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COVID-19 updates for adult social care and health providers


COVID-19 training, e-learning and webinars

Upcoming local meetings, webinars and training

Webinar: Care home huddles for East Sussex

These clinician-lead sessions provide COVID-19 updates for residential and nursing homes. Run by the local NHS and the council, the huddles offer care home managers an opportunity to receive updates on relevant guidance from a Clinical Lead and to ask questions.

The date of the next huddle will be announced here and via our ASC Provider bulletin soon.

If you would like more information about the huddles, including access to previous recordings or want to submit questions for future huddles, please contact: esxccg.carehomehuddle@nhs.net

If you are an East Sussex care provider and would like to sign up for our regular ASC Provider bulletins you can subscribe on Gov Delivery.

Online training: Prevention and control of infection 

This 'Prevention and control of infection' training has been developed by Sussex CCGs. It's aimed at people working in Sussex based community care homes, hospices, domiciliary care, and personal care assistants.

The training covers causes of infection, cleaning methods, waste disposal and infection control laws and policies.

It lasts 1 hour and there are several dates to choose from throughout the year.

Visit Eventbrite for more information and to choose and book your place.

Courses: Cooking for carers 

Community Chef are running online and in-person cooking and baking courses for unpaid carers in East Sussex, wanting to learn about how to prepare delicious, affordable and healthy dishes. 

For more information see the community chef website or contact community chef:

Email: office@communitychef.org.uk 

Phone: 07766 526217

National webinars and training resources

Q&A sessions: NHS capacity tracker 

The NHS Capacity Tracker team are now delivering weekly Q&A sessions for care homes in the South East on Tuesdays from 1pm to 2pm.

Join the meeting on Microsoft Teams.

Skills for Care training

Skills for Care has developed:

Outbreaks in care homes – animations

Animations have been produced to support care home staff in preventing future care home outbreaks. These cover:

  • good infection prevention and control both in an out of work
  • PPE: what to wear
  • testing and tracing

Care home visiting in a COVID-19 world – supporting meaningful visits

To support the easing of restrictions on care home visits, the National Care Forum has led the creation of a new set of resources called Partners in Care.

These resources have been developed with care providers, residents and relatives organisations to support meaningful visits. They include:

  • A Visiting Charter – sets out a shared set of rights and responsibilities.
  • A Visiting Pledge – covers key commitments that all parties can sign up to.
  • Useful practical resources to support the charter and the pledge.

They aim to provide practical ways to help residents to receive visitors and maintain relationships during the pandemic, whilst minimising risk.

Resources for staff in different areas of the care sector

SCIE resources

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) continue to produce updated resources on COVID-19.

Visit Coronavirus advice for social care to browse the resources. 

Health Education England

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare have created a coronavirus (COVID-19) programme.

Mental health training resources

Psychological first-aid training

This free online course on psychological first aid has been developed by Public Health England. It supports front-line staff and volunteers to develop their skills and confidence in providing psychological support to people affected by COVID-19.

It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is in three parts.

Zero Suicide Alliance awareness training

Zero Suicide Alliance offer a range of online awareness courses, which cover the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling.