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Are you interested in getting into business with Devon County Council? Take a look at current contract opportunities and see what our Market Position Statement (MPS) says about future development in this area.

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Service Improvement Plan template

17 August 2020

The Service Improvement Plan template is provided for your reference as a starting point for the documentation that you should have in place as a provider of care and support services.  Please also see worked Example Service Improvement Plan for information. Devon County Council considers this resource to be acceptable and contract-compliant but you may wish to Continue reading…

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Advanced Care Planning Template

17 August 2020

Planning Ahead for End of Life If you would like to support individuals you are caring for who may have a terminal illness or are approaching the end of their life make arrangements for their future care. This advanced care planning booklet can help with this as it gives the individual the opportunity to think and Continue reading…

Care Plan prompts

17 August 2020

Care Plan Prompts The Care Plan Prompts document has been updated and expanded, drawing on feedback received from care providers who have used it, and taking into account advice and suggestions from a range of organisations.  This version, dated May 2017, replaces the previous version.     

Information needed to find the missing (The Herbert Protocol)

21 July 2020

The Herbert Protocol encourages carers or family members of adults living with dementia to collate information on those who are vulnerable onto a form, know as the Herbert Protocol form, that can be given to the police if they go missing.

Preventing Exploitation Toolkit

21 July 2020

The Safer Devon Partnership has developed an online preventing exploitation toolkit to tackle the threat of exploitation. This toolkit will help frontline colleagues learn about, identify and report exploitation happening in Devon and the surrounding area. The toolkit’s audience consists of anyone who, through their paid or voluntary work, may encounter individuals who are vulnerable Continue reading…

What you need to know about Data Protection to do business with Devon County Council

3 January 2017

This document details Devon County Council’s requirements for all tender opportunities with regards to data protection and is posted to support providers in being ‘commissioning ready’. What you need to know about Data Protection In addition, please see HM Governments Guidance to Cyber Security   

South West Cyber Resilience Centre

9 June 2021

They are a police / private not-for-profit partnership, funded by the Home Office and covering the South West of the country. They offer free and inexpensive cyber services for local small and medium sized enterprises and third sector organisations. Cyber can be daunting for small businesses and sole traders. It’s hard to know where to Continue reading…

NHS branding and lanyards

30 April 2021

The use of the NHS logo on uniforms ​The NHS logo should be positioned on the right-hand side on staff uniforms when face on, with your company logo on the left-hand side under the wording ‘Service provided by’, please see NHS guidance. The sizing of your company logo should be proportional to, but not larger than, the NHS Continue reading…

Oral health for adults

8 March 2021

Resources to help you get started Public Health England and stakeholders have produced the toolkit to support care homes and commissioners to implement the NICE guideline (NG48): Oral health for adults in care homes. The toolkit contains materials to support health champions within care homes to train care home staff.  These include training slides, a Continue reading…

Community Moving and Handling Assessment and Plan (COVID-19)

30 July 2020

Guidance and Responsibilities During the current Coronavirus pandemic and in line with current government guidelines, Health & Social Care workers are adapting ways of working to reduce face to face contact, including and improving the use of technology. A ‘My Handling Assessment and Plan’ is to be completed when increased risk has been highlighted when Continue reading…

Vertical hoist lifting of service users

28 July 2020

Ensure Vertical Hoist Lifting Of Service Users Always ensure that when hoisting service users the hoist straps and lifting motor are in a position vertically above the service user. If the hoist straps and motor are not positioned vertically above the service user, it will cause excessive wear to the hoisting equipment, can cause the Continue reading…

Using community equipment safely

28 July 2020

Provider staff must immediately notify a Health or Social Care professional, where they may be needing to use items of equipment with a client, in a manner for which it was not designed. Do not put excessive force on items of community equipment, or use it in any way which would put the client’s or Continue reading…

Instructions to ensure safe hoisting of service users and safe use of gantry hoists

28 July 2020

Always ensure that when using any hoist to transfer a service user, the hoist straps and lifting motor are in a position vertically above the service user, using slide sheets or bed to reposition them prior to lifting/lowering. If the hoist straps and motor are not positioned vertically above the service user, it will cause Continue reading…

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Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) support

The DSPT is a free online self-assessment toolkit that helps vidence that your organisation manages personal data, both digitally and in paper form, in a safe and secure way. It helps demonstrate compliance with data protection legislation, answers two of the CQC Key Lines of Enquiry and provides reassurance to residents, clients, families and professionals that you manage data appropriately. Importantly, it provides opportunities: ongoing use of NHSmail and potential sharing of care records. The CQC are taking a greater...


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