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  19.      <title>MPs seek views on impact of new Immigration Rules</title>
  20.      <description> The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration is seeking views on the impact of the new Immigration rules and would like to invite stakeholders to complete a survey. The MPs' inquiry is aiming to collect feedback from a wide range of stakeholders about the positive and negative impacts of the new rules, following up on soundings taken before the rules were introduced.  Those managing human resources and/or immigration at their organisations will be best placed to answer this survey.  The survey should take around 15 minutes.  The results and follow up interviews will provide the basis for a report and recommendations to the Home Office.The closing date is 18 May 2021. Those participating are invited to share the survey with others.</description>
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  27.      <title>Give your views on the national recruitment campaign</title>
  28.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care is asking for views on the national adult social care recruitment campaign which has been running in England since February 2021 and will end soon.  The survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Feel free to share with other people working in the adult social care sector, from care staff and registered managers to directors and HR teams. Adult Social Care Recruitment Communication Survey Deadline to complete 30 April 2021. Any questions to</description>
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  35.      <title>Guidance on second recognition payment for NHS and social care staff in Wales</title>
  36.      <description>The Welsh Government have issued guidance on the second regonition payment for NHS and social care staff in Wales. The guidance covers key points such as who is eligible for the payment within the sector; as well as the process for making claims. Employers will be provided with claim forms via the local authority and will then be able to claim the relevant number of payments from local authorities. The guidance says that "employers also claim additional costs for their contribution to national insurance and pension and receive a nominal administration fee."  Read the guidance.</description>
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  38.      <pubDate>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  43.      <title>Lateral flow testing available to the public in Scotland</title>
  44.      <description> From 26 April, lateral flow home test kits will be available free to the public, who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly.  From 20 April, anyone planning travel to the islands next week can order a free home test kit online. The first test should be taken three days before travel and the second on the day of departure. Moving to Level 3 These provisions do not replace the current regular testing put in place for occupational groups like social care workers. Social care testing guidance.</description>
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  46.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  51.      <title>Easing of restrictions accelerated in Scotland</title>
  52.      <description>The Scottish Government has accelerated the easing of restrictions. From 16 April, six people from six households are allowed to meet outdoors, and travel within Scotland is permitted for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise. People must still stay local for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport.  Accelerated easing of restrictions If the data permits, the whole of Scotland, including all island communities, should be in Level 3 from 26 April and move to Level 2 from 17 May. Local protection levels Moving to Level 3 </description>
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  54.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  59.      <title>National Booking Service resumes for social care workers and unpaid carers</title>
  60.      <description>The National Booking Service is once again taking bookings for COVID-19 vaccination in England, following the recent temporary suspension for care workers and unpaid carers in JCVI priority group 2 due to supply issues. UKHCA put the case vigorously to policymakers for the National Booking Service to be re-opened. Guidance on eligibility Book a vaccination through the National Booking Service  Vaccination can also be arranged through GP surgeries and employers.    </description>
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  67.      <title>Supporting Social Care Research in South Central England</title>
  68.      <description>The National Institute for Health Research are very keen to see more research up and running in social care. To this end, The NIHR Research Design Service South Central and the NIHR Clinical Research Networks and Applied Research Collaboratives have got together to organise an event to bring together researchers, practitioners, providers, commissioners and users of social care, to discuss how they can develop and support research in the South Central and Wessex regions. Date: 26/5/21 Where: Online Cost: Free Who should attend?  Social care researchers Social care practitioners  Healthcare professionals Users of social care Commissioners and providers of social care Sign-up </description>
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  70.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  75.      <title>JCVI issues new advice for pregnant women</title>
  76.      <description> The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. This is a change to previous advice. JCVI advises that it's preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available, as there is more research on these vaccines. JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women The Green Book for medical practitioners advises that pregnant women should still discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with their clinician, including the latest evidence on safety and which vaccines they should receive. COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a</description>
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  83.      <title>MPs raise questions about social care reform</title>
  84.      <description> In Health and Social Care questions recently, Care Minister Helen Whately MP confirmed to MPs that further information about social care reform in England would be published later this year, including a workforce strategy. Hansard: Oral Answers to Questions - Tuesday 13 April 2021 The Care Minister said the Government's objectives for reform are 'to enable an affordable, high quality adult social care system that meets people's needs, whilst supporting health and care to join up services around people': Social Services: Reform: 15 Apr 2021: Hansard Written Answers The Government is currently conducting a programme of engagement with stakeholders, including UKHCA and the Care Provider Alliance.</description>
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  86.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  91.      <title>Survey of frontline workers' experiences in social care during pandemic</title>
  92.      <description>  A UK-wide survey of frontline workers in adult social care is being carried out to find out how the pandemic is affecting people's experience of working in adult social care. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and there is a prize draw at the end to win an Amazon voucher worth £50.  RESSCW Longitudinal Wave 1 ( The survey is funded by the Health Foundation and has been put together by researchers at the University of Kent, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and City University of London. Please could social care employers share the survey with their frontline staff, to support this research. No closing date has been given. </description>
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  94.      <pubDate>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  99.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 12 April 2021</title>
  100.      <description>The Government has responded to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Coronavirus, disability and access to services. Health and Care Research Wales is setting up a public engagement and involvement forum. Nufield Trust: Fractured and forgotten? The social care provider market in England Resources Skills for care have developed new resources on supporting people with everyday technology. More webinars and support for registered managers from Skills for Care via their latest eNews. Find out about the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set.</description>
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  102.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  107.      <title>Routine testing and notifications in Scotland</title>
  108.      <description>Routine testing of homecare workers in Scotland may be via PCR test or lateral flow test, depending on local Health and Social Care Partnership decisions. Care Inspectorate Wales have updated their guidance on COVID-19 notifications in relation to lateral flow testing.</description>
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  110.      <pubDate>Fri, 16 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  115.      <title>Free webinar: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers</title>
  116.      <description>Event: After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workersDate and time: Tuesday 20th April, 15.30-16.45Organised by: the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Sustainable Care Research ProgrammeRegistration link here (Free). On Tuesday 20 April, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Sustainable Care Research Programme will be discussing the risks that migrants working in the care sector face, what this means for the sector, and what needs to happen to ensure their rights are protected. ChairNadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East SpeakersShereen Hussein, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Caitlin Boswell, EU Citizens’ Project Officer at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants Kinga Milankovics, a self-employed care provider and co-founder of the Hekate Conscious Ageing Foundation.</description>
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  118.      <pubDate>Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  123.      <title>National Booking Service opens for those of 45 and over</title>
  124.      <description>The National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccination is now open for those of 45 and over in England. The JCVI has also issued JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021 This confirms offers of vaccination during phase 2 are age-based and in the following order:  all those aged 40 to 49 years all those aged 30 to 39 years all those aged 18 to 29 years The advice suggest those individuals aged 18 to 49 years, where there is an increased risk of hospitalisation in males, those from certain ethnic minority backgrounds, those with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (obese or morbidly obese), and those experiencing socio-economic deprivation, should take up their offer of vaccination promptly.  UK health ministers' statement on JCVI advice (13 April 2021)  UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early  Separate advice has been issued on suitable vaccines for those under 30.</description>
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  126.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  131.      <title>New posters on COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan</title>
  132.      <description>A set of three NHS and Public Health England posters has been launched to confirm people can have COVID-19 vaccinations during Ramadan. The message in each poster is vaccination is acceptable for Muslims. More information </description>
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  134.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  139.      <title>The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Wales has been accelerated</title>
  140.      <description>The Welsh Government has announced an acceleration of elements of its planned relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more This builds on the previous announcement to move towards a movement from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 by mid-May.</description>
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  142.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  143.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  147.      <title>Update to mandatory Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in Scotland</title>
  148.      <description>The Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum has been updated.</description>
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  150.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  155.      <title>Update in Personal Assistant COVID-19 testing policy in England</title>
  156.      <description>The policy on COVID-19 testing for Personal Assistants has been updated so that PAs will be offered twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Device rather than the previous once a week PCR testing. PCR tests will be used only to confirm LFD positive test results. Find out more</description>
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  158.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  159.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  163.      <title>Lateral flow testing opens for people without symptoms in England</title>
  164.      <description>The following does not replace the organisation testing arrangements for social care employers, which are summarised here. However, care providers should be aware that from today, 9 April, anyone in England who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can obtain free 30-minute lateral flow tests so they can do twice a week testing. Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week  These can be done at home, as well as through employers and test sites. People can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:  find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests find a test site where you can collect rapid tests People can also order a pack of 7 tests sent to their home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK If testing is done at home, the results should be reported online or by phone.</description>
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  166.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  171.      <title>Moderna vaccine cleared for use in COVID-19 vaccination rollout</title>
  172.      <description> The Moderna vaccine has been cleared for use for all those in phase 1 and 2 of the programme by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), with a 2-dose schedule, the second dose being given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose, like the other approved vaccines. Letter from JCVI and reply from the Health and Social Care Secretary on use of the Moderna vaccine&#x2;</description>
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  174.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  179.      <title>Revised guidance on the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine</title>
  180.      <description>Around four people in every million doses of the Astra Zeneca Vaccine delivered have developed an unusual blood clotting condition following vaccination - this is extremely unlikely and rare. On review of the information available the JCVI and MHRA have suggested that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for most people. However, as a precaution the advice for healthy younger persons aged 18-29 who have not received a first dose has been revised to suggest that it would be preferable for them to have an alternative vaccine.  Everyone (including people aged 18-29) is advised to have a second dose of the vaccine if they have received a first without suffering serious side effects. An information leaflet is available here. Government press release / MHRA press release</description>
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  182.      <pubDate>Thu, 08 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  183.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  187.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 6 April 2021</title>
  188.      <description>The Global Travel Taskforce have made policy recommendations on the safe return of international travel. Marie Curie have published their Better End of Life Report 2021, which looks at how COVID has affected end of life care. ONS: Coronavirus and vaccine hesitancy 17 Feb - 14 March. During this period reported vaccine hesitancy was lower than the 13 Jan - 7 Feb figures. Skills for Care have published Workforce Intelligence reports on social work and also on personal assistants. A technical specification has been published for transparent face masks. PHE analysis suggests that COVID-19 vaccinations have prevented over 10,000 deaths in those over 60 The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has launched a manifesto for the Senedd 2021 Election.  A Kings Fund report: Shaping the future of digital technology in health and social care highlightes the "NHS-social care gap" when it comes to investment, research evidence and digital maturity. LGA: The lives we want to lead: where next for the debate about care and support reform? King's Fund blog: Making decisions about social care requires tough choices Resources The Care Provdier Alliance have published a web-page bringing together information on COVID-19 vaccination. Recordings of the National Social Care Conference 2020 for Wales are now available. LGA's new page on the adult social care workforce. Events After the clapping stops: the crisis facing migrant care workers - 20 April 15.30-16.45 SCIE and Care Talk: Preparing for a new normal in social care 12 April 11.00-12.45 Care Talk: From New Normal to New Future - How has the response to COVID-19 changed social care practice? 30 June 2021. The National Wellbeing Hub is running a webinar programme for social care staff in Scotland through April and May.</description>
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  190.      <pubDate>Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  195.      <title>Scotland coronavirus update</title>
  196.      <description>Lateral flow tests are set to become universally available twice a week in Scotland, according to the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon has said that further information on how people can access the tests and from when could be provided later this week. COVID-19 update: First Minister's statement – 6 April 2021 Meanwhile, Scotland's 'Stay at Home' guidance has now been replaced with the 'Stay Local' message. A full timetable on the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions has been published, with further outdoor socialising being allowed from 26 April. It is hoped that up to four people from up to two households will be permitted to socialise in-home from 17 May. Details on the COVID-19 protection levels for each Scottish council area</description>
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  198.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  203.      <title>PPE Guidance revision in England - How to work safely in domiciliary care</title>
  204.      <description>Revised PPE guidance for homecare providers in England has now been published by PHE.  Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers delivering domiciliary care during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England - GOV.UK (  Our member organisations had an e-mail alert about the changes on Thursday 1 April. We encourage homecare providers to read PHE's revised PPE guidance in full. The most significant changes are as follows:   Sessional use of face masks is no longer recommended in homecare: At the end of each homecare visit, the facemask should be disposed of and fresh PPE, including a new facemask, will need to be donned before entering the next client's home.  If a client has respiratory symptoms compatible with recent COVID-19 infection, or has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that eye protection (visor or goggles) is worn (along with a Type IIR mask, which is already required).  Eye protection and face masks should be removed and disposed of after completing personal care for each homecare client. If the eye protection is not labelled as single use only, then it needs to be decontaminated before reuse. </description>
