Weekly Communication – Week Commencing 03/07/23

Dear Colleagues

Please see your weekly overview update on behalf of the Director of Adult and Community Wellbeing (DASS) and Director of Public Health (DPH).

NHS Capacity Tracker Mandatory Window open 8th-14th July 2023

Monthly ASC Submission Window

Dear Providers,

A gentle reminder that the DHSC Adult Social Care data collection will open on Saturday 8th July and will close on Thursday 14th July. Please remember to refresh or update your information in Capacity Tracker by Thursday 14th July 2023.

Support is available for:

  • Non-technical assistance on how to answer questions

capacitytracker-guidance@dhsc.gov.uk

  • Further information and technical support

necsu.capacitytracker@nhs.net or 0191 691 3729 (Mon-Fri excluding bank holidays, 8am-5pm).

Community and Therapies Prevention Toolkit Training

Course aimed at providing basic tools to prevent deterioration in the frail population. Aimed at empowering you to give first line preventative advice. Suitable for all patient facing staff. Please see attachment at the top of this email for further information.

For further information and/or to book onto training providers can contact

Sarah Westfield or Claire Dawson

sarah.westfield@nhs.net
claire.dawson4@nhs.net
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

0303 3306648

Safeguarding Adults Board Communication

Government to legally make visiting a part of care

People in care homes and hospitals will be able to have visitors in all circumstances under law amendment:

  • Government announces proposed legislation on visiting in health and care settings.
  • New regulations will make visiting a legal requirement for hospitals, care homes, mental health units, and other health and care settings.
  • Care regulator will have new powers to make sure providers are allowing families to visit loved ones.

People in care homes and hospitals will be able to have visitors in all circumstances, thanks to the government’s plans to bring forward new legislation.

Health and care settings should be allowing visits, according to the guidance from the government and NHS England currently in place, but there are reported cases where visiting access is being unfairly denied.

As a result, the government is seeking views from patients, care home residents, their families, professionals, and providers on the introduction of secondary legislation on visiting restrictions.

For more information about the Government’s plans to legally make visiting a part of care, please visit: Government to legally make visiting a part of care – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

NLSAB have a range of useful information, advice, and resources on safeguarding adults in care homes. For more information, please visit: North Lincs SAB | News and Resources – North Lincs SAB

Right to Carer’s Leave – Carer’s Leave Act

Millions of people in the UK juggle their unpaid caring responsibilities with paid employment. Balancing work and care can be a real struggle, with many carers saying they are tired, stressed, and struggling to manage their own physical and mental health. They urgently need more support to ensure they can remain in work.

The Carer’s Leave Act will help support unpaid carers to remain in work alongside their unpaid caring responsibilities, and given the current cost of living crisis, there has never been a more important time to do so.

On 24th May 2023, the Carer’s Leave Bill, brought forward last year by Wendy Chamberlain MP, gained Royal Assent and became the Carer’s Leave Act meaning it will now become law.

The Act will:

  • Give rights to at least 2 million employees who are carers.
  • Prompt employers to whom this applied to think about their employees with caring responsibilities, and for many, create carer – related policies for the first time.
  • Mean that more forward – looking employers will go further than the legislation required, and introduce paid Carer’s Leave, to help them stay ahead with recruitment.
  • Support carers’ health and wellbeing. Research shows that having a supportive employer and the ability to take time off work to provide care (Carer’s Leave), can help to mitigate the pressures carers face.
  • Recognise and value carers, which is critically important to them.
    For more information about the Carer’s Leave Act, please visit: Right to Carer’s Leave | Carers UK

If you want to find out what is important to carers in North Lincolnshire, please watch the NLSAB video, which was created by our local carers: SAB Unpaid carers and safeguarding video – YouTube

To access information about carers’ experience of safeguarding, please visit: SAB data dashboard 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 (northlincssab.co.uk)

Safe care at home review – What needs to change

In response to the evidence presented during the passage of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the government committed to review existing protections and support for adults with care and support needs who are at risk of, or experiencing, abuse in their own homes by people providing their care. This is a joint review delivered by the Home Office and DHSC.

The review team engaged with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Deaf community, older people, disabled people, people who provide care, health and housing professionals, local authorities, social work professionals, the police, other government departments, the Crown Prosecution Service, Safeguarding Adults Boards, and the Care Quality Commission.

