Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Wednesday 4th August 2021
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:
Help create a big future for Nottinghamshire
How do you want Nottinghamshire to look in 10 years’ time? This is just one of the big questions being posed by Nottinghamshire County Council in their ‘Big Notts Survey’ which opened on 2 August 2021 to all Nottinghamshire residents.
Feedback from the survey will form the cornerstone of the council’s new ambitious Council Plan that looks to the next 10 years and beyond whilst setting out its detailed priorities for the next four years.
The survey seeks to understand residents worries through the pandemic and what opportunities they think the recovery could bring, whilst asking everyone to consider what they want for themselves their families and their local area in the next 10 years.
All residents will be able to take part by completing the online survey at nottinghamshire.gov.uk/bignottssurvey or can pick-up a printed copy from 9 August at all county libraries, Children’s Centres and other council buildings. The council will also be inviting residents to share their hopes and concerns for the future of Nottinghamshire through its social media channels and will be engaging directly with a range of people who regularly use its services.
As Nottinghamshire residents emerge from a pandemic and look to the future at this unique time in all our lives, the Council are encouraging everyone to take part so all voices are heard and to help build a future Nottinghamshire that benefits everyone.
The survey will close on 19 September. Results from the survey will help inform and shape the Council Plan which will considered by the council in Autumn 2021
Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 so that, from 11 November 2021, all care home workers, and anyone else entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an exemption.
DHSC have published detailed operational guidance for providers to help them prepare for this change and we are urging all relevant providers, managers and staff to read it and to take any necessary actions. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vaccination-of-people-working-or-deployed-in-care-homes-operational-guidance
Statement on COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes: the role of the Care Quality Commission
Care Home Agency Staff – Checking Vaccination Status
As part of our learning from recent outbreaks we would like to remind registered managers of the importance of checking the vaccination status of agency staff prior to working in the service, after 16th November vaccination of staff will be mandatory and would ask that your service has a process to check vaccination prior to working on a shift in your service. In addition we would also like to ensure that agency staff are tested prior to working at the home.
We are aware that there are agency staff who are residing in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire who come from out of area and may be registered with a GP outside of area. Anyone can book a covid vaccination following this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ a vaccination can be booked in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire even if they are registered with a GP elsewhere
Guidance – Covid-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings – updated 2nd August 2021
This guidance is intended for staff and managers in health and social care settings and includes:
- guidance relating to health and social care staff if they develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, receive a positive test result or are identified as a contact of a COVID-19 case
- guidance on isolation requirements for patients and residents in health and social care settings after contact with COVID-19 cases
- guidance on repeat testing for COVID-19 for staff, patients and residents in health and social care settings
Care Certificate consultation
Please complete the survey below, for input into the Care Certificate consultation, which closes 12pm on 16th August.
The Care Certificate is used widely, and changes proposed are to ensure the standards reflect current best practice across health and social care. Affected standards are:
1. Understand your role
2. Your personal development
4. Equality and diversity
5. Work in a person-centred way
7. Privacy and dignity
8. Fluids and nutrition
9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability
10. Safeguarding adults
11. Safeguarding Children
13. Health and Safety
15. Infection prevention and control
Training events, webinars and support links:
Guidance for COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes – Webinar on Tuesday 17th August from 12.30-13.30
DHSC webinar on the requirement for anyone working or deployed in a care home to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
About this event
The Department of Health and Social Care will be holding a webinar for care home managers and providers, to provide information and answer questions on the requirement for anyone working or deployed in a care home to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from 11th November 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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