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Welcome & apologies / Croeso ac y mddiheuriadau
1.1 In the absence of Councillor Jason O’Connell, the
Committee agreed that Councillor Rose Seabourne should chair the
1.2 Apologies were received from Councillors Leonard Constance,
Joanne Gauden, Mike Jeremiah, Sue Malson and Jason
Declarations of interest \ Datganiadau o fudd
2.1 Councillor Emma Rapier declared a personal interest in agenda
item 5 as her mother is a support worker for ISS Healthcare (an
independent care provider within Torfaen).
2.2 The CLO left the meeting.
Minutes 22/11/18 / Cofnodion 22/11/18 PDF 392 KB
3.1 The CSO confirmed that Councillor Joanne Gauden’s
apologies had not been included within the minutes for the meeting
held on 22nd November 2018.
3.2 Subject to the amendment above, the minutes of the meeting held
on 22nd November 2018 were confirmed as an accurate
3.3 Regarding the recommendations from the previous meeting, the
HoAS confirmed that the Home First team
was waiting to fully appoint to the team, and following that they
would be in a position to develop leaflets and organise the
distribution of the leaflets.
Action sheet / Taflen weithredu PDF 101 KB
4.1 The Committee noted the action sheet.
4.2 Councillor Fay Jones entered the meeting.
Supporting Vulnerable People – Domiciliary Care Strategy / Cefnogi Pobl sy'n Agored i Niwed - Strategaeth Gofal Cartref PDF 285 KB
5.1 The Chair welcomed the HoAS to the
5.2 Following Members’ questions and comments, the
HoAS made the following main
role of a carer was not usually seen as an attractive career, and
it was therefore difficult to recruit and retain. This was a
national issue, and stemmed from the relatively low pay and fairly
unattractive terms and conditions for what the role involved.
Carers were typically paid the minimum wage and could work at any
hour of the day and night.
national group was working with Social Care Wales to look at
developing a career pathway and vocation for carers. Local work
around this was being conducted with Coleg Gwent and the HoAS agreed to circulate the most recent report
(June 2018) around this work with the Committee.
addition to the above work with Coleg
Gwent, social media could be used in order to promote the role of
carers as a rewarding job. She stated that the Domiciliary Task and
Finish Group were looking at career pathways across health and
social care, and money was available from Social Care Wales for the
Domiciliary Care Regional Transformation Group. She agreed that
conversations could take place with the new sixth form college in
Cwmbran, as they had with Coleg Gwent
setting up of a Domiciliary Care Academy was being considered in
order to provide one point of training within Gwent.
- Welsh Government was conducting a piece of work around carers on
zero hour contracts being offered the option of fixed-term
contracts once they had been in the role for three months. Also,
Unison had conducted work around the Ethical Care Charter, which
the Local Authority (LA) had agreed to consider its principles and
national group, along with Care Forum Wales and United Kingdom
Homecare Association (UKHCA) were feeding back to central
government in terms of issues around the hourly rate of pay for
carers. The situation around the hourly rate of pay was very
challenging, due to budget pressures, and also formed part of the
work outlined above regarding the Ethical Care Charter.
- Call clipping was an issue for carers, as they were being asked
to do more and more in a shorter period of time, they were not
always allocated enough travel time and in some cases they had
bought their own uniform. She added that work was being done with
providers around the issues above.
piece of work contained within the report was sparked by the fact
that the LA does not have the resources to match the demand for
services. She added that Adult Services commissioned or directly
delivered 313,000 hours of community based domiciliary care every
year to Torfaen residents.
- Option 3 within the report focussed on enablement, in order to
contain the increased demand for services.
- Currently, 90% of care was provided by external agencies who bid
on each individual case via the LA’s brokerage team. However,
the LA wanted to conduct a piece of ...
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Item for next meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y cyfarfod nesaf
6.1 In the absence of the Chair, the CSO confirmed that she would
discuss the item for the next meeting with the Chair and Chief
Officer in due course, and would send the pro forma to the
Committee once it was available.
6.2 The Committee thanked Councillor Seabourne for chairing the
meeting, and Cllr Seabourne thanked the Committee for their
Date of next meeting 14/3/19 / Dyddiad y cyfarfod nesaf 14/3/19
7.1 The date of the next meeting was noted.
7.2 The meeting ended at 11.30am.