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10/07/2020   Our work towards an ethical reintroduction of visitors in care homes

We know not visiting your loved ones during this difficult time has been painful, and no one is happier about the possibility of allowing visitors again than care homes and their staff. However, homes in Lincolnshire, and across the UK as a whole, are in a challenging position and have been since the outbreak of COVID-19 began.

Since March, care homes have been forced to choose between protecting their residents’ health and their human need to see their family and friends. Lockdown has been tough for not only residents and their families, but also for staff, who just want the best for those in their care. 

Bringing visitors back into homes involves weighing up all the possible risks – a process that is unique to each facility – and is a delicate decision that cannot be rushed. Since May, the Lincolnshire Care Association has been working with experts from Lincolnshire County Council, the Lincolnshire CCG and Lincolnshire NHS Trusts to create the best possible – and most ethical - guidance for reintroducing visitors to care homes, with the goal of reuniting residents with their loved ones while protecting them from COVID-19.

We would welcome any government guidance that supports our work, but believe that the right balance needs to be struck before moving forward. We ask that visitors follow any health and safety guidelines in place when visiting, including wearing masks, washing your hands before entering and staying two metres apart at all times.

For more information on how you can help to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while visiting a loved one, visit the Lincolnshire County Council website.

09/07/2020   Our Chair's letter to MPs applauding Lincolnshire care providersí "Amazing" response to COVID-19

Melanie Weatherley MBE, Chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association, has written to Lincolnshire MPs to outline the tremendous efforts of care providers, Lincolnshire County Council and health partners in supporting vulnerable people through the pandemic.

But with a potential second wave ahead, she had also called for their support in Parliament to raise the potential risks to providers financially and coping with sometimes scarce resources.

"It's only right that our elected representatives are aware of the fantastic efforts of our providers and partners in the most challenging circumstances we have ever faced," said Melanie Weatherley.

"But our MPs must do all they can to support our care sector to be robust enough to cope with a further wave of Covid-19 and be well resourced for future needs.

"Care providers have gone the extra mile, acting as close a substitute as possible for family and friends unable to visit their loved ones. The support of the county council in infection control and funding additional costs experienced by providers has been invaluable. Indeed the partnership working between providers, the county council and CCG and NHS health colleagues has been hugely important."

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Health and Adult Care, added: "From the start of the pandemic we have been in constant contact with care homes to support them. Our infection prevention and control team, together with our partners, have provided quick, effective support when outbreaks are reported so that they are kept under control.

"We've recognised the need to support care homes with increased costs from the beginning and have recently distributed the £10.45m funding from government to help us to reduce and prevent coronavirus outbreaks and protect residents.

"A full programme of training, support with accessing coronavirus test kits and PPE, plus providing Facebook portals and digital technology to help with care support and keeping families in touch, has made a big difference. As Melanie has stated, while we have been sadly seen some deaths in our care homes due to Covid-19, it's heartening to see that all this good work has meant a comparatively low number of deaths across the county compared to other areas."

"We are fully behind the call for further support for our care sector to ensure it is well prepared both for a possible second wave of Covid-19 and for future resilience in being able to provide the very best care for vulnerable people."

07/07/2020   Our response to Boris Johnson and Simon Stevens

We’d like to say a few words in response to Boris Johnson’s unacceptable remarks that “too many care homes didn’t follow procedures” during COVID-19, as well as Simon Stevens’ comments over the weekend regarding the “resilience” of the social care system.

These comments, although not unexpected, suggests the blame lies with care homes, when the sector is filled with hardworking, resourceful individuals who dedicate their lives to caring for others.

The situation has been challenging, but care homes were not just sitting on their hands while the government was deciding its next steps. Like every sector, we have had to learn about this evolving situation as we go along, but providers used their expertise and anticipated what needed to be done long before the government guidelines were released. In fact, care organisations were a crucial influence on the policies that have saved lives, from PPE to choosing to suspend visits.

