Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Wednesday 7th April 2021
We are currently reviewing the format and frequency of these bulletins as we move from a COVID focus to a wider recovery phase of operation. This bulletin has been well received throughout the pandemic by care providers and health and social care partners. We are now interested to know your thoughts on how it could continue to be a useful method of joined up communication going forward. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts on what you would like to keep and the changes you would like to see made.
Dear Providers, the information below contains current and up to date information from our strategic partners for you and your staff:
New and updated guidance and support, including information on funding:
Details of the grant conditions for ICF3 – April-June
ICF funding is being extended from April to June 2021. The guidance in the link below, sets out the measures that the new Infection Control and Testing Fund will support, including distribution of funds, conditions on funds and reporting requirements: Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The link to the online form will be circulated shortly.
Workforce Capacity Fund – evidence for claiming fund required by 19th April 2021
Please find attached the template to complete and return to email@example.com to confirm spend and outcomes on the Workforce Capacity Fund up to the end of March 2021. Please can this be returned by the 19th April, at the latest. Thank you.
Access to FREE PPE is going to be available for the whole of this new financial year
In the adult social care winter plan, published 18 September 2020, the government committed to providing the adult social care sector with free PPE for COVID-19 needs until June 2021. This has now been extended until the end of March 2022.
Adult social care providers are able to access their free PPE provision through the PPE portal if CQC-registered, or via their local authority (LA) or local resilience forum (LRF) if not CQC-registered.
Where there is an emergency need, all adult social care providers can access the emergency PPE stockpile held by LRFs. Where this need is urgent and PPE is required within 72 hours, providers can access PPE through the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR).
Adult social care providers should continue to order their business-as-usual PPE requirements through their usual channels. Call the customer service team on 0800 876 6802 if you have any questions about using the PPE portal.
Reminder to update the Capacity Tracker with vaccination data
Please can you all continue to ensure that your vaccination data for staff and residents is up to date including second doses. Thank you for your continued support on completing this.
New Guidance on visiting for Supported Living Settings
New guidance has just gone live on visiting in supported living settings. As part of this we have provided additional rapid lateral flow tests to support visiting in extra care and supported living settings. These tests will be available for all the settings which are currently eligible for staff testing. This guidance states that testing is not a requirement for visiting in extra care and supported living settings but is encouraged to support safer visits.
Training events, webinars and support links:
Collaborative Care Forums – Future forum dates for your diary
We are no longer able to send out calendar invitations for these events unless you give us permission to do so. If you would like to receive these links as calendar invitations therefore, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with you name, organisation and the email address you would like us to use. In the email you will need to confirm that you give permission for us to send you the invitation and understand that this will mean sharing the email address you provide with others. This will help us to build up a circulation list of approved email addresses for these events.
If this is not something you wish to do you will still be able to enter the following links manually into your calendars to save the date and remember to join. Thank you.
Tuesday 20th April 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Topics – Medicines Management information and guidance, Use of IT support - including iPads, Post-COVID recovery – What does it look like?
Microsoft Teams meeting - Join on your computer or mobile app
ICS Collaborative Forum – April 2021
Tuesday 18th May 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Topics – Restore2 and the benefits of adopting this process, Preparing to implement the Clinical Frailty Scale for use across health and social care
Tuesday 15th June 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Topics – To be agreed – please let us have your suggestions
Links and resources for your ongoing information:
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Covid-19 Response Care Homes and Home Care (ECRT) Toolkit - https://healthandcarenotts.co.uk/your-health-matters/care-homes-and-home-care-toolkit/
Care Workforce App and Communications toolkit - Link: https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk/join?wp-linkindex=6
Government website with all the up to date information on Coronavirus for Adult Social Care settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-social-care-guidance
Visit the Notts County Council website for further updates: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Visit Nottingham City Council for the latest coronavirus information and service updates: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Visit Notts Help Yourself for a register of COVID-19 resources to support you at this time: https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk/kb5/nottinghamshire/directory/document.page?id=Igc3gkzdlkc
Visit ASKLiON for COVID-19 information for care providers – www.asklion.co.uk/providercornercovid-19
Visit Notts Help Yourself for up to date information on PPE guidance: https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk/kb5/nottinghamshire/directory/site.page?id=m6iCJfa2C4w&newdirectorychannel=0
Visit ASKLiON for up to date information on PPE for city care providers: – www.asklion.co.uk/ppe
Sign up to our and our Health and Wellbeing bulletin: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/emailme
Mobile App linking care providers and resources they have found useful during the COVID pandemic: https://webapp.mobileappco.org/m/COVID19CARE/?appcode=COVID19CARE
Social media channels for latest information on coronavirus and services - Nottinghamshire County Council on Facebook or on twitter @NottsCC
Social media channels for the latest information on coronavirus and services - Nottingham City Council ‘My Nottingham’ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mynottingham and Twitter https://twitter.com/mynottingham
For further queries – Nottinghamshire providers - Please use the Quality & Market Management Team email address email@example.com if you have questions for the team and if you are not sure who else to ask.
For further queries – Nottingham City providers – Please use the Single point of access for any covid related queries, email – CV19@nottinghamcity.gov.uk