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Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Thursday 9th September 2021

Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Thursday 9th September 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:


ASKLiON Feedback Survey – Please Give Us Your Views!

ASKLiON is an online health and social care community directory provided by Nottingham City Council which provides information about services, groups and events in Nottingham.


We would like to get as many views as possible to understand how useful the website is, and how it could be improved. Please help us shape the future of the ASKLiON website by completing this short survey.



Updates on resilience and Recruitment from Skills for Care

Building resilience – new bite size guides

Resilience is the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties. We’ve developed two bite size guides to highlight some of the key areas in our ‘Building your own resilience, health and wellbeing’ guide, including:


  1. coping in the moment and beyond
  2. what is resilience and why does it matter?


The aim of these shorter guides is to provide you with some quick support on how to build your own resilience. ⇨ Find out more


Helping you to be #RecruitmentReady

Our spotlight on recruiting staff continues, highlighting the resources we have available to help employers and sharing ideas through blogs and articles.
Recent articles include:


  1. recruitment expert Neil Eastwood sharing his top advice
  2. how the National Care Forum Kickstart Scheme can help you recruit new people into the sector
  3. why apprenticeships can be a positive addition to your recruitment strategy
  4. five funded initiatives to help you recruit new staff.


⇨ Find out more and look out for the hashtag #RecruitmentReady on social media.



Capacity tracker - Provider Engagement Survey

We want to help you to make the most of the Capacity Tracker, including finding information to support you organisation. Please complete this short 4 question survey so that we can better tailor our support and help you to complete the Capacity Tracker quickly and easily. The deadline for completion is the 17th September.



PLEASE READ IMPORTANT: Reminder about FFP3 mask requirement for aerosol generating procedures

An important reminder about the different type of face masks required when caring for a person who requires AGP’s (aerosol generating procedures).


An AGP is a medical procedure that can cause the release of very small particles of Covid -19 from the throat of an infected person into the immediate area and therefore increase the risk of transmission to those in the immediate area. AGP’s are occasionally carried out in care homes and the community and include suctioning needed by a person with a tracheostomy or people who are receiving CPAP, BiPAP or ventilation support.


Some examples of AGP’s carried out sometimes in the community are as below:


  • Tracheostomy insertion or removal
  • Bi-level positive Airway Pressure Ventilation (BiPAP)
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Ventilation (CPAP)
  • Deep suctioning (not suctioning in the mouth to clear saliva)
  • Please note – nebulizers are NOT considered a significant risk therefore DO NOT require an FFP3 mask


A full list of AGP’s can be found on the Gov website: please check the guidance if you are unsure.


You will need a different type of mask – called an FFP3 (filtering face piece) for the above procedures which filters out aerosols that the Type 11R surgical mask will not. An FFP3 mask also requires a face fit test to ensure a correct fit. It is very important that all staff wearing FFP3 masks have been face fit tested by an accredited provider to ensure a secure fit.


The FFP3 masks can be ordered via the PPE portal. We are able to provide information for accredited providers who provide FFP3 face fit testing.


Links below for providers of fit testing:




Training events, webinars and support links:


Care Provider Alliance hosted webinars and resources



Q&A from Vaccination as condition of deployment webinar Q&A and presentations from a webinar on the implications and implementation of COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of deployment in care homes in England. The webinar, which included contributions from the Care Quality Commission and NHS England, was held on 26 August 2021.



Connecting Together webinar for care homes

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network are holding a free learning and networking webinar for care home staff, managers and those who support the care homes sector in the East Midlands, will discuss respiratory infections in the care home setting this winter.


Dr Vivienne Weston, Consultant Microbiologist and Community Infection Control Doctor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will lead a session on ‘A focus on respiratory infections in the care home setting’. We will also cover how this links with managing deterioration and advance care planning.


The webinar will be held online on Wednesday 6 October, 1 – 2.30pm, and you can register here.



Skills for Care Nursing Events

National nursing associate in social care Community of Practice virtual event

This event will include an update on the deployment of nursing associates in social care, and it’s a great opportunity for regional and national networking. We’re also excited to be able to showcase the very first registered nursing associate in social care to receive the Chief Nurse (ASC) Silver Award.

Speakers will include:

  • Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care
  • representative(s) from the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • representative(s) from Health Education England

It’s your opportunity as a registered or apprentice nursing associate in social care to have your views heard. Attendees on the day will receive a certificate of attendance.

Tuesday 28th September 10:00-13:00 - Community of Practice nursing event (


Valuing nursing in social care… for students, employers and educators

This event will highlight how incredibly rewarding and complex it is to be a nurse in adult social care. It is the first of its kind and will feature:

  • a special welcome from Oonagh Smyth, CEO, Skills for Care
  • keynote addresses from Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, and a senior representative from the Council of Deans
  • the launch of our new guide 'How to make the most of student nurse placements in social care settings - for the person who needs care and support, employer, student and education provider'
  • hot topics including digital transformation - virtual placements in social care, and the social model of care
  • an opportunity for regional networking
  • the chance to ask questions of a panel made up of key national stakeholders for nursing in social care.

We're really excited about this event and expect demand to be high so book your place now to avoid disappointment. Attendees on the day will receive a certificate of attendance.

Wednesday 13th October 10:00-15:00 - Valuing nursing in social care - student nursing event (




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 –

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