Lincolnshire care homes in particular were forward-thinking when it came to preventing the spread of COVID-19, choosing to go into lockdown before it became mandatory. Many were told they were overreacting, but the situation could have been much more serious if that decision hadn’t been made.

Most importantly, don’t let these careless words dissuade you, a friend or relative from choosing to make a care home your home. They provide security, companionship and so much more, and for vulnerable people in need of support there is no safer place to be.

A few weeks ago, the government was clapping for the care sector – don’t let them make us the target of their mistakes. The battle against COVID-19 isn’t over yet, but we’re still here fighting the good fight for the vulnerable people that need us.

Melanie Weatherley, MBE

26/06/2020   Deliver a wellbeing package to a veteran near you

Age UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire are searching for volunteers to help deliver wellbeing packs to veterans in their local community.

These support packs are free of charge to anyone over 50 who has served in the forces and whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

These packs contain items such as:

  • Tea/coffee
  • Soap
  • Toilet roll
  • Forget me not seeds
  • A notebook, book or puzzle book
  • Tinned goods
  • Foodstuffs such as custard, jam, cornflakes and biscuits
  • A health and wellbeing guide and other supportive literature.

There are 1,800 packs to be delivered between now and November. The charity is looking for volunteers who can offer veterans a friendly chat along with their wellbeing pack, to help prevent isolation and loneliness.

For more information or to volunteer, visit ageuk.org and download an application pack. 

Don’t have time to deliver but would still like to get involved? Donate items to the cause and help Age UK to make their packs as valuable as can be for their veterans – find out more.

Know a veteran who deserves a wellbeing pack? Nominate them here.

25/06/2020   CAS Alert - Central Alerting System: Phenelzine Sulphate 15mg Tablets (Nardil) - Supply Disruption

Central Alerting System: Phenelzine Sulphate 15mg Tablets (Nardil) - Supply Disruption

24/06/2020   CAS Alert - PPE and and heat - risk of heat stress

Urgent CAS Alert: Personal Protective Equipment and heat - risk of heat stress

15/06/2020   New COVID-19 Emotional and Mental Health Support Helpline is live

The Health and Wellbeing Helpline has been formed in partnership with the Lincolnshire Care Association, Lincolnshire Community Health Services, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, Primary Care, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire CCG.

The helpline can be used by staff and managers who have any queries or concerns relating to COVID-19 regarding their health and wellbeing. For example staff wellbeing, national guidance, or if you require a supported conversation.

Depending on the nature of your call, you may be signposted onto other sources of advice. Please check whether you have access to your organisations own health and wellbeing services prior to contacting the helpline and please liaise with your line manager in the first instance.

The health and wellbeing helpline is available Monday-Friday from 8:00am-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9.30am-12:00pm, please contact us on 01522 308885.

11/06/2020   Easy guide to joining a Microsoft Teams meeting

We're aiming to restart our Workforce Development course calendar by the end of June. These new courses will be running virtually by Microsoft Teams. To ensure as many people as possible can take part, we've created an easy guide to joining a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Download it here.

Teams is currently free if you have a NHS mail account.

If you need any further help in setting up your NHS mail account, contact Grace Neal at graceneal@linca.org.uk.

02/06/2020   Furlough Scheme Changes

Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms furlough next steps

11/05/2020   CAS Alert - Tiger Eye Protector Product

Central Alerting System: Tiger Eye Protector Product - Removal From The Supply Chain In Respect Of Covid-19 Use

07/05/2020   Two new e-learning courses available for free

In an effort to support residential care and dual registered homes and their staff during this extremely trying time for the care sector, LinCA Workforce Development has commissioned two further eLearning programmes:

Verification of Expected Death: The course aims to provide the essential knowledge required for verifying an expected death. Using a simulated practical experience in a controlled environment, attendees will develop the skills needed to verify a deceased person, as well as how to spot the signs of a suspicious death.

Every care home has been allocated four free licences. If you have more members of your workforce who need to undertake this training, you can ask individuals to share and undertake the training as a small group, but make sure you track who has done the training and update individual training records.

