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E-bulletins for care providers

The latest information relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for providers, to support you in managing staff and supporting service users.

Latest Coronavirus E-bulletin

E-bulletin 82 - 14 April 2021   Opens new window

  • COVID-19 vaccination update – amended guidance on AstraZeneca vaccination for those aged 29 and under
  • COVID-19 staff vaccination for care homes with older adult residents: national consultation
  • Testing information requests to care homes
  • Fit test operator training
  • Infection Control and Testing Fund (ICTF)

Previous E-bulletins

Information in previous e-bulletins may have been superseded, please keep up to date with the latest advice and guidance.

E-bulletin 81 - 9 April 2021  Opens new window

  • Government care home visiting guidance update
  • LLR Professional Visitors to Care Homes guidance
  • PPE guidance changes
  • Extension to the free PPE scheme
  • Lateral Flow Tests in Supported Living
  • Resuscitation guidelines during COVID-19 – reminder
  • Health and care workers – changes to coronavirus vaccination booking

E-bulletin 80 - 1 April 2021  Opens new window

  • Infection Control and Testing Fund (ICTF)
  • Residential and nursing care fees - inflationary uplift 2021/22
  • COVID-19 vaccination – a webinar answering your questions on pregnancy and fertility
  • Test kits – ethylene oxide
  • Testing in supported living

E-bulletin 79 - 26 March 2021  Opens new window

  • Local reflections - a year on from first lockdown
  • Messages of Thanks board
  • Fit test operator training
  • ‘Check before you share’ – vaccine false information
  • ‘Dose 1’ care home worker vaccinations
  • Home Care Testing
  • Home care over the Easter period
  • Funding update
  • Fortnightly provider conference calls

E-bulletin 78 - 19 March 2021  Opens new window

  • New visiting guidance
  • Visiting professionals testing guidance is live
  • COVID-19 vaccination second doses
  • Pregnancy and fertility webinar – 24 March
  • Resuscitation guidelines during COVID-19
  • Ordering medication using proxy access: guidance for care homes, GP practices and community pharmacies
  • Infection Control Fund (ICF)
  • Workforce Capacity Fund (WCF)
  • Supporting vaccine confidence amongst adult social care workers
  • Skills for Care digital update – COVID-19
  • Accessing live music online
  • Free tools and software for social care

E-bulletin 77 - 11 March 2021  Opens new window

  • Supporting vaccine confidence amongst care home staff
  • COVID vaccination advice if you're of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Letter to families and friends of those living in care homes in Leicestershire about the new visiting guidance

E-bulletin 76 - 5 March 2021  Opens new window

  • Guidance on Care Home Visiting – updated 4 March 2021
  • Five key messages to stop the spread in care homes
  • Vaccinations for frontline health and social care staff
  • Vaccination centre walk through videos
  • Reminder to cancel vaccination appointments if no longer required
  • Finance
  • Care Home Trusted Assessors – supporting care homes
  • Message from NHS Counter Fraud Team about Lateral Flow Test kit scam
  • Capacity Tracker – infection control questions

E-bulletin 75 - 26 February 2021  Opens new window

  • Government roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions
  • ‘One visitor’ policy for care homes
  • Updated guidance on discharges
  • Vaccination Webinar on Saturday

E-bulletin 74 - 18 February 2021  Opens new window

  • BAME vaccination engagement conversation events
  • Drop-in regional vaccine seminar for frontline social care staff
  • New Leicestershire hospital vaccination hub goes live
  • GP vaccination locations
  • Useful vaccination information for staff
  • Workforce Capacity Fund
  • Care Home Testing Changes
  • Next phase of the DHSC recruitment campaign

E-bulletin 73 - 9 February 2021 

  • New Leicestershire social care enquiry and bookings phone line
  • COVID-19 vaccination now available at the Loughborough hospital hub
  • Webinars to answer staff questions
  • Frequently asked vaccination questions in LLR
  • Monthly reporting - ICF2 and Rapid Testing Fund
  • ICF2 Discretionary Fund

E-bulletin 72 - 4 February 2021  Opens new window

  • New Leicestershire social care provider and staff vaccination enquiry web page
  • COVID-19 vaccination at the Leicestershire hospital hubs
  • COVID-19 vaccinations available at Nuneaton and Coventry
  • COVID-19 vaccination in Primary Care Network centres
  • National message of support for COVID-19 vaccination
  • Regional vaccine hesitancy webinar
  • Self-test guidance for care home staff using Lateral Flow Tests

