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Public Consultation review of Residential and Nursing Bed Rates

Start Date:
18th March 2019

End Date:
26th April 2019

Start Time:

End Time:

Shropshire Council are seeking views on the review of the published rates for residential and nursing beds funded by Shropshire Local Authority. The document:

  1. Outlines the commissioning policy direction to create a sustainable market place
  2. Sets out a proposed model and rates for the purposes of the consultation to seek views on the review of the currently published rates.

Shropshire Council wish to receive feedback from anyone with an interest in the prices they pay for beds so that relevant views and evidence can be considered in deciding the best way forward.

Impact assessment:
The Proposed review of Residential and Nursing Bed Rates consultation document has been subject to an Equality and Social Inclusion Impact Assessment (ESIIA)


Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care writes:

“Our transformed adult social work model is based upon a clear set of principles that includes maximising the use of resources and developing resilient communities.

Shropshire Council believes that creating and maintaining a sustainable and vibrant market place that offers real choice for individuals who need residential and nursing care is vital in Shropshire.

We also want to facilitate key partnerships with local communities and work collaboratively with our partners to provide high standards in care to meet the care needs of our residents.

Our current arrangements for commissioning of residential and nursing beds is being reviewed to ensure that we can meet the evolving needs of our population.  This is during a time of significant change in the way that public services are funded, commissioned and delivered. We need to work with our provider market to ensure that the way we commission residential and nursing care is fair, supports a sustainable market and allows the Council to demonstrate value for money.

The scale of pressures for the county, including an aging population and downward funding from central government means that we need to do things differently to make a permanent improvement for our residents and communities.

We are suggesting a new approach for commissioning and funding of Local Authority funded beds in residential and nursing care homes.

This is the beginning of the review and starts with a consultation on the review of the rates used for the commissioning of beds in residential and nursing homes.

We hope you will share your views”.
Lee Chapman

Click below for related documents including questionnaire:




Click here to go to Shropshire Council Survey enabling you to send your views.

Note this Consultation ends on Friday 26th April 2019

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Safe Place Shropshire at Barclay’s Bank Bridgnorth

Each year, courtesy of Barclay’s Bank Bridgnorth, a raffle is held to raise funds for the work of Safe Place Shropshire.

Again this year there are some lovely prizes to be won, including a Hamper, Teddy Bear, set of Jess the Goth Fairy books and a few others.
If you call in anytime this week (Monday 18th and Friday 22nd March 2019) between 0930 (1000 on Wednesday 20th) and 1630 not only can you buy a raffle ticket giving you the chance to win a lovely prize, you can also pick up one of our “I need Help” cards. Tickets cost £1 per strip.

We thank Jo and the staff at this branch of Barclay’s Bank for this opportunity to raise funds for us. Barclay’s Bank will match fund the amount raised.

We thank Jo Allmond for organising this event and the volunteers from Shropshire Disability Network and the staff of Barclays Bank for staffing this event. Thank you to all who have donated prizes.

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Breaking News-Shropshire Disability Network (SDN) welcomes Two new Patrons

SDN is pleased to be celebrating ten years since our launch. We have grown from being a group of people who meet and plan, to having a website with a wealth of information. We are recognised as the “go-to” place for relevant, timely and up to date information for anyone with a disability as well as carers. Our membership continues to grow. We have a regular newsletter and lead on the Safe Places community initiative. At our quarterly meetings, we try to bring you guest speakers who will inform and inspire. We engage with many groups and our signposting enquiries are rising.

At this morning’s meeting, Ruby Hartshorn, Chair of SDN said “We are recognised as a leading local charity by other organisations in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.  In 2014 we lost our patron, Emma, who passed away due to her condition.  Until now, the time was not right to appoint someone to replace her.  However, to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we are proud to announce a new appointment”.

SDN has asked two local people, who are already well known to its members to take on the important role of SDN Patron.  They are respected in the area of disability and already have several credits to their name.  We anticipate that both will raise our public profile in their work with SDN.

