RCPA Members’ bulletin – 10th July 2024

News and Resources

  • MCA/Dols drop in sessions

At the last session Chris Hamilton discussed a review of the future offer for these meetings with a proposal planned for end of August. We’ll be back with updates but for now, sessions are on hold. In the meantime, please finds some useful links: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/care-and-support-for-adults/mental-capacity-act/.

Recent learning resources from the National Mental Capacity Forum.  NMCF Events & Resources – Autonomy Project (essex.ac.uk)


  • SCNAC – Social Care Nursing Advisory Council

We have joined this newly formed council for the Southwest, which includes seven regional councils nationwide, to help shape the work with ICB and provide information and guidance for adult social care nursing. We joined an inaugural meeting a few weeks ago (meeting quarterly), setting out national and regional priorities, and foster collaboration and partnership, engage with chief and senior nurse leads.



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. Thanks to those who have already responded.


  • WhatsApp forum and member resources

We are looking at ways where we can share resources and information and increase accessibility for our members.

Firstly, we are looking at trialling a knowledge/resource library via our website – this will include commonly asked questions around general topics with some answers, suggestions, resources, and signposting. We envisage the ‘library’ will be a work in progress and grow over time.

Secondly, as part of a network for sharing best practice and support would any members be interested in participating in a WhatsApp group?

Please contact hilary.robinson@rcpa.org.uk. We’ll also table for the members’ meeting 16th July.


  • NEW Member survey

We are pleased to introduce our new member feedback survey! As a membership association we are always looking to improve our services and listen to members. To enable us to do this we would welcome your feedback, which should only take 5-10 minutes of your time and on completion you can select to be entered into a free raffle to win a hamper! Please click here to complete the survey.


  • 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 have posted future dates for reporting windows on our website. 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.



  • RCPA Next members’ meeting

Tuesday 16th July 14.00-15.00hrs via TEAMs. Open forum and conversation to discuss topics/issues of the day/share best practice.

Please contact admin@rcpa.org.uk for the link.


  • Northbrook – Attracting, Recruiting & Retaining Care Colleagues webinar

8th August 2024, 13:00 – 14:00 via TEAMs

Join Northbrook for this free Webinar where we will explore practical hints, tips and strategies for attracting recruiting and retaining care colleagues. Click on the link below for more information and to register.

Webinar: Attracting, Recruiting & Retaining Care Colleagues | Northbrook

If you have any queries, please contact Colin Mackenzie directly Info@Northbrook.org.uk