Dear Providers, the information below contains current and up to date information from our strategic partners for you and your staff:
Letter for Social Care Providers
Infection Control and Social Care
Firstly, I want to thank you all for your continued dedication to supporting people in Nottinghamshire and working with us to maintain high standards of care through this time.
I attended a meeting yesterday with Helen Whately Care Minister in the Department of Health and Social Care. The meeting was to discuss the continuation of the Infection Control Grant until March 2021 and a growing concern in Government that infection rates in our workforce is increasing. There is clear concern this is a significant risk to those we support. We were thanked for our work and effort in Social Care and Public Health was recognised. In the Council, we have been listening to your concerns, and the following issues were raised with the Minister:
- Visiting in Care Homes and Supported living and human rights concerns
- Ongoing need for support and guidance concerning visiting and covid secure arrangements
- Guidance that addresses all-age and recognises that care happens in the person’s homes and settings outside of Care Homes.
- Problems with testing and test results
We were given assurance that the Social Care Winterplan which address the Taskforce Recommendations takes account of these issues. I will make sure that we circulate this and what this means for Nottinghamshire when it is published.
It is very important that we make good use of the Infection Control Grant in Nottinghamshire and that we use this funding to good effect. The evidence from International research and intelligence from outbreak management has highlighted these areas:
Payment of staff to self-isolate
The infection control grant can be used to pay staff to remain off-work for the isolation period when covid is either a risk or is confirmed.
Payment of staff to work in one setting only.
It is crucial that staff who have more than one job are prevented from working in multiple settings and the infection control grant can be used to compensate for wages for the other work contracts. This is also relevant for those who work in care and other settings, as well as those who work in multiple care settings, nursing roles, and agency staff. Please discuss this with your workforce and explain the importance of this.
Enabling Covid secure visiting in care homes and supported living
You are aware that enabling visits is a careful balance between the human rights, choice and control of an individual, and the rights and protection of others living in the same setting. The Infection Grant can be used to develop Covid secure ways of enabling visits, family contact and meaningful activity. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. Within the Quality and Market and Management Team we have identified a named contact who can support with questions about visiting and social contact, as well as working with you to develop Covid secure arrangements.
NHS Capacity Tracker
As you are all aware the NHS Capacity Tracker has been key for us in supporting the collation of data for the care homes in Nottinghamshire and also for the distribution of the IPC grant. We ask for your continued support and co-operation in the completion and updating of your data. We will continue to monitor the Capacity Tracker and will be monitored regionally on the responses given by care homes. There may be times when the Quality and Market Management Team contact your service for clarification on your data submission and we do appreciate your support with this going forward.
We are seeing an increase in community transmission of Covid and we are also seeing an increase in staff in Nottinghamshire Care Homes testing positive for Covid as a result of the whole home testing programme. Government have made it clear to Directors of Adult Social Services and Directors of Public Health that we need to maintain a focus on prevention of infection for those most vulnerable to Covid and in particular, Care Home residents. I appreciate the collaboration and cooperation between us in recent months and recognise the effort you are making in keeping the messages going with staff concerning their won social contact outside of work, hand hygiene, and the relentless focus on Infection Prevention and Control. If there is further action we can take to support, please do let us know.
I have also attached for your information the weekly covid 19 surveillance report.
Adult Social Care and Health
Links and resources for your ongoing information:
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Covid-19 Response Care Homes and Home Care (ECRT) Toolkit - https://mk0healthandcary1acq.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Nottingham-and-Nottinghamshire-COVID-19-Response-CHHC-Toolkit-0110620-.pdf
Care Workforce App and Communications toolkit - Link: workforce.adultsocialcare.uk.
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
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.
Group Manager Quality Assurance and Citizen Safety
Mobile - 07740845726
Desk Phone - 01159773268