What's New Bulletin 201 - 13 June 2024

This is edition 201 of the provider bulletin, containing information on guidance, procedures and new initiatives. Very urgent or high priority communications may still be issued on an ad hoc basis, but we will try to keep these to a minimum

1. UPDATED Adverse Weather and Health Plan, United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) (information for all providers)

2. CONSULTATION Adult Social Care Internal Day Centre Consultation: ‘Your day, Your say’: deadline 9 July 2024 (information for all providers)

3. CONSULATION REMINDER Share YOUR thoughts on our new Domestic Abuse Strategy: Deadline 16 July 2024 (Information for all providers)

4. Skills for Care – National Care Workers Forum on 27 June 2024 (information for all providers)

5. Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board: Safeguarding Adults Practitioner Forum - Trauma Informed Practice 17 July 2024 (information for all Birmingham providers)

1. UPDATED Adverse Weather and Health Plan, United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) (information for all providers)

The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has recently updated the Adverse Weather and Health Plan (AWHP v 2),

Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The Council is asking social care providers to review their business continuity plans and ensure they are prepared for heatwaves and how they may affect your service areas and service users.

Please ensure your services are able to take the necessary measures to support vulnerable service users, to consider any possible disruption to the delivery of your services, and to raise awareness.

A Beat the Heat poster is also available here;

Beat the heat (publishing.service.gov.uk)

The 1 June 2024 was also the start of the Weather Health Alerting System – Heat Health Alert operated jointly by UKHSA/Met Office, which runs until 15 September 2024. These are circulated via this weekly provider bulletin.

  • Green (preparedness): No alert will be issued as the conditions are likely to have minimal impact and health; business as usual and summer/winter planning and preparedness activities.
  • Yellow (response): These alerts cover a range of situations. Yellow alerts may be issued during periods of heat which would be unlikely to impact most people, but could impact those who are particularly vulnerable.
  • Amber (enhanced response): An amber alert indicates that weather impacts are likely to be felt across the whole health service, with potential for the whole population to be at risk. Non-health sectors may also start to observe impacts and a more significant coordinated response may be required.
  • Red (emergency response): A red alert indicates significant risk to life for even the healthy population.

2. CONSULTATION Adult Social Care Internal Day Centre Consultation: ‘Your day, Your say’: deadline 9 July 2024 (information for all providers)

Adult Social Care are undertaking a 9-week consultation on internal Day Centres in the City. The consultation started on 7 May 2024 and ends 9 July 2024. The aim of the consultation is to ensure the internal Day Centres provide the appropriate support in an appropriate setting with citizens feeling part of their community and able to thrive and reach their full potential. We must also ensure we respond to our budget challenge whilst still supporting the citizens in the city who use the Centres, their carers and family members.

The purpose of the consultation is to make sure that everyone has a chance to tell the Council about their views on our proposals for the Adult Social Care Day Centres in Birmingham.

The consultation is called ‘Your day, Your say’. The feedback that everyone provides will be analysed and will inform a report that will be considered by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Members in Autumn 2024 and a decision will be made about the future delivery of the Day Centres.

Full details of how to get involved are available as follows;

Adult Social Care day centres consultation: 'Your day, Your say' | Consultations to help us reshape | Birmingham City Council

3. CONSULATION REMINDER Share YOUR thoughts on our new Domestic Abuse Strategy: Deadline 16 July 2024 (Information for all providers)

There are five more weeks before the consultation closes on 16 July 2024, when final changes will be made, and the strategy will be prepared for cabinet approval and the anticipated publication in September. Since the launch of the consultation, we have received an additional 130 responses and expect more in the remaining five weeks.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to comment on the latest version of the strategy, please follow the online survey below. It should take about 10 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.

online survey

As we know domestic abuse (DA) touches the lives, directly or indirectly, of most people in Birmingham. It is the third highest reason for homelessness presentations, second highest reason for contacting Birmingham Children’s Trust, and DA crimes reported to the police have more than doubled in the past 4 years.

The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear framework requiring local authorities to safeguard vulnerable adults, promoting their wellbeing, and DA is a part of this. To discuss the consultation or strategy with us, or submit responses by email, please get in touch at DAteam@birmingham.gov.uk.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, and we know you may know someone, or have experienced it yourself – we commission specialist services that are available to you for help and support.

For women:

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid Helpline is open every day 9:15 – 5:15 on 0808 800 0028

Webchat

is open Monday to Friday 10 – 4.

For men:

Cranstoun helpline is open Monday to Friday 9-5 on 0121 633 1750, or their website (link below) has more information.

website

For LGBT+:

Birmingham LGBT’s helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am – 9pm and Saturdays 11:30am to 7pm on 0121 643 0821, or their website (link below) has more information.

website

In an emergency, please call 999.

4. Skills for Care – National Care Workers Forum on 27 June 2024 (information for all providers)

Skills for Care are now taking bookings for the Care Workers Forum on 27 June 2024 2:00pm – 3:00pm. These meetings are an opportunity for frontline care workers in the sector to share what’s important to them in their roles and tell us about their experiences of working in care. Attendees will receive a briefing closer to the time which will include more information on specific discussion topics. Participants will be offered £20ph for their time.

Please share this opportunity with frontline staff in care services and the booking like which is available here;

The National Frontline Care Workers’ Forum 2024 (skillsforcare.org.uk)

5. Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board: Safeguarding Adults Practitioner Forum - Trauma Informed Practice 17 July 2024 (information for all Birmingham providers)

Bookings are now available for the next Safeguarding Adults Practitioner Forum on 17 July 2024 at the Midlands Arts Centre Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, 1:00pm – 04:30pm. Admission is free.

The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board (BASB) are holding a frontline workers Practitioner Forum about Trauma Informed Practice and the obstacles front line practitioners may face in Birmingham when working with Adults with Care and Support Needs, with a particular focus on Prevention and Safeguarding.

The session will bring together frontline workers from various agencies across Birmingham and will be facilitated by professionals from across the Safeguarding Adults Partnership in Birmingham. This will be a discussion based session where practitioners will have an opportunity to discuss good practice, issues and barriers you face around trauma.

Places are limited and we ask that you only book if you are committed to attending this face to face session. If you book and then are not able to attend, please cancel the booking. The BSAB reserve the right to prioritise and cancel bookings.

You can book your place here;

Safeguarding Adults Practitioners Forum - Trauma Informed Practice Tickets, Wed 17 Jul 2024 at 13:00 | Eventbrite.


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