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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

latest news from us


Tuesday 26th May

Updated Guidance for Home Care Providers on COVID 19 from GOV UK

The Government has updated the guidance for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the Coronavirus outbreak: Guidance for Home Care Providers (Gov.UK)

How to inform DHSC of the death of an employee

New guidance was published on 20 May to advise local authorities and social care providers on how to inform the Department of Health and Social Care about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care. Please see full guidance here:   COVID 19 Informing DHSC of death of a social care worker

Resources for Learning Disability Providers

The NHS Learning Disability and Autism programme have set up a Future NHS Collaboration workspace to support the work of NHS England and Improvement Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Covid-19 Response Cell. This platform will be used to share guidance and information, and encourage mental health, learning disability and autism leads and providers to share advice and feedback on how best to look after patients and staff during these difficult times. The resources on this workspace are open to those working in mental health, learning disability and autism services and will include the voluntary and independent sector. If you currently have a FutureNHS account, you can access the workspace directly through  FutureNHS HomepageThose without a FutureNHS account can either self-register to the platform if they have an or email account, or directly request access by emailing our generic mailbox if they are from other organisations at:

Wednesday 20 May

COVID 19 Testing Arrangements: Care Home Residents and Care Home Staff

Public Health Dorset has published guidance on Testing Arrangements for Care Home residents and staff. This guidance was updated on 19th May, please check back here regularly for latest updates.

In addition, Our Dorset has produced a Covid Testing Brieifng document to explain different 'pillars' of testing available.  Again, please check back to these pages regularly for any updates, this version is the most current and dated 14 May.

Social Care Staff  Mental Wellbeing during COVID 19

We hope you will all have seen our local Care Sector COVID-19 staff wellbeing offer  developed by our Councils and Health partners  (see entry below on 13 May).  This offer  consists of tools for you to use with staff as groups, or on a one to one basis as well as offers for free counselling and digital options.

The government have also developed an emotional, psychological and practical support package for all adult social care staff to include free access to several resources and services: 

  • health and wellbeing apps (e.g. help with anxiety and stress; to assist with sleep)
  • guidance on supporting your wellbeing
  • a bereavement and trauma support line run by Hospice UK
  • dedicated social care staff support helpline run by Samaritans 

Please make yourselves and/or your staff aware of this  Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Package for Social Care Staff


Tuesday 19 May

National Funding for Care Homes

Following the announcement last week that Government will make an additional £600m funding available to support Infection Control in Care Homes, Councils are awaiting for further detail on how the money will be allocated to Homes.  We are expecting to receive the funding in 2 tranches, with 75% assigned to CQC registered Care Homes, however, we are awaiting confirmation of how this will be apportioned.

We are working hard to seek clarity and will be in touch as soon as we have further information. Our aim is to ensure that this funding is released as soon as possible.

Update on symptoms of COVID-19

New information is available on the symptoms of COVID-19. Please read the following Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 May 2020

Update to guidance for care of the deceased

An update has been published to clarify guidance and legislation in place to assist people required to manage deceased persons infected with Coronavirus. Please see full guidance here, updated 15 May 2020 

 Thursday 14 May

Media Interest :  Enquiries to Care Providers surrounding Covid19 deaths and cases

Public Health England (PHE) South West works in partnership with local authorities, NHS and CCG colleagues to support you in managing outbreaks and sadly any deaths that occur in your setting from COVID-19. 

The media are inevitably interested in the numbers of cases and deaths.  In Dorset, we are maintaining our position of not commenting on individual cases and we won’t be quoting exact numbers of deaths or cases from individual settings or providers.

If you are approached by the media, we want you to know that you are not on your own and we are here to help you manage any communication issues.

You are under no obligation to speak to the media and can refer them through to Public Health Dorset, via this email address: 

Please see this letter for more information on the support available to care providers on managing media enquiries.

