Care Matters Weekly: Friday 13 August 2021

Please share this information with your staff. Updated guidance Emergency Guidance re DoLS & MCA now withdrawn COVID-19 testing service guidance   Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism Visiting […]

Published on 13/08/2021 in News

Please share this information with your staff.

Updated Guidance

Emergency Guidance re DoLS & MCA now withdrawn

With effect from 10 August 2021, the DHSC’s emergency guidance on the MCA and DOLS has been withdrawn.   Whilst it still appears on the website, the message on the page now reads:

This publication was withdrawn on 10 August 2021

This emergency guidance will no longer be updated.

The care and treatment of people who may lack the relevant mental capacity must always be guided by important principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and may in some cases include the safeguards provided by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). This was and is the case, before, during and after the pandemic.Some emergency coronavirus public health powers, including the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Health Protection Regulations 2020 covering restrictions and self-isolation, are still in force and in certain circumstances these may be relevant to decision making in respect of those lacking the relevant capacity. Where decisions may need to be made in relation to COVID-19 care or treatment, for someone who may lack the relevant mental capacity, practitioners should follow their usual processes, including the best interest decision making process.

COVID-19 testing service guidance

COVID-19 testing service guidance for extra care and supported living settings has been revised. The guidance is primarily for managers to set out testing policy to staff and is part of a suite of measures to prevent outbreaks and save lives.

Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism 

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

and for people providing unpaid care to these groups, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been updated.

Resources include fun, instructional videos, such as the one pictured above, demonstrating how to maintain effective infection prevention and control, at home and in other settings.

Visiting arrangements

Updated guidance for visiting in care homes has been published and is available here.

London Domiciliary Care COVID-19 Vaccine information pack

Please see the latest Domiciliary Care Vaccine Information Pack.

COVID-19 vaccine

Sutton’s Community Leaders on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Restrictions have been eased and things will start looking as they were before however we must remember the COVID virus is still circulating and we must protect ourselves from it. The Sutton Community Leader’s have put together a video explaining the importance of having both your vaccination jabs which you can view here.

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. 

Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, explains why vaccination of care staff provides protection for us all

For many of you, particularly those of you working in care home settings, this final easing of restrictions has brought mixed emotions, I’m sure.

Many of you, your colleagues and residents will have already been vaccinated with one, hopefully two doses, of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you for being part of our collective efforts to unlock the country – it is hugely appreciated.

While nationally, the majority of care home staff have been vaccinated, according to the latest published data, only 65% of older care homes in England are currently meeting this minimum level. While we want to see all care homes pass the SAGE thresholds, the over-riding imperative is to maximise and maintain protection across the board.

The new regulations come into force on 11 November this year (see the next story for a useful timeline). Care providers and their staff need time to prepare, which is why a 16-week grace period has begun, allowing colleagues who haven’t been vaccinated to arrange to have both doses. You can book and manage your vaccinations on the NHSE website.

Information sharing

Organisational Carers Permits

Organisations delivering Care to Sutton residents can apply for Organisational Carers permits.See link below to apply for the permit.

  • To clarify, permits are valid in all Controlled Parking Zones and Permit Parking Areas across the Borough.
  • The permit lasts a year and there is no limit on how many times it is used during that period.
  • In exceptional circumstances we can arrange for up to three vehicle registrations to appear on a permit (so organisations can share it amongst staff) however the standard is one vehicle registration per permit.
  • A clock is provided which allows up to three hours parking (clock is set to time of arrival).

Read more here.

Vaccinations for unpaid carers

Hundreds of thousands of unpaid carers have now received their COVID-19 vaccine – an important step in protecting themselves and the people they care for from coronavirus. 
Unpaid carers who haven’t received their vaccine yet can book an appointment or visit their nearest walk in centre. Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carer’s UK, explains why it’s so important to get vaccinated and how unpaid carers can get a jab. Learn more.

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs

Dear Colleagues

Thank you for joining the Webinar for Care Homes this week; we hope that these continue to support you during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important to remain diligent in following guidance, using PPE and supporting staff and residents to be vaccinated.  

SAGE safety Thresholds

We continue to focus on maintaining the SAGE safety thresholds of 90% vaccination rates among residents and 80% vaccination rates among all staff directly employed, bank and agency. SAGE is the government’s scientific advisory group for emergencies. Thank you to those homes who have achieved this target and we will continue to work alongside homes which have not.   Vaccine information is included in the pack. 

What’s new

To support access to vaccines, free taxis are now available for Care Home staff to attend a vaccination centre.  Please see the “What’s New” section for more information and let your staff know of this offer. 

Please also see details of a ‘Mindfulness for Life’,  training programme,  available to Care Homes in SWL. 

Our webinar on 17th August will include presentations on the eRedBag pathway and an update on the Remote Monitoring project.

Please also see the ‘Summer Readiness’ pack which contains useful information and resources to support Care Homes during warmer weather and heatwaves. 

Webinars and training

IPC – 5th Champion meeting

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+44 20 3880 0300,,469453404#   United Kingdom, London

0800 026 6146,,469453404#   United Kingdom (Toll-free)

Phone Conference ID: 469 453 404#

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Your questions answered on ‘vaccines as a condition of deployment’ in care homes

The Department of Health and Social Care is hosting a webinar, to answer any questions care home managers and providers might have about the new regulations on ‘vaccines as a condition of deployment’.

The webinar will take place at 12:30 on Tuesday 17 August 2021.

Sign up for the webinar here.

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic remains an extremely challenging situation globally and we recognise that this is the case for staff working in Care Homes of all types. We are continuing the weekly Infection Prevention and Control and Information Sharing webinar Tuesday mornings at 11:00am. If you have questions in advance or any topics that you would like covered, please email your local CCG Care Home Lead.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

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

Conference ID: 855 305 74#

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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

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

Take one minute to provide feedback on how you would like to receive candidate applications from the hub.

We have developed posters to advertise the hub, please see below.

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