Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2021 edition of the Notts Help Yourself Provider e-bulletin. The bulletins will let you know about new developments on the Notts Help Yourself website and useful information for providers. If you need more information about these stories or would like to contribute to a future bulletin please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Social Care
Vaccination process for NCC commissioned domiciliary care providers and personal assistants
COVID vaccination appointments will soon be available to NCC commissioned domiciliary care providers and personal assistants who are employed by a direct payment recipient or self-employed. We are working with health colleagues to arrange vaccinations and hope that booking slots will be available from 18th January or soon after that date. We wanted to give you advance notice to enable you to identify relevant staff so we can move quickly as booking slots become available and ensure as many spaces as possible can be filled.
Our Customer Service Centre will take bookings on behalf of your staff and we will be in contact with you soon about how this process will work. Bookings will take approximately 5 minutes and staff will need to provide their name, DOB, email address and postcode. Mobile numbers and NHS numbers are optional. Staff will need to attend the same location for both vaccination doses.
Government Vaccination Guide
Event for Micro Provider Organisations 20th January 2021
Are you looking to set up or grow a social care business (including supporting people in the community) within Nottinghamshire?
We are holding a Free Online Micro Provider event on the 20th January 2-3.30pm. (through Microsoft Teams)
The event will help you:
- Get tips on setting up and growing your business
- Find out about gaps in the market
- Learn about requirements when setting up your business
- Find out what support is available.
Book a place
Reminder: Guidance on Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs)
This is a reminder that people who perform one of the Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) outlined in the Government Guidance must be fit tested for a FFP3 mask. A FFP3 mask is a type of respiratory mask. The fit test ensures that the FFP3 mask creates a secure seal around the wearer's face to protect them and the cared for person against any harmful airborne particles being inhaled. Providers have a responsibility to ensure they have fit tested their staff who supply care to people who fit the criteria.
Please access the full guidance here
Eye Protection issued by Nottinghamshire County Council
Please note that all eye protection issued by Nottinghamshire County Council as PPE, should be treated as disposable only within a health and social care setting. This means that eye protection can be used continuously, until you need to take a break from duties or move between settings, and should be disposed of after removal.
Find out more
Support to make your home warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat this winter
Put more money back into your pocket and improve your heating, with the help of Warm Homes Hub. As well as offering support with food and fuel vouchers, bill discounts and benefit checks, the Hub can also help to improve your home’s energy efficiency through tailored advice, insulation measures and 1st time gas central heating. Enquire about the free advice and support, or check your eligibility for home improvements by calling 0115 985 3000, or by heading to warmhomeshub.com
Find the cheapest energy tariff through the Big Notts Switch. This collective switching campaign is a hassle-free way to switch your supplier, whether you’re a dual fuel, electricity only or paper bill customer. Tariffs on offer are exclusive to this scheme, and often the cheapest around. See how much you could save, register here or call 0115 784 6696 by the 9th February. There’s no obligation to switch, so nothing to lose, except £££’s off your energy bill!
The newly launched Green Homes Grant Nottinghamshire offers green heating systems for your home such as air source heat pumps, which can replace your existing central heating system. The scheme also offers solar panels to generate your own renewable electricity or hot water, as well as new doors and smart thermostats. To check your eligibility, call 0115 947 2207, or apply here
Please notify anyone you are working with of the above information
Tackling digital exclusion
Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking a service provider to manage and develop our new “Tackling Digital Exclusion” scheme. The service is for adults who have long term social care needs, . The Provider will be required to deliver Council supplied tablet computers and data sims to vulnerable adults; provide support to set up the device to meet individual needs, and instruct the person how to use the equipment over a number of support sessions to support a variety of service users throughout Nottinghamshire .
We are looking for a service provider to support a wide range of vulnerable adults, so that individuals can gain the confidence and skills to use an Android digital device to help them achieve their assessed health and social care outcomes.
As the Covid19 pandemic continues, the Council views this scheme as a primary way to keep our most vulnerable residents digitally connected to both formal and informal networks.