Wednesday 13 May

Care Sector  COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Offer 

COVID-19 is having a big impact on managers and staff to include stress, anxiety and worry.  Understandably it is affecting the mental wellbeing of those at the front-line of social care and health. Sometimes it will feel overwhelming. These difficulties may be apparent right now or may become a problem later on.  Our Councils and our Health partners have put together resources to help you and to support frontline staff.  Our resources consist of tools you can use with your staff as groups, or one to one, free counselling services, and digital options.

There is also a short power-point presentation that can be used in group or individual discussions.  Some of these resources are suitable for display in offices or staff rooms.  All resources are suitable for staff to access on a computer.

In addition national support has also been released this week via the website to support the health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce.

Update to easy read guidance for Hospital Discharge service requirements

Three new documents have been added to the guidance above including:

  • What you need to know about leaving hospital
  • When you leave hospital to go home
  • Leaving hospital to go to a care home.

Full guidance can be found here

Training resources for Care Providers launched by Dorset NHS CCG

The Dorset NHS CCG Quality Improvement Team has developed a websiteto share training resources and other clinical tools with care homes and home care providers.  


We will update the homepage with a link to these pages too.

Tuesday 12 May

Recall of PPE:  Tiger Eye Protectors

The British Standards Instutute has carried out a test on behalf of The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Tiger Eye protective goggles and frames.  This has concluded the product does not meet the current requirement for splash protection.  As a result, this product should not be used in a Covid-19 setting, and is being removed from the supply chain.  Please check your stocks and dispose of any Tiger Eye protectors you may have.  If alternative kit can not be sourced, please get in touch with your relevant Council and contigency supplies may be provided if available.  

Please see notification letter from the Department of Health and Social Care for more information.

Rapid reviews into the deaths of Individuals with a Learning Disability (COVID-19)

It has been identified that individuals with a learning disability are not presenting with the ‘typical’ COVID-19 symptoms of a temperature and/or persistent cough. Therefore, NHSEI has requested that rapid reviews are undertaken following the death of an individual with a learning disability where:

a)     The cause of death is known to be COVID-19 or,

b)     The cause of death is suspected to be COVID-19.

A series of questions within the rapid review form are being asked to find out key information to identify any learning or practice that will assist in improving local support, escalating concerns, or prevent further deaths.

Further information and contact details for queries can be found here.

Consortia Approach to PPE

You will have received an email yesterday from Partners in Care explaining that it is proposed by a group of providers, including both Dorset Care Homes and Dorset Home Care Providers Association, that opportunities to  develop a consortium for buying PPE be explored.  It is hoped this may enable significant bulk purchasing, making supplies more readily available and potentially lower costs.  Expressions of interest are being collected.  Please contact Partners in Care if you did not receive this email and are interested in understanding more about this.

Please note expressions of interest need to be returned by 5pm Wednesday 13th May -

Thursday 7 May

New app for Adult Social Care Workforce launched. 

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced  that  a new  Dedicated App for Social Care Workers (Dept of Health & Social Care) has been launched in England today to support social care staff through the COVID 19 pandemic.

Care workers will get access to guidance, learning resources, discounts and support all in one place.  The Care Workforce App will unite 1.5 million care workers across more than 18,000 care providers.

The App is  now available to  download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as well as being accessible online at   Adult Social Care Workforce App

Food related offers for Social Care Workers

You will find a number of  food related offers for Social Care workers(brought to you by NHSX and CQC)which may be useful to you over the coming weeks.

 Wednesday 6 May 

COVID-19 testing for key workers who are self-isolating

As per the email circulated this morning, changes have been made to how staff book a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19. The regional co-ordination centres for staff testing are no longer running.

 Staff testing sites (including mobile testing sites) are part of a wider programme being managed by the Department for Health and Social Care. Nationally all tests are requested via the online portals.