E-bulletin 71 - 29 January 2021  Opens new window

  • New social care provider and staff vaccination enquiry email address 
  • COVID-19 vaccination resources 
  • Encouraging vaccinations in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities 
  • COVID-19 hospital hubs 
  • COVID-19 vaccination data for the capacity tracker 
  • Care home testing update: Lateral Flow Device (LFDs) approval for self-test granted 
  • Business continuity plans 
  • Statement on working during isolation period 
  • Rapid Testing Fund 

E-bulletin 70 - 25 January 2021 Opens new window

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme
  • COVID-19 vaccination video for people with a Learning Disability and/or Autism
  • COVID-19 positive discharge process
  • COVID-positive ‘designated settings’
  • Summary of testing in social care settings
  • Lateral (Rapid) Flow Tests
  • Rapid Testing Fund
  • PCR testing for home care workers
  • Infection control fund (ICF)
  • Free ‘CARE’ badges
  • Demonstration of hand hygiene and donning / doffing of PPE
  • Training opportunities

E-bulletin 69 - 15 January 2021  Opens new window

  • Priority groups for vaccination
  • All care providers: preparing your staff for vaccination
  • All care providers: information and publicity materials
  • Care home, home care, supported living and community life choices: manager dial-in sessions including vaccination Q&A
  • Care homes: preparing for on-site vaccinations
  • Care homes: vaccination locations for workers
  • Care homes: open dial-in vaccination Q&A sessions for workers

E-bulletin 68 - 13 January 2021  Opens new window

  • It’s down to us to help stop the spread of coronavirus
  • COVID-19 vaccine programme update
  • Encouraging staff to take up their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Changes in offering the second COVID-19 vaccine dose
  • Free COVID-19 PPE for care sector extended to June 2021
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP)
  • Infection Control Fund
  • Lateral Flow Testing ‘Frequently Asked Questions’
  • Fortnightly provider conference calls

E-bulletin 67 - 8 January 2021  Opens new window

  • Revised care home visiting guidance for LLR

E-bulletin 66 - 6 January 2021  Opens new window

  • Coronavirus vaccination roll-out
  • Encouraging workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Vaccination scam
  • Care home visits
  • Residential care - annual fee review
  • Infection Control Fund
  • Completion of the capacity tracker
  • Financial support for increased testing in care homes

E-bulletin 65 - 23 December 2020  Opens new window

  • End of year message from Jon Wilson, Director of Adults and Communities and Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health

E-bulletin 64 - 21 December 2020  Opens new window

  • Coronavirus vaccinations
  • Christmas Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) orders
  • Testing over the festive period
  • Winter wellbeing and mental health support for people in Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Social Care Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) Update
  • EU Exit preparations – transport
  • Infection Control Fund – discretionary grant application

E-bulletin 63 - 17 December 2020  Opens new window

  • Winter pressures and hospital discharges – home care
  • Guidelines for visitors to residential and nursing homes in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland
  • Capacity tracker
  • End of EU Exit transition period: keeping data safe
  • Community coronavirus testing set to start in New Year
  • Leicestershire Adult Social Care Winter Plan
  • Staying safe over the Christmas holidays – home care

E-bulletin 62 - 11 December 2020  Opens new window

  • Covid vaccination set to begin in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

E-bulletin 61 - 10 December 2020  Opens new window

  • Accuracy of lateral flow tests
  • Coronavirus testing for home care workers 
  • Coronavirus testing for Extra Care and Supported Living settings

E-bulletin 60 - 9 December 2020  Opens new window

  • Covid vaccine availability in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Christmas and New Year PPE orders
  • European Union (EU) exit
  • Infection Control Fund (ICF) – Round 2
  • Skills for Care update

E-bulletin 59 - 4 December 2020   Opens new window

  • Visiting arrangements in care homes
  • Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

E-bulletin 58 - 3 December 2020  Opens new window

  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Lateral flow testing and visiting in care homes
  • It’s down to us to help stop the spread of coronavirus
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Infection Control Fund
  • Regional Infection Prevention Control (IPC) webinar for home care providers

E-bulletin 57 - 27 November 2020  Opens new window

  • Weekly testing for home care workers
  • Lateral flow testing
  • Skills for Care consultation on delegated health care tasks for frontline care workers and managers

E-bulletin 56 - 25 November 2020  Opens new window

  • Covid-19 vaccination programme for adult social care
  • Ensure that your workforce is protected against seasonal flu