Findings from the review are organised into three categories:

  • Leadership and accountability:

-Oversight of safeguarding in England is fragmented and there is limited accountability.
-Competing pressures and insufficient resources available have a negative impact on the safety of the people with care and support needs.
-There is limited sharing of information and learning from best practice and failures.

  • Effectiveness of the local response to abuse and neglect in the home:
    -There is varying implementation of the Care Act 2014 safeguarding provisions between different local areas.
    -This type of harm and relevant legislation is often poorly understood by frontline professionals.
    -Frontline professionals often lack the necessary tools and resources to allow them to best protect and support people with care and support needs who are, or are at risk of being, abused in their own home by the person providing their care.
  • Research, evidence, and learning:
    -There is a lack of available data on the prevalence of abuse in care relationships, and the data that is available is poorly utilised.
    -There is a lack of understanding into the causes of abuse in care relationships, and the behaviours of perpetrators in this context.
    -To access the full report and the government’s plans to address these issues, please visit: Safe care at home review (accessible) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Being Heard – Self – advocacy for carers

Caring can be rewarding but also very isolating. You may not know what help to ask for, how to ask, or indeed who to ask.

Self – advocacy is about speaking up for yourself. It is about getting your voice heard and effectively communicating your own interests. Self – advocacy is also about being able to have your own needs listened to, as well as speaking up for the person you care for.

Updated in November 2022, the guides are packed with new information on carers’ rights, as well as how to speak up and look after your wellbeing.

For useful accompanying resources, please visit: cuk-self-advocacy-guide-2022-england-web.pdf (carersuk.org)

Say No To Fraud – Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner

If you become a victim of fraud, the impact can be considerable, and have a huge effect on your confidence and wellbeing, as well as your financial situation.

Say No To Fraud features the real stories of local victims of fraud, and aims to reduce the number of victims by committing to increase knowledge of the types of fraud, the methods used by the criminals, and advice on how to protect yourself and those you love from becoming a victim of these crimes.

Some victims of fraud are embarrassed and might find it uneasy to tell anyone, because they feel they have been duped – victims often blame themselves. It is never your fault! We need to stop feeling embarrassed about becoming victims, and take back our right to say no to fraud! Close the door, press delete or hang up on these criminals.

For more information and resources relating to the Say No To Fraud campaign, please visit: Say No to Fraud (humberside-pcc.gov.uk)

NLSAB have published a ‘guide for professionals about fraud and financial abuse, which can be found here: Layout 1 (northlincssab.co.uk)

Your safeguarding journey – new feedback feature added to NLSAB website

NLSAB have recently created three safeguarding adults journey feedback forms, which are now available on our website. This new feature will allow us to evaluate our safeguarding adults arrangements, and adapt our practice in a timely manner.

The three forms are:

If for any reason the person who wants to submit their feedback is unable to do so online, they can contact us by email: SafeguardingAdultsBoard@northlincs.gov.uk or via telephone: 01724 297088, and further arrangements will be made to support the person to submit their feedback.

For more information about the feedback forms, please visit: North Lincs SAB | News and Resources – North Lincs SAB, or alternatively contact the Board directly via email: SafeguardingAdultsBoard@northlincs.gov.uk or via telephone: 01724 297088.

Worried about an adult? – Reporting a concern

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. If you suspect / have evidence that an adult with care and support needs is experiencing / at risk of abuse or neglect, you must report it to your local authority safeguarding adults team.

Here in North Lincolnshire, you can submit a safeguarding concern online, by clicking on this link: Safeguarding Adults Concern form – About this form – NORTHLINCS.GOV.UK (achieveservice.com)

Please note, staff from North Lincolnshire Council should report safeguarding concerns using the Care First form.

Don’t forget to use the safeguarding threshold document and risk matrix, available here: Risk-Matrix-and-Thresholds-2022.pdf (northlincssab.co.uk)

Contact details for the NLC safeguarding adults team can be found below:

The Safeguarding Adults Team

Church Square House

30 – 40 High Street

Scunthorpe

DN15 6NL

Telephone: 01724 297000.

Email address: adultprotectionteam@northlincs.gov.uk

You can also contact the Police:

101 – Police non – emergency

999 – Police emergency

For more useful information and resources about safeguarding adults, please visit the NLSAB website www.northlincssab.co.uk.

Please disseminate widely across your organisation.

Many Thanks

Performance Support Officer
Provider Development Team