Welcome to the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers

2019/20 Chair David Finch (David@saicp.org.uk) 

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 14 Steering Group members 9 of whom are also directors.

All the Steering Group officers come from varying care provisions to ensure full representation of the care sector. A list of the directors and Steering Group 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 £70 for the year 2018/19. 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. 

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 time 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 to download by clicking on the following link: SAICP Terms of Reference registered with Companies House  

Certain posts are restricted to paid up members only all of whom will have been issued with a PASSWORD which will be updated and notified once subscriptions have been paid and annual membership of the Association renewed.

A prompt will ask members to input their PASSWORD if a post is restricted to members only.

If you are a fully paid up member and are unable to remember the PASSWORD please email moira@saicp.org.uk

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

Following the 2019 SAICP Ltd AGM, David Finch from CEPHAS Care a Director and Steering Group officer was elected as Chair of the Association for the coming year 2019/20 (taking over from the previous Chair Prema Dorai).

At his election David gave the following inaugural address:

“Ladies and Gentlemen and fellow colleagues

I want to start by thanking you for entrusting this very important role of being the chairperson to me of the association for the coming year. I also want to thank Prema for her hard work over this last year and look forward to having her as a vice chair alongside Alicia. Prema has continued the great work started by Hilary in building bridges with ACS and the CCG’s.

So…. who am I?

My name is David Finch and I have been part of the association since 2016 as a director and part as of the steering group and have attended meetings prior to that. I have worked in the care industry just short of 25 years starting as a care assistant and working through almost all positions within the company.

I am passionate about care across Suffolk and want to ensure people remain people and it doesn’t just become all about the money.

I will do my best using my knowledge and skills to represent the wide views of the membership at meetings and events.

The association is an important part of Suffolk and as one voice we have more power to make changes across the county and influence SCC and the CCG’s

As part of being chair I want to take this time to fully review what the association delivers and offers and how we increase membership. These coming years the association will have a vital role to play as Government cuts continue to hit our sector. The lager our membership the louder the voice we can have.”

If you wish to contact David please email david@saicp.org.uk



Registered office: c/o Chater Allan, Beech House, 4a Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DT

Company registration number: 07846897

Telephone: 07506 725642 moira@saicp.org.uk

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