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  206.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  211.      <title>Leadership and Management Programme in Scotland</title>
  212.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council has opened applications for a 10-month leadership and management development programme. This has been designed for senior leaders in health and social care, as well as partner organisations. Anyone interested should complete an application form by clicking this link. The deadline for social care applications is 20 May 2021 at 12pm.</description>
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  214.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  219.      <title>EU Settlement Scheme Deadline</title>
  220.      <description>A quick reminder that the deadline for staff who are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen to apply for EU settled status is 30 June 2021. However, staff are encouraged to apply as early as possible so that any problems can be addressed. Click here for more information.</description>
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  222.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  227.      <title>Wellbeing programme for Scottish health and social care staff</title>
  228.      <description>Scotland's National Wellbeing Hub is hosting a series of wellbeing webinars for people working in health and social care in April and May. Sessions are on subjects such as helping to cope with low mood and mindfulness. Staff can book their place at a webinar by clicking this link.</description>
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  230.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:50:00 GMT</pubDate>
  231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  235.      <title>Mental health support for hospitalised coronavirus patients in Scotland</title>
  236.      <description>Individuals in Scotland who have been hospitalised because of COVID-19 are set to receive access to mental health support. £4.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government across three years will create a new network of mental health clinicians to help those affected. Further information</description>
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  238.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  243.      <title>Scottish Parliament Committee calls for health reform</title>
  244.      <description>A legacy report by the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee has said that the COVID-19 pandemic provides a golden opportunity to implement much-needed reform in health and social care.  In the report, it was recommended that social care be given its own separate Parlimentary Committee, while the progress towards the integration of health and social care was criticised. Further information</description>
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  246.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:15:00 GMT</pubDate>
  247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  248.      <link></link>
  249.    </item>
  250.    <item>
  251.      <title>Real Living Wage for care workers in Scotland</title>
  252.      <description>From May 2021, adult social care workers in Scotland will be paid at least the Real Living Wage, backdated to the previous month. As a result, each care worker will receive a minimum of £9.50 per hour. Fair pay for social care workers</description>
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  254.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  256.      <link></link>
  257.    </item>
  258.    <item>
  259.      <title>Further easing of lockdown in England from 12 April and universal testing offer</title>
  260.      <description>In England, the Government has confirmed a further easing of Covid restrictions from 12 April, when more businesses and venues can reopen. It has also published a Roadmap Reviews: Update on:   COVID-Status Certification Review Global Travel Taskforce Events Research Programme Social Distancing Review The reviews will inform Government decision making on future lockdown easing. In addition, twice weekly rapid testing is to be available free to everyone in England from 9 April. This does not replace guidance to social care organisations on staff testing, which is summarised here. PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 5 April 2021</description>
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  262.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  264.      <link></link>
  265.    </item>
  266.    <item>
  267.      <title>Updates for Wales - Care Inspectorate Wales and Supported Living Guidance</title>
  268.      <description>Care Inspectorate Wales has confirmed that the first annual returns for all regulated services that were due in May 2020 are not not due until May 2022. They have published an updated Securing Improvement and Enforcement Policy and the finidngs of their national review of the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).  The Supported Living Guidance in Wales has been updated.</description>
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  270.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  272.      <link></link>
  273.    </item>
  274.    <item>
  275.      <title>Gender pay gap reporting</title>
  276.      <description>Employers with 250 or more employees in England, Wales and Scotland will need to publish their annual gender pay data, with an official deadline for private and voluntary sector organisations of 4 April. However, the Equality and Human Rights Commission have indicated that they will not begin enforcement for the 2020/2021 reporting until 5 October 2021. Gender pay gap reporting Further information</description>
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  278.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  280.      <link></link>
  281.    </item>
  282.    <item>
  283.      <title>Supporting people living with dementia to be involved in safeguarding enquiries</title>
  284.      <description>New DHSC guidance, supporting people living with dementia to be involved in adult safeguarding enquiries has been issued which draws on research by Dr Jeremy Dixon at the University of Bath and input from people living with dementia, family carers and professionals in the sector.</description>
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  286.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  288.      <link></link>
  289.    </item>
  290.    <item>
  291.      <title>COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan for England</title>
  292.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care have published an action plan outlining the steps that they intend to take over the coming year to respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic. COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan ( </description>
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  294.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  296.      <link></link>
  297.    </item>
  298.    <item>
  299.      <title>National Minimum Wage and Living Wage increase and age band change</title>
  300.      <description>On 1 April the National Living Wage increased to £8.91 per hour, the age threshold for the National Living Wages also moved from 25 to 23. This means that younger workers are now eligible for the higher rate. The 21-22 year old rate will be £8.36, 18-20 year old rate £6.56 and 16-17 year old rate £4.62. Record retention requirements for minimum wage are also extending to six years; Statutory sick pay and Statutory family-related pay will be increasing; as will Statutory Redundancy Pay.  Guidance from Anthony Collins Solicitors.  Press release.  More information.  UKHCA National Minimum Wage Toolkit. </description>
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  302.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  304.      <link></link>
  305.    </item>
  306.    <item>
  307.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 29 March</title>
  308.      <description>Senedd Research (Wales): Coronavirus: Long Covid - "it's a game of snakes and ladders" NICE have published a new quality standard on support for adults aged 18 or over who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs.  Action on Smoking and Health have published a report on the cost of smoking to the social care system. A new version of the House of Commons Library briefing on Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources has been published. Anthony Collins Solicitors blog: ECJ redefining working time - still relevant post-Brexit</description>
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  310.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  312.      <link></link>
  313.    </item>
  314.    <item>
  315.      <title>Supported Living guidance update - visiting</title>
  316.      <description>The supported living services guidance has been updated with regards to visits into and out of supported living settings. Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (   </description>
  317.      <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  318.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  320.      <link></link>
  321.    </item>
  322.    <item>
  323.      <title>Free PPE for care providers until March 2022</title>
  324.      <description>The Government has announced it is extending the availability of free PPE, via the PPE Portal, to care providers in England until March 2022 - excellent news for the care sector. UKHCA CEO, Dr Jane Townson, said: "We are grateful to colleagues at the Department for Health and Social Care and Care Minister, Helen Whately MP, for supporting the homecare sector with the extra costs of PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic, which UKHCA has campaigned for."</description>
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  326.      <pubDate>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  328.      <link></link>
  329.    </item>
  330.    <item>
  331.      <title>Advice and reassurance on vaccination and fertility</title>
  332.      <description>There are resources that provide reassurance on COVID-19 vaccination and fertility, which may be helpful for those concerned about this issue. The British Fertility Society has produced this resource and there is a joint statement from the Royal Colleges of Midwives, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. See also videos from NHS GP Dr Charles Esene and Public Health England's Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam.</description>
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  334.      <pubDate>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  336.      <link></link>
  337.    </item>
  338.    <item>
  339.      <title>PCR tests to confirm lateral flow test results</title>
  340.      <description> The government is reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing where people receive a positive LFD test result in England. The confirmatory test will be used to validate the result of the initial rapid test. If the confirmatory test is negative, the person will no longer have to self-isolate. Test and Trace systems are being adjusted accordingly. Government reintroduces confirmatory PCR testing for assisted testing</description>
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  342.      <pubDate>Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  344.      <link></link>
  345.    </item>
  346.    <item>
  347.      <title>New Infection Control and Testing Fund guidance published</title>
  348.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund for England, including fund distribution, conditions and reporting requirements. Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funds. DHSC say this is a new grant, with separate conditions to the original Infection Control Fund, the extension to the Infection Control Fund and the original Rapid Testing Fund.  On infection control, local authorities must pass 70% to care homes and CQC-regulated community care providers on a per user basis, as the default allocation. The precise conditions and reporting requirements are set out in the guidance. User allocation is broadly based on the number of non-residential service users per local authority recorded on the Capacity Tracker Home Care Survey as of 18 March 2021. The distribution of the remaining 30% is at local authority discretion, subject to the guidance. Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund</description>
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  350.      <pubDate>Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  352.      <link></link>
  353.    </item>
  354.    <item>
  355.      <title>Resources on lockdown restrictions in England</title>
  356.      <description>Changes begin today to ease the COVID-19 lockdown in England, in accordance with the Government's road map. Government guidance is being updated and there are summaries of the current guidance at: Coronavirus rules on what people can and cannot do Poster on restrictions from 29 March 2021</description>
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  358.      <pubDate>Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  360.      <link></link>
  361.    </item>
  362.    <item>
  363.      <title>UKHCA backs ARCO campaign calling for more housing-with-care options</title>
  364.      <description>UKHCA supports the campaign from ARCO calling on the Government for more housi​ng-with-care options for older people. Read the letter in full, which we have co-signed here.</description>
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  366.      <pubDate>Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  368.      <link></link>
  369.    </item>
  370.    <item>
  371.      <title>Household contacts of severely immunosuppressed to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  372.      <description> The Health and Social Care Secretary has asked NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) to adopt advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to prioritise household contacts of the severely immunosuppressed for vaccination, alongside priority group 6 in phase 1 of the vaccination programme. New vaccine advice for adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the JCVI: 24 March 2021 Æ </description>
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  374.      <pubDate>Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  376.      <link></link>
  377.    </item>
  378.    <item>
  379.      <title>Share your feedback on CQC's Transitional Regulatory Approach</title>
  380.      <description>From October 2020 CQC introduced its transitional regulatory approach (TRA). The purpose of this approach was to ensure that the Commission continued to deliver its core purpose of keeping people safe as well as to support providers of health  and  social care during the pandemic. To help to continue to develop the approach and understand what it may need to change the Commission would like to hear your views on the TRA through a short survey. You can also access this survey and many others through CQC's digital engagement platform.</description>
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  382.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  384.      <link></link>
  385.    </item>
  386.    <item>
  387.      <title>Blog: UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson on the latest NAO report on social care in England</title>
  388.      <description>UKHCA welcomes the National Audit Office report and recommendations on the adult social care market in England. We strongly agree with the need for a vision for support and care for older and disabled people; and a workforce strategy. Read Dr Jane Townson's latest blog here.</description>
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  390.      <pubDate>Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  392.      <link></link>
  393.    </item>
  394.    <item>
  395.      <title>Statutory Code of Practice on Autism Services before Senedd (Wales)</title>
  396.      <description>The statutory code of practice on the delivery of autism services in Wales has been laid before the Senedd and will come into force in September 2021, following which implementation will begin. An implementation plan will be developed in partnership with stakeholders. The findings of the consultation on the code of practice have also been published.</description>
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  398.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  400.      <link></link>
  401.    </item>
  402.    <item>
  403.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 22 March 2021</title>
  404.      <description>Research and reports NAO: The National Social Care Market in England (see Dr Jane Townson's blog) NHS Digital: Adult Social Care Statistics in England - Overview, 2020 [Unpaid] Caring as a social determinant of health: review of evidence The Economic and Social Research Council and the Health Foundation are supporting the creation of a new centre for research in adult social care called Improving Adult Care Together (IMPACT).  ADASS and TSA have published a report on: How can technology be truly integrated into adult social care? Technical Advisory Group: Examining Deaths in Wales associated with COVID-19 NHS: Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament A number of documents have been published on tax reform (summary) including an Interim Report on the Business Rates Review.  Resources There is now a single document summarising routine testing arrangements across all social care settings in England on GOV.UK</description>
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  406.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  408.      <link></link>
  409.    </item>
  410.    <item>
  411.      <title>Transforming the public health system</title>
  412.      <description>Following last year's announcement on 'The future of public health', details have been published on establishing the 'UK Health Security Agency', including the intention to establish it formally in April 2021 and then begin to transfer relevant functions to it, including NHS Test and Trace and the analytic capability of the Joint Biosecurity Centre. There will also be a new Office for Health Promotion in DHSC and local public health systems will be strengthened. Feedback on the proposals is being sought.  Find out more </description>
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  414.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  416.      <link></link>
  417.    </item>
  418.    <item>
  419.      <title>New strategy for unpaid carers published in Wales</title>
  420.      <description>The Welsh Government have published a new strategy to support unpaid carers. It includes four priorities for action:  identifying and valuing unpaid carers  providing information, advice and assistance supporting life alongside caring (including supporting access to short breaks and respite) supporting unpaid carers in education and the workplace Press release: Caring is everyone's business  Written Statement Strategy for unpaid carers</description>
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  422.      <pubDate>Tue, 23 Mar 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  424.      <link></link>
  425.    </item>
  426.    <item>
  427.      <title>Health and care services recovery plan for Wales</title>
  428.      <description>The Health Minister has published a plan to help the health and care system in Wales recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The section most signifcicant to social care is "Chapter 6 - Seamless social care services", however, other sections do discuss the integration of health and social care and the health and social care workforce strategy. The chapter recognises the significant pressures that the sector has faced during the pandemic, the lack of parity between health and social care, and that issues around financial sustainability have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Positives coming out of the pandemic are also highlighted such as new ways of joint working being identified and an increasd use of digital communication tools. Priorities identified in relation to the sector include the development of the Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper; the need to consider the future of the Local Authority Hardship Fund; the desire to move towards paying a Real Living Wage in the sector and to ensure support for wellbeing and mental health for workers; an improvement of collaborative working; and support in relation to long COVID. Press release Cabinet statement Health and social care in Wales - COVID-19: looking forward  Alongside this, there has also been a document published on a National clinical framework: a learning health and care system </description>
