Our memberships and accreditations
Optalis joined the National Care Forum (NCF), as part of our commitment to provide a high quality and continually improving service.
The National Care Forum represents the interests of health and social care providers like Optalis bringing together 105 organisations that are committed to providing outstanding care. The Forum has become a leading voice of the care sector, promoting the benefits of not-for-profit care provision to government, policy advisers, public commissioners, consumers and other health care bodies.
Optalis was the first Local Authority Trading Company to sign up to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter. The Ethical Care Charter's over-riding objective is to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality, and dignity of care by ensuring working conditions which a) do not routinely short-charge clients and b) ensure the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through more sustainable pay, conditions and training levels.
Optalis has signed up to the Driving Up Quality Code to ensure we aim beyond minimum standards to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, to whom we provide care and support.
This year our Supported Employment Service Manager Donna Morgans received the highly coveted Mental Health in the Workplace Award for her work as the Mindful Employer Champion and Mental Health First Aider for Optalis.
Two of our staff from Suffolk Lodge Care Home made the regional awards, one of whom won the top prize in the Home Care Coordinator category in April 2014, the other was a runner up in the regional heats.
Our Supported Employment Service has been accredited by Support With Confidence for the last 5 years, and our Day Service (Earley base) became accredited in May 2014.
Optalis staff based at Suffolk Lodge Care Home and our Homecare Team, have received the national charity Dementia UK's training, and we now have our own in-house trainers so that we can continue to roll out to new staff.
The Wokingham Borough Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) steering group was formed in February 2014 by representatives from a diverse range of businesses, groups, people with dementia, shops and organisations in and around Wokingham. Optalis is a member of this alliance.
Our Independent Care Broker is an affiliate of the Society of Later Life Advisers.
As well as having our own Dementia Friends champions within Optalis, our efforts to work towards becoming more dementia friendly have also been recognised by the Alzheimers Society.
The Housing and Support Alliance (H&SA) is a national charity and membership organisation working with people with learning disabilities, families, advocacy organisations, housing and support providers and commissioners.
The British Association for Supported Employment is the national trade association representing hundreds of agencies involved in securing employment for people with disabilities. The association aims to raise awareness of supported employment, represent the sector on a collective basis, inform members, and encourage best practice.
Mindful Employer is led by employers and is for employers. It’s aim is to increase awareness of mental health, helping organisations like Optalis to provide support networks and information, and make it healthier and easier to talk about mental health.
This association is the representative for home care and home nursing providers in the independent, voluntary, statutory and not-for-profit sectors. All UKHCA members agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice.
Partnership working in our community:
Optalis has strong links with the Learning Disability Partnership Board in Wokingham, and CLASP, a local advocacy group for people with learning disabilities. We've even raised money for them in the past.
Teams across Optalis have raised money for this charity during MS Awareness Week, and our MS Occupational Therapist has strong links with the organisation.
Younger People With Dementia are a relatively new charity that Optalis has raised money for.
The Link Visiting Scheme, helping isolated older people in the borough, is another charity that Optalis has raised funds for in recent years.
Optalis has worked in partnership with Waitrose (Wokingham branch) through their sponsorship of a residents' Christmas lunch celebration at Suffolk Lodge, and the Clients Create Art Exhibition.