Care Matters Weekly: Friday 21 May 2021

21052021_Care Matters Weekly – template This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 21st May 2021, including information on: Updated guidance National booking service re-opens & vaccine resource update […]

Published on 21/05/2021 in News

21052021_Care Matters Weekly – template

This is the Care Matters Weekly update for Friday 21st May 2021, including information on:

Please share this information with your staff.

Updated guidance 

  • Care home residents will be allowed 5 named visitors from Monday 17 May
  • 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 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

National booking service re-opens & vaccine resource update

All eligible frontline care workers who have not already had their COVID-19 vaccine can book vaccinations online through the national booking service, or by contacting their GP.

When booking, appointments will be offered for vaccines recommended for you, based on your age, any underlying health conditions, or if you are pregnant.

Some care workers may still have questions about getting vaccinated. Join an interactive webinar with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr Nikita Kanani, Director of Primary Care at NHS England, 11am on Friday 21 May.

Our communications toolkit has also been updated with new resources highlighting the latest Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 40

Have you shared your views on ‘making vaccinations a condition of deployment for all care staff. Visit 

Open consultation – Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes to contribute. 

Please also note:

Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards

The below message is from Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care.

I am delighted to announce the first ever Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards, rewarding the outstanding contribution made by care workers and nurses in England. These awards, designated Gold and Silver, to be selected by a board which I will lead, celebrate the excellent care, leadership and inspiration shown to colleagues, patients and residents throughout the country. Use these Gold and Silver forms to submit your nominees. I’m confident the only problem you’ll have is trying to shortlist the many fantastic colleagues you have around you!

Read more at Deborah Sturdy’s award blog.

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs, update from the CCG

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.

The Department of Health and Social Care are also seeking views on making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes, you can access the public survey to submit your thoughts at the link below: Please note that this survey ends at 11.45pm on 21st May 2021. Please see: Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes

The Department of Health and Social Care is also 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 a 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:

There a two upcoming webinars on the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Covid vaccine Q&A for health and social care staff in London on Tuesday 25 May

On Tuesday 25 May, 12-1pm, NHS England London region is hosting a virtual Q&A session, where clinicians will be answering questions from staff on the Covid vaccine. All health and social care staff are welcome. Join the meeting here.

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

Please access our website available at

Please click link below to access the next Information Sharing Webinar for Care Homes on Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 11am until 12 noon.

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+44 20 3880 0300   United Kingdom, London (Toll)

Conference ID: 855 305 74#

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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. 

Update from London ADASS

Re-launching the Reward Scheme Drop-In sessions on Mon. / Wed. / Fri. from 12:00 – 12:30

We are re-launching the Reward Scheme Drop-In sessions to enable all individuals to get access to our great rewards like up to 6% off shops like Morrison’s, Sainsburys, Tesco and many more! Come join us and learn how to support your staff to sign on successfully. Sessions is at 12-12:30 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sessions can be attended by Field Care Supervisors / Team Leaders so they can support colleagues to register successfully and start reaping the benefits of this wonderful scheme. Click here to join the meeting

The Proud to Care Reward program

The Proud to Care Reward program is continuing to gather speed in terms of content and engagement.  In addition to the fantastic discounts on supermarkets, insurance and utilities now is the time to really start maximising savings as the retail, hospitality and leisure markets start to open up post lockdown restrictions.

In your downtime, on your way to work or on the weekend make sure you maximise savings in local and national chains, family favourites and if there is nothing taking your interest, don’t forget that you can actually nominate your own local discounts and family favourites via the portal.

Log in today and start making your money go further

Lanyards – Proud to Care will be delivered this week

Lanyards will be delivered to local areas this week. Please ensure that your local Proud to Care lead has added their information so that we can deliver the lanyards to you locally. Any queries, please email [email protected]

A year of 24/7 support for key workers

A year ago, leading mental health charities joined forces to launch Our Frontline, providing round-the-clock support for key workers. As life begins to return to normal for many, care workers are still carrying the pressure of what they have experienced.

So, when your mask comes off, take a deep breath and talk with someone that gets it. Click to read more about: Our Frontline offers 24/7 emotional support

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#

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.

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.

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