We would encourage you to sign up for the national employer portal booking system so you can book tests direct for your staff.  If you have registered via the portal already, you should receive confirmation shortly, but if you are yet to register, our Dorset regional representative has kindly offered to help speed up the sign up process for you. Please email with the name of your organisation, the location of your organisation and two separate email addresses. You will then get login details sent direct to you and you can compile your lists of staff who qualify for a test. Please do not chase Rob on when this might be done he will be working his way through the requests as quickly as he can.

Who can be tested?

Please note the test is most effective on days 1-3 of symptoms

Where can I get tested?

A coronavirus testing centre has opened at the Creekmoor park and ride site in Poole.

We also have two temporary mobile units, these are currently moving between the following locations:

Blandford - Marsh and Ham car park, Dorchester – Fairfield car park, Bridport – West Bay car park and Weymouth – Mount Pleasant Park and Ride.

All sites are drive through facilities and won’t accept walk-ins. Tests are also by appointment only.

As with any other Covid-19 related queries, please contact your relevant Council Commissioning Team:

BCP Council -

Dorset Council -

Support for unpaid carers

Support services have identified that carers are struggling to know how to access practical support and these posters have been designed to help unpaid, family carers, or caring friends to self-identify as carers and to access support.

We know that many of these carers do not use the internet or social media, so are more socially isolated than ever during these challenging times.  Therefore we would appreciate your support in signposting carers to the organisations identified on the posters, as these are specialists in supporting carers and will be able to help them

NHS-funded nursing care rate announced for 2020 to 2021 

The NHS-funded nursing care standard weekly rate per person for 2019 to 2020 will increase and be backdated to 1 April 2019. Please read the announcement here.

Tuesday 5 May

New Bounce Back Loans launched

The Government has announced details of how small businesses will be able to apply for quick and easy-to access loans of up to £50,000 – with the cash expected to land within days.

Councils are keen to understand any financial concerns or issues providers are experiencing, so please do keep in touch with your relevant commissioning authority via their mailbox address.


Monday 4 May

Covid-19 Testing - Additional Information on Employer Referral Portal

Please see additional information:

Zero VAT for PPE

The Government has changed the VAT rating on PPE to zero temporarily, from 1 May – 31 July 2020.

Recruitment Campaign to Support Residential and Home Care Providers

This week the (Bournemouth & Poole) Daily Echo will be launching a campaign to support local recruitment efforts in our area. Anyone interested in working in care will be signposted to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Every Day is Different webpage, which includes a job search facility. If you haven’t done so recently, we recommend that you update this page with any current job vacancies relevant to your organisation:

More information can be found on the Government’s national ‘Care for Others, Make a Difference’ campaign launched last month. 

Friday 1 May

Important Update:  Changes to process for requesting Covid-19 Tests for Keyworkers

After today 1 May, the Local Coordination Centre nomination process for referring staff for COVID-19 testing will no longer be running. Please see letter from Debbie Flemming, Joint Chief Executive for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for more information.

To nominate staff for COVID-19 tests you will need to register as an employer of keyworkers. To obtain a login to the employer referral system, employers of essential workers should email with:

  • organisation name
  • nature of the organisation’s business
  • region
  • names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details

 We strongly recommend that you register on the system as a matter of urgency as registration may take a few days. In the meantime, employees can self-refer for testing via .

Any excel spreadsheet nomination forms sent to the CCG today, 1 May, will be actioned. No further spreadsheets will be processed after today.

If you have any queries please email .

Public Health Dorset Guidance - clarity on PPE recommendations

Please see updated quick reference guidance that Public Health Dorset has created to give clarity to the recent PHE guidance changes - version 36 dated 29 April 2020.

Interim Care Home Guidance: COVID 19 and Diabetes

This Management of Diabetes in Care Homes during COVID 19guidance, prepared by a multidisciplinary diabetes  stakeholder group, has been created  to support clinical decision making in care homes. It highlights that residents with diabetes are at very high risk of COVID 19 infection.