E-bulletin 55 - 25 November 2020  Opens new window

  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) care home visiting policy

E-bulletin 54 - 19 November 2020   Opens new window

  • Help control the spread of COVID-19
  • Guidance for care home visits
  • Ensuring that your workforce business continuity planning is robust
  • Seasonal flu vaccinations – doses available
  • Flu vaccination recording on the care tracker
  • Enjoying festive decorations in your setting
  • Inspired to Care – recruitment support
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • Infection Control Fund (ICF)
  • Department of Health and Social Care consultation on care staff movement

E-bulletin 53 - 13 November 2020  Opens new window

  • Care home ‘designated settings’ for discharge of Covid-positive patients
  • Infection Control Fund – Round 2 (ICF2)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes guidance
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people guidance
  • Test results for people discharged to home care
  • Seasonal flu vaccination programme

E-bulletin 52 - 4 November 2020   Opens new window

  • Impact of new national restrictions on care home visiting policy
  • Supporting hospital discharges
  • Updated guidance on the use of gloves in home care
  • Reminder about move of provider calls to Microsoft Teams

E-bulletin 51 - 30 October 2020  Opens new window

  • Move to tier 2 for Charnwood
  • COVID-19 negative discharges – reminder about isolation and IPC
  • Discharges to designated care home settings for COVID-19 positive people
  • DHSC coronavirus testing update for care home managers
  • Supporting people with LD and Autism
  • Infection Control Fund
  • Provider conference calls
  • New at-home antibody testing service

E-bulletin 50 - 22 October 2020  Opens new window

  • Care Home Visiting Guidance
  • Infection Control Fund
  • Winter Contingency Planning Webinars

E-bulletin 49 - 15 October 2020  Opens new window

  • Winter Plan and Infection Control Fund Round 2
  • PPE Portal for Care Providers 
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Tablet Devices for Care Homes
  • Look after yourself and help control the spread of COVID-19
  • National Testing Programme Rollout

E-bulletin 48 - 8 October 2020  Opens new window

  • Infection Control Fund – Round 2 (ICF2)
  • Repayment of the ‘forward payment’ made in April
  • Protect yourself, your family and the people we care for from flu this winter
  • Updated guidance on the use of Personal protective Equipment (PPE) for domiciliary care
  • Updated guidance for staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism
  • Update on care home coronavirus testing
  • Antibody home testing for social care staff
  • Recruitment advertising

E-bulletin 47 - 1 October 2020  Opens new window

  • Care home visiting policy
  • Care home visiting guidance for health and social care professionals
  • Flu vaccination programme
  • Infection Control Fund
  • Mental health support for social care professionals
  • Care home clinical leads

E-bulletin 46 - 23 September 2020  Opens new window

  • Oadby and Wigston lockdown – changes to care home visiting policy
  • Adult Social Care COVID-19 Winter Plan 2020 to 2021
  • Infection Control Fund (ICF)
  • Return of the forward payment
  • Care homes testing tracker
  • Car sharing
  • Personal responsibility of the workforce

E-bulletin 45 - 16 September 2020  Opens new window

  • Developing a COVID-19 safe visiting policy
  • Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health, Leicestershire County Council, message to care homes regarding visiting arrangements (16.9.20)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

E-bulletin 44 - 10 September 2020  Opens new window

  • Important information about the end of the Infection Control Fund (ICF scheme)
  • Discharge to assess: individuals’ financial contributions to or funding of care costs
  • New safeguarding guidance
  • Consultation on distributing vaccines

E-bulletin 43 - 4 September 2020   Opens new window

  • Antibody testing for adult social care staff
  • LSCDG digital offer - webinars and e-Learning 
  • LSCDG Care Certificate live webinar
  • Caring for friends and family as an unpaid carer
  • Admissions to care homes - updated guidance
  • Weekend testing in care homes 
  • Changes to shielding guidance
  • Updated reuse of medicines guidance issued

E-bulletin 42 - 28 August 2020  Opens new window

  • Care home visitor arrangements
  • Access to the PPE eportal and LFR Emergency PPE
  • Health and social care protocol review training requirements
  • DHSC updates to guidance
  • LPT’s community health service - new contact details for referrals
  • Clinical lead
  • Diabetes care in care homes – for care homes only

E-bulletin 41 - 20 August 2020  Opens new window

  • Infection Control Fund
  • Provider teleconference calls
  • Local Resilience Forum (LRF) emergency PPE stock
  • ADASS – Care home infection control top tips
  • Update to ‘Admission and care of residents in a care home during Covid-19’ guidance

E-bulletin 40 - 14 August 2020  Opens new window

  • NHS Test and Trace service: Randox Test Kit update
  • An innovation competition from ADASS
  • Recognising the deterioration of a patient
  • PPE guidance for home and residential care providers