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  430.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  432.      <link></link>
  433.    </item>
  434.    <item>
  435.      <title>Update on £500 payment to care workers in Scotland</title>
  436.      <description>Jeanne Freeman has indicated that the majority of social care workers should receive the £500 thank-you payment announced last autumn during April. News report Original announcement FAQs about the payment</description>
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  438.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  440.      <link></link>
  441.    </item>
  442.    <item>
  443.      <title>Welsh Government update Coronavirus Control Plan</title>
  444.      <description>The Welsh Government have updated their Coronavirus Control Plan to take into account vaccinations and the dominant Kent variant. Press release Revised control plan  </description>
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  446.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  448.      <link></link>
  449.    </item>
  450.    <item>
  451.      <title>Care Inspectorate in Scotland expanding Reference Group</title>
  452.      <description>The Care Inspectorate in Scotland are expanding their Reference Group. The Reference Group "give their ideas, thoughts and suggestions to help the Care Inspectorate or partners improve what they do." Members of the group may be invited to join focus groups, complete questionnaires or have a telephone conversation, but there is no requirement to accept invitations. Application form</description>
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  454.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  456.      <link></link>
  457.    </item>
  458.    <item>
  459.      <title>Supreme Court rules that Sleep-ins do not qualify for statutory National Minimum Wage</title>
  460.      <description>The Supreme Court confirmed today (19 March 2021) that the statutory National Minimum Wage did not apply to social care workers permitted to sleep while on duty (notes 1 and 2), an arrangement generally known as a “sleep-in” (notes 3 and 4). The implications of this long-awaited ruling, whichever way it had been decided, are significant for both employers and members of the social care workforce. Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association (note 5), said: Today’s judgement will be hugely disappointing for those members of the social care workforce who believe that the legal minimum pay rate should be paid for sleep-in duties. The Supreme Court is the highest court in civil cases in the United Kingdom and there is therefore no further route of appeal in these cases. Today’s judgement provides precedent for how the courts are likely to rule in similar cases. As a result, the court’s decision gives reassurance to central and local government, and employers, that substantial claims for back-payment of wages will not create the risk of large-scale closures of voluntary an independent sector care services which have traditionally made extensive use of sleep-in duties. Angel continued: “Now that case-law in this area has been finally decided, there remains an urgent need to address the broken system of funding the social care system, including the direct impact it has on the terms and conditions of the social care workforce. Everyone agrees that the care workforce deserves fair recognition and reward for the valuable and skilled roles they perform. “UKHCA calls on central government to provide statutory guidance to councils and the NHS on funding care work, including sleep-in duties, at a level which shows the true value that society should give to members of the social care workforce.  “In the meantime, we urge those local councils and NHS organisations who have so far taken the responsible position of funding sleep-in duties at or above the statutory minimum to continue to do so.” Ends. Notes for editors 1. The cases are Tomlinson-Blake (appellant) vs Royal Mencap Society (respondent) and Shannon (appellant) v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) (respondents). 2. The Supreme Court’s ruling in both cases has been published on-line. 3. A “sleep-in” duty may be suitable in situations where a careworker is required to be at or near their place of work and available to provide care and support for one or more people at very short notice when needed. A sleep-in duty can be used when people are unlikely to require assistance of the worker throughout the entire span of duty.  4. Where the needs of people supported by social care require more intensive support than can be offered by a “sleep-in”, workers would normally be expected to remain awake and working (and therefore paid at or above the National Minimum Wage). 5. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the UK’s membership body for homecare providers. Together we ensure that homecare is valued so that all of us can live well at home and flourish within our communities. 6. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer, United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd, Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH. Telephone: 020 8661 8188, Mobile: 07393 012 113E-mail:, Website:, Twitter: @ukhca . Registered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  462.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  464.      <link></link>
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  466.    <item>
  467.      <title>Research and resources round up w/c 15 March</title>
  468.      <description>Health for Care have published the findings of a survey of MPs and Councillors in relation to funding for social care. 9 in 10 MPs and 92% of couuncillors agreed that local government does not have enough resources to meet the growing need for social care services. The Care and Support Alliance have published a report on social care reform - A cry for hope: why 2021 must be the year for social care reform. CQC blog on Equality and human rights in health and social care TLAP report: Direct Payments - working or not working? SCIE: How might leadership roles evolve in integrated health and care systems? Resources Skills for Care Wellbeing Resource Finder Skills for Care Registered Manager Webinars Affina OD Masterclass: Taking care of your team - Why it matters and what you can do - 31 March 10.30-11.30. Skills for Care is working with Barclays Digital Eagles to provide digital support and training to the adult social care sector. There are new resources from Skills for Care on tailoring the Care Certificate in relation to supporting autistic people and people at the end of their life.</description>
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  470.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  472.      <link></link>
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  474.    <item>
  475.      <title>£341 million additional funding announced for infection control and rapid testing in adult social care</title>
  476.      <description>This afternoon, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care anounced an additional £341 million of funding for infection control measures and rapid testing in adult social care services in England.  Press release Oral statement We await further details.</description>
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  478.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  480.      <link></link>
  481.    </item>
  482.    <item>
  483.      <title>Social care leaders call for end to 25 years of inaction and for the Government to fix the social care system</title>
  484.      <description>Eight organisations, including the Care Provider Alliance have called on the Government to "end 25 years of inaction and fix the social care system".  The joint statement calls for an increase and extension of emergency support to the sector in the face of the pandemic and for the Government to release proposals for social care reform in advance of the summer parliamentary recess.</description>
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  486.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  488.      <link></link>
  489.    </item>
  490.    <item>
  491.      <title>CQC publish review of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions during COVID-19</title>
  492.      <description>CQC have published their review of the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during COVID-19. The report highlights the importance of any DNACPR decisions being made on an individual basis as part of advanced care planning, with the involvement of individuals, in a personalised, caring and compassionate way and at an appropriate time. Read the report: Protect, respect, connect - decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19 The report makes a number of recommendations including the need to ensure people are at the centre of conversations about decisions around advanced care planning, the need for suitably trained staff to have such conversations, and the need to keep clear records of discussions. Read more about the recommendations Alongside this, Compassion in Dying have publised a report: Better understanding better outcomes: what we've learned about DNACPR decisions before and during the Coronavirus pandemic</description>
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  494.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  496.      <link></link>
  497.    </item>
  498.    <item>
  499.      <title>Clinically Extremely Vulnerable no longer advised to shield from 1 April in England</title>
  500.      <description>A letter has been sent to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in England, which outlines that they will no longer be advised to shield from 1 April. The letter outlines practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the virus. Press release Read the letter</description>
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  502.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  504.      <link></link>
  505.    </item>
  506.    <item>
  507.      <title>MPs to debate social reform and the social care workforce</title>
  508.      <description>Following over 44,000 signatories for the petition calling on the social care workforce to be equally recognised to the NHS, MPs will debate the issue in Parliament later today.  The petition can be found here, while you watch it on Parlaiment TV on the following link. </description>
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  510.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  512.      <link></link>
  513.    </item>
  514.    <item>
  515.      <title>New bonus payment announced for NHS and Social Care workers in Wales</title>
  516.      <description>The Welsh Government has announced that they will fund a second bonus payment to NHS and social care staff to recognise their extraordinary contribution during the pandemic. This is in addition to the £500 payment announced last year.  It is anticipated that the amount will be equivalent to £735 and is intended to cover tax and national insurance so that, after deductions, most staff will receive £500. Further details on the scheme are expected. Press release / Written statement  Guidance will be published here.</description>
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  518.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  520.      <link></link>
  521.    </item>
  522.    <item>
  523.      <title>Socio-economic equality duty for public bodies in Wales</title>
  524.      <description>The Welsh Government have voted to bring into force a duty for public bodies to take into consideration socio-economic equality. This is part of the Equality Act 2010. It will cover local authorities, however the documentation suggests that:  "As only specified public bodies are subject to the duty, the duty remains with that body. Therefore, the requirement to meet the duty does not pass to a third party through procurement, commissioning or outsourcing.  However, in circumstances where the procurement activity itself is considered by a specified public body to engage the duty, the relevant public body must consider how such arrangements reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage." Overview. Press release. </description>
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  526.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  528.      <link></link>
  529.    </item>
  530.    <item>
  531.      <title>Third Wales Procurement Policy Statement</title>
  532.      <description>The Welsh Government have published a new Wales Procurement Policy Statement. Buying organisations will be developing action plans outlining how they comply with the statement. More information. Policy statement. </description>
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  534.      <pubDate>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  536.      <link></link>
  537.    </item>
  538.    <item>
  539.      <title>Lockdown easing in Scotland</title>
  540.      <description>Scotland's requirement for people to Stay at Home will be removed on 2 April, and be replaced with a message to Stay Local. According to a timetable announced by the First Minister, additional easing is expected on 26 April, including travel restrictions in mainland Scotland being lifted and six people from up to three households being able to meet outside. The hope is that Scotland could move to Level 0 by the end of June. Timetable for further lockdown easing</description>
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  542.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  544.      <link></link>
  545.    </item>
  546.    <item>
  547.      <title>Joint statement on speaking up to keep people safe - Care Inspectorate Wales</title>
  548.      <description>Speaking up when you are concerned about someone's safety or wellbeing is the focus of a new joint statement from Health Inspectorate Wales and Care Inspectorate Wales.  Joint statement with HIW: The importance of speaking up | Care Inspectorate Wales </description>
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  550.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  552.      <link></link>
  553.    </item>
  554.    <item>
  555.      <title>Vaccinations for unpaid carers in England</title>
  556.      <description>The Government have now published guidance on access to vaccinations for those unpaid carers who form part of cohort 6. You can find out more here. All eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it's their turn to receive the vaccine. Unpaid carers over the age of 18, who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service or ring 119, to find out if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment. </description>
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  558.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  560.      <link></link>
  561.    </item>
  562.    <item>
  563.      <title>Mencap judgment to be handed down on 19 March 2021</title>
  564.      <description>The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its long-awaited judgment in the cases of Royal Mencap Society (Respondent) v Tomlinson-Blake (Appellant) and Shannon (Appellant) v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) (Respondents) on 19 March 2021 at 9.45 am. The cases concern workers' entitlement to National Minimum Wage while carrying out sleep-in shifts. The Supreme Court's listing is at: Future judgments - The Supreme Court</description>
  565.      <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  566.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  568.      <link></link>
  569.    </item>
  570.    <item>
  571.      <title>CPA calls for emergency funding extension</title>
  572.      <description>The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA are members, have called for the extension of emergency funding for social care.  Below is a full statement from the CPA: The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences on adult social care. Like every other industry in the UK, without essential government intervention many social care providers would not have been able to operate to deliver vital services throughout the pandemic. Emergency funding from the government has been a lifeline. This has consisted of the Adult social care Infection Control Fund first introduced in May 2020 and extended in the autumn - providing over £546m of essential funding to the sector. The Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund of £149m and the Workforce Capacity Fund provided an additional £120m to support local authorities and social care providers to maintain safe staffing levels in accordance with the requirements set out in the government’s Winter Plan. All three funds have been critical in facilitating and supporting social care providers to meet government policy and guidance, in the control and management of infections including regular testing of staff and residents; the care workforce and capacity issues; and in the management of safe visits to care homes. It has taken months to get these systems in place to ensure service continuity during what has been an unprecedented onslaught of the COVID-19 virus. Reports earlier this week from the Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Chris Whitty warns of another surge in coronavirus cases in the UK being inevitable and could hit in late summer, despite the success of the country’s ongoing vaccine rollout. He stressed the need to remain vigilant. Yet the Chancellor in his budget statement last week did not announce any specific measures for social care, despite the imminent end to the emergency funding on 31st March 2021. Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), the collective body of adult social care trade associations, said: “Evidence available to the Care Provider Alliance indicates that less than a third of local authorities have declared their fee rates beyond 1st April. Those that have, are offering 0-2% uplifts which is far short of the increase to the national living wage (NLW), and the sums needed to adequately support social care providers.  “We echo the warning from Prof. Whitty that it is essential to remain vigilant and consistent in the management of reducing the risk of transmission, and call on the government to immediately extend the emergency funding available to the sector as a matter of urgency. The clock is ticking and time is running out. It is vital that care providers have a clear understanding of what measures will be in place to support them to operate after the deadline of 31st March of the emergency funding arrangements.”</description>
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  574.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  576.      <link></link>
  577.    </item>
  578.    <item>
  579.      <title>Launch of modern slavery statement registry</title>
  580.      <description>The Home Office has launched a registry for organisations to share their modern slavery statements.  The registry will form part of future reporting requirements under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, where organisations that meet certain criteria (including an annual turnover of £36 million or more) are required to produce annual modern slavery statements. Press release on the registry More on who needs to produce statements and what they contain.  </description>
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  582.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  584.      <link></link>
  585.    </item>
  586.    <item>
  587.      <title>New Health and Social Care Intensive Learning Academies in Wales</title>
  588.      <description>In partnership with Welsh Universities, the Welsh Government has announced over £9m in funding to create three new academies to support the next generation of health and care leaders in Wales. The Intensive Learning Academies will offer short and flexible academic courses, research and consultancy services. Press release Find out more</description>
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  590.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  592.      <link></link>
  593.    </item>
  594.    <item>
  595.      <title>CMA launch a study into children's social care provision</title>
