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COVID-19 Information for Care Homes

Public Health England and Government Guidance and Information

How to report cases of COVID-19

  • Guidance for care homes on how to report cases of COVID-19 - Public Health England letter and briefing paper for care homes - please use this briefing paper to know how to report cases of COVID-19 to Public Health England. Please note the email address in the briefing paper is incorrect, the email address for reporting cases of COVID-19 is phe.crc.eastmidlands@nhs.net.

Government guidance for care homes

Testing

  • Please visit the Testing information page for information on government guidance for care homes.
  • Sign up to regular care home testing webinars from the Department of Health and Social Care - The weekly webinars will now last 90 minutes and give detailed information about all aspects of care home testing, including: ordering tests, preparing for testing, test kit delivery, a test kit demonstration, testing certain care groups, registering test kits, booking your collection and results and what they mean for your home. To sign up to attend our new care home testing webinars click here: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1369434&tp_key=296e54cdc9 

Infection Prevention Control

National Capacity Tracker

  • Calling all Care Homes to sign up to the National Capacity Tracker. National reports show that Nottinghamshire care homes have responded well to the request to sign up to the Government’s Capacity Tracker.  It is clear, however, that there are still providers who have not registered. Please do this TODAY through the portal: https://carehomes.necsu.nhs.uk/register. Once you have registered, the government’s expectation is that the capacity tracker should be updated daily, or as often as possible.  It is important that ALL questions are answered.

Visiting care homes during coronavirus

NHS Guidance and Information

NHS Mail

NHS mail has been made available for Care Homes, please click here for more infomation.

 

Nottingham City Council Guidance and Information

  • Nottingham City Council have created an emergency food suply list for care homes struggling to get food deliveries, some of the suppliers are also able to deliver toiletries and cleaning products, please visit the food supplies for care homes page for the list.
  • Guidance on the transfer of individuals between residential /nursing settings during COVID19 period - The guidance document has been produced by Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Councils, in partnership with NHS colleagues sets out proposed arrangements for individuals who may sometimes need to move between settings when the placement no longer meets their needs.  This could include those who are in a residential home and require a nursing bed, or those whose behaviours are no longer manageable in the current setting. Historically these would be moved to a more suitable setting with family involvement and support from social care and health as necessary.  In the current climate there has been very little movement between care settings due to the COVID19 and there are patients who would normally have moved who are now in an inappropriate placement.

  • 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.

  • To find out how the latest information about PPE please visit www.asklion.co.uk/ppe

Other Guidance and Information

Preventing Infection

RESTORE 2

  • To provide support and guidance through COVID-19 and beyond the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCGs have partnered with East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative and Nottingham Alliance Training Hub to support care homes that do not currently use a tool for recognising deterioration in residents. This package is for all homes that do not currently use a deterioration tool or would like to know more about RESTORE2. RESTORE 2 can help you and your staff to spot deterioration from COVID-19 related illness or recognise non-COVID-19 related deterioration and act to decrease avoidable hospital admissions. For more information please view this communication to care homes.

Pastoral Support for Care Homes

  • Pastoral Support for Care HomesMany Care Homes and Sheltered Housing have well established links with local churches and other faith communities. At this time of increased demands and stresses there may be some who do not have such relationships. If you would appreciate some pastoral support from a local church, but do not have a contact please get in touch with us and we will try our best to link you up. Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  Catriona@southwell.anglican.org, Transforming Notts Together. Hannah.buck@transformingnottstogether

Dementia

Best Practice

Visiting Arrangements

Events and Webinars

  • Care Homes Safe Restart Programme - has been designed to directly respond in an agile way to the current challenges in the care home sector. The programme is delivered via a monthly rolling series of topical, time critical learning and sharing events, that are designed to offer support, guidance and learning in a condensed and practical way. For more information please see the Training, Events and Courses section on the Provider Corner.
  • Sign up to regular care home testing webinars from the Department of Health and Social Care - The weekly webinars will now last 90 minutes and give detailed information about all aspects of care home testing, including: ordering tests, preparing for testing, test kit delivery, a test kit demonstration, testing certain care groups, registering test kits, booking your collection and results and what they mean for your home. To sign up to attend our new care home testing webinars click here: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1369434&tp_key=296e54cdc9 

Seasonal Flu - preparing for vaccination for all care home staff

Please see the letter from Rosa Waddingham, Chief Nurse – Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS, Catherine Underwood, Corporate Director of People - Nottingham City Council and Melanie Brooks, Corporate Director of Adult Social Care – Nottinghamshire County Council.

This letter thanks care providers and their teams for all their hard work responding to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, explains the fatal consequences of flu and benefits of supporting the flu vaccination programme, this year in particular. Both the City and County Councils have identified improving the uptake for care home staff as a priority and outlines the flu vaccination campaigns that are being put in place to achieve this, which include how to access vaccinations, the Q&A sessions for frontline teams and dissemination of this ‘myth-busting’ video: https://we.tl/b-Jj0iGY1KbI.

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.

Visiting Arrangements for Care Homes

Online Toolkit for Care Homes and Homecare

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

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