Wound Care: This course has been specially developed for all staff working within the health and social care sector. It covers wound care and the procedures required to minimise the risk of infection. The course is designed to support the management of simple wound dressing and assist in the assessment process to support the local district nursing team.

Every care home has been allocated five free licences. If you have more members of your workforce who need to undertake this training, you can ask individuals to share and undertake the training as a small group, but please track who has completed the training and update individual training records.

Both programmes are now live and open for you and your staff to access via the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adult Board [LSAB] website: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/safeguarding/lsab 

We have been working with the LSAB admin team to ensure that your organisation can be found on the list of providers when you have to sign up. If you have already signed up, it is simply a case of login in and identifying who you want to undertake the courses. Any technical or sign in or sign up issues, then please direct your queries to safeguarding_training@lincolnshire.gov.uk

 

30/04/2020   Treasury cut taxes to reduce PPE costs

From the 1st of May 2020, PPE purchased by care homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against Covid-19 will be free from VAT for a three-month period.

Find out more on the gov.uk website.

28/04/2020   Dental update for Lincolnshire care providers

There is no routine dental care currently in Lincolnshire. If residents or patients have an urgent issue they should contact their own dentist by phone for advice (free service). If they are not registered with a dentist, they should contact 111 instead.

Residents and patients are requested not to contact their GP practice for dental issues. 

A resident's or patient's own dentist, or 111, can refer them for non-face-to-face triage. The triage service can provide advice and prescribe antibiotics & analgesia.

There are seven urgent dental care centres running across the county right now. However, they are only accessible via the triage service, and as capacity is limited this service is largely for extraction (NHS charge £22.70).

28/04/2020   Important coronavirus updates from gov.uk

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Featured updates include refreshed PPE guidance and the addition of further FAQs.

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

A statement has been added following the NERVTAG review of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as an aerosol-generating procedure.

Admission and care of people in care homes

How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak

Stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Advice on appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for stepdown in hospital or discharge to home or residential settings.

 

28/04/2020   Our response to the sad news of the care home death toll

We’re deeply saddened by the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes across the UK. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost to the virus. We’re also sorry to hear that some of you were not able to say a proper goodbye to your loved ones, or say goodbye in the way you would have liked to.

Sadly, coronavirus particularly affects older people and those with underlying health conditions. The majority of people in care homes are frail and suffering from pre-existing health issues, and unfortunately COVID-19 has taken its toll.

We’re determined at LinCA to do everything we can to support care home residents, providers and staff during this distressing time. There are a number of things care homes and their staff can – and are - doing to fight the virus, including:

  • Ensuring all new residents are tested for COVID-19 before moving into the home
  • Using PPE as appropriate if cases of COVID-19 are known or suspected in the home
  • Ensuring that other professionals coming into the home are aware of the precautions in place on entry

There seems to be a lag in tracking coronavirus deaths in care homes, in part due to a lack of testing. Care providers need to keep tracking the number of COVID-19-related deaths, so we can identify trends and protect both staff and residents. We welcome the testing of asymptomatic staff and care home residents, as well as the commitment from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to share the details of care home deaths on a daily basis.

It is also important to note that staff are continuing to give the same quality, loving care that they always have, especially in end-of-life situations. Loved ones can be assured that if a relative does pass, it will be in a dignified and comfortable setting, surrounded by people who truly care about them.

 

20/04/2020   Childcare for keyworkers - a message from Lincolnshire County Council

Please see the details below of how key workers can find childcare close to their home or work. If they click on the link, enter their preferred postcode/location and the distance willing to travel, it will give them a list.

We have over 500 providers that remain open however if keyworkers have difficulties finding a provider they can use the contact number in office hours and the family information service will be able to help. If there are still issues email the eycc address below and one of the team will try and broker a place.

As a key worker if you are looking for childcare for younger children or for children of school age where a school is not able to meet your childcare needs you can find details of all childcare providers across Lincolnshire hereIf you require specific support or advice on finding a place for your child you can call the Family Information Service on 0800 195 1635 or email fis@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

In addition, if you have not been able to find a childcare place during the COVID-19 outbreak for your child, or have not been able to get the support or find a place to meet your needs, please contact eycc@lincolnshire.gov.uk and the Early Years and Childcare Team will contact you directly and work with you to find a place for your child.

