State of Care | Care Quality Commission

At long last the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is speaking out about the state of care in the UK and especially the crisis in Social Care, which justifies the need for the petition I created, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

By signing and sharing the petition it will add more weight to the CQC report.

I have also put together further information, should you wish to see it, being Solve the crisis in Social Care more information







Source: State of Care | Care Quality Commission

Solving the crisis in Social Care

Social Care is just as important as Health Care, but does not receive the support is should do.

With this in mind please could I mention that the forthcoming Budget is an important opportunity to address the crucial issue of funding for Social Care, but will it.

Boris has promised, but will he keep his promise and even if money is made available will it be sufficient.

Boris has now mentioned it will take 5 years to get the funding, Social Care can not wait that long.

Boris needs to be told this is not good enough, so it is essential we keep the pressure on Boris and my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care could be the means.

Please see below

We now have the New Year 2020.

However, if the ‘Crisis in Social Care’ is not Solved soon there will not be many more New Years for the care, required for persons in need of care, to be provided by Local Authorities due to their lack of funding. This will then have a much greater impact on health care provision, which is itself in crisis.

I have therefore created my latest petition, please follow the link

For more information please follow the link

This Petition needs You, please sign to show your support for you will not know when you or someone in your family will need social care.

Social Care in Crisis

Due to years of austerity cuts to Local Authorities, these authorities are having to spread more thinly, each year the amount of money they have all over the many areas of their responsibilities and Social Care is one of those areas.

But each year with an aging population and more persons with disabilities living longer, the people needing Social Care is increasing while the money available to help care for these needs is reducing.

In addition there is an increasing need for employed carers to provide the care the people with these needs require. But there is a shortage of people wishing to come into care and why is this?

The rate of pay within the care industry is abysmal for most employed carers receive a wage based on the *National Living Wage, currently £7.83, which will increase to £8.21 on the first of April 2019.

While the Living Wage is £9.00.

Being an employed carer is more than, cleansing, washing, dressing and meal preparation, as they are, in many instances, one of the few people that the people with care needs see.

Also there could be instances where the employed carer needs to deal with financial responsibilities, provide emotional support, manage prescriptions and administer medication, monitor Safeguarding and many more areas of responsibility and paying just the National Living Wage is not sufficient to cover all these responsibilities.

It is therefore, that the Living Wage would be more near a level to pay, but Local Authorities do not have the finance to pay this, currently and therefore this current Government needs to take this on board and increase the funding to Local Authorities.

With this in mind, FLASh (Families Lobbying and Advising Sheffield) have created an EPetition, Pay All Employed Carers the Living Wage.

Please see the following

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FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield) are concerned about the continuance of Social Care within the UK.

The Care Industry is in a state of crisis as there is insufficient funding from Local Authorities to Care Service Providers to pay the carers they employ a wage of sufficient amount for the work these carers are required to provide which matches the responsibilities they have to undertake to the persons to whom they are providing care to.

These Local Authorities have, for many years, under this current Tory Government, been subjected to austerity cuts to the funding they receive from this Government, which impacts on the money these authorities have available to provide this funding.

Therefore, FLASh have created an EPetition ‘Pay all employed Carers the Living Wage.

Please view this EPetition and seriously consider signing the EPetition and then verify your signature though the link provided in the email you will receive. Until your signature is verified your signature will not be activated.

The EPetition ‘Pay all employed Carers the Living Wage’ can be accessed here.

Should you be unable to view the EPetition, please copy and paste the following; into your browser.

Once you have verified your signature please could you share this EPetition with your colleagues, friends and any other connections.

Please also forward to your MP and your Local Councillors.

Thank you for your support.


If you wish to know more about FLASh a link to their website is here. If you are a family carer in Sheffield for someone with a Learning Disability or Autism and you wish to become a member of FLASh and/or attend the monthly meetings please advise your email address to

Chris Sterry, Vice-chair of FLASh issues his own Newsletter, on at least a monthly basis. To receive this Newsletter on a regular basis please email Chris on and a copy of the Newsletter can be accessed here.




* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

How Carer Voice was Started

3 Family Carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism (Chris Sterry, Judith Gwynn and Kate Chapman) started working together with a PHd student (Rachael A Black) at the University of Sheffield (Department of Human Communication Sciences) using the framework of Co-production. This was initially to provide research for Rachael’s thesis required for her PHd, but also to have a meaningful outcome for LD Carers within Sheffield, UK

At the start of this co-production Rachael enquired through Sheffield Mencap & Gateway for carers of persons with Learning Disabilities to work with her on her PHd project. During the last 18 months we have had regular meetings at the University of Sheffield on how we would proceed with this project and what our initial outcomes would be. Initially through general discussions, which Rachael was recording, it became clear that the recurring situations was around carers communications with the range of Service Providers. Within the context of Service Providers it included Sheffield Adult Social Care through Sheffield City Council, various health providers ( being GPs, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Community Health, and many other health areas) together with the independent Care Providers including charities, voluntary and private independent providers.

So that we were not restricted around our own views we decided to create 2 surveys, 1 to be completed by LD carers reflecting on their interactions with Service Providers and the other survey to be completed by Service Providers reflecting on their interactions with LD Carers. The surveys were created on Survey Monkey and during their creation we had a number of meeting to discuss how these were to be formed, the number of questions to be included and the specific questions. When we were all satisfied with both surveys they went live on Survey Monkey and electronic links were disseminated through our various range of contacts within Sheffield, UK.

We also discussed how we wished to to use the information from these surveys in addition to the original outcome for Rachael’s thesis. and decided we would wish to do this in a form of a presentation. We looked at possible dates and venues and obtained costings and also viewed each venue and then using co-production decided which venue to book and how we would advertise the event and provide a means for LD Carers and Service Providers to book to attend the event, which we did through Eventbrite and agreed on a format for a flyer and a website (Carer Voice) and the event title being Carer Voice Working Together.

Working Together Event Presentation 2017


Carer Voice ‘Working Together’, The Presenters from left to right, Chris Sterry, Judith Gwynn, Rachael A Black and Kate Chapman
Carer Voice ‘Working Together’, Presenter Rachael A Black Stating the Principles of Co-production
Carer Voice ‘Working Together’ Carers and Service Providers working together
Carer Voice ‘Working Together’ Presenter Judith Gwynn answering questions at the end of the Presentation
Carer Voice ‘Working Together’ Presenter Kate Chapman answering questions

Carer Voice Final Notes

Thank you for coming today and now you have seen the presentation and been involved in the workshops in which carers and service providers have worked together. This is how it should be for we are all here for the same reason, to ensure vulnerable persons, be they be our relatives or not, have provision to ensure their needs are met and they can then led their own lives.

Communication is but one key, but an extremely important key and without it all that is there can fail.

With this in mind I facilitate a support group LD Carers Butty Group, also known as Central group or Butty Group, where there is also a website LD Carers Butty Group and a mailing/distribution list. There are other support groups and details of these can be obtained from the Carers Centre and from Cathy and Kirsty from Sheffield Mencap & Gateway (Sharing Caring Project).

If you wish to be included in the mailing/distribution list please advise your email address. While this was produced with carers in mind, it does not mean that service providers cannot be included. Information sent will include areas relating to disability both local and national as well as notes for the support meetings.

Lunch is now ready and there are some leaflets from a selection of providers please view and take away and continue to network throughout lunch.

Do not forget to put on a post it the message you are taking away from this event and an evaluation form will be emailed to you, please return with your comments.

Our thanks to

University of Sheffield, Department of Human Communication Sciences for funding the event

Sheffield Central Fire Station for the room

Healthwatch Sheffield for the pens

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’, Chris Sterry giving the closing statement


After the Carer Voice : Working Together event we sent the following email to everyone who attended the event and also to those persons who could not attend but did express an interest in the event.

“We just wanted to get in touch to give you an update on the work we are doing following the Working Together Event in October.

 As a group we have met once to go through the feedback and will be meeting again in December. Where we will start drafting some standards and guidelines for communication between family carers and providers of service based on the information you gave us.  

 In early 2018 we will email these to you for your feedback. If you would not like to receive these emails then please do let me know and I will remove your name form the mailing list.

 We are also planning to pull together a small working group in the New Year to ensure the standards are accessible and practical. If you would be interested in being in this group, please do let us know. It will consist of 2 to 3 meetings at the University of Sheffield.

