Detailed guide: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

first_imgThis guidance is no longer current. See information on the transition period.,This guidance sets out the actions you should take to prepare for 1 January 2021, to plan for and help manage any potential service disruption to adult social care.This guidance is for adult social care providers and local authorities. Guidance for healthcare providers is available in How healthcare providers can prepare for 1 January 2021.Supply of medical productsRead about the government’s plan to introduce import controls on EU goods after 31 December 2020.If you have any questions, you can contact the relevant government team for your sector: Medicines: [email protected] Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables: [email protected] Clinical Trials: [email protected] Vaccines and Countermeasures: [email protected] Blood and Transplants: [email protected] Non-Clinical Goods and Services: [email protected] See if you can manage the disruption locally as part of your usual processes. Tell any other local partners that may be affected. This could include neighbouring local authorities, your local Clinical Commissioning Group commissioner or other relevant NHS contacts. If the issue cannot be resolved at a local level, contact your local resilience forum (LRF) through the local authority representative on the LRF. They may mobilise the major incident response arrangements for your area. WorkforceYou should review your capacity and activity plans regularly. Your business continuity plans should cover the supply of staff you need to deliver services before and after 1 January 2021.Make sure you tell any staff and people you care for who are EU citizens about the EU Settlement Scheme. Help them apply if they need support. Use the EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit for practical advice on helping your employees to apply.You must notify your local commissioner, director of adult social services and the Care Quality Commission as soon as possible if there is any risk to service delivery.The EU Settlement SchemeThrough the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals can register for settled status if they have been in the UK for 5 years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than 5 years.The scheme is free and it’s simple to register. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.Irish citizens are not required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, although there are some circumstances where they may wish to. Non-Irish family members of Irish citizens will need to apply.Recognition of professional qualificationsEEA and Swiss health and care professionals who are registered and practising before 1 January 2021 will continue to be able to do so from 1 January 2021.For any professional registration queries, please contact the relevant professional regulator.Help and who to contactContact local care associations: Bedfordshire: https://bedfordshirecaregroup.org/contact/ Berkshire: [email protected] Bradford: [email protected] Cornwall: http://cornwallpartnersincare.org/contact/ Derbyshire: [email protected] Devon: [email protected] Dorset: https://dorsetcarehomes.co.uk/contact/ East Sussex: [email protected] Essex: [email protected] Gloucestershire: [email protected] Greater Manchester: [email protected] Hampshire: [email protected] Havering: [email protected] Hertfordshire: [email protected] Isle of Wight: [email protected] Kent: [email protected] Lancashire: [email protected] Leeds: [email protected] Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: [email protected] Leicestershire (home care): [email protected] Lincolnshire: [email protected] London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth, Croydon, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea: https://lcasforumorg.wordpress.com/contact/ Norfolk: [email protected] Norfolk and Suffolk: http://norfolkandsuffolkcaresupport.co.uk/contact North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset: [email protected] Northamptonshire: [email protected] Nottinghamshire: [email protected] Oxfordshire: [email protected] Oxfordshire (care homes): [email protected] Shropshire: [email protected] Somerset: https://rcpa.org.uk/contact-us Staffordshire: https://sarcp.net/contact Suffolk: http://saicp.org.uk/contact-us Surrey: [email protected] Tameside: [email protected] West Midlands and Worcestershire: [email protected] West Sussex: [email protected] Wiltshire: https://wiltshirecarepartnership.org.uk/contact York and North Yorkshire: https://independentcaregroup.co.uk/contact_us.phpcenter_img Managing supply issues locallyHow adult social care providers can manage supply problemsIf you have a problem with the supply of a product, service or anything else that may stop your business from providing services properly, we recommend you take the following action:Raise your concern with a local authority representative as soon as you can – this may be your local authority commissioner, contract management contact or quality assurance team. Tell your local authority about your issue whether or not they directly commission you to carry out services.If you provide services in multiple local authorities, please contact your host local authority. Ask the host authority to tell other local authorities.If there is a significant risk to the safety or wellbeing of service users, you should also alert your local adult safeguarding hub.Tell your local care provider association or trade body representative if you have one, about your supply issue. They may already have plans to help with supply problems.If your service is part of a larger business group, make sure that you tell operational management and the business owners about the problem.Contact any other branches in your organisation and try to make alternative arrangements.Ask your supplier about finding alternatives you could use or other ways they can help. Your supplier may already know about the issue and be working to resolve it.If the problem is with the supply of medicines, tell your community pharmacist who should know the latest on any supply disruption.What local authorities should do about any adult social care supply issues Business continuity plansReview your business continuity or contingency plans regularly. Make sure they are up to date and consistent with other local contingency plans, in particular those being developed by your local resilience forum.Make sure you also have plans in place for the months following 1 January 2021, to ensure continuity of care for service users.How to prepare with suppliers nowMake plans that cover all the supplies you use – from machinery to bed sheets, food and medicine: find out what contingency plans your suppliers have in place think about how you might use different suppliers if you need to include suppliers in your planning consider changing your service level agreements where necessary – you could temporarily stop using specific performance measures to allow suppliers to keep up supply, for example through substituting productslast_img read more

