Lincolnshire Care Association (LinCA)
A Quality of Life and a Standard of Living
Lincolnshire has one of the fastest growing populations of older people in the country. Approximately 25% of its population is older people and this figure is rising.
The demographic and social trends within Lincolnshire, both now and in the future, will influence the nature and demand for appropriate care services. In addition to the ageing population the number of people with physical and mental frailties will increase. The expectations and aspirations of people in need of care are, and will continue to be, greater than ever before.
Our response to the future is to ensure that there is quality and choice in the provision of care services within Lincolnshire. We aim to do this through easily accessible information, advice and support and to encourage care providers to respond to need, through the provision of quality services and to work in partnership with other agencies and organisations.
Lincolnshire Care Association (LinCA) is a company limited by guarantee representing the interests of care providers within the independent and voluntary sectors. The Association is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors appointed by its members. Each Director represents a specific area of care and support across the county. Together they represent the Association’s members at meetings with colleagues from within the health, adult care and housing sectors to consider issues such as commissioning, which includes service design, development and evaluation. In addition, LinCA is involved in workforce planning and development, emergency planning, safeguarding, contracting and fee level negotiations, compliance standards and quality assessments.
LinCA is a member of the National Care Association Alliance, works with East Midlands Care Associations and represents members with local authority and NHS commissioners and providers in the county. We represent the independent sector on the Lincolnshire Health and Care Programme (LHAC), which is shaping the future of health and care services in the county.
Benefits of membership include: access to information through a new website; access to legal, HR and financial services advice; cost efficiencies through group purchasing; business development and marketing; training and skills development; communications and networking; and the opportunity to share good practice so that together we can strive towards ensuring that the most vulnerable within our society have access to a good quality of life and standard of living.
LinCA has lobbied local MPs and Government ministers about social care funding and this has resulted in the Social Care Precept and additional Better Care Fund (BCF) investment. We are running a pilot Care Home Trusted Assessor project at Lincoln County Hospital aimed at more effective and efficient discharge arrangements for patients, care homes and county hospital. We have supported the care sector with developing business strategy and business plans to enable care providers to meet contract management requirements.
We are a member of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) and we work with Lincolnshire County Council and the NHS to improve co-ordination of quality monitoring systems and arrangements and access to specialist support.
LinCA Workforce Development
Delivering high quality training and development to the sector.
LinCA Workforce Development is the new face for development needs for all care providers in Lincolnshire. LinCA Workforce Development was launched on 1st July 2015. Its initiative is to support care providers in Lincolnshire with quality and value for money workforce development.
With the help of care providers, and working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, NHS, FE and HE colleges, LinCA Workforce Development determines the workforce development and training needs of the sector in Lincolnshire.
It will be delivering training and workshops on a number of important subjects. These include: The Care Certificate, Finding and Keeping the Best Workforce, Nutrition and Hydration, Developing Managers and Seniors, Mental Capacity Act Training, Moving and Handling Training, Basic Life Support, Safeguarding, Frailty and Autism Awareness. A number of new and exciting workshops are still to be planned based on care providers’ requirements.
LinCA Workforce Development Ltd is supported by:
- Toni Barwell and Mark Turton, Workforce Developers. Toni’s and Mark’s role is to plan, promote and commission workforce development and training priorities for the Care Sector working with Training Providers.
- Melanie Weatherley, LinCA Director. Melanie has special responsibility for Workforce Development and Training and plays a strategic role in terms of setting direction and overseeing effective delivery, working with local, regional and national partners.
- Sue Lovelock, LinCA Administrator. Sue provides Member Support services and supports LinCA Workforce Development.
- Anna Bociaga, LinCA Workforce Development Apprentice Administrator. Anna supports the Workforce Development programmes.