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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BULLETIN – For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Care Providers - Friday 31st July 2020

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:

SECOND Infection Control Fund Payment from the Government

For those care homes who have already completed the online form for the first instalment of the Infection Control Fund (ICF) grant, we have now received the second payment from the Government and your payments have been initiated today.  These payments should therefore be in your accounts by Tuesday or Wednesday next week with a reference which starts with 2ICF….

Please be reminded that this money has to be spent by 23rd September and any that has not been spent must be returned to us by 30th September.  More details about how to confirm how much of this money has been spent and on what will be circulated next week.

If you are a care home that has not completed the online form this is still available to complete through this link:

Please be aware that all other care providers can still claim for net additional costs incurred as a result of Covid through the Care Services Sustainability Fund online claim form available through this link:

PPE Portal Phase 2

DHSC has so far invited residential care homes with 24 or fewer beds and domiciliary care providers with 99 or fewer client to use the PPE Portal. It is now planning to invite larger social care providers to use the portal and order free PPE. The current order limits offered on the PPE Portal will currently only meet a small proportion of PPE needs, during this onboarding process. For the time being, they request that providers continue to use existing supply routes as their main source of PPE, turning to the portal for an emergency top-up. Providers will receive an email invitation to register with the PPE Portal between Monday 3rd August and Friday 7th August 2020.

 PPE guide for community health and social care settings – Published 28th July 2020

What PPE to wear and when – an illustrative guide


Government self-solation guidance – Updated 30th July 2020

The Government has just announced the extension of self-isolation for positive cases from seven days to ten:

 Healthwatch Survey – discharge guidance 

Healthwatch England are looking at how well the new rapid discharge guidance worked for patients. They have designed a survey for – patients, families, unpaid carers, and paid carers. Alongside this, they are conducting stakeholder interviews with frontline staff in 8 areas to get staff understanding of how well the guidance has worked. The link to the survey can be found here and there is also a blog about the research project.

Training events, webinars and support lines:

The  “We are all in this together” Webinar on the 6th of August will focus on the RESTORE2 tool

For all Care Home and Home Care Providers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Join the webinar to:

  • Find out how to recognise and respond to deterioration including soft signs, NEWS2 and structured communication (SBARD)
  • To meet the RESTORE2 team and network with homes across Nottingham/Nottinghamshire
  • Learn or refresh your knowledge on RESTORE2 and hear from those already using locally

To book access the registration link on the attached flyer


Social care communications COVID-19 survey for providers

DHSC is seeking views from care providers on social care COVID-19 communications. The DHSC would like to receive feedback on the communications around COVID-19 best practice guidance for the social care sector to make sure care provider experience and views are heard, so the right planning and actions can be taken to support care providers.
Feedback will be treated in the strictest of confidence and the survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is now open and will close by the end of day on Thursday 06 August 2020.


FLU - Facts all staff need to know – Read the attached flyer for more information

Protect yourself, protect others – and have the flu vaccine!

Flu is an acute viral infection which can spread rapidly in closed communities. Common complications of flu can be bronchitis and/or pneumonia which can be fatal in some vulnerable population groups. Globally, the World Health Organization estimates globally there are one billion cases of flu each year – of which 3-5 million are severe, leading to 290,000-650,000 influenza-related respiratory deaths annually. Within the past 5 years in England there have been over 56,000 reported deaths related to flu, 87% of these deaths are people aged 65 years and over. Out of all care facilities, in the UK care homes have the largest number of respiratory outbreaks year on year. Home closures due to infections can not only affect our vulnerable residents and service users but also cause severe disruption to the care homes themselves and can prevent timely discharges from hospital.

Links and resources for your ongoing information:

Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Covid-19 Response Care Homes and Home Care (ECRT) Toolkit -


Care Workforce App and Communications toolkit - Link:


Government website with all the up to date information on Coronavirus for Adult Social Care settings:


Visit the Notts County Council website for further updates:

Visit Nottingham City Council for the latest coronavirus information and service updates:


Visit Notts Help Yourself for a register of COVID-19 resources to support you at this time:

Visit ASKLiON for COVID-19 information for care


Visit Notts Help Yourself for up to date information on PPE guidance:

Visit ASKLiON for up to date information on PPE for city care


Sign up to our and our Health and Wellbeing bulletin:


Mobile App linking care providers and resources they have found useful during the COVID pandemic:


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: and Twitter




For further queries – Nottinghamshire providers - Please use the Quality & Market Management Team email address 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 –


We would also like to take this opportunity to send you our very grateful thanks to you and your staff teams who are supporting people across the County in these very challenging times, it is very much appreciated.


Kind regards


Cherry Dunk

Group Manager Quality Assurance and Citizen Safety

Mobile - 07740845726

Desk Phone - 01159773268

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