Care Matters Weekly: Friday 5 November 2021

Mandatory deadline approaching, where to get your winter vaccines downloads, IPC sessions, National Safeguarding Adults week webinars and resources, and more. Please share.

Mandatory deadline approaching, where to get your winter vaccines downloads, IPC sessions, National Safeguarding Adults week webinars and resources, and more. Please share.

COVID-19 vaccine

Mandatory vaccination of staff: deadline approaching

The deadline for the vaccination of all care staff comes into force on 11 November. From that date ALL staff that visit care homes, in any respect – whether that’s daily or rarely – must be double-vaccinated.

Staff who are entering a CQC registered care home will need to be able to provide evidence to the care home manager via the NHS app, NHS website on your phone or mobile device or NHS COVID pass letter, which needs to be requested from 119 or online. NOTE: an appointment card will not be accepted as evidence of being fully vaccinated.

Until 24 December 2021, you can self-certify that you’re medically exempt if you work or volunteer in a care home.

Download an action plan to help you keep track of what you need to do.

How to get your winter vaccines if you work in Social Care

Find out where and how you can get your COVID-19 1st and 2nd jabs, booster shots as well as flu jabs with our handy graphic. We have also created a poster for you to download and print in different colourways.

New easy-read COVID-19 vaccination leaflets

The government has released new COVID-19 vaccination easy-read leaflets. There is also one for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on the website, should you wish to access it.

  • COVID-19 booster vaccination easy-read
  • COVID-19 guide to your vaccination easy-read
  • COVID-19 What to expect after your vaccination leaflet easy-read

Winter flu, COVID-19 1st/2nd jabs and booster poster

We have a winter flu and booster campaign poster available for you to download and display around your care home to remind people to get their jabs this winter. We will also have a small number of printed posters available upon request.

Adult Social Care: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Winter Plan 2021-22

The government has issued it’s COVID-19 winter plan, which builds on last year’s adult social care coronavirus (COVID-19) winter plan 2020 to 2021. The plan sets out the:

Key elements of national support available for the social care sector during winter 2021 to 2022

Principal actions that local authorities, NHS organisations and social care providers across all settings (including those in the voluntary and community sector) in England should take this winter

Each section of the plan sets out the offer of national support and expectations for adult social care providers alongside published guidance. The plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings.

Alongside this plan, the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce’s independent review of the government’s adult social care: winter plan 2020 to 2021 has been published.

Read the full Adult Social Care: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Winter Plan 2021-22

Information sharing

National Safeguarding Adults Week: 15 – 21 November

Safeguarding Adults Week 2021 takes place 15 – 21 November and is an opportunity to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to highlight safeguarding key issues, facilitate conversations and to raise awareness of safeguarding best practice. So we can all be better together.

The Ann Craft Trust has lots of resources like posters on a range of topics to do with adult safeguard]ing, such as creating safer cultures, online grooming and more. They are also running a series of webinars during the week:

  • Tuesday 16 November: Online Grooming and Sexual Abuse: A Personal Account
  • Thursday 18 November: Grooming and Exploitation: Opening Eyes and Minds Conference
  • Friday 19 November: The Power of Language in Safeguarding Practice
  • 16, 19 and 23 November: Safeguarding Adults at Risk Training for Managers and Designated Safeguarding Leads

Access the posters, or register for a webinar.

Training reminder: National Safeguarding Fire Safety, 18 November

As part of National Safeguarding Adults Awareness week, Martin Corbett, Sutton Borough Fire Commander, has organised a training event for practitioners and care homes.

The event takes place on Thursday 18 November, 10am – 11.30am.

The aims of the session are:

  • To share the findings of the SSAB Fire review task and finish group
  • To officially launch the Fire Safety Audit Tool 
  • To explore the Safeguarding principles in the context of fire risks
  • To examine best practice and consider what more we can do to ensure that residents are safeguarded against fire related incidents, serious injuries and deaths

Find out more and book your place.

Weekly Information Sharing FAQs

Dear Colleagues,

Webinars for Care Homes

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.  

Our webinar on Tuesday 9 November will include a Vaccination Q&A session for Care Home staff. Please see flyer with more event details, where you can raise any concerns, anxieties and any questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and boosters and the flu vaccine that you may have.


Webinars and training

IPC core skills training: 19 November

Core skills training covering topics such as flu, Norovirus, bacteraemia’s, sepsis, chain of infection, universal precautions, management of common infections and more. If you would like to attend, please email

IPC sessions for Community Social Care staff

Infection Prevention and Control education sessions for all levels of Community Social Care staff take place online every Monday between 2pm and 3pm.

The next sessions are:

  • 8 November: Session 1 Viral Diarrhoea (incl Norovirus) and Outbreak Management
  • 15 November: Session 2 Bacterial diarrhoea (incl Clostridium difficile and food associated gastrointestinal infections)
  • 22 November: Session 3 Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) and urinary catheter care & management
  • 29 November: Session 4 Respiratory viruses and Outbreak Management

Register at Eventbrite to attend.

General IPC training sessions for all Community and Social Care staff

Join senior IPC nurses to learn more about general infection prevention and control training including: MRSA, Tuberculosis, diarrhoea, rashes, wound care, specimen taking, head lice, scabies, respiratory infections, including COVID-19, staff health and more. 

Sessions run online every Thursday between 2pm to 4.30pm. Register at Eventbrite to attend.

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. 

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 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

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