SAICP News and update 12th September 2019

SAICP Update September 2019


We have received a copy of an email issued yesterday by the DHSC regarding the Government’s Operation Yellowhammer Planning Assumptions.

Today the Cabinet Office has published the Government’s Operation Yellowhammer Planning Assumptions.
The Planning Assumptions document outlines the actions taken by Government departments to prepare for EU Exit. The document includes the measures DHSC has taken to ensure the continuity of medicine supply, clarity on reciprocal healthcare agreements with EU member states and the continuity of our social care system post EU Exit.
In response to the three DHSC policy areas outlined in the planning assumption document, I am sharing our lines that will be used to respond to any queries relating to this document.

Continuity of Supply
“We want to reassure the public that we are working closely with partners across the health and care system and industry to take all appropriate steps to prepare for Brexit on 31 October, whatever the circumstances. Our robust plans should help ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted.”

Reciprocal Healthcare
“Our priority is to secure the continuation of reciprocal healthcare arrangements, so UK and EU nationals have access to medical treatment in the same way they do now. We have already made an offer to all EU member states and EFTA states to maintain this arrangement for a transitional period that lasts until 31 December 2020 in a no deal scenario. A number of member states have already prepared legislation that will protect the healthcare rights of UK nationals travelling and living in-country.”

Social Care
“Our priority is to make sure people continue to receive the highest standards of care and have access to the medicines they need when we leave the EU on 31st October, whatever the circumstances. We are working across government, local government and with national partners to do everything appropriate to prepare. We want EU social care workers to stay and we would encourage them to join the one million people already granted status through the EU Settlement Scheme.  Our new immigration system will ensure our health and care sector has the skilled staff it needs to provide the excellent care patients deserve.”  

We wanted to make sure you were alerted as soon as the information was available on

UPDATE  from Skills for Care – The Workforce Development Fund

There are lots of different ways to develop your staff and make sure they’re equipped with the right skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver high quality care and support.

Learning and development doesn’t have to be expensive but limited training budgets can be challenging.

The Workforce Development Fund can help make your training budget go further, offering funding towards a wide range of qualifications and learning programmes for adult social care.

For further information please copy and log in using following link:

How good is your IT security….?

Whilst it is not usual for the Association to advocate suppliers of services and goods to the sector, following on from a recent security breach experienced by one of our members (which caused the provider a serious headache and associated traumas within his organisation) he has asked that we share the details of a company he came across as follows and you can download further details by clicking on the following link:

“I was wondering if you could send this out to other SAICP members, whilst I am not pushing this so they get business Agile Technical Solutions provide a free IT overview, certainly around vulnerability to being hacked etc. I know some companies will charge to do an IT audit, but they did ours and were here 5 hours and then we had a good comprehensive report all at no cost!
It would then be up to any of the membership if they then wish to move forward with any of their services but if they choose not do they would still have the free report which again is very useful


Care Home Forum update (from the recent meeting held in the West)
Following the recent West Care Home Forum meeting,
we have been asked again to circulate the following files (download by clicking on the highlighted link)
which relate to the new skincare product ordering pathway and an invitation to a
Nursing Appliance Networking Session

Catheter and continence product order form

And to circulate an invitation to a Nursing Appliance Networking Session

Latest news from Care Development East…..

MP’s call for a national care body and workforce reform

A cross-party group of MP’s have called for the creation of a new national care body with NHS affiliation and concrete proposals for workforce reform. The group stated that a “National Care Service should be set up to further professionalise the workforce.” Click here to read more.

Union warns that under-funding is ‘killing our social care sector’

New figures released by GMB, the union for care workers, reveal England’s social care sector has 75,600 vacancies across the country. Kelly Andrews, GMB national officer said: “under-funding and lack of professionalisation is killing our social care sector – we need investment.” Click here to read more.

Musical care taskforce designed to ‘demystify’ music use in care 

A Musical Care Taskforce has been launched to show how music is an essential element of dementia care rather than solely being part of the day’s activities for the individual receiving care. The taskforce are activity looking for dementia groups from the sector to join them over the next 18 months. To find out more, please click here.