Commodity costs blamed for Martins’ factory closure

first_imgMartins Foods has been forced to close its Southport bakery after it failed to agree a price increase with a major customer.The closure, set for January 2013, will result in 35 job losses, with 10 employees to be transferred over to its other factory in Radcliffe.Neil Martin, managing director, Martins Foods, confirmed that the firm had been trying to get through a price increase, due to the higher costs the bakery is facing from commodities.“As a team we have worked very hard to turn the business around over the last two-and-a-half years. The business we have left is in great shape, but smaller,” said Martin.“Products made at our Southport site are being transferred to our Radcliffe Bakery from 1 January 2013,” said the firm.It added that its famous Mellor branded iced bun range would still be made and available through its website. Martins acquired the Southport site from Mellors bakery in April 2010.In addition to its retail shops, the Greater Manchester business supplies cakes, iced buns and desserts to supermarkets, foodservice and coffee shop customers.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s president takes office, participates in orientation

first_imgCAITLYN JORDAN | The Observer Saint Mary’s president Jan Cervelli (left) welcomes first-year Olivia Propheter and her mom as they move into McCandless Hall.Saint Mary’s welcomed Jan Cervelli as the College’s 12th president. Cervelli, a South Bend native, took office June 1.“The level of excitement here is amazing,” she said. “My mission is to walk through every hall, every classroom, to spend time in the dorms, stay overnight — really get to know the place and to get to know all of you.”As a new president, Cervelli said she feels like a freshman and hopes to become a part of the incoming class of 2020.“I have many of the same feelings as a freshman,” she said. “I’m coming from a previous experience kind of like a senior in high school. I’m very confident in my former position, and I knew what I was doing, but now I’m in new territory. I have many of the same emotions and anxiousness about learning a new place. Am I going to fit in? Am I not going to flunk out? How do I learn the territory and the expectations?”To gain fully the Saint Mary’s experience, Cervelli plans on going through orientation with the incoming class.“I want the first years to know that they’re not alone,” she said. “The best way I can learn … is to actually walk the walk. I am putting into place some opportunities where I can interact with the freshman class informally, to talk about what they’re experiencing, what it’s like, what are their concerns, and what is working.”Cervelli said her goal is to give students the opportunity to speak with her informally so she can better understand what students are thinking about their experiences.“You don’t know until you walk the walk,” she said. “I could hear reports, and I could try to guess, and, sitting in this office, I could have a picture, but it may not be what the real deal is. So then I can say — because I didn’t go to Saint Mary’s — that I know what it’s like. I’ve walked that walk as much as I can.”Cervelli’s goals for her presidency are twofold. She said she wants to preserve the “special nature” of Saint Mary’s, and to blend liberal arts and career-focused education.“I believe strongly that in today’s world, the world needs Saint Mary’s College more and more,” she said.“I say that around all women’s education and Catholic education. I think there’s a value added to being here at Saint Mary’s beyond other institutions. The spiritual dimension that one gains here brings a depth of an education that you don’t get elsewhere.”Cervelli said she wants to combine the liberal arts education with the need for a career-based education to accommodate the changing world and the demand for higher education.“Someone can come to Saint Mary’s College and have the strength of the critical thinking skills and the creativity one gets out of the liberal arts and sciences, but then can complement that with a really strong career base,” she said. “Having both of those is really going to propel someone for a lifetime.”Additionally, Cervelli plans to increase the effort for sustainability. She said she hopes to increase recycling, reduce pesticides, source more locally grown foods and create more bike paths on campus.“I ultimately see where a student can come study environmental sustainability and the potential for environmental sciences to connect to the business degrees,” she said. “How can you make environmental sustainability profitable? We’re seeing that in different parts of the country, but Saint Mary’s students can be leaders in that respect.”Cervelli said because sustainability efforts can positively impact the health of community members, and considering the College’s long tradition with health sciences and particularly nursing, incorporating sustainability into the Saint Mary’s curriculum is the natural course.The school plans to expand its graduate program opportunities in the coming years, according to Cervelli. She said the world has demonstrated a need for more people in the health sciences fields and the environmental studies fields, and she plans to include more opportunities in those fields for Saint Mary’s women.