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Policy and guidance

You can find policies and procedures, and further links to the guidance and legal requirements which govern how we work on our care and health policies page.

Oral Health for Adults

27 August 2020

Resources to help you get started NICE guidance 48 The section on ‘Putting this guidance into practice’ suggests an approach to getting started and keeping going with improvements. This webpage also contacts lots of useful links – click on ‘Tools and Resources’ tab for: Quick guide, Oral assessment form, Baseline assessment. NICE guidance quality standard 151 This 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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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