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Flu jabs saves lives too

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When PHE's Dr. Éamonn O'Moore was seeing patients, he knew how crucial it was for all who work directly with vulnerable people to make sure they had a flu jab every year. He felt it was his professional responsibility to protect himself, his colleagues, and those in his care. A new winter vaccination campaign has launched to encourage all health and care staff to get their flu and covid-booster jabs sorted.

Remembrance and reflection

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Social care bodies across England have joined together to announce a Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection. It will take place, next year, on 22 March and be a day to honour the work of the adult social care workforce and remember those we lost. Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy, explains the background...

Social care reform and what it means for our workforce

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"As part of the record 36 billion investment to reform the NHS and social care, the Prime Minister’s announcement of at least £500 million funding for the care workforce across three years is very welcome", says Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in her new blog marking the Prime Minister's recent announcement on social care reform.

Social care recruitment and the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for many colleagues working in the social care sector, making retention and recruitment more important than ever. Vida Healthcare's Bernadette Mossman explains how she and her colleagues have been encouraging vaccination among their staff.

I’ve made my choice, so what’s yours?

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The thought of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was a little bit scary to begin with for Cygnet Healthcare's Raf Hamaiza. Like many others, he struggled to make sense of information pouring in from all directions. In this blog, he explains how he found clarity and peace of mind - for himself and his colleagues.

Our experience of vaccination as a condition of deployment

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Barchester Healthcare has been working tirelessly, in difficult circumstances, to protect and reassure its colleagues, residents and their relatives about COVID-19 and vaccinations throughout the course of the pandemic. Chief Executive Dr Peter Calveley explains how he and his team worked hard to keep staff updated on the vaccination roll out and allay their concerns about having the jab.

COVID-19 vaccinations protect us all

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Vaccination timeline

COVID-19 vaccination has to be comprehensive to be truly effective as protection – particularly for those most vulnerable to infection. While the SAGE recommended levels of at least 80% of care home staff and 90% of residents have been reached and exceeded in many parts of England, regional variation persists.

Deborah Sturdy, our Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, explains why the Government, following wide consultation with the care sector, has taken the difficult decision to make vaccination a mandatory condition of deployment in care homes.

Care Home Open Week: a good reason to throw a party!

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Staff and residents met members of the local police force

After what can only be described as an uncertain and difficult 18 months, Care Home Open Week was a fantastic opportunity to focus on the positives and have some fun. 

Many of the people supported at Precious Homes have found the pandemic hard. Changes to routine can be a challenge for autistic people, and isolation from friends, family and support systems add to an already confusing situation. Precious Homes staff made sure Care Home Week was enjoyed by everyone.

Care Home Open Week: a chance to share happiness

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Bubble therapy session

COVID-19 has led to many changes in the way residential care is provided and the way care colleagues work together. One thing that hasn’t changed is the sense of family and community within Priscilla Wakefield House, a teaching care home in Haringey, north London.

Despite the outside world being turned up-side-down, care staff have succeeded in keeping a sense of normality, and making sure residents continue to enjoy laughter and fun.

Giving assurances

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If you’ve not come across DHSC's Regional Assurance team, its members act as two-way information sharers between the Department and local areas.

They use their experience of the adult social care sector to provide informed assessments to the Department and the Minister for Social Care. They also provide opportunities for the sector to influence and inform DHSC about the way current policies are working in the regions.