Essex Care Association (ECA) is an independent voluntary ‘not for profit’ organisation with the following aims and objectives:

  • To represent the interests of social care providers from Essex, Southend and Thurrock locally, regionally and where possible, nationally
  • To alert members to issues which affect social care organisation relating to legislation regulation and development of best practice
  • To offer members a range of services to meet their needs and a mutual support network
  • To keep members abreast of new developments within the sector, whilst signposting them to sources of information which may be helpful to them
  • To provide funding information, advice and guidance on training and development

What does ECA do?

  • The Association is run by a small management committee, all of whom are owners, managers, or trustees of a care organisation in Essex, Southend or Thurrock. The management committee meets on a quarterly basis to review and plan activities to benefit members.

Contact Us

Essex Care Association

251-255 Church Road

Benfleet

Essex SS7 4QP

Tel: 01268 565551

Email:

Office Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

We Support....

My Home Life EssexECA supports My Home Life Essex for celebrating good quality of care for older residents in Essex care homes.

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News

  • Live at Home Tender Extension

    Following concerns from our members, we wrote to ECC on your behalf asking them to consider delaying the Live at Home tender. We were concerned that having to complete the tender when the Covid situation was worsening was putting an unfair burden on providers who needed to concentrate on ensuring that their service users and staff were safe. We are pleased that ECC Director of Adult Social Care, Nick Presmeg has responded to us and that the tender deadline has now been extended for six months. We are also pleased that ECC have recognised that they will need to find a way for prices to be adjusted before the new service starts next year.

     

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  • Live at Home – Tender delayed

    Essex Care Association have been in discussion with ECC to express our members’ concerns about the timing of the Live at Home tender given the increasing pressure on providers due to Covid-19. We are pleased that they have decided to delay the submission deadline and they sent this message to providers late on Friday:

    Live at Home – tender deadline delayed - We have been in discussion with the Essex Care Association about the pressures being faced by the sector currently which are impacting on providers’ ability to complete tender responses.  In recognition of these concerns we have decided to delay the submission deadline by approximately six months to allow the market to focus their attention on immediate operational concerns.  We are conscious that the national living wage is due to increase in April so prices will be adjusted from this point until the new go-live date.  We will confirm the details of how this will be achieved along with a revised tender deadline through the care provider hub shortly.

     We are encouraged by this response and will use the additional time to seek clarification of some aspects of the tender.

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  • Guidance on Care Home Visits

    New guidance to support safe care home visits has been produced:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-to-support-safe-care-home-visits-during-lockdown

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