Free COVID-19 PPE for care sector extended to June 2021.
The scheme has been extended to better support this critical stage for vaccination and mass testing programmes.
CQC registered providers can continue to access free PPE through the PPE portal. Non CQC-registered providers can access free PPE through their Local Resilience Forum (LRF) or local authority where LRFs are no longer distributing..
Care Home Residents To Receive Free Vitamin D Doses.
The government will provide a one off free 4-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements for residents in residential and nursing care homes in England to help support their general health, in particular bone and muscle health. Delivered direct to Nursing & Care Homes from January 2021.
Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE is set to take up a new role representing social care nurses and providing clinical leadership to the workforce, having been appointed Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England.
In her new role, Professor Sturdy will work closely alongside the Minister for Care and the Chief Nursing Officer as an important role in ensuring the provision of high quality, personalised, joined up care.
The Chief Nurse position will also act as an inspiring leader for social care nursing and help develop social care policy and how it relates to the workforce.
Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “I’m delighted to welcome Deborah Sturdy as our first Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care. More details
Care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement.
Tens of thousands of international health & care staff who have worked tirelessly to save lives during the pandemic are now exempt from the immigration health surcharge (IHS) & will no longer have to pay to use NHS services.
Overseas NHS & care workers are now able to claim their reimbursement from the surcharge.
Those eligible can now apply online and access guidance on claiming the reimbursement, which will be paid in 6-month installments.