 VE Day Request from BBC Radio Solent

As VE Day events have understandably been cancelled or postponed BBC Radio Solent is calling on residents of the South to ‘do their bit’, and celebrate the anniversary from home by making their own special VE Day ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in their windows from 8-10th May. Please share this message with anyone you know who might be interested in taking part; care homes, colleagues, family members and schools as part of home learning.

Details of how to make and display your own bunting can be found here:

Don’t forget to use the hashtags #GreatBritishBunting and #VEDay75 if you share any photos on social media.

Thursday 30 April

Looking after our mental health 

Looking after our own and our staff’s mental health is important at this time. This link provides advice and resources for those on the frontline of social care.

These three Mental Wellbeing advice sheets have been put together by BCP Council as pointers, and resources, for managers to use with their staff:

Guidance for Social Landlords on Essential Moves

New guidance was published 27 April to confirm that Councils and housing associations should continue to support vulnerable people to move home.

Communicating with relatives by phone to confirm the death of a service user.

The University of Oxford have created a step by step guide to help in the event that you need to have a difficult conversation with a relatives of a service user about the death of their loved one. 

Wednesday 29 April

Safely reusing medicines in care home settings

Guidance was published yesterday 28 April on how to safely reuse medicines in a care home or hospice during coronavirus. The guidance explains the standard operating procedure on how to run a safe and effective medicines reuse scheme in a care home or hospice during the coronavirus outbreak.  

Covid-19 testing – a reminder for your staff

Further to the information circulated yesterday 28 April on how to book your staff for covid-19 testing through the Dorset Local Coordination Centre please remind your staff that if they are nominated for testing they will be contacted about an appointment by telephone and the call will be from a withheld or unknown number. We have had feedback that some nominees are not answering these calls.  Please advise your staff to accept incoming phone calls from unknown numbers where they have been nominated for a test. 

Supporting people in the last weeks of life

The CCG has released information on supporting people in the last weeks of life during Covid-19.

Tuesday 28 April

How to Work Safely in Domiciliary Care

Yesterday we shared new Public Health England guidance to update advice on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and how PPE guidance applies to the home care (domiciliary) setting.

The guidance says that surgical masks can be used continuously while providing care, unless you need to remove the mask from your face (e.g. to drink, eat or take a break from duties). You may wear the same mask between different homecare visits, if it is safe to do so whilst travelling (so long as you do not need to take the mask off, or lower it from your face).  The mask is worn to protect the care worker, and can be used while caring for a number of different clients.

New Life Assurance for Families of Frontline Workers in England

The Government announced on 27 April that families of frontline workers will benefit from a new life assurance scheme during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Monday 27 April

Ensuring PPE is of the specified standard

It is important that colleagues providing care and support, in all types of community care settings, wear the specified standard of manufactured PPE, as directed by Public Health England.  Handmade masks are not suitable and must not be used in direct care delivery.   

Councils are able to support providers with contingency supplies of PPE, including masks, aprons and gloves – please refer to your relevant councils protocol if you have any concerns over your current PPE supplies.

Enabling Safe Certification of Deaths in the Community

A document that sets out how to ensure that proper processes and procedures are in place to provide a smooth and efficient pathway from death to burial or cremation, minimising delays, whilst ensuring the relevant levels of investigation into the death, will be circulated to providers by email on 28th April.

SCIE Safeguarding webinars

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and it is now more important than ever that those entering or returning to practice as well as those already in frontline roles understand the basics. SCIE have developed a series of webinars for a variety of services. To register a place please see more information here

Priority Training for New Care Staff

Starting 11 May BCP Council is offering a rolling programme of seven free interactive online 'priority training' sessions via zoom for all providers. Bookings are via Eventbrite (4 places per event) with multiple dates available. Please see this advert for more information.

Support for the Bereaved

This leaflet shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency.  It explains the next steps, answers some of your questions, and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.

Supporting adults with learning disability and autistic adults 

Further COVID guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disability and autistic adults during the coronavirus outbreak was published on 24 April. 

