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  • Join ECA today - Reduced fees for 2020-2021

    ECA membership 2020-21

    The new ECA membership year begins on 1st October 2020 and we would like to invite you to join us.

    In recognition of the exceptional challenges that our sector is facing, we have significantly reduced our membership rates as follows:

    Small Providers*: £99      Large providers: £175

    This is a saving of at least 50% - more for small providers!

    We would love you to join us and have the opportunity to connect with like-minded people working in the same sector; share views, or concerns; and keep up to date with what's new in social care across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

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  • ECA Survey Results - how providers felt they were supported through the Covid-19 crisis

    ECA recently undertook a survey of providers to find out how they felt they were supported through the Covid-19 crisis as well as what were the key issues that needed addressing now and how did they want to engage with ECC. Unfortunately ,we had a low response rate, but here are the headlines:

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  • Get inspection ready: 100 proven tips to improve your care service’s rating by Citation

    It is not clear exactly when CQC inspections will happen and how these will run, but we do know inspection activities are beginning to resume.

    Though we understand it’s still a difficult time for providers, with no doubt more challenges on the horizon, now’s the time to start thinking ahead and getting inspection ready.

    One of ECA’s Commercial Partners, Citation, has produced a valuable free guide to care inspections, offering 100 proven top tips to improve your care service’s CQC rating.


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  • Live at Home Framework – Retender Concerns - Letter to ECC

    ECA Members have told us that they are concerned about the timing of the retender of the Live at Home Framework, which will take place at a time when the workforce is weary after the first wave of Covid and preparing for a second wave on top of any ‘Winter Pressures’. We have raised your concerns with ECC and here is the letter we sent to Moira McGrath, Director of Commissioning. We have also shared the letter with Cllr.John Spence,  Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, and with Nick Presmeg, Director of Adult Social Care.

    Let us know if you agree with these concerns, and also if you have different views – we want to be able to represent you when we speak to ECC.


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  • Webinar: Care Home Diabetes – A Continuing Health and Social Care Challenge

    6 August 2020, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

    Register your place

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  • The Care Provider Alliance has produced a useful protocol for visitors to care homes

    which can be found here:

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  • Launch of Care Friends

    Skills for Care have partnered with Care Friends, an innovative employee referral app, that aims to boost the number of quality social care candidates by using recommendations from the sector’s own workforce.  

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  • Infection Control Fund – Guidance for Providers – June 2020


    The Infection Control Fund is the latest Government Funding to help our sector mange the impact of Covid-19. £600m has been made available nationally and it will be paid via Local Authorities. This fund is in addition to the £3.2 bn that the Government has previously made available to Local Authorities. Essex will receive £16m in total

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  • New mental health resources and advice from ACAS

    ACAS have recently released new advice and resources for employers, managers and employees on managing mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic:

    View mental health resources

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  • Skills for Care - Webinars -

    Skills for Care webinars are continuing to support the social care sector on a range of topics, offering employers the opportunity to digest important information and new ways of working in these unprecedented times.  

    Their 30-minute webinars are recorded live and hosted on the Skills for Care website.

    The webinars taking place next week feature collaborations with O2 and NICE. If you’d like to join, please register using the link below. If you have any questions on a topic that you’d like to see raised during the webinar, please email

    Tuesday 19 May 2020, 14:00 – 14:30

    Cyber Security – Secure mobile working


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