Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Tuesday 20th April 2021
We are currently reviewing the format and frequency of these bulletins as we move from a COVID focus to a wider recovery phase of operation. This bulletin has been well received throughout the pandemic by care providers and health and social care partners. We are now interested to know your thoughts on how it could continue to be a useful method of joined up communication going forward. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts on what you would like to keep and the changes you would like to see made.
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:
Grant Return Reminder
The final grant returns for spend up to the end of March 21 are now overdue.
- ICF2 and Rapid Care home testing returns were due 15/4/21 and
- Workforce Capacity fund return was due yesterday
Please find attached a copy of the following grant return forms;
- Workforce Capacity Fund
- Care Home Rapid Testing Fund
- Infection Control Fund (ICF) Round 2
Please submit your returns this week as we have to finalise the return to the government including repaying any unspent grant. Thank you. For any queries, please contact: email@example.com
Department of Health & Social Care - Consultation on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes
Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus. For further information, please find attached a letter and the following link:- Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes with older adult residents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Capacity Tracker – reporting of second dose vaccination data required from Thursday 15 April
From Thursday 15 April, additional questions will be added to Capacity Tracker to record the numbers of staff and (for care homes) residents who are known to have received their second dose of the COVID vaccinations. Further details on the second dose questions are attached. Please contact Capacitytrackerfirstname.lastname@example.org if you need further guidance.
EU Settlement Scheme
If you are an EU citizen and were living in the UK by 31st December 2020, applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is essential to protecting your existing UK rights
You still need to apply even if you already have permanent residence. If you have any questions, practical help is available, including a dedicated helpline.
❗The application deadline is 30 June 2021. Get started: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
External Professionals Visiting Care Homes:
- In emergency visits such as a 999 response, it is not appropriate to ask for or provide proof before entry to a care home, given the potential delay this could cause and the implications for prompt management of the emergency situation.
- Care homes must ask the NHS professional when they were last tested and see proof of the result and date of the relevant professional’s test.
- Care homes should see evidence from NHS professionals of a negative rapid lateral flow test completed within the last 72hrs.
- Professionals who are not part of regular testing for NHS staff or cannot show evidence of a negative test will need to be tested at the care home in the same way as visitors.
- If professionals are visiting multiple care homes in one day, they will now only need to be tested at the first care home they visit that day and can use evidence of this test at the next care home they visit.
- Visiting professionals are exempt from testing for 90 days following a positive PCR test. These professionals should use evidence of their positive PCR result to show that they are currently exempt from testing until the 90-day period is over.
Further guidance can be found here: Testing for professionals visiting care homes - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For further information and resources, please also visit the 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/
PPE Guidance: Further GOV update
Following feedback, the national PPE guidance for working safely in Care Homes (Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers working in care homes )has reverted back to the version published on 6th April. This means that, in Care Homes, masks can no longer be used sessionally.
- A fluid-repellent surgical mask must be single use and disposed of after giving personal care to each resident, and a new fluid-repellent surgical mask applied when giving personal care to another resident.
- A Type II mask must be single use and disposed of before leaving the resident’s room. A new mask must be donned before entering the next resident’s room.
If you have further questions, please email email@example.com
Training events, webinars and support links:
Webinar: Connecting care homes – health and wellbeing
East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative (EM PSC) invites care home staff and managers from the East Midlands to join this free webinar sharing practical advice, tools and techniques to support you to manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others.
The event will be held on Microsoft Teams on Thursday 29 April, from 2-3.30pm.
The session will be facilitated by Bridget O’Hagan, Specialist Advisor at EM PSC, and will include:
- Jane Horne, Senior Research Fellow & Occupational Therapist, University of Nottingham
- Lucy McDonald, Locality Manager (Midlands), Skills for Care
- Adam Gordon, Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine of Older People at The University of Nottingham and an Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
In the webinar, you will also hear from care homes, sharing practical examples of how they support the health and wellbeing of their residents, and Adam Gordon will provide an update on the pandemic in care homes.
Skills for Care - Bring in more funding for local social care training and improve local workforce data
New video: Everything you need to know about ASC-WDS
The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set, or ASC-WDS for short, is an easy-to-use online service that helps you manage your team and makes sure your voice is heard by the Government and other key sector decision makers. We’ve produced a brand new three-minute video which details the benefits of using ASC-WDS and how the data within the system can be used by the Government and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about the care sector.
You can view the video directly on our website https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/adult-social-care-workforce-data/ASC-WDS/Discover-the-Adult-Social-Care-Workforce-Data-Set.aspx?utm_source=email&utm_medium=enews&utm_campaign=ASC-WDS-video
You can also watch the video on our Vimeo site https://vimeo.com/536252542 here you can download the video onto your computer as well as getting the coding if you want to embed (add it to) your own website.
Collaborative Care Forums – Future forum dates for your diary
If you would like to receive these links as calendar invitations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with you name, organisation and the email address you would like us to use. In the email confirm that you give permission for us to send you the invitation and understand that this will mean sharing the email address you provide with others.
If this is not something you wish to do you will still be able to enter the following links manually into your calendars to save the date and remember to join. Thank you.
Tuesday 18th May 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Topics – Restore2 and the benefits of adopting this process, Frailty and Preparing to implement the Clinical Frailty Scale for use across health and social care
Tuesday 15th June 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Topics – To be agreed – please let us have your suggestions
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 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