  596.      <description>The Competition and Markets Authority have launched a study into children's social care provision in England, Scotland and Wales. They will be looking at the supply of placements, prices charged, commissioning practices and ways to ensure suffiicent availability. Press release</description>
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  598.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  600.      <link></link>
  601.    </item>
  602.    <item>
  603.      <title>DNACPR letter to NHS practitioners in England</title>
  604.      <description>A letter has been issued restating that blanket policies in relation to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions are inappropriate. The letter emphasises that a person having a learning disability, autism or both should never be a reason for issuing a DNACPR order.</description>
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  606.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  608.      <link></link>
  609.    </item>
  610.    <item>
  611.      <title>Senior care workers and domiciliary care managers added to the Shortage Occupation List</title>
  612.      <description>Senior care workers and domiciliary care managers have been added to the Shortage Occupation List. Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: "We are pleased the Government has taken on board the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee and will add senior care workers and domiciliary care managers to the Shortage Occupation List. This will help solve part of a much larger issue which we have called on Government to address for a long time. This will be extremely useful for some social care employers, who should now find it easier in sourcing candidates from outside the UK for hard-to-fill roles, including live-in homecare."  Note for Editors For further information please contact: Colin Angel, Policy DirectorUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhca  </description>
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  614.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  616.      <link></link>
  617.    </item>
  618.    <item>
  619.      <title>Registering home test kits for care workers in England - new guidance</title>
  620.      <description>New guidance has been published to clarify how to register home test kits used for routine testing of homecare workers in England. You can access the guidance here: Registering test kits for homecare workers ( </description>
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  622.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  624.      <link></link>
  625.    </item>
  626.    <item>
  627.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 8 March</title>
  628.      <description>Research NIHR have published a literature review on a strengths based approach to social work and social care. Hft and Cebr have published their annual Sector Pulse Check. The report finds that 56% of providers report that they are either in deficit or that their surplus has decreased. The ONS have published data on vaccine hesitancy.  The Health Foundation blog has commented on the Budget and social care. The National Audit Office have published a report on Local government finance in the pandemic. The report highlights that some local authorities are facing signifiant cost pressures and uncertainties and that many local authorities will be reducing service budgets in 2021-2022.  The Alan Turing Institute have been investigating who is vulnerable to misinformation online Civitas have published a paper on insurance based funding for social care. SCIE have published a report from the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support. This looks at improving housing that facilitates care and support for older people. The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing giving an overview of Children's social care services in England. Public First have highlighted the mental health impact of the pandemic in "The Other Pandemic". Resources The consent form for COVID-19 vaccinations has been released in BSL format.  The Health and Safety Executive have updated their guidance on Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus. (Note this isn't social care specific). An easy read version of the Direct Payments guidance in England has been issued. SCIE are hosting a webinar on 24 March on providing safe face to face adult day care.</description>
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  630.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  632.      <link></link>
  633.    </item>
  634.    <item>
  635.      <title>CQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission sign Memorandum of Understanding</title>
  636.      <description>The CQC and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on how they will work together to safeguard the wellbeing and rights of those receiving health and social care. Find out more.</description>
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  638.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  640.      <link></link>
  641.    </item>
  642.    <item>
  643.      <title>Shielding, vaccination, testing and other updates for Wales</title>
  644.      <description>The Chief Medical Officer in Wales has advised that the shielding of those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should be paused from 1 April. Read the letter. Twice weekly lateral flow testing for domiciliary care should be extended to supported living staff in services with fewer than 5 residents (you should hear from your local authority).  The Welsh Government has announced that people who are homeless may be prioritised for vaccination. There has also been a clarification on the definition of severe asthma for inclusion in cohort 6. Guidance has been published on how to book a vaccination if you are an unpaid carer. Testing is being extended so that tests will be offered to close contacts of positive cases who do not show symptoms in order to identify asymptomatic cases. This will not remove the need to self-isolate. A new framework for the testing of hospital patients has also been published. The statutory sick pay enhancement scheme has been extended until September. The workforce risk assessment tool has been updated to include reference to vaccination. Information on how to get a vaccine if you think you have been missed is available here. An update has been published on palliative and end of life care.</description>
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  646.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  648.      <link></link>
  649.    </item>
  650.    <item>
  651.      <title>Guest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging times</title>
  652.      <description>Tim Jones MBS of UKHCA commercial members Kaizen Business Consultants has contributed a new guest blog entitled: "Guest blog: How to grow your homecare business despite challenging times" Read it in full here</description>
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  654.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  656.      <link></link>
  657.    </item>
  658.    <item>
  659.      <title>Slight relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland</title>
  660.      <description>A slight relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland will enable more people to meet outside. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that, from this Friday, as many as four adults from two households will have the opportunity to socialise locally in outdoor settings (which includes in private gardens). This could be for exercise, or social and recreational reasons.  Changes to Level 4 restrictions</description>
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  662.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  664.      <link></link>
  665.    </item>
  666.    <item>
  667.      <title>Individuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 invited for vaccination</title>
  668.      <description>Individuals in Scotland aged between 50 and 59 will begin receiving invitations this week to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Provided they were not in a higher priority group, people aged 55-59 will start having injections from next week, while the cohort aged from 50 to 54 will begin vaccinations from 22 March.  Under 60s to begin receiving vaccination invitations</description>
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  670.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Mar 2021 14:45:00 GMT</pubDate>
  671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  672.      <link></link>
  673.    </item>
  674.    <item>
  675.      <title>Census 2021 - How to help someone else complete the census</title>
  676.      <description>Census Day is 21 March 2021. The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. Every householder is responsible for completing a questionnaire for their household and should either answer for all household members or ensure they all have their own. Everyone must complete or be included in the census and provide accurate information. The Census is online, using an access code in the letter about the Census, but people can ask for a paper copy to be posted to them. There is more about the census and how it operates at Census 2021.  People can complete the census on the day or in advance if they answer as if it is 21 March. If they need help, they can:  ask someone else to fill it in for them, or help them if they can't do it themselves find a support centre, where they can get help to complete the census online access web chat, call on the phone or use the text relay system from the contact page read translations of information about the census in different languages For those such as care staff who may be asked to help people complete the census, there is guidance on Getting started: Completing the census for someone else This includes a section on helping someone who lacks the capacity to answer for themselves. There is information on accessibility on the Census website at: Languages and accessibility The census is also taking place in Northern Ireland on 21 March 2021. More information: The 2021 census in Scotland was moved to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.</description>
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  678.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  680.      <link></link>
  681.    </item>
  682.    <item>
  683.      <title>Free coaching offered to health and social service workers in Scotland</title>
  684.      <description> NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and partners are offering two hours of free online coaching to health and social service workers during the pandemic. Funding has been extended for another 18 months.  Coaching for Wellbeing - a digital coaching service for all health and social care staff (</description>
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  686.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:01:00 GMT</pubDate>
  687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  688.      <link></link>
  689.    </item>
  690.    <item>
  691.      <title>Cross departmental interim autism strategy 2021- 2022</title>
  692.      <description> A cross departmental interim autism strategy for action in 2021 and 2022 in Northern Ireland has been published by the Department of Health. The strategy focuses on improving support for autistic people, their families and carers, and those waiting assessment, through collaborative working with government departments, the health and social care sector and voluntary and community organisations.  </description>
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  694.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  696.      <link></link>
  697.    </item>
  698.    <item>
  699.      <title>People of 60 and over urged to book their vaccinations in Northern Ireland</title>
  700.      <description> Health Minister Robin Swann is urging anyone over 60 to book their appointments as soon as possible at one of Northern Ireland's seven regional trust vaccination centres. People are asked to book online if possible: Online booking It is also possible to book by calling 0300 200 7813. Opening hours now extended to 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.</description>
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  702.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  704.      <link></link>
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  707.      <title>New campaign to raise awareness of stroke</title>
  708.      <description>The Public Health Agency (PHA) is conducting a public awareness campaign to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke. This will run in Northern Ireland until 25 April across TV, radio, digital and outdoor media. The public are reminded to seek urgent medical care if they or someone they know experience any of the symptoms of stroke. The theme is when stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T. call 999.  More information about campaign</description>
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  710.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  712.      <link></link>
  713.    </item>
  714.    <item>
  715.      <title>Update on community testing in Scotland</title>
  716.      <description> The Scottish Government has issued an update on community testing for COVID-19. More than 10,000 tests have been carried out on asymptomatic people since 18 January, with 251 (2.4%) tests found to be positive.</description>
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  718.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  720.      <link></link>
  721.    </item>
  722.    <item>
  723.      <title>New guide for those supporting people with dementia</title>
  724.      <description> The Scottish Social Services Council has published information and advice to support Dementia Ambassadors, social services workers and family carers in their role which covers dealing with the impact of current restrictions and changes to routine.  New guide for Dementia Ambassadors, social service workers and carers</description>
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  726.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  728.      <link></link>
  729.    </item>
  730.    <item>
  731.      <title>Bill to dissolve Health and Social Care Board passes first stage</title>
  732.      <description> The Health and Social Care Bill, which provides for the closure of the Health and Social Care Board and transfer of its responsibilities to the Department of Health and Health and Social Care Trusts, passed its first stage on 8 March at the Northern Ireland Assembly.  Official Report  The Bill was also discussed at a recent Health Committee meeting, where MLAs heard more about the history and intentions behind the Bill: Committee for Health Meeting Thursday 4 March 2021 | NI Assembly TV (1 hour 26 minutes onwards). </description>
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  734.      <pubDate>Sat, 06 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  736.      <link></link>
  737.    </item>
  738.    <item>
  739.      <title>Keeping well at home</title>
  740.      <description>HSC Public Health Agency has published two leaflets that may be of interest to homecare providers in Northern Ireland: Keeping well at home: Keeping Well at Home booklet COVID-19 - how to reduce the spread within your home (infographic)</description>
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  742.      <pubDate>Sat, 06 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  744.      <link></link>
  745.    </item>
  746.    <item>
  747.      <title>Routine testing of care workers update</title>
  748.      <description>DHSC are continuing to run webinars for care managers and staff on the routine testing of homecare workers in England (you can book here). In response to feedback the test kit instructions have been simplified and highlight how to register using a Unique Organisation Number.</description>
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  750.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  752.      <link></link>
  753.    </item>
  754.    <item>
  755.      <title>Frontline social care workers can still book vaccination appointments through the National Booking Service</title>
  756.      <description>The initial period of access for social care workers in England to accessing vaccinations via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119 has been extended and is still available.  Care Workforce ( </description>
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  758.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  760.      <link></link>
  761.    </item>
  762.    <item>
  763.      <title>Digital Lifeline Fund to improve digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities on low incomes</title>
  764.      <description>The Government have established a £2.5 million Digital Lifeline Fund to provide devices, data and digital support for people with learning disabilities who can't afford to get online. Free tablets to improve lives of thousands of people with learning disabilities - GOV.UK (  Further information</description>
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  766.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  768.      <link></link>
  769.    </item>
  770.    <item>
  771.      <title>Intended changes to Coronavirus Act 2020 in Wales</title>
  772.      <description>Later this month the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales intends to suspend Section 15 and Part 2 of Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. These sections modified the duties of local authorities in Wales as set out in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Concerns were raised about the potential impact of the provisions on individuals with care and support needs. Written Statement: The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Suspension: Local Authority Care and Support) (Wales) Regulations 2021 (19 February 2021) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  774.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  776.      <link></link>
  777.    </item>
  778.    <item>
  779.      <title>Testing for extra care and supported living settings</title>
  780.      <description>Extra care and supported living settings in England that are assessed as high risk will now have access to twice weekly laterl flow testing. Wider settings meeting one of the criteria (relating to whether the care is CQC regulated and if there is a closed community with shared facilities) will also have access to PCR testing on referral from a local authority. You can access the guidance here Webinars to inform providers are also available.</description>
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  782.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  784.      <link></link>
  785.    </item>
  786.    <item>
  787.      <title>Care home guidance on restricting workforce movement</title>
  788.      <description>New guidance has been published for care homes about restricting workforce movements between care homes and other care settings. This may have indirect implications for some homecare providers. Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  790.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  792.      <link></link>
  793.    </item>
  794.    <item>
  795.      <title>Updates to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit</title>
  796.      <description>NHSx have published changes in relation to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. Changes include the end of the 'Entry Level' status regarding level of compliance on 4 March and the introduction of an 'Approaching Standards' status on 5 March 2021. This new status not a direct replacement for the Entry Level status previously included. Resources are available to support providers to reach 'Approaching Standards' and above. Find out more, including suggested actions for providers, from Digital Social Care. </description>
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  798.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  800.      <link></link>
  801.    </item>
  802.    <item>
  803.      <title>NHS England issues advice on DNACPR and people with learning disabilities</title>
