Welcome to the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers

The Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers (now Limited) was founded in June 2006. Up until that time there had been little or no direct contact between the independent and public sector for some years. Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Limited had been established and had been instrumental in setting up a care Association in Norfolk. Several of the directors felt that Suffolk would benefit from the same close working relationship.

The Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers was therefore formed and is an organisation which is open to any independent or voluntary care provision in Suffolk. Since inception, in conjunction with Adult Community Services at Suffolk County, the Joint Suffolk Care Partnership evolved to provide a platform from which any and all care related matters appertaining to the population of Suffolk could be addressed. Quarterly meetings are held and which are currently chaired by Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger , Portfolio holder for Adult and Community Services at Suffolk County Council. At these meetings, committee members from the Association meet with council officers and representatives from other relevant bodies to address any issues our members have and discuss the different problems and changes which the sector has to entertain.

The Association became a limited company in 2011 to formalise SAICP Limited which means we are recognised as an incorporated body with full legal entity status. There are 9 directors all from varying care provisions to ensure full representation of the care sector. A list of the directors is on the members section of the website.

A membership fee for each care provision for residential and nursing care and for each domiciliary or day care office was introduced in 2012. This has risen to £60 for the year 2017/18. This is to ensure we can continue our work and we will decide at this year’s AGM how the Association is going to be funded in the future. Suffolk County Council has contributed to the Association’s administrative costs since 2006 underpinned by income generated from conferences and events. However this income stream will not be guaranteed in the future. If you do not wish to become a full member of the Association then you will be able to access the information on this, our new website, www.saicp.org.uk where we will post general information, but you will not receive the minutes from the meetings, training offers etc. which we email out to fully paid up members – a distinct advantage in becoming a full member of SAICP Ltd.

We have successfully resolved many issues in the 10 years we have been working together with other statutory bodies. We hope to carry on with our work to ensure the vulnerable people of Suffolk who require our help through the care system

• receive a high quality of care delivered by care staff who have access training
• to support managers of care provisions with other managers and officers of statutory bodies and stakeholders to help resolve any problems they have.

Our Articles of Association are available on the members section of the website.

Please contact us if you have any issues you wish us to take forward or would like to join the associations.

Hilary Gibbs.

Chair. SAICP. Ltd.