Welcome to our new and improved bulletin, we have now gone fortnightly. Following your feedback, we have altered the format.
Here you will find all the latest news, information and events happening across the care sector.
This week: 13th June 2022
1. News and Updates
Save the date - meet and greet open day
There is now a confirmed date for the meet and greet open day. It is an opportunity to meet other managers, deputies and seniors face to face as well as memebers of the CCG and MDT. There will be some refreshments provided. It would be great for you to come and show off your teams involved in health care in Blackburn with Darwen.
Thursday 15th September 10am - 4pm
Enterprise Centre conference rooom 1
Joint Health and Social Care Carers Leads Meeting
You are invited to join the third Joint Health & Social Care Carers Leads Meeting on Wednesday 15th June, 9.30am – 11am, where we will further explore opportunities to work together and improve the experience of unpaid carers across the region.
An agenda will be shared over the coming weeks, however in the meantime, we ask you to register your interest by clicking here. A Teams link will be sent out a week in advance.
Please share with any of your health lead and social care colleagues across the region.
Launch of Easy Care Eye Care pathway in Lancashire
The Launch of the above Pathway in Lancashire and South Cumbria is going to be on 20th June 2022 from 9.30am on zoom.
If you fit one or more of the following criteria then it would be great if you could attend:
- A person with a learning disability and or autism living in the North West.
- Family carer
- Provider of support
- An Advocacy group
- Health Worker
- Eye Care Professional
Please click here to see the invitation for further information and the link for the day.
Blackburn with Darwen (BwD) WW adult Social Care E-Learning Programme - for providers in BwD
Please click here to see the leaflet with further information about the available e-learning.
E-learning for care home staff - swallowing difficulties
Please click here for more information about the e-learning about knowledge and skills to better manage swallowing difficulties.
Social Care Workforce Forum 2022
Please join your fellow Social Care colleagues for our first in-person Social Care Workforce event since 2019.
It is great to be meeting again, face-to-face, providing opportunities to network with colleagues and stakeholders across the Social Care sector.
The offer of support and discussion topics at this event will encompass:
- Innovative recruitment strategies
- Advice and guidance to increase staff retention
- Lived experience of staff development and free training offers for your staff
There will be social care colleagues, CQC, Local Authorities, healthcare, colleges, and local and national partners. Please click here to see the flyer for more details.
Social Care Meds Training e-learning
Please click here to see the flyer for more information.
The CONNECT system is now fully operational again. Please click here to see the update.
Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Awards
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Apprenticeship Awards launches this year as the first ever system-wide celebration of our apprentices.
Nominations from the 11 award categories are open to organisations, training providers, or apprentices themselves from across social care, primary care, local authorities and Trusts.
Nominees must be working towards, or have recently (in the last 12 months) completed an apprenticeship in an NHS, health or social care organisation within the region of Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The awards ceremony will take place at Stanley House in Blackburn on Friday 17 June. Click here to find out more.
ICAT contact details
Work is underway to expand the service to LD and MH homes and the domiciliary sector.
If you are experiencing any difficulties with clients who have fallen and are on the floor (especially if you have contacted 999 and you have been advised that there might be a long wait for an ambulance), please call ICAT who can facilitate a 2 hour response to avoid the person being on the floor for a long period of time.
8am-10pm (7 days) Contact ICAT Service for advice Tel: 01282 805 989
After 10pm (7 days) Contact OOH District Nursing Team on the same number – 01282 805 989
The ICAT service now have a single point of access, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for advice and for logging falls.
Please see this link for Dementia services across Pennine Lancashire www.yoursupportyourchoice.org.uk/dementia-services.
Promoting access to cancer screenings for people with a learning disability
North Cancer Alliance website: https://northerncanceralliance.nhs.uk/?s=learning+disabilities
Falls Lifting Service
3. Policies & Procedures
Advanced Care Planning Guide
In Pennine Lancs we recommend care providers conduct an Advance Care Planning Guide to enable improvements in resident care.
Advance care planning is a process that enables individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care plans provide direction to health and care professionals when a person is not in a position to make and/or communicate their own healthcare choices. Advance care planning is applicable to adults at all stages of life. Participation in advance care planning has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety for patients and their families, and lead to improvements in end of life care. Older adults are more directly concerned as they may experience a situation where advance care planning can be useful.
Safe admission into Care homes
Please find below the revised care settings admissions policy statement.
Sample Nursing Home Safeguarding Policy with Care Act v4
Revised and updated Sample Safeguarding Policy for regulated care to utilise as you wish.
Homely remedies policy
A homely remedy is a medicinal preparation used to treat minor ailments, which can be bought over the counter and does not require a prescription. These
“Homely remedy” products are kept in a Care Home to allow access to products which would commonly be available in any household.
