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  • We are recruiting

    Essex Care Association have an excellent opportunity for a special individual who has managerial experience of the adult social care sector to support care providers in Essex with the challenges of recruiting and retaining staff.

    Home/community based this is a 1 year fixed term contract initially.  You should have a good understanding of the realities of managing a care business and what motivates care staff and have access to your own transport.

    If you are someone who can make connections between the needs of care providers and the resources that are available, please email your CV along with a covering letter to


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  • ECA writes to local MPs over concerns about Social Care funding

    ECA has written to all the MPs for Southend, Essex and Thurrock to express our concern about the current staffing crisis in social care and the need for sustainable funding. Here is a sample of the letter we sent. We have also encouraged all our members to join us and write to their MP and to their local councillors.

    Sample Letter 

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  • Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Practitioner Learning Brief

    Following the death of a person who was killed in an Essex care home by her grandson, the Southend Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board (SETDAB) undertook a Domestic Homicide Review to see what lessons could be learned. The attached is a two-page summary which may be of interest to those of our members who are involved in care home work.

    Read the report here


    If the report raises any issues for you that you would like us to feedback either to SETDAB or the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board, please let us know and we will pass them on.

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  • L2 Health and Care Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard – Trailblazer group is seeking adult social care participants

    The newly-formed Health and Care Support Worker Trailblazer Group is taking forward plans to develop a single apprenticeship standard at level 2.  The group is seeking wider representation from the adult social care sector and inviting employers to register their interest.  

    This is a great opportunity for adult social care employers to share their expertise to shape the content of the new standard, including the skills and knowledge apprentices will achieve upon completion, as well as influence the assessment and development costings.

    Find out more and register your interest here.  Link to the site:

    Registration closes on 12th March, so don’t delay!


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  • 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:

    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 or contact the team directly at

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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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  • 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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