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29/06/2022   UKHSA national patient safety alert

UKHSA national patient safety alert

 

A national patient safety alert has been issued as hygiene products manufactured by Vernacare are potentially contaminated with Pseudomonas bacteria.
 
Vernacare have issued a voluntary recall of all ‘in-date’ cosmetic products which include wet wipes, wash mitts, barrier cloths, bed bath washcloths and shampoo caps produced.
 
It is essential these wipes are not being used in any health and care settings. There are currently no known cases linked to these contaminated products, but it is being investigated.
 
CAS-ViewAlert (mhra.gov.uk)

06/05/2022   Bridging the Gap - A strategy for the independent and voluntary sector, adult social care workforce

Bridging the Gap

A strategy for the independent and voluntary sector, adult social care workforce in Lincolnshire.  Read the full document here.

29/04/2022   V for Life

V for Life

Please see details from a UK charity called 'V for Life', which supports older vegans and vegetarians.
They work with a number of organisations including carers organisations. They've recently delivered cookery courses and demos for Manchester and Liverpool carers which were well received with fantastic attendee feedback.

They have some great publications available online such as popular Veggie meals to your door, paper copies are available on request.

Here are some other services they offer:


•    Virtual cooking demonstrations or cook-alongs.

•    They run a virtual vegan lunch club monthly.

•    They also run regular 6-week cookery courses for older adults nationally, often in partnership with Age UK.

•    Pen and phone pal scheme. A great way to help reduce isolation.

•    They post blogs with useful tips such as: https://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/blog/post/time-saving-tips-for-busy-caterers

•   They also have a grant schemes available to help older vegans and vegetarians with independent living. They've funded items such as stairlifts, mobility scooters, laptops, and cookery classes in Wales. More info can be found here.

 

14/01/2022   Skills for Care International Recruitment Event

Skills for Care International Recruitment Event

On 12 January 2022 Skills for Care hosted an introductory online session to support providers in starting to look at the process of undertaking overseas recruitment.  The event featured employers and their experience of both the recruitment process and the pastoral support and speakers included JMW Solicitors, Black Country ICS & Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Morton Grange Care Home & Ruschcliffe Care. 

Click here to watch the recording.

Additional resources:

Slide pack for International Recruitment Event

Fragomen fact sheet: Navigating the immigration system in the care sector

11/11/2021   Health & Wellbeing resources

Health & Wellbeing Lincolnshire System Services Update


In response to the pandemic and the impact this placed on the health and wellbeing of individuals, the Lincolnshire system implemented access to helplines for all health and social care organisations in March 2020.

We have now streamlined those helpline services to one central place to access wellbeing support. This means we can continue to provide emotional and mental health support as well as general advice on staff wellbeing and health conditions for all health and social care staff in Lincolnshire.

If appropriate you will be offered a comprehensive assessment of your emotional wellbeing needs and then if necessary be referred for treatment from the relevant mental health service that best fits your needs.

All NHS and social care staff will be prioritised for treatment. Please be assured that our service is completely confidential and is not part of any wider mental health or GP service. No one will know you have spoken to us unless you tell them yourself.

The Staff Wellbeing Hub will continue to be facilitated by the LPFT Staff Wellbeing Service and can be reached by calling 01522 518609 between 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can email lpft.staffwell-being@nhs.net

Please see leaflet here.

Please see referral form here.

19/10/2021   Mental Capacity Toolkit

The Mental Capacity Toolkit

Materials which have been created to help support health and social care professionals working with individuals whose decision-making capacity is limited, fluctuating, absent or compromised.  Find the toolkit at Mental Capacity Toolkit

25/06/2021   The Anne Robson Trust Helpline

The Anne Robson Trust is a pre-bereavement charity that offers company and support to anyone facing the end of life themselves, or those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. They have recently launched a telephone helpline service to help bridge the gap that has been created by the pandemic in accessing these services, and to meet demands for the increased support that is now necessary due to the higher number of people who have suffered a loss throughout the pandemic. 

