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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers – Thursday 16th October 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers – Thursday 15th October 2020

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:


Don’t miss out!  Access the NHSX iPad offer to care homes – NOW!

We are pleased to be able to update you to let you know that 47% of care homes in Nottingham City and 52% of those in Nottinghamshire have taken up the offer from NHSX and have applied to have an iPad in their care home to enhance the care they are able to provide 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



Nottinghamshire County Council – Care Home Visiting Guidance

Further to the email sent 6th October we would like to re-iterate and clarify the position in relation to Care Home visiting guidance in Nottinghamshire.


In the email sent  the following advice was provided to care home managers:


If you feel you can offer covid19 secure visiting arrangements, please contact us to discuss .


Visiting will be restricted to:


  • Visits from Professionals who cannot undertake important tasks remotely For example, this may include Safeguarding, Statutory Advocacy in certain circumstances, Flu vaccination.
  • Exceptional visits from family or significant others – for example to support end of life care, or where a person’s wellbeing is so adversely impacted it presents a significant risk.


We would therefore like to clarify that necessary visits from health professionals or social care workers should be allowed to go ahead this must be included as an element in the overarching risk assessment for your service. As part of the risk assessment for visits to the service care home manager’s are reminded to consider the following controls, please note that this list is not exhaustive and will need to be tailored to your service or the individual situation:


  • Use of PPE following the most up to date guidance
  • Checking colleagues or visitors for symptoms upon arrival (this could include recording temperature)
  • Ensuring that the service has adequate handwashing stations and hand sanitiser available
  • Ensuring that visiting colleagues are aware of the location of any individual who is symptomatic or positive for covid and where possible limit contact
  • Ensure that colleagues  have access to donning and doffing areas where required
  • Ensuring that colleagues are directed to the individual who they are due to visit to ensure visits are completed with minimal contact with others
  • Where visits from family members fit exceptional circumstances you are able to seek support from Emma Slaney or Rose Dent, IPC colleagues who cover your area will also be able to provide guidance


If you have any further concerns or queries in relation to this, please contact or



Capacity Tracker – New Functionality Guidance

Please find attached for your information the new guidance documents in respect to amendments made to the Capacity Tracker.


For all queries, please call the support centre on: 0191 691 3729 or




Training events, webinars and support links:      


Registration Link to Webinar 20 October 2020 14:00-16:00: COVID-19 Care Home Support: Infection Prevention & Control

Please find a link below to register for the above webinar – for those unable to attend on the day a recording of the event will be shared on the Better Care Exchange


This webinar will look at Government policy on Winter Planning and Infection, Prevention & Control and share learning from local systems and care homes.  It is open to all, but is aimed primarily at care home providers and commissioners of health and social care services involved in infection prevention and control in care homes. You will hear from speakers from across the sector, including representatives from the Care Quality Commission and the National Care Forum. In addition, speakers from Kirklees and the London Borough of Newham will discuss their approach to infection prevention control. The event will be chaired by Rosie Seymour, Better Care Fund Programme Director.



Webinar on BAME Workforce Covid-19 Risk - 22nd October 10:00 – 12:00

The ADASS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action group, in partnership with NW ADASS, would like to invite adult social care colleagues to this national event on managing and mitigating the covid-19 risk to the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) social care workforce. Including presentations from Public Health, Welsh colleagues on the highly-regarded All Wales tool, social work employers, frontline provider staff discussing their own lived experience, and a Q&A session, the event is intended to enable attendees to develop and hone their own approaches. The original North West event launched the NW ADASS toolkit, which is now available to download from their website.  Please cascade this notification. Click here for further information and to register.



Invitation to a new series of regular care home testing webinars, that may be of use to you and your care home owners/managers.

The weekly webinars will now last 90 minutes and give detailed information about all aspects of care home testing, including: ordering tests, preparing for testing, test kit delivery, a test kit demonstration, testing certain care groups, registering test kits, booking your collection and results and what they mean for your home.


The session will include a live Q&A with representatives from the national care home testing team, who will be able to answer your questions and address any concerns in the session.

To sign up to attend our new care home testing webinars click here: 


If you are not able to attend the webinars please sign up and a recording of the session will be made available to you after the session.


Kevin Thomas, Regional Coordinator – East Midlands Testing Hub



New Deputy Manager Networks are being established in West & East Midlands.

Formal invites will be coming out to you in the next few days but we wanted to just give you a *hold the date* so that you can start to have discussions with your deputies (or those in equivalent roles).

Some useful information for you is below to help you with the conversation:

  • Skills for Care is looking for deputy managers (or equivalent)  to join a NEW deputy managers peer support network in the region.
  • We are looking for deputies who have a passion for making a difference at work.
  • You will join a local cohort of managers who will engage with, and learn from each other, via virtual meetings.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake themed sessions on Wellbeing & Resilience; Self Confidence and Personal Effectiveness; Delegation with Confidence and Dignity, Communication Inside and Out and Making Sense of Information supported by Skills for Care
  • You can also participate in a deputy managers WhatsApp group to aid peer support
  • You will gain support to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills; giving you the experience to building towards taking on greater responsibility at work
  • You will have a named Skills for Care contact for directing queries and issues to.


Date for the East Midlands:                         4th November at 3pm                      All meetings will be virtual over Zoom

Please let me know if you are interested and I will share the formal invites as soon as possible.

Lucy McDonald, Locality Manager (Midlands), Skills for Care                     Direct line:   07925035111


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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