  804.      <description>NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued a letter making it clear that people should not have a DNACPR on their record just because they have a learning disability, autism or both. Blanket policies are inappropriate whether due to medical condition, disability, or age. This is particularly important in regard to DNACPR orders, which should only ever be made on an individual basis and in consultation with the individual or their family.</description>
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  806.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  808.      <link></link>
  809.    </item>
  810.    <item>
  811.      <title>New guidance on ventilation of indoor spaces</title>
  812.      <description>New guidance has been published in England on the ventilation of indoor spaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus. COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  814.      <pubDate>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 19:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  816.      <link></link>
  817.    </item>
  818.    <item>
  819.      <title>Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association</title>
  820.      <description> "An announcement with nothing specific to offer to social care", summarises the United Kingdom Homecare Association's response to the Chancellor's Spring Budget today, 3 March 2021. UKHCA full media release</description>
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  822.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  824.      <link></link>
  825.    </item>
  826.    <item>
  827.      <title>Low Pay Commission remit for recommending 2022 National Minimum Wage rates</title>
  828.      <description>The Government has published its remit to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) outlining what they should consider when recommending the 2022 National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. This will guide the LPC's consultative process with employers, before they make recommendations to Government later this year.</description>
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  830.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  832.      <link></link>
  833.    </item>
  834.    <item>
  835.      <title>Budget 2021 - provisions relevant to businesses</title>
  836.      <description> The Budget_2021 contained a range of measures relevant to businesses, which may be of interest to the homecare sector.  Here are selected highlights. The quotes and paragraph numbers relate to the Budget Red Book:  Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme "for a further five months from May until the end of September 2021" (par 2.14, pg. 45) Increase in the National Living Wage from April 2021 to £8.91 (this confirms last year's announcement) Change to the rate of corporation tax paid, depending on the size of the profit (par 2.81, pg. 52) Trading loss carry-back rule for businesses "temporarily extended from the existing one year to three years" (par 2.51, pg. 49-50).  "Companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets will benefit from a 130% first-year capital allowance" (par 2.111, pg. 57).  Fuel duty frozen in 2021-22 (par 2.85, pg. 53) "New UK-wide management programme to upskill 30,000 SMEs in the UK over three years" (par 2.138, pg. 62) New UK-wide scheme to be launched "in the autumn to help 100,000 SMEs save time and money by adopting productivity-enhancing software" (par 2.139, pg. 62) "£1.65 billion for 2021-22 to continue the vaccine deployment programme in England" (par 2.34, pg. 47).&#x15;&#x11; Further Budget documents UKHCA's media statement on the Budget and measures that are absent:  Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association  Budget booklet from UKHCA commercial members, Hazlewoods: Budget booklet 2021.pdf ( </description>
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  838.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  839.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  840.      <link></link>
  841.    </item>
  842.    <item>
  843.      <title>Furlough scheme extended in today's Budget</title>
  844.      <description>Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) will be extended until the end of September, in the Budget. The scheme pays 80% of employees' wages up to a maximum of £2,500 per month if they cannot work due to the pandemic. Employers will have to pay 10% towards this in July, rising to 20% in August and September. Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes   Budget 202: More information</description>
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  846.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  848.      <link></link>
  849.    </item>
  850.    <item>
  851.      <title>Care Quality Commission consultation on draft strategy for 2021 - closes 4 March</title>
  852.      <description> The Care Quality Commission is carrying out a formal consultation on its draft strategy 2021, which focuses on four key themes: People and communities, smarter regulation, safety through learning and accelerating improvement. The draft strategy reflects changes to regulation during the pandemic. UKHCA's response to the consultation  CQC strategy consultation  CQC strategy consultation survey The consultation closes on 4 March 2021. More information: Project: Strategy 2021: CQC launches strategy consultation (</description>
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  854.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  856.      <link></link>
  857.    </item>
  858.    <item>
  859.      <title>Northern Ireland Executive publishes pathway out of COVID-19 restrictions</title>
  860.      <description> The Northern Ireland Executive has published its pathway out of COVID-19 restrictions, which describes a staged approach to lifting restrictions. The Pathway outlines nine pathways each of which has five phases, covering areas such as home and community, work, retail and services, education and young people etc. The approach to lifting restrictions will involve monitoring, reviewing and implementing changes to see what effect they have on health, community and economic trends. The pathway does not contain a timetable. The first easings will be in education, and the Executive's next review of the Coronavirus Regulations is due to take place on 16 March, as part of a four weekly review cycle. Details and phases of the pathways  </description>
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  862.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  864.      <link></link>
  865.    </item>
  866.    <item>
  867.      <title>Research round up week commencing 1 March 2021</title>
  868.      <description>A survey that Health for Care commissioned from YouGov has found that nine out of ten MPs say that local government does not have enough resource to meet the growing need for social care services. A majority believe the social care budget should be increased by £7 billion a year over the next two years. Find out more. ONS statistics: Coronavirus and vaccine attitudes and behaviours in England: over 80s population 15 Feb - 20 Feb PSSRU have published a summary of their findings from interviews relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the social care workforce.  Statistics on the progress of the vaccination programme, including those on social care staff from Capacity Tracker are available here: Statistics: COVID-19 Vaccinations (  King's Fund blog: Why the market matters in social care King's Fund blog: Integrated care systems in London: Challenges and opportunities ahead Public Policy Projects are working on a report about "The Social Care Challenge: Implementing a Connected System. Recent event. Association of Mental Health Providers blog: Acheiving Racial Equality Together The Government have responded to the recommendations from the Lords Public Services Committee Report A critical juncture for public services - lessons from COVID-19. Resources and events The NHS have published an animated video aimed at people who have received the vaccine: 'What should we do after the vaccine?' There will be a DBS annual conference on 24 and 25 March. Registration is available here.  LGA and ADASS have produced a short guide on implementing a Home First approach to discharge from hospital. Skills for Care have published a COVID-19 symptoms management guide for adult social care managers to support their teams when providing care to someone with COVID-19.</description>
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  870.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  872.      <link></link>
  873.    </item>
  874.    <item>
  875.      <title>Making Safeguarding Personal - free webinar on 23 March, 2-4 pm</title>
  876.      <description>Research in Practice is hosting a free webinar to support the implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) in provider organisations. This work has been commissioned by ADASS and the LGA.  The aim of the webinar is to raise awareness of the resources available to support Making Safeguarding Personal and give those in learning and development roles an overview of how to use the resources. The webinar is an overview of the resources available to support MSP, this includes   The MSP toolkit Case Study Resources Myth busting resources Please note this is a re-run of the previous webinar on Making Safeguarding Personal tools and resources and this session is aimed at people working in provider organisations in England. You can book here</description>
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  878.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  880.      <link></link>
  881.    </item>
  882.    <item>
  883.      <title>Towards seamless working across health and care</title>
  884.      <description>NHSx has published a blog on 'Towards seamless working across health and care', written by Mandy Thorn (Vice Chair of the National Care Association and Chair of UKHCA member Marches Care Ltd, a provider of nursing and dementia services).  Mandy is a member of the NHSX Social Care IG Group, which takes forward the use of digital technology in social care.</description>
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  886.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  888.      <link></link>
  889.    </item>
  890.    <item>
  891.      <title>Resources on when to refer to DBS</title>
  892.      <description> Guidance on the DBS Regional Outreach service has been amended to include new information around barring referrals, and the legal duty to refer. This may be useful for organisations who have a legal duty to refer, or the power to refer, and includes a video that explores the information needed as part of a barring referral and why this is important.</description>
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  894.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  896.      <link></link>
  897.    </item>
  898.    <item>
  899.      <title>Free CARE badges still available</title>
  900.      <description>DHSC say CARE badges are still available for all staff working in adult social care across England. If you have placed an order but now need more badges for new and existing staff, please use the link below to place additional orders. Limit one badge per member of staff employed. Order CARE badges</description>
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  902.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  904.      <link></link>
  905.    </item>
  906.    <item>
  907.      <title>Trauma-Informed adult social care in Scotland</title>
  908.      <description>The Improvement Service working with NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government are running an event on 25 March about adopting a trauma-informed approach to adult social care. There is also a trauma-informed workforce survey being undertaken.</description>
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  910.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  912.      <link></link>
  913.    </item>
  914.    <item>
  915.      <title>Vaccine and testing update in Wales</title>
  916.      <description> The Health Minister in Wales has confirmed that all eligible adults will be vaccinated by 31 July. Schemes for workplaces to carry out testing will also be extended.  Vaccine and testing boost to help re-open Wales safely | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: COVID-19 Workplace Testing (24 February 2021) | GOV.WALES  Some unpaid carers will also be eligible for earlier vaccination as part of cohort 6 in Phase 1, as will people with a severe/profound learning disability and people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment. COVID-19 vaccination of unpaid carers [HTML] | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy – Guidance for Priority Group 6 (24 February 2021) | GOV.WALES  The Vaccine Strategy has been updated. </description>
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  918.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  919.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  920.      <link></link>
  921.    </item>
  922.    <item>
  923.      <title>Code of practice for international recruitment of health and social care staff</title>
  924.      <description>The DHSC has published a code of practice setting out the principles and best practice benchmarks that health and social care employers and recruitment agencies must follow to ensure effective, ethical international recruitment.  Code of Practice and press article. </description>
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  926.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  927.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  928.      <link></link>
  929.    </item>
  930.    <item>
  931.      <title>Workforce specialist service to support regulated professionals in Scotland</title>
  932.      <description> A new Workforce Specialist Service is offering confidential mental health assessment and treatment, to help regulated health and social care professionals with a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, with a focus on the impact this may have on their work. The initiative is part of Scotland's Wellbeing and Mental Health programme. Specialist support for health and social care staff</description>
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  934.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  935.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  936.      <link></link>
  937.    </item>
  938.    <item>
  939.      <title>Vaccination priorities for Phase 2 to continue with age</title>
  940.      <description> The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued an interim statement advising Government that the offer of vaccination during phase 2 of the UK's programme should be age-based, starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:  all those aged 40 to 49 years all those aged 30 to 39 years all those aged 18 to 29 years JCVI said this will facilitate rapid vaccine deployment. Mass vaccination targeting occupational groups would be more complex to deliver and may slow down the vaccine programme, JCVI strongly advised that priority be given to promoting vaccine uptake in groups at higher risk of hospitalisation:  men those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities those with a BMI over 30 those living in deprived neighbourhoods JCVI interim statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme Press release Advice on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: DHSC statement</description>
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  942.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  943.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  944.      <link></link>
  945.    </item>
  946.    <item>
  947.      <title>Updated Strategic Framework provides route of lockdown in Scotland</title>
  948.      <description> The Scottish Government has published an updated Strategic Framework which sets out the six tools it will use to ease the country out of lockdown. Easing will be on a phased basis with a gap between each reduction in restrictions so the impact can be assessed. More information on the detail of easing: Gradually easing lockdown restrictions</description>
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  950.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  951.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  952.      <link></link>
  953.    </item>
  954.    <item>
  955.      <title>More people with learning disabilities to be invited for vaccine</title>
  956.      <description>JCVI has issued advice supporting the NHS operational plan to invite anyone on the GP Learning Disability Register, as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy, for vaccination as part of priority group 6.  This will involve the NHS working with local authorities to identify adults in residential and nursing care, and those who require support living in the community, and in shared accommodation with multiple occupancy. JCVI advises inviting people on Learning Disability Register for vaccine  Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on COVID-19 vaccination in people with learning disabilities </description>
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  958.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  959.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  960.      <link></link>
  961.    </item>
  962.    <item>
  963.      <title>How UKHCA has supported homecare providers during the pandemic</title>
  964.      <description>˜How UKHCA has supported home care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic' is the theme of a special report by Homecare Insight. Drawing on an overview given by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, to the Home Care Research Forum, hosted by King's College London, the special report looks at UKHCA's work over the past year, representing the homecare sector as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded. SPECIAL REPORT: How UKHCA has supported home care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic</description>
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  966.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  967.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  968.      <link></link>
  969.    </item>
  970.    <item>
  971.      <title>Social care communications survey closes today</title>
  972.      <description>DHSC's survey on social care COVID-19 communications closes at the end of today, 24 February 2021. To have your say, see:  The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.</description>
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  974.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  975.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  976.      <link></link>
  977.    </item>
  978.    <item>
  979.      <title>Update from the Scottish Social Services Council</title>
  980.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council have advised that:  Overdue registration fees should be paid by 1 March 2021. Anyone experiencing financial hardship should contact Workers due to meet qualification conditions between March 2020 and March 2021 were given an extra year to qualify. This will be extended. Anyone due to meet qualification conditions in 2021 will be given a further year if needed. The deadline for workers to register with SSSC was extended from 6 to 12 months on 25 March 2020. This means that any workers who started in late March of early April 2020 will need to register soon if they haven't done so.</description>
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  982.      <pubDate>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  983.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  984.      <link></link>
  985.    </item>
  986.    <item>
  987.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 22nd February</title>
  988.      <description>PHE have published data demonstrating the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine. The results suggest taht 1 dose reduces the risk of infection by 70% rising to 85% after the second dose. News item. Study. LSE have published a report on The Conservative Governments; Record on Social Policy from May 2015 to pre-Covid 2020: Policies, Spending and Outcomes. The report draws attention to high levels of unmet need in adult social care with two out of five older people in the most deprived areas not receiving the help that they needed in 2018. The Health Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies have projected that 458,000 additional social care staff would be needed in England by 2033/34 in evidence provided to the Health and Social Care Committee.  The Government Equalities Minister has published a second report on COVID-19 disparities. Resources COVID-19 vaccine information is now available in a number of different languages NICE are holding a launch event for their 5 year strategy on 19 April. </description>