Jess Noal Hiles

Jess Noel-Hiles, is an active campaigner in the People’s Parliament and is a published author.  She is also a gold medallist in the Special Olympics, having won the Boccia Bowls competition.

Paul Bryce

Paul Bryce is a freelance broadcast journalist.  His condition is known as premature retinopathy.  He can see nothing at all. He studied broadcasting at Staffordshire University.  On graduation he began working for the BBC as a freelance producer, broadcaster and presenter.  He is a regular presenter on RNIB Connect Radio.

Ruby continued “At our December meeting, members encouraged SDN Management Committee to seek and appoint the right people. At this morning’s meeting I was delighted to inform our members that Jess and Paul have agreed to be our Patrons and to welcome them in their new roles”.

Look out for our press release coming soon.

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British Cycling’s New Disability Cycling Hub

This is a new and exciting opportunity for people of any age with a physical or learning disability to take part in British Cycling’s New Disability Cycling Hub at Stourport in the West Midlands. 

British Cycling Disability Hub – Stourport, at Stourport Sports Club, Kingsway,Stourport On Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8BQ has asked us at Shropshire Disability Network to share with you this information.

  • HSBC UK Disability Hub is based at Stourport Cycle Circuit and provides monthly sessions delivered by British Cycling coaches.
  • The disability hub sessions provide monthly traffic-free coaching for people with physical and learning disabilities.
  • The sessions aim to improve rider’s technique, fitness and confidence in a safe, fun and challenging environment.
  • The hub sessions help riders with a range of goals: whether to get into a new sport, meet new friends, improve fitness and confidence on a bike, rehabilitate from injury or train for competition.
  • The Stourport disability hub also has a range of adapted equipment on-site which includes handcycles, tandems and trikes, making the sessions accessible for those who don’t have access to their own bike.
  • We also like to encourage all family members to take part in the sessions.

Click here for flyer: British Cycling Disability Hub Poster Stourport

If you require any further details then please do not hesitate to contact me on 0161 274 2071 or email [email protected]

Upcoming dates:

Find out more at this link on Stourport Sports Club website


Important Changes to Department of Work and Pension (DWP) services

Customers can now call the DWP Helplines from 0800 to 1930 Monday to Friday for the following Benefits:

Calls may be answered more quickly between 0830 – 0930 or after 1800

Email Changes: Changes are also coming, if you need to email the DWP.

The GSI (Government Secure Intranet) network is being phased out across Government. As part of this change, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) including the Jobcentre network will remove ‘.gsi’ from their email addresses by 31 March 2019.

From 31 March 2019 if you need to contact the DWP by email using an existing DWP email address, you will need to change this from to

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All in Spring 2019 programme is out!

The Spring Edition of the ‘All In’ activity programme has information about activities and opportunities that are taking place. It is packed with details of activities for children & young people with disabilities or additional needs , enabling you to have fun & meet friends & make new ones. The programme also includes Short Breaks. 

Remember to book if you wish to take part in any activity.

To take part in our ‘All In’ activities you need to register as a member. The links to register as a member can be found below.

Click this link to download a copy:

All In Registration Word Document: all-in-registration-form-v8 (1)

All In Registration PDF: all-in-registration-form-v8

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NHS England supporting Healthy Ageing

NHS England, in partnership with Age UK, Public Health England, and the Chief Fire Officer’s Association and older people themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing.

The guide helps people to stay physically and mentally well by providing hints and tips on how to keep fit and independent. It recognises, as we all should, that there is always something we can do to improve our health and well-being. For older people who may be starting to find things more difficult to do, it is particularly important to take active steps to slow down or reverse some of the health challenges we are all likely to face.

