Weekly Communication – Week commencing 28/11/22

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)

Launch of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism

This training is available to providers, it has come as part of the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

The training is accessible via e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) (via signing up to the e-LfH platform) to support all of the health and care workforce.

Below is some additional info:

a) Context and background link Oliver McGowan Training Overview

b) Training link elfH Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training elfH

Capacity Tracker Changes

A refresh of Capacity Tracker has taken place today – please find an overview of updates below, as well as some information about a survey which has been added for Care Homes and Home Care providers today.

Provider Information

  • Update method added
  • Removal of discharge testing questions
  • Removal of London-specific care home questions

Reports

  • Faster loading times for a number of tables and charts
  • New data available in the following reports or associated file downloads:

– Update Monthly Status ASC Collection

– Unavailable for Admissions

– Vaccination

  • Removal of the Covid-19 Hospital Discharge Testing report
    Please click here for more details on this month’s changes.

Vaccination Survey

A survey for Care Homes and Home Care providers has been added to Capacity Tracker today. Please see the message below from DHSC which details the background to this.

“Your continued efforts to share information on COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccination uptake with us through Capacity Tracker are very much appreciated. This is vital in helping central and local government monitor uptake this autumn / winter and we thank you greatly for this.

However, we are aware from stakeholders that provider locations sometimes encounter issues in obtaining this information. This was acknowledged in the provider information provisions originally published in July where we said we recognised that staff may choose not to disclose their vaccination status to their employer. Collecting staff and resident data (where they are comfortable sharing this) is essential for local systems and the government to understand overall levels of uptake during a booster campaign, because it’s vital that settings in which there are people vulnerable to COVID-19 achieve high levels of protection against coronavirus, and similarly for influenza. With regularly updated data, the NHS vaccination programme can direct and target resource in the right place and where it is needed.

To better understand the information you are currently reporting – and to inform data collection for possible future Covid booster and flu vaccination campaigns – throughout December and January we will be running a voluntary survey to find out more about the potential issues that may arise for providers in gathering this information. This survey has been initiated by the Data & Analysis team at DHSC with the goal of improving their understanding of how you gather vaccination information to submit into Capacity Tracker.”

We would be very grateful if you could take some time to complete the survey. We recommend that you first look through the survey questions to check you have all the information you need before answering them. If you leave the survey page without submitting your response, all answers will reset.

FAQs

Please use this link to our Resource Centre where you can see frequently asked questions about how to update Capacity Tracker. This covers the questions that are asked as part of the mandatory Adult Social Care collection.

Please find below updated Statutory Guidance

Health and Care Act 2022: adult social care provider information provisions – GOV.UK – Welcome to GOV.UK

Guidance for adult social care providers to comply with information provisions under section 99 and section 100 of the Health and Care Act 2022.

Updated on 6 October 2022: Updated the guidance and formal notice on reporting window opening and closing dates. The list of mandatory data items for care home and domiciliary care providers has been updated to include COVID-19 autumn booster data.

Annex A:  Changed to reflect the current status of COVID-19 vaccination questions in Capacity Tracker. A new section titled ‘Upcoming changes to workforce data collection and new domiciliary care packages of care collection’ has been added. In the formal notice of mandate document, a link to the draft regulations laid on 5 September 2022 has been added.

Annex B: reporting window periods until April 2023

The reporting window periods are:

  • 8 October 2022 to 14 October 2022 (inclusive – both dates included)
  • 8 November 2022 to 14 November 2022 (inclusive – both dates included)
  • 8 December 2022 to 14 December 2022 (inclusive – both dates included)
  • 8 January 2023 to 16 January 2023 (inclusive – both dates included)
  • 8 February 2023 to 14 February 2023 (inclusive – both dates included)
  • 8 March 2023 to 14 March 2023 (inclusive – both dates included)

Here are some links for guidance you may find useful:-

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care services Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care services. Updated on 14 November 2022: Replaced information in How to use your rapid lateral flow tests for MP Biomedicals Rapid Antigen Tests with SureScreen test. Please see link How to use your rapid lateral flow test (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Flu immunisation for social care staff Leaflets for social care staff and providers to support the annual flu programme. Updated on 30 September 2022: Updated guidance for social care workers and carers, social care and hospice providers and personal assistants. Please see links

Flu vaccination guidance for social care workers and carers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Training for Staff delivering services to Adults

Training for staff delivering services to adults – North Lincolnshire Council (northlincs.gov.uk) – please click on the link for further information.

Many Thanks

Performance Support Officer
Provider Development Team