You can also find out about which schools remain open – this is on the school closures page of the website.

We can confirm the majority of schools in Lincolnshire remain open for the children of keyworkers and those children or young people classed as vulnerable. If you are requiring emergency care, please contact your child's school in the first instance during regular school hours. If you are unable to make contact, please email Keyworker@lincolnshire.gov.uk or telephone 07899 066576.

17/04/2020   Volunteer support available from Age UK

Age UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire are offering volunteer support to the county's older and vulnerable people. 

Their volunteers can collect shopping, prescriptions and food items, as well as make wellbeing calls.

To make a request for support simply call them on 03455 564 144 or email volunteering@ageuklsl.org.uk.

For more information, click here.

17/04/2020   What do care providers need to know about the Coronavirus Act?

The Coronavirus Act - emergency legislation to help the UK deal with COVID-19 as quickly as possible - is now law. But what does this mean for care providers? 

The Act lays the foundations for local authorities, CCGs, HMRC and the NHS to put emergency measures in place, and will affect mainly four areas:

  • The deployment of staff
  • Legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Containment of the virus
  • Managing the deceased.

To find out how these changes could impact your organisation, read this excellent and informative blog by Royds Withy King solicitors. 

07/04/2020   Updates to infection and prevention control guidance for COVID-19

Public Health England (PHE) has been collaborating with the NHS, NHS Improvement and Devolved Administrations to update the UK's infection and prevention control guidelines for COVID-19.

PHE has also been discussing the subject with the Royal College of Nursing, other Royal Colleges and professional societies.

Based on the available evidence and feedback from these discussions, they have re-evaluated their recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe.

To ensure you're up to date with the latest guidance, visit the gov.uk website

05/04/2020   Get the latest guidance on COVID-19 for the social care sector

Whether you need guidance on PPE or temporary changes to DBS checks, Skills4Care has the latest COVID-19 updates from all of the relevant agencies (Department of Health and Social Care, Local Government Association, GOV.UK and more) all in one place.

Visit their website now for the latest COVID-19 advice for the social care sector.  

03/04/2020   NICE updates COVID-19 guidelines on critical care

NICE has listened to concerns from patients groups about their guidelines regarding critical care during COVID-19. As a result, they have updated their advice in line with NHS guidance to ensure the best patient care possible during this time of intense pressure. 

Read the updated guidance here.

02/04/2020   Care Home Continence Assessments during COVID-19

Continence clinics in the community have been cancelled during the COVID-19 outbreak. Care homes should complete any continence assessment paperwork and forward it to the Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust (LCHS). The LCHS will then do a telephone assessment and order products if required. Review assessments will also be done over the phone.

If a resident has signs of UTI and retaining of urine, a bladder scan will be done at the resident’s home or care home. Catheter patients will also be seen at their home or care home.

If you require any further information, please contact:

Allison Temple,

Continence Specialist Nurse, LCHS

Telephone: 01775 652278

Mobile: 07748932142

Email: Allison.temple@nhs.net 

02/04/2020   Running low on PPE?

Are you concerned that your stock of PPE is running low? Here are four providers who should have PPE items in stock:

Careshop: coronavirus@careshop.co.uk

Blueleaf: 03300 552 288 

emergencystock@blueleafcare.com

Delivernet: 01756 706 050

lee.morris@delivernet.co.uk

Countrywide Healthcare: 01226 719 090

enquiries@countrywidehealthcare.co.uk

 

Other contacts for food supplies/PPE, kindly shared by providers, include:

Gompels: https://www.gompels.co.uk/ (limiting orders)

Able Clean & Hygiene Supplies: 

https://www.ablecleaningandhygiene.com/

South Lincs Food Services: Operate a minimum drop of £30.00 and have an extensive range of goods and essentials. Telephone Paul Hunt at any time on 07584 392647

31/03/2020   Lincolnshire care workers become first to access exclusive COVID-19 training courses

Social care providers across Lincolnshire are once again at the cutting edge of the battle against Covid-19.