Grab and Go Form and Guidance has also been published to complement the existing hospital passport for people with a learning disability.

How to work safely in Domiciliary Care and Care Homes

There have been updates to the following guidance today:

Friday 24 April

PPE Guidance Updated

Public Health Dorset has revised this LA COVID-19 PPE - A guide for staff V36 29.4.20 in line with recently published guidance on How to work safely in Care Homes.  Pages 12-22 of the guidance document contains quick reference tables for when and what PPE is now recommended in a range of community settings.

Thursday 23 April

Public Health England Resources and Support - webinars and web based support

Public Health England (PHE) are holding daily webinars at 3pm until further notice to answer questions about infection prevention and control.  These webinars will help you to be prepared for the risk of an outbreak within your setting.  If you have already notified PHE of an outbreak this will provide you with a mechanism to answer any subsequent questions you may have. 

PHE have also collated a document listing Websites, presentations and videos to further support you.

Practical tips for eating & drinking well in later life and Coronavirus

Bournemouth University (in collaboration with Wessex AHSN and the Malnutrition Task Force) have put together a sheet with practical tips for eating and drinking in later life in light of the Coronavirus pandemic

Verification of Death Training for Registered Nurses (VOLE)

In the ongoing climate with COVID 19 it has become necessary for Registered Nurses across Primary and Community Care to be trained and competent in the process of Verification of Death.  The Quality Improvement Team at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has therefore put together training options which can be accessed now to support you with this:

This training guidance is specifically for Nursing Homes but if Care Homes are interested and have trained staff the team will also support them. Please contact

Wednesday 22 April

Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care

This link will take you to a one page Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care - Summarywhich is in place to ensure that the response to coronavirus takes account of ethical values and principles when delivering social care for adults at this time. The full guidance can be found using the link at the bottom of the one page summary.

Admission and Care of People in Care Homes - an update

A note has been added to the guidance below related to the adult social care action plan. Paragraphs added are as follows:

  • Testing for Adults (1.27, 1.30, 1.32, 1.33)
  • Testing for Staff (2.8)
  • Managing outbreaks (1.23)
  • PPE (1.11 & 1.16)

Full guidance here:  Coronavirus (COVID 19) Admission and Care of People in Care Homes (GOV UK).

Tuesday 21 April

Media interest - a further update

We have received concerning reports from care providers who have informed us that journalists have contacted care homes claiming to be from the council to enquire about the number of deaths in the homes related to COVID-19. 

If you receive a call from someone requesting this information and you wish to verify that the person is calling from either BCP Council or Dorset Council we would advise you to ask the officer to email you to confirm their identity (they will be emailing from a local authority email address). 

As advised in the daily news update yesterday (see below), you are under no obligation to speak to the media and can refer them through to Public Health Dorset (email or BCP Council (email

Public Health will work with you or your communications lead (if you have one) to draft any messages that are needed.

Safe working in Care Homes

Further GOV UK advice is available on How to Work Safely in Care Homes - (GOV UK) 

Communications Support for Care Homes

In the Public Health England resource pack that was circulated to you on 9th April there were several letter templates to support communications with residents, families, GP's and staff which you may find useful:

Monday 20 April

Important updates from the Local Resilience Forum

Managing COVID-19 cases in care setting

Public Health England (PHE) South West works in partnership with local authorities, NHS and CCG colleagues to support you in managing outbreaks, and sadly any deaths, that occur in your setting from COVID-19. PHE have developed a series of short webinars you can share with your staff on some key public health actions. These are useful guides and might help answer some of the questions your staff have raised.

PHE have set up a daily call to help you with questions you might have when you have confirmed cases. You will be contacted direct by PHE with details of the meeting.

Media interest

The media are inevitably interested in numbers of cases and deaths.

In Dorset, we are maintaining our position of not commenting on individual cases and we won’t be quoting exact numbers of deaths or cases from individual settings or providers. If you are approached by the media, we want you to know that you are not on your own and we are here to help you manage any communication issues.

