Care Matters Weekly: Friday 14 May 2021

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 14th May 2021, including information on: Updated guidance Weekly Information Sharing FAQs, update from the CCG Using the Sutton Care Hub […]

Published on 14/05/2021 in News

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 14th May 2021, including information on:

Please share this information with your staff.

Updated guidance 

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

  • Care home residents will be allowed 5 named visitors from Monday 17 May, up from 2 currently
  • Self-isolation no longer required following visits to GPs, dentists and day centres
  • Visits will only pause for a minimum of 14 days rather than 28 days following an outbreak

For more information please see: More restrictions eased for care homes

For full guidance on visiting from DHSC please see: Guidance on care home visiting

For full guidance on arrangements for visit out of the care home: Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs, update from the CCG

Information from 07/05

The Department of Health and Social Care are seeking views on making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes, you can access the public survey to submit your thoughts here. Further information about this can be accessed at: Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes

Following the easing of some restrictions on 12th April, as part of government’s planned roadmap out of the current lockdown, The Department of Health and Social Care have updated their Mental Capacity Act and deprivation of liberty safeguards during the pandemic guidance and additional guidance in relation to advice for professionals visiting care homes and hospitals to say that visits by professionals can occur when needed and that they should be supported wherever it is possible to do so safely. This guidance is now in line with wider guidance on care home visiting and guidance on testing for professionals visiting care homes, which were both updated on the 22nd April, reminding people that they should work closely with care homes to decide if visiting is appropriate, that they should be tested on the door of the first care home they visit that day, and that testing is only one part of the approach to reduce risk.

Any questions around COVID-19 Vaccines please do not hesitate to contact: Care [email protected]

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Information from 14/05

Thank you very much to those of you who were able to attend this week’s Information Sharing Webinar for Care Homes. The format of the FAQs has been changed to enable an easier read, please share the FAQs weekly with your staff in the care home.

Please note next week, we will not be holding an information sharing session webinar due to theconcurrent PHE webinar on implementing the How to Work Safely in care homes guidance on Tuesday 18th May 10:30-12pm we encourage you to sign up to this FREE training session to access. Please see the below information, and link to the registration page.

‘’PHE webinar on implementing the ‘How to Work Safely in care homes in England’ guidance – Chaired by DHSC Social Care Chief Nurse, Deborah Sturdy fFor care home managers in England and those applying the guidance) – Tuesday 18th May from 10:30-12pm

Following feedback from guidance users across the adult social care sector, PHE have revised the ‘How to Work Safely in Care Homes’ guidance published on 6th April 2021, including clarifying when to change the facemask after delivering personal care. The updated guidance is currently going through clearance and is expected to be published shortly.

PHE will be hosting a webinar to support care home managers and other guidance users to implement the forthcoming revised COVID-19 ‘How to work safely in care homes’ guidance. This will include a presentation on how to apply the guidance to different scenarios and a Q&A session with the panel. To pre-register for an invitation, please click here: PHE COVID -19 webinar on implementing the HTWS in care homes PPE guidance Tickets, Tue 18 May 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

The Department of Health and Social Care is conducting a review into ongoing costs for infection prevention and control as they consider options for when current funding runs out at the end of June. The Dept wants to ensure the review is directly informed and influenced by the experience of providers who are presently receiving IPC funding. This is really good opportunity for provider voices to be heard by those making a decision on the funding arrangements.  To gather this information the Dept has created a survey which all providers are being invited and encouraged to complete. Hopefully a lot of this information will be to hand from their IPC returns to LA. The survey is at:

Last Week we held a Q&A session on the COVID-19 Vaccine which was translated into Polish please see the link below to view.

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&As with Dr Patrick Gibson and Dr Marek Jarzembowski with Polish translation

Any questions around COVID-19 Vaccines please do not hesitate to contact: Care [email protected]

Please access our website available at

Using 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. 

Sutton Health and Care Training 2021

This series of training sessions has been designed to support professionals providing care for local residents in the London Borough of Sutton. To register on the online booking system, use this link Sutton Partnership – Learning Management System. All sessions are classroom based and the details about the venue are on the booking system.

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#

Vaccine information in different community languages

This week we add to our COVID-19 Vaccine page  resources around the COVID-19 vaccine in different languages. Please click here to access.

Reminder: EU Settlement Scheme deadline fast approaching (Under 50 days left)

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.

Updated Infection Prevention & Control Core Skills Training

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