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COVID-19 Other Information for the Care Sector

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Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021

Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund: round 3

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 extension to Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021

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Sets out the measures that the extension to the Infection Control and Testing Fund supports, including distribution of funds, conditions and reporting requirements. We’ve extended the fund until 30 September 2021.

Adult Social Care Update 18.8.21 - self isolation guidance special

 Please click this link for the latest edition of the Adult Social Care Update.

This special edition is dedicated to updated self-isolation guidance for care staff, care home residents and those working in or receiving care in supported living settings.

Also, below is a letter from Claire Armstrong, Director, Adult Social Care Delivery, Department of Health & Social Care, explaining the background to the latest changes, and an updated Q&A. The general resource page is here. Specific links below: 

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants Resources and Guidance

  • The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership have been updating their webpage on COVID-19 daily with resources and guidance in relation to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the East Midlands, as well as those working with and supporting them. These resources are available to be saved and shared widely.

Business Support and the Coronavirus

The document below details what business support is available to care providers and how to access it.

Care Providers - Business Support and the Coronavirus

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Are you or someone you know Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)? 

If so please look at the CEV information on Nottingham City Council's website to find out more.

COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ setting out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England.

Dementia Wellbeing in the COVID-19 pandemic

Dementia wellbeing in the COVID-19 pandemicNHS guidance to support your service.

Discounts for Carers Website

Domestic and Sexual Violence Information for Professionals

Equation: Domestic and Sexual Violence

Equation are now acting as the single point of contact for coordinating domestic and sexual violence services and advice for professionals and communities.

Please visit Equation's website for information for professionals and information on reducing the risk for survivors.

Crime and Drugs Partnership

Information and specialist support for a range of issues including substance use, gambling and domestic abuse.

Government Guidance

Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

Drugs and Alcohol Information for Professionals

Easy Read Guidance for Coronavirus

An easy read guidance document explaining coronavirus has been produced for communities.


Health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping - Government Guidance

Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney

NHS and social care staff: check if a COVID-19 patient has an attorney or deputy

Find out about the information we have on our registers and how NHS staff and local authorities in England and Wales can ask us for it.

Leaving Hospital to go to another Place of Care: Patient Leaflet

Leaving hospital to go to another place of care: patient leaflet

Leaflet given to patients before they are discharged to another place of care.

Looking After Family and Friends When They Leave Hospital Leaflet

Looking after friends or family when they leave hospital: leaflet

Leaflet for the family and friends of a person who needs ongoing care and support after leaving hospital.

Management of Medicines Guidance

Guidance for the Management of Medicines in Social Care Establishments

This document provides procedural guidance on managing medicines, primarily within care homes, but the principles can be applied to any social care settings where medications are ordered, stored and administered e.g. day services.

It has been developed to help service providers meet the requirements of current legislation, the Care Quality Commissions (CQC) five key questions and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on Managing Medicines in Care Homes (SC1). It also includes learning from medication incidents that have occurred and interpretation of common scenarios that staff may face when dealing with medication.

Masks: Mask Fit Training

Fit Testing is only for the FFP2, FFP3 and their equivalents e.g. N95. These should only be used for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) and these masks cannot be used without Fit Testing.

Details of the company doing mask fit training is below:

Dane at Essential Site skills:

NHS Mail for Social Care Providers

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is a really helpful, annual self-assessment for health and care organisations. It is a pre-requisite for access to NHS systems, including NHSmail and Proxy Access to GP records.

NHSX are announcing two changes in relation to the DSPT for adult social care providers.

1. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic care providers are able to access NHSmail without the need to complete the DSPT. The original deadline for this waiver was 31 March 2021. The waiver has now been extended to 30 June 2021.

2. A new ‘Approaching Standards’ status will be introduced on 5 March 2021 and Entry Level will be removed.

NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS volunteers extend support to frontline health and social care staff

Frontline health and care staff will be able to access support from the hundreds of thousands of NHS volunteer responders.

Access via the portal for NHS Volunteer Responders.