E-bulletin 39 - 7 August 2020  Opens new window

  • Financial support in August and September for additional Covid-19 costs

E-bulletin 38 - 6 August 2020  Opens new window

  • Changes to care home visitor policies in Oadby and Wigston
  • Changes to the self-isolation period
  • Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) update on care home testing
  • ReSPECT awareness
  • Exemption cards or badges
  • Fraud prevention review of the continence service

E-bulletin 37 - 30 July 2020  Opens new window

  • Local guidance on care home visitor arrangements
  • Care home plan reminder

E-bulletin 36 - 29 July 2020  Opens new window

  • Updates to Care Home guidance
  • Skills for Care webinars for providers
  • Consideration of exceptional COVID-19 costs
  • Coronavirus related scams

E-bulletin 35 - 23 July 2020  Opens new window

  • Care Homes Visiting Guidance

E-bulletin 34 - 21 July 2020  Opens new window

  • New Infection Prevention Control (IPC) training
  • Support in August and September for additional Covid-19 costs

E-bulletin 33 - 17 July 2020  Opens new window

  • Infection Control Fund (ICF) update
  • July support for additional Covid-19 costs
  • Weekly provider calls
  • Easier to find information on our website
  • Stay safe this summer – heatwave preparation

E-bulletin 32 - 10 July 2020  Opens new window

  • Care home plan guide for local providers
  • Withdrawal of selected types of PPE
  • Department of Health and Social Care – update on testing in care homes

E-bulletin 31 - 7 July 2020  Opens new window

  • Safety in care homes
  • PPE portal: How to order emergency personal protective equipment
  • Recall of Cardinal Type IRR face masks
  • Care for others, make a difference

E-bulletin 30 - 1 July 2020  Opens new window

  • The ASC Risk Reduction Framework
  • COVID-19: verifying death in times of emergency
  • Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing reminder
  • Interpretation of COVID-19 swab test results
  • Antibody testing
  • Making decisions as COVID-19 guidance changes

E-bulletin 29 - 26 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Infection Control Fund

E-bulletin 28 - 19 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Support in June for adult social care provider, additional Covid-19 costs

E-bulletin 27 - 18 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Updated PPE guidance
  • Infection Prevention Control and self – isolation reminder
  • Test and trace roll ou

E-bulletin 26 - 12 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Infection Prevention Control Fund
  • Testing including mental capacity considerations

E-bulletin 25 - 5 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Guidance on the new Test and Trace service
  • PPE including FFP3 mask fit testing
  • Dementia support information

E-bulletin 24 - 2 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Infection Control Fund allocation

E-bulletin 23 - 1 June 2020  Opens new window

  • Finance update about additional costs

E-bulletin 22 - 28 May 2020  Opens new window

  • Top up payments
  • Mental health support
  • Decision maker arrangements
  • PPE

E-bulletin 21 - 21 May 2020  Opens new window

  • FFP mask fit testing support

E-bulletin 20 - 14 May 2020  Opens new window

  • PPE for carrying out aerosol generating procedures (AGP)

E-bulletin 19 - 12 May 2020  Opens new window

  • Home care risk ratings

E-bulletin 18 - 7 May 2020  Opens new window

  • Financial update about forward payments

E-bulletin 17 - 4 May 2020   Opens new window

  • Coronavirus testing update

E-bulletin 16 - 30 April 2020   Opens new window

  • PPE guidance for working in domiciliary care and care homes

E-bulletin 15 - 23 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Coronavirus testing update

E-bulletin 14 - 22 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Finance update

E-bulletin 13 - 22 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Updated guidance, workforce sharing and volunteers

E-bulletin 12 - 20 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Residential and nursing care fees

E-bulletin 11 - 17 April 2020   Opens new window

  • PPE ordering and escalation process

E-bulletin 10 - 17 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Finance questions answered

E-bulletin 9 - 9 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Manager availability and reporting 

E-bulletin 8 - 6 April 2020  Opens new window

  • New discharge hub

E-bulletin 7 - 3 April 2020   Opens new window

  • Financial support
  • Provider teleconferences

E-bulletin 6 - 2 April 2020  Opens new window

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

E-bulletin 5 - 30 March 2020   Opens new window

  • Financial stability

E-bulletin 4 - 27 March 2020   Opens new window

  • Recruitment support

E-bulletin 3 - 26 March 2020   Opens new window

  • Provider capacity survey

E-bulletin 2 - 23 March 2020  Opens new window

  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS)

E-bulletin 1 - 23 March 2020  Opens new window

  • Working with adult social care providers during Coronavirus
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