Minutes from meeting
The Social Care Partners Forum (SCPF) meets triannually to discuss common areas of interest linked to health, safety and quality of care.
After each meeting, a summary of the key messages arising from the discussions is produced and made available to members to promote the work of the Forum. A copy of these can be found below:
March 2016 Open
- The Forum heard presentations from Cabinet Office on the Cutting Red Tape Review on Adult Social Care and from the Department of Health on the Government’s response and proposed Action Plan. Although focusing on England only, members felt there was wider relevance also.
- CSSIW gave a presentation on lessons to be learned from the Operation Jasmine investigation in South Wales. Margaret Flynn’s review In Search of Accountability is publicly available.
- Members agreed that it would be appropriate to conduct a major stocktake of this Forum’s future and leadership at the next meeting in the light of: the new work-streams (and possibly new fora) that will emerge from the DH/DCLG Action Plan; interest in creating a similar forum in Scotland, and a review of the products of the three SCPF Working Groups.
July 2015 Open
- Members were advised that the SCPF website has now gone live.
- Members were consulted on a draft revision of the Liaison Agreement between HSE, LAs and the Scottish Care Inspectorate. This is half the length of the previous Liaison Agreement, and was well received.
- The new Government has the reduction of burdens on business as one of its priorities, and has identified the Care sector for particular attention. The SCPF will be engaging with the lead Government Department (BIS) on these developments, and will be offering the emerging thinking from the mapping and commissioning working groups as part of the solution.
- Members agreed that the cleared minutes of these meetings would be made available on the SCPF website in future, in addition to these key messages.
View the minutes for July 2015.
February 2015 Open
- A website is under development for the Forum, hosted by SCIE, and is nearing completion. The Forum’s guidance will be posted here as it is produced.
- CQC provided an update on the work around the recently published CQC/HSE/LA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This included staff training and consultation on CQC’s enforcement policy.
- The Forum’s ‘mapping’ working group has made substantial progress in assembling the different standards applying to common issues (like hot water temperatures etc.), and identifying the most useful single reference document for providers to use. The Forum discussed the best way of presenting this information, and what was needed to make progress on the remaining issues. We are sure the results of this work will prove very popular, and this is likely to be the first guidance to be posted on the Forum’s website. Good progress is being made by the other working groups on sensible risk and commissioning.
October 2014 Open
- It was agreed that we will set up a public website for the Social Care Partners Forum and also a web community for members only.
- The revised CQC/HSE /Local Authority Liaison Agreement will be open to external consultation in November 2014. Members were invited to comment before this wider consultation begins.
- Two draft documents were presented to the Forum which have been produced by the Task and Finish groups. One is a mapping document which lists all key guidance for social care in GB by topic. The second is a guide on health, safety and risk management in social care which looks at how to manage risk sensibly in this sector.
- Two organisations were represented at the meeting for the first time, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Relatives and Residents Association (R&RA).
- The annual review of the Terms of Reference for the Forum was completed.
June 2014 Open
- We will create a new Liaison Agreement between CQC, HSE and Local Authorities in England by October 2014 to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the 3 regulators for health and social care, and will consult the social care sector on its content.
- Members representing regulators in England, Scotland and Wales provided updates on regulatory developments, including progress with the Registered Activities Regulations, which will allow CQC to prosecute for breaches of Fundamental Standards which have now been consulted on. CQC will also consult on their enforcement policy.
- We will create an on-line presence for the SCPF.
- The Forum's 3 working groups all reported on progress. We agreed a way forward to secure representation on the Forum for service users and will invite NICE to attend the next meeting.
February 2014 Open
- We will publicise the existence and role of the SCPF as a GB-wide body more actively, and present a discussion paper on an overarching communications plan at the next meeting.
- Members representing the Department of Health and regulators in England, Scotland and Wales provided updates on regulatory developments, including the BIS review of enforcement in adult residential care services consultation on extending the offence of 'wilful neglect', consultation on proposals to change CQC Registration Regulations, the Scottish Government's Health and Sport Committee, and the Welsh Government's review of regulation and inspection.
- SCPF resolved to identify gaps in guidance on health and safety-related issues within the CQC Registration Regulations, and to make recommendations to CQC about this.
- SCPF agreed that its Commissioning Working Group would focus its attention on Wales to improve clarity, and reduce duplication/unnecessary burdens, in the health and safety aspects of commissioning. This would act as a pilot study, and would allow the principles established to be considered in England and Scotland. Commissioners, regulators, care providers and TUs will all be involved.
- We agreed we needed representation on the Forum for service users, and members were invited to suggest the most suitable bodies that could be approached.