You are under no obligation to speak to the media and can refer them through to Public Health Dorset please email We will work with you and/or your communications lead (if you have one) to draft any messages that are needed.

We will always be guided by the wishes of the family and anything we release to the media will be agreed with you first. There are national guidelines for us to follow so any communications will be consistent with what is being said up and down the country.

Dorset-wide, home first Hospital discharge to assess (D2A) service

In response to the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirement the Dorset Integrated Care System (Our Dorset) has introduced a new ‘Discharge to Assess’ (D2A) model across all Dorset hospitals. This came into effect on Friday 17 April. 

This document provides full information about the service and there is the new discharge form that will be shared with providers for each new case. 

Learning Disability Resources

Public Health England have published an update on the Learning Disability Health Intelligence Network for Coronavirus. We have attached a copy here for your information. The latest BCP Learning Disability Partnership Board Newsletter has just been published. This edition includes information on coronavirus (easy read, for carers and for providers), an update from the People First Forum, some ideas for things to do and a recycling challenge. You can find the newsletter by visiting

We have also attached two easy read PDFs that could be useful if clients need to be admitted to hospital:

Learning Disability and Mental Health Operational Services During Covid-19 – A Summary

Information has been collated on services available for across Learning Disability and Mental Health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Technology to support people to connect with their loved ones during COVID-19

The Government issued a press release on 9 April setting out how they are working to support thousands of isolated residents and patients to connect with family and friends via video devices. 

Friday 17 April

Supporting our mental health

BCP Council has developed two documents to support mental health self-care and supporting each other at this very difficult time:

These coincide with the launch of Every Mind Matters video with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Public Health PPE Guidance - what PPE to wear and when

Public Health Dorset has updated their useful quick reference guidance as per the national Public Health England update on 12 April.

Guidance for people with Learning Disability and Autism

There is guidance for people with significant health conditions e.g. Learning Disability or Autism on exercising two or more times each day (item 15)

Skills for Care Training Support during coronavirus

Skills for Care are offering targeted and fully funded support to train your team to meet essential aspects of core and mandatory training needed at this time.

There are four training programmes to support training for volunteers, training for existing staff needed in current crisis, rapid induction for new staff and training for redeployed staff. Webinars will take place from Tuesday 21 April on HR, Recruitment and Using Technology. 

Thursday 16 April

Adult Social Care Plan

New guidance has been published on how the government will support the adult social care sector during the coronavirus outbreak.

Social care testing for COVID-19

Please note, the approach to swabbing and testing in the South West is currently being developed and we are waiting for confirmation of arrangements and the location of test centres. We will share information and updates via these web pages as soon as it is available.

Mental Capacity Act Guidance

The Department of Health and Social Care has provided the following updated information regarding MCA, DoLs and COVID 19 for use in Hospitals, Care Homes and Supervisory settings: Mental Capacity Act Guidance for Hospitals, Care Homes and Supervisory.

Tuesday 14 April 20

Protocol and additional guidance from Dorset NHS CCG regarding access to PPE supplies

NHS Dorset CCG has produced guidance notes for additional clarity on the routes by which providers can access PPE.

Please note that Councils are able to support providers with contingency PPE supplies where stocks are running low. Please refer to your relevant council's protocol:

BCP PPE Protocol for Providers 28 April 20

DC PPE Protocol for Providers 28 April 2020

NHS Dorset CCG receives offers from businesses to provide PPE and this file details the offers received to date.

Please note that this does not represent a list of CCG recommended providers or products and that NHS Dorset CCG has undertaken no steps to either verify the standard of products offered or the viability of the organisation. It is therefore recommended that you undertake the due diligence checks required under your own governance arrangements.

If you are aware of any suppliers who may wish to offer their products; please ask them to register by completing this form

Updated PPE Guidance

Public Health England have updated the PPE Guidance on 12 April.

In particular there are additional considerations to be made where there is sustained transmission of Covid-19.  