Last Friday, LinCA Workforce Development announced a joint working initiative between Medex Group Limited and itself. Supported by Lincolnshire County Council, the initiative gives every adult care worker across Lincolnshire access to two new pieces of learning.

The programmes, accessed through the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adult Board training website, aims to give the workforce a greater understanding of coronavirus/COVID-19. This includes information on managing the signs and symptoms in Health and Social Care settings, as well as Coronavirus Awareness and Infection Prevention and Control for Health and Social Care Workers.

In the three days that the course has been online, already 312 care workers have requested access to the signs and symptoms course, with 250 having completed. A similar number have been interested in the prevention course, where 234 have requested to take part and 199 have completed the training.

If you're a care provider based in Lincolnshire and would like to know more about these fully-funded eLearning courses, then please email Mark Turton, LinCA Workforce Development Manager: markturton@linca.org.uk

30/03/2020   New "Hybrid" Care Certificates for quicker inductions

To assist those care providers who normally use the Care Certificate to support your inductions, LinCA WFD has reviewed the standards and have written a simple protocol that would support a shorter "Hybrid" version.

If you have not received the updated version from Mark Turton, please email markturton@linca.org.uk.

20/03/2020    Volunteers wanted to support Lincolnshire care providers in the fight against coronavirus

CareinLincs is on the hunt for volunteers to support Lincolnshire care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers with a range of skills are needed to assist organisations in their local community and beyond, to help ensure the health and wellbeing of Lincolnshire’s most vulnerable people. 

CareinLincs, which we launched in February 2020, was created to encourage people to consider a career in social care. Now, we're using its online presence to support care providers across the county, who are struggling with unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are a range of roles available, meaning it’s not only those with direct care experience who can offer assistance. Organisations need everything from chefs to cleaners, activity co-ordinators, delivery people and more to sign up, as well as those with no previous experience who just want to lend a hand during this challenging time.

Our Chair, Melanie Weatherley MBE, says: “We all need to pull together right now to support the Lincolnshire care sector and make sure that the vulnerable people in our county get the support they need.

“No contribution is too small, so if you’re looking to do more in the fight against coronavirus, we’d love to hear from you.” 

Areas in need of support include:

  • Activity co-ordination
  • Administration
  • Childcare for the children of care staff
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking and hospitality
  • Delivering essentials
  • Frontline care work

To get involved, just register your details on the CareinLincs website. There is no need for a CV or cover letter, just upload your name, email address and phone number and the team will get back you.

19/03/2020   Dear government - Donít forget about the social care sector in the fight against coronavirus

We're calling for more government support for the social care sector amid the coronavirus outbreak, in response to the increasing government funding pledged to help businesses and the NHS to weather the storm. In comparison, little has been promised to assist care organisations, who are on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and are crucial in protecting vulnerable people during this challenging time.

Our Chair, Melanie Weatherley MBE, says: “Although we’re pleased that support is being provided for the NHS and for businesses, we urge the government not to forget about the social care sector.

“There are 1.4 million staff working in care homes and for home care organisations who are vital in caring for the most vulnerable people in society, who need their carers now more than ever.”

Care organisations in Lincolnshire and the UK as a whole are feeling the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic. Home care providers across the country are struggling to reach service users for a multitude of reasons, such as staff having to self-isolate, needing to care for dependents, or becoming ill themselves. Organisations are having to think about restricting the range and number of calls they conduct, with cases needing to be prioritised in order of urgency – a call no home care provider wants to make - while care homes have been forced to ban visitors to stop the virus from spreading.

Despite these issues, Lincolnshire care providers and their staff have been doing everything they can to ensure the health and wellbeing of their service users.

Melanie added: “The NHS is full of amazing people doing amazing work, but so is social care. 

