Information and best practice for Nottingham city health and social care frontline workers.
Do you know that removing a condom during sex without consent is rape? Do you know that you need to get consent for sexual activity even if you are in a relationship?
These questions and others are set to be tackled by what is believed to be the country’s first multi-agency approach to consent, sexual violence and abuse.
On the 3rd February the Consent Coalition launched to co-inside with National Sexual Violence Awareness week! The Consent Coalition is made up of many organisations, including specialist sexual violence sector organisations, statutory services and universities.
Together the Consent Coalition is working to:
- Raise awareness of the importance of consent
- Challenge myths about rape and sexual violence
- Encourage survivors to access support and/or make a report, if they choose to do so
Alongside the consent campaign, the Consent Coalition has also created a booklet called Your Journey, which is a guide for survivors of sexual violence on the range of support and reporting options available, whether or not they choose to report to the Police.
Please click here for further information about the Consent Coalition.
9 Nottingham City Council homecare colleagues have been issued with their own electric bike to use for work in an exciting pilot project. The helping hand provided by the electric motor means hills and long distances are much less of an effort and colleagues can get to their destination speedily and invigorated.
The benefits of this project are expected to be far reaching. Quite quickly, we’ll see improvements in the health and fitness of our cycling colleagues, as well as their wellbeing being positively affected by not being stuck in traffic. Citizens will also benefit as we’ll be able to provide more accurate timings for when they can expect their Homecare visit. Travelling from one side of the city to the other will not be as feasible for colleagues on bikes, so we will be clustering visits into areas for these colleagues, creating regular routes which means citizens will see some friendly faces on a more regular basis. In addition, removing the need for car ownership from the role specification will open our Homecare roles up to more people.
Our local environment will also benefit from this project as we remove 9 cars from circulation during the working day. It will contribute to our ambitions of cleaner air for our city. And although financial benefits won’t be seen immediately, in a year or two this project will be paying for itself.
Our 9 colleagues will be responsible for the maintenance, security and charging of their bikes. We have provided them with protective equipment, panniers on the bikes for equipment and cycle training from Ridewise.
Such has been the positive impact of the new bikes that more colleagues are coming forward to request a bike. The fantastic news is that we are looking to expand the project later this year.
For more information about this pilot project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed without any medical reason. FGM is usually carried out on girls before puberty starts, sometimes before the age of 12 months. FGM is irreversible and very painful, it can be harmful to the health and wellbeing of women and girls. It can also lead to problems with sex, childbirth and menstruation. FGM has no health benefits for the woman.
FGM is a hidden issue which often only comes to light when related health problems occur or the woman is pregnant. It is against the law in the UK, Europe and many African countries to perform or facilitate this procedure. The practice became illegal in the UK in1985 (The Prohibition of Circumcision Act 1985).More recently the Female Genital Mutilation Act (2003) makes it illegal for any residents of the UK to perform or facilitate FGM within or outside the UK. The punishment for violating the 2003 Act carries 14 years imprisonment, a fine or both. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human right of girls and women.
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City University London (2015) “Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in England and Wales: National and local estimates” https://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/282388/FGM-statistics-final-report-21-07-15-released-text.pdf
SCIE and NICE have published a leaflet about the use of covert medication in care homes and homecare settings.
Adults should not be given medicines covertly unless they have been assessed as lacking the mental capacity to make decisions about their health or medicines. If they lack capacity to make these decisions and it is assessed as being in their best interests, they may need to be given medicines without their knowledge or consent (e.g. hidden in food or drink).
Care staff need to be aware of the Mental Capacity Act and its Code of Practice and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to protect both the person and themselves.
To find out further information please see the leaflet available on the right hand side of the webpage.
If a person you come into contact with through your job role are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, then they can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
The EU Settlement Scheme is open and people are able to apply now if they meet the criteria.
The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
The application is very simple, details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/eligibility