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  990.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  991.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  992.      <link></link>
  993.    </item>
  994.    <item>
  995.      <title>Roadmap out of the lockdown in England</title>
  996.      <description>Following an announcement by the Prime Minister, the Government has published a roadmap out of lockdown for Spring 2021 in England. Press release. The roadmap is available here: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (  Key points include:  The Prime Minister has confirmed a 'stretching target' to offer a first vaccine dose to every adult by the end of July. Progression of the release from lockdown will depend on: the progress of the vaccination programme, the evidence that vaccines are reducing hospitalisations and deaths, the infection rate and the risks associated with new variants. The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be advised to shield at least until the end of March. As a broad outline (see the above document for details) the stages of lockdown release are as follows, there will be at least five weeks between each step:  Step one - from 8 March pupils and students in all schools and further education will return to face to face teaching. People will be able to meet outside one to one socially. Every care home resident will be able to nominate a named visitor.  On 29 March it will be possible to meet in groups of six or in groups of two households outdoors. Step two - no earlier than 12 April - non-essential retail shops will reopen as will hairdressers, nail salons and other personal care facilities. Leisure facilities and holiday lets will be available for individuals or houshold groups. Outdoor dining and pubs will be able to reopen as will zoos, public libraries and some other venues. Step three - no earlier than 17 May - meeting friends and family indoors and the opening of indoor hospitality venues may be possible. Step four - no earlier than 21 June - with appropriate mitigations, all legal limits on social contact will be removed. Further reviews will be undertaken on: how long social distancing measures and face coverings need to be maintained and how long people should work from home; when international travel can resume; the safety of holding major events; and the potential of Covid-status certification. The 3 March budget is expected to set out further detail on economic support for individuals and businesses. A JCVI announcement is expected regarding who will be prioritised for vaccination during Phase 2 of the vaccination programme (i.e. from mid-April onwards for those under 50s who are not deemed clinically vulnerable). The lockdown guidance has been updated to outline changes from 8 March. Comms resources</description>
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  998.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  999.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1000.      <link></link>
  1001.    </item>
  1002.    <item>
  1003.      <title>Testing of close contacts in Scotland will help identify asymptomatic cases</title>
  1004.      <description> From 18 February, people who have been identified as a close contact via the Protect Scotland app, or through manual contact tracing, will be given instructions on how to book a PCR test. This measure does not replace self-isolation, and close contacts who test negative will still have to complete 10 days of self-isolation, as there is still a risk the virus could develop. Close contacts who test positive will be asked to self-isolate for a further 10 days from the time of their test result. Close contacts to be offered testing</description>
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  1006.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1007.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1008.      <link></link>
  1009.    </item>
  1010.    <item>
  1011.      <title>Care home visits to re-start in March in Scotland</title>
  1012.      <description> The Scottish Government is to publish guidelines on 24 February to support care providers when care home visiting is resumed. Up to two designated visitors per resident will be allowed from early March.  Visitors will have to wear face coverings and any PPE requested by the care home. They are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test on-site.  Care home visits to resume </description>
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  1014.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1015.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1016.      <link></link>
  1017.    </item>
  1018.    <item>
  1019.      <title>Health Secretary gives an update on vaccination in Scotland</title>
  1020.      <description> Health and Sport Secretary Jeane Freeman has given an update on vaccination. As of 19 February, 1,386,152 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 29,015 people have received the second dose. 287,800 frontline health and social care workers have been vaccinated, exceeding the initial target provided by Health Boards. The update describes preparations to identify and vaccinate the next cohort, cohort 6, which comprises people aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers. </description>
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  1022.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1023.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1024.      <link></link>
  1025.    </item>
  1026.    <item>
  1027.      <title>Infection control remains important in Scotland, as schools partially re-open</title>
  1028.      <description>The Scottish Government is reminding the public about the importance of the FACTS advice and all other rules and guidelines. The campaign will stress the need for everyone to stay on their guard, even as the vaccination programme is rolled out.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Deputy First Minister's statement - 19 February 2021  From 22 February, children are returning to early learning and childcare, and to primaries 1 to 3.A very limited number of senior phase students will return to secondary school, for essential work which is required for national qualifications, and which can only be done within school. The measures are accompanied by a testing regime. More information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Deputy First Minister's statement - 19 February 2021 </description>
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  1030.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1031.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1032.      <link></link>
  1033.    </item>
  1034.    <item>
  1035.      <title>MSPs report on future of care and support in Scotland</title>
  1036.      <description> The Health and Sport Committee's report on The Future of Social Care and Support in Scotland, which follows the Committee's inquiry that started before the pandemic, concludes:  Future reform must be developed and delivered with the individuals who are most impacted. There should be a prevention-focused approach to enable people to live longer, healthier lives at home. There should be a national conversation about reform, and increased public understanding of the role of social care, with improved recognition of the value and status of carers. Local partnerships must be supported to deliver creative, innovative solutions, focussing on well-being outcomes for individuals and communities. There should be an agreed strategic aim and measured outcomes, with improved data collection and monitoring of progress.</description>
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  1038.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1039.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1040.      <link></link>
  1041.    </item>
  1042.    <item>
  1043.      <title>ICF2 funding can cover administrative costs of testing and vaccination</title>
  1044.      <description> Criteria for the distribution of Infection Control Fund 2 have been extended to include reasonable administrative costs associated with organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and organising COVID-19 vaccinations. This change is the result of repeated requests from UKHCA to the Department of Health and Social Care. Distribution in this way is subject to local authority discretion and only applies where costs are not supported by other government funding streams.  The guidance on Infection Control Fund 2 now contains an additional paragraph: "On 19 February 2021, the Department clarified that funding under this allocation could also be used for reasonable administrative costs associated with (1) organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and (2) organising COVID-19 vaccinations, where these were not being supported by other government funding streams. The decision to allow claims against the fund for these purposes would remain a choice for local authorities and no additional funding is being provided for these purposes."</description>
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  1046.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1047.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1048.      <link></link>
  1049.    </item>
  1050.    <item>
  1051.      <title>Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people</title>
  1052.      <description> From Monday 22 February, people who care for or work with children and young people aged up to 25 who have been affected by COVID-19 (or other emergencies or individual crises) can access an online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course. This offers training on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. </description>
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  1054.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1055.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1056.      <link></link>
  1057.    </item>
  1058.    <item>
  1059.      <title>Draft data adequacy decisions</title>
  1060.      <description>The European Commission has published draft data adequacy decisions that, if approved, will mean that the UK will be found to be 'adequate'. Data adequacy, if agreed, will allow personal data to continue to flow between EU and EEA countries and the UK. There is currently a 'bridging mechanism' that will remain in place until 30 June or until the adeqacy decision comes into effect. If the European Commission grants an adequacy decision, then no action will need to be taken by social care providers. Digital Social Care had previously advised to consider what action might be required if adequacy is not granted as a contingency. We await the final decision.  See previous Digital Social Care advice. UK government welcomes the European Commission's draft data adequacy decisions - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1062.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1063.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1064.      <link></link>
  1065.    </item>
  1066.    <item>
  1067.      <title>Recruitment campaign says there's 'More to Care Than Caring'</title>
  1068.      <description> The rewards and job satisfaction of a career in adult social care are highlighted in a new Scottish Government campaign to attract recruits to the sector. The new campaign, which has a dedicated website,, runs for four weeks to mid-March, and draws on the values needed to work in adult social care and the benefits of working in care.  More on the Scottish Social Services Council website: There's More to Care Than Caring' campaign Organisations can find out more about how to advertise their jobs here. There is a toolkit available at  The campaign also links to SSSC's careers website  Follow #LifeChangingWork on social media. There is a careers in adult social care workshop on 4 March 2021: There's more to care than caring - Adult Social Care </description>
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  1070.      <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 02:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1071.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1072.      <link></link>
  1073.    </item>
  1074.    <item>
  1075.      <title>Update regarding lockdown in Wales</title>
  1076.      <description>The First Minister has announced that the lockdown will continue a further three weeks. However, there will be some changes including:   younger children and some of those requiring practical learning returning to school from 22 February  up to 4 people from 2 households allowed to meet to exercise in a public place from 20 February wedding venues allowed to open for weddings from 1 March talented athletes to resume training care home visiting guidance will be reviewed.  Lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school | GOV.WALES  A strategy document has also been published outlining a Coronavirus control plan for coming out of lockdown.  Coronavirus control plan: alert levels in Wales (coming out of lockdown) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1078.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1079.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1080.      <link></link>
  1081.    </item>
  1082.    <item>
  1083.      <title>Expansion of eligibility for self-isolation support payment in Wales</title>
  1084.      <description>The £500 Self-Isolation Support Payment, which has been extended until June 2021, will be open to applications from people with a personal income of less than £500 per week and those on basic Stautory Sick Pay who have been asked to self-isolate by Test, Trace, Protect, the NHS COVID-19 App or by their child's education setting. Eligibility criteria for the Self-Isolation Support Payment widened | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1086.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1087.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1088.      <link></link>
  1089.    </item>
  1090.    <item>
  1091.      <title>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector"</title>
  1092.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members: Caremark DacorumAgincareKemble at HomePromedica24Right at Home ColchesterSweetTree HomecareCharlesworth Community CareHome Instead ScarboroughInter CountyBluebird Care SwaleHelping Hands GloucesterCaring Connections Read in full here.</description>
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  1094.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1095.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1096.      <link></link>
  1097.    </item>
  1098.    <item>
  1099.      <title>Challenges of homecare in rural areas covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today</title>
  1100.      <description>The challenges of homecare in rural areas has been covered on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today (item starts at 8m47s). UKHCA worked collabaratively with Radio 4 with regards to this piece and it features UKHCA members.  The feature recognises the significantly higher costs of careworkers’ travel time and mileage is essential when councils commission care for people in rural communities. Listen here</description>
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  1102.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1104.      <link></link>
  1105.    </item>
  1106.    <item>
  1107.      <title>Additional funding for devolved administrations</title>
  1108.      <description>The UK Government has provided additional funding to the devolved administrations in order to provide support to people, businesses and public services affected by coronavirus. This includes:  £650 million additional funidng for the Welsh Government £1.1 billion additional funding for the Scottish Government £300 million additional funding for the Northern Ireland Executive</description>
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  1110.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1111.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1112.      <link></link>
  1113.    </item>
  1114.    <item>
  1115.      <title>Social Care Worker Card in Wales - update</title>
  1116.      <description>Social Care Wales have advised that they are currently only issuing digital versions of the social care worker card and are moving towards a new digital version.</description>
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  1118.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1120.      <link></link>
  1121.    </item>
  1122.    <item>
  1123.      <title>Report highlights challenges of responding to pandemic in Scotland</title>
  1124.      <description> A report by Audit Scotland has concluded that the Scottish Government could have been better prepared to respond to the pandemic, but staff across the NHS and Scottish Government have worked hard, in challenging circumstances, to respond. PPE procurement should be improved, national pandemic guidance for health and social care should be updated, as a priority, as should the integrated workforce plan, and NHS leaders, particularly those newly appointed, should have the support they need to balance the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19 with the need to remobilise health and social care services. NHS in Scotland 2020 (</description>
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  1126.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1127.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1128.      <link></link>
  1129.    </item>
  1130.    <item>
  1131.      <title>Independent review findings accepted by Scottish Government</title>
  1132.      <description>Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has accepted the findings of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, and said the Scottish Government is working to implement key recommendations. Measures implemented include new £20 million Community Living Change Fund to redesign services for people with complex needs including intellectual disabilities and autism, and for people who have enduring mental health problems.  The Scottish Government is discussing plans for a National Care Service with COSLA and working to implement Review recommendations to:  work with local partners to end charging for non-residential care develop minimum standards for terms and conditions in the social care sector, to help organisations meet fair work principles by the end of May work to ensure there is no delay in the annual Real Living Wage uplift for Adult Social Care workers. Backing for Feeley Review recommendations - ( &#x3;</description>
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  1134.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1135.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1136.      <link></link>
  1137.    </item>
  1138.    <item>
  1139.      <title>Weekly testing available for personal assistants in England</title>
  1140.      <description>NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to personal assistants working in adult social care in England, if they provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of an adult over the age of 18 who they support. A 'personal assistant' is defined as someone who is directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to enable them to live as independently as possible, including support in the home or out in the community. Personal assistants will be responsible for ordering test kits every 28 days, or an employer can order test kits for their personal assistant. Further information and sign up for live webinars</description>
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  1142.      <pubDate>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1143.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1144.      <link></link>
  1145.    </item>
  1146.    <item>
  1147.      <title>Expansion of shielding list in England</title>
  1148.      <description>The list of people advised to shield will be expanded in England.  A new method of predicting risk based on factors recorded in medical records will be deployed. This will identify up to 1.7 million additional people who are at increased risk from coronavirus. Those identified will be sent a letter from NHS England to advise them of their status, GPs will also be notified. Those who are newly identified as being at risk but have not already received their first vaccination (thought to be over 800,000 adults) will be prioritised to receive a vaccination. New technology to help identify those at high risk from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (  Updated shielding guidance Letters to those identified</description>
