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Care Home Resource Centre

Information, advice and resources for care homes and nursing homes in Plymouth

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Coffee Catch Up - Every Wednesday 10:30am

Looking forward to seeing you all - bring coffee, tea and cake for a half hour break and chat

Updated 23 November

 

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FREE Preventing Infection Workbook: Guidance for Care Home Staff

These workbooks provide:

  • Latest national guidance
  • Evidence-based information
  • 18 topics including the 10 Standard infection control precautions, Aseptic technique, Specimen collection, Preventing a UTI, Urinary catheter care, Viral gastroenteritis/Norovirus, Clostridioides difficile, MRSA and MRGNB
  • Each topic includes a 'test your knowledge' section

When 100% competency has been achieved, managers sign the 'Certificate of completion' at the end of the Workbook, providing evidence for CQC compliance

The Workbook is kept by the member of staff as part of their portfolio of evidence of learning and can be used as a reference guide for day-to-day working

If you would like to order these for your care home, please contact aharlow1@nhs.net including:

  • the number of staff in your home and
  • the address of the home (including named contact)

The workbook will be posted free of charge - one workbook per patient-facing staff member

Updated 21 October

 

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Vital Infection Prevention Control & Winter Readiness Resource Pack

Essential resources available from UKHSA - please click on the link below to access

UKHSA Care Home and Residential Care Guidance - South West Councils (swcouncils.gov.uk)

Updated 21 October    

 

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The National Infection Prevention & Control Manual for England

The manual outlines 10 standard precautions to be used by all staff, in all care settings, at all times and for all patients

Please find the document here:

NHS England ยป National infection prevention and control manual (NIPCM) for England

Updated 21 November

 

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Capacity Tracker Updates

Please update daily regarding bed availability and as often as you can update your workforce data - please don't leave it blank!

Updated 12 October

 

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Activity Card Resource Packs

To arrange a date and time to pick up the Activity Card Resource Packs from Windsor House, please call Anna on 01752 305452 or email qualityassurance&improvementteam@plymouth.gov.uk

Updated 29 September

 

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A Quick Read - Steady on your Feet! 

Welcome to Steady on Your Feet Devon 

A new campaign led by the NHS and the local authority to help increase confidence and reduce the risk of falls

Updated 04 October

 

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Order COVID-19 test kits

Please make sure you have enough test kits, in case of an outbreak

To order more, please use the GOV.UK website and enter your unique organisation number

Order coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for your organisation - GOV.UK

Updated 29 September

 

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NICE Guidance for Preventing Cold Homes this Winter

A short guide for care staff to reduce the risks

Helping to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes | Quick guides to social care topics | Social care | NICE Communities | About | NICE

Updated 04 October

 

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Vaccinations

If you haven't been contacted by the UHP vaccination team or your PCN then please contact them to arrange COVID boosters and flu vaccinations

Updated 04 October

 

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The Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme 

The programme provides a variety of free, flexible learning and development opportunities

Click this link for more information!

Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP) - Proud to Care (proudtocaredevon.org.uk)

Updated 04 October

 

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Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT)

The Devon Care Home Collaborative (DCHC) is supporting all social care organisations to complete the DSPT with training events. Email sara.small@devoncarehomes.org for further information

Data Security and Protection Toolkit - NHS.UK

Updated 29 September

 

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Register to use NHSmail

NHSmail is the national secure collaboration service for health and social care in England. It is a free, secure email system that is available to all CQC- registered care providers in England who have achieved Approaching Standards on the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

Register and create a new NHSmail account - NHS.UK

Updated 29 September

 

How to get in touch

If you have any questions for Plymouth City Council's QAIT Team, please email qualityassurance&improvementteam@plymouth.gov.uk.

If you need to contact the Strategic Commissioning Team, please email jointcommissioning@plymouth.gov.uk

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