Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council UPDATE BULLETIN – For all health and social care providers – Wednesday 19th January 2022
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
Guidance – Covid-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings - Updated 17 January 2022
Key changes are:
- Staff may be able to end their self-isolation period before the end of 10 days. They can take an LFD test from the fifth day of their isolation period, and another LFD test on the following day. The second LFD test should be taken at least 24 hours later. If both LFD tests results are negative, they may end their self-isolation immediately after the second negative LFD test result.
The isolation period includes the day the symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they do not have symptoms), also described as Day 0.
Please note that they should still not return to work unless they meet the criteria listed in Section 2.2 of the guidance, including not having a high temperature and undertaking a risk assessment if they work with patients or residents who are especially vulnerable to Covid-19.
Please also note that the two LFD tests should still be taken at least 24 hours apart. This is different from the guidance for the general public.
For the full guidance, please refer to the following: guidance on management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings
Reminder : Symptoms of Covid-19
We would ask that providers continue to be alert to the symptoms of Covid-19, Infection Prevention and Control Teams have identified that many residents who are displaying ‘soft’ signs are testing positive for Covid-19. This is resulting in significant spread of the virus through services, we have provided a reminder below
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a persistent, dry cough - typically if you've been coughing a lot for more than an hour or have had 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal)
- a high temperature, where you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.
Other symptoms ‘soft signs’ people are reporting include:
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked/runny nose
- body aches
- stomach discomfort and diarrhoea
- feeling breathless
- confusion or delirium
If residents are displaying any of the symptoms listed above, no matter how mild please complete a PCR and LFT if able and isolate the individual until a PCR result has been received and take appropriate action.
Mandatory Vaccine - Top Tips for domiciliary care providers
Please find attached the document to support providers. This document has been developed by the Leicestershire Homecare Alliance in conjunction with an employment lawyer.
Funded offer to support care provider recruitment and retention of care professionals
Nottinghamshire County Council are pleased to share that they are working with The Care Professional Standards Academy to offer a range of benefits directly to our valued care workers and care providers across Nottinghamshire. From 25th January employers registered with CQC as a Nottinghamshire provider, and their workforce, will be eligible to sign up for the Care Professional Standards Academy at no cost. This scheme will be funded by Nottinghamshire County Council for the first year and provide the following benefits:
Care provider employer benefits:
- A training management platform to identify what training and qualifications would benefit each staff member
- Notifications of when training is expiring
- Evidence for CQC inspections and Local Authority audits of training that has taken place and how it is managed
- You can also become an Academy Affiliate
- The offer of the care worker benefits listed below to help with you recruitment and retention
Care worker benefits:
- Access to exclusive discounts and cash-back for hundreds of national retailers including John Lewis, Waitrose, Boots, Marks & Spencer, savings on cinema tickets, holiday bookings and much more.
- A training passport with all your recognised qualifications
- Care Professional Standards Academy pin
- Sector newsletter to keep you up to date
If this is of interest to you come along for the launch which will take place at the ICS Collaborative Forum on Tuesday 25th January and find out more about how this will help you and your care professionals.
Do you visit care provider settings? If you visit care provider settings to inspect, audit, or support care organisations this presentation will be of interest to you. As this scheme is being funded it will be available to all CQC registered employers and the 21,000 care employees in Nottinghamshire. It is really important therefore that we all consider how everyone can benefit and make sure we use it to its maximum potential.
Don’t miss out - Put the date and link (found in the forum invitation below) in your diary and attend the forum.
Blue Light Discount Card
Do your care professionals have access to the Blue Light Discount Card? Welcome to Blue Light Card
This card works alongside the benefits available through the Care Professional Standards Academy.
If you are an employer and would like to offer the Blue Light Card and its benefits to your employees then encourage your employees to sign up through the link above. It costs £4.99 for 2-years access to more than 15,000 discounts from large national retailers to local businesses across categories such as holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones, and many more. Nottinghamshire care providers can claim this back by amalgamating your claim for all staff who sign up for the card. All you need to do is to provide the evidence that they have signed up for the card and you are then able to claim the total amount back via the Care Services sustainability claim form.
NB. This opportunity is available to you to claim until March 2022.
Training events, webinars and support links:
Collaborative Care Forum- Tuesday 25th January - 13:30-15:00
- News & Updates
- Launch of Care Professional Standards Academy
- Update of the new ICS Social Care Development Workforce website
- Career progression information
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+44 20 3855 5316,,81502372# United Kingdom, London
Phone Conference ID: 815 023 72#
Oversees recruitment - event details below
On the 1st January 2021 free movement ended and the UK introduced a new points-based immigration system. The new system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and has transformed the way in which all people come to the UK to work and study. Anyone coming to the UK to work or study, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission in advance. Please join officials from the Home Office's Engagement and Policy teams for a short webinar providing an overview of the points-based immigration system for the Social Care sector. This will include new information about the Migration Advisory Committee’s recent recommendation to add Care Workers and Home Carers to the Shortage Occupation List and the Health & Care Visa.
The session will also include updates on the following:
• Skilled Worker visa
• Health and Care visa
• Recruiting an overseas care worker from mid-February 2022
• How to become a Home Office sponsor
• Other Immigration Routes
• Right to Work checks
• EU Settlement Scheme
• Support available
During this event you will be given the opportunity to ask questions via Sli.do. In addition we would also value your feedback & experiences of using the new system.
To register for one of these events please use the links below :
DBS Workshops – Book Now!
Skills For Care is working with the Disclosure & Barring Service’s Regional Outreach Adviser to the East Midlands, Lizzie Whittington, to offer you a two workshop series covering essential learning around DBS products and services and what you need to know to apply the learning in your organisation. These 90 minute workshops are ideal for those working in or supporting the Adult Care sector, particularly with recruitment or safeguarding responsibilities and while it is beneficial to attend both sessions, you can choose to attend one as a standalone event.
Midlands DBS Workshop 1 – Disclosure
16th February 2-3.30pm
Booking link: https://events.skillsforcare.org.uk/middbsfeb2022
- Understand the benefits of DBS and your organisation working together
- Understand the different levels of DBS checks
- Understand the filtering guidelines
- Understand when an employee is eligible for a check
- Understand the DBS Update Service
- Understand what Regulated Activity is
Midlands DBS Workshop 2 - Barring
23rd February 11am-12.30pm
Booking link: https://events.skillsforcare.org.uk/middbs2feb2022
- Understand Barring processes at the DBS
- Understand when a DBS Barring referral should be made, including when the legal duty is met
- Understand how to make a good quality Barring referral
- Understand what Regulated Activity is
- Understand what ‘Relevant Conduct’ and the ‘Harm Test’ is
- Have a clear understanding of the potential consequences of not making appropriate Barring referrals and the consequences of being included in one or both Barred Lists
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