NHS Volunteer Responders open to referrals from housing professionals

Social housing and other providers can now directly refer tenants who need help with collecting shopping, medicines or other essentials for support from the NHS Volunteer Responders. The scheme will continue to be in place until at least December 2020.
Further details on who can receive support and how to refer:

Nottingham City Council Statement of Support

Please click here for Nottingham City Council's statement of support provided to contracted and non contracted providers during COVID-19.

Online Toolkit for Care Homes and Home Care

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System have created a live online toolkit for care homes and home care providers.

The Toolkit provides an overview of 11 key areas care home and homecare staff should be familiar with;

1) Admission and discharge criteria;
2) Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) including palliation and end of life plans;
3) Medications and symptom management;
4) Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures;
5) Timely access to and correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
6) Testing and swabbing;
7) Death verification;
8) Access to emergency grief and bereavement support.
9) System Pathway alternatives
10) NHS Mail
11) Communication Channels

Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus

Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.

Oxygen Therapy: Guidance documents on use of Oxygen therapy outside acute settings during the COVID 19 pandemic

The documents below have been developed by NHS Clinical Networks to support clinical decision making in the use of oxygen therapy for specific patient groups or settings.

‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges

‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges

Optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.

Recruiting During COVID-19: Sharing Recruitment Solutions

Skills for Care have collated some recruitement solutions on their website, see info below:

Recruiting new workers can be challenging at any time, but during the COVID-19 pandemic this challenge has been even greater. We know that the sector has developed some innovative solutions over the past months; employer-led or led by local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local care associations or other local partnerships.

We’ve worked together with the Local Government Association, the Care Provider Alliance and ADASS to share examples, please see the Skills for Care website for further details.

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19).

RideWise Emergency Bank for Essential Workers

RideWise have opened an Emergency Bike Bank to support essential workers in Nottingham(shire) during this crisis. RideWise is offering essential workers who are struggling to get to their homes, communities or workplaces a free bike to help them get around.  As a charity that have been a part of this community for over 15 years RideWise is committed to helping where they can because transport will become a major barrier for people without cars.  

People can email RideWise at and they'll match people with a suitable reconditioned and serviced bike to keep them moving (while our stocks last) - which will be increasingly important as public transport service reductions come into force across the City and County.

For more information please view this communiction from RideWise.

Safe and Well Checks: Online Referral Process

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service have a new online referral system for professionals requesting a ‘Self and Well check’.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are pleased to announce a new online referral process for Safe and Well visit requests from our professional partners for residents of Nottinghamshire who are, or maybe, at an increased risk of fire. The Service website will now have a separate area for ‘professionals only referrals’ that incorporates our fatal fire CHARLIE matrix: it can be accessed here:

You will need the following credentials to make the referral:- 

Agency Code:         agency

Password:               CharliePMx1

If you require any further assistance please contact:


Please be aware that there have been a number of scams targeting vulnerable people that have been reported to Nottingham City Council.

The scams involve someone:

  • Watching carers come and go from service users homes and knocking and telling the service user that the government has sent them to do their shopping.
  • Someone turning up at the house of a service user and telling them they have come to spray the house due to coronavirus and try to extract payment.

Please also see our dedicated page on scams for the public.

Sexual Health Information for Professionals

Please find links to flowcharts detailing the triage system for people wanting sexual health information and support:

Supported Living Guidance

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for providers of supported living settings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings

Guidance on regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.

TLAP Report on Impact of Covid-19 on People Who Access Care and Support

TLAP insight group report, A Telling Experience,

The report looks at the impact of Covid-19 on people who access care and support – a rapid evidence review with recommendations. 

Top Tips for Care Settings from Public Health

Please find our “Top tips” for care settings from Public Health. 

We would encourage you to display this poster in a prominent place within your office/staff rooms and circulate with your staff. 

Translations: Coronavirus Campaign Materials

Nottingham City Council have a page dedicated to coronavirus campaign materials that have been produced in multiple languages and formats.

Please visit:

Vaccination Programme

Please visit the Vaccination Programme and Guidance page for information 

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations - Financial Support and Guidance

Volunteering - Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic.

Workforce Capacity Fund

Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care

Information for local authorities and adult social care providers on the £120 million Workforce Capacity Fund during coronavirus (COVID-19).

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