Care Matters Weekly: Friday 5 March 2021

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 5 March 2021, including information on: Guidance on Care Home visiting Lateral flow testing of visitors in Care Homes Restricting workforce […]

Published on 5/03/2021 in Care Matters Weekly | News

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 5 March 2021, including information on:

There are updated testing Action Cards for Care Homes, Homecare and Outbreak Management available on the Sutton Care Hub.

Please share this information with your staff.

Guidance on Care Home visiting

Please see the latest update for guidance on Care Home visiting from the Department of Health and Social Care published on 4 March 2021.

Lateral flow testing of visitors in Care Homes

Please see updated guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, published on 2 March 2021 on Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in Care Homes. 

Restricting workforce movement between Care Homes

Please see updated guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, published on 3 March 2021 on guidance restricting workforce movement between Care Homes and other care settings.

Concerts for Care Homes 

Concerts for Care Homes, is an initiative set up to bring the joy of high-quality live music direct from the homes of some of the UK’s top musicians straight to care home residents – for free! The live concerts take place every Wednesday at 2.30pm. Find out more about the live concerts and how to access them.

Web of the week 

Web of the Week was set up last year to lift spirits and help the older generation with their digital skills by linking to free, interesting and uplifting things on the internet – from fun viral videos to the arts, history to comedy, gardening to travel. Every Sunday Web of the Week publishes 10 new links from a wide range of interest areas for the older generation to enjoy while improving digital skills. 

COVID-19 vaccine resources in foreign languages 

NHS staff have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English – in the capital to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine reach all Londoners.

If one of the featured languages is spoken by your staff, please consider sharing the videos (which are available to easily download) to encourage uptake of the vaccine. For ease, you could consider downloading and sharing via Whatsapp Web, which is a free version of the app on your desktop.

For more information, visit the news section of the Sutton Care Hub.

COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

As the vaccine continues to be rolled out across the Borough of Sutton, we know many of you are keen to be vaccinated, but that many of you also have questions about the vaccine. 

We have pulled together answers to the questions we hear most often. We will add to this as we hear from you. 

Please take the time to read the FAQs.

The COVID-19 vaccine pack for London Care Homes has also been updated.

Keeping staff safe: Risk assessment template 

Following the weekly Q&A with Care Homes on Wednesday 24 February, St Jude’s kindly offered to share their risk assessment template with other homes to ensure all measures are being taken to keep each other safe. 

Training for carers of people with learning disabilities

NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Programme is inviting family carers of people over the age of 16 to take part in a free training workshop to help them spot signs of deterioration and know what to do to get help. Please share with relevant staff.

The 90 minute sessions will run every working day from 23 February to 31 March 2021. Further information and details of how to book can be found on the online booking page: Identifying early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability (

Did you get Sutton Care Bulletin #2? 

The second edition of the Sutton Care Bulletin was published last month, so please make sure you have subscribed to receive future editions.

The Sutton Care Bulletin features a round up of good news stories and successes from across Sutton’s care sector, as well as useful information, guidance and resources.

An archive of previous editions can be found on the Sutton Care Hub.

Join the campaign to Keep Sutton Safe!

If you have had your jab and would like to help, please send a short video (or a selfie!) saying who you are, what you do and why you had the vaccine to and give your written consent for us to use it on the Sutton Care Hub and Sutton Council’s social media channels.

Staff at Gracewell of Sutton care home and colleagues in home care have had theirs and kindly shared photos and videos of themselves to help spread the word.

We are pleased to see the number of social care workers stepping up to get their COVID-19 vaccine to help Keep Sutton Safe.

Find out more about getting involved on the Sutton Care Hub news section.

Tell us what you think about the Sutton Care Hub 

As we move onto phases two and three of the website, we would like to get your feedback to ensure we are developing the Sutton Care Hub in a way which is most useful for you.

Please complete this short survey to let us know your thoughts.

Weekly Q&A with Care Homes

We are holding a weekly Q&A session for all Care Home Providers, every Wednesday 11am – 12pm, via Google meet. The session will give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss situations arising due to COVID-19. The session is optional, and you can drop in and out of the session as you are available.

If you have any questions you would like to share in advance of the session please send to and mark FOR Q&A LOG. Questions may be asked during the session which have not been submitted in advance, however please note we may need to come back to you with an answer at a later date.

Reminder: EU Settlement Scheme deadline fast approaching 

If you are an EU citizen, you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you want to continue to live, work and study in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you to continue to live, work and study here in the UK. It means you will continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. There’s more information available on the Sutton Care Hub.

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs, update from the CCG

We have daily Q&A sessions 3-4pm and 7-8pm where staff can come and raise questions on the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinicians will be available to help answer questions during those times. These sessions will be running at weekends too and can be accessed 

  • via this link: Click here to join the meeting 
  • or by dialling +44 20 3880 0300 or 0800 026 6146 (Freephone) and using the Phone Conference ID 354 457 979# 

You can access the previous webinars to watch on the COVID-19 Vaccine at the link below:

COVID-19 Q&A with Dr Agnelo Fernandes and COVID-19 experience shared by Erik Cortez

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A with Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Dr Aditi Shah and COVID-19 experience shared by Vanessa Vyapooree

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&As with a Focus on Allergies and Health Conditions with Dr Paul Riley and Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam

Young Fit and Healthy, Why do I need the COVID-19 Vaccine? With Dr Paul Riley, Gassan Yacob and COVID-19 experience shared by Erik Cortez

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