Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2020

Tickets are now live to purchase via Eventbrite for Dorset Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2020.

Attached is a flyer for detailed information and booking process with a direct link. This is CPD recognised event with lunch provided and free parking.

Due to popular demand, we are expecting this conference to sell out, as such early booking is advised.

The Leg Ulcer and Tissue Viability Service Conference

The Leg Ulcer and Tissue Viability Service are holding a conference at the Hamworthy Club October 14th, a flyer with instructions how to book will be sent out shortly but wanted you all to have the opportunity to get it in your diaries.

The attached flyer is for a study in May being held by Coloplast.

Communications for Care Homes re DSPT/NHSMail:

As you should all be aware, completing of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit to entry level or above is required by March 2020. Partners in Care, in collaboration with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, have an offer of support for all care homes to enable the completion of the toolkit. This support comes in the form of workshops and one to one sessions. These workshops and sessions will be running up until the end of March, after which time they will cease. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that if you have not completed the toolkit you should book onto a workshop to ensure you have all the information you need to complete it. For further information, please contact Mel Judd at Partners in Care:

On completion of the toolkit to entry level care homes can gain access to NHSMail. NHSMail has many benefits to both health and social care. As a guaranteed secure system and with the credibility of an account, care homes can communicate with GP’s, pharmacists, community services, hospitals, local authorities quickly and efficiently for faster advice and decisions relating to their resident’s health and wellbeing. Gaining access to NHSMail is a good starting point to enabling a more digitally integrated system.

Please note that all organisations that have access to NHS patient data and systems comply with DSPT to provide assurance that they are practising good data security and that personal information is handled correctly. 

It is mandatory for all care homes that are under NHS contract. CQC/Regulation 17/Good Governance/Data Protection Act 2018.

Domiciliary Dentist Dorset

Domiciliary dental care in Dorset is provided by Somerset Partnership Trust, managed at their Browning Centre, Dental Access Centre in Boscombe.

A domiciliary service can be provided if the patient or carer calls the Browning Centre on 01202 705810 and requests a referral pack for a home visit.

Further information

Dementia Research Trial

Below is information about a research trial in relation to dementia taking place at Christchurch day hospital. If you have any questions about the trial, please contact Emma Gunter, Senior Research Nurse on 01202 705284

SYMBAD Leaflet 

Carehome leaflet

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.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Helping to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes: a quick guide for care home 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 link below is for care homes in the west of Dorset and is in relation to the out of hours’ service.

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.’

Nutrition and Dementia Care – a toolkit for health and care staff

Palliative Care courses being run by Forest Holme Hospice in 2020

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.

Brexit and Medicines Management

It is very important that no additional prescriptions/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.


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


Further information

Guidance on EU settled status

Dorset CCG Quality Improvement Team

Manager – Jo Thompson

Nurses – Lyn McMahon, Vicky Sayers, Abby Loader

Contact number – 01305 213644