This service also offers support to anyone who works with people who are dying, including care home staff, carers, and NHS staff. They may wish to use the service themselves or use it as a resource to refer others to. 

The helpline number is 0808 801 0688

The service is confidential, free to call, and oper as demand increases).  If you require any further information about our helpline service, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please see a short film that encapsulates the work the Anne Robson Trust does within hospitals. More information about all their work can be found on their website.

29/03/2021   Lincolnshire Care Association wants you to consider a career in care

Could you make caring for others your living? The Lincolnshire Care Association (LinCA) is calling on the people of Lincolnshire to consider a career in care. Supporting the Government’s ‘Care for Others: Make a Difference’ campaign, the organisation is showcasing just how fulfilling working in adult social care can be.

To demonstrate the joy that caring for older and vulnerable people can bring, for the past year LinCA has been sharing the stories of care providers and their teams from across the county. From Christmas competitions to Remembrance Day celebrations, LinCA has been collecting examples of care workers going above and beyond for their service users on its blog and social media channels. These stories aim to celebrate Lincolnshire’s care workers, while highlighting the many rewarding opportunities available in both homecare and care homes. 

In their most recent blog post, the association charted the progress of three finalists from last year’s Rising Star Awards ceremony. The awards, which celebrate promising care workers from organisations across Lincolnshire, show that the sky’s the limit when it comes to advancing your social care career. One example is Jack Graham, who has since gone from a Senior Care Assistant role to a management position with Knights Care.

When asked what he would say to others considering a career in care, Jack responded: “It's a highly demanding job, both physically and mentally.

“But when you start forging connections with the people you care for, it's the best job in the world! I feel blessed that I get to do this as a career.”

LinCA has also been helping to match those interested in becoming carers with exciting career opportunities in their area via their CareinLincs website. Launched in February 2020, the website not only displays vacancies across Lincolnshire, but breaks down the different types of care and the varied roles and progression routes available – from nursing, to domiciliary care, residential care and rehabilitation.

Melanie Weatherley, Chair of LinCA, says: “There’s this reputation that adult social care is unskilled work, with low pay and poor working conditions 

“But for compassionate and committed people, working in care allows them to make a real difference to the lives of others while developing their skills and career.

“From apprenticeships to qualifications of different levels, the learning opportunities in social care are continuous, as are the opportunities to make someone’s life better.

“The roles available are also incredibly varied – from homecare assistant to activities coordinator to care home manager – meaning there is a pathway to suit anyone with the desire to help others.

“In the ongoing fight against COVID-19, we need kind-hearted people more than ever to join our sector, with providers across Lincolnshire looking to hire thoughtful and hardworking individuals just like you.”

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, the county council's Executive Councillor for Adult Care, said:

"If you’re missing being around people, then becoming a care worker is your chance to spend time with others in your community to make a real difference for people who need the support, while doing your bit in the fight against Covid-19.

“There's a variety of caring roles, supporting working age adults, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs and caring for older adults 65 years and over – jobs are across a number of different settings. 

"Do you have the values and attitude to care for others and understand their needs? Then this could be the career for you. Find out more about what is required, the roles available, entry requirements and how you might suit a particular role through the CareinLincs website."

Ready to start your career in care? Browse current vacancies or find out more about the different roles and routes available on the CareinLincs website: https://www.careinlincs.co.uk/

16/02/2021   NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel

HWLincs are currently recruiting members for the NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel. Their aim is to create as big a representative group as possible to make sure the needs of everyone in Lincolnshire are met by the NHS in upcoming planning. 

HWLincs engage with healthcare services so their input is vital and valuable to make sure services fit all our needs, the people involved in this group have specific insights that will make a difference to NHS planning.

Find out more at the NHS Lincolnshire Citizen's Panel.