“Integration between social care and the NHS is the best way to ensure the health and well-being of our most vulnerable - not just during times like these, but all-year-round. 

“We’d like to see a more coherent approach to the issue of COVID-19, with a similar commitment made to social care that has been made to the NHS.

“Local government and care providers need the same immediate financial support to maintain their services, which in-turn will reduce pressure on the NHS."

Share if you agree the government needs to do more to support the social care sector during this time!

17/03/2020   Concerned about COVID-19?

Are you a care provider concerned about COVID-19?

Here at LinCA, we’re still available to answer all of your queries about coronavirus. You can reach us by email or call us on the phone, although due to our team now working from home our response time may take slightly longer than usual.

In the meantime, take a look at our list of useful resources below. If you have any ideas or information you would like to share with us please let us know.

We want to reassure our members and all providers that we will be here to support them during this difficult time, so whatever your concern, please get in touch.

Call us on 01522 581073 

Or, email Susanna Lovelock at susannalovelock@linca.org.uk 

 

Useful links

Royds Withy King Solicitors - here to support you through difficult times

Shakespeare Martineau- Your Guide to Recovery and Resilience

Forrester Boyd Chartered Accounts - Business Support Update

Six Steps to Success in End of Life Care - Resources for Care Homes

Business Lincolnshire - COVID-19 Business Update

Duncan & Toplis - General support for business

Healthwatch Lincolnshire - Coronavirus updates

CQC has a dedicated section to COVID-19 related changes on their website.

SCIE has created a hub for COVID-19 advice for social care

Public Health England - Useful resources

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has a page with latest news and guidance for COVID-19.

National Care Forum - links to important guidance

Skills for Care - Guidance from other agencies

Gov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

You can get advice on your technology and digital questions and issues from the Digital Social Care Helpline.

 

28/02/2020   Winners of Lincolnshire Care Awards 2019 announced

 Lincolnshire Care Awards Logo

The winners of this year’s Lincolnshire Care Awards have been announced! 

Last night we popped the champagne and donned our glad rags to honour the county’s best in care at our gala awards evening at Lincoln's Assembly Rooms. With over 100 nominations across 12 categories (a record number!), choosing this year’s winners was tougher than ever!

But we did it – congratulations to the winners of the Lincolnshire Care Awards 2019! Check out the list below.

 

Residential Care Award (sponsored by Duncan and Toplis)

Winner: Laura Armstrong, Fotherby House

Highly commended: Julie Muckleston, Syne Hills Care Home

 

Community Care Award (sponsored by Quality Compliance Systems)

Winner: Elizabeth Felton, Walnut Care

Highly commended: Sharon Patterson, SAGE Care

 

Nursing & Nurse Associate in Social Care Award (sponsored by Medex Group)

Winner: Angela Cowley, Drovers Call, and Lynn Brown, Westfield Nursing Home

 

Healthy Nutrition Award (sponsored by Apetito)

Winner: Lisa Herbert & Katie Greenslade, Red House Nursing Home

 

Residential Care Leadership Award (sponsored by StaffAid)

Winner: Wendy Britton, Nene Lodge Retirement Home

Highly commended: Gale Bull, Red House Nursing Home

 

Community Care Leadership Award (sponsored by Country Court Care)

Winner: Damian Taylor, EarlyBird Lifestyle & Support Ltd

Highly commended: Amy Elding, Flo's Friends Ltd

 

Care Trainer Award (sponsored by the Lincolnshire Care Association)

Winner: Sam Stockwell, Boultham Park House

Highly commended: Janice Powell, Drovers Call

 

Care Activity Organiser Award (sponsored by Lincolnshire County Council)

Winner: Charli Siddons, The Old Hall

Highly commended: Heather Palmer, Mandy Crisp and Natalie Sharp, Royal Mencap Society

 

Behind the Scenes Award (sponsored by LLIP)

Winner: Andrew Saunders, Gregory House

Highly commended: Liza Nickerson, Kimberley Care Home

 

Caring Together Award (sponsored by Every-One)

Winner: Gainsborough Not Alone, Macmillan Volunteers

 

Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by the Lincolnshire Care Awards)

Winner: Helen Reilly, Oakdene Care Home

 

Rising Star Awards (sponsored by the Lincoln Care College)

Winner: Julia Pagett, Ashdene Care Home, and Richard Skipper, Libertas

 

Check out the full list of nominees here.

