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Residential and nursing care homes

Find information about how to do business with the Council, including the Market Position Statement, as well as tools and templates, policy, guidance and more.

South West Care Home Winter Resource Pack

NHS England have created a care home winter resource pack. The purpose of this resource pack is to provide guidance and useful links to information for Care Homes in the South West. The information is aligned with national guidance, including good practice which can be embedded locally by care providers.

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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

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…

What you need to know about Data Protection to do business with Devon County Council

3 January 2017

This document details Devon County Council’s requirements for all tender opportunities with regards to data protection and is posted to support providers in being ‘commissioning ready’. What you need to know about Data Protection In addition, please see HM Governments Guidance to Cyber Security   

Managers Checklists

17 August 2016

The monthly managers’ checklist and annual managers’ checklist 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 Continue reading…

Selling, buying, transferring your business

21 July 2020

This guidance is intended to help you if you are selling your care business or buying a care business from another provider. Find out what you need to do to ensure a smooth transition of your commissioned business. In order to ensure a smooth transition, it would help to receive formal notification as far in Continue reading…

Adult Social Care Annual Report for 2019

24 April 2020

Our Adult Social Care Annual Report for 2019 is now available, along with the following summary version. Writing an annual report on adult social care in Devon gives us the opportunity to reflect on our achievements and to look at how well we are meeting the needs of our population. We have aimed to do Continue reading…

Infection, Prevention and Control guidance (COVID-19)

28 February 2020

We would like to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and working with the government and NHS, who are well prepared to deal with this virus. Where to find the latest information and updates Care Provider Alliance – Infection Prevention and Control Guidance ACAS guidance to employers and employees on HR issues Continue reading…

Improved care and health worker parking permit scheme launched

21 January 2020

Permit will help care and health workers ‘to do their jobs’ A new Care and Health Worker Parking Permit has been launched, and it allows professionals visiting people at home to park on single and double yellow lines in certain circumstances. Currently care and health workers who hold the existing permit can park in on-street, Continue reading…

Reminder for all staff in the use of hoists

21 October 2019

Background: There has been another recent incident where there was significant risk of injury to the individual being hoisted when a gantry hoist collapsed. There have also been several earlier incidents where gantry hoists have collapsed. No fault was found with the equipment in any of the cases. The faults were deemed to be due Continue reading…

Expanding and improving regular breaks for carers – new guidance

21 October 2019

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Carers UK have launched new guidance on providing and commissioning carers’ breaks, plus advice and information for carers on how to get a break. Research by Carers UK shows 46 per cent of unpaid carers were unable to get a break in the last five years, even though Continue reading…

Ombudsman issues good practice guide for care providers

21 July 2019

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has issued a good practice guide which shares lessons from complaints to help adult social care providers improve their services. Based on the Ombudsman’s lengthy experience of investigating complaints about independent providers, the guide gives real-life examples of the common problems the organisation sees – and offers some Continue reading…

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