider Forum will include:

Updates on: the framework contract and the Market Position Statement, Information on: GCC’s forthcoming CQC Inspection; the Falls Training Programme; international recruitment support; and the Proud to Care training directory.

Please click here to see an agenda for a of the day.

An agenda for the Care Home Provider Forum on 30 May will follow in the next GCC bulletin.

We want to make sure we cover topics that are relevant and that we hear what is important to you. Please have your say and continue to send any suggestions you may have with regard to discussion points to us, we may not be able to cover them this time, but all will be noted and added to future agendas.

Please can we also ask you to register your interest, so we have an idea of numbers/attendees on the day at:  ptc@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Domiciliary Care Provider Forum – 3 May 2024, 10:00 – 12:30 – Gloucester Farmers Club Limited, Agriculture House, Greville Close, Sandhurst Road, Gloucester, GL2 9RGSandhurst Suite

Care Home Provider Forum – 30 May 2024, 10:00 – 12:30 – Highnam Community Centre Trust, Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG, The Parish Room 

Please note, in addition, GCPA (Gloucestershire Care Providers Association) are hosting a members meeting, which will follow on from our provider Forums and which will run from 12:30 – 13:30.


Capacity Tracker – Changes to COVID and Visiting Questions

Statement from Capacity Tracker Team:

“We are always looking at ways to develop Capacity Tracker to ensure it continues to be a useful and effective tool for Adult Social Care data and continues to add meaningful insight for the wider local teams, DHSC and NHSE colleagues.

We are undertaking a survey to understand what, if any, impact the proposed changes to Visiting Questions (Care Home only) & the cessation of collecting Covid Data (both Care Home & Home Care) might have on your service.

We truly value your opinion and feedback and would appreciate if you could spare 10 minutes of your time to complete the Survey before a final decision is made.

The short survey consists of 12 questions and it will remain open until Midday Friday 17th May 2024.

To access the Survey, please click here

Apologies in advance if you are not able to provide feedback we need, and ask if you please could forward on this email and survey link to the appropriate person in your organisation.

Thank you for time and continued support.

If you have any questions or queries about this survey please do not hesitate to get in contact with us via necsu.ctengagement@nhs.net

What’s New – April 2024

As part of the continuous improvement of the Capacity Tracker, we draw your attention to the following update that has taken place on 30th April 2024.

System Refinements

Vaccinations

Changes have been made to Vaccination data collection for Care Home and Home Care locations – these changes are reflected in excel downloads.

Bulk Users

Care Home and Home Care users of the Provider Bulk Update Template (available for users updating 5+ locations) will now see the provider update page changes reflected in the template.

Workforce Headcount

Changes have been made to the Workforce Headcount data collection for Care Home and Home Care locations – these changes are reflected in excel downloads.

Report Changes

The following reports have been archived:

  • Comparative Analysis
  • Location Overview
  • Test & Trace

New reports have been added:

  • Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) Report
  • International Visa Holders Reports

Changes have been made to the following reports:

  • Vaccination Report
  • Workforce Report
  • ASC Home Care Collection Report

For further information on the above changes, please click here.

Important Reminders

Updating Capacity Tracker?

We recommend that there is more than 1 user registered at each location who can update Capacity Tracker to cover periods of absence (if you are an approver, you will be able to approve new users immediately).

Going Abroad?

Please be reminded that Capacity Tracker is not accessible outside of the UK.

Need Additional Support?

Provider Training Sessions are available. See here for further information (link to the Events page on Resource Centre here) – and remember to share these with colleagues who are also welcome to join our sessions!

Need Help?

For additional support, please contact our Support Centre, Mon – Fri (excluding Public Holidays) 8am – 5pm by phoning 0191 691 3729 or emailing necsu.capacitytracker@nhs.net

Kind regards,

Capacity Tracker Team


CQC update for adult social care providers

Our new assessment framework is now live across the country. Thank you for your continued engagement with our changes and for the feedback you’re sharing with us. Feedback is vital to ensure that the approach we’re taking is the right one. My colleague, Ian Trenholm, recently blogged about how we use your feedback to improve our approach and, if you’ve not already read this, I’d encourage you to do so.

I’m very aware of the technical challenges which have impacted the functionality of the provider portal for some providers. Thank you for your patience as we resolve these issues.

By early summer we’ll be sharing our plans around the frequency of assessments – giving you a clearer idea of when you might reasonably expect a visit. Our intention is to review all of the quality statements in a key question where it was previously rated as inadequate or requires improvement. We’re keen to see improvements and enable people to move up to good and outstanding.

James Bullion, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care and Integrated Care


VIVUP – Holiday the Pocket-friendly Way

From cosy staycations to sensational trips abroad, keep your travel costs from totting up with discounts in your Lifestyle Savings benefit from Vivup – available to all staff members working in the independent care sector. Contact info@gcpa.co.uk for registration information.

View your lifestyle savings here


The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards 2024

The 2024 CAHPO Awards nomination period is now open and will close on Monday 3 June 2024.

The CAHPO awards is a unique opportunity for registered AHPs to receive recognition for their personal contributions towards delivery of exceptional care for patients. The awards promote adoption and dissemination of good practice being delivered by nominated AHPs and gives teams the chance to review their work and look at the impact they have made to services. Nominations are made via the online survey which can be accessed via the online survey : Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards Application  or via this QR code:

The Awards are open to all 14 Allied Health Professions and are for NHS or publicly funded initiatives/projects. You can either nominate yourself or another AHP. However, nominations of another AHP will be kept anonymous by the office of the CAHPO.

More information about the categories for the awards are listed on our website here: NHS England » Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards 2024.

The award categories include:

  • AHP Leadership for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Award
  • AHP Research Impact Award
  • AHP Digital Practice Award
  • AHP Workforce Transformation Award
  • AHP Creative Provision of Placements Award
  • AHP Public Health Award
  • AHP Innovation and Improvement within Integrated Care Systems Award
  • Greener AHP Award

The nomination period opens on Monday 29 April 2024 and closes at midnight on the Monday 3 June 2024. Questions can be directed to england.cahpo@nhs.net.


Dementia Action Week Survey 2024

Please note the Dementia Action Week Survey is now live please follow this link:-

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Dementiaweek2024/

The survey will close on 19th June.


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.