“We’ll be launching a new strategic planning process where we look at what are those areas we are already really strong at that could launch additional opportunities,” she said.Cervelli also plans to focus on international education. Studying abroad and being exposed to international experiences will better equip students for life after college, Cervelli said.“With the Sisters [of the Holy Cross] missions across the world, there’s opportunity to increase and deepen the experience,” she said. “We’re very fortunate in that over half of our students have an international experience prior to graduation. We want to increase those numbers, and also increase the time students are spending abroad, and increase the depth of the experience.”College President Emeritus Carol Ann Mooney created a task force during the 2015-2016 school year to evaluate the College’s processes and responses to issues regarding sexual assault. The task force published a report at the end of the year outlining a number of recommendations, all of which will be implemented in the coming years, Cervelli said.“What you’re going to see is an increased effort to provide information on the campus about what happens if an incident occurs, how do you report, how do you gain help from that,” she said. “There will also be a lot of activities around how to prevent.“That’s really where we need to be, the prevention dimension of this. BAVO [Belles Against Violence Office] has done great work, and we will be looking for their leadership continuously. We’re also looking to have our Title IX coordinator in a very objective position, to serve as the best advocate for students that have complaints. So that has been moved to the director of [Human Resources].”Cervelli said University President Fr. John Jenkins is planning on working closely with her to address the issue of sexual assault on both campuses.“We could create some kind of a coalition where we share our best practices,” she said. “My goal is to be a leader in the country, as is Fr. Jenkins’. We should be leaders.“My commitment is 100 percent. I have no tolerance. Saint Mary’s will not have tolerance of this kind of behavior and we’re going to do whatever we possible can to address the issues.”To help her talk to the Saint Mary’s community and have a sense of what she needs to do as president, Cervelli said she is launching a “listening tour,” a series of formal and informal events and interactions with the Saint Mary’s community in which she will seek insight into the state of the College from different perspectives.“It is my objective to meet as many people as possible, go to as many different venues, to listen to what people have to say about Saint Mary’s, what they think of it today, what does it mean to them, how has it changed their lives, what works really well, what could we be doing better,” she said. “I’ve learned a great deal by asking more questions than I’ve been talking, so I want to continue that through the year. I want to share what I’m hearing.”Cervelli said the people at Saint Mary’s have already made her experience as president great.“I’ve been part of many campuses,” she said. “Great places, great scholars and teachers, but I have never been in a place where there has been more deep commitment to the missions of the institution, without comparison. People here believe in the mission of Saint Mary’s. They believe in the charism of the Sisters. … They believe in women’s education. They don’t just say they do. They live it. And it’s infectious.“The reason I’m here, the reason I just couldn’t resist coming here is the people.” Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, President Jan Cervelli, saint mary’slast_img read more

Man Charged In Stolen Car Theft, Several Other Crimes In Chautauqua County

first_imgHANOVER – A west coast native is facing a boatload of charges after allegedly burglarizing a property and stealing a car in Chautauqua County this week.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Nathan Joyce, of Medford, Oregon, was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday near a business on Route 5 and 20 in the Town of Hanover.Through investigation, deputies allege that Joyce burglarized the location and stole a vehicle.Deputies say Joyce was arrested nearby the scene and faces more than a dozen criminal charges, including: criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of burglars tools, criminal tampering and several other vehicle and traffic violations. Joyce was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment where he remains in custody as he awaits further court proceedings in the Town of Hanover.The Erie County Sheriff’s Office assisted deputies with their investigation. Deputies say the vehicle was returned to its owner. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Forest Whitaker in Hughie on Broadway

