Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Thursday 2nd December 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
Book your vaccination appointment online
You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online if it’s been 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:
- A frontline health or social care worker
You will be offered appointment dates from 182 days (6 months) after the date of your 2nd dose.
You need to book 1 appointment for 1 booster dose.
If you’re eligible for a booster dose and you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait 4 weeks (28 days) before getting a booster dose. This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the positive test if you did not have any symptoms. Book or manage a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Urgent Survey Completion – FAO All Nursing Home Providers
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS are undertaking a piece of work to further understand difficulties with Nurse availability across social care. Please complete this short survey, all responses will be anonymous, and the information will allow us to support Nursing providers. We would also like to hear your views and suggestions for practical support which you think would help in an urgent situation. Without this survey being completed we will be unable to understand the challenges across the county. Thank you. https://forms.office.com/r/i4CNt3U2pd
FAO Care Home Managers/Care Home Providers
Please find attached letter from the Department of Health & Social Care regarding vaccination exemption evidence.
How to take a stool sample Guidance
Please find attached guidance.
Staff Movement Guidance Updates
The guidance for care home providers on restricting staff movement has been updated. The guidance recognises that movement continues to be a concern for transmission of infection between settings. It therefore continues to advise care home providers to limit routine staff movement between care homes and other health and care settings. For more information, please see here.
COVID-19 Vaccination as Condition of Deployment: Q&A
The Care and Provider Alliance (CPA)’s COVID-19 vaccination as condition of deployment Q & A has been updated following the Government’s announcement on 9 November 2021 that it intends to legislate to make COVID vaccination a condition of deployment in health and the wider social care sector. CPA is developing a separate Q&A for other social care providers that will be affected by the extension of requirements to their services. This Q&A only relates to care homes. COVID-19 vaccination as condition of deployment: Q & A - Care Provider Alliance
Advice from Infection Prevention Control for staff who are Car Sharing
- Open windows for ventilation
- Wear a face mask
- Keep to one person per row on opposite sides
- ‘Gel’ hands before and after the journey
- Talk loudly, shout or sing
- Face each other
In response to the detection of the new variant ‘Omicron’ of the Covid-19 virus the following guidance has been updated
Changed guidance: Management of exposed healthcare workers and patients in hospital https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings
2.5.1 Exemptions from self-isolation if a staff member is fully vaccinated[footnote 1] and is identified as a contact of a case
Staff members notified that they are a contact of a COVID-19 case are not required to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated, unless they are identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. They should inform their line manager or employer immediately if they are required to work in the 10 days following their last contact with a COVID-19 case.
If the staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 during this period, follow the guidance in section 2.1.
The majority of fully vaccinated health and social care staff will be able to continue in their usual role. The following apply to staff returning to work following this exemption:
- the staff member should not have any COVID-19 symptoms
- the staff member should not be a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 or have any travel related isolation requirements.
- the staff member should immediately arrange for a PCR test, either through their workplace arrangements or via the NHS Test and Trace service, and the result of this PCR test should be negative prior to returning to work
- following the negative PCR result, the staff member should undertake an LFD antigen test every day for the 10 days following their last contact with the case (even on days they are not at work)
- if a staff member has had a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the past 90 days, they should not have a PCR test and should only undertake daily LFD antigen tests
- on days the staff member is working, the LFD antigen test should be taken before starting their shift, and the result should be negative
- the staff member should comply with all relevant infection control precautions and PPE should be worn properly throughout the day
- if the staff member works with patients or residents who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 (as determined by the organisation), a risk assessment should be undertaken, and consideration given to redeployment during their 10 day self-isolation period
If any of the above cannot be met, the staff member should isolate for the full 10-day period. Additional mitigations may be put in place by employers in different settings for fully vaccinated staff who are identified as household contacts. Refer to organisational guidance as necessary.
Inpatients who have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 should ideally be isolated separately.
If inpatients are discharged to care settings, they should be advised to remain isolated from others for the remainder of their 14-day-exposure window. If they are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated refer to admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19 for further information
3.2 Isolation requirements for residents of social care settings who are identified as contacts of a case of COVID- 19
Residents who are known to have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case should be isolated or cohorted for 14 full days after their last exposure to a COVID-19 case. If they are cohorted, this should only be with other residents who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but who have also been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. This also applies to residents who have previously recovered from COVID-19.
Residents who have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of Omicron variant SARS-CoV-2, should be isolated separately.
Asymptomatic and fully vaccinated residents will not require self-isolation if certain additional mitigations are in place, unless they are identified as a contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant SARS-CoV-2. Refer to the guidance on admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19 for further information.
Training events, webinars and support links:
Collaborative Care Forum- Tuesday 14th December 13:30-15:00
- News & Updates
- IPC Champions Network
- PPE Portal Feedback
- IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) – we provide free therapy for conditions such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and many other common mental health problems. Find out what support is available for residents and staff.
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+44 20 3855 5316,,904042810# United Kingdom, London
Phone Conference ID: 904 042 810#
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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.
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