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COVID-19 updates for adult social care and health providers


COVID-19 training and webinars

Upcoming local meetings and webinars

Care home huddles for East Sussex

These clinician-lead sessions provide COVID-19 updates for residential and nursing homes.

Care home huddles are held fortnightly on Thursdays from 11am to 12.30pm.

Dates of the next meetings are:

  • Thursday 20 May
  • Thursday 3 June

Join the MS Teams meeting

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.

For more information, or to submit questions, please contact: esxccg.carehomehuddle@nhs.net

NHS capacity tracker Q&A sessions – updated

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.

National webinars and training resources

Webinar on implementing the ‘How to Work Safely in care homes' PPE guidance

Following feedback from guidance users across the adult social care sector, Public Health England (PHE) have revised the ‘How to work safely in care homes’ guidance published on 6th April 2021, including clarifying when to change the face mask after delivering personal care. The updated guidance is currently going through clearance and is expected to be published shortly.

PHE will be hosting a webinar to support care home managers and other guidance users to implement the forthcoming revised COVID-19 ‘How to work safely in care homes’ guidance. This will include a presentation on how to apply the guidance to different scenarios and a Q&A session with the panel.

The webinar is on: Tuesday 18th May from 10:30-12pm

For more information and to pre-register for an invitation, please go to Eventbrite.

Skills for Care – training

Skills for Care has developed a series of webinars for managers focusing on human resources during the COVID-19 recovery phase.

COVID-19 essential training: is targeted and fully funded support for providers and personal assistants to meet the essential aspects of core and mandatory training needed at this time.

Outbreaks in care homes animations

Animations have been produced in response to supporting care home staff in preventing future care home outbreaks. These provide further information about:

  • how to practice good infection prevention and control both in an out of work
  • understanding the testing process in care homes
  • more general positive messaging about the seasonal flu and Covid vaccinations available to care home staff.

You can find the animations on the NHS website: Information for professionals – care homes.

Care home visiting in a COVID-19 world – resources for 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.

The National Care Forum has worked with care providers and residents and relatives organisations to develop these Partners in Care resources to support meaningful visits. It includes:

  • 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 people using care and support to have the opportunity to receive visitors and maintain relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst minimising risk.

Offering some practical solutions based on existing practice and learning, it builds on the work of many months of coalitions of a wide range of organisations calling jointly for meaningful visiting and is designed to support the rights and responsibilities of all involved.

Health Education England e-learning

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

Psychological first aid training

This free online course is available for front line staff and volunteers.

Developed by Public Health England, it supports responders in developing 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 aim to give people a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling, whether that be through social isolation or suicidal thoughts.

Podcasts – Covid-19 and the care sector

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded we’ve been faced with daily news about the pressure on adult social care, rising need and an undervalued workforce.

This podcast series produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) asks how we can change the relationship between the state, services and people.

Infection control

Skills For Care have some useful information and resources for staff on managing infection control during the pandemic:

Skills for Care: Infection prevention and control.