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Message from HFH to clients & Carers

Dear Clients & Carers

Welcome to our HFH update, I have two things to share with you today:

1.Confirmation of requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK:

“The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has announced that, from June 8, all new arrivals in the United Kingdom will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

The measures - which are to be tabled in Parliament next month - will give police the powers to carry out spot checks at the homes of international arrivals, and impose fines of £1,000 for breaking the self-isolation rules.

As soon as the new laws are introduced and passed in Parliament, all arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days, and provide an accommodation address at which they will do this.

This address is to be declared on forms that will be filled out online before travel to airports or sea ports.

This will include Britons returning from other countries, in addition to new arrivals from other countries.

Arrivals will be required to provide contact and address details, plus travel plans.

If a person does not have suitable accommodation they will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at the person's own expense.”

 What does this mean for us?

    • Carers still abroad will find it difficult to come back if they have nowhere to stay for 14 days before commencing their HFH work.
    • Carers that want to travel to their home country will also be subject to quarantine on return so their 10 days visit/break becomes 24 days without work.

We have known this was probable for a few weeks and our Care Co-ordinators have been reviewing and are contacting HFH clients and carers whose rotas will be affected by this change. If you have any concerns, please contact your Care Co-ordinator. Thank you.

2.Changes to the HFH board:

When I joined HFH two years ago it was on the understanding of my intention to retire at the end of May 2020. That time has come and, having had plenty of time to prepare, I thank my HFH colleagues for enabling me to retire as planned.

I remain passionate about HFH and the importance of supporting our clients to live their lives, and our carers and staff to feel secure and able to provide that support.

We have gone through a number of changes over the last 2 years and we are continuing to review and improve.

I want to make a very personal thank you to all Carers, Central Office colleagues and you our Clients for your support, ideas and commitment in working with us. We have come a long way, we know that learning and improving never stops, we can always be better and I thank you for continuing to work with us.

I am pleased that we are maintaining the passion and consistency in our Board team to continue leading our service development to support your needs:

  • Our Chairman, John Hudson will become the CEO, with line responsibility for all Clinical matters through our Director of Nursing, Wendy Hope.
  • Chris Leverick, the current Finance Director will take over as Managing Director, and have responsibility for all support functions and work closely with Matt Knight who continues as Commercial  Director.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to working with us to keep you safe.

Best wishes

Paula, Chris, John, Wendy & Matt

HFH Board

Sent on behalf of Paula Friend

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