ECA Member Services

ECA Member Briefings

ECA hosts regular briefing meetings for members free of charge. These are held at a number of different venues across the county and can be held as breakfast meetings or during the day. Topics are items of interest to members e.g. Safeguarding, CQC compliance, etc.

“The breakfast briefing held in June 2011 about completing the CQC Provider Compliance Assessments was very helpful. It has given me the confidence to start work on this and keep in closer touch with my CQC inspector.”

Care Quality Commission Feedback

ECA meets regularly with the Care Quality Commission to represent social care providers across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Feedback from these meetings is made available to ECA members through regular news feed items.

ECA Regular Newsletters

ECA members are kept updated on news and information relevant to the social care sector by regular ECA newsletters.

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  • Hot Weather - working in hot temperatures

    Although the Great British Summer often doesn't result in hot temperatures there will be times when the sun does come out and workers find themselves working in hot conditions. In the UK there is no maximum temperature that a workplace is allowed to be, rather advice from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states "during working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable". What is reasonable depends on the type of work being done (manual, office, etc) and the type of workplace (kitchen, air conditioned office, etc).

    The HSE offers further guidance on workplace temperatures including details on carrying out an optional thermal comfort risk assessment if staff are unhappy with the temperature 

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  • Unison Appeal Mencap Court of Appeal Sleep-ins Decision

    Unison have applied to the Supreme Court to appeal against last month’s Court of Appeal Mencap ruling regarding Sleep Ins that ruled in favour of providers.

    Lloyd Clarke from Attwell’s has drafted a report on this latest development which is below for your information

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  • Essex Care Association's 3 Year Stategic Plan

    Please read ECA’s Strategic Plan for the next 3 years. The ECA Committee have developed an ambitious vision which keeps the Membership at the centre of everything ECA do, motivating us to provide the best possible care, encourages us to make representations at a local, regional and national forums and build a financial ability to provide this service for the long term. We are fortunate to have gained the services of Simon Harniess as our Development Director, who is commissioned to drive this vision forward with an ambitious action plan.

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