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Residential and nursing care homes

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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 Residential and nursing care homes

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…

Legionella resource tools

17 August 2020

Legionella resource tools are 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 they consider the 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.     

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…

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…

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…

Invacare Robin Hoist Motor – Emergency Stop Function

28 July 2020

Please read the following User Guide regarding the Emergency Stop / Lowering Function on the Invacare Robin Hoist Motor. These are delivered to clients from the Devon Independent Living Integrated Service (DILIS).

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