 Please also find attached some information about care workers in the independent and charity sector and the flu vaccine which we hope will be of use to you.

If you would be interested in receiving a copy of the presentation we gave on the day please do get in touch and I will send this to you.

Many thanks

Rachael and Carer Voice”

Flu Vaccine for Care Workers

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities get Flu Injection


We have now met in December and have started drafting some standards and guidelines for communication between family carers and providers of services based on the information given to us during the Carer Voice : Working Together event.

The draft documents were produced.

So we could enage with service providers we held 3 meetings.

Intialy we met with  representatives of Sheffield Adult Social Carer and Sheffield City Council Commissioning who viewed the documents and made some comments regarding some minor alterations.

The second meeting was with some service care providers who also made some contructive comments.

The final meeting was with representatives of Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, who also welcomed the documents and wished to use these in conjunction the their ‘For Pete’s Sake’ campaign’ and offered us a 15 minute presentation slot in the Assistive Technology event on the 28 June 2018.

Chris gave the presentation at the event and it was very appreciated by the atendees.

The presentation can be viewed  here



Mission menopause: ‘My hormones went off a cliff – and I’m not going to be ashamed’ | Menopause | The Guardian

Being a mere male I only know about the Menopause through what ladies have told me, one being my late wife.

I believe everything they say and will do all I can to support anyone who needs it.


Source: Mission menopause: ‘My hormones went off a cliff – and I’m not going to be ashamed’ | Menopause | The Guardian

Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people | Community Care

Social Care, why call it Social Care for in many respects it is not social and care is the last thing that is done.

Much is down to funding or the complete lack of it, but it is also down to attitudes of those in authority, for in many instances, if not all, persons who are deemed to be in need of care are told what they can have, instead of being asked what their choices are.

Person-centred care is nowhere near, even though it is quoted in many instances, for most of ot is institutional care even when it is happening within a persons own home and certainly is in many, if not all Care Homes and other settings such as Supported Living, Respite, although Hospices, maybe different.

I am not, in many respects blaming authorities and those that work within the Local Authorities, but they are reacting to the lack of resources.

This also has some bearing on the quality of care being delivered, which again funding has some bearing, but also attitudes of care providers and the carers they employ for some are not there for the correct reasons. here they are there for themselves and not the persons they are supposed to be caring for. I am not saying that this is the case for many, but even one is one too many.

Then there is the lack of persons prepared to come into the caring profession, for they can earn more working in supermarkets the in caring and have many less responsibilities.

For caring, to do it correctly there are many responsibilities, there are the standards, treating people with respect and dignity, maintaining confidentiality and others, but then even these are, in some respects not maintained. Again these are few and far between, but it only takes one to destroy what has been achieved by the majority.

Governments current and many previous have promised to look at Social Care and improve it, but we are all still waiting, as though no one cares about social care, especially this current Government.

For Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, and then we had 10 years of austerity cuts and now over a years of increased costs due to COVID-19, is there any wonder that Social Care is not what it should be.

The £4.6 billion is ‘chicken feed’ compared to what is required, which would be around £12 billion and then this would only bring the funding to 2010 levels, which as mentioned previously was way insufficient.

This Government needs to, urgently, take this on board, for Social Care, in its present state, will have great difficulty to survive, in fact, it is surprising it has managed so far.

We all need to do what we can to hold the Government to account, which is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, Please do what you can to promote it?

Source: Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people | Community Care

Social care cuts left me and my disabled son alone in lockdown | Metro News

As the article states this is far from a ‘one off’ situation, for getting Social Care support has never been easy and funding has always been a major factor. We then had 10 years of austerity cuts and now over a year of COVID-19.

Then in March 2020, what did the Government do, well they brought in the Coronavirus Act 2020, in which there were temporary easements of requirements created in the Care Act 2014 for adults and similar legislation for children was brought in. Even though in September 2020 the easements were withdrawn, they are still there for adults.

This Government have been great in covering many other costs related to COVID-19, but not in respects of Social Care. A ‘White Paper’ on Social Care has been promised by many Governments, but not forthcoming. Johnson in his 2019 election victory speech outside 10 Downing Street even stated that he already had a plan, so where is it?

