Here is our e-news bulletin for 9 May 2024. 

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

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

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

REMINDER: The DHSC Capacity Tracker Reporting Window is open now (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 on T-Level webinars

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.


GCPA Upcoming Events

28/05/2024 – GCPA Members Webinar

30/05/2024 – GCC – Care Home Provider Forum and GCPA members meeting (see below for more details)

05/06/2024 – GCPA 2024 Conference – ‘Digitising Gloucestershire’ 


Update from GCPA’s Trusted AssessorA huge thank you to those of you who used the Trusted Assessor scheme in 2023/24. For eight months of the scheme (June – January), we saved over £170,000 for your organisations and the wider system!

We are pleased to announce that the scheme will continue through 2024.

Please continue to send any referrals to ta@gcpa.co.uk or contact Kate directly – Tel: 07354 842328.

Remember to leave a message if Kate is busy, so that she can process your request as soon as possible. We aim to respond to all contacts within one working day (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).


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.


Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce – An Introduction to T Level Industry Placements

Wednesday, 15th May 2024, 9:15 AM – book on for free here

From Strategic Development Network:

You will learn:

  • What industry placements and T Levels are
  • The benefits of hosting industry placements for organisations and for students
  • How industry placements, apprenticeships, and work experience can work together
  • What employers, students and training providers need to do to prepare for, and host industry placements
  • Insights and case studies from employers already offering placements
  • The government support, tools and resources available to help you through your journey

If you would value a one-to-one call with one of our T Level placement specialists to talk through your plans or a particular issue, contact us here and we’ll be in touch.


PCH International Recruitment online events – 15 May 2024

Partners in Care and Health (PCH) are organising a new International recruitment online event.. Further details are listed below. The online event aims to share emerging good practice for councils in supporting ethical international recruitment, including the council role in the compliance process and supporting the retention of international recruits in adult social care

The role of councils, working collaboratively with partners, in the retention of international recruits in adult social care

15 May 2024, 10.30am – 12.00pm

If you are interested in attending please visit the above event pages for further details and to book a place.


DHSC Market Sustainability & Improvement Fund: Provider Workforce Capacity & Retention Survey

From Adults Integrated Commissioning Hub:

Dear Provider,

As a condition of receiving an allocation from the Market Sustainability & Improvement Fund, the council is required to report to the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) with certain data around fee rates, workforce and waiting times.

In order to enable us to report to the DHSC with the workforce data, we are asking all commissioned providers to complete a very short online survey to confirm how many staff joined or left their organisation in Gloucestershire during the month of April 2024.

Please could you therefore click on the link below and complete the survey by no later than 11.59pm on Thursday 16th May 2024:

Microsoft Forms

When completing the survey, please note the following:

  • a full-time equivalent employee will work 35 hours per week and is equivalent to 1 FTE
  • as an example, a part-time employee who works 21 hours per week is equivalent to 0.6 FTE
  • as long as they work all or part of their role in Gloucestershire, administrative and other office-based employees should be counted in the totals
  • agency, volunteers and other unpaid staff should not be counted in the totals
  • please round your totals to the nearest 0.1 FTE

If you have any queries, please e-mail the Proud to Care team at ptc@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Adults Integrated Commissioning Hub

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.