Last Updated 17:00pm, 5 March 2021
Free access to Microsoft Teams using NHSmail
In order to access online support from the NHS, providers must have an NHSmail account. The usual requirements for such accounts have been relaxed by NHS Digital and providers can have a recognised secure email system which will allow patient identifiable data to be shared with healthcare services, plus access to Microsoft Teams for video-conferencing and related activities.
The NHSmail account request process, including support with applications, is detailed on the Digital Social Care website.
Care home and out of hospital care webinar
The next joint Devon, Plymouth and Torbay system webinar for care home and out of hospital care providers will be held on Thursday 11 March from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Please follow the link to join.
In addition to our usual updates and Q&A panel, presentations will include:
- Learning from the outbreak
- Guidance on the ‘re-use of medications’
- FIT Testing
- Care home vaccinations (2nd doses)
- Infection Control Champions Programme
Rapid Induction Course
For those of you who require a Rapid Induction Course for your new starters or a Refresher Course for those returning to the sector, Skills for Care are currently running both of these for FREE (up to 31 March). For more information about them, please visit Skills for Care.
For more details or assistance with this process, please contact Nicola Wright.
FREE one-hour practical session demonstrating hand washing and donning and doffing of PPE
NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group are providing online sessions for care homes, domiciliary care and supported living providers. There is no charge for these sessions.
These will be virtual sessions and they are designed to be interactive and ‘live’ with the instructors, so you will need to use a device with a working camera and microphone to access the session . You will also need to have:
- Disposable Apron
- Fluid resistant surgical mask
- Eye protection (goggles or full-face visor)
- Gloves and Hand Gel
Group sizes will be small to facilitate practical demonstration. An email will be sent with joining instructions.
Free Digital Skills training programme for new and existing care staff
New and existing health and social care staff in Devon and Somerset are now able to register for a free 12-week training programme, starting in January. Boost your career, enhance your employability, gain new confidence and motivation. This is an opportunity for care staff to invest in their digital skills. The programme has been designed to help you to become fluent with digital tools, enhancing the amazing work that you do. Find our more and register.
Practical session demonstrating hand washing and donning and doffing of PPE
NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group are providing free one hour online sessions for care homes, domiciliary care and supported living providers.
These will be virtual sessions and they are designed to be interactive and ‘live’ with the instructors, so you will need to use a device with a working camera and microphone to access the session. You will also need to have:
- Disposable apron
- Fluid resistant surgical mask
- Eye protection (goggles or full-face visor)
Group sizes will be small to facilitate practical demonstration. To book a place use the following link.
An email will be sent with joining instructions.
Infection Prevention Control & PPE Training
NHS Devon CCG is offering daily training under the National Getting It Right First Time programme. Online training takes the form of a 2 hour interactive session delivered by trainers from the CCG clinical team. The training is being offered as part of a national programme of support for care homes, domiciliary care providers and supported living providers. The CCG are also offering the option of face to face interactive training session within the provider setting.
The group size for each session will be small to facilitate interaction and demonstration of correct PPE use.
To register please go to Eventbrite.
Once registered you will receive an invitation to join a session via Microsoft teams and it is imperative that you complete the pre session reading attached to your ticket.
It is also essential that you have the correct PPE available for the session as detailed on your ticket. Please speak to your line manager if you do not have this and they will be able to arrange this for you in advance.
Face to face training sessions can be arranged by emailing email@example.com
Once we receive your email request for training a member of our team will contact you to arrange a training session.
Recordings of various webinars
New HOPE course for health and social care staff
This course is aimed at staff who are perhaps feeling: anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, low in mood or who are just feeling that they would like some support and time to focus on their own health and wellbeing.
Please see the dates of the six sessions: 3 March, 10 March, 17 March, 24 March, 31 March, 7 April.
To really benefit from the course we would recommend that you attend all six sessions.
For more information and to sign up now please contact the HOPE team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone:
Introducing a new podcast series for managers in social care hosted by Skills for Care
FREE E-Learning courses for care providers through SCIE
Some FREE health and social care e-learning resources designed for care providers, which have been produced for frontline staff by subject experts and digital design professionals.
Collaborative working online event 15 March 1pm
The Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula and Research in Practice are hosting an online event to create opportunities for collaborative working to support growth in research in adult social care across the South West Peninsula .
Please join us for this event where we will hear from Professor Geraldine MacDonald, NIHR National Research Social Care Lead and Professor of Social Work at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.
Researchers from across the region will speak about the work that they are doing, and those working in adult social care will speak about the priorities and challenges for social care. This is a great opportunity for researchers to find out more about social care, and for people working in social care to find out more about research that is happening, how they can get involved and how we can grow research in the region.
To express interest in joining please email the organiser.
Full programme to be released shortly.
Public Health England infection control webinars
The free Public Health England infection control webinars are now taking place every Friday at 3pm.
Please use this link to register for the day/s you would like to attend the webinar.
The confirmation email will contain the link for the webinar. Click the ‘go to online event’ button.
You can also dial in by phone on 0208 495 3300, Conference ID: 7950138#
If you have any issues with accessing the meeting please email email@example.com
Whole care home testing webinar
The Department of Health and Social Care are hosting a webinar each weekday, in the morning and afternoon on the whole home swab testing process.
The Department of Health and Social Care strongly recommends them for care homes about to receive their test kits, but anyone from an eligible care home yet to carry out whole care home testing can attend one.
More dates / times are added all the time.
Please register to access the webinar.
Guidance, advice and support for Care Managers – communication from Public Health England
The following links take you to a series of presentations each lasting about 15 minutes, these will help you to prevent and prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19:
Part 1 Intro
What is COVID-19, Key guidance, Social distancing, Shielding and self-isolation and Recognising a case
Part 3 Admissions and isolation Practices
Transmission based infection control precautions, New admissions, Managing isolation safely and Recognising and reporting an outbreak
Part 4 Personal Protective Equipment
Putting on and removing PPE
Please view the presentations and if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org marked for the attention of Penny Edwards and Pete Smith.
Skills for Care webinars
Skills for Care has developed a series of 30-minute recorded webinars on a range of topics to support managers in adult social care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Subjects include: essential training, human resources (HR) (supported by ACAS), attracting workers, using digital technology, motivating staff, with more issues being added, please access the webinars here.