Register to tender
Launch of Care4Notts
Care4Notts are launching on the 29th January 2021.
Care4Notts is a Careers academy representing everyone across health and social care.
You can follow Care4Notts on Twitter or Facebook to get an invite
Find out more
Research project investigating child sweet food preference
A local study is being carried out to explore whether children prefer certain types of foods and whether this can be linked to sweet food preference.
If you are supporting any parents of children aged 4-11 years old, please let them know of the research.
This study consists of supervising children to answer an online questionnaire.
Please click on the link below to participate with your child and thank you in advance. If you can share this with other parent’s, that would be a great support.
If you would like further information and to take part, please contact Marie Coles email@example.com
Take the survey
The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity is launching its schools programme
The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity is launching its schools programme, Curiosity Projects, for the next festival in February 2021. The project has been designed to be adaptable to all schools, including primaries, secondaries, FE colleges, alternative provision, special schools and home educated pupils across Nottinghamshire, as well as with current restrictions in mind. In Curiosity Projects, pupils will develop their own science research project that investigates the topics and questions that they're curious about. Pupils will be connected (virtually) with specialist university researchers to help them explore that question and do their own experiments and investigations.
The festival will support teachers with resources to deliver this project and all schools participating will be invited to showcase their projects at the Real Science in Schools Symposium (either in person or virtually) during the Festival week in February. We will also be supporting schools that are interested in having their pupils complete CREST awards as part of this project by covering costs for awards (www.crestawards.org).
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up to the festival
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Become a Captivate Member
Captivate’s membership is a free offer open to schools, special educational needs and Inclusion settings. Membership gives you access to the full range of arts and cultural opportunities across Nottinghamshire. Schools will need to provide a dedicated person who can act as an arts and cultural ambassador.
Benefits of being a member include:
- Engage in CPD training opportunities
- Receive Captivate’s menu of opportunities, a free resource highlighting events, training and opportunities
- Support for schools to deliver arts award and Artsmark
- Take part in the Creative Schools Network
- Engage in young people’s cultural enterprise projects
- Be part of the creation and delivery of cultural programmes
- Receive special offers and opportunities from our arts and cultural members
Find out more
Families Information Service Update
Things to do at home section
A new resource for parents and carers has been set up within the Parent/Carer Zone on the Notts Help Yourself website to present information to support parents and carers at different stages of a child’s development. Split into different ages this information covers a variety of topics from pregnancy to preparing for school and includes simple and low cost activities parents and carers can do at home to help with their child’s development. Children’s Centre workers are continuing to grow these resources so that new activities will be added to the website on a regular basis.
See the resources
Did you know that the parents and carers of the children you care for can leave a review for you on your page on the Notts Help Yourself website? This could be one way to help promote your services to potential new parents looking for childcare.
Read our guide
Updating your information on Notts Help Yourself
A reminder to please keep your childcare service information updated on Notts Help Yourself. The Families Information Service receives notification from Ofsted and Childminder Agencies about all registered childcare providers and a page is set up for each provider on the Notts Help Yourself website.
Log-in to update your details here
Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to register for an account and update your information
If you need any help with registering or updating your information then contact the Family Information Service by email: email@example.com, or by phone: 0300 500 80 80
Make a difference – become a Personal Assistant
Make a difference – become a Personal Assistant
Do you know anyone who is keen to help make a difference to the life of others? If so they may want to consider becoming a Personal assistant (PA). The role has flexible working hours and can include tasks such as cleaning, shopping, leisure activities, support with personal care and other tasks to help them live independently in their own home.
If you know anyone who is interested, they can access more information or apply to join the Council’s Support with Confidence PA accreditation scheme.
Find out how the website has been used by the public, including common search terms. See if there are any service gaps your service might be able to fill. You can now also access information on the current gaps for short breaks services for disabled children and young adults.
Please make sure that you keep your organisation's details up to date and make any changes on your profile section of the website.