CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers – Tuesday 1st December 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:
Message regarding Covid-19 vaccination programme
As you will know, the Covid-19 vaccination roll out is a fast moving and changing situation and we are aiming to keep you informed by providing weekly updates.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is now expected to start in care homes in early January. This is because the first vaccine likely to be available cannot be transported to care homes because of how it needs to be stored. However we are expecting an alternative vaccine to be available from January onwards.
We want to assure you that care home residents and all care staff remain a priority for vaccination. As soon as a vaccine is available and a date has been confirmed, our goal is to vaccinate residents and as many staff as possible. If we are able to vaccinate staff earlier we will do so and details on how we may be able to do that are currently being finalised. As soon as we have a local plan and confirmation of vaccines for health and care staff we will let you know. We want to assure you that our plans are to give frontline health care staff equal access to the vaccinations, whichever setting they work in.
For now, the most important thing we can collectively do to prepare for this programme is to ensure as many staff and residents are vaccinated against the Flu as possible and that your returns on the NHS tracker submission is used to record the numbers of people vaccinated. Having the Flu vaccination now will not delay any opportunities to have the Covid vaccination when it rolls out.
Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
Rosa Waddingham Chief Nurse, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG and ICS
Melanie Brooks Corporate Director for Adult Social Care and Health, Nottinghamshire County Council
Alison Challenger Director of Public Health, Nottingham City Council
Nicola Ryan Interim Chief Nurse, NHS Bassetlaw CCG
Technical issue with PPE Portal now resolved
You may have experienced a technical issue with the PPE Portal erroneously showing limited or no stock for specific PPE items. This has now been rectified and the portal is now available again to take your orders.
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Covid-19 Response Care Homes and Home Care (ECRT) Toolkit – Revisions week commencing 30th November 2020
All information below has been updated and is now included in the revised toolkit at: https://healthandcarenotts.co.uk/your-health-matters/care-homes-and-home-care-toolkit/
What’s new page:
- New guidance relating to weekly testing of care home staff
- New guidance relating to visiting during national lockdown restrictions
- New guidance relating to the pilot for family members to get regular testing for safer care home visits
NEW Updated guidance page:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested - updated to include Updated link for ‘book your courier collection’
- Stopping movement of staff between care settings - updated to include easy read version of consultation
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested - updated to include graphic summarising latest guidance and clinical advice
- PPE: Local contacts for Care providers &Updated order Limits for Care Homes
Infection, Prevention and Control Page:
- Advice regarding car sharing and a signpost to this on the new what’s new page
Testing and Swabbing Page:
- Advice amended on page 9 relating to home testing by the swabbing team.
- The information regarding the collecting of swabs by courier has also been amended.
- Testing number updated to 0115 883 111
Training events, webinars and support links:
Invitation to care home managers , nurses and carers to be part of a Palliative Care and End of Life focus group
The Greater Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group and integrated system partners are looking for care home managers, nurses and carers to be part of a Palliative Care and End of Life focus group. This group will look at how we can improve the palliative care and end of life experiences of our care home residents. The group will meet online via MS teams. Please contact Victoria Place, Enhanced Health in Care Homes Lead at Victoria.Place2@nhs.net
Skills for Care eNews - Week commencing 26th November
ReSPECT V3 Training Events – Book now
Further to the discussion at the EoL Board meeting, please see below the link to the ReSPECT V3 training events.
Community of Practice Newsletter – November 2020
See the most recent edition of the newsletter attached.
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