Regulated Care Sector
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: 26th July 2021
1. News and Updates
Data Security Protection Toolkit
FREE webinars and training sessions that are being delivered by your Better Security, Better Care Programme, Local Support Partner, who are Liverpool Social Care Partnership. All webinars and training sessions are held online (you have the choice of attending via Zoom or Teams) and are delivered as part of the Better Security, Better Care Programme.
To register please either visit http://www.lscpinfo.co.uk/DSPT or; Telephone 0151 270 1703 / 07745 888 199
Latest Gov.UK Announcements
Please follow this link to read the latest Government Coronavirus announcements: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS Vaccination Support Offer
Care Homes with a high number of staff who have yet to be vaccinated are to be contacted by colleagues from Lancashire County Council in relation to whether or not they wish to take up the following offer from the NHS:
- A visit by an NHS representative to discuss the wider benefits of vaccination to staff and also an opportunity for staff to ask questions about any concerns
- A mobile vaccination unit to potentially be deployed to the home to undertake vaccinations of staff
It is strongly recommended that any homes that are contacted do take up this offer as this will help to ensure that care staff and people who live in care homes remain healthy and safe.
NECS Capacity Tracker - IMPORTANT UPDATE
Capacity Tracker Bulletin - letter from DHSC to Providers and Local Authorities - https://capacitytracker.com/home
Change to IPC (weekly) visiting questions from evening Monday 19th July 2021 - https://capacitytracker.com/home
**You will need to login into your NECS profile to access the updates found on the home page**
Strategic Priorities survey
We would also like to know what your Strategic Priorities for the upcoming year.
Please follow this link to let us know of your top 3 strategic priorities over the next 12 months. This is to assist us with ensuring our priorities, across the system are aligned - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7R7WV5B
Visiting Professionals and Evidence of Negative Tests
Please note there are 3 different asymptomatic testing regimes for NHS Staff
ELHT Staff = WEEKLY LAMP TESTS – Staff should be able to provide evidence of a negative test within the last 7 days.
LSCFT Community Staff = Staff are currently using 1 of 2 regimes
• TWICE WEEKLY LATERAL FLOW TESTS - Staff should be able to provide evidence of a negative test withing the last 72 hours.
• WEEKLY LAMP TESTS - Staff should be able to provide evidence of a negative test within the last 7 days.
The aim is that all LSCFT staff will move to weekly LAMP testing.
Lateral flow antigen testing has a lower sensitivity than LAMP technology.
Therefore due to the increased sensitivity of LAMP tests these are now being used in asymptomatic staff testing.
Please note any staff who test positive will be exempt from testing for 90 days – evidence of the positive test result should be sought and dates of the exemption period should be verified.
Discharge to Assess Improvement Event- Staff feedback
In preparation for an improvement event focused on the Discharge to Assess pathway a survey has been developed to help us better understand from the staff that work across the D2A pathway their experience and understanding of the current pathway.
The feedback from this survey will help us better understand the current pathway and any issue staff currently have whilst caring for residents while in a D2A placement. This will then help to develop a future pathway that will ensure it deliver the care and support patients/ residents need.
Either click on the link below or scan the QR code
Direct referral for therapy services
If you would like to refer direct to therapy services please contact - East Lancashire 01254 358008 Blackburn with Darwen 01254 283455
Falls Lifting Service
3. Policies & Procedures
CARE HOME VISITING GUIDANCE
We have rising infection rates in Pennine Lancashire.
Please ensure your Visiting Protocol and Decontamination policy is updated to reflect this:
Please ensure the following:
Visits should be pre-arranged with an accompanying risk assessment.
Care home staff should ensure visitors are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 and that none of the visitor’s household members are isolating.
Visitors should continue to take lateral flow tests.
Visitors should wear appropriate PPE and hand hygiene carried out before and after the visit.
Visitors should keep physical contact to a minimum.
Visitors should also be careful to ensure they observe strict social distancing from other residents, visitors and staff at all times.
If the visit takes place inside the room should be well ventilated with windows open.
In the event of an outbreak in a care home, the home should immediately stop visiting (except in exceptional circumstances such as end of life) to protect vulnerable residents, staff and visitors. Essential care givers can continue to visit unless there are specific reasons not to do so.
4. Training opportunities
Post registration community specialist qualification (SPQ)
The NMC has an open consultation until the 2 August 2021 which includes the development of an additional post registration community specialist qualification (SPQ) which could be open to include nurses working in the adult social care sector. This is a really important development for nursing in the care sector as it is a clear move by the NMC to recognise the importance of this critical nursing role and acknowledge the level of complexity, responsibility, leadership and autonomy.
Please can we encourage everyone to take part in this consultation via the link below which will take you to the NMC website and then there is a link from that to the survey.
The consultation is quite long and covers all 5 current community SPQs, however you do not have to answer all of the questions and it is possible to skip sections.
There are some key questions relating to the additional SPQ, which are important and worth completing.
