Care Matters Weekly: Friday 18 March 2022

Sign up for a Medication Awareness webinar, new easy read guidance for Supported Living and Extra Care and providers supporting visits to care home. Please share.

Published on 18/03/2022 in Adult services | Care Matters Weekly | Covid-19 | News | Workforce

Sign up for a Medication Awareness webinar, new easy read guidance for Supported Living and Extra Care and providers supporting visits to care home. Please share.


Medication Awareness webinar (Home Care and START): 5 May

Register for this webinar about the general awareness of medicines, which will cover:

  • The legal requirements and guidelines relating to the administration of medication in social care settings
  • The current procedures and practice for the ordering, supply, receipt, storage and disposal of medications
  • The key points of drug administration and systems available, and more

Who this is for: Home care (domiciliary care) providers who deliver services to London Borough of Sutton residents, including the LBS START team.

Please note, this course is not open to staff working in care/nursing homes. Register your place now.

Infection Prevention and Control / IPC

Weekly IPC Information Sharing Webinar: 22 March

The next webinar takes place on 22 March from 11am to 12pm. View the agenda

Updated guidance: Protecting care home residents during COVID-19

The new summary outlines the changes to the ‘Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19’ as of 24 February 2022. Changes made:

  • Updated to reflect the government has committed to provision of free COVID-19 PPE to the adult social care sector until March 2023 (or until the guidance on PPE usage for COVID-19 is either withdrawn or substantially amended)
  • Updated to reflect the removal of the legal requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate in line with government’s approach to living with COVID

Read the full guidance

Easy-read guidance for Supported Living and Extra Care

Changes have been made to the COVID-19 guidance for supported living (from 24 February 2022). Please follow the link to the easy read guidance for Supported Living and Extra Care Services, or download the easy-ready guide.

Updated guidance: Supporting families and visitors visiting care homes

Updated guidance (15 March) has been published setting out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents. Change made:

  • Updated section 1.3 to reflect regulations revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment came into force on 15 March 2022
  • People working or volunteering in care homes are no longer required to have received a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the premises

Read the full guidance

Guidance for people with COVID-19 and their contacts

The UK Health Security Agency added a new easy-read guide for people with COVID-19 and their contacts. It also applies to children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting, with additional information available for these settings.

There is separate guidance for those working in health and social care settings. The guidance came into effect on 24 February and will be updated on 1 April.

Read the full guidance or download the easy-read guide

COVID-19 vaccination: spring booster

The UK Health Security Agency has updated its guidance (16 March) on the spring COVID-19 booster offer for those aged 75 years, and older residents in care homes. 

  • Adults aged 75 years and over
  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • People aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system

Appointments will be available through the national vaccination booking service shortly. Download the guide (available in a number of different languages), or you can access paper copies which are available free to order.

Guidance changes? Help from London Borough of Sutton Public Health team

There have been a number of changes in guidance over the recent weeks. If you need any help or advice on the changes please contact the London Borough of Sutton Public health team. Drop them an email publichealth@sutton.gov.uk 

Webinars and training

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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