COVID-19. Message to all.
NASHiCS recognise that at this time of unprecedented challenges and changes to our normal routines, it is essential to be able to access information & up to date guidance. We therefore point you to the official web-site links as shown below.
Still on offer is the Covid-19, ideas, suggestions,from colleagues section, should you wish to share.
Chris Jackson, National Chair.
Events for 2020/1 – dates for your diary.
For your information we have reviewed our event offerings for the rest of this year, meaning a number of changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”
Virtual events on line.
****Conversation and Catch Up. (C&C)
Join us for our fortnightly live virtual conversation & catch up to discuss topical issues
Members and Non Members welcome.
Join us at the next C&C Tuesday 8th December2020
****More dates planned:
Tuesdays on 8th Dec;22nd Dec; 2021 5th Jan;19th Jan;1st Feb.
Time:10.30am to 11.30 am via Zoom.
A chance to see & chat with fellow members about the issue of the day, share a solution, or just find out what’s going on ! (don’t forget bring your beverage of choice)
For further details & how to sign for these free events Click here
****Forum Lancashire has now been scheduled for Tuesday 16th March 2021, Same location & same programme,so delegate bookings & exhibitor bookings will be transferable. Bookings Open
There is a wealth of information on the Covid-19 pandemic issued by the four countries of the UK.
To date NASHiCS published below items mainly concerning Health & Safety in the Care sector.
However the pace of the change to the instructions issued by the 4 countries of the United kingdom coupled with the Covid-19 virus restrictions being eased make tracking somewhat difficult to keep up to date.
We have therefore decided to revamp the publication of the various announcements to ensure that access to the information is easier and up to date.
You will see that we now refer you to the following links.
* Central Government UK. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
* Scottish Government. https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
* Welsh Government. https://gov.wales/coronavirus
* Northern Ireland Executive. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus
* Health & Safety Executive (HSE.)
* Care Inspectorate Scotland.
* Care Inspectorate Wales. https://careinspectorate.wales/
* The Regulation & Improvement Authority (Northern Ireland).
* Care Quality Commission (CQC). Public Information.
* Care Quality Commission (CQC). Provider Information.
* National Health Service (NHS).
* Health Protection Scotland.
* Health Service Wales.
* NI Direct https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19.
This will ensure that by accessing the organisations above you will obtain up to date information on the various subjects.
Remember to refresh your links each time you access as situations are changing frequently.
New National Restrictions for – four countries of the UK.
And restrictions for Christmas break.
The Prime Minister announced national restrictions coming into force on
Wednesday December 2nd 00:01 for England.
~ Further guidance on the restrictions is available on GOV.UK.
~ Information is available on current restrictions in Scotland and Wales.
Health & Safety Executive Covid-19 Questions.
The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. HSE spot checks
SOCIAL CARE 2020 and beyond.
For the social care sector to thrive, regulation and governance will need careful attention.
Social Care in England is a jigsaw puzzle – a patchwork of providers, funding and regulation. This leads to major variations in the standard and quality of care.Report issued
Adult Social Care: COVID-19 Winter plan 2020 to 2021.
The government’s ambitions for the sector and the challenges facing adult social care this winter.This plan applies to England. Read
Also see letter from the Minister for Care for Local Authorities to accompany the Winter Care Plan 2020/2021 Read
Adult Social Care Winter preparedness.
The Scottish Government has published the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan 2020-21. The plan sets out the measures already in place that must be retained and those that need to be introduced across the adult social care sector over winter 2020-21.
Free flu vaccines for Health & Social Care workers.
Those eligible for the free flu vaccine are being urged to take up the offer to protect themselves & others and help the NHS avoid additional pressure over the winter period.
This year the vaccine is being offered to more people than ever to address the additional risk posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). Ensure staff receive the vaccine PHEwebsite Scotland
Wales Northern Ireland
Keep a lookout for latex.
With the increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the current climate, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing Latex. Latex allergy most commonly manifests itself as localised urticaria, however other symptoms include allergic rhino conjunctivitis, asthma and, rarely, anaphylaxis.
Natural rubber latex proteins are substances hazardous to health under COSHH
Employers should carefully consider the risks when selecting gloves.
Follow the HSE’s glove selection guidance when considering glove use in the workplace (latex or otherwise),
NHS COVID-19 app advice for care staff
Social care staff are encouraged to download the app but be aware of situations where the contact tracing function should be paused, for example in clinical settings when wearing PPE, when phones are stored in communal areas, or when working behind Perspex screens.
NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app
e-News issue 111 (October 2020) available for Members.
Next issue 112 due end November 2020.
The latest issue of the e-News for members only is available under News
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