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Temporary changes to self-certification of sickness

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On 17 December, the DHSC introduced temporary changes to the self-certification on sickness process for employees. Employees can normally self-certify sickness absence for the first seven days. Temporarily, employees can self-certify for 28 days, to... Read more

HSE publish new resources to help stop covid-19 spreading

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HSE publish new resources to help stop covid-19 spreading including a new video on keeping vehicles ventilated, explaining how you can reduce the risk of transmitting the virus when using vehicles and simplified advice on using CO2 monitors to... Read more

VCOD operational guidance for DCA coming soon

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Operational guidance is coming soon for domiciliary care providers to implement VCOD. DHSC has accepted that the process of creating similar care home guidance was less than perfect, but with understandable mitigating circumstances of just three... Read more

SCAS clarify arrangements for care home patient transport

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Following on from the letter dated 28 October from South Central Ambulance Service, which caused some confusion on whether SCAS staff were allowed in and what care home staff responsibilities should be, SCAS has issued an update on their... Read more

Vaccination as a condition of deployment

As of 11 November 2021, CQC-regulated care homes are required to ensure all staff and visitors to their premises are double-vaccinated against covid-19.  This policy is known as vaccination as a condition of deployment or VCOD. The legislation... Read more

Coronavirus – COVID-19

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Government Coronavirus guidance for social care With the spread of Coronavirus across Europe and growing number of cases, the UK government has provided new guidance for all social care settings. The guidance also includes advice for schools -... Read more

Hft’s annual Sector Pulse Check

Hft have published their 4th annual Sector Pulse Check summarising the pressure felt by providers across a range of services. Not surprisingly, the biggest pressure felt across the sector is wage rises fuelled by unfunded NLW increases and continued... Read more