The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) welcomes the government’s promise of extra funding as part of the Infection Control Fund and the announcement of the new Adult Social Care Winter Plan.
Kathy Roberts, Chair of the CPA said:
“The Care Provider Alliance has been working closely with the Minster of State (Minister for Care) Helen Whately, MP and senior policy officials at the Department of Health and Social Care on the core elements of the Winter Plan. As an Alliance we have played an important role in calling on government to provide essential PPE for free to care providers and for the continuation of the zero-rate VAT on PPE supplies after the current deadline of 31st October 2020. Our work with members has resulted in, on average, 99% of all care home providers reporting on the Capacity Tracker data capture initiative. We believe visibility of the dashboard reporting mechanism should be extended to the wider care sector to make sure people using care and support services and staff are safely supported through the winter.
“We are also delighted by the announcement of a new Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care. During the height of the pandemic, many of our members told us of the essential need for expert clinical advice and input. Our expectation is that this role further strengthens our ability to provide more community-based longer term condition management and palliative care. We look forward to working closely with the Chief Nurse when appointed.