Public Health Dorset has provided quick reference tables on whether and what PPE is required in various scenarios, based on guidance at 7 April:

Webinar on Admission and Care of Patients in Care Homes

Webinar slides on the admission and care of patients in Care Homes are available here : COVID-19 Admission & Care of People in Care Homes Guidance Webinar Slides - April 2020 and associated information on Dementia Care and COVID 19.

End of life care for COVID-19 patients

Dorset NHS CCG has produced COVID 19 Support in the last weeks of life guidance for Care Homes.

COVID-19 diabetes nurse support

The Diabetes Specialist Nurses have set up a 7 day a week advice phone line which will be staffed during the COVID-19 crisis. Diabetes advice during COVID-19 for Patients and Staff.

Thursday 9 April

Public Health England Revised Guidance: COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), Updated 7 April 2020

Updated guidance clarifies when PPE is required and when it is not for when staff come into contact with COVID-19 symptomatic people, and for protecting people who meet the criteria for shielding. It also provides guidance about the specific situations when clients need to wear a mask.

Please note the contingency supply of PPE held by our Councils are subject to some restrictions over the holiday period. There may be a wait of up to 24 hours.

Public Health Resource Pack - Prevention and Control of Covid-19 in Social Care Settings

You should have received an email from us with links to various resources, including a series of presentations and videos. We will also be uploading all of the resources to this site. Please contact your relevant Council if you did not receive this email.

Weekend Working to Support Hospital Discharge

Both Council Brokerage Teams have been working weekends to support hospital discharges during the COVID 19 outbreak.

The Brokerage Team will continue to offer a 7-day service over the coming 4-day Easter weekend, 10-13 April, from 8am to 8pm, to make priority care placements - but they cannot do this effectively without your support.

Feedback from the Brokerage Team after last weekend was that it was difficult to make placements across both home care and residential care services, because either the person within your organisation with decision making authority for new placements and/or assessments were not available.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could ensure that key personnel are working and available across not only the forthcoming bank holiday weekend but also future weekends during the Covid-19 emergency. 

Easement to Parking Restrictions

Both Councils have made amendments to parking restrictions.

For BCP Council please visit their News Item.

For Dorset Council, to support travel times between visits Parking Enforcement Officers will not be issuing penalty notices in car parks or residential restricted zones where carers have an "on call" notice that includes their organisation logo on their dashboard. This will be reviewed at the end of May and further advice confirmed then. Please continue to park with consideration as all on-street restrictions are still in force.

NHS Dorset Communications to Care Homes Newsletter

Please refer to the latest newsletter which includes training support for nurses within nursing homes:

NICE guidance for community based providers

The National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has recently issued guidance on:

Digital Social Care Technology Helpline

Digital Social Care has set up a new helpline to support the adult social care sector with harnessing technology during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes MS teams and video conferencing

Carers Support Dorset – News Page

Carers Support Dorset has a raft of information and guidance to support Carers during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please share this link to the Carers Support Dorset News

Friday 3 April

PHE PPE Guidance

Additional guidance has been published by Public Health Dorset:

Admission and care of people in care homes

National guidance was published on 2 April for care homes, health protection teams, local authorities, CCGs and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. It sets out how to admit and care for residents safely and protect care home staff. Read full guidance on admission and care of people in care homes.

Webinars are being offered by South West ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) to all registered care home managers and deputies, local authorities, CCGs, community service providers and those working in hospital discharge settings. This will include question and answer sessions. Book a place on Eventbrite.

Councils are currently reviewing the guidance to establish whether there is any further support we can offer at this time. with the opportunity to ask questions and hear responses

Temporary arrangements for free DBS and Barred List checks in response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, as of Monday 30 March 2020, the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be putting temporary arrangements in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists free-of-charge

The Care Quality Commission have also published interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to Covid-19 which will be in operation for the period the Coronavirus Act 2020 remains in force.

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