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
COVID-19 vaccination booster programme and flu vaccination programme
A reminder to all health and social care workers that the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme and flu vaccination programme will commence in September. Frontline health and social care workers will be offered a third COVID-19 booster vaccine as well as the annual flu vaccine. Please start to have conversations with your staff around the importance of attending for these vaccination boosters. If staff have not had their COVID vaccination, please sign post them to the National Booking system where they can get vaccinated locally. To support these conversations there are resources available on NHS App - NHS (www.nhs.uk) and modules on vaccine hesitancy on www.e-Lfh.org.uk which are free to access.
e-Learning for Healthcare - providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce www.e-lfh.org.uk
Please report single Covid cases to LCC IPC Team
FAN USE & COVID 19 Key Points
1. Fans should only be used if absolutely necessary & on a short term basis with an accompanying risk assessment
2. The use of fans should be included in the organisation Infection Control policy, decontamination policy and cleaning schedule
3. The fans (including blades) must cleaned and disinfected regularly and between uses
4. The fans must stay in a resident’s room and not be moved between residents without cleaning and disinfection.
5. Fans should not be used in communal areas but could be used in resident’s own rooms with the door closed
6. Ensure windows are also open during fan use to allow for ventilation and locate fan in such a way as it directs the air towards the window
7. Fans should not be used near where AGPs are being performed or near shielded or vulnerable residents
Have your staff received the COVID Vaccine?
We are seeing a rise in COVID cases in Pennine Lancashire. Please encourage any unvaccinated staff to access one of the Pfizer vaccine pop up sites across Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Burnley Hospital. These can be accessed outside of the national booking system using this link: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CovidVaccination/blackburn
Please follow our CCG Facebook Pages for live Vaccine clinic information:
How to work safely in Care Homes - updated guidance:
6. Domiciliary Care
There is no new information this week. All previous guidance can be located in the last edition, below.
7. Primary Care
Access to Primary Care remains unchanged for all areas. Homes in Pendle and Hyndburn can now contact your GP practices directly. The new pathway is here
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.
Primary Care Briefing
The latest primary care briefing can be found here
Primary Care - please use these contact details to log any issues
Following on from the Coffee & Engagement session on the 9th June and issues raised around contacting Primary Care, please use these contact details to log any issues -
Customer Care Team
Telephone: 0800 032 2424
Also if someone wants to make a formal complaint and doesn’t want to do this through the Practice Manager at the practice concerned they can do this through NHSE:
8. Digital IT & Data
Electronic Red Bag Pilot
Pennine Lancs Regulated Care Team are partnering with the LAPIS (Learning for Adult Social Care Practice Innovations and Skills Development) project. LAPIS is a three-year European participatory action research project lead by Lancaster University, and partners with five other sector specialist organisations and learning providers across the EU.
One of the pilots that is being proposed is to test the concept of an Electronic Red Bag. This would look to transport a resident’s Red Bag Documentation via a QR code through their journey from care home to hospital and back to the care home. This would reduce the need for care homes to handwrite/ print resident red bag documentation when it has been decided a resident is to be admitted to hospital. The Electronic Red Bag Documentation would instead be transferred via a QR code that can be scanned by ambulance staff and hospital staff.
We are looking for five care homes in Pennine Lancs that would be willing and able to to take part in this pilot.
Video Consultation care home training programme
Lancashire & South Cumbria ICS has partnered with Redmoor to support care homes with holding reliable, consistent remote video consultations.
Its purpose is to help staff hold video consultations with health and care professionals and connect care home residents with loved ones remotely. Each home will be offered a training session with follow up 1-1 support from the Redmoor Support Desk if required.
The sessions will run for 45 minutes between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Workshop times will be booked according to the staff availability.
The programme content will consist of the following topics:
- Introduction to care home technology
- Basic IT skills/using devices
- Video consultation etiquette
- Benefits of using technology in care homes – some user examples
- Video consultations good practice guides
- Security and confidentiality considerations
We are looking for 35 Pennine Lancs care homes that would be willing and able to take part in this free support service package being offered.
9. Key dates and information
Care Allocation Service Team Contact Details
Please note the service now uses capacity trackers to determine bed availability. This means you WILL NOT receive a daily phone call from the CAST team. All other processes remain unchanged. If you have any question or concern please contact Service Manager Mandy.
NW ADASS in partnership with CQC
CARE HOME QUALITY WEBINARS July, September and October
Please see flyer - NWADASS Webinars
Pennine Lancashire Care Provider Forum
No need to book, just use this link to dial in - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting - dates in table below.
PL Care Sector Coffee & Engagement Sessions
Second Wednesday of each month
PL CCG Care Sector Provider Forum
Last Tuesday of each month
Coffee and Engagement Events – Second Wednesday of each month, 2pm-3pm
Calling all Regulated Care Providers! Please join us for a coffee and chat session to have your say! The purpose of these sessions are to support the Regulated 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. Please see dates in the table above.
10. Spotlight on: our feature about you, your residents, staff and settings
Alex Mellor - Care Home Specialist Nurse for Blackburn with Darwen
I would like to introduce myself as the new Care Home Specialist Nurse for the Blackburn with Darwen area, employed by LSCFT.
My main purpose of role is promote the health and wellbeing of care home residents and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions to acute settings. It is great that I will be working closely with commissioning groups, local authorities and health and wellbeing services, as well as working collaboratively with District Nursing teams and other community teams, to ensure that all care home residents receive high quality person centred care.
I will also be attending the virtual ward rounds, which I am aware that you attend, and will be able to support and participate in the care planning of your residents.
I have recently been to all the Care Homes and met with some of the managers, deputies or senior carers on duty support. If you would like me to arrange a meeting with yourselves, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I am really excited to be appointed to this role. I really feel that together we will be able to share good practice and identify any learning, and work together to address this.
Care Home Specialist Nurse for BWD
Working hours are 08:30-16:30 Mon - Fri
11. Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing Bulletin
CCG Wellbeing Bulletin July 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/