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News Archive July 2011

Caring with Confidence logoCaring with Confidence - New session dates announced

The next round of Caring with Confidence sessions will start again in September 2011.

This time the free sessions will be held at The Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton-le-Hole DH5 9NE.

Carers are welcome to attend one of two introduction sessions, either on Tuesday 20th September or Tuesday 27th September. They can then decide which of the other six sessions they would like to do.

To book a place on one of the introduction sessions or for more information about Caring with Confidence please contact

Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 567 3232 or email

Click here for more information about Caring with Confidence


Parent Carer Information Bulletin August 2011

The latest edition of the Parent Carer Information Bulletin is now available - click here to view.


Care Quality Commission Consultation – Recognising Excellence in adult social care

The Care Quality Commission is currently undertaking a consultation about its Recognising Excellence Award.

In November 2010 the Department of Health published its vision for adult social care. They also outlined proposals for a new framework for improving transparency, quality and outcomes in adult social care services, including a new voluntary excellence award to be developed by the Care Quality Commission.

This consultation is about the design of a new excellence award for adult social care. The consultation will focus on:

• The proposed principles for the new excellence award
• The definition of excellence developed by SCIE
• Key aspects of the assessment process

The new excellence award will recognise social care services providing the very best outcomes for people.

It will be open to all providers registered to provide the following activities:

• Personal care
• Accommodation for people who require nursing or personal care
• Accommodation for people who require treatment for substance misuse
• Accommodation with nursing or personal care in the further education sector.

Click here for the Care Quality Commission consultation document

Click here for the Care Quality Commission consultation questions

Sunderland Carers’ Centre will be responding to this consultation on behalf of carers in the city. If you would like to give us your views and comments, please contact Ailsa Martin or Eibhlin Inglesby at Sunderland Carers’ Centre on (0191) 567 3232 or email us no later than Thursday 21st July.

If you prefer, you can send you views and comments direct to the Care Quality Commission by Monday 1st August in one of the following ways:

Online - click here

Email - click here

Write to:

Excellence Consultation

Care Quality Commission

103 - 105 Bunhill Row

FREEPOST Lon 15399




Sunderland Carers' Centre Newsletter July 2011

The latest edition of Sunderland Carers' Centre's Newsletter is now available.

This edition includes articles on:

  • Carers Week 2011
  • Caring for Carers Awards 2011
  • Carers Poverty Petition - Carers meet their MPs
  • Autism and Transition Focus Groups
  • New Parkinson's UK worker for Sunderland

Click here to view


Have your say on Autism and Transition - Join the Autism Focus Group and Transition Focus Group

It is very important that carers have the opportunity to influence policy particularly concerning the support of people they care for and the support they need themselves in their caring role. With this in mind Sunderland Carers’ Centre would like to host two regular focus group meetings:

  • one for carers of children or adults with Autism and
  • one for parent carers of young people aged 14 and above going through transition from children’s to adult services.

The aim of the groups is to feed in issues, concerns, and areas of good practice which will then be fed into local multi-agency working parties in order to influence policy and service. Likewise information from the multi-agency groups can be shared at the focus groups.

You do not need to have any specialist knowledge – your caring role is your expertise. You do not have to attend every meeting – just what you can manage. If you cannot attend a meeting but wish to contribute something you can phone your comments in.

If you would like to be part of one or both of these groups please ring the Carers’ Centre on (0191) 567 3232 and tell reception which group(s) you would like to attend.

We will then get in touch with you with dates and times of meetings which will not start until September.

For more information contact Eibhlin Inglesby on the above phone number.