News Archive

Archive of: 2020

  • Essex Care Association – COVID-19 Round-up – 2nd April 2020 Number 2

    Essex County Council

    The ECC weekly webinar went out today and you can see the slides here: Essex County Council - webinar slides

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  • Essex Care Association – COVID-19 Round-up – 2nd April 2020

    Care Associations Alliance

    ECA are a member of the Care Associations Alliance (CCA) who represent the views of Care Providers at a national level. Here is a summary of information we have received recently which may be helpful at this time.

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  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

    On Thursday 26 March the Government released new guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which provided some useful clarification but unfortunately left some important questions unanswered. Here James Sage, Partner at Royds Withy King (Care Association Alliance partner) clarifies the position including:

    • Are health and social care providers eligible under the CJRS?
    • Can you furlough staff who are shielding?

    Click to follow link: James Sage Blog

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  • ACAS Coronavirus webinar recording

    ACAS have published a recording of the webinar:

    Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers 
    which they hosted yesterday

    The webinar covered:

    • steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus
    • effective ways of communicating with employees
    • self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay
    • altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements
    • remote working and the use of technology

    View the recording here

     

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  • A message from the Health and Social Care Secretary

    My main message to you is simple: thank you.

    Thank you for going the extra mile to make sure the people who rely on you are supported. Thank you in advance for the difficult decisions you will have to make that will keep as many people as possible safe. Thank you for taking on extra shifts to cover for those who need to isolate or have their own caring responsibilities. Thank you for doing the right thing by isolating if you or somebody you live with has symptoms. Thank you for everything you are doing this week, next week and in the months to come.

    We face more difficult times ahead and I know you will have been personally impacted by the measures we have had to take to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Whilst many people are now staying at home, I know that is not an option for most of you as your work, caring for others, cannot be done from home. We will do all we can to make your lives easier during this period, including, for example, making parking on council owned on-street spaces and car parks free for those who work in social care.

    The Government is releasing advice and information updates daily and we are working round the clock to make sure you and your employer have the information, equipment and resources you need. For those of you that use Twitter, please follow the Department for Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) for the latest information. We will also make it available through other channels. I also want to reiterate what the Chancellor has said: we are committed to doing whatever is needed; that promise applies just as much to social care as it does for the NHS.

    Thank you again for everything you do.
    - Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary

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  • Exclusively for ECA Members - Citation Covid 19 Webinar - Thursday 2nd April

    Our Commercial Partner, Citation are running a free webinar this week exclusively for ECA Members about Covid 19 and its HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety implications. There will also be an important update about the Good Work Plan, which is still scheduled to be implemented in April this year.

    Date : Thursday, 2nd April

    Time: 9am

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  • ACAS Coronavirus webinar

    ACAS have added an additional date for their free-to-attend webinar:

    Coronavirus – An advisory webinar for employers 

    Monday 30 March, 2pm-3pm
    view details  |  register online

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  • COVID-19 - DEDICATED SKILLS FOR CARE WEBPAGE

    Skills for Care are currently working behind the scenes with the Department of Health and Social Care to support the sector as we face growing challenges with the outbreak of Covid-19.

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  • Acas Coronavirus advice for employers and employees has been updated.

    It now includes: 

    - Social distancing and vulnerable people
    - Self-isolation and sick pay
    - If an employee needs time off work to look after someone
    - If someone has Coronavirus symptoms at work
    - Good practice steps for employers

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  • Important Information for ECA Members

    COVID-19 Arrangements

    We hope that you are managing during the very difficult times we are going through.

    We would like to let you know our office arrangements at the current time. In order to reduce travel and the risk of contact, we will not be staffing the ECA office on a regular basis for the time being - we usually cover the office Mon -Wed 0930 -1430. We will however be working remotely, so we are still here to respond to your queries. For this reason, please email us with any queries rather than phoning office@essexcare.org.u

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