Sure Group backs nationwide ‘Clap for our Carers’ NHS celebration campaign

Sure Group and our healthcare division Sure Healthcare is backing a campaign for people to celebrate the amazing work of our NHS.

‘Clap for our Carers’ is an event calling for people to join in a round of applause to show appreciation for the hard work of NHS workers during these unprecedented times with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The appeal, which has gone viral after being shared thousands of times on social media, says:

“Please join us on March 26 at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all who are working at the front line, our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against this virus.

“Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!”

With doctors, nurses and other NHS staff working around the clock risking their own health to help others in the battle against this virus, we want to show our support here at Sure Group, and our teams will be joining the campaign by taking part in a round of applause at 8pm this evening (Thursday 26th March).

Our healthcare division, Sure Healthcare, supplies healthcare professionals and auxiliary staff to clients in a range of sectors, including NHS trusts.

While not solely catering for NHS remits, as a provider of health and social care in the community, we want to also thank and include our team of dedicated and fantastic Healthcare workers who are still supporting the community for their daily healthcare needs.

We understand the dedication and passion staff bring to these roles and want to highlight their fantastic work in this difficult period though the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign.

We hope you’ll join us this evening and show our NHS your support by taking part in a nationwide round of applause at 8pm.

Sure Group Coronavirus Business Update

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last night (Monday 23rd March) we want to offer our staff assurance on how we are handling and treating this situation.

Sure Group supply to key sectors such as Food, Logistics, Recycling and Healthcare.

Therefore some of our workers are treated as ‘key workers’ and are still allowed to travel to their place of work as they will play a crucial role in the country’s fight against Coronavirus.

In these torrid times, there is a lot of concern but we want you to be reassured we are doing our upmost to ensure everything runs like normal for everyone. This includes being paid weekly and on time and having a member of our team on hand should you have any questions.

Do not worry, we are here for you. Although most of our staff will be working from home from today (Tuesday 24th March) we will continue to be available for you as normal. We will be servicing our clients’ requirements and doing our best to ensure everyone has work and keeps a wage coming in until otherwise advised by them or the Government.

Please note our offices will now be closed with immediate effect as from Tuesday 24/03/20 and our teams will be only contactable by phone. Please be patient with your account manager, as mentioned they will be working remotely but may take a little longer to respond. We will be providing vital PPE to all our workers at planned collection times so please liaise with your line manager for your requirements.

We will continue to provide update on a frequent basis so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels.

All that remains is that you listen to the news and follow the advice from the Government.

Stay calm and stay safe.

From all the staff at Sure Group

Coronavirus (COVID-19) company update

In light of the potential impact related to COVID-19, we feel it’s important that we update you on our business continuity infrastructure.

Let me start by saying that at this moment in time and until advised otherwise it is business as usual for the Sure Group. We have business continuity plans in place and these are well tested on an annual basis and are designed to cover many areas including pandemic impact and in the past such measures have been implemented during times of bad weather, with very little interference in our service levels.

We are confident that our plans will mitigate the impact to our clients and workers and have been designed specifically to minimise workflow interruption. Sure Group has secondary back up locations with full operational infrastructure, and our team of consultants and back office support teams can work independently and remotely from any location including their homes if required, this includes full access to our phone and IT systems.

We are confident that any further widespread developments will have little effect on our day to day operations, including; Service Levels, Order Fulfilment, Payroll Processing, Compliance Management, and Recruitment/On boarding processes and that you will continue receiving the quality of level of support and service you have grown accustomed to from the Sure Group.

We are aware that due to COVID-19 some clients are taking precautionary measures and as such have decided to go on lockdown and refuse client visits etc, however due to the nature of our business we will continue our duties as normal with regards to attending site for daily check in, service reviews etc unless otherwise instructed by our clients.

I can confirm that we have preventative measures in place with regards to the health and safety of our workforce and candidates and we have issued everyone with a Coronavirus Fact Sheet which provides them with guidance on how to prevent them from catching or how to proceed in the event of having caught the virus. Furthermore we have introduced a new health questionnaire which has been issued to not only our current workforce, but also to all new candidates who come and register with ourselves and covers the key areas in relation to having the any of the main Coronavirus symptoms, recent travel movements in the last 14 days etc.

We will keep all our clients and workers up to date with the latest government guidance and are here to support any queries you may have.

