Press release: Social care to receive £269 million to boost staff levels and testing

The impact of the new variant is being felt across the country, with staff absence rates rising sharply both in care homes and among home care staff, due to testing positive or having to self-isolate.The funding announced today will protect and support the social care sector, including care homes and domiciliary care providers, by increasing workforce capacity and increasing testing.The vital infection prevention and control guidance on staff movement in care homes is also being reinforced, with a reminder to providers to continue following the rules and keep staff and residents safe.The new 120 million funding will help local authorities to boost staffing levels, a direct ask of…

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Scottish Secretary thanks Covid testing staff in Dumfries

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has today [Friday 15 January] visited a new UK Government testing site in Dumfries to thank frontline testing staff and learn more about a UK-wide drive to improve accessibility of testing for local communities.The new testing site at Brooms Road carpark in Dumfries (DG1 2LB) is the UK Governments twenty fifth walk-through centre in Scotland. It joins a network of six drive through sites and around 20 mobile units across Scotland, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which to date has processed more than five million tests.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two…

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Press release: £7.5 million to digitally schedule shifts and save NHS staff time

The investment is part of a 26 million national fund to have all NHS doctors, nurses and other clinical staff on e-rostering systems by 2021, shown to be particularly invaluable during the pandemic E-rostering can save time and effort when redeploying staff, digitally matching staff skillset with patient care requirements and geography, while managing working hours and pay to save clinicians time and effort every weekNHS hospitals, clinics and pharmacies across 38 more trusts will be able to save staff time and money by rolling out digital shift planning, known as e-rostering systems, thanks to 7.5 million government funding.During the pandemic, e-rostering has proven instrumental when redeploying staff,…

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Detailed guide: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

A new national lockdown came into force across England on Wednesday 6 January. You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Read more aboutwhat you can and cannot do during the national lockdown.The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is therefore critical that organisations take a range of measures to keep everyone safe.Venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services, community centres and village halls must: ask at least one member of every party of customers…

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Guidance: Providing healthcare for overseas visitors from the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland: information for primary care staff

Published 1 August 2018 Last updated 6 January 2021 +show all updates 6 January 2021 Updated with information on access to healthcare for EU citizens now the Brexit transition period has ended. It reflects the terms of the UKEU Trade and Co-operation Agreement on reciprocal healthcare arrangements. 22 October 2019 Updated with information on the healthcare entitlement of overseas visitors from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland following Brexit. 1 August 2018 First published. Source link

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COVID-19 vaccination: consent form and letter for social care staff

COVID-19 vaccination consent form for social care workers Ref: PHE gateway number 2020370 PDF, 51KB, 1 page This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. COVID-19 vaccination consent form letter for social care staff (open source version) ODT, 22.3KB This file is in an OpenDocument format This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.…

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COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff Ref: PHE gateway number 2020341 HTML COVID-19 vaccination - a guide for social care staff leaflet (print version) Ref: PHE gateway number 2020341 PDF, 442KB, 8 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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Detailed guide: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

The government is committed to ensuring the right levels of intervention in the right places to manage outbreaks, suppress the virus and keep R below 1.From 2 December 2020, a tiered system has been reintroduced. There are 3 tiers for local restrictions:You can use the postcode checker to find out the restrictions in your area or an area you plan to visit.Depending on the tier in which your business is located, you may or may not be allowed to remain open, and each tier has different requirements for different sectors. Further information about how and which businesses can operate in which tiers.If your venue can stay open in…

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Open consultation: Stopping movement of staff between care settings

A study on the impact of coronavirus in care homes in England indicated that one of the common factors in care homes with higher levels of coronavirus infection among staff was how much they employed staff who worked across multiple sites.So in the adult social care winter plan the government committed to new regulations to limit staff movement between care homes, and between care homes and other health and care settings.The government now wants to make regulations that would temporarily modify regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 which deals with staffing.This would mean residential and nursing care home providers in…

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Press release: Expanded study tests immune response of care home staff and residents

The Vivaldi 2 study will more than triple in size to provide a detailed picture of coronavirus infection in care homes in England. These findings will help improve understanding of these vulnerable groups immune response to COVID-19 and help inform future treatments for the virus.As part of the major research study led by University College London (UCL), 14,000 care home residents and staff will be tested quarterly for their immune response to COVID-19. The number of care homes taking part will increase from 100 to 340, testing approximately 4,500 residents and 9,500 staff.Researchers will analyse how antibody and cellular immunity to the virus differs among different groups and…

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