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Information for providers

Latest Updates - 22 February 2024

Met Office Yellow Weather Warning

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for heavy rain, in effect between 05:00 and 18:00 on Thursday 22 February 2024.  Please see our BCP Webpage for further information.

Changes to registering COVID-19 LFD Test Kits 

Care homes have recently been contacted by DHSC to advise of changes to how COVID-19 LFD test results are reported.  Providers should follow the registration process detailed in the email whilst relevant national guidance is updated. 

See our latest update below 

Welcome to our information for adult social care providers webpages. 

These pages are designed to provide information, advice and guidance to adult social care providers who are currently operating in Staffordshire, providing care and support, or are potentially interested in doing so.

Adult social care in Staffordshire - monthly update  

Richard HarlingMessage from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care
(Director of Public Health and Director of Adult Social Services) 

15 February 2024

1) As we welcome this new month, I want to take a moment to highlight our annual Dignity in Care Awards. This year being extra special as we celebrate the award’s 10-year anniversary. Nominations went live on 1 February 2024, coinciding with Dignity in Action Day. I want to encourage us all to celebrate our fellow heroes and submit your nomination today. You can read more about the awards here.

Click here to submit your nomination 


Infection Prevention Control

2) From the 31 January 2024, the government revised the infection prevention and control in adult social care: acute respiratory infection (ARI) guidance (replacing the COVID-19 supplement document). 

The key change is redefining a COVID-19 outbreak, to 2 or more confirmed or clinically suspected linked cases within the same setting within a 5-day period (previous 14-days) which aligns to the definition of other ARI outbreaks.

For more information, please click here


Safety Alerts

3) Changes are being implemented to the way national organisations develop and issue safety alerts to healthcare providers.

For more information about the alerts click here

Click here, to get field safety notice, national patient safety alert, device safety information, and medicines recall/notification.

 

Nursing Associate Demand

4) Due to the ongoing demand for nursing associates within the adult care sector, it is important we continue to support placement opportunities for student nurses and associates. Skills for Care and Health Education England are working in partnership and have produced a guide to support with the understanding of nursing placements within social care.

The guide is not only just for students, but you can also use this guide to develop your training offer and support with developing students in your workplace.

For more information, click here. To view the guide, click here.


Digital Care Plans

5) Receive up to 50% off year-one implementation costs toward a digital care planning system.

Many providers have already reported spending up to 50% less time on writing or amending care plans.

The CQC (Care Quality Commission) emphasises the importance of digital records for maintaining an outstanding rating.

Failing to act promptly on this funding opportunity may result in reduced funds and could potentially cause you to miss out on this valuable opportunity.

Express your interest today by dropping us an email on digitalfundingenquiries@staffordshire.gov.uk

To find out more visit the digital website here.

Don't forget....

6) To be eligible to a claim through the Workforce Development Funding you must make sure you join our partnership with Skills for Care by 28 February 2024. Email us on WDF@Staffordshire.gov.uk with ‘I want to join your partnership.’


7) Make sure you are all booked onto our next Managers Quality Network Forum (MQNF) taking place 12 March 2024. Our theme at this forum is Caring with Compassion. To find out more or to book your slot, click here

8) MiDoS for Care is an online information hub for Adult Social Care services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

It provides access to a wide range of supportive information, which includes elements of the NHS directory of services (DoS), links to various community teams and a wide range of guidance and information from a variety of sources.

 


Past editions

If you are interested in accessing past editions of the 'Adult social care in Staffordshire – monthly briefing', please email your request to: 
asccommunications@staffordshire.gov.uk


Feedback

We value your input regarding the content, layout, and practicality of these pages, as well as any recommendations for enhancing them. Please don't hesitate to share your feedback with us via email on: asccommunications@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

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