To help people understand their potential risk of living with frailty, the guide includes a simple, walking speed test. Taking more than five seconds to cover a distance of four metres is highly indicative of frailty, with the proviso that there is no obvious alternative reason for walking slowly such as a previous stroke or knee/hip arthritis. This is not meant to be a diagnosis, but it can provide a good indication that someone should consider making changes to their daily lives so that they can better manage their frailty or reduce the chance of it becoming more serious.

NHS England’s Healthy Aging Guide aims to support people to stay physically and mentally well by providing hints and tips on how to keep fit and independent. They currently have around 60,000 copies of the guide in storage and are very keen to make sure that they move these remaining copies into the community.

Anyone wishing to receive a copy can contact Shropshire Disability Network as we can get copies for you. Email [email protected] or call 07780 852229. With your permission we can ask that a copy is sent to you.All costs for distribution of the guides will be covered by NHSE Clinical Policy Team and they will manage the distribution process of sending out the guides to the relevant addresses.

There is no limit on numbers ordered by us. Once these remaining copies have been circulated NHS England will no longer have any hard copies in storage and they will be download only

You can click here to download a copy: hlthy-ageing-brochr


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Two Great Speakers and a Special Annoucement

The final preparations have been made for our meeting on Thursday 14th March 2019.

As well as welcoming welcoming two special guest speakers at the University Centre, The Guildhall, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ, we will be making a very special announcement, Why not join us from 10.30 am for networking and refreshments before the start of our meeting at 11 am. 

Mike Layward from DASH (Disability Arts Shropshire) will tell us about their work.  Phil Ramsbotham will talk to us about his journey with Christianity.

We will hold our regular quarterly raffle and there will be other items to buy, some made by our members.  We will have SDN wrist bands for sale.  This is a good way to raise awareness of SDN. You will also have opportunity to purchase our 10th Anniversary Badges at £1 each as well as a Safe Place Shropshire Badge at £1 each. By wearing a badge not only will you be promoting what we do, but you will be helping to fund our work.

So come along, hear from two of SDN’s own members and at the same time find out about what we have been doing recently to help our members.

For further details please contact Ann, our secretary by email  [email protected] or text/phone 07970 816030

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Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOGs) Activities-March 2019

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 6th March 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

We will be joined in March by John from Remap, a UK charity.  John will be telling us about how they create and adapt equipment to help people achieve independence and a better quality of life.  You will also have the opportunity of handling some of the custom made items.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 11th March 10.30 am -12.30 pm at Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2JR

We will all meet at Ludlow Food Centre before joining Dudley Martin, the Dairy Manager, who is very keen to tell us about the Dairy.   I have arranged for Dial A Ride to be at St Peters Church Hall at 10:15 am, for those who need transport.  Please don’t forget to let me know if you plan on using the transport, we don’t want to risk anyone being left behind.  Should you wish to take part, please book yourself on by ringing on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected]  or [email protected] 

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 20th March 11 am-12 noon

Our regular cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village will be taking place.

Due to the costs there will be a minimum number of 4 to participate.  Should you wish to take part, please book yourself on by ringing on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected] or [email protected]  We need to know by 15:00 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month before the event on the Wednesday.

You can of course cycle at the Sports Village, every Wednesday, 13:00 – 15:00, for more information please contact Christian Smith the Sports Development Officer at Shrewsbury on 0345 0007 002.

Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 25th March 2 pm -4 pm at The Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UY

We are meeting at the Lion Hotel and will be joined by Joanna, from Iron & Fire Speciality Coffee Roasters.  Iron & Fire Speciality Coffee Roaster is an artisan coffee roastery based in Shrewsbury.  Joanna will be educating us all about Coffee.  

All SLOG Groups

Due to some activities needing a deposit to secure the booking we now need an expression of interest, please, initially to book the event, followed by confirmation of your attendance two weeks prior to the event, or sooner if you can.  We understand that things can change on the day, this cannot be helped. 

The activities where we ask for a small contribution, we will need a minimum of 6 people to participate before we can book the event.  Can we ask that you let us know by contacting us on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected]   or [email protected]