Care Matters Weekly: Friday 10 December 2021

New Plan B measures, temporary medical exemptions, book your booster, vaccination video for care workers, visiting guidance for care homes and supported/extra living and more. Please share.

New Plan B measures, temporary medical exemptions, book your booster, vaccination video for care workers, festive season visiting guidance for care homes and supported/extra living and more. Please share.


COVID-19

New Plan B measures to tackle Omicron

The government has announced new Plan B COVID-19 measures after cases of the Omicron variant in the UK continue to grow. Numbers of COVID-19 cases generally remain high across Sutton and the rest of the country.  

From Friday 10 December:

  • Face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship
  • There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings
  • Wear a face covering in shops and on public transport
  • Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above

From Monday 13 December:

  • Work from home if you can

From Wednesday 15 December:

  • NHS COVID Pass to be mandatory in specific settings, using a negative test or full vaccination via the NHS Covid Pass

If you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results.

Read the full list of Plan B measures, including for travel overseas.

Updated guidance: Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

Updated guidance has been published regarding temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes:

  • Page summary: A letter from the Director of Adult Social Care Delivery to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies
  • Change made: Replaced the letter and the self-certification form for people with medical exemptions with updated versions to reflect the extension to the self-certification cut-off date to 31 March 2022

Read the full guidance

Book in for your booster

With two viruses in circulation this winter, it is more important than ever if you’re eligible to have the COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccines. 

You can book online or call 119 to make an appointment, to book a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic. The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to book your booster dose.

Uptake of vaccinations across Sutton is low – let’s help Keep Sutton Safe.

Vaccine Q&A webinar

To support the increase in the vaccine update in Homecare services in Sutton, the SW London CCG Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator has arranged a webinar for staff to ask questions about the vaccine. If you have any questions for the meeting, please email homecare@sutton.gov.uk so that your questions can be answered at the session.

When: Thursday 16 December, 2pm

Joining link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_Y2M2YWZmYjItNjA2NS00YTc1LWIxYjQtMWYxZTRjZTAyNDQ5%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9d3f5ac-f803-49be-949f-14a7074d74a7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%229db5e3cf-91bb-4551-aea7-ed6a6cee14be%22%7d 

Please share the joining link with colleagues so that they can join the session too.

COVID-19 NHS vaccination video for care workers

Listen to Dr Nikki Kanani from NHS South East England, talk about the NHS Vaccine Offer to social care staff – “You are eligible for your vaccination and we want to give it to you.”

Find out more about coronavirus vaccines 

Watch the video.

Visiting guidance over the festive season

Advice for care homes for visiting over the festive period

We have two handy downloads for you to print off, showing the current guidance and responsibilities for managers and staff for visiting care homes, and visits out of care homes over the festive period.

Download Visits in care homes during the festive season

Download Visits out of care homes during festive season

Advice for supported living and extra care services for visiting over the festive period

We have two handy downloads for you to print off, showing the current guidance and responsibilities for managers and staff for visiting these settings, and visits out of these settings over the festive period.

Download Visits in supported living and extra care services during the festive season

Download Visits out of supported living and extra care services during festive season

Information sharing

Doro Care has changed to Careium

Last year Eldercare Ltd became a subsidiary of the Doro Care (UK) Group and a new contract was signed to deliver the Council’s Telecare Referral to Response Service. Doro Group have changed their name and are now known as Careium.

The Commissioning team is writing to all users of Eldercare to advise them. This is a business name change only, all services remain the same. Contact fay.austin@sutton.gov.uk 

If you or your clients have any questions, you can contact Careium at uk.info@careium.com 

View the Careium poster

Sutton information website – name it!

The Council is developing a new Information Website to make it easier for residents to find out about local services and support.

We have already heard from residents and professionals about how the website will be used, but we now need your help to decide on the name and logo for the website!

Please take 1 minute to answer 3 quick questions https://bit.ly/3doC9pT


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. 

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Webinars and training

SW London IPC webinar

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.

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: 14 December

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. 

The next webinar takes place on Tuesday 14 December, 11am to 12pm, including a speaker from Royal Trinity Hospice talking about VOED – Verification of Expected Death awareness, updates on digital projects, IPC and COVID-19 Vaccinations and boosters.

View the full agenda

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Weekly Capacity Tracker webinar

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