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  1150.      <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1151.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1152.      <link></link>
  1153.    </item>
  1154.    <item>
  1155.      <title>Return to school for some children in Scotland from 22 February</title>
  1156.      <description>From 22 February, children in early learning and childcare and primaries 1-3 will return to classroom teaching. Those in S4-S6 who need to undertake pratical work to acheive an SQA certificate will also return. However, the majority of pupils will still be learning remotely until at least mid-March. Remote learning to continue for majority - ( </description>
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  1158.      <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1159.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1160.      <link></link>
  1161.    </item>
  1162.    <item>
  1163.      <title>COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool updated in Wales</title>
  1164.      <description>The Welsh Government's COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool has been updated. This can be useful where there is a change of circumstances as well as for initial or routine assessments.</description>
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  1166.      <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1167.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1168.      <link></link>
  1169.    </item>
  1170.    <item>
  1171.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 15 February 2021</title>
  1172.      <description>Research The CQC, working with other organisations, has deveoped six principles for innovation in health and social care. John Penrose MP has published an Independent Report on consumer protection and competition policy. COVID-19 report - planning for a vaccine Part 1 - from the Public Accounts Committee. Audit Scotland have published a report on the NHS in Scotland in 2020. The Department of Health in Northern Ireland have published new statistics on domiciliary care services for 2019. A report synthesising the findings of five NIHR projects on implementing the Care Act 2014 has been published. Social Care Wales have publlished a report on research prioritisation. Following a project to identify priorities with 400 older people, carers and social care practitioners, 10 priorities for research have been identified. Read the report.  The Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee has written to the Minister of State for Care expressing disappointment that the Ministers had not addressed key recommendations in the Social care: funding and workforce report. The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People have published a report Housing for people with dementia - are we ready? The EHRC briefing on the National Disability Strategy has suggested that reforming the social care system should be a key area of focus, including that the Government should: "Commit to sustained resourcing of social care services during and after the pandemic, including provision of sufficient home and community-based support ". The Scottish Parliament Citizen's Panel on COVID-19 has called for increased recognition of social care and support. Resoures and events The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland are running a series of webinars on equality in the workplace. Find out more. Social Care Wales have updated their All Wales Basic Safeguarding Training Pack. The CQC are holding a webinar on their "Changes for more flexible and responsive regulation" consultation on 3 March. Further information. For those who missed it, Social Care Wales have uploaded their webinar on the Care first Employee Assistance Scheme. You can watch it here. ADASS are running a series of webinars on the EU Settlement Scheme, including one on 25 February aimed at care providers. Find out more. New social media resources are available including profile picture frames that say 'I'll get my vaccine' or 'I've had my vaccine'.  Comms resources in Wales: Keep Wales Safe, Business Wales Tool Kit</description>
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  1174.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1175.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1176.      <link></link>
  1177.    </item>
  1178.    <item>
  1179.      <title>Definition of social care workers for COVID-19 vaccines in Wales</title>
  1180.      <description>The Welsh Government have published guidance on who is considered a social care worker for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination in Wales. Eligibility is based on the vulnerability of the person in receipt of care or support (due to age or underlying health conditions, for example) and the nature of support that is provided (e.g. personal care, close regular or prolonged contact where social distancing is not possible). The guidance clarifies that eligibility is not based on location of where care and support is delivered or whether the care worker is employed by a local authority, in the independent sector, by an agency or is self employed. The guidance also lists those who are unlikely to be eligible - this includes administrative staff, managers and other staff who are not providing care and support to vulnerable people. Read the guidance in full here. The full list of vaccine priority groups is available here.</description>
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  1182.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1183.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1184.      <link></link>
  1185.    </item>
  1186.    <item>
  1187.      <title>Highlighted updates to GOV.UK week commencing 15 February</title>
  1188.      <description>Self isolation guidance is now available in easy read.  An illustrated example of household self isolation periods has been added. Guidance for children's social care providers has been published on inspector's review of records held on electronic systems</description>
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  1190.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1191.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1192.      <link></link>
  1193.    </item>
  1194.    <item>
  1195.      <title>New border regulations in force today</title>
  1196.      <description>A reminder that the new border controls to reduce risks around new COVID variants coming to the UK are in force from today. Robust border regime comes into force - GOV.UK (  Additional testing requirements (on day 2 and 8 of quarantine) will also apply for travellers to Wales. In addition, travelleres to Wales coming from a travel ban country will need to arrive at a designated port in England or Scotland and should complete their mandatory quarantine before travelling to Wales. Written Statement: Written Statement on the Health Protection Regulations (13 February 2021) | GOV.WALES  Arriving in Wales from overseas | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1198.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1200.      <link></link>
  1201.    </item>
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  1203.      <title>Vaccine uptake plan aims to boost uptake in under-served groups</title>
  1204.      <description>The Government has published the COVID-19 vaccination uptake plan which sets out how the government and NHS England are partnering with directors of public health, charities and the faith sector to increase vaccine take up and ensure equal access. The plan aims to boost vaccine uptake in vulnerable and under-served groups. New vaccine uptake plan published - GOV.UK ( The move came as online bookings for vaccinations were extended to frontline health and social care workers, as well as those of 65 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (  Blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA: Vaccination for the homecare nation - Social care ( </description>
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  1206.      <pubDate>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1211.      <title>Announcement - UKHCA – Appointment of Finance and Corporate Services Director</title>
  1212.      <description>Last year, United Kingdom Homecare Association’s (UKHCA’s) Finance and Corporate Services Director, Peter Randall, indicated his intention to retire on 31 March 2021, after nearly 22 years of valuable and committed service to the Association.  Following national advertising, executive search and a thorough recruitment process, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Williams as UKHCA’s new Finance and Corporate Services Director. Keith is a highly experienced and senior Finance and Corporate Services Director who has worked in the not-for-profit, charitable and commercial sectors.  Keith is currently Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the London Grid for Learning, a charity which is the leading provider of broadband services to schools and local authorities in London and the Home Counties.  Before this, Keith was Finance Director at the National Education Union, the 4th largest trade union in the UK, with more than 500,000 members and income of over £50m from membership fees and commercial revenues.  Much of Keith’s earlier career was spent in the private healthcare sector, at the London Clinic and St Martin’s Healthcare Ltd.  As CFO at the London Clinic, London’s largest independent multi-site private healthcare facility, with a turnover of more than £140m, Keith drove a £75m capital expansion programme. This included a new Cancer Centre and introduction of robotic surgery technology in the hospitals.  Keith trained at Deloitte and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. UKHCA’s Chair, Dominique Kent said:  “Warm thanks to Peter Randall for his dedication to UKHCA over many years. We are really pleased to welcome Keith Williams who brings strong skills and experience to contribute to our work”. UKHCA’s CEO Jane Townson said: “The retirement of our Finance and Corporate Service Director, Peter Randall, after over two decades of dedicated service, feels like the end of an era and his are big shoes to fill. We are, however, delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Williams as Peter’s successor. Keith’s background, skills, experience and personal attributes will enable him to make a valuable contribution to the work of the Association and we very much look forward to welcoming him to our team on 22 March 2021.” Keith Williams said: “The ongoing pandemic has highlighted how important the homecare sector is to those being supported and to wider society and at the same time how undervalued it has been historically. I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to help redress this balance by bringing the skills and experience I have acquired throughout my career so far to UKHCA.” An image of Keith is available here</description>
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  1214.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 10:15:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1215.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1218.    <item>
  1219.      <title>Some Councils are now offering rapid lateral flow community testing for people without symptoms</title>
  1220.      <description>Some local councils in England are offering rapid lateral flow tests to people in the community who do not have symptoms. Find out if your area offers rapid lateral flow test sites - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1222.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1223.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1224.      <link></link>
  1225.    </item>
  1226.    <item>
  1227.      <title>Quarantine hotels and travel restrictions - further guidance issued</title>
  1228.      <description>Further guidance has been issued today on the increased travel restrictions, featuring additional testing for all travellers and quarantine hotels for countries on the travel ban list, from Monday 15 February. The guidance is as follows: Government to introduce tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers - GOV.UK (  (for countries on the travel ban list): Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England - GOV.UK (  (for countries not on the travel ban list): How to quarantine when you arrive in England - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1230.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1232.      <link></link>
  1233.    </item>
  1234.    <item>
  1235.      <title>Adult social care recruitment campaign from DHSC launches</title>
  1236.      <description>The next phase of the adult social care recruitment campaign from the Department of Health and Social Care has now been launched. Get involved in the latest campaign by visiting their website.</description>
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  1238.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1239.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1240.      <link></link>
  1241.    </item>
  1242.    <item>
  1243.      <title>UKHCA on the blueprint for social care reform white paper</title>
  1244.      <description>The blueprint for NHS and social care reform following the pandemic has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care.  Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said:  “Today’s White Paper promises to lay some of the foundations for longer-term reform of the adult social care system in England, including a more joined-up approach to social care and health. Of particular interest is what could be an answer to UKHCA’s consistent calls for greater oversight and accountability of the commissioning of social care by local government and the NHS. If delivered well, this could ensure that market-shaping responsibilities in the Care Act 2014 are properly met. Improved powers for the Secretary of State to make payments directly to adult social care providers, where appropriate, will provide a way of avoiding delays which have characterised emergency funding during the pandemic”. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104  </description>
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  1246.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1248.      <link></link>
  1249.    </item>
  1250.    <item>
  1251.      <title>UKHCA on the COVID-19 National Booking System for social care staff</title>
  1252.      <description>The National Booking System has now been opened, for eligible #homecare workers (and other frontline #socialcare staff) who haven’t yet had their COVID-19 vaccinations.  Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: "For over a month UKHCA has urged the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England to provide an effective system which will help careworkers undertaking 24-hour live-in care services to receive a vaccination wherever in the country they are currently on placement. The National Booking Service is a major breakthrough for the live-in care sector, and for the entire social care workforce who haven’t yet been able to be booked into their vaccination appointments." Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104</description>
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  1254.      <pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1256.      <link></link>
  1257.    </item>
  1258.    <item>
  1259.      <title>Vaccination booking details for those aged 70 and over in Wales</title>
  1260.      <description>The Welsh government have provided details of how those aged 70 and over who have not been contacted about vaccination can book themselves COVID-19 vaccinations. Arrangements vary by health board and details can be found on this web page: Coronavirus vaccinations for those aged 70 or over | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1262.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1264.      <link></link>
  1265.    </item>
  1266.    <item>
  1267.      <title>Recruitment in Scotland</title>
  1268.      <description>Today, the Scottish Government are launching the next phase of their recruitment campaign "There's More to Care Than Caring". Care providers have the opportunity to advertise vacancies for free for the next three months on myjobscotland. Support on promoting vacancies is also available.</description>
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  1270.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1272.      <link></link>
  1273.    </item>
  1274.    <item>
  1275.      <title>Research and Resources round up week commencing 8 February</title>
  1276.      <description>The Kings Fund have published a report on "Stories from social care leadership: Progress amid pestilence and penury". The Welsh Government have published an Evaluation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014, part of ongoing work to review the legislation. Ministerial statement. Evaluation reports  The Public Accounts Committee in the UK Government have published a report on Government procurement and supply of PPE. One finding of the report was that "The Department's focus on supporting hospitals meant assistance to social care providers was neglected." Providers 'must be proactive' in challenging lack of fees to cover COVID costs - Emma Watt of Anthony Collins Solicitors in Home Care Insight. The Care Policy Evaluation Centre have published a report on Supporting [unpaid] Carers following the implementatioon of the Care Act 2014. The report found that "the impact of strengthened carer rights appears to have been limited by the requirement for local authorities to keep within budget, and as a result these rights have not led to greater access to support for carers." A report released by the County Councils Network looks at the potential of social care to support more people to live independently. The report advocates for social care delivery remaining with local authorities. County Councils Network news item with links to report. Events Care Inspectorate Scotland are hosting a Covid Winter Support Webinar Level 3 on the Essentials of Safe Care on 17 March. Click here to book.</description>
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  1278.      <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1280.      <link></link>
  1281.    </item>
  1282.    <item>
  1283.      <title>Hotel quarantine for all international travellers to Scotland from Monday 15 February</title>
  1284.      <description>The Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, has said that all international arrivals to Scottish airports would need to quarantine in managed hotel facilities from Monday 15 February. Arrangements for costs, possible exemptions and a welfare fund to support those unable to pay are being considered. This goes further than arrangements proposed in England that cover mandatory hotel isolation only for travellers from countries on the travel ban list.  Incoming travellers to Scotland will face quarantine hotels from Monday | The Scotsman  Quarantine hotels - </description>
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  1286.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1288.      <link></link>
  1289.    </item>
  1290.    <item>
  1291.      <title>Further details on quarantine hotel announcement</title>
  1292.      <description>Today the Department of Health and Social Care announced further details around the previously announced (see news items from 5 Feb, 2 Feb) new quarantine measures that will come into force from 15 February.  These include that:  All passengers arriving in England will need to take COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. There will be heavy financial penalties, and potentially prison sentences, for non-compliance. Those who have been to a 'red list' country (from which there is a travel ban) will need to purchase a 'quarantine package' covering hotel, food, testing, transport, security and welfare support at a cost of £1,750 for a single adult. Government to introduce tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers - GOV.UK (  Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to England - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1294.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1296.      <link></link>
  1297.    </item>
  1298.    <item>
  1299.      <title>Free PPE for unpaid carers</title>
