Care Matters Weekly: Friday 23 April 2021

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 23 April 2021, including information on: Introducing the Sutton Care Hub Job Portal Updated guidance Latest COVID-19 vaccine information: National Booking […]

Published on 23/04/2021 in Care Matters Weekly | News

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 23 April 2021, including information on:

Please share this information with your staff.

Introducing the Sutton Care Hub Job Portal

To support Sutton’s care providers to recruit the best staff for all positions from management, to clinical staff, carers and administrative support, we have created the Sutton Care Hub Job Portal.

This new section of the website will allow providers to list available jobs in one central location, which potential employees can then publicly access allowing them to submit their applications, streamlining the recruitment processes across the care sector in Sutton. 

More information about the new section, including login details, has been emailed to providers. 

Updated guidance 

The government has updated guidance for a number of areas. Please make sure you are aware of the latest advice.

Latest COVID-19 vaccine information: National Booking System, fertility and pregnancy 

Access to the National Booking Service (or by calling 119) has been reinstated to health and social care workers wanting to self-refer for their COVID-19 vaccine.

The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.

The NHS have also updated their COVID-19 FAQs around fertility and pregnancy.

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.

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.

Upcoming training opportunities 

National Diabetes Care Home Training Programme

Sanofi Cares has 100 fully funded places available for diabetes training each month. We recommend that at least two members of staff per care home complete the training and up to maximum of four.

Once staff are registered, they will be sent log-in details and have up to three months to access the platform and complete the training.

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. 

Access to Capacity Tracker data and reports

From 13 April, Capacity Tracker data will be made available to all provider groups, giving reports at organisation level and National level.  We are also introducing a new report; Comparative Analysis, which will allow users to view their location data against a local or regional geographical data set

If you are a registered manager you will be able to access the invites for six scheduled webinars, during April, by logging in to the Sutton Care Hub. These will provide the opportunity of a walk-through of the new functionality and will aid understanding of the benefits that this new access will bring providers as well as the opportunity to ask questions about the changes. 

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#

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.

Subscribe to the Sutton Care Bulletin! 

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. Please make sure you have subscribed to receive future editions.

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

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.

Q&A with Care Homes

The Q&A sessions for all Care Homes now take place monthly, to match the demand for sessions. We will also host a quarterly forum with providers. Invites will be sent to all managers. 

Please see the Sutton Care Hub events calendar for which dates the sessions are on. They Q&As will be on the third Wednesday of each month.

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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