Nowhere it appears, yet another broken promises, why is it you can always guarantee that promises will be broken, but we still believe when they are made.

There is a petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,,

please sign and then share to show the Government that we care, even if they do not

These non-actions by this Government are creating many Safeguarding issues, for this is causing ‘neglect’ and family carers can’t cover all of the slack, for they do enough already, saving over £130 billion a year on caring costs. To do more will incur family carer breakdown, thus creating many more issues for the NHS in many more health issues.

: Social care cuts left me and my disabled son alone in lockdown | Metro News

The Australian-born children the government wants to deport because they have a disability – ABC News

This is disgraceful that residency can be judged on the disability of a child and the related cost to Australia. Yes, this is how it is in Australia today.

This is blatant disability discrimination, which I  would not have thought possible in such a progressive country as Australia. For this means it does not matter, what people have been doing in Australia, working there and producing wealth, not just for themselves, but also Australia, for when they have children and if they dared to have a child with disabilities, this could affect the decision whether they could stay in Australia. It shows that these parents have not been really valued by Australia, perhaps these parents should be able to claim from Australia a cost related to their time in Australia and the benefit Australia has had from them.

This is not what should be expected from, a so called, civilised country, as Australia, appears, to take what they want and then discard, when they feel there will be additional costs to Australia.

Tis is totally disgraceful and Australia should be ashamed of themselves. This is a form of abuse, disability abuse.




Source: The Australian-born children the government wants to deport because they have a disability – ABC News

Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian

So with this ruling Care Workers are back to ‘square one’, especially if the sleep-in rate reverts back to being £30 – £35 flat rate. Assuming a person only works ‘sleep-ins, would this be a liveable income, most likely not and could mean carers not wishing to do sleep-ins and this would be detrimental for the persons whose care package includes sleep-ins. This also has a bearing on the whole pay package for care workers, as, is the National Living Wage, currently £8.72 per hour, sufficient for the responsibilities that care workers should be undertaking. For, across the board for most care workers there pay is abysmal and could be a main reason why there is a national shortage of persons willing to undertake care work.

I, personally feel that the daily starting rate should be as declared by the Living Wage Foundation, being the Real Living Wage, currently £9.50 per hour and this could still be low for the responsibilities undertaken by Care Workers.

For being a care worker, is not as many feel ‘just wiping bums and putting food in front of the persons they are providing care for.

For these responsibilities include

Emotional support as and when needed

putting the person being cared for at the centre and providing care as directed by that person

ensuring the person in receipt of care is being kept safe, especially so if that person has some lack of capacity

these are some of the responsibilities, but there are many other.

providing care should never be on a ‘one fits all basis’ for, even though caring may be necessary they are still individuals, just as we all are, and not object to be treated the same. We would not want it so, neither should people who require some form of care.

Also, the working conditions for care workers is far from good and in many instances, especially in respect of home care, the timing of visits, both in view of the time of the visit, the length of the visit and others is also well insufficient.

Unfortunately when caring is mentioned, people usually assume this is in respect of care homes, but the areas of care include many others, some being, home care, supported living, respite, hospices, etc. and includes children as well as adults.

Also a person in need of care could have many health and mental conditions, for while dementia could be a major area in care homes, a person could have one condition, but more likely a mixture of conditions, including mental health, learning disabilities, autism and many others.

So, a one fits all approach is never the correct approach as care needs to be adjusted to the needs, feelings and choice of each person and these adjustments could well need to be altered on a daily basis, if not, even shorter time periods.

Just because a person is in receipt of care does not mean their rights are diminished and their right have to be respected. It should go without question that a persons dignity be upheld, but I fear, that in m any instances it is not.

Care is essential and therefore Social Care should not be looked at as being less  essential than health care, for they should be seen as, at least equal, if not social care being more essential than health care.

But Social Care has been well underfunded for many years, if not for ever, and this needs to change urgently. With the 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 the underfunding is now greatly increased.

Lessons should have been learnt during the current COVID pandemic but will they be, well we should all see that they are.

There have been many Government promises to look at Social Care by this and many previous Governments, in fact when Boris Johnson gave his 2019 Election victory speech he implied that he had a plan and would urgently implement such plan. Well it is now 2021, some one and a half years since his speech and Social Care and those in need of Social Care are still waiting. This has to be dealt with, like today, but should have been yesterday and certainly not tomorrow.