07/02/2020   The CareinLincs website has now launched!

Our revolutionary new CareinLincs website, designed to increase employment and support Lincolnshire’s social care sector, has launched! Free for our members, the website advertises care and nursing vacancies across the county and was created with Lincolnshire job-hunters in mind.

Every image featured on the website is of a real Lincolnshire care worker or organisation and includes everyone from support workers to registered nurses. The website showcases the many pathways available for those interested in a career in care, whether you want to progress your career or land your first role.  

The new website is not only a first for our county, but also the UK. CareinLincs is the first website to fight the sector’s recruitment crisis at the local level, with the goal of creating an emotional connection between would-be carers and the sector.

Along with assisting care homes, nursing homes and homecare providers in recruiting and retaining quality team members, CareinLincs can also be used to find volunteers, hire apprentices and organise work experience with schools and colleges.

As well as making it easier for students and would-be carers to find roles, CareinLincs makes finding new staff easier for care providers by handling the recruitment process from start to finish. Members of LinCA can sign up for free to this unique system, which allows providers to find and organise their favourite candidates, helping them to hire those with the right values for a career in care. 

Our Chair Melanie Weatherley MBE says: “Recruiting and retaining staff with the right values for a career in care is a challenge across the sector, but the CareinLincs website aims to change that.

“We want to help care providers in Lincolnshire to find kind, committed team members to take care of the vulnerable people in our county, but we also want to help those caring individuals to build a career they can be proud of.

“Whether searching for their first job in care or moving up through their next great role, we want to show that working in care is a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

Check out the CareinLincs website now: https://www.careinlincs.co.uk/

19/12/2019   Placements wanted for promising young care students

Can you provide quality work experience for a young care worker? Then we want to hear from you!
 
Lincoln Care College’s first students started their care journey in September, and now this promising group of trainees are in need of placements to help hone their skills.
 
If you'd like to support the future of care in Lincolnshire, contact Grace Neal at graceneal@linca.org.uk to offer a placement!
 
For more information about the Lincoln Care College and the unique training experience it offers, click here.

21/11/2019   EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit

The employer toolkit equips employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

05/11/2019   The Care College

The Care College

LinCA has worked closely with Lincoln College to aid in the development of the Care College. The Care College has been developed with the aim of ensuring students are going to be prepared and suited to begin their career in care from the day they leave college. Throughout the two years the students will complete the Care Certificate and Level 2 Adult Social Care Award alongside good quality work experience throughout the sector.

The Care College’s aim is to showcase care as a career and enlighten students to feel passionate about working in the sector. Over 30 students began in the first cohort which started in September 2019.  All of these students will soon begin their first placements in a variety of settings in care.

LinCA is passionate about supporting the sector’s recruitment needs and aiding in the development of the future workforce.

For further information or if you would like to get involved in enlightening these students please contact Grace Neal on: graceneal@linca.org.uk

01/10/2019   Workforce Development Fund

Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high-quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.

For those who have already joined and have access to our partnership we would like to thank you for your continued support, for those who want to find how to get access to this funding, then please feel free to come on board and join our healthy partnership here in Lincolnshire.  If you are interested in applying for funding or you would like further information then please email Anna Bociaga: annabociaga@linca.org.uk who will help you and guide you through the sign up process

To learn more about the Workforce Development Fund check the Skills for Care Website

01/10/2019   Nursing Associates

Nursing Associates

A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care for people in health and social care settings. It has been created to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses. This role is only being used and regulated in England. 

A nursing associate is not a substitute for a registered nurse. The intention is that by employing a nursing associate, who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) having completed an approved training course, it can free up the time of a registered nurse to focus on more complex clinical duties.

To find out more check the Skills for Care website.