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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers - Tuesday 29th September 2020

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:

Seasonal flu – preparing for vaccination for all care home staff

See the attached letter from Rosa Waddingham, Chief Nurse – Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS, Catherine Underwood, Corporate Director of People - Nottingham City Council and Melanie Brooks, Corporate Director of Adult Social Care – Nottinghamshire County Council.

This letter thanks care providers and their teams for all their hard work responding to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, explains the fatal consequences of flu and benefits of supporting the flu vaccination programme, this year in particular.  Both the City and County Councils have identified improving the uptake for care home staff as a priority and outlines the flu vaccination campaigns that are being put in place to achieve this, which include how to access vaccinations, the Q&A sessions for frontline teams and dissemination of this ‘myth-busting’ video:


iPad offer to care homes

NHSX is offering iPads to help care homes provide care to residents.  The offer can be accessed here:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, this is to help care homes to provide ongoing care to residents - by providing iPads and helping to improve internet access.

The iPads will help care home residents to receive ongoing care and stay connected to loved ones and allow staff in care homes to:

  • Hold video consultations with health and care professionals
  • Use NHSmail (a secure NHS internal email service)
  • Connect care home residents with loved ones remotely
  • Get direct access to any other tools or systems needed to support the care of residents



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategy: Stabilise and build resilience – Policy Paper dated 28th September 2020

The government's strategy for preparing for a second wave of COVID-19 covering supply and logistics for distribution of PPE is announced:



NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

SIGN UP NOW for the free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.  Public health emails and text messages are being sent from 26th September.
Read more in our common questions

Download the app for IOS and Android here:        

Nottingham City Council have added an information page to their AskLion web pages:



Capacity Tracker – New Functionality and Further Guidance

Please see attached document which outlines the new functionality and reporting that was introduced on 22nd September 2020. It also outlines where you can find further guidance within the Capacity Tracker in relation to these improvements.  Please familiarise yourself with this information so that you are aware and can take advantage of these improvements.

Training events, webinars and support links:


SCIELine Update

This edition of SCIELine shares a number of webinars, upcoming and recordings, alongside other resources for the care sector. Includes a new safeguarding audit offer from SCIE and a recap of our COVID-19 resources.



LAUNCH OF:  Midlands Learning Disability and Autism Registered Managers Network

On behalf of Tracy Keyes, the Network’s chair, Skills for Care Midlands Team are delighted to promote the launch of the Midlands Learning Disability and Autism Registered Managers Network

DATE AND TIME:      Monday 12th October 2020 from 15:00 to 16:30 hrs

This is an opportunity for managers of social care services for people with a learning disability/autism to:

  • connect and support each other
  • share knowledge and understanding
  • invite subject experts to meetings
  • focus on the particular challenges and skills needed to help people with learning disability/autism to have great lives

For an invitation to the session please register here: 

Registered Managers Networks are run by and for managers and supported by Skills for Care.  If you any queries or questions please contact Lucy McDonald, Locality Manager (Midlands) on:  07925035111



Derby University are offering a diverse range of short courses FREE to local business

These courses are aimed at promoting sustainability, growth and resilience. List and links below: 


The Advanced Skills Programme (ASP) – short courses,

This programme is finishing in December and Derby University are offering businesses the chance to access the courses on a fully funded basis as part of a civic duty to support businesses and our wider community. The short courses are delivered online through interactive webinars. The selection of courses are:

�.     Thinking Differently in Challenging Times

�.     Strategic Marketing in a Digital Age

�.     The Impact of Blogs and Different Content Formats

�.     Project Management for Business

�.     Workplace Wellness

�.     Business Strategy and Risk Management

�.     Women in Leadership

�.     Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing

�.     Performance and Development Management

�.     5S – The Secret to Productivity and Efficiency

*Please note that as these courses are part funded through ESF and DWP, there are a number of forms and checks the University needs to carry out.

  1.      The Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP). This is also free of charge (to eligible organisations) as part of a £20m business support package, the programme will help small businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Participants will strengthen their strategic leadership skills and gain the confidence to make informed decisions to boost business performance in key areas including: innovation, leadership, employee engagement, operational efficiency, financial management, customer relationships and employee engagement.  Please note that this isn’t limited to the D2N2 area and we can support businesses in Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands.  To find out more and register interest, please follow the link,70936,S56BA2,S8L84,1


This programme aims to contribute to the reduction of mental health distress and break down the barriers to accessing support faced by people experiencing mental illness – ultimately to make a positive contribution to organisational productivity, in both quantitative (monetary) and qualitative (wellbeing) terms. If you would like to find out more about integrating effective mental health provision in your workplace please visit our website or alternatively get in touch and we will arrange for one of the delivery team to give you a call.

 3.      Virtual event – New Talent for a New Era – TUESDAY 20 October at 2pm

As the pandemic continues to disrupt our ‘normal’ ways of living and working, we need to be more creative and innovative than ever. To do this, you might need to bring some fresh thinking and new skills into your business. We have a large talent pool of students and graduates that you can tap into and crucially, we also have funding to help pay for them. We invite you to join this virtual coffee break to discuss your specific business needs and find out how we can help you access the right talent for recovery and growth. Find out more here.




Links and resources for your ongoing information:

Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Covid-19 Response Care Homes and Home Care (ECRT) Toolkit -


Care Workforce App and Communications toolkit - Link:


Government website with all the up to date information on Coronavirus for Adult Social Care settings:


Visit the Notts County Council website for further updates:

Visit Nottingham City Council for the latest coronavirus information and service updates:


Visit Notts Help Yourself for a register of COVID-19 resources to support you at this time:

Visit ASKLiON for COVID-19 information for care


Visit Notts Help Yourself for up to date information on PPE guidance:

Visit ASKLiON for up to date information on PPE for city care


Sign up to our and our Health and Wellbeing bulletin:


Mobile App linking care providers and resources they have found useful during the COVID pandemic:


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: and Twitter




For further queries – Nottinghamshire providers - Please use the Quality & Market Management Team email address 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 –


We would also like to take this opportunity to send you our very grateful thanks to you and your staff teams who are supporting people across the County in these very challenging times, it is very much appreciated.


Kind regards


Cherry Dunk

Group Manager Quality Assurance and Citizen Safety

Mobile - 07740845726

Desk Phone - 01159773268

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