The promised White Paper needs to be released immediately without any further delays.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

I, therefore ask for you to support this petition, so without any further delay, please use the above link to the petition, and show your support by signing it and then sharing it widely.

Thank you

Source: Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian

Why does Josh’s review seem to think disabled children are “Not Known to Social Care”? – Special Needs Jungle

Well, here we are again, so it appears, a Social Care review without some of those that are in need of Social Care, in this instance ‘experiences of disabled children and their families outside the care system’.

For they can outline there experiences coming through the system and also in receipt care in the system, However, will those who were refused care be included, for it is essential that they be included.

But the views of families starting the process and those who may wish to start the process are also of vital importance.

For the system is far from ideal, will the families even know where to go to start the process. Will professionals, such as, GPs, teachers, Community nurses, Council housing officials, etc be able to refer, or even spot the signs that referrals should be made.

Children’s Social Care is bad enough, but the families could well assume that when they have emerged from the system then their problems could be over, to a certain extent, for they will be unaware of problems still to come.

It could well be turbulent throughout the life of their children, but then they have the experiences of Transitions to come and then the whole realm of Adult Social Care, but those are anther story and ones that also need to be solved.

Other information which may be useful

Find Local Authority Social Care Services



Source: Why does Josh’s review seem to think disabled children are “Not Known to Social Care”? – Special Needs Jungle

Social Care Leaders Warn Of Funding ‘Cliff Edge’

This is exactly what I have been saying for well over a year, even before COVID-19. Now others have catch up with the sense of crisis in all aspects of Social Care, be it for the elderly, adults and even children.

I therefore support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

Please sign and share so even more can be put before this Government.

As well as the petition, here is more which I have been saying when promoting the petition.

‘The issues raised in the petition were mentioned on Boxing Day in a Sky News report, Social Care – The Other Health Crisis.,, regarding an investigation they have done into the crisis in social care.

They highlighted many of these issues and called on the Government to abide by the promise made by Boris Johnson in 2019 in his election winning speech outside 10 Downing Street, one promise that is still outstanding.

Other perspectives were mentioned in the Community Care article, ADASS urges emergency workforce plan as NHS pressures and staff gaps risk ‘overwhelming social care’,

So, please sign the petition to add your voice.

Same Difference

Leading care organisations in England are warning of a “cliff edge” when emergency funding to support infection control and visits during the pandemic runs out in two weeks.

Some providers fear the financial pressure could force them to close.

They say the budget was a missed chance to tackle the short- and long-term funding crisis in adult social care.

In 2019, on his first day as prime minister, Boris Johnson committed to ‘fix the crisis in social care‘.

Ministers say they will bring forward proposals this year.

The emergency funds are to help care homes and home care services with additional Covid costs, including infection control, visiting measures and extra staffing.

Testing costs

The Victory Care home in Chatham, Kent, which normally cares for 60 people, has used some of its emergency money on staff to organise visits and testing.

“Everything from extra newsletters, Zoom calls, the telephone…

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Collapse of social care could force more elderly people out of their own homes | The Independent

I have been saying for sometime that this Government has to ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’, which is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

For far too long Social Care has been kept short of funding, well before the austerity cuts, which only made the funding gap much worse and then came COVID-19, making the gap even greater. The |Government have made some contribution to the COVID costs but not all costs.

Many Governments have made promises to solve the Social Care crisis, even Boris Johnson in his speech outside 10 Downing Street after his victory in the 2019 General Election.

This lack of funding is not only affecting the elderly, but also many other vulnerable people both children and adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.

Please show your support by signing and then sharing the petition,


Source: Collapse of social care could force more elderly people out of their own homes | The Independent

Calls for the Budget to help care sector 

Unfortunately, the plight of Social Care is falling on deaf ears within this Government, in fact, do they really care about Social Care, from their inactions it would appear that they do not care.

Again, the Budget has come and gone without any mention or actions for Social Care.

So, support for the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, is very much required, so please do support the petition,

Source: Calls for the Budget to help care sector | #site_titleCalls for the Budget to help care sector