Botleigh Grange Hotel was the venue on Thursday 11th April for a seminar and information forum to be presented to the members of the Hampshire Care Association (HCA) and Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers (HDCP) regarding fees and funding, the lifeblood of private care homes and care providers that has been the subject of heated topical debate in the local and national media.
A capacity filled auditorium listened to presentations from Inger Hebden representing West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Amanda Brady representing the often-controversial Care Quality Commission. Those ever important tools for legal and financial matters were addressed by Hazel Phillips of Quality Solicitors Burroughs Day and accounting firm, Morris Lane represented by Roger Morris & Mike Clark, who were all well received.
In between the presentations, members were able to browse the displays made available by Approved Partners of Care Market Place (CaMP) who work in association with HCA & HDCP to offer a trade directory of trusted suppliers and merchants. Two of the suppliers, Apetito and Medina Foods provided hot meals and light refreshments.
The day concluded with a ‘Question Time’ style event where members were able to pose topical questions to the panelists that included
Sara O’Rourke – Hampshire County Council,
Matthew Waters & Eric Smith – Southampton City Council,
Jabir Nathu – Hampshire Care Association
Claire Budden – Portsmouth City Council
Amanda Wood – Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers
Attendees were asked to fill in feed back forms before departing. All the feedback agreed that the event was excellent and the approved partners were all of a high standard, very approachable and relevant to what the members want. When asked on the feedback form what other seminars they would like to include, training was the no 1 answer, which is the topic for the next event on the 26th June.
Care in this country often has the media reporting the negative aspect of care where unscrupulous employees and employers alike have been reported negligent in their duty of care towards their clients and residents. It’s clear that the Hampshire Care Association and Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers are working tirelessly to address such problems through events such as this where private and public authorities come together with the common goal of improving the standards and image of care.