ECA Member Services

ECA Member Briefings

ECA hosts regular briefing meetings for members free of charge. These are held at a number of different venues across the county and can be held as breakfast meetings or during the day. Topics are items of interest to members e.g. Safeguarding, CQC compliance, etc.

“The breakfast briefing held in June 2011 about completing the CQC Provider Compliance Assessments was very helpful. It has given me the confidence to start work on this and keep in closer touch with my CQC inspector.”

Care Quality Commission Feedback

ECA meets regularly with the Care Quality Commission to represent social care providers across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Feedback from these meetings is made available to ECA members through regular news feed items.

ECA Regular Newsletters

ECA members are kept updated on news and information relevant to the social care sector by regular ECA newsletters.

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News

  • Skills for Care have launched a FREE new on line Digital Learning Module and you can claim £100 from the WDF fund for completion

    Skills for Care have launched a Learning from Events on line learning scheme. This free 35 minute interactive module is designed to support managers and leaders in adult social care learn from events, e.g. Safeguarding Incidents, Complaints, Covid 19 incidents or Outbreak, etc.  Please see more here: https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/ongoing-learning-and-development/Learning-from-events/Learning-from-events.aspx

    Through the module you will be able to:

    • Discover what learning reviews are, why they’re needed and how they can help you
    • Learn how managers can move from completing reviews at an individual level to involving the wider team
    • Find practical tips for embedding learning reviews into your working environment

    As part of this offer, employers can claim £100 reimbursement for every staff member who completes this module through the Workforce Development Fund as a contribution to the time spent doing the learning and embedding it.

     

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  • Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service website launched

    Essex County Council is striving to increase apprenticeships within the county.  The council’s new Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service will allow levy payers to utilise unspent levy to support the apprenticeship training costs for smaller businesses. This is an online service that allows companies looking to donate unspent apprenticeship levy funds (maximum of 25%), to view details of opportunities created by smaller organisations looking for funding.  The online system makes the process easy and there is also a dedicated team to support businesses during this process. Visit the website for further details www.essexalts.co.uk or contact the team directly at info@essexalts.co.uk

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  • 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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