Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Thursday 18th November 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
Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund: round 3 & Online Claim Form Link
Please find the link to the latest guidance, which sets out the measures that round 3 of the Infection Control and Testing Fund supports, including distribution of funds, conditions and reporting requirements. Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund: round 3 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Please find the link to the online claim form here:- https://forms.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/en/AchieveForms/?form_uri=sandbox-publish://AF-Process-c70364d4-907e-4c71-acfc-c9381856b352/AF-Stage-10c9e892-52ab-442c-a683-a80d9b476e5e/definition.json&redirectlink=%2Fen&cancelRedirectLink=%2Fen&consentMessage=yes
Recording of vaccination or exemption status for visiting professionals
The national guidance and the underlying regulations require care homes to check the vaccination or exemption status of professional visitors and to keep a record of that status.
There is no requirement for visitors to provide a copy of their Covid vaccine passport or other evidence, or for care homes to keep a copy of that evidence.
Private care home providers are separate data controllers, so will make their own judgements about how they comply with data protection law.
Visiting professionals will show evidence of vaccination or exemption status on request, but will not provide copies of the evidence.
The key section in the national guidance is as follows:
Recording vaccination or exemption status
The registered person should keep a record of:
- the vaccination or exemption status of staff members and the date that the status was last checked
- the vaccination or exemption status of those entering the care home unless exempt and the date that the status was last checked
There is no requirement for registered persons to record the clinical reason behind the exemption - they should only record whether a person is medically exempt or not.
Individuals entering a care home only need to demonstrate vaccination status on the first occasion they enter or register, and the registered person should record their status on the care home’s local system (for example IT system, paper file and so on). All subsequent checks of individuals who have previously demonstrated vaccination status can be carried out via the records which will state the date and time the individual proved their status. Care homes will be able to use these records as proof of vaccination status, to reduce the burden of having to re-check every individual. Care home managers can also decide to check more often, if preferred, but there is no requirement to do so. Records should be checked regularly to ensure they are up to date.
FAO Care Home Managers – Survey on Recognising and responding to acute deterioration in care home residents
We would appreciate your feedback on the following survey : https://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/respond-ch-pilot-draft-11 - Thank you for your support.
Training events, webinars and support links:
IPC Champion Network
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG will be starting an infection prevention and control (IPC) link champions network in the new year. The link network will be for those working in the social care sector including younger adults and older adults care homes (nursing and residential), domiciliary, extra care and supported living services. Membership will be free to anyone who would like to join.
The aim of the network will be to build on knowledge and skills, and for care staff to be able to share their experiences and practices they have implemented to reduce the spread of infections and improve overall quality and standards.
Meetings will be held virtually on the third Thursday of every other month. The first meeting will be planned for the 21st January 2022. If you would like to join the IPC champions network or would like any further information please contact the IPC team at email@example.com Please note, when virtual meetings are sent your email address will be visible to other members so ensure you use a work email for contact. Your email contact information will be held on a database for further meetings and to receive information.
QNI national IPC champion network for care staff working in older peoples social care services
An exciting opportunity for carers in adult social care sectors working in England has arisen to have a dedicated national IPC link champion network. The network is being hosted by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, and is open to staff working in older adult residential and nursing homes, extra care, supported living and domiciliary care services. Staff who are members of existing link networks are also welcome to join the network. The first meeting will be held on the 30th November 2021. Information regarding the network can be found at New Infection Prevention Network Launched for Social Care – The Queen's Nursing Institute (qni.org.uk)
A new network of adult social care infection prevention and control champions will be launched on 30th November to help maintain and continuously improve standards across the care sector.
Run by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the scheme will be supported by Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Deborah Sturdy OBE and backed by a £35,000 grant from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Lessons learned from the pandemic will be rolled out through the network to help minimise the future spread of infections, including COVID-19 and flu, to protect people living in care homes and receiving home care. The champions will share best practice through a series of virtual meetings, a newsletter and discussion forum.
The IPC Champions’ Network will be made up of frontline social care staff from settings around England who are responsible for infection prevention and control in their specific areas or homes.
To join the IPC Champions Network, sign up via the QNI website here: https://www.qni.org.uk/news-and-events/newsletters N.B. this is a professional network for clinicians and managers of care.
To register to attend the IPC Champions Launch Event on 30th November, visit the QNI Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/infection-prevention-and-control-ipc-champions-network-launch-event-tickets-177808218167- password to join the meeting is IPClaunch2021
The Care Home Provider Advisory Group - meeting 9th December 11-12 on MS Teams
Would you like to share your ideas and experience and help shape local service provision for care homes? If so, please find attached the poster for further information.
Midlands Region Proxy Ordering of Medications in Care Homes Webinar
Proxy Ordering of Medicines in Care Homes is a national Priority. The aim of the programme is to implement proxy access for ordering medication and further access to information in the GP record, where agreed locally, on behalf of their residents in their care, to all CQC registered care homes in England.
To support the region weekly training sessions for Proxy Ordering are available that will run two times a week for the next two months. 1 hour sessions will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 19th October at 3.30pm till 16th December. Teams invites will be sent out for every session. The sessions are aimed at Care Home Staff and anyone who will need to know about Proxy Ordering of Medicines in Care Homes
The sessions will talk you through the care home’s journey of setting up proxy access to provide a clear understanding of what needs to be done when it comes to setting it up with the GP practice. In addition each session will cover the following key points:
How to implement Proxy Ordering in Care Homes and GP Practices
- What is proxy access?
- Why do it?
- Who does what?
- What went well / What didn’t!
- Step by Step walk through
- Hints and tips
- Readily available resources – templates, handouts etc
Microsoft Teams meeting
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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