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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

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…

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…

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…

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…

January 2021

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Free Digital Skills training programme for new and existing care staff

New and existing health and social care staff in Devon and Somerset are now able to register for a free 12-week training programme, starting in January. Boost your career, enhance your employability, gain new confidence and motivation. This is an opportunity for care staff to invest in their digital skills. The programme has been designed to help you to become fluent with digital tools, enhancing the amazing work that you do. Find our more and register.


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