first_img Hughie Tickets are now on sale to see one of the might highly anticipated Broadway debuts of the season, Forest Whitaker in Hughie. The Oscar winner will star opposite Tony winner Frank Wood in Eugene O’Neill’s classic, which is scheduled to begin previews on February 5, 2016 and officially open on February 25 at the Booth Theatre. The revival will be helmed by Tony winner Michael Grandage.Hughie is set in the lobby of a small midtown hotel on the West Side of Manhattan. Whitaker plays Erie Smith, a drunken, small time hustler who is mourning the recent death of the hotel’s night clerk, Hughie. Erie regales the new night clerk (Wood) with tall-tales of his glory days and times spent with Hughie.The two-hander premiered on Broadway in 1964 with Jason Robards in the role of “Erie” Smith; it was last seen on the Great White Way in 1996 in a production directed by and starring Al Pacino.   View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016last_img read more

Nanoscale biosensors

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaDiabetics who must frequently monitor their blood sugar levels can take heart. University of Georgia research engineers are developing tiny sensors that could eliminate the need for all those finger sticks.”There are lots of problems with the current technology (for measuring blood sugar),” said Guigen Zhang, one of three main researchers on the UGA project. “It’s not particularly accurate or stable, and it’s especially hard for children.”Zhang and his colleagues, bioengineer William Kisaalita and physicist Yiping Zhao, are working to create the first generation of nanoscale biosensors, funded by a four-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant.Nanotechnology is the study and design of nanoscale systems — literally, measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter.”The idea is to create devices that can be imbedded in the body to monitor conditions — in this case, glucose for diabetes,” said Zhang, a bioengineer in the UGA department of biological and agricultural engineering.”But the application potential for this nanotechnology is very broad,” he said. “We can imagine adapting it for food safety, to monitor the environment (and for) biodefense.”Nanoscale structuresSo, how does one go about making anything, much less a functional structure, on such a small scale?That task, for this project, falls principally to Zhao, who uses a technology called glancing angle deposition (GLAD) to create nanostructures. With GLAD, substances like metal or silicon are heated until they vaporize and are then manipulated to create structures.”The unique part is that these are well-controlled structures, not random,” Zhang said. “The GLAD technology is not new. But using it to make nanostructured devices is relatively new, and using it as we are is very, very new.”Nanoscale problemsHowever, before the scientists start work on the structures, they must first address two basic problems that occur with any biosensor, large or small.One, biofouling, occurs when the sensor mechanism gets blocked. Just as dust particles can interfere with satellite reception, molecules, often proteins, can mar the surface of a nanoscale biosensor.When this happens, “it blocks the reaction of the sensor,” Zhang said, “and interferes with the sensor’s ability to track signals.”The other critical issue is long-term calibration. Sensor devices must be calibrated regularly, in the same way bathroom scales must regularly be adjusted back to zero.Solving the problem of how to recalibrate minute, implanted nanodevices will have broad applications for the whole of nanotechnology, particularly nanobiotechnology, Zhang said.Nanobiosensors will provide more accurate readings, he said, because many tiny sensors are better than one larger one and increase the sensitivity of the sensing.Nanotechnology futuresAlmost 17 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Many must monitor their glucose level several times each day. And each time they must draw blood from a finger, hand or arm.Helen Brittain, 54, has been sticking her finger five or six times a day for almost 20 years.”You have to get used to it, but I’d rather not have to do it,” she said. “I spend a lot of energy keeping myself balanced.”Creating more accurate and convenient measuring systems will have a “huge social impact,” Zhang said.”We’re excited at many levels by this project,” Zhang said. “By harnessing interdisciplinary expertise through the UGA Faculty of Engineering, we’ve not only brought federal dollars to Georgia but we have the opportunity to play a significant role in very cutting-edge technology.”(Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Growing revenue