Please see the ELMMB Homely Remedies policy. These template can be used and adapted for use if desired.
Please also view CQC guidance regarding over the counter medicines -
4. Training opportunities
RESTORE2™ Training New dates available:
Thurs 21 July 2022 13.00 – 16.00
Tue 20 September 2022 09.30 – 12.30
Wed 28 September 2022 09.30 – 12.30
RESTORE2 FREE online training and resources to help your home to detect deteriorating residents
Recognising when a resident’s health is deteriorating is important, particularly at this critical time. Together the Innovation Agency (NWC AHSN) and Clinical Commissioning Groups are working to enhance the confidence of care homes staff in detecting and appropriately escalating deteriorating residents
We would like to ask that all Care homes book onto a session via this link as soon as possible. They are held every Tuesday at 1pm.
Identifying early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability – specific training for carers
PEG Feed Training
Fresenuius Kabi provide PEG Feed training. Contact them on 0800 121 8300 with the details of the client using a PEG feed and they will arrange for one of their nurses to contact you.
Appliance Prescription Service Care Home and Domiciliary Carer Training
The Appliance Prescription Service are based in ELHT and the team is comprised of trained administrators and Specialist Nurses who work on behalf of GP’s in primary care, to ensure all stoma and continence appliances are prescribed appropriately. The team works within the community alongside district nursing teams, bladder and bowel service, stoma team and specialist urology nurses.
Technical syringe driver sessions
There is also a T34 syringe driver session available from CME medical which offers technical training – T34 e-learning training (skillsplatform.org).
Care Home MUST training sessions
The nutrition prescription team are based in ELHT and work to ensure all nutritional prescriptions (oral nutritional supplements) are processed and prescribed appropriately. They work alongside the community dietitians but are a separate team, working with the GP practices in primary care to maintain the ONS budgets and prevent inappropriate prescribing.
Medicines Awareness Training
Medicines Awareness Training delivered by the Specialist Medicines Optimisation Team via MS Teams.
Session will take place on –
7th June 2022 2.00pm-3.00pm Topic of the day will be Refresher Back to Basics + Time Sensitive Medicines
12th July 2022 2.00pm-3.00pm Topic of the day will be Refresher Back to Basics + When Required Medicines
Please use this link https://bookwhen.com/regulatedcare to access the booking page and book places for your staff.
FREE Cyber Security and Data Protection Training
LSCP are extending the FREE Cyber Security & Data Protection Training Offer for owners and managers. Click one of the links to find out more.
Frailty E-Learning for excellence in frailty identification, assessment and personalised care - https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/frailty/
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Training Guide
Online training diabetes programme for Care Homes
Sanofi have announced a national online training diabetes programme for Care Homes called Sanofi Cares. The programme has been independently developed by EDEN (leics diabetes) and will be delivered by EDEN. It is available across the UK for registered and non registered practitioners who care for people with diabetes in care homes. Up to 4 places per care home available. https://www.diabetesmatters.co.uk/sanoficares.html
COVID 19 / PPE IPC Training
5. Coronavirus & Vaccinations
Care Home outbreak testing flowchart
Please click here to see the flowchart for outbreak testing of staff and residents in care home
Testing requirements for all visiting professionals
Please ensure staff are familiar with guidance surrounding testing requirements for visiting professionals. Evidence of a negative lateral flow test, taken within the last 72 hours should be provided prior to entry.
Health, social care and other professionals may need to visit residents within care homes to provide services. Visiting professionals should follow the same advice as in the section above on visiting precautions. PPE usage is recommended in line with guidance above. NHS staff and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors should be testing regularly as set out below. Any other visiting professionals should be tested with tests provided by the care home if they are providing personal care, as per the guidance for visitors providing personal care.
Care homes can ask the NHS professional when they were last tested. The professional should provide evidence of a negative rapid lateral flow test within 72 hours to show they are following the NHS staff testing regime. This may be an email or text from reporting the result, a date stamped photo of the test cartridge, or any other proof. If the individual has not been tested within 72 hours (or is unable to provide proof) and it is not possible to test prior to entry, the care home will need to make a risk-based decision regarding whether to permit entry, taking into account the reason for and urgency of the visit.
In emergency visits such as a 999 response, it’s not appropriate to ask for proof before entry to a care home, given the potential delay this could cause and the implications for prompt management of the emergency situation. Further guidance is given below.
Where the manager makes a risk-based decision to allow entry of someone without evidence of a negative test, all IPC measures must continue to be followed to mitigate the risk, including correct use of PPE, cleaning, ventilation and distancing.
It should be noted however, that all NHS professionals visiting care homes must follow the NHS testing regime and be testing twice a week.
