Coronavirus

Coronovirus

Coronavirus Resources for Adult Social Care.

Our sector continues to play a pivotal role in limiting the spread of this virus to the most vulnerable adults. Our situation continues to evolve and change with time and the wealth of information available is daunting.

We have brought together here the topics that we are most often asked about at head office. 

 

Latest Vaccination News.

DHSC Letter: Supporting frontline social care workers to receive their Covid-19 Vaccination – an updated letter and contacts list has been released (11.02.21)

DHSC Letter

Dear Care Colleagues,
Supporting frontline social care workers to receive their Covid-19 Vaccination
For the safety of social care users and care workers it is vital that all eligible social care workers are supported to take up their vaccine as soon as possible.

Contacts List

Local Authority Points of Contact to support Covid-19 Vaccination for frontline social care workers

COVID-19 Vaccination

RNHA Letter for Members to use – The association fully supports the vaccination programme and urges all staff within Social Care to be vaccinated.

Mandatory vaccinations for staff – Members will be interested in this article  which discusses the issue of whether you can make vaccination a condition of employment.

COVID19 Vaccination ProgrammeThe Care Homes Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which was published some time ago, has been further updated to version 3.2. As usual changes from the previous version are highlighted in yellow for convenience.

COVID-19: the green book – Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination information for public health professionals.

DHSC Detailed Q&A Document – An extensive question and answer style document from the DHSC on COVID-19 Vaccination

Vaccine Delivery Plan – This plan describes how we were able to build up a supply of vaccines and how we are planning to deploy them.

Latest vaccination data – Gov.uk Coronavirus Information Dashboard with up to date figures

Action fraud Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to commit fraud. As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, had received 57 reports in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination misinformation articleA team of renowned scientific experts has joined forces from across the world to help fight the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit

The Covid-19 communications toolkit includes a suite of creative content assets for you to use:

The toolkit includes:

  • Vaccine safety, risks and ingredients – A suite of videos from Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Would I be prepared to take the vaccine? Be ready to be called. Vaccine prioritisation – Videos from Dr June Raine CBE, MHRA on public safety, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam
  • The regulators critical role. The importance of speed and impact – Videos from Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Prof Andrew Pollard, Director, Oxford Vaccine Group
  • Vaccine safety and testing – Videos from MHRA, Dr Christian Schneider and Interim Chief Scientific Officer at MHRA
  • How the vaccine works, everything you need to know about the Oxford vaccine, clinical trials and the pace of development – Videos from Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Maheshi Ramasamy, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine, and Professor Sarah Gilbert, University of Oxford
  • Copy – to support sharing the videos on social posts or websites
  • Vaccine facts cards – covering key information on the vaccines.

They will be updating and adding to this toolkit and would also like to signpost you to PHE’s campaign resource centre where more helpful vaccine related resources are also available.

Testing

Lateral Flow Device (LFDs) approval for self-test granted – DHSC, “Following our communications on updated staff testing using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, we are pleased to inform you that we now have approval for care home staff to conduct self-test LFDs. This means your staff are now able to take and register their twice weekly LFD tests at home, before they arrive at the care home to start work.”

Testing detailed guidance – Providing testing within all adult care homes will help you protect your residents and staff, and is an important part of the national effort to tackle coronavirus.

Testing Flow chart

Movement of Staff

Movement of Staff – We have published a framework, as CPA, that you will find useful to evidence that you continue to minimise the movement of staff between services. We have gained CQC endorsement of the framework and they are undertaking to make their inspectors aware of it.

Funding

Rapid Testing FundMembers will remember that the Government announced an additional £149M to enable care providers to implement additional testing of staff and residents with lateral flow rapid testing kits. Guidance was published on 15th of January with the detail of how this fund is to be distributed and the conditions of the grant. This is in addition to the Infection Control Fund 2 but has a similar distribution.

Workforce Capacity Fund The purpose of this funding  (£120 million) is to enable local authorities to deliver measures to supplement and strengthen adult social care staff capacity to ensure that safe and continuous care is achieved

Infection Control Fund 2 – In September 2020, the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund was extended until March 2021, with an extra £546 million of funding. This is a new grant, with revised conditions from the original Infection Control Fund, often referred to as ICF 2.

Infection Control Fund 1 – The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund (ICF) was first introduced in May 2020 and was initially worth £600 million. The purpose of the fund is to support adult social care providers, including those with whom the local authority does not have a contract, to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings, in particular by helping to reduce the need for staff movements between sites. Details of the First ICF can be found here

Care Provider Alliance (CPA) Briefings – further supporting documents and explanation of the 2 infection Control funds.

PPE

COVID-19 PPE now extended to end June 2021 – The Government has announced that the supply of PPE through the PPE Portal will continue until at least the end of June 2021.

CQC

Of key interest is the article on how inspections have changed and the article on examples of good practice from providers during the pandemic.

The Care Quality Commission, as with many organisations, have changed some of their practices during the pandemic. A comprehensive list can be read here.

Sector Wide Cooperation

The RNHA is an active member of the Care Provider Alliance who are working closely with the DHSC to ensure information is disseminated as quickly and effectively as possible.

The CPA website has a section dedicated to the Coronavirus here:

https://www.careprovideralliance.org.uk/coronavirus.html