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“A booklet has been created for carers who assist a person with dementia with their personal care. This booklet was developed as part of the Alzheimer’s Society funded Pro-CARE study, which was undertaken at the University of East Anglia. The booklet is available on the link below, please do share with any family carers, care-home staff or dementia support organisations you feel may benefit from the resource.”

Click here for access to the booklet 

This guidance is based on regularly reviewed clinical advice.

This guidance covers:

  • visits that should happen in all circumstances
  • safe visiting practices
  • when different visiting arrangements are needed
  • sources of information and support

Click here for full details

“The Royal Mint Museum is helping care homes across the UK to stimulate conversation and fun among residents with their ‘Museum in a Box’ project.

The interactive sessions are centred around a free-to-loan electronic box which includes objects relating decimalisation. Each object is fitted with a special micro-chip which, when placed on the box, play audio clips to foster memories and conversations with others about times gone by.

New for winter 2021, the scheme, which has already reached more than 500 care homes, has been further boosted by the donation addition of 50 Toughbooks donated by Panasonic.

The Toughbooks enable video and additional visual and audio content such as quizzes and fact sheets designed to promote reminiscence.

Project Coordinator Bethan James, from the Royal Mint Museum says: 

“The reminiscence sessions are a fun and stimulating activity, giving care home residents the opportunity to talk about their memories of times gone by. Thanks to Panasonic Business, we can now add another dimension to the project helping more people to be able to engage with the objects and the session. We’re very grateful to Panasonic for their support with this project. Their generosity has ensured that as many more positive experiences continue to be enjoyed.”

Kevin Jones, Director of Operations at Panasonic, added: “What an amazing initiative to be involved with! The Panasonic team are delighted to be able to donate Toughbooks to support these sessions and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the project.”

Each care home will receive a box for two weeks, and they are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses. To register for a ‘Museum in a Box’ please contact: decimalisation@royalmint.com or visit https://www.royalmintmuseum.org.uk/decimalisation/

The Royal Mint Museum is a registered charity, and an accredited museum, which is based on The Royal Mint site in Llantrisant, South Wales. Established in 1816, The Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related numismatic material in the world. A range of videos and education materials relating to the Platinum Jubilee is available at: www.royalmintmuseum.org.uk

“Integrating health and social care has been an objective of national policy for more than three decades but has started to gather pace with the introduction of the Health and Care Bill, which is expected to put integrated care systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing from April 2022. Statutory ICSs will comprise two key bodies – an integrated care board (ICB) and integrated care partnership (ICP).

ICBs will take on the NHS planning functions previously held by clinical commissioning groups. Each ICB will produce a five-year plan for how NHS services will be delivered to meet local needs and this plan must take account of an integrated care strategy, setting out how the wider health needs of the local population should be met.

This wider strategy will be developed by the second key body – the ICP. ICPs are statutory committees bringing together the NHS, local authorities and other organisations, including those from social care, as equal partners to focus more widely on health, public health and social care.

ICSs are intended to promote equal partnership between the NHS and its wider partners, including local authorities and social care, but the history of previous attempts at integration suggests there is a risk that the NHS will dominate. Within social care, there is a particular concern among providers that they will be left ‘outside the tent.’

This practical guide, supported by Home Instead UK, aims to encourage partnership-working between NHS and social care stakeholders as ICSs develop. The suggestions it contains are based on The King’s Fund’s work with ICSs and a roundtable discussion, held with Home Instead UK, to explore these issues with stakeholders working in and with the social care sector.”

To read more click here

“To mark the launch of the LTCcovid International Living Report on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care we are organising a two-day online workshop. Attendees will be able to join parts of the workshop.

The programme will include:

  • International overviews of the impacts of the pandemic on Long-Term Care systems, a discussion of lessons learnt and the policy reforms that are needed to strengthen Long-Term Care systems all over the world.
  • Findings from research projects on Long-Term Care and COVID-19

Details of the programme will be shared as we have them; for now, please email Adelina Comas-Herrera at a.comas@lse.ac.uk if you would like to present.”

The workshop is free to attend with pre-registration. Click here to register

The state of care during a full year of the pandemic

Key points

  • The impact of the pandemic on many who use health and social care services has been intensely damaging. Many people have struggled to get the care they need, and there is also evidence that some people have not sought care and treatment as a result of COVID-19.
  • We have previously highlighted the ongoing issues that people from some groups have faced in accessing and receiving high-quality care. Over the last year, the pandemic has further exposed and exacerbated these inequalities.
  • People with a learning disability have faced increased challenges as a result of the pandemic.
  • The need for mental health care has increased, with children and young people particularly badly affected.
  • The strain on carers has intensified. Carers UK estimated in June 2020 that an additional 4.5 million people had become unpaid carers since the pandemic began.
  • Health and social care staff are exhausted and the workforce is depleted. People across all professions, and carers and volunteers, have worked tirelessly to help those who needed care. The negative impact of working under this sustained pressure, including anxiety, stress and burnout, cannot be underestimated.
  • Despite the widespread disruption caused by the pandemic, surveys have shown that, when people were able to access the care they needed, they were often positive about that care.

To access this report click here

LTC Covid invite contributors to the LTC Covid International Living Report to present on:

  • Lessons learnt from the experience in their country or region and on the reforms that are being considered to address ongoing challenges
  • Present research findings on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care
  • Cross-national studies on key topics such as workforce pressures, care home visits, vaccination policies in the long-term care sector, etc.

Please email Adelina Comas-Herrera at a.comas@lse.ac.uk if you would like to present.

The workshop will be recorded and the video will be shared on LTCcovid.org.

6th December, 9am to 6pm (UK time, BST)

Registration is free

For more details please click here

The report, Ambitions for change: Improving healthcare in care homes, describes how healthcare is currently provided in these diverse settings, which range from small privately-owned care homes to large purpose-built homes run by care home chains. The COVID pandemic created extraordinary challenges for care homes, and this report argues that government, commissioners, care home providers and other stakeholders must now ensure that the structures, support and skills are consistently in place to ensure care home residents have access to the same standard of healthcare as other citizens.

To read more click here

“Our small team (Dr Holly Blake, Dr Wendy Jones and myself) within the University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences along with an international peer review panel have developed and released the digital training package. 

This training package has been developed for health and care professionals, and healthcare students with the aim of increasing understanding of the COVID-19 vaccine and provide a resource that will help them to explain to patients and clients why COVID-19 vaccine uptake is important for individual and societal health.

 Here is a link to the CoVE Package: COVID-19 Vaccine Education training package hosted on HELM Open Repository:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/helmopen/rlos/practice-learning/public-health/CoVE/

Sample training package pages:

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“The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) was commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) to develop standards of education and practice which would support the transition of a Registered Nurse who is new to working in the care home sector. For the purpose of this report the focus will be on Care Homes for older residents who require nursing care to be provided by the home.

The development of these standards is timely as the focus and attention being given to Care Homes is greater than it has ever been, demonstrating a policy shift to community based, integrated health and social care across all community care delivery (NHSE 2014; NHSE/I 2019). Reports show there is an increase in the number of people over the age of 65 who are requiring either residential or nursing care (Bennett et al 2018; NHSE/I 2019). The British Geriatric Society (2016) suggest that 75-80% of those living in Care Homes have cognitive impairment with the average care home resident having multiple long-term conditions, functional dependency and frailty.”

If you would like access to this report please click here