CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers – Friday 8th January 2021
Please note that this email will now be sent out twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Dear Providers, the information below contains current and up to date information from our strategic partners for you and your staff:
New and updated guidance and support, including information on funding:
Covid-19 vaccination programme – second dose of Covid-19 vaccine
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently recommended that as many people on the JCVI priority list as possible should be offered a first vaccine dose as the initial priority for the vaccination programme.
The 4 UK Chief Medical Officers agree with the JCVI that at this stage of the pandemic giving the first doses of vaccine to as many people on the priority list as possible will protect the greatest number of at risk people overall, in the shortest possible time.
This new guidance means that we need to reschedule planned second doses of the vaccine. Please read information attached on how this may affect you.
Care Home Visiting Guidance
With the move to national lockdown, we would like to bring to your attention the changes in the guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes.
The attached letter from the Directors of Public Health for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils confirms the current advice for care home visiting.
The latest government guidance for visits to care homes during coronavirus is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#care-home-visits
The government guidance states that “Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.”
Existing guidance issued in December on visiting care homes during COVID-19 details how visits should be conducted. Residents cannot meet people indoors on a visit out (for example, to visit their relatives in the family home). There is separate guidance for those in supported living updated on 6 January 2021.
Training events, webinars and support links:
Webinar for Homecare and Supported Living Providers - Covid Impact on Workforce and Contingency Planning
Thursday 14th January 2021 – 2.00pm-3.00pm
We would really appreciate your time on Thursday to have a discussion with you regarding impacts, contingencies and also if there are any ideas/plans you have in place that you could share so that we may support any future workforce issues.
The invitation to the meeting will be sent out next week, we hope to see you all on Thursday 14 January 2021 at 2pm.
Links and resources for your ongoing information:
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Covid-19 Response Care Homes and Home Care (ECRT) Toolkit - https://healthandcarenotts.co.uk/your-health-matters/care-homes-and-home-care-toolkit/
Care Workforce App and Communications toolkit - Link: https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk/join?wp-linkindex=6
Government website with all the up to date information on Coronavirus for Adult Social Care settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-social-care-guidance
Visit the Notts County Council website for further updates: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Visit Nottingham City Council for the latest coronavirus information and service updates: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Visit Notts Help Yourself for a register of COVID-19 resources to support you at this time: https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk/kb5/nottinghamshire/directory/document.page?id=Igc3gkzdlkc
Visit ASKLiON for COVID-19 information for care providers – www.asklion.co.uk/providercornercovid-19
Visit Notts Help Yourself for up to date information on PPE guidance: https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk/kb5/nottinghamshire/directory/site.page?id=m6iCJfa2C4w&newdirectorychannel=0
Visit ASKLiON for up to date information on PPE for city care providers: – www.asklion.co.uk/ppe
Sign up to our and our Health and Wellbeing bulletin: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/emailme
Mobile App linking care providers and resources they have found useful during the COVID pandemic: https://webapp.mobileappco.org/m/COVID19CARE/?appcode=COVID19CARE
Social media channels for latest information on coronavirus and services - Nottinghamshire County Council on Facebook or on twitter @NottsCC
Social media channels for the latest information on coronavirus and services - Nottingham City Council ‘My Nottingham’ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mynottingham and Twitter https://twitter.com/mynottingham
For further queries – Nottinghamshire providers - Please use the Quality & Market Management Team email address email@example.com if you have questions for the team and if you are not sure who else to ask.
For further queries – Nottingham City providers – Please use the Single point of access for any covid related queries, email – CV19@nottinghamcity.gov.uk