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National Chair Annual Report 3rd June 2020


COVID-19. Message to all.

NASHiCS  recognise that at this time of unprecedented challenges and changes to our normal routines, it is essential to be able to access information & up to date guidance. We therefore point you to the official web-site links as shown below.
Still on offer is the Covid-19, ideas, suggestions,from colleagues section, should you wish to share.
Chris Jackson, National Chair.


Events for 2020/1 – dates for your diary.

For your information we have reviewed our event offerings for the rest of this year,  meaning a number of changes comply with the ” Government Safety Measures”

Virtual events on line.

****Conversation and Catch Up. (C&C)
Join us for our fortnightly live virtual conversation & catch up to discuss topical issues
Members and Non Members  welcome.

Join us at the next C&C Tuesday 24th November 2020

****More dates planned; Tuesday 8th Dec; Tuesday 22nd Dec 2020
Time:10.30am to 11.30 am via Zoom.
A chance to see & chat with fellow members about the issue of the day, share a solution, or just find out what’s going on ! (don’t forget  bring your beverage of choice)
For further details & how to sign for these free events  Click here

Covid-19 Webinar on Wednesday 25th  November 2020.

****Webinar Covid-19 (No charge) on  25th November 2020 supported by DAC Beachcroft LLP. Full details of this new event and registering  Here 

****Forum Lancashire has now been scheduled for Tuesday 16th March 2021, Same location & same programme,so delegate bookings & exhibitor bookings will be transferable. Bookings Open


Covid-19

There is a wealth of information on the Covid-19 pandemic issued by the four countries of the UK.
To date NASHiCS published below  items mainly concerning Health & Safety in the Care sector.
However the pace of the change to the instructions issued by the 4 countries of the United kingdom coupled with the Covid-19 virus restrictions being eased make tracking somewhat difficult to keep up to date.
We have therefore decided to revamp the publication of the various announcements to ensure that access to the information is easier and up to date.

You will see that we now refer you to the following links.
UPDATES Covid-19.

 *  Central Government UK. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 *  Scottish Government. https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
 *  Welsh Government. https://gov.wales/coronavirus
 *  Northern Ireland Executive. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus
 *  Health & Safety Executive (HSE.)
    https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm
 *  Care Inspectorate Scotland.
    https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals
 *  Care Inspectorate Wales. https://careinspectorate.wales/
 *  The Regulation & Improvement Authority (Northern Ireland).
     https://www.rqia.org.uk/
 *  Care Quality Commission (CQC). Public Information.
https://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/our-purpose-role/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-information-public
*   Care Quality Commission (CQC). Provider Information.
https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/all-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-information-providers
 *  National Health Service (NHS).
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 *  Health Protection Scotland.
    https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/
 *  Health Service Wales.
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
 *  NI Direct https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19.

This will ensure that by accessing the organisations above you will obtain up to date information on the various subjects.
Remember to refresh your links each time you access as situations are changing frequently.


National Restrictions for England.

On Saturday 31 October the Prime Minister announced national restrictions coming into force on Thursday 5 November at 00:01 for England.
~ Further guidance on the restrictions is available on GOV.UK.
~ You can read the Prime Minister’s full statement here.
~ Information is available on current restrictions in Scotland and Wales.
Going to work
~ To help contain the virus, the government guidelines mean everyone who can work effectively from home must do so during this time of greater restrictions.
~ Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace.
~ This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.


Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund Round 2 – 1/10

Sets out the infection control measures that the new infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.Details


Adult Social Care: COVID-19 Winter plan 2020 to 2021.

The government’s ambitions for the sector and the challenges facing adult social care this winter.This plan applies to England. Read
Also see letter from the Minister for Care for Local  Authorities  to accompany the Winter Care Plan 2020/2021 Read
Published 09/20


Adult Social Care Winter preparedness.

The Scottish Government has published the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan 2020-21. The plan sets out the measures already in place that must be retained and those that need to be introduced across the adult social care sector over winter 2020-21.


Free flu vaccines for Health & Social Care workers.

Those eligible for the free flu vaccine are being urged to take up the offer to protect themselves & others and help the NHS avoid additional pressure over the winter period.
This year the vaccine is being offered to more people than ever to address the additional risk posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). Ensure staff receive  the vaccine PHEwebsite     Scotland
Wales   
Northern Ireland


Keep a lookout for latex.

With the increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the current climate, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing Latex.

Latex allergy most commonly manifests itself as localised urticaria, however other symptoms include allergic rhino conjunctivitis, asthma and, rarely, anaphylaxis.
An allergic reaction can occur when skin comes into contact with the proteins contained in the natural rubber that the latex is produced from & that haven’t been removed as part of the production process.
Natural rubber latex proteins are substances hazardous to health under COSHH
Employers should carefully consider the risks when selecting gloves for use in the health and social care sector guidance on selecting latex gloves and recommends following HSE’s glove selection guidance when considering glove use in the workplace (latex or otherwise),


NHS COVID-19 app advice for care staff

Social care staff are encouraged to download the app but be aware of situations where the contact tracing function should be paused, for example in clinical settings when wearing PPE, when phones are stored in communal areas, or when working behind Perspex screens.
NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app


e-News issue 111 (October 2020) available for Members.

Next issue 112 due end November 2020.
The latest issue of the e-News for members only is available under News


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