Berkshire Care Association (BCA)
Berkshire Care Association (BCA) supports care providers and those working in, or associated with, care across the county. BCA leads the way in the UK by amalgamating care services (care homes and care homes with nursing, domiciliary care and learning disability services), recognising the similarities and yet acknowledging the individuality of service type and need.
We offer advice and guidance, support networks through meetings, conferences and events, and organise training and workshops where there are industry gaps or bespoke requests. With a mission to ‘Raising Standard’, we aim to promote best evidence-based practice to the sector, its staff and service users, by working in partnership with all organisations and services. We endeavour to keep care organisations in Berkshire and on the boundaries of the county updated with changes in legislation and care delivery, as well as share information and experiences.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we independently represent care service providers at relevant meetings, including, but not limited to, NHS and local authority (LA) meetings, from hospital admission avoidance and discharge planning to safeguarding and funding needs (and many more besides). We believe it is essential to have the input of providers, staff and service users to inform relevant discussion and enable free and independent communication. As a democratically-elected board of willing volunteers, in a county of six LAs, seven Clinical Commissioning Groups, and two major hospitals, let alone the never-ending changes within health and social care, it is no small ask.
BCA also has a long and successful history of hosting projects and assignments on behalf of Government agencies, from Skills for Care and LAs. By working professionally but independently with a sector-specific focus, we are able to speak honestly and knowledgably about the reality of matters affecting care delivery and commissioning, staffing and regulation.
By representing the sector collectively, we are a strong voice. By being a BCA member, care providers can influence that voice to ensure their organisation, service users, families and staff are represented as they wish to be.
BCA recognises care services must deliver a package of excellence, and offer our knowledge and experience to services in promoting quality provision and the highest standards of care.
Care services and their staff, whatever the setting, look after the most vulnerable in society. Acknowledging the barrage of negative media coverage of care in recent years, BCA recognises that it is imperative for service users, their families and friends have trust in care services on offer – trust is the whole theme of care. To enable trust, each service provider and their staff must ensure all elements of their workforce are beyond ‘adequate’ or ‘standard’ – we must aim for ‘excellence’. ‘OK’ is not good enough. Training and development, continuously striving for improvement, asking for and receiving and participating in feedback are essential for quality in all levels of service. BCA has the knowledge and experience to guide services and partners to understanding service provision and delivery, despite the complexities of the current financial and legislative climate.
BCA has a raft of tools and experience to share with providers – from documentation in care delivery and analysis, to a buying consortium and best deals on products and services. We believe by working in unity together, sharing knowledge, experience and skills, and learning from each other we can make the world of care in Berkshire a good place for people to live and work.
Benefits of BCA membership:
- impartial and knowledgeable information, guidance, support and advice on all aspects of care delivery, employment of staff, meeting regulations etc;
- regular meetings and events;
- advice line;
- keeping up-to-date with local and national changes and best practice;
- promote your service using the BCA logo as an indicator of being informed and participative in local networks;
- bespoke training;
- the collective voice representing the sector locally and nationally;
- raise issues or concerns (on your behalf where requested);
- reduced costs to BCA training and events;
- discounts with local and national suppliers and services;
- networking opportunities;
And lots more – come and join us! Membership costs: £175 per organisation per annum.
Sharing a voice
Infection prevention and control
Inspection preparation and action planning
Learning and development
Understanding and professional
Partnership: working together for better lives for Berkshire people
BCA is a not-for-profit organisation
Raising Standards in Care
Care homes: residential and nursing