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Hot Weather Communications Toolkit 2021

14 July 2021

The Heatwave Plan for England was developed to raise public and professional awareness of the health impacts of hot weather. The plan is an important component of overall emergency planning and provides advice for professionals, organisations, communities and individuals to enable them to plan for and respond to hot weather. The Heatwave Plan for England Continue reading…

New Safeguarding Adult Concern Referral Form

30 April 2021

Devon County Council and the Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership (TDSAP) are launching a new Safeguarding Adult Concern Referral Form on Monday 10 May. Referrers are encouraged to use the form to raise a safeguarding adult concern with the local authority. The form will be available from 10 May on the TDSAP website. The Continue reading…

Adult oral health in care homes toolkit

7 December 2020

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 also contains useful links for care home staff, residents, their families and friends to support good oral health and reduce oral health inequalities.

Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) Compliance Assessment Tool

21 August 2020

This compliance assessment is a simple tool which has been developed using the most recent information from the CQC and others. It will help you know how well you are doing, identify areas in which you need to improve and bring the guidance together into one place.

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Supporting people with their money

17 August 2020

Having money and having access and control over money is a key element that enables people to live with dignity and security.  Most people are able to maintain control over their own money and are able to make choices about how they spend their money.  However, many people who receive support and care do not Continue reading…

Infection Control Audit Tools

17 August 2020

Please find Infection Control Management and Environmental Audit Tools for your reference as a starting point for the documentation that you should have in place as a provider of care and support services.  Devon County Council considers these resources to be acceptable and contract-compliant but you may wish to check with CQC and any other commissioners whether Continue reading…

Care Plan template and completed example Care Plan

17 August 2020

The Care 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 Care Plan for information. Devon County Council considers this resource to be acceptable and contract-compliant but you may wish to Continue reading…

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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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…

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…

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…

Guidance regarding adjustment of community equipment

28 July 2020

Guidance – Adjustment of Community Equipment 19 Feb 2018 This guidance is issued in response to a serious incident relating to community equipment that was recently brought to the attention of the Community Equipment Service Commissioners. It is important to share the learning from this incident. Find below new guidance that will be issued to Continue reading…

Community equipment recycling and reuse information

28 July 2020

How and where to return community equipment so it can be recycled and reused? Devon Community Equipment Service Community Equipment in Devon is jointly funded by the NHS & Devon County Council and is provided, on their behalf, by Millbrook Healthcare Ltd, who recycle and reuse as much equipment as possible. The service excludes Plymouth 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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