On 14 May, Helen Whately MP Minister of State for Care issued a letter to council leaders, local authority chief executives, directors of adult social services, directors of public health, care home providers & CCG accountable officers.  Due to the urgent need to stop outbreaks in care homes, all local authorities were asked to review or put in place a care home support plan, drawing on local resilience and business continuity plans.

In keeping with this requirement, Dorset Council worked with the various agencies including care home providers to produce our plan. This was submitted to the Minister on 29 May 2020 and following recent feedback, we are now able to publish the documents.  

Dorset Council care home resilience plan letter

Dorset Council care home support

Our plan details information accessed via the National Care Home Capacity Tracker which is regularly updated so that progress can be monitored. Dorset Council is continuing to use the tracker to monitor changes and progress being made.   

Information on BCP Council support can be found here: BCP Council care sector support

National Capacity Tracker

The web-based Capacity Tracker – built in partnership with NHS England, Local Authority representatives and care home providers – enables care homes to share their available capacity in real time and allows users to search for care home availability across England. The system helps the user identify suitable care homes helping the individual to make the right choice for them and ensuring that they don’t stay in hospital any longer than is necessary

The Capacity Tracker asked providers to answer 13 questions across 5 themes:

  • infection prevention and control
  • testing
  • PPE and equipment supply
  • workforce support
  • clinical support.

For health and social care staff the Capacity Tracker helps minimise the number of Delayed Transfers of Care and reduces the amount of time discharge teams spend ringing around care homes searching for vacancies. 


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