RCPA Members’ bulletin – 26th June 2024

News and Resources

  • Election resources

As we fast approach polling day, our election resources can be found on our website https://rcpa.org.uk/news/

Please let us know if you have received any responses from your candidates or if they have joined in any events and if there is any support around comms you need. If you would like us to share any news and photos, please let us know!

  • Members’ meeting 18th June

Thanks to all who were able to make it last week in Somerton, and again, apologies around disappointment with Sarah Wakefield unable to join us. Invitation has been extended to future meetings, aiming earliest opportunity for the Teams’ call in July. Members’ Qs have been sent to Sarah. Topics at last week’s meeting included:

  • RCPA conference 12th November and topics/presenters you would like to hear from- do members want to hear from CQC at the event and if so, in what format and preferred topic? It was generally agreed that an open forum is optimal as opposed to a standard presentation in the plenary session. Suggestions included RWK speaker, roles of Commissioners. Please contact hilary.robinson@rcpa.org.uk
  • New style MNMs (members’ network meetings) to combine monthly members’ calls/meeting and special topics of interest with selected presenters, (ditto suggestions above for conference). These will include F2F, and TEAMs meetings and looking at locations county wide to give fair access to members. Thanks to Craig/Baobab for suggestions. We mooted the idea of expanding scope of these meetings to include deputies, clinical leads etc to allow for contingencies and continuity during periods of absence for RMs and owners. We will proceed to plan meetings on this assumption unless we hear to the contrary from members.  When we circulate invitations to meetings, please can you forward to your nominated deputy, also to update your contact preferences with admin@rcpa.org.uk. Many thanks.
  • The link for The Adult Social Care Training and Development Fund which is replacing the WDF in case you missed it last time: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-training-and-development-fund/adult-social-care-training-and-development-fund-a-guide-for-employers and queries about the fund should be directed to ascreimbursement@dhsc.gov.uk
  • Specific member challenges include FAB assessments and willingness by members to be able to support with these to expedite, access to social workers and consistency with follow up-these items tabled for meeting with Sarah Wakefield
  • Thanks to Harry for raising awareness of the NHS app: https://nhsquicker.co.uk/ to provide real time information to help with your urgent care problems (especially useful when organising staff to support people you care for).


  • Mangar lifting equipment – FREE- Last chance!

The UCR team is approaching care homes in Somerset to see who would like one of the 7 remaining Mangars (lifting equipment) provided by the ICB grant. Homes have been approached but may potentially miss out on these. The team would like to hear back from homes ASAP (to allocate equipment and organise training). We are aware of members who have already been approached and potentially may miss out on this free equipment so would encourage you to contact Luci Bestic, Rapid Response Administrator no later than Monday 1st July: Luci.Bestic@somersetft.nhs.uk

  • OMMT updates

A few weeks ago, we circulated an update about OMMT and to ensure members are aware of any potential funding for training. We understood further details would be posted via the ASC bulletin. To date we note this information has not been forthcoming, therefore contacted SfT recently for more info. We understand we will hear more info mid-July (following GE and funding confirmation) so will keep you updated. Apologies for delay with this but all funding decisions effectively on hold until post-election.


Sector based work academy programme and pre-employment training in collaboration with DWP, Somerset Skills and Learning and SFT. SWAPs team is looking for 3 x cohorts (each cohort up to 10 providers) for ‘test and learn’ with a recruitment focus on West Somerset, subsequently a model for future recruitment in the sector. This will provide young adults aged 19yrs + an opportunity for 2 weeks of training with a guaranteed interview from the care provider. Any member who would like to get involved with this, please contact hilary.robinson@rcpa.org.uk.

  • Capacity Tracker – don’t get caught with an NOI – useful to know!

Following on from our recent bulletin; an NOI will be issued to a provider if they have failed to submit within the previous three reporting windows or have missed 4 submissions in the previous 12mths. We will shortly post a handy calendar on our website for future dates for reporting windows. Business Services Authority (BSA) – who administer the NOIs and penalties – would usually contact any provider who fall into either of these categories, to determine the reason for the failure and would then determine what action to take.

Please contact admin@rcpa.org.uk for more details.


Digital News

  • Final Countdown for Data Security and Protection Toolkit Support!

Deadline 30th June!

With only a few days left until June 30th, now is the time to get those submissions completed. These next few days will be the last chance to receive support from our Project Delivery Officer, Dan Plummer, before the deadline. Free support for any aspect of the DSPT is available from RCPA. Please contact daniel.plummer@rcpa.org.uk for more information.