The majority of NHS professionals will be using rapid lateral flow testing for their regular testing regime. However, if a professional falls under a different NHS testing regime which uses PCR or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) testing, the individual will also need to demonstrate that they are testing in line with NHS policy for that testing technology. Given the importance of NHS staff testing regularly to ensure the safety of their patients, and the role of care home managers to keep their care homes safe, if care homes have any problems with NHS staff not following this policy, they should contact their CCG chief nurse.”
Post Booster Vaccine Advice
FAO Managers -
Please ensure staff are aware of how to care for residents after their Covid Spring Booster Vaccine.
Please click here to see the poster which can be displayed within the care home.
IPC in Adult Social Care
Summary of changes to IPC in Adult Social Care
Covid 19 Testing in Adult Social Care
How to use different Lateral Flow Test Kits
National IPC Manual
6. Domiciliary Care
There is no new information this week. All previous guidance can be located in the last edition, below.
7. Primary Care
Primary Care Briefing
The latest primary care briefing can be found here.
8. Digital IT & Data
Digitalise Social Care
Liverpool Social Care Partnership (SCP) is leading a research project commissioned by the Better Security, Better Care programme on behalf of the Department of Health. The insight we get from this project will transform the sector by supporting those who use social care to make more informed choices about digital security which will, in turn, help identify how to further develop your services as a care provider.
Hence, it is asked that you circulate the leaflets linked below which provide information about the project and how service users can keep their data safe. Attached is a digital version that can be put up on websites and a printed version to hand out for convenience.
The current assessment framework from CQC is based around five key questions, key lines of enquiry, ratings, legal standards and fundamental standards, with the use and security of records and data already covered within these.
In particular, question C3.3 from the Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOE) asks: “How are people assured that information about them is treated confidentially…?” And question W2.8 asks: “How does the service satisfy itself that it has robust arrangements… in line with data security standards?”
Digital Social Care Latest News
If you would like to sign up to regular newsletter please visit https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/newsletter-signup/
Updated NHSmail Frequently Asked Questions
NHSmail Application Process
DSPT waiver period ended 30th June 2021.
From 1st July onwards, all care providers requesting an NHSmail account are required to be compliant for the Data Security Protection Toolkit (DSPT) https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk
Once the care provider is DSPT compliant follow the link https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/covid-19-guidance/covid-19-quick-access-to-nhsmail/nhsmail-fast-track-how-to/ to apply for NHSmail accounts.
Digital Social Care
Digital Social Care is a dedicated space to provide advice and support to the sector on technology and data protection.
Digital Social Care - Run by social care providers for social care providers.
9. Key dates, information and resources
Commitment to Carers Conference
NHS England & Improvement are holding their 8th Commitment to Carers Conference in London on the 7th December, 9:30am-4:30pm.
Please join the event by registering to attend via this link.
This is a great opportunity to join the national team, regional carers leads, Commissioners, local authority partners and service providers who will be offering an update on the Long-Term Plan objectives to support carers
NB: Due to the limited number of places, bookings are available on a first come, first serve basis.
End of Life Care Conference
Due to the forming of the Integrated Care Systems (ICS) Prescqipp are updating the e-learning platform.
If you are already registered under ELCCG for the e-learning, then a licence code will need to be entered as per the attached flyers. If you are not registered, then follow the instructions on the flyers below:
Care home medicines management resources
Please see the below information
Pennine Lancs Care Sector Provider Forum
Following your feedback, there is now time allotted at the end of each forum to allow you to have discussions between yourselves. All other system colleagues will dial off to give a space for you to chat with each other.
Last Tuesday of every other month, 2pm-3.30pm - No need to book, use this link to join on the dates listed below Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
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Coffee and Chat
Join us for a coffee and chat session to have your say! The purpose of these sessions are to support the Care sector to provide high quality and safe services and to be a fully integrated part of the Pennie Lancashire Health and Social Care service delivery model by listening to, learning from and working together. Please use this MS teams link to dial in at 2pm on the dates below, no need to book. Click here to join the meeting We look forward to seeing you there.
Second Wednesday of each month, 2pm-3pm - No need to book Click here to join the meeting on the dates listed below.
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10. Spotlight on: our feature about you, your residents, staff and settings
Higher Bank Care Home - Enter and View Report
Please click here to see the recent Enter and View Report for Higher Bank Care Home by Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen.
11. Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing Bulletin
A monthly health and wellbeing bulletin launched for CCG, core ICS and embedded CSU colleagues working across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The February Edition is available to view here
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Social Care Wellbeing Toolkit
Wellbeing guidance and resources tool for social care, which brings together a range of easy to use, bite size resources and information support around finance and wider support.
Questions? Go to: https://eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/