Monthly Archives: May 2013

CECOPS to host panel session of leading experts at the prestigious Health+Care event 12th June

 CECOPS is set to host a panel session at the forthcoming Health+Care event 12th June. The panel will be hosted by Sir Bert Massie CBE and will include leading experts in the field.

Panel Session title: Integrating Care:  Effective commissioning and provision of disability equipment/assistive technologies for improved outcomes

Panel session content: This highly topical panel session will discuss the importance of disability equipment/assistive technology in supporting care related services and strategies, and the potential it has to avoid huge costs elsewhere in the health and social care system, if properly commissioned, funded and managed.

The panel will also consider the pressures faced by equipment services through rising levels of need and the drive to provide care closer to home, how this increases the risk of quality and safety failings, and how these can be prevented.

The discussion will include an overview of the role of CECOPS’ Code of Practice and Accreditation Scheme in promoting safe, good quality and efficient services.

Panel Members:

Sir Bert Massie CBE, Chairman, CECOPS CIC: Sir Bert has spent most of his adult life promoting equality and human rights of disabled people. From 2000-2007 he was Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, and was the Commissioner for the Compact from 2008-2011. Prior to that he was the chief executive of The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation. Sir Bert is a trustee of a number of charities. Sir Bert was appointed a CBE in 2000 and knighted in 2007. Sir Bert has used disability equipment for most of his life and understands first-hand the benefits it can bring. He has been the Chairman of CECOPS since it was founded.

Alan Rosenbach, Special Policy Lead, Care Quality Commission: Alan has responsibility for a range of projects and programmes. Alan has worked in CQC since its inception in April 2009, initially as the Head of Strategy and Innovation. He came into CQC from the Commission for Social Care Inspection where he had worked since 2004 as a policy lead for regulation of providers of adult care and assessment of council’s annual performance. Alan has had professional roles working in both local government and the NHS from front line practitioner working with people who use services, to commissioner of care services, and as a senior manager in local government.

James Lawrence, Directorof Healthcare UK, Det Norske Veritas: James has worked in the Risk Management field for the past twenty years. He began his career in the NHS, training as a RGN. He worked in hospital general management before becoming one of the first NHS Risk Managers for a Community and Mental Health Trust. James commenced work with Willis as one of the original NHS Litigation Authority assessors on the Risk Pooling Schemes. In his current role at DNV he has overall responsibility for the department which holds key contracts for the NHSLA assessment programmes and standards development, the assessment of the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark and accreditation against CECOPS’ Code of Practice.

James Lampert, Commissioning Manager – Community Support, Kent County Council: James has a professional background in rehabilitation and a passion for improving health and social care services. His current portfolio includes long term conditions, end of life care, advanced assistive and digital technologies, falls prevention and personalisation. James graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy in 1996 and gained a Masters level diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership in 2011. Between 2010-12, James initiated and led a programme to re-model services for adults with long term conditions through the creation of new integrated community health and social care neighbourhood teams.

Pauline French, Managing Director, Croydon Care Solutions: Pauline’s focus is on understanding what matters to people and delivering solutions that make a difference and are sustainable in the world of ever decreasing public funding. Pauline has significant experience in creating and delivering strategies in Adult Social Care recognised when she won the LGC award for Transformational Government, delivering efficiency and effectiveness. Pauline has worked in the public and voluntary sectors and now is the Managing Director of Croydon Care Solutions – a Local Authority Trading company. Keen to ensure quality and value for money Pauline was delighted when Croydon Equipment Solutions became the first in the country to be awarded CECOPS Accredited User status. This at the same time as being a finalist in the National GO awards, recognising Croydon Equipment Solutions for collaborative and creative procurement solutions in relation to equipment delivering across
several Local Authority areas.

Brian Donnelly, Founder and CEO, CECOPS CIC: Brian has for a long time campaigned for the introduction of standards for community disability equipment services. He wrote National Minimum Standards for Community Equipment for the Welsh Assembly Government, and subsequently authored the officially recognised Code of Practice for Community Equipment for the rest of the UK. He founded CECOPS as a not-for-profit organisation to manage adoption of the Code.

Brian has worked for the public sector in the community disability equipment field for 14 years, latterly as an advisor within the Welsh Assembly Government. He is now recognised nationally as an expert in equipment related matters. Brian holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) in health & social care management.

Session details:

Health+Care 2013, 12th & 13th June 2013 – London EXCEL

Conference StreamIntegrated Care Insight

Day:  Weds 12th June

Time: 16:00 – 16:35

Web: www.healthpluscare.co.uk

**Note CECOPS will also be exhibiting at the event. Come and visit us: Stand P17

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Government’s Care Bill to give people peace of mind in hospital, care homes and their own homes

Posted on: 10/05/2013 | Categories: General News

Swift action following Francis report and epic changes to care laws.

People will be treated more compassionately in hospital, see their care better joined up and be reassured that they will not have to pay astronomical care costs if they need to go into a care home in their old age, thanks to measures set out in the Care Bill, published today in Parliament.

The Care Bill will help drive up quality of care following the findings of the Francis Inquiry into events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It will also include improvements to the care system following an extensive consultation with people and organisations right across the health and care system – from users of services to providers of care. The Bill will create a single modern law that replaces more than a dozen pieces of legislation dating back to the post-war period.

Through the Care Bill, the Government is introducing laws that will:

  • Help people get compassionate care in hospital, in a care home or in the community, by introducing Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes, making quality as important as finance and strengthening training for staff.
  • Join up care by enshrining in law that everyone should have a personal care plan, access to a personal budget and that carers, for the first time, will have a right to get support themselves if they are found to have eligible needs. There will also be a national minimum eligibility threshold across the country.
  • Reform the funding of care so no one will have to sell their home in their lifetime, or lose everything they’ve worked for, to pay for the costs of living in a care home. And a cap on care costs and financial support for more people will protect people from catastrophic costs and provide important peace of mind.

Details in full HERE

 

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