Government guidance and guidance from other useful sources
Government guidance and guidance from other useful sources.
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This week we continue to highlight resources, guidance and sources of support in response to feedback that you have been sharing with us about what you need.

In this edition of enews you’ll find:
  • Latest news
  • Guidance from the Government and key stakeholders
  • Support for registered managers
  • Skills for Care resources and support
  • Other resources
  • Blogs
  • Get involved
 

 Latest news 

Social care workers have a significantly higher death rate than health care workers
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published data which shows that social care workers have a significantly higher death rate involving COVID-19 than health care workers.
There’s also a big gender difference in death rates with the male death rate in the social care sector over twice that of males working in the health care sector. It’s also twice that of female workers in the social care sector.
Female workers in the social care sector have a death rate twice as high as female workers in the health care sector. This death rate is likely to impact on the mental health of surviving co-workers.
Cruse Bereavement Care are offering support and guidance on dealing with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and more information can be found here.


Migration Advisory Committee – call for evidence
In March 2020, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to compile a UK shortage occupation list (SOL), which will primarily focus on occupations at RQF Level 3-5 (medium skill).
The Government want to hear organisations' views on the roles that are being filled by migrant workers, the salaries they’re paid and implications of potential changes.
The call for evidence was launched yesterday (13 May) and the consultation closes at 11:45pm on 24 June 2020.
Click here to access the survey.

 Guidance from the Government and 
 key stakeholders 

COVID-19 guidance for people receiving direct payments
This Government guidance is for those people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. The guidance was published on 21 April 2020, but was updated on 7 May with more information on PPE and the responsibility for paying for PPE.
Read the guidance here


COVID-19 guidance for the health and wellbeing of the workforce
This newly published guidance is for anyone who works in adult social care. It provides advice on how individuals can manage their own personal mental health in the current circumstances and provides employers with guidance, tools and advice on how to take care of the wellbeing of their staff at work.
Read the guidance here


New portal for care homes to arrange COVID-19 testing
The Government has launched a new online portal which allows care homes to apply for testing kits to be delivered to test their residents and staff. Care homes can apply whether any of the residents or staff have COVID-19 symptoms or not.
All care home staff and residents are now eligible for testing with priority for those in homes that look after the over-65s.
Read the press release here


The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus. It outlines aims, approach to a phased recovery and a roadmap to lifting restrictions step-by-step. Section 5 gives the Government’s approach to this within the adult social care sector.
Read the document here

 Support for registered managers 


We have dedicated support and information we recommend for all registered managers and front-line managers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our page.


Advice line
Our advice line and email inbox are available for those managing regulated services to navigate through the latest COVID-19 guidance and advice across the sector. Find out how to benefit from our own resources, funding, online learning and other opportunities to recruit, develop and lead staff during the pandemic.
Our national and local teams can help you to consider what the latest guidance and advice means for your service.
Get in touch and find out more
Telephone: 0113 241 1260
Email: RMAdvice@skillsforcare.org.uk


Webinars
Our series of webinars can support you and your service on a range of topics. New webinars include ‘distance recruitment’ and ‘safe recruitment’.
Watch our webinars here.


Local networks
WhatsApp groups and virtual meetings are helping managers to connect at a local level. Find out more.


Facebook group
You’re not alone. Our Facebook group is open to all registered managers and front-line managers in similar roles. Find out more.

 
Other Skills for Care resources and support
New distance recruitment resources
In order to support the safe and rapid recruitment of staff we have developed new resources to help you interview potential candidates virtually. Our new Distance recruitment tips outlines useful guidance around the technology needed for virtual interviewing, the preparation you can do, the support you can give to help a potential candidate to prepare, how the interview can run, and the steps which can be taken after the interview to support a successful new recruit. Our Snapshot of communication and collaboration tools provides more insight into the different digital products such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom you can use to support distance recruitment activities.
 
Other resources
External webinars
Cyber security – secure mobile working
Tuesday 19 May, 14.00 – 14.30
Using technology on the move has become so important inside and outside of work, and in the care sector mobile devices are being used more frequently to share and store sensitive information. Despite our best efforts our devices and the information they hold can be at risk.
This webinar is hosted by security experts from O2 and can show you how you can protect yourself against the risks of mobile working.
Register here.

CQC emergency support framework
Thursday 21 May, 16.00 - 17.00
The Care Quality Commission is holding a series of webinars about their regulatory approach in adult social care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar is about the emergency support framework. Find out more about the webinars and sign up to join one here.
 
Supporting a person with dementia during bereavement
Alzheimers Society has some useful information and guidance around supporting people with dementia during bereavement.

 Blogs 


 
Dying Matters: the impact of COVID-19 on adult social care
This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week which aims to help people talk openly about death, bereavement and making plans for end of life.
To support this year’s awareness week, we’ve published a blog by Claire Henry, former CEO of the National End of Life Care Programme and a nationally respected expert on end of life care.
Claire is currently working on palliative care wards during the COVID-19 crisis and shares her thoughts about life on the frontline, and why this year’s theme ‘Dying to be heard’ is particularly pertinent.
Read the blog

 Get involved 

Register your experience of getting care or treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The ‘Be Human’ movement, hosted by Disability Rights UK and In Control, have set up a register to record the experiences of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, their carers and family members, accessing health and social care services during the COVID-19 pandemic and after. They want to learn from people’s experiences, both good and bad, and to help where appropriate

Click here to find out more and register your experiences.
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