What's New Bulletin 47 - 24 June 2021

This is the forty seventh weekly 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.

COVID RELATED INFORMATION

  1. ACTION REQUIRED - Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund – Spend Reporting requirement deadline 16 July 2021 (All providers with a CQC registered location in Birmingham) 
  2. UPDATED GUIDANCE Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) (Information for all Supported Living providers)
  3. UDATED GUIDANCE Visiting arrangements in and out of care homes (Information for all Care Homes)
  4. UPDATED GUIDANCE: Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes (Information for all Care Homes)
  5. UPDATED GUIDANCE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for anyone working in adult social care who are not part of regular testing at work and unpaid carers (Information for all care providers)

IN OTHER NEWS

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COVID RELATED INFORMATION

1.ACTION REQUIRED - Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund (ICTF) – Spend Reporting requirement deadline 16 July 2021 (All providers with a CQC registered location in Birmingham) 

Following the distribution of the Infection Control and Testing Fund grants to Care Homes and CQC registered Community Care providers, you are now required to report how the funding has been spent between 1 April and 30 June 2021, and to declare any unspent grant money which will need to be returned to the Council. The reporting requirement is a condition of the grant allocation and the data will be used to enable the Council to report spending to the Department of Health and Social Care. Failure to complete the spend return will mean that the whole of the grant allocation must be returned to the Council. The grant allocation lists confirming the amount of funding allocated to each registered Location have been circulated to care providers. If you don't have copies, please email marketintelligence@birmingham.gov.uk

Please complete the relevant online form as soon as possible and by no later than 16 July 2021. A separate form is required for each CQC registered location.

ICTF spending report for Community Care Locations

ICTF spending report for Care Home Locations

The forms now include the facility to print a PDF copy for your own records.

2.UPDATED GUIDANCE Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) (Information for all Supported Living providers)

A substantive update has been made to this guidance which aligns it with other policy, including testing, infection prevention and control. Also includes additional information about visiting for individuals living in supported living, in line with national restrictions.

The full guidance can be found below

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)

3.UDATED GUIDANCE Visiting arrangements in and out of care homes (Information for all Care Homes)

The following guidance has been updated to reflect that: 1. Care home residents should isolate following a visit only where it includes an overnight stay in hospital, or is deemed high-risk following an individual risk assessment. 2. Residents no longer should isolate on admission into the care home from the community. 3. Every resident can nominate an essential care giver;

The section ‘In the event of an outbreak in the care home’ as also been updated to add the Delta variant as a variant of concern.

Guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes

Guidance on arrangements for visiting out of the care home

4.UPDATED GUIDANCE: Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes (Information for all Care Homes)

This guidance covers how to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance has been updated to include VOC-21APR-02 [Delta variant] as a variant of concern.

The full guidance can be found below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on admission and care of people in care homes

5.UPDATED GUIDANCE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for anyone working in adult social care who are not part of regular testing at work and unpaid carers (Information for all care providers)

This guidance covers how anyone working in adult social care in England who is not part of a regular testing regime at work can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing. It has been updated to make the page more generic and not related to personal assistants​.

The full guidance can be found below;

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on testing for anyone working in adult social care who are not part of regular testing at work and unpaid carers

IN OTHER NEWS………….

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