Queen’s Nursing Institute Care Home Nurses Network

The aim of the Care Home Nurses Network is to develop a platform for Care Home Nurses to meet and support each other, whilst also giving updates on specific subject matters such as wound care and end of life. Currently we are planning to hold meetings/workshops in London 3rd February 2020, Birmingham March 2020, Manchester April 2020 and Bristol April 2020.

This is just at the preliminary stage so may be subject to change. At the moment dates and venues have not been confirmed but if you would like to receive the updates about it, please register. 

Data Security and Protection Toolkit

All social care providers should have completed the Data Security Protection Toolkit by March 2020. If your care home is under an NHS standard contract it is mandatory and will form part of the CQC Key Lines of Enquiry.

How to access to register for completion of the toolkit.

The DSPT will give your organisation access to NHSMail as a safe and secure way of sharing information with your resident’s health care providers.
Dorset CCG are working with partners in care to support care homes with the completion of the toolkit.

If you wish to have further information on how to complete the toolkit, please contact sarah.boltwood@dorsetccg.nhs.uk or juddm@bpc.ac.uk.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Workshops

Partners in Care are pleased to invite you to one of two ‘Introduction & Preparation for DSPT’ workshops. By attending this session, you will be guided through the requirements and processes in order to meet entry level requirements. You do not need to have any prior knowledge as we will be guiding you through the process.

Tuesday 14th January 2020, 10:00 – 12:30
Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR
Book your place

Wednesday, 15th January 2020 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS
Book your place

We are also holding a ‘Grow Digital’ Conference:

Grow Digital Conference

Wed, 12 February 2020, 9:00am-4:30pm

Partners in Care, Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council are pleased to invite you to this special conference focusing on information and assistive technology. You will have an opportunity to hear from key professionals and experts in their field.

There will be a range of exciting workshops and a dedicated exhibition area available for you to find out more about innovations in technology that could support the service you provide along with valuable opportunities to share with colleagues and learn from each other.

We are pleased to offer this free of charge but due to the popularity of this event, spaces are limited to a maximum of three per provider. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Registered Managers Network meetings

To confirm the venues for the next round of Registered Managers Network meetings in January 2020 are as follows:

Tuesday 14th January 2020
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room 4, The Dorford Centre, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RR

Wednesday 15th January 2020
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hanham & Bankes Room, Allendale House, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1AS

Friday 17th January 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rooms 5 & 6, Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Bournemouth, BH10 7LH

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Helping to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes: a quick guide for home care managers.

Home care managers need to ensure that care staff can recognise people at risk and that they know how to document and share concerns appropriately. This guide covers: recognising a hard-to-heat home; identifying those most at risk; making every contact count; and being part of a successful discharge home. Free registration is required to download the guide.

West Cluster IAGAPS Weekend Care Home Streaming Service

The Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia Toolkit

Based on their research, Professor Jane Murphy, Dr Joanne Holmes and the team at the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University have developed a toolkit to provide freely available resources (a film, workbook, leaflet and guides) to deliver person-centred nutritional care for people living with dementia.

The toolkit has been used all over the UK and overseas, as far afield as Australia and is the winner of the 2019 CN Award for Nutrition Resource of the Year.

The workbook and film aims to develop knowledge and skills around nutrition and hydration to provide best quality care that also offers an excellent CPD opportunity, completed flexibly. To date over 1200 known recipients of the workbook (including nurses and allied health professionals, hospital and care home staff) have reported benefits and inspired action to reconfigure the way in which nutritional care is delivered.

Testimonial care home manager: ‘We have revolutionised our meal times and this has proven to be of great success. In the few short weeks we have observed and recorded an increase in weight with the majority of our residents and a more sociable and interactive feel that surrounds our mealtimes.”

Testimonial commissioner of care services: ‘We used the workbook as a superb resource to input in our action plan to improve nutrition care in our borough across health and social care providers for people living at home and in a residential home.’


Care Home learning re contractures from Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust

We have recently had some patients develop pressure ulcers behind their contracted limbs. We are working with our staff to develop a care pathway but I have been sent some info that would be useful for the care homes and I was hoping you may be able to raise this as a concern and disseminate the information.

These have been developed by the county council and passed on to some of our DN teams. We are distributing to our DN and community teams but I think this needs to go via the care homes and am hoping you can help.

7 minute learning

Contractures and their Implications

BREXIT and Medicines management

It is very important that NO ADDITIONAL PRESCRIPTION/ORDERS of medicines are made and that patients and their carers continue to follow what NHS England have said “It is important that patients only order their repeat prescriptions as normal, and keep taking their medicines as normal.”

All contingency plans in care homes, pharmacies and GP practices in terms of continuity of medicines supply should refer to this guidance from NHS England.

Immigration Status

Colleagues, clients, friends & families you know may need assistance to get the immigration status needed to continue to live, work or study in the UK, and be eligible for public services and public funds.

The Home Office is working with local organisations to make sure the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is accessible to all and capable of handling vulnerable applicants with flexibility and sensitivity.

A small team of engagement and case officers, based within Citizens Advice BCP, Citizens Advice in Dorset and Dorset Race Equality Council are here to help, inform and more importantly provide support to anyone who is finding any aspect of the application challenging.

If you know of any European nationals within your networks and communities who may need advice and help in their application, do not hesitate to raise awareness of the scheme and of the free help available.

Citizens Advice are happy to hold drop in sessions locally, or to come and give a presentation on the scheme to yourself or your colleagues.

Alternatively, anyone can refer themselves in to our service using the below details:

For FREE help or advice with an EUSS application, please contact Citizens Advice BCP

Text or Telephone Maggie: 07761 092704 / General Advice line 03444 111 444

Email: euss.advice@citizensadvicebcp.org.uk

For further information, please visit Citizens Advice

Guidance can be found at GOV.uk