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Please check out the dates and deadlines below. It would be great if you could get your news to me by that time and it would be fab if you could also send me pictures and if possible a logo!

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April 7/4 28/3
June 3/6 20/5
August 19/8 5/8
October 14/10 30/9
December 9/12 25/11

Registered Managers Networks

 ‘The Care Act: what providers need to know’  

The upcoming sessions will be held at:

  • South Glos RMN at Manor Community Care, Gladstone Drive, Soundwell, Bristol, BS16 4RU on Thursday 17th March 2016 from 10am – 1pm
  • Bristol RMN at Manor Community Care, Gladstone Drive, Soundwell, Bristol, BS16 4RU on Thursday 24th March 2016 from 10am – 1pm
  • North Somerset RMN at Homes Caring for Autism, Oakwood Business Park, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston – Super - Mare, BS24 9AY  on Thursday 7th April 2016 from 10am – 1pm
  • BANES RMN – date and venue to be confirmed. 

If you would like to know more, please email Mik Alban on

Ensuring Staff tell the Truth

A care worker from Fraserburgh faced a ban from working in the profession after lying about an incident of poor care. A social media discussion ensued about how you can ensure your staff tell you the whole truth. Various suggestions were paraded as solutions

No GP Care For People in Care Homes

Doctors surgery

Care England expressed disappointment over a British Medical Association decision to cease caring for care homes residents. Professor Martin Green of Care England said:

"Residents of care homes should not be treated differently to those living in their home. GPs are a vital part of the care package in any care home and it is impossible to imagine residents receiving the care and attention they require without full access to primary care"

A BBC article by Nick Triggle commented: 

CQC Assessing Safeguarding Responsibilities

The open meeting also saw Paul Chapman from CQC outline the CQC framework for assessing Safeguarding.

Key messages were:

  • Safeguarding is a key priority for CQC.
  • They distinguish between 'Alerts' and 'Concerns'.
  • They work closely with the local teams, providers and other professionals

There is a pdf on the CQC website outlining CQC roles and responsibilities regarding Safeguarding.

The latest strategy is also on the website. This is out for consultation. Please give feedback.


Successful Safeguarding

Safeguarding was a popular topic generating excellent attendance at Care & Support West's Open Meeting on 27th January. It was good to see representatives from the Safeguarding teams from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in attendance and heartening to know that all four authorities had combined to create the presentation. This reflects the decision to create an overarching policy that is the same across the region and the desire for people to work in partnership to protect the vulnerable adults in their care.

The overarching policy can be found here and links to their websites are as follows: South Glos; Bristol; North Somerset; Bath & North East Somerset