Care Matters Weekly: Friday 16 April 2021

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 16 April 2021, including information on: Free rapid testing for all Free PPE provision extended for care workers Weekly checklist resource […]

Published on 16/04/2021 in Care Matters Weekly | News

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 16 April 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.

Free rapid testing for all 

Everyone in England without symptoms is now able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week.

Given the critical role testing plays in helping to keep Adult Social Care (ASC) service users and staff safe, anyone working in adult social care who is not currently taking part in a regular testing regime should access tests through this link and test twice a week.

There’s more information available on the Sutton Care Hub.

Free PPE provision for care workers extended

Following the initial announcement in the adult social care winter plan of free PPE provision to health and social workers until March 2021, the scheme has been extended until the end of March 2022 to better support this critical stage for vaccination and mass testing programmes.

Weekly checklist resource for Care Homes 

We have produced this weekly checklist to assist care providers in meeting all their requirements when it comes to COVID-19 procedures.

The checklist covers everything from testing and outbreak management to infection prevention control and even has reminders of regular meetings and webinars which require your attendance.

It can be checked off digitally, as an interactive PDF, or easily printed and worked through manually. There is a download link below.

We hope this proves useful in helping you meet the requirements and in handing over progress between staff.

Care Home IPC Champions meeting – 26 April

We look forward to welcoming all Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Champions to our very first meeting on Monday 26 April 2021 at 2-3pm.

The meeting is for all IPC Champions (old and new) across S W London and the aim of the session is to lay out the role and responsibilities and discuss the tools and support services available to you.

Email helen.thurlow@swlondon.nhs.uk to join.

Supporting providers to recruit the best staff

We want to support you to recruit the best staff for all positions from management, to clinical staff, to carers, to administrative support. Therefore, we are currently working on a new section of the Sutton Care Hub focussed on recruitment.

The new Job Portal will list available jobs in the Care Sector from all providers across Sutton. Each care provider will have their own individual log in to post job vacancies. Candidates will be able to register and upload their CVs, or follow a link through to the provider’s website to apply for vacant posts. We want to make it easier for candidates to see all the opportunities which are available to them in Sutton, by putting them in one place. This will support our providers to get the right person for every role they have available. We will be working with you over the coming months to design the recruitment section of the site, including how it will link in to your existing websites / recruitment portals.

Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes with older adult residents

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus.

Making vaccines a condition of deployment would help to further protect older people living in care homes, who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, with some providers already implementing similar policies.

Experts on the social care working group of SAGE advise 80% of staff and 90% of residents need to be vaccinated to provide a minimum level of protection against outbreaks of COVID-19. Only 53% of older adult homes in England are currently meeting this threshold.

A 5-week consultation will be launched today looking at requiring care home providers, caring for older adults, to deploy only those workers who have received their COVID-19 vaccination to further protect residents who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, and staff.

It’s easier than ever to get the COVID-19 vaccine

The St Nicholas Shopping Centre in Sutton has been unveiled as south west London’s latest NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Sutton Council and NHS South West London CCG are making it easier and easier for care staff to get their vaccine to help Keep Sutton Safe.

The NHS has given over 2.5 million vaccinations across the capital – join the Londoners who have had their jab by booking your COVID vaccination appointment now. The sooner we get everyone vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to doing the things we love.

It’s vitally important you get your vaccine to keep yourself safe from the virus, to keep your families and colleagues safe, and to ensure those we care for are also protected.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and will save lives. If you have any concerns about getting the vaccine, speak to your GP or a healthcare professional.

Please be aware, the National Booking Service for first dose COVID-19 vaccinations is temporarily closed to residential and domiciliary care staff, health workers and unpaid carers (who are not already known to health and care services). The NHS has made this change because of anticipated vaccine supply levels through April. This decision will be reviewed.

Care staff and unpaid carers who need first doses can book through their employer or local GP. If you are waiting for your second dose, you will be contacted directly when it is available.

Upcoming training opportunities 

There are a number of free training courses coming up for nurses and senior carers to be aware of. All taking place at Sutton Civic Offices.

The training will be: Cardio-Respiratory Exam Masterclass (nurses only) and Phlebotomy and Injection Technique Workshop (nurses and senior carers).

You can find out more information on the Sutton Care Hub. Please contact the Care Home Support Team to book places: esth.carehomesupportteam@nhs.net

There is also a Medication Awareness for Home Care Providers, START and Adult Social Care session running on 28 April 2021, 9:30-12:30. Find out more on the Sutton Training website.

Fire Safety webinar: Keeping the Borough’s Population Safe

To commemorate International Firefighters Day (4 May 2021), the London Fire Brigade in conjunction with the Sutton Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) are hosting a webinar 10am-12pm.

The event will cover:

  • Learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)
  • When and how to refer a vulnerable adult for a Home Fire Safety Visit
  • Hoarding, Checklists and what to consider
  • Community Engagement Panel
  • Guidance on assessing fire risk for vulnerable people
  • Partnership and collaborative working to increase referrals and decrease risk

Please book your place on this training event to receive the Zoom meeting information.

Proud to Care London rewards scheme daily drop in sessions

London ADASS’ provider reference group members are running daily drop in sessions (Monday – Sunday from 12:00 – 12:30) to support all ASC staff to access the Proud to Care London rewards scheme. 

Capacity Tracker reporting second dose data required

From Thursday 15 April, additional questions will be added to Capacity Tracker to record the numbers of staff and (for care homes) residents who are known to have received their second dose of the COVID vaccinations. Additional questions will be added for care homes and hospices, homecare providers, and also the data submission from local authorities (COVID-19 Vaccination of Social Care Workers – LA Cohort 2 Additional Collection) which has been in place since February. As a reminder, councils are requested to update this submission on a weekly basis by 5pm on a Monday to feed into the national overview of progress. Data is published weekly and currently indicates very low cohort vaccination levels in some local authorities.

Further details on the second dose questions are attached

Please contact Capacitytracker-guidance@dhsc.gov.uk if you need further guidance.

Capacity Tracker webinar every week

Capacity Tracker Webinars for Care Homes are taking place at 2:00pm every Friday.

Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app 

Or call in (audio only) on +44 20 3794 0272

Phone Conference ID: 311 948 485#

Webinar: practical approaches to working with partners, Tuesday 20 April 11.00am

This Skills for Care hosted webinar will look at how the pandemic has helped adult social care providers establish new partners and successfully strengthen relationships with existing ones, including those outside the health and social care sector.

Recommended for frontline managers looking to work with partners to deliver high standards of care and support to local communities and beyond.

Register for the webinar.

Weekly webinar to support Care Homes

SW London CCG has organised a supportive webinar for Care Homes with COVID-19 outbreaks each Thursday between 1.00-1.40pm, which you should have all now been invited to.

Debbie Calver, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist will be available to answer any questions you may have.

The session is a safe place where you can drop in to discuss challenges you may be facing.

You do not need to stay for the whole session and you do not need to introduce yourself but we do ask if you can write your name in the chat box so that we can measure attendance.

COVID-19 vaccine resources in community 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.

Please watch this short video from London ADASS and share the link with your staff. 

#VaccinationsSaveLives

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Q&A with Care Homes

We are moving the Q&A sessions for all Care Homes to fortnightly to match the demand for sessions. Please see the Sutton Care Hub events calendar for which weeks the session is on. 

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 asc.providercomms@sutton.gov.uk 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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