April’s News Briefing For All Care Providers


Department of Health and Social Care - Extra Care and Supported Living update on testing

See the update from DHSC on testing for Extra Care and Supported Living. There are weekly webinars available giving useful information about testing in these settings.

National Provider Q&A weekly call 

Care providers are invited to attend the weekly national Provider Q&A call, to ask questions, hear about new developments and requirements for using the Capacity Tracker system.
This is your opportunity to be supported directly by the central Capacity Tracker team in updating and using the Capacity Tracker system and is key to your provision of safe patient service, protecting acute capacity and ensuring business viability where relevant.
The Q&A call takes place weekly at 1pm on Tuesday. Click here at 1pm on Tuesday to join the meeting. If you are unable to click on the link to join, please right click on your mouse and select ‘open hyperlink’, this will also enable you to join.

Capacity Tracker – new functionality training sessions 

The Capacity Tracker system captures a wide variety of information which is reviewed at local, regional and national levels. Up until now, providers have not been able to see reports containing their own data, nor have they had the opportunity to see national data sets to compare their status against.
After listening to feedback, the Capacity Tracker team have launched new Provider Access functionality, which will allow users to compare their location data at a local and regional level. Training sessions are taking place in April.

Government guidance - working safely in care homes and in domiciliary care 

See the latest updates from the Government which include new recommendations to change PPE after each episode of personal care, and the use of eye protection when delivering personal care within 2 meters.
COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England
COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Second dose poster resource 

The NHS have released a poster encouraging people to get the second dose of the vaccine. Please use this resource to encourage staff and clients to get their second jab.

Latest update from HIOW 

See the latest and previous updates from Hampshire and Isle of Wight  

In the latest edition
• Top questions
• Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines – care homes with older residents
• New guidance – visiting out of care homes
• Deterioration Champions Forum for care homes for older people
• Barclays Digital Eagles
• Oakhaven certificate in palliative care and end of life training

Virtual seminar from National Association of Care Caterers - dining with dementia 

The National Association of Care Caterers (NACC) are holding a virtual seminar ‘Dining with Dementia’, which is taking place on Thursday, 22 April at 2pm. This will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts, sharing best practices for dining experiences, menu planning ideas, and guidance for those working in a care catering setting. Read more about the webinar and book your place.

Latest updates from the Government:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers

Keep in touch

If you would like to receive information and alerts from us and ask to be added to our mailing list or if you have any queries that are not addressed in our update email providerC19Q@hants.gov.uk.
You can find more information, and previous updates on our Provider Webpage.

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