May Newsletter 2019

SAICP Newsletter May 2019
..updates from the Fire Service,  Adult Safeguarding and Trading Standards, CDE, the new Norfolk Care Association, and training and the SAICP AGM 2019


The SAICP Limited AGM will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at the Best Western Hotel, 16-18 Ipswich Road, Claydon, Ipswich IP6 0AR

We will be serving tea/coffee and cake for the event which will start at *2.30 pm.

Our post AGM presentation this year will be focusing
on ‘staff management’


  •  Managing Sickness – the management of staff sickness, both short and long term, and how to avoid subsequent tribunal claims
  •   Managing Underperforming Employees –  many employers struggle to tackle underperformance – key tips in improving staff performance.

Formal Notice and a copy of the Agenda will be sent out week commencing 13th May.

SAICP STEERING GROUP…… this year we are looking for new members to join the Association Steering Group. The work done by the Steering Group is interesting and varied and would require attending meetings (maximum 4-6 annually) affording an opportunity to input into the workings of the sector within Suffolk. If you would like to learn more or would like to be sent a nomination form please email

*please note slightly amended start time

FIRE Service update

Guidance on Choosing a Fire Risk Assessor – download by clicking on the following link:

……thanks to Wayne Crabb, Watch Commander Protection, Suffolk Fire Service for providing this update.

Safeguarding Adults – May Newsletter update extracts

DBS Checks: Guidance for employers
The Home Office has published guidance (updated 3 April 2019) for employers about Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, including how to apply, registering with the DBS and the code of practice.

An employer may request a criminal record check as part of their recruitment process. These checks are processed by the DBS. For certain roles, the check will also include information held on the DBS children’s and adults’ barred lists, alongside any information held by local police forces, that is considered to be relevant to the applied-for post.

More information is available on the Government website

Please also see: The code of practice for registered persons and other recipients of DBS check and Changes to the enhanced disclosure application process (published 02 April 2019).

DBS Checks – New Leaflets
The Government have produced two new leaflets which provide information relating to eligibility and other Disclosure and Barring Service products and services.

·         DBS Checks: Working with Children in the Charity Sector

Safeguarding Adult Board – Lay Members required
The Safeguarding Adult Board is seeking 2 Lay Members.
Job specification below.
For further information please contact Paul Nicholls, SAB Business Manager

Identifying and assessing dementia in adults with learning disabilities
Community Care have published a summary article on identifying and assessing dementia in adults with learning disabilities. Data from NHS Digital (2019) showed that the average life expectancy of people with learning disabilities in general is now 65 for women and 66 for men. This increased life expectancy has brought with it a significant increase in people with learning disabilities developing dementia.

For more information, please visit the Community Care website

Joint Safeguarding Event for Faith Group Leaders
Thursday 4th July 2019

Following on from the successful Safeguarding Event for Norfolk and Suffolk Faith Group Leaders in 2018, delivered by Suffolk and Norfolk LSCBs, another event is planned for this year in partnership with Suffolk and Norfolk SABs!

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Understanding Vulnerability and Protection of Self’ and there will be opportunities to hear from local and national speakers, participate in discussions on the subject matter, and also consider implications for practice when working with and supporting vulnerable people.
The event is taking place on Thursday 4th July at Park Hotel, Diss.
For more information and to book a place at this event, please see this flyer

Suffolk Trading Standards – Information about Scams

The Friends Against Scams online training module is now live on My Learning (via MySCC) and we urge all SCC staff (and any other agencies that can access the training) to give it a go and raise their scams/financial abuse awareness knowledge.

It is National Scams Awareness fortnight 10 – 23 June 2019. There will be press releases and information on social media being published about how we can support Suffolk residents to be scam aware and not fall victim to financial abuse.

For more information about Suffolk Trading Standards please visit the Suffolk County Council website

Download a copy of the Safeguarding Adult Board May Newsletter in full
by clicking on the following link:

New Norfolk Care Association – information for providers who operate in both Suffolk and Norfolk

Conclusions on the consultation period and the way forward for the new Care Association proposed for Norfolk can be downloaded – click on the following link:


The Executive Report and Final Report are available on the consultation website


Details of Understanding and Managing respiratory conditions training sessions are taking place throughout 2019. Please note these are identical educational sessions on different dates to provide an opportunity for as many staff to attend as possible. To book a place please email:
PLACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE KESGRAVE TRAINING – download full details by clicking on the following link:

Information issued by the Care Homes Team, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk & West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group

Dates and Venues
15 May 2019
Kesgrave Hall, Kesgrave , Ipswich, IP5 2PN.  www.milsomhotels/kesgrave-hall

13 June 2019
Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Rd, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EE

26 September 2019
Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH

9 October 2019
Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Rd, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EE

Please note these are identical educational sessions on different dates to provide an opportunity for as many staff to attend as possible.  Places are limited therefore please book ASAP. 

News from Care Development East

….for full details on any of the following 
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Skills for Care – Free retention key cards

Skills for Care are offering free key cards to help support organisations in retaining staff. The key cards build on the top 5 areas where employers can make a difference, including; supportive induction, positive workplace, learning & development, good working conditions and rewards & recognition. To order yours, email 


Updated CQC guidance about medication

The CQC have updated their guidance for regulated adult social services which includes advice about administering medicines covertly, disposing of medicines and safe administration using feeding tubes.


GDPR resources & toolkits

Following on from advice on the specific GDPR services that CDE will no longer be providing, there are other sources of support that you may find useful including the following.

The Care Provider Alliance offers a wide array of resources, publications and toolkits that are available to support social care providers in regards to GDPR, data security and more. Head over to the Care Provider Alliance website for more information.

Another very useful resource in regards to GDPR is the Information Commissioner’s Office website, this holds an array of information that’s designed especially for individuals who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

How does you employer value YOU?
How does your employer value the work you do?

Over the next month, the government wants to hear from social care staff about the range of employment benefits packages and reward schemes available in social care, and whether you think this offer can be improved. Head over to the Talk Health and Care to share your ideas. #TalkHealthandCare


Finally, thank you to all the SAICP Members who have paid their 2019/20 subscription. 

A receipt will be issued to members who have paid their renewal and a final reminder
will be sent in May where this is outstanding.

Thereafter it will be deemed that membership will have lapsed.