  • DiSC Funding Available

The Digitisation in Social Care team is offering grant funding to ASC registered care providers to purchase a digital social care record (DSCR) up until November 2024. Our team will help you along this process and assist with the completion of our criteria to achieve the funding.


  • Transfer from paper to an electronic assured supplier. This can be back dated to April 2022.
  • Agree to be an active and consistent partner; provide regular updates on progress of purchasing and use of DSCR to the DISC Programme Team using tools provided.
  • Provide evidence of benefits of use of DSCR in your business up to March 2025. We have tried to make this as easy as possible for you, sending you a short questionnaire once per quarter.
  • Provide a digital champion in your business who will support colleagues in using the DSCR effectively.
  • Be CQC registered.
  • Have NHS Mail.  We can help with this.
  • Be Data Security Protection Toolkit registered (Registration (dsptoolkit.nhs.uk). We can help with this.

We look forward to helping you join the growing numbers of ASC Care Provider’s in Somerset in becoming digital. DSCR’s have been shown to save time with care plan reviews taking on average 30-45 minutes with a digital system compared to a previous average of four hours.

Become digital today – Email us at digitisationinsocialcare@somerset.gov.uk


From our Partners

  • Optimise Workplace Wellbeing –

Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid (RQF)

Throughout this 2-day course, learners will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to actively promote positive mental health in the workplace by covering a range of topics, including: understanding mental health and its importance, awareness of their own wellbeing as a Mental Health First Aider, common mental health conditions, how to support those experiencing poor mental health at work with tools such as active listening and non-judgemental support.

What’s covered on the course

  • Learn how to spot the signs and support people that are struggling with a wide range of mental health conditions, including:
    • Depression
    • Suicide
    • Anxiety Disorders (including OCD, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and PTSD)
    • Eating Disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Self-Injury
  • We look at each condition in detail and hear from people that have real lived experience of some of these conditions, which gives learners a deep understanding of what someone experiencing symptoms may be experiencing.
  • Understand and learn about the symptoms a person may be experiencing, what to say and how to support an individual in the best way for them.
  • The mental health continuum and the differences between mental health and mental illness, and the judgment and discrimination that is often felt around this topic due to stigma and lack of understanding.
  • Risk and Protective factors to our mental health and learn how to implement health habits and coping techniques, including self-care.
  • Stress and how to recognise, manage and cope with stress – this is a very important part of the course as stress is always present in any mental health condition, whether it’s the cause, a symptom or both.
  • Case Studies looking at scenarios and what we can do to help, what to say and where to access and signpost to the correct support, along with how to provide ongoing support.
  • Where and how to access support and different types of support that are available.
  • Recovery and Wellbeing Recovery Action Plans


This 2-day course is packed full of useful, helpful and lifesaving information to help others and yourself.

Upcoming course dates:

23rd and 30th July 2024 – 09:30 -17:30 both days at The Ibis, Bridgwater

All training materials, certificate, ongoing support provided, along with lunch and refreshments and free parking on both days included in cost.

Cost is £245 for RCPA Members, a saving of £100 on usual course price of £345.



Our Services

Online Member Forum – If you have any general queries or would like to share information with other RCPA members please do remember to use our Member Forum. If you have forgotten your log in details, please email us at admin@rcpa.org.uk

Free DSPT Support – Our Project Delivery Officer, Dan Plummer, is offering free support to complete the Data Security & Protection Toolkit. The June deadline for renewing this information is looming so please do contact Dan at daniel.plummer@rcpa.org.uk

DBS & HR Services – RCPA members receive a discounted rate on DBS checks, with a dedicated account manager and an easy-to-use online system. For more information contact Diana at admin@rcpa.org.uk

Trusted Assessor Scheme – The service is a collaborative enterprise between the RCPA, care providers, Somerset Council and local acute hospitals of Musgrove Park and Yeovil. The scheme forms part of a framework of services in Somerset designed to improve and enhance the pathway into and out of hospital for people in receipt of care and support.

To find out more about the service, please download our leaflet.

Policies and Procedures – RCPA members have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive package of policies and procedures, with monthly updates, all included in your membership fee. To sign up to receive these documents please email admin@rcpa.org.uk

If any RCPA members have a special event or announcement that they would like to share via our bulletin, please do get in touch.