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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest updates for providers

On this page, you will find information related to Coronavirus (Covid-19) for adult social care professionals. 

 

For wider information on Coronavirus, please visit our main information page for residents and business.

 

Please see our new Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page for residents on adult social care support here.

Latest update for Commissioned Service Providers

Latest update for Commissioned Service Providers

This is where we will date and publish the newest weekly updates.  

19th May 2020

Care Workforce app 

The Care Workforce app was launched last week. The app is for care workers and offers access to the most up to date guidance on staying safe, helps workers connect with colleagues across the country and enables access to discounts like those NHS colleagues receive. 

Helen Whately, Minister for Care is urging everyone working in adult social care to download the app.

5th May 2020

Testing for staff with symptoms 

All care workers can access testing through 2 ways

• By emailing the North East Commissioning Support (NECS) unit necsu.covid19keyworkertesting@nhs.net providing a name, contact number and job title. This is the preferred mechanism for all health and social care staff.

• Self-referral through Gov.uk website 

Testing can also be accessed in the same way for any household members with symptoms living with a care worker that has resulted in the care worker having to self-isolate.

Testing will be offered at the drive through Ikea testing site at the Metro Centre, or via local mobile testing sites or through ordering a postal self-test kit. 

Through the NECS mechanism there may also be the offer of a test at an NHS facility in Gateshead or Newcastle.

Market Resource Team

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Adult Social Care service is continuing to care for and support some of our most vulnerable residents who depend on us in the current challenging circumstances.   

As part of our evolving response to the pandemic, Adult Social Care has created a new team to co-ordinate a response to any short-term staffing issues raised by care homes in the borough due to the current sustained transmission of COVID-19.  

The Commissioning Team is in regular telephone contact with care homes who are encouraged to raise any staffing issues they may be currently facing during these calls.  The Market Resource Team will work closely with the Commissioning Team to develop an appropriate response to these issues.

Suicide prevention network 

www.stopsuicidenenc.org

The North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network is working to ensure everything possible is done to get support and information to help people stay safe and well, and to manage their mental health and wellbeing. This is especially important during this incredibly difficult and stressful time.

The need to focus on the general mental health and wellbeing of the wider population, following the national Public Health England ‘Every Mind Matters’ programme, is already recognised as a public health priority. The aim of the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network – ‘Every Life Matters’ - is to do everything possible to stop us losing any life to suicide and complements the wider public health approach. 

The Suicide Prevention Network is especially focused on people in our communities who are more at risk and already struggling, and for whom the current situation poses a potential increased risk. People who are vulnerable and finding social isolation even more difficult may be feeling there is less support available, so we are working together to make sure people are aware of and can easily access the support they need to stay mentally safe and well. Making good information easily accessible to people is a key objective of the Network and is especially important during this current crisis.

The new Suicide Prevention Network website launched on Tuesday 28th April, covers the whole North East and North Cumbria area. The website will provide a new community resource for people seeking help and advice about suicide and mental wellbeing; guidance for those who have sadly been bereaved by suicide; and signposting to a library of professional resources for those working in suicide prevention.
Please use this resource as a means to help support those in need.

 

Previous updates for Commissioned Service Providers

Previous updates for Commissioned Service Providers

At the end of each week, all updates will be removed and archived documents will be published here.

Related documents

Useful information for Commissioned Service Providers relating to Covid-19

Here you will find useful information and links related to Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

Here you can find the latest Government guidance 

The Government’s plan for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be found here

Government guidance for PPE can be found here

Government guidance on how to work safely in homecare and extra care 

Government guidance on how to work safely in care homes 

Government guidance for the admission and care of people in care homes can be found here

Here you can find the latest CQC information

PPE - National Supply Disruption Response

The National Supply Disruption Response can pick up emergency needs and supply small kits.

Providers who have an urgent requirement for PPE, which they are unable to secure through their business as usual channels should contact the NSDR via the 24/7 helpline: 0800 915 9964 (Freephone number in the UK).

The NSDR is focused on fulfilment of emergency requests, e.g. where PPE is required in less than 72 hours.

PPE – local supplies through NLRF

The Department for Health and Social Care are putting in place a new website allowing the health and care system to order from a central inventory, expected to come on stream in the coming three to four weeks.

Until this is in place items of PPE will be delivered to Northumbria Local Resilience Forum (NLRF) so it can support local providers to respond to urgent shortages based on clinical need. This supply will only cover a short amount of time (days).

The PPE stock to Local Resilience Forums (LRF) is to be distributed only where there is a clear and pressing need and in line with the latest clinical guidance - COVID-19 - personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance.

Please note, there is still an expectation that providers will collaborate with each other to assist in the provision of PPE and that the above route is for emergency provision only. The above route should only be used when there is an immediate need.

This PPE is intended to support:

  • Urgent need in vital services, where service providers have explored their usual routes for PPE and there remains an urgent need for additional stock.
  • Those who currently have close, unavoidable contact with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases, including highly vulnerable groups. This includes adult social care (including care homes, personal assistants, home care, and supported living), hospices and palliative care, prison hospitals and local authority adult social care services for Covid-19 vulnerable groups.
  • Those that can outline their needs in line with the latest clinical guidance. This stock should not be distributed to organisations who cannot demonstrate that they meet the latest clinical guidance.

Local services should make every effort to redesign services to minimise the number of frontline workers in close contact with symptomatic people.

The following emergency PPE arrangements are in place. For those providers experiencing an emergency problem and needs access to this service can make contact through the following:

In order to request PPE please complete this form.  

The delivery will be shipped with whatever products can be fulfilled (for example, partial fulfilment). The delivery will not be delayed waiting for any additional items to be in stock. Once a delivery has been shipped your request will be closed.

Please note that raising a request does not guarantee that it can be resolved immediately.

Testing for staff with symptoms 

All care workers can access testing through 2 ways

Testing can also be accessed in the same way for any household members with symptoms living with a care worker that has resulted in the care worker having to self-isolate.
Testing will be offered at the drive through Ikea testing site at the Metro Centre, or via local mobile testing sites (if available) or through ordering a postal self-test kit. 
Through the NECS mechanism there may also be the offer of a test at an NHS facility in Gateshead or Newcastle.

Care Workforce app 

The Care Workforce app was launched last week. The app is for care workers and offers access to the most up to date guidance on staying safe, helps workers connect with colleagues across the country and enables access to discounts like those NHS colleagues receive. 

Helen Whately, Minister for Care is urging everyone working in adult social care to download the app.

Market Resource Team

 

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Adult Social Care service is continuing to care for and support some of our most vulnerable residents who depend on us in the current challenging circumstances.   

As part of our evolving response to the pandemic, Adult Social Care has created a new team to co-ordinate a response to any short-term staffing issues raised by care homes in the borough due to the current sustained transmission of COVID-19.  

The Commissioning Team is in regular telephone contact with care homes who are encouraged to raise any staffing issues they may be currently facing during these calls.  The Market Resource Team will work closely with the Commissioning Team to develop an appropriate response to these issues.

Childcare offer

North Tyneside Council is committed to supporting critical worker parents to ensure their childcare needs can be met during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This is either in school or in a private, voluntary or independent (PVI) childcare provider, such as a day-care nursery or childminder. Please see the attached document that offers more information.