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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Get involved

There are a variety of ways for you to engage with us. These include regular emails, newsletters, webinars and engagement meetings. These meetings include:

Provider Reference Group

This is a closed group made up of elected provider representatives and DCC/health staff which meets every fortnight. The group discuss new ideas and policies, they solve problems and share intelligence. Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of provider representatives.

Terms of reference:

Care home locality support forums

These forums are engagement opportunities for care home providers and their registered managers, DCC Market Management Team and the locality Assistant Director/Social Care Operational team. You can view all of the previous meeting minutes in the online library.

The next care home locality forums:

  • East – Thursday 20 January 4.00pm to 5.00pm
  • South & West – Tuesday 18 January 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • North – Thursday 20 January 1.00pm to 2.30pm

If you have not received the calendar invite please email socialcarebusinessrelations-mailbox@devon.gov.uk stating which locality meeting you would like to receive invites for (North, East or South & West).

Care homes safeguarding engagement events & safeguarding themed review

On Tuesday 16 November the first care homes safeguarding event took place – Sarah Mackereth, Assistant Director for Health and Social Care in West Devon, presented data and talked through the safeguarding adults insights through Covid-19. Teresa Kippax, National Safeguarding Advisor, talked about how the CQC is adapting the way they work and looking at how their future systems could be changed.

The next session was held on Tuesday 14 December and this meeting was also recorded. Sarah Mackereth and Fiona Davis (Interim Principal Social Worker – Commissioning) presented data and the group discussed: reflections from the previous event, key issues, and planned next steps.

One of the agreed next steps following these meetings is setting up a task and finish group with care home providers to co-produce tools to support care home providers around safeguarding. If care home providers would like to join this group, please email Fiona Davis.

Housing with support forum

The countywide Housing with Support forum meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 10am until 11am. It‘s a chance for organisations who provide supported living, enabling, extra care, shared lives, day services and the homeless support services that are commissioned by DCC, to get together to discuss or raise any strategic or process issues rather than individual service users issues.
The main aim is to unblock any blocks we encounter when working across this market, escalate issues appropriately and basically join up our work better. If you deliver these services and would like to join the forum then please contact us: socialcarebusinessrelations-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

Forums in 2022: 12 January, 26 January, 9 February, 23 February, 9 March, 23 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June, 15 June, 29 June.

Personal Care Provider Forums: quarterly meetings

This is an open invitation for providers of personal care at home to attend the Devon County Council Personal Care Provider Forum. These are informal engagement opportunities for personal care providers, Devon County Council teams (Operations and Market Management) and NHS Devon CCG to get together to share and exchange information. These are core forums to update on emerging issues and concerns, to discuss market support offers and hear local system updates. They also serve as a helpful venue to exchange ideas and feedback from yourselves as providers.

The monthly forums will be held on the following Fridays (please click on a date to join that meeting):
25 January 2022 11.00am – 12.00pm
26 April 2022 11.00am – 12.00pm
26 July 2022 11.00am – 12.00pm
25 October 2022 11.00am – 12.00pm

If you would like to join these meetings, please: socialcarebusinessrelations-mailbox@devon.gov.uk stating Personal Care Provider Forum in the subject line. Please note that invitations will be sent to one address within an organisation for that provider to circulate as appropriate.

If you have any issues you would like to include in the agenda please let us know by email: socialcarebusinessrelations-mailbox@devon.gov.uk stating Personal Care Provider Forum in the subject line.

Personal Care Locality Provider Forums

These meetings focus on local issues and are open to providers of personal care that have a contract with DCC. The meetings are attended by DCC Adult Social Care operations representatives along with the Market Management Team and seek to unblock current issues and identify improved ways of working.

If you are a current contracted provider of personal care at home and have not received an invitation, please email: socialcarebusinessrelations-mailbox@devon.gov.uk stating Personal Care Locality Forum and either N, S/W or E in the subject line depending on the geographical area your service covers.

Please note that currently:

  • Northern locality meetings are the second Tuesday of each month 14.00 -15.00
  • Southern locality meetings are monthly
  • Eastern meetings are currently being reviewed

Mental Health Provider Forums

Jacqui Blackmore is chairing quarterly meetings, which are attended by MH providers, DCC commissioners and Devon and Cornwall Police.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 19 January 2022 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Please contact jacqui.blackmore@carastonhall.com if you would like to attend.

Devon Housing with Support WhatsApp group

We would encourage all registered managers and owners to join the group using the online registration form.

Devon Residential and Nursing (DRN) WhatsApp group

Devon Care Home Collaborative (DCHC) runs a WhatsApp group for care home providers or managers to join a peer to peer support group that provides quick responses on questions you may have as well as flagging up resources, training and gathering your feedback on key issues. Please email: info@devoncarehomes.org with your request. Please note it is one contact per care home.

Devon Personal Care (Domiciliary Homecare) WhatsApp Group

We set up a supportive WhatsApp network for personal care business owners, registered managers and nominated individuals. To join the group please complete the form.

Personal Assistants and Micro-providers WhatsApp Group

Details how to get involved are on the Personal Assistants section of this website.

Devon Care Homes Collaborative

Devon Care Homes Collaborative (DCHC) is a membership organisation that provides support to care home providers, managers and staff in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. They aim to share best practice, provide inspiration, stimulate innovation, enable peer to peer learning and support the development of a financially sustainable care sector that understands and meets the common needs of members.

They work collaboratively with key stakeholders: the local authority, NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group, Devon STP, Proud to Care and others to support those working in the sector who strive to provide good quality care for those in need.

Membership is free and open to all care home providers, managers and staff.
You can sign up for free.

DCHC also runs regular events.

Webinars

For updates on webinars please visit our Webinars, online meetings and learning page.


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