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Please see below for the latest news and information relevant to the health and social care provider market.

Feb 2021: New National Recruitment Campaign Launched

National recruitment campaign briefing: working together to build a sustainable workforce

The next phase of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national adult social care recruitment campaign has now launched. The campaign is designed to inspire people with the right values and attitude to consider a career in care. The campaign will highlight the rewarding, varied and flexible roles available across the sector, as well as show people that all you need to start are the right qualities, as there’s training for everything else. It’s supported by the website:  Please see the Recruitment Campaign Briefing document for details on how you can use the campaign for your own recruitment activities.

For ideas and opportunities to learn from others and share your recruitment solutions:

Jan 2021: Latest Advice about COVID-19 for Care Providers

ASKLiON regularly updates information on COVID-19 for care providers, including the latest info on vaccinations, testing and specific information for care homes, home care organisations and day centres etc. We also provide some public facing information for Nottingham City residents, please see the links below:

Oct 2020: Midlands Learning Disability and Autism Registered Managers Network - launches 12th October 2020

On behalf of Tracy Keyes, the network’s chair, Skills for Care Midlands Team are delighted to promote the launch of the Midlands Learning Disability and Autism Registered Managers Network at 3-4.430pm on Monday 12th October 2020

This is an opportunity for managers of social care services for people with a learning disability/autism to:

  • connect and support each other
  • share knowledge and understanding
  • invite subject experts to meetings
  • focus on the particular challenges and skills needed to help people with learning disability/autism to have great lives

For an invitation to the session please register here: 

Please click here to view the agenda for the event.

Registered Managers Networks are run by and for managers and supported by Skills for Care.

Sept 2020: Launch of Health and Social Care Workers' Flu Vaccination Campaign

Public Health England, with support from NHS England and Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care, has launched the PR activity to support the Health and Social Care Workers (HSCWs) flu vaccination campaign.

The flu vaccine is the best way for HSCWs to protect themselves, their family and those they care for from the flu. This year, with coronavirus in circulation, it’s more important than ever that frontline HSCWs get their flu vaccination.

Campaign materials, including posters, leaflets and digital assets, are live on the Campaign Resource Centre ready to order, download, adapt or print locally.

August 2020: Nottinghamshire Registered Manager Network

For Registered Managers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Skills for Care supports over 150 networks for registered managers, covering every local authority area in England. They are chaired and led by registered managers, for registered managers. Networks offer peer support and access to experts, best practice
and information. The first Registered Manager Network in Nottinghamshire is being set up soon, with Giltbrook Care Home being the first to chair the network.

The first (Zoom) meeting, which will last an hour, will be an opportunity for registered managers to decide what you want from the Nottinghamshire network:

  • setting your agenda for meetings
  • how you want your voices to be heard locally
  • what you want to talk about
  • who you want to hear from
  • what support and resources you need
  • what information and advice is important to you to provide good services to the people you care for

There are over 150 Registered Managers Networks across England, run by and for managers and supported by Skills for Care Locality Managers. Skills for Care share Registered Managers’ challenges and concerns with the Department of Health and Social Care.  

There is more information about Registered Managers Networks in this flyer or you can check out Skills for Care’s website here   

March 20: Latest Advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please visit ASKLiON's dedicated pages on the coronavirus for providers, including FAQs and contact details for any queries.

Feb 20: The Consent Coalition has launched!

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 they choose to report to the Police or not.

Please click here for further information about the Consent Coalition.

Nov 19: Prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes - Quick Guide for Homecare Managers

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has published a quick guide for home care managers detailing how to help to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes.

For a vulnerable person, living in a cold home increases their chance of serious illness or death. They are at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, breathing problems, flu, depression and falls.

Home care managers need to ensure that care staff can recognise people at risk and that they know how to document and share concerns appropriately.

The guide covers:

Home care managers can take some simple steps to help care staff by having a plan that includes:

  • Contact details for reporting concerns to local authority health and housing services 
  • Details of local sources of advice and support that can be shared with vulnerable people
  • A training plan for care staff that covers recognising those at risk, considering and assessing vulnerability and how to document and share concerns appropriately

ASKLiON have pulled together local sources of support including contact details to help home care providers. To access this document please click here.

To access the guide on the SCIE website please click here.

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