Care Matters Weekly: Friday 11 June 2021

Please share this information with your staff. Reminder: EU Settlement Scheme deadline fast approaching (2 weeks remaining) COVID-19 Vaccine More than half of UK adults have been vaccinated with second […]

Published on 11/06/2021 in News

Please share this information with your staff.


Reminder: EU Settlement Scheme deadline fast approaching (2 weeks remaining)

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

COVID-19 vaccine

More than half of UK adults have been vaccinated with second dose

More than half of all UK adults have received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest figures show, as the vaccination programme continues at pace.

Care staff, yet to receive their first or second dose, are urged to book their appointments now. High uptake of the vaccine increases protection for themselves, their colleagues and those they care for, and helps limit the spread of COVID-19 variants in the wider population. 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. 

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. For more information on the vaccination programme’s progress please see the latest press release,

Walk in Vaccine centre (Health & Social Care Staff ONLY) – St Nicholas Shopping Centre

The coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective and remains our best protection against Covid-19 and the surest route to a return to normal life. Across Sutton, we have now delivered over 100,000 vaccinations.

If you are a front-line health or care worker you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination, but haven’t got around to booking your appointment, come along to the St Nicholas Shopping Centre, you do not need an appointment.

Please bring proof of employment like your work ID badge and a letter from your employer to confirm your eligibility as a front-line health or care worker. Front-line health and social care staff can use the National Booking System to book a specific appointment at a wide range of vaccine centres aswell. You can do this by visiting this webpage or by calling 119.  The full list of South West London vaccination centres is available here.

St Nicholas Shopping Centre, SM1 1AY is open 8am – 6:30pm.

The site can be accessed at two main doors at either end of the centre with both entrances being suitable for wheelchairs. It can also be reached from the St Nicholas car park which has a walkway across the main road with direct access to the first floor of the centre. Lifts are also available. 


Updated Guidance

Updated Guidance – Care Homes

Updated ‘How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance’. The guidance has been updated to reflect the change in procedure of reporting COVID-19 cases and outbreak management in care homes. Please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes for more information.

Updated Guidance – Transitional safeguarding

A joint, independent briefing explaining how adult social work can help support and protect young people as they move into adulthood has been published on GOV.UK. The authors believe it is essential to develop approaches promoting continuity of care, and an awareness of a young person’s changing needs, as adult support takes over from children’s services.

Guidance on the admission and care of residents in care homes and shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable has also been updated.Please see more Guidance and regulation


Information sharing

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs from SWLCCG

Thank you very much to those of you who attended last 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.

Attached to this email you will find the weekly information sharing FAQs DHSC How to Work Safely (care homes) guidance ’Frequently Asked Questions’, the slides from last weeks digital update and Apprenticeships slides which include contact details on how to find out more.

A procurement for an ‘Urgent Care Planning’ tool will commence shortly in SWL and your participation is this process will be highly appreciated.  Currently, Coordinate My Care (CMC) is being used, however, the contract for CMC is coming to an end and the procurement process is to ensure that the most appropriate tool will be identified for all service users, including care home residents.

It will be appreciated if you are able join the procurement process and work with other people on the panel in choosing the most suitable care plan tool that suits the needs of all service users.    Your commitment for this exercise will be 4 – 5 days over a period of a month and evaluation of written submissions over a week – 10 day period, 2 half days of moderation and half a day of demonstrations.

If you are interested, or you require further information, please do get in touch with Lucy Colleer lucy.Colleer@swlondon.nhs.uk

Any questions around COVID-19 Vaccines please do not hesitate to contact: Care home.CovidVaccine@SWLondon.nhs.uk

Please click link below to access the next Information Sharing Webinar for Care Homes on Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 11am until 12 noon.

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Carers Week is almost here

Carers Week 2021 is almost here. It’s nearly time to celebrate, raise awareness and support all unpaid carers, including children and young people, as they care for family, friends and loved ones through this pandemic and beyond. Read the latest guidance for upaid carers

CMO Messaging – Personal protective equipment and heat: risk of heat stress

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in warm/hot environments increases the risk of heat stress. This occurs when the body is unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. Heat stress can cause heat exhaustion and lead to heat stroke if the person is unable to cool down.

Measures to control the temperature of clinical environments and enable staff to make behavioural adaptations to stay cool and well hydrated should be made. Staff may require more frequent breaks and the frequency of PPE changes may increase, with a resulting increase in demand.

Access the further information and actions


Webinars and training

Skills for Care London & SE team will be running a virtual roadshow

The event will run on Tuesday 13th July 10:00am – 12:30pm and cover:

  • Practical tips and guidance for ensuring the continued wellbeing of your staff
  • Local initiatives that can support your recruitment
  • How to re-establish – and build – local partnerships.

There will also be an update from CQC

Weekly Capacity Tracker webinar

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#


Sutton Care Hub

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. 

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