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Support for Residential and nursing care homes

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.

COVID Oximetry@home service

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.

Winter Readiness Toolkit

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.

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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…

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…

Policy for the Management and Administration of Medication

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…

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Devon Housing and Accommodation Strategy

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…

DILIS hoist and sling checks

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…

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…

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Western care home locality support meetings

This is an open invitation for care home providers and registered managers to attend the care home locality support meetings. These are informal engagement opportunities for care home providers / managers, Devon County Council / Market Management Team and the locality Assistant Director / Social Care Operational teams to get together to share and exchange information, such as emerging issues / concerns, discuss market support offers and hear local system updates. If you have not received the invites and wish...


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