In the meantime if you require any additional support during this period, then please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via your normal channels If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or our team for more information.

Kind regards,

Mark Newby

Commercial Manager

IR35 reforms delayed due to Coronavirus outbreak

Reforms to the IR35 tax ruling have been delayed by one year, just a week after they were confirmed in the Budget, chief treasury secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed.

The changes, which restrict tax avoidance by targeting contractors for companies who are, in practice, providing the same service as employees, will come into affect on 6th April 2021 and not this April as originally planned.

Read City A.M.’s full report at: https://www.cityam.com/ir35-reforms-to-be-delayed-for-a-year-due-to-coronavirus/

‘Jack’s Law’ to give bereaved parents two weeks’ statutory leave

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory leave under new UK legislation.

The government has announced the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will come into effect from April.

Jack’s law means all employed parents will have a statutory right to a minimum of two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer.

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child’s death. This means they can match their leave to the times they need it most, which could be in the early days or over the first anniversary.

For more information on Jack’s Law, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-set-to-introduce-jacks-law-new-legal-right-to-paid-parental-bereavement-leave

UK government launches off-payroll working review

Last week, the government announced it was launching a review of changes to off-payroll working rules to ensure the smooth implementation of the reforms, which are set to come into force in April 2020.

Off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, were introduced in 2000 to ensure that workers employed through their own company, pay similar taxes to other employees.

The reforms are designed to tackle non-compliance with off-payroll working rules by making medium and large organisations in the private and third sectors responsible for determining the tax status of contractors, rather than the contractors themselves.

The review, which will conclude by mid-February, will engage with affected individuals and businesses on their experiences of the implementation of these reforms.

To read the full article on Gov.uk visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/off-payroll-review-launched

Sure Group in the spotlight with marketing investments

If you are travelling along one of the main roads into Hull city centre you may notice our huge new billboard advert promoting our homecare services.

 

It’s strategically positioned off Anlaby Road next door to Hull Royal Infirmary, letting people know we can provide peace of mind for those looking for help in the home when they need it.

The aim is to promote Sure Healthcare and our expertise in helping with:

  • Shopping
  • Companionship
  • Domestic duties
  • Personal care
  • Medication assistance
  • Nutritional aid

Will Draper, director of Sure Healthcare, said: “This billboard really increases the profile of our services. Thousands of people will be travelling by it every day, but more importantly we hope it can provide some reassurance to those leaving hospital, concerned about caring for themselves or their loved ones at home.

“We’re here to help and hopefully advertising the help we offer can take the weight off the shoulders of those who need support and aren’t sure who to turn to.

“Our staff provide a wealth of knowledge and experience and are committed to providing a one-on-one single point of contact for every client, creating long-term sustainable relationships by giving peace of mind and the knowledge that they are in safe hands.”

Sure Group has also recently invested in a new branded vehicle, which will spread our name far and wide. Look out for us on driving around the Yorkshire region as we up the gears on our recruitment drive!

 

 

For more information about Sure Group and our services, call 01482 629797.

National living wage to rise by 6.2%

There has been some good news for UK workers as the government has announced it will increase the national living wage by 6.2% in April this year.

The rise will be more than four times the rate of inflation and will take hourly pay for people over 25 to £8.72.

For a full breakdown of the new rates, see below table.

 

Mavis enjoys festive day out with Sure Healthcare team

One of our clients was treated to a festive day out with two of Sure Healthcare’s care staff last week.

Mavis enjoyed a trip out to Sandhills garden centre with Dale and Maggie to admire the Christmas decorations, have some lunch and get into the Christmas spirit.

Maggie has cared for Mavis regularly and wanted to give her a day out to remember as part of her service.

Will Draper, Director for Sure Healthcare, said: “It’s lovely to see that Mavis enjoyed her day out with our care team. Our staff always provide a high level of care for their clients and where possible, we like to provide a little extra to brighten their days.

“Maggie has cared for Mavis for a while and she wanted to give her a special trip out to show her how much she has enjoyed working with her.”

Sure Healthcare has evolved from a labour provider to now being a healthcare provider in its own right. We offer a domiciliary care service, which provide people with both the physical and emotional support they may need when faced with disability or illness.

Call 01482 629797 or email residential@sure-healthcare.co.uk to find out how our team can help you or your family member.