HIV guide for care providers

HIV guide for care providers

This HIV guide for care providers from the National AIDS Trust (NAT) is intended for care workers and people who commission, manage or deliver residential or domiciliary care.

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Guidance on human rights for home care commssioners

This guide aims to help local authority elected members and staff who are involved in the commissioning and procurement of home care better understand their obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998 (the HRA). It is also relevant to others who have an interest in home care, including care providers, regulators, service users, their friends and families.


Guidance on LGB equality in older age available

Bristol City Council has published a report on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Equality in Health and Social Care,‘I want to be able to be gay in my last days’. The guide provides information and guidance to appropriate and discrimination free services, promoting and respecting the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual service users.

The report, written in 2011, is being promoted so all settings for older people to have a culture where people can be open about their sexual orientation if they want to be. There will be an increased level of expectation by lesbian, gay and bisexual people as fear of discrimination decreases and a need for services to be equipped to meet peoples needs.

The report says that, generally, participants (in research) believed that health and social care providers operated according to a heterosexual assumption, and failed to address their specific needs. The report also identified that a particularly high proportion of participants lived alone and high value was placed on friendships as like “family”.

The report was looks at issue in residential settings, home care and day services, and will be of use to many VCS organisations providing services for older people. To see the report click here. There is also a quiz, questions and case studies for providers to stimulate discussion on the issue. Click here for the quiz.


Equally Ours launched today

27/11/2013 Equality and Diversity

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This morning saw the launch of Equally Ours, a major new initiative aimed at promoting awareness of human rights.

Equally Ours aims to help everyone understand how human rights benefit all of us in the UK, every day, in very practical ways; that they are an important part of our shared heritage.

It is a partnership between the Equality and Diversity Forum, Age UK, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, Disability Rights UK, Mind, René Cassin and Runnymede Trust but we want other organisations to get involved.

Equally Ours wants to brings charities and voluntary organisations together to share their stories of how human rights matter to the people they support – people from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

They have prepared a briefing, available on the Equally Ours website. Soon more resources will be available on the site to help you promote human rights issues.

Take part in the discussion at #EverydayRights

Follow Equally Ours on Twitter @EquallyOurs

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Better support for LGBT people in later life

19/11/2013 Equality and Diversity, Personalisation

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Housing 21 have produced new research which identifies the needs and aspirations of LGBT people in later life and looks at how housing and care providers can make a positive impact on their lives.

View the research document by clicking here

Guide to home care aims to offer

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a new, easy-to-understand guide to home care and the human rights of those in care – aimed at older people, their families and friends. Continue reading …

Equality and Diversity e-learning course

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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Skills for Health, E-learning for Healthcare and the Department of Health are pleased to announce the release of a new Equality and Diversity course.

A better understanding of the impact of decisions and actions on different people means healthcare staff can respond more effectively, resulting in high quality care for everyone and leading to the more efficient use of resources.  The aim is to have a healthcare service that is delivered with dignity and respect by staff who are better informed and have a great awareness of the needs of individuals, in a working environment that meets the needs of our diverse workforce.

Based upon a programme that was originally supported by NHS North West and developed by the E-learning Team at Liverpool Primary Care Trust/Liverpool Community HealthTrust, this course has been updated to reflect the legal considerations of the Equality Act 2010.  The collaboration by national e-learning providers, working with service organisations to support a common programme development, has ensured a high quality and cost effective course.

The revision of this course has been well supported with the involvement of a number of Equality Leads from several NHS trusts.  The course has also benefitted from the review and guidance by a number of specialist advisory equality organisations.  Helen Limbert from The NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Department of Health “This e-learning package is an excellent example of work that will support the NHS in making the Council’s vision a reality.”

The programme is available through the platforms for the Core Learning Unit, E-learning for health and is also accessible through the National Learning Management System

If you would like further information please contact us at or by phone on 0845 330 6507.


Improving Equality and Diversity – A Guide for Third Sector CEOs

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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This Improving Equality and Diversity guide from ACEVO offers practical advice on how equality and diversity can be mainstreamed in third sector organisations. It has been designed to help third sector organisations tailor action on diversity to their particular organisation.

Click here to download the PDF

Guidance on the equality duty

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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The guides provide an overview of the equality duty, including the general equality duty, the specific duties and who they apply to. They cover what public authorities should do to meet the duty. This includes steps that are legally required, as well as recommended actions. Continue reading …

Equality in our workforce

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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This report looks at staffing statistics relating to age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation in CQC. It has been published as part of our duty under the Equality Act 2010.

The findings from this report are based on our workforce in September 2011.

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  • Communicating with people with a learning disability

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    This communicating with people with a learning disability guide from Mencap is designed to provide a brief introduction to communication, and the problems faced by someone with a learning disability. It also contains tips on how you can be a better communicator, and how you can help someone with a learning disability to get their […]

  • The Care Certificate Workbook Downloads

    by on 27/03/2015 - 0 Comments

    The Care Certificate Workbook from Skills for Care is a free downloadable resource aimed at supporting the training process and helping employers and their new health and social care workers to cover parts of the Care Certificate. The Care Certificate Workbook has been produced following the piloting of the Care Certificate, which indicated employers would […]

  • Sensible Risk Assessment in Care Settings

    by on 07/11/2013 - 0 Comments

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on sensible risk assessment in care settings.  The guidance covers a range of areas such as moving and handling and falls. Click here to view this guidance.

  • CCTV in Care Homes - CQC Guidance

    by on 19/01/2015 - 0 Comments

    The CQC (Care Quality Commission) has produced guidance on using CCTV in Care Homes.  It sets out some of the key points that you need to consider when using hidden or visible surveillance.  The guide covers consent, safety, informing people and provides sources of support for you. Click here to download the PDF.

  • Top 8 Myths (and the Truths) about Dementia

    Top 8 Myths (and the Truths) about Dementia

    by on 11/12/2015 - 0 Comments

    Many of us will be guilty of assuming that dementia is simply something all older people suffer from. Some of us will think that dementia means the end of a happy life and that nothing can be done to help those with it. Well, as you’ve probably guessed, these thoughts are simply not true.