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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.

Support for Personal assistants

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. Referrers are encouraged to use the form to raise a safeguarding adult concern with the local authority. The form is available on the TDSAP website. The form arises from national developments and local stakeholder 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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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.     

COVID-19 national Winter Plan updated with comprehensive provider guidance links

8 November 2021

The government has now updated its national COVID-19 Winter Plan for adult social care into a document which brings together information and guidance on all relevant topics including Infection Prevention and Control, PPE, COVID-19 and flu vaccination, hospital discharge and more, with discrete sections on action for providers. Pleaser read The adult social care: COVID-19 winter plan Continue reading…

Cold Weather Plan for England

4 November 2021

The Cold Weather Plan for England has been published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). The plan outlines actions and advice for reducing preventable cold weather-related deaths and ill-health and includes advice and guidance on keeping well and staying warm during cold weather.

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…

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Free personal assistant, domiciliary care and unpaid carers training

Exeter College is proud to deliver workshops that will enhance your knowledge and skills within your role and provide you with the appropriate tools to confidently and safely care for and support others within your role. The workshops will be delivered via a blended approach of face-to-face and virtual workshops. On successful completion, you will achieve the following: • Caring Careers Certificate • Level 2 Food Safety Award Qualification - City and Guilds • Introduction to Manual handling of people...


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