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Residential and nursing care homes
Support for Residential and nursing care homes
12 August 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care has produced a toolkit of resources that is tailored for the adult social care sector: Vaccine communications toolkit for adult social care. The toolkit is regularly updated and includes: a stakeholder Q&A on the COVID-19 vaccines guidance and resources addressing common concerns about the vaccines, such as fertility, Continue reading…
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…
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…
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.
7 December 2020
CO@h is a service for adults likely to experience worsening or life-threatening hypoxia (low oxygen levels in blood) and it is available for people in care homes and their own homes. This information contains a quick reference guide and monitoring log sheet.
13 November 2020
Devon County Council’s Adult Social Care Winter Plan has been sent to the Department for Health and Social Care. Thank you to those providers who helped us develop it.
18 September 2020
Flu and flu vaccination 2020/21: A toolkit for care homes.
14 September 2020
The NHS England and NHS Improvement South West tool kit is designed to help care homes and other residential care settings plan and prepare for winter infections and outbreaks, and this year’s kit contains new COVID-19 resources, as well as redesigned resources on flu / other respiratory infections and viral gastroenteritis.
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.
14 July 2021
The Heatwave Plan for England remains unchanged for summer 2021. Additional actions may be needed due to COVID-19 and specific resources are available.
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…
8 June 2021
Please see the Governments’ Cyber Security Guidance for Small Businesses which provides information about how you can protect your data and your business.
13 May 2021
NHS England has published a new set of cleaning standards, revised in light of the pandemic to reflect the most up-to-date scientific understanding of how to prevent and control infection.
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…
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…
24 November 2020
Devon County Council and the NEW Devon CCG Medications Optimisation Team have reviewed their Policy for the Management and Administration of Medication in DCC’s in-house care homes and respite units. The Policy reflects the NICE Managing Medicines in Care Homes guidance, published in 2014, checked by NICE in December 2017. We are making the Policy Continue reading…
5 August 2020
Healthy Lives, Vibrant Communities and Housing Choices 2020-2025 is the joint Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group housing and accommodation strategy recently published by Devon County Council. The strategy recognises the importance of housing and accommodation in promoting the independence of people with social care needs and sets out how the authority Continue reading…
30 July 2020
Healthcare equipment must be well maintained to ensure clients and care staff remain safe. Inspection and servicing of hoists and slings is a legal requirement under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). Hoists and Slings are part of a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) schedule, which is in place to make sure the Continue reading…
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…
Free mindfulness courses are now available to help improve health and wellbeing and reduce stress. You’ll learn ways to bring mindfulness and awareness into your daily life, both within work and at home, through regular meditation and gentle movement. The sessions are run as weekly or monthly courses by the Devon Wellbeing Hub and the University of Exeter. Monthly skills class starts on Tuesday 19 October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm and runs until 24 March 2022. Weekly course starts on Wednesday...