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organic growth, mergers and CUSOs: How these three strategies can drive credit union income.by: Laura LynchFinding new revenue sources is strategically important to credit unions. The convergence of margin compression, downward pressure on debit interchange and overdraft income, and a slowly recovering economy are forcing the industry to rethink and develop effective revenue growth strategies.Jim Burson and Vincent Hui, senior directors for Cornerstone Advisors, Inc., a CUES Supplier member and strategic partner based in Scottsdale, Ariz., focused on the execution of several strategies during a CUES Webinar, “Hitting Revenue Growth out of the Park.”Organic GrowthGrowth rates have slowed dramatically for credit unions since 2009. According to The Cornerstone Report: Benchmarks & Best Practices for CUs, credit unions are averaging 2.5 products per household, representing stagnant growth in that area.New accounts per day are also stagnant, but when compared to banks, credit unions are doing well. Credit unions are averaging two new accounts per day per branch; banks are averaging one. continue reading »last_img read more

4 smart things you can do with $1,000 right now

first_img continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every now and then each of us comes into a little extra, or perhaps unexpected, money. It might be a bonus from work, a tax refund, a repaid loan, or the proceeds from the sale of some asset. If we’re smart, we will put it to productive use. Here are four excellent ways to spend $1,000.Selena Maranjian: One of the smartest things to do with $1,000 is to pay off any high-interest rate debt. Low-interest rate debt, such as most mortgages, typically isn’t a problem, but the kind of debt many people carry on credit cards can have them facing interest rates of 25% or more. That’s a massive problem.Check out these stats from the folks at Creditcards.com: The average credit card debt for households that carry credit card debt was recently $9,600 — almost $10,000. And each card that usually carries a balance sported an average balance due of roughly $7,500. These are just averages, too. Plenty of Americans are walking around with tens of thousands of dollars in debt owed to credit card companies. If you carry a balance of $10,000 and are being charged 25% interest on it, you’re looking at forking over $2,500 every year — just in interest. That sum wouldn’t even make much of a dent in your balance. If you’re carrying $50,000 in credit card debt, you may be facing annual interest obligations of more than $12,000!last_img read more

Long Island Off-Shore LNG Port Plan Debate Heats Up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York City police officers broke up a heated argument Wednesday night during a public hearing on a proposed liquefied natural gas import facility being considered off the South Shore of Long Island.The spat briefly halted the hearing at the Hilton Garden Inn’s JFK Airport hotel in Queens, where most speakers voiced opposition to the plan during the otherwise civil, lone New York hearing on the proposal’s draft environmental impact statement. No arrests were made but tensions remained high.“The preferred proposed project location….is literally smack-dab in the middle of the proposed location for the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project,” said Andrea Leshak, legal fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council, to federal officials at the hearing. “It would be the height of irony—and a damaging energy policy—to privilege the construction of a fossil fuel import facility over a much-needed and overdue renewable offshore wind facility.”The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration will decide whether to approve the LNG deepwater import facility license application by Liberty Natural Gas, a company based in Jersey City, for the proposal known as Port Ambrose, which is named for the New York shipping channel. It would be anchored in water more than 100 feet deep about 20 miles south of Long Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.Critics include environmentalists opposed to fossil fuels, South Shore residents worried about potential accidents impacting their homes and fishing groups that don’t want to see their fishing grounds become off limits. Supporters are mostly unions seeking jobs for their members.Read More: Long Island’s Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon The company behind the proposal said that the port would not take away the proposed wind farm. “There is plenty of room for wind farm development to coexist with Port Ambrose,” Liberty Natural Gas said on their website promoting Port Ambrose.Critics also remain concerned that—if approved—Port Ambrose would seek regulatory approval to export from the facility, tying the issue into the debate over the controversial natural gas drilling practice known as fracking, which was recently banned in New York.Roger Whelan, Liberty’s CEO, has told the Press: “There is no truth to the claim.”But Sean Dixon, a former attorney for Clean Ocean Action, has said that federal law doesn’t always require hearings for deepwater port license amendments, making the switch from import to export easier than the current process.Federal officials overseeing the hearing—who repeatedly reminded the crowd that they have not already made up their minds on the application—have extended the written public comment period through Feb. 10. The public can submit comments here. If the process continues moving forward as planned, two more public hearings would occur later this year, officials said.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have the power to veto the proposal, but have yet to weigh in on the Port Ambrose plan.last_img read more

Bay Shore Pedestrian Fatally Hit by Minivan

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally struck by a minivan in Bay Shore on Monday night.Suffolk County police said the victim was hit by a southbound Dodge Caravan on Brentwood Road near the westbound Sunrise Highway Service Road at 6:45 p.m. Monday.The victim’s identity wasn’t immediately released. The driver was not injured and stayed at the scene.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img