Care Providers Alliance (CPA)

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together the 10 main national associations which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England.  We work to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it. Together our members provide care and support to 1.2 million people through residential, home-based and community services, whether commissioned by local authorities and the NHS or privately purchased. Together our members employ over 620,000 care workers.

Business Continuity 

As a care provider in England, it’s important that your business is as ready as possible for when the UK leaves the EU. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is here to support you through that. The CPA has been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to develop resources to help you plan for the UK leaving the EU – including how to manage any potential service disruption. This includes: information on what the Government and other organisations are doing, guidance on what you can do, practice examples and access to useful information and contacts.

From exceptionally bad weather, a fuel shortage or a pandemic, to financial or quality problems, there are many circumstances that can disrupt services provided by the adult social care sector. The following guidance has been written to help independent and voluntary providers ensure continuity of care if a problem occurs. 

Infection Control, Including Flu 

Good infection prevention and control management is essential to ensure people receive safe care and support in care settings. It also ensures safe practice. All staff play an important role in the prevention and control of infection in their individual actions and in the workplace. CPA guidance on infection prevention and control to protect the health and well-being of service users in care settings, and to reduce the effect of an infection outbreak on service provision. Effective infection prevention and control depends on early recognition and timely intervention. This in turn depends on surveillance of infection.  This document should be used in conjunction with national guidance and local policies.

This Guidance has been released in parallel with an Infection control checklist. This document provides a helpful checklist that you could use to help you prevent and control the spread of infection in your care setting. This document should be used in conjunction with national guidance and local policies. It should also be used to complement the guidance on Infection prevention and control.