11/02/2021   Our Response to Health and Care White Paper

We welcome the Government’s proposal for an integrated health and social care system, released today in the form of a new Health and Care White Paper. 

At the Lincolnshire Care Association, we have long been campaigning for a unified approach to care, to ensure the best quality support for older and vulnerable across both Lincolnshire and the UK as a whole. We are pleased that the lessons learned during the pandemic will be carried forward by the Government, and eagerly await the arrival of the plan for social care reform.

31/12/2020   COVID-19 updates

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

Gov.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care guidance

Information for the adult social care sector on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

CQC

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

 

SCIE

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

 

Skills for Care 

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.  

 

Care Provider Alliance

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

 

Public Health England

Useful resources

 

National Care Forum

links to important guidance

Healthwatch Lincolnshire

Your spotlight on heatlh and care services

Digital Social Care 

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

 

Royds Withy King Solicitors - Coronavirus hub

Shakespeare Martineau- Your Guide to Recovery and Resilience

Duncan & Toplis - COVID-19 Knowledgebase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/12/2020   Use your serving skills to care for others

Ever considered using your skills in hospitality to support older or vulnerable people? Care providers throughout Lincolnshire are searching for friendly, flexible individuals with transferable skills to lend a hand during COVID-19.

These roles will focus on supporting individuals in their own home with simple meal preparation and service, allowing care workers to concentrate on those with more complex needs.

On the surface, care work and hospitality may seem like very different career paths, but the two industries share many traits. From using your catering or serving skills to prep and serve meals, to good social skills that can help to fight loneliness, hospitality and care workers have a lot in common.

So, if you’re searching for part-time work and would like to make a difference to the lives of others, email susannalovelock@linca.org.uk.

29/10/2020   CARE badges now available

The CARE badges are now available to order!

The badges are free for anyone working in adult social care, so order a badge for yourself or your workforce here.

16/10/2020   Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund is a funding stream from the Department of Health and Social Care and disbursed by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high-quality care by allowing providers to claim back money towards the cost of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications.

Providers can claim funding towards the cost of listed qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules completed between 1st January 2020 and the 31st March 2021. This includes money towards the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and associated costs such as:

  • Employees’ salaries whilst they’re undertaking training
  • Coaching and mentoring costs
  • Venue costs for training
  • Wage replacement costs

All costs must be incurred before the funding is claimed and employers must ensure they have records in place to evidence the costs of any claim they make.

For more information, contact Mark Turton markturton@linca.org.uk

09/10/2020    New digital support available for Lincolnshire’s unpaid carers

Lincolnshire County Council is working with Carers UK to launch two new digital platforms, with the goal of making life better for unpaid carers.

Jointly is a new app that aims to make caring for an older, ill or disabled loved one less stressful by better connecting those who share the care. Jointly allows carers to easily store important information about their dependents - making passing information along to fellow carers simple - along with the option to allocate tasks, manage medication and more. It is free to make an account, and users will also have access to a range of online resources to safeguard their own wellbeing and identify sources of support. Unpaid carers interested in signing up just need to visit carersdigital.org and make an account using the access code #DGTL1946. Or, you can download the additional resources below for more information.

Jointly A4 info sheet

Jointly A5 flyer

The Council is also working with Lincoln-based charity Every-One and Carers UK’s to encourage organisations to sign up to the Employers for Carers (EfC) forum. Created to assist employers in supporting their staff who are unpaid carers, EfC ensures that employers have the knowledge to retain and manage employees with caring responsibilities. Launched in 2009 as an employers’ membership forum, EfC now has over 215 member organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The forum provides hands-on advice and support for employers, with the benefits including:

  • A dedicated website featuring resources for managers and employees
  • Practical guides and advice for managers and carers including case studies, model policies, FAQs and tools and tips

To access the free resources, simply log on to www.efcdigital.org and register using your email address and the access code #EFC1946. The access code is the same for everyone and can be provided to all employees.

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.