CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers – Tuesday 23rd February 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:
Update regarding Care Provider Testing Guidance
See attached documents:
- Care home testing update
- Care home outbreak testing guidance – England
- Provider FAQs
Lateral flow antigen test FAQs for independent sector providers – 17th February 2021
These FAQs specifically relate to the lateral flow antigen tests for patient-facing staff providing NHS services in the independent sector. See document attached.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure – 17th February 2021
Rollout of lateral flow devices for asymptomatic staff testing for COVID-19 in the independent sector. The attached document provides guidance on testing to all staff providing NHS services in the independent sector using lateral flow assay devices (LFDs) on nasal swab samples. This, together with qRT PCR, will improve virus detection in the independent sector, to prevent further transmission and spread.
Capacity Tracker - Covid-19 Discharge Testing Status – Question Changes
From 24 February 2021 the Capacity Tracker questions on residents that have been re/admitted to your care home following a period in hospital, will change. The new format of questions will make it easier to enter data about the testing status of residents received from hospital – especially those with a COVID positive test.
These changes have been made following feedback from care providers that the current questions do not align with the revised Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS policy on hospital discharge for those who have a COVID positive test from more than 14 days ago and who are not considered to be COVID infectious. We hope that these changes will make the Tracker easier for you to complete in these circumstances.
Please ensure you have understood the government guidance on discharging COVID positive patients to care homes and the designated settings scheme before completing these questions. In particular please refer to:
- section 2 for an overview of requirements,
- section 4 on the discharge arrangements that hospitals and care homes should be compliant with,
- and the accompanying clarification note for managing the discharge of individuals who have tested positive previously, are no longer infectious and it’s been between 14 to 90 days since the date of their last positive test or illness onset.
Please also familiarise yourself with further government guidance on infection control precautions and discharging COVID-19 patients, for wider context.The questions have been updated following engagement with care home representative organisations, local government, DHSC and the NHS.
Please ensure that all colleagues who complete the Capacity Tracker for your organisation are informed of these amended questions and continue to complete the existing questions until the Capacity Tracker is updated on 24 February 2021.
Thank you to all care providers for the continued use and interaction with Capacity Tracker. The information provided is used to support care providers and help to resolve any issues.
New crisis sanctuaries to provide mental health support to Nottinghamshire
On the 16th February four crisis sanctuaries have been launched in Mansfield, Worksop and Nottingham (two), with a further three opening across Nottinghamshire in the coming weeks. They will support anyone aged 18 or over in a crisis or who needs support with their mental health and offer practical and emotional support in a safe, warm and welcoming environment. Delivered by a strong charity and voluntary sector partnership (Framework, Harmless, Turning Point and Mind), the sanctuaries will complement the Trust’s support for people in mental health crisis, which includes local crisis resolution teams, a 24/7 crisis line and a street triage team. For more information visit the Crisis Sanctuary website - https://www.turning-point.co.uk/services/mental-health/crisis-support/nottingham-crisis-sanctuaries
Revised Car Sharing Graphic
Please see graphic attached for information and guidance.
COVID-19 Toolkit Update
News Bulletin Page
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants. How personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access weekly COVID-19 testing.
New Rapid testing Site opened on the 16th of February at Lammas Leisure Centre to test people without symptoms, particularly those who can’t work from home, for further information and opening times please use the link below
Car Sharing – message updated to clearly state – do not car share unless absolutely necessary
Updated Guidance Page
Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested. Updates include : Under ‘documents for care homes using the online application portal’, added ‘care home testing schedule for a suspected or confirmed outbreak (England)’ and updated ‘care home testing guidance for residents and staff: PCR and LFD (England)’ to reflect additional outbreak testing and 90-day testing window guidance.
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings . Update includes new guidance for care homes re not testing previously positive cases even on LFDs
New Page : Guidance on Home Leave & Visits for Younger Adults in Residential Settings
See page 10 for new toolkit page
Link to access revised toolkit: https://healthandcarenotts.co.uk/your-health-matters/care-homes-and-home-care-toolkit/
Training events, webinars and support links:
Late Career Support & Development Programme
Dates: 5th 6th & 7th of May 2021
The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS are delighted to be hosting a 3 day virtual programme for healthcare professionals over 50. The programme has been co-designed with late career staff see the attached application form for further information.
Offer of Support from the Gold Standards Framework
We are now on our 10th GSF Support call for care homes offering updates, support and encouragement, some guidance and a chance to share your experiences with others across the country.
This offer of support is free and open to any GSF or non-GSF trained homes so please feel free to share this information.
You can view all our support calls to date via this link to our website:
You are cordially invited to join our next GSF Support Call on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 10.30-11.30am – Zoom details listed below;
PLEASE JOIN THE MEETING AROUND 10.20 am IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE TIME TO SORT OUT ANY POSSIBLE LOGGING IN ISSUES
Please click this link to join the meeting:
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/82970938519
Zoom ID: 8297-0938-519
Telephone: 020 3481 5240
020 3901 7895
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