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1st Dec 2020: 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

1st Dec 2020: Updates to Care Homes and Home Care Toolkit

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

1st Dec 2020: Update to Visiting Arrangements in Care Homes Guidance

Visiting arrangements in care homes - Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents.

1st Dec 2020: Government guidance published - arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Sets out how care homes can support residents of working age on visits outside of the care home.

1st Dec 2020: Skills for Care Workforce Wellbeing Offer

Please find an e-bulletin from Skills for Care that details suppprt that is available for registered managers.

27th Nov 2020: PHE publishes COVID-19 vaccine guidance for health and social care workers

PHE publishes COVID-19 vaccine guidance for health and social care workers

Public Health England (PHE) has published new guidance to support frontline workers in delivering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to the most vulnerable.

27th Nov 2020: CQC Report - Infection prevention and control in care homes during the pandemic

We've shared our findings from our special programme of infection prevention and control (IPC) inspections of care homes in a new report, published as part of COVID-19 Insight.

During August 2020, we carried out a special programme of IPC inspections in 301 care homes selected as potential examples of where IPC was being done well. We also reviewed IPC in 139 ‘risked-based’ inspections between 1 August and 4 September, which were carried out in response to concerns about safety and quality. 

The report, How care homes managed infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic 2020, includes what we have seen and what care home providers have told us has worked, and what has caused them challenge through the pandemic.

 

26th Nov 2020: Tier 3 Very High Restrictions for Nottingham from 2nd December

Full list of local restriction tiers by area

This page sets out the full list of local restriction tiers by area from Wednesday 2 December 2020.

23rd Nov 2020: Covid-19 Winter Plan and Tier Restrictions from 2nd December

COVID-19 Winter Plan

The government's plan for managing COVID-19 through the winter.

Tier posters: Medium, High and Very High

A series of posters displaying information about the various tiers of restrictions in England from 2 December 2020.

Local restriction tiers: what you need to know

Sets out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.

20th Nov 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff.

Homecare workers to be tested weekly for COVID-19

Care workers looking after people in their own homes will be offered weekly coronavirus tests from Monday, the government has announced.

19th Nov 2020: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – communication letter to care homes

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – communication letter to care homes

Please find a letter detailing the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

17th Nov 2020: Care Badges for Nottinghamshire Care Providers

Are you thinking about Care Badges for your workforce?

CQC registered services will be able to apply for the badges here https://badges.adultsocialcare.uk/ at no cost.

16th Nov 2020: Update to order limits on PPE Portal

PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Page summary
Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Change made
Updated order limits for domiciliary care providers and children’s residential special schools.

 

16th Nov 202: Covid-19 Vacine - Stakeholder Briefing

Please find a stakeholder update from NHS England and Improvement issued week commencing 9 November 2020 on the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme.

13th Nov 2020: Government Consultation on Stopping Movement of Staff between Care Settings

Open consultation - Stopping movement of staff between care settings

We want your views on plans to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections by making residential and nursing care home providers restrict the movement of care staff.

This consultation closes at midday on 23 November 2020

12th Nov 2020: 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. 

A FAQ document to follow soon.

12th Nov 2020: Changes to questions for care homes in Capacity Tracker from 9 November

There has been a review of the questions currently completed as part of the Infection Control Fund conditions and wider infection prevention measures. As a result, some existing questions have been removed, some re-worded and some new questions added and are intended to improve understanding of delivery against the actions set out in the Adult Social Care Winter Plan. New questions cover the following areas:

  • Limiting the use of public transport by members of staff
  • Staff choosing to stay separately from their families
  • Residents receiving visitors
  • Regular weekly testing of staff for COVID-19.

 
The majority of the questions form part of a weekly submission, with some requiring an update on a monthly basis only. All providers are required to review and update responses to the questions each week/month and to confirm this has been done. The questions are being introduced this week.   For any queries, please contact: necsu.capacitytracker@nhs.net

12th Nov 2020: New Quick SCiE Guide: Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19

Quick guide: Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19

This quick guide will help home care workers and personal assistants (PAs) to provide care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19. It explains what to expect as these people return to their lives at home under new circumstances. Involvement of families, friends and personal networks should be central to providing appropriate care and support.

10th Nov 2020: 6 simple steps to free PPE

Accessing PPE - 6 simple steps to free PPE

The following applies to all CQC and OFSTED registered Residential and Domiciliary Care Providers.

The Central Government PPE portal can be used by all adult social care homes and domiciliary care providers to order PPE for COVID-19 requirements. Aprons, gloves, Type IIR masks, hand hygiene and visors are available to be ordered weekly.

For further information please visit the PPE information page on ASKLiON.

6 simple steps to free PPE

10th Nov 2020: IPC Update from the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Infection Prevention Control Update from the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

These remain difficult times for us all and unfortunately community cases of COVID-19 in the local areas remain high so we all need to continue to maintain good IPC practices to prevent the spread of infection. The communication comes from our learning from outbreaks experienced across the area this week.

10th Nov 2020: Update on Vinyl Gloves

The updated national guidance states different gloves can be used for different purposes in care homes and home care. However, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council are providing Nitrile gloves, rather than Vinyl gloves, as we believe these are the most appropriate for use in care homes and home care due to their durability. You can find more information at the links below:

9th Nov 2020: Department of Health and Social Care - Care Home Testing Update

Department of Health and Social Care - Care Home Testing Update

Regular coronavirus testing update for care home managers in England.

In this week’s update:

  • Planning for testing over Christmas
  • New improvement: 119 Coronavirus Contact Centre for care homes
  • Final call: Return recalled Randox test kits
  • Reminder: Summary of useful links
  • Reminder: Sign up to attend our weekly testing webinars

5th Nov 2020: New quick guide: Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19

Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19

This quick guide will help home care workers and personal assistants to provide care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19. It explains what to expect as these people return to their lives at home under new circumstances

4th Nov 2020: ADASS Advice Note - Infection Control, Essential Visiting and Human Rights in Care Homes

Please read this advice note which has been developed by ADASS for DASSs in relation to thinking about care home visits from a Human Rights perspective, to support them in fulfilling their Public Sector Equalities Duty as well as requirements in the Care Act 2014 relating to personalised approaches and wellbeing.  This of course sits alongside infection control arrangements that equally supports the right to life. This isn’t about two opposing sides: public health versus resident rights; these are not mutually exclusive.

2nd Nov 2020: Update to Guidance for Home Care and Care Homes re Gloves

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

Page summary
A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Change made
Updated guidance on the use of gloves.

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Page summary
Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

Change made
Updated guidance on use of gloves.

1st Nov 2020: Temporary approval to suspend the need for signatures on prescriptions, dental and ophthalmic forms

Temporary approval to suspend the need for signatures on prescriptions, dental and ophthalmic forms

Temporary approval to suspend the need for patients to sign prescription, dental and ophthalmic forms for a period of 5 months to 31 March 2021.

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