About Lancashire Care Association
What We Stand For
We represent care home and home care providers of quality health and social care in Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and adjoining areas. LCA is a not-for-profit company. We campaign for:
♦ A Vibrant & Sustainable Quality Care Market
We need a healthy ‘mixed-economy’ of care and a thriving independent sector driving that care economy. The public sector needs to work well with the independent sector to ensure a system under the greatest pressure can function.
♦ Safe Services
Safeguarding is ‘Everybody’s Business’ and providers should be full ‘partners in Safeguarding’. Through the Safeguarding Adults Board and subgroups LCA contributes to Safeguarding in Lancashire.
♦ Understanding Provider Costs
This should be based on a rigorous, fair and independent costings model (cf. the work of LaingBuisson for instance). Transparency is the key word; for providers, commissioners and customers.
♦ Effective Representation
LCA is a long-established (set up in 1992, incorporated in 2001) and well-respected provider voice. Through its partnership working, its joint work with other provider groups in the area, its lobbying and consultation role, through its seminars and conferences, newsletters and website it speaks for independent sector providers of all shapes and sizes. The Board is both a representative and leadership body across Lancashire and neighbouring areas.
♦ Balanced Approaches to Monitoring Care
Quality and contract monitoring – and inspection – should be proportionate and fair with Appreciative Inquiry approaches informing ‘rich picture’ judgements of care quality and providers having rights to independent appeal. ‘Natural justice’ principles should apply (fairness, absence of bias, use of evidence) and there should be a ‘duty of care’ (cf West Sussex case) extended to employers.
♦ Partnership Working with Local Authorities and Health Partners
LCA set up the ‘Social Care Partnership’ with LCC in 2004. It remains the key forum for strategic dialogue between providers and local authority commissioning, now extended to be the ‘Health and Social Care Partnership’ (since 2015). More information here.
♦ Standards For Commissioning
Quality is delivered by the whole system and local authority and health commissioning should be subject to the same rigorous independent oversight that care provision receives. It takes a whole system to deliver quality outcomes and that whole system should be subject to scrutiny.
♦ Innovation For 21st Century Care
The care journey begins at home. When extra care is needed there should be the right housing with support options and quality care homes to meet those greater needs. New ways of working and new models of care should inform a vibrant, well resourced and creative care sector.
♦ Safe & Sure DBS; ‘Safe Recruitment’
LCA is an umbrella body for Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), we offer a fast, efficient and affordable DBS service. Whether you want to complete the DBS application online or via paper we offer a fully supported service. For more information contact Shirley Bennett on 01772 455574, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
To find out more about joining LCA as a Director or co-optee and contributing to or supporting our programme of work email: email@example.com
If you want to talk informally about opportunities to engage with the work of the LCA Board call 07739080962 and speak to LCA’s CEO, Paul Simic.
Any specific queries should be directed to the LCA offices, tel: 01772 455574 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org