News Items

VCOD on hold pending U-turn

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The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has today announced that following a consultation all Regulations relating to vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and all care settings will be revoked. Full oral statement... Read more


An update on COVID-19 vaccinations and VCOD

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Some good news... Health and the wider social care workforce will need to have their first dose no later than 3 February 2022 to be on target to meet vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) Current figures show at least 88% of... Read more


The Data Security and Protection Toolkit

Great news! We will continue to offer support throughout 2022 for completing your DSP Toolkit If you're a care provider in the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, or Berkshire area and yet to make a start with the DSPT, check out this latest short,... Read more


Oxfordshire accommodation guide updated

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We have updated the links in the Oxfordshire accommodation guide which provides links and information specifically for care workers looking to rent or buy. Find the updated guide... Read more


Guidance changes to management of staff

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If you're feeling bemused by changes to management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings, you aren't alone. This guidance has changed seven times from 15 December. The latest change on Monday reflects the... Read more


Voting is now open!

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Elections are now underway for the OACP Board of Directors. Each Member is entitled to one vote and voting is open until 5 pm on 31 January. Vote... Read more


ADASS report national emergency for adult social care

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More than half of councils in England are resorting to exceptional measures to ration care and support in a worsening national emergency for social care an ADASS survey has found. Despite a record increase in the hours of homecare being delivered... Read more


Confirmatory PCR paused to ease workforce absence

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Following a positive LFD, there will be no need for a confirmatory PCR apart from specific circumstances. However, anyone who has symptoms should continue to take a PCR test and follow the self-isolation guidance. This applies to social care... Read more


New starter deployment in care homes

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As from today (Thursday 6 January 2022), an unvaccinated new starter can be deployed in a care home 21 days after receiving one dose of an authorised COVID-19 vaccine as long as that dose was received less than 10 weeks ago. Clinical trial... Read more