  1300.      <description>Working with local authorities and local resilience forums, the government has announced an offer of free PPE to unpaid carers who do not live with the person they care for. Free PPE for unpaid carers - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1302.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1304.      <link></link>
  1305.    </item>
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  1307.      <title>Cold weather alert extended in England</title>
  1308.      <description>Public Health England have extended their cold weather alert until midday on Friday. Cold weather alert issued by PHE - GOV.UK (  Public Health England's cold weather plan UKHCA's updated winter planning factsheet For online winter weather help and advice in other parts of the UK, see: Wales Scotland Northern Ireland For weather warnings, see Met Office UK Severe Weather Warnings:</description>
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  1310.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1312.      <link></link>
  1313.    </item>
  1314.    <item>
  1315.      <title>Government urges those aged 70 and over to book a COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  1316.      <description>The Government is urging people who do not already have an appointment to book a vaccination if they are aged 70 or over, or clinically extremely vulnerable. They do not need to wait for a letter. The suggested way is through the National Booking Service, online at Or people who are not online can call 119 or their local GP practice. Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 8 February 2021  This applies in England. Other arrangements apply in the devolved nations.</description>
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  1318.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1320.      <link></link>
  1321.    </item>
  1322.    <item>
  1323.      <title>Asymptomatic testing expanded in England</title>
  1324.      <description>Businesses can order tests for their employees if they have over 50 staff. Government boost to rapid workplace testing This is a new government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus in people who are not showing symptoms. In addition surge testing is taking place in postcodes CR4, EN10, GU21, ME15, N17, PR9, W7, WS2, where a COVID-19 variant has been found. Everyone over 16 is strongly encouraged to get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. This has been extended to targeted areas around Manchester in M14 4, M14 7, M15 5, M15 6, M16 7 and M16 8: Surge testing to be deployed in areas around Manchester in connection to new variants Find out how to get a test as part of surge testing from the local authority website (enter postcode).</description>
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  1326.      <pubDate>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1328.      <link></link>
  1329.    </item>
  1330.    <item>
  1331.      <title>GPs receive £10 bonus to vaccinate those at home</title>
  1332.      <description> NHS England is to pay GPs an extra £10 for every COVID vaccination they deliver to someone who is housebound. The move is to ensure the most vulnerable people are vaccinated as swiftly as possible. Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, tweeted: "It is great to see the importance recognised of reaching everybody, especially people who struggle or are unable to get out. People with dementia and frailty need to be considered too." The £10 per visit additional funding recognises the extra staff time and complexity of vaccinating the housebound and applies retrospectively to home visits already made by GPs to vaccinate people at home. NHS England announcement: GPs receive funding boost to vaccinate housebound in NHS drive to protect most vulnerable</description>
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  1334.      <pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1336.      <link></link>
  1337.    </item>
  1338.    <item>
  1339.      <title>Draft Health White Paper outlines plans for wide-ranging reform</title>
  1340.      <description> Draft text of the Government's new Health White Paper obtained by Health Policy Insight outlines plans for health care reform that could have potentially far-ranging effects, if implemented. The proposals, which do not include plans for wider social care reform due separately this year, include putting Integrated Care Systems on a statutory footing and enabling legislation for adult social care that includes:  A new assurance framework that would give the Care Quality Commission a new duty to assess local authorities' delivery of their adult social care duties, alongside powers for the Secretary of State to intervene where there is a risk of failure to meet these duties. Powers for the Secretary of State to collect data from local authorities and providers, including that on self-funders, fee rates, hours of care and their cost per person, plus data on financial flows. Powers for the Secretary of State to make direct payments to providers for specific purposes, for example, emergency payments during the pandemic. These would not replace the normal procedures local authorities use to purchase care. Provisions for improving hospital discharge processes, making the Better Care Fund more flexible, changing the procurement of healthcare services, and powers to reduce the number of regulators of health professionals, among other proposals. Most of the provisions apply to England, though there are some which apply to devolved nations.  UKHCA was one of the stakeholders involved in discussions with Government on some of the themes developed in the draft White Paper. Draft text of the Government's new Health White Paper  Health Policy Insight commentary</description>
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  1342.      <pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1344.      <link></link>
  1345.    </item>
  1346.    <item>
  1347.      <title>Businesses given greater flexibility to pay back Bounce Back loans</title>
  1348.      <description> The Government has announced that UK businesses which took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater flexibility to repay their loans, with Pay as You Grow flexible repayment options. News story on Pay as You Grow flexible repayment options </description>
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  1350.      <pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1352.      <link></link>
  1353.    </item>
  1354.    <item>
  1355.      <title>Staff absence notifications in Scotland</title>
  1356.      <description>The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have updated their COVID-19 staff absence notifications. This includes a new question on staff absences for any reason (not just COVID), and a new category to capture staff absences related to ongoing COVID symptoms or long COVID.</description>
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  1358.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1360.      <link></link>
  1361.    </item>
  1362.    <item>
  1363.      <title>Confirmation of mandatory hotel quarantine for travel ban countries</title>
  1364.      <description>The Government has confirmed that mandatory quarantine facilities will come into use from 15 February 2021 for countries on the travel ban list. Further details will be published next week about how travellers can book the designated facilities. Government confirms mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1366.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1368.      <link></link>
  1369.    </item>
  1370.    <item>
  1371.      <title>Rolling out routine testing to day centres</title>
  1372.      <description>Work is beginning to roll out routine, asymptomatic testing to staff at day centres in England.  Guidance is available here Information on testing is here If you run a day centre, you can book to find out more via a webinar here. </description>
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  1374.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1376.      <link></link>
  1377.    </item>
  1378.    <item>
  1379.      <title>Recruitment campaign: Every Day is Different</title>
  1380.      <description>A reminder that providers in England who wish to advertise via the Everyday is Different recruitment campaign for social care can find details of how to do so here.  Individuals looking for work can find out more via this website. </description>
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  1382.      <pubDate>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1384.      <link></link>
  1385.    </item>
  1386.    <item>
  1387.      <title>Final local government settlement for England 2021 to 2022</title>
  1388.      <description>The Government have published the final local government settlement for England for the 2021 to 2022 financial year. You can find the details at: Final local government finance settlement: England, 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1390.      <pubDate>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1392.      <link></link>
  1393.    </item>
  1394.    <item>
  1395.      <title>Independent review of adult social care in Scotland - report published</title>
  1396.      <description>The independent review of adult social care support in Scotland, led by Derek Feeley, has handed their report to the Scottish Government. Recommendations include:  Setting up a National Care Service, to ensure strategic integration with the National Health Service. Appointing a minister specifically for Social Care, with legal responsibility and accountability for social care passing from local authorities to ministers. Making social care free 'at the point of need', like the NHS, with increased funding and a human rights-based approach to care. The service should not be nationalised and the current use of private, third sector and public care providers should carry on. Independent Review of Adult Care in Scotland ( Video about the Review:</description>
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  1398.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1400.      <link></link>
  1401.    </item>
  1402.    <item>
  1403.      <title>Progress of vaccination of homecare workers against COVID-19</title>
  1404.      <description>UKHCA’s CEO, Dr Jane Townson has written a blog entitled: "Progress of vaccination of homecare workers against COVID-19". The information of which is correct on the 2nd February 2021. A rapid survey of homecare providers’ experience of vaccination of the homecare workforce in England against COVID-19 was conducted by United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) from 27 to 29 January 2021. The survey covered employers of staff who are in group 2 of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s priority list (“JCVI-2”). Data indicates that around 32 per cent of the workforce in the sample already appear to have been vaccinated. Given the numbers of staff involved and the extremely short period for these workers to obtain vaccination, it is to the immense credit of everyone concerned, including local government, central government, the NHS, GPs, primary care networks and employers that this has been achieved. Link to the full report here. Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104</description>
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  1406.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1408.      <link></link>
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  1410.    <item>
  1411.      <title>Infection control guidance reviewed in light of new variants but PPE advice unchanged</title>
  1412.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have said that: "A comprehensive review of evidence has been undertaken by the UK Infection Prevention Control Cell in light of the new variants and, in line with NHS advice to staff, there has been no change to guidance on the use of infection prevention control measures. This means it remains essential existing 'How to Work Safely' guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures are followed to minimise the risk of transmission."</description>
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  1414.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1416.      <link></link>
  1417.    </item>
  1418.    <item>
  1419.      <title>Advice to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in Wales extended</title>
  1420.      <description>The advice previously issued to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people (previously shielding) in Wales has been extended. The guidance was initially issued until 7 February but has now been extended until 31 March 2021. Written Statement: Advice to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable - extension to period advice covers (29 January 2021) | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: Letter to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable – previously ‘shielding' (4 February 2021) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1422.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1424.      <link></link>
  1425.    </item>
  1426.    <item>
  1427.      <title>NHSx update - new Dynamic Purchasing System for digital care records under development</title>
  1428.      <description>NHSx have published an update blog announcing that they are working on a new Dynamic Purchasing System, due to launch in April 2021.  The system is intended to list products that meet certain compliance standards and also provide guidance to help care providers to identify what would work best for them. Support for digital social care records - NHSX </description>
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  1430.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1432.      <link></link>
  1433.    </item>
  1434.    <item>
  1435.      <title>Oxford vaccine analysis promising</title>
  1436.      <description>Oxford University have released analysis in Preprints with the Lancet showing that: A single does of the vaccine offers 76% protection from day 22 to day 90 following vaccination and 82.4% protection following a second dose after 3 months. Analysis also suggests that the vaccine may have a substantial effect on transmission with a 67% reduction in positive PCR swabs amongst those vaccinated. Further research is underway.</description>
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  1438.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1440.      <link></link>
  1441.    </item>
  1442.    <item>
  1443.      <title>Scottish Budget reflects impact of pandemic on spending</title>
  1444.      <description>The Scottish Government has set out its proposed spending and tax plans for 2021 to 2022, in a budget that reflects the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scottish Budget 2021-22 The Scottish Budget provides £883 million for social care, including £34 million for delivery of the living wage, and guarantees £11.6 billion for local government, including £90 million to deliver a national council tax freeze. See pages 26-28 for social care, and page 36 for local government. Scottish Budget 2021-22 - ( </description>
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  1446.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1448.      <link></link>
  1449.    </item>
  1450.    <item>
  1451.      <title>Return to school for those with additional support needs</title>
  1452.      <description> The Scottish Government has announced a phased return to school of certain pupils. Children in early learning and childcare and in primaries 1-3 are due to return 22 February. Very limited numbers of pupils in S4-6 are allowed to return to complete practical work. Some children and young people with significant additional support needs will be prioritised for a return to in-person provision, for those most urgently in need of support. Others, except vulnerable children and those of key workers, will continue with remote learning. The return to school will be accompanied by an increase in testing: Back to school Current restrictions, including the 'stay-at-home' requirement, are set to remain in place until at least the end of February: New measures to tackle virus   </description>
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  1454.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1456.      <link></link>
  1457.    </item>
  1458.    <item>
  1459.      <title>£500 Self-Isolation Support Grant extended in Scotland</title>
  1460.      <description>The Self-Isolation Support Grant is available to low income workers who lose earnings if they self-isolate, or have to care for a child under 16 who has to self-isolate, is being made available from 16 February to workers earning the Real Living Wage or less, as well as those in receipt of a council tax reduction because of low income. People with caring responsibilities for someone over 16 who is asked to self-isolate, where the carer themselves meet the other eligibility criteria, can also get the grant. The Scottish Government is also lengthening the period for applications to within 28 days of being told to self-isolate. Eligibility will be backdated to 2 February.  Self-Isolation Support National Helpline on 0800 111 4000. More people supported to self isolate</description>
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  1462.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1464.      <link></link>
  1465.    </item>
  1466.    <item>
  1467.      <title>Mass vaccination programme continues in Scotland</title>
  1468.      <description> According to the Scottish Government, recent developments in rolling out COVID-19 vaccination include:  People aged 70 and over being given vaccines in a range of settings, from Monday 1 February; People aged 70-79 and the clinically extremely vulnerable - including over-16s on the shielding list - will have received their first dose by mid-February, subject to supplies New mass vaccination centres opening in Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Aberdeen's P and J LIVE at TECA from 1 February for members of the public with appointments.  Letters will start going out shortly in Lothian, Grampian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde to those aged between 65 and 69. Other smaller vaccination centres, located in community facilities are also opening. The programme for first doses for care home residents, frontline health and social care workers and those aged 80 and over will be completed by 5 February. Update on 29 January: Vaccine programme moves to next stage</description>
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  1470.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1472.      <link></link>
  1473.    </item>
  1474.    <item>
  1475.      <title>Mental health support for health and social care staff</title>
  1476.      <description> An additional £500,000 will be made available to Scottish health boards in 2020/21 to provide dedicated mental health support for health and social care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Health Boards will be able to immediately recruit psychologists and other staff dedicated to supporting the mental health of the health and social care workforce. This funding will be followed by a further £1 million in each of the next two financial years. &#x15;&#x10;Mental health support for health and social care staff 24 Hour Wellbeing Helpline on 0800 111 4191. Wellbeing Hub:</description>
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  1478.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1480.      <link></link>
  1481.    </item>
  1482.    <item>
  1483.      <title>Welsh Government self isolation payment extended to users of NHS app</title>
  1484.      <description>The Welsh Government have announced that the £500 self isolation support payment, available to those on low incomes (announced in November) , will be extended so that those who were notified of a contact via the NHS App can claim. The payment is intended to support those who are unable to work due to a self isolation requirement, and currently have a low income (i.e. either in receipt of certain benefits such as Universal Credit or have their application accepted under the discretion of the local authority reviewing their case).  Users of the NHS Covid-19 App now eligible to apply for £500 self-isolation payment | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: Letter to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable - previously 'shielding' (4 February 2021) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1486.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1488.      <link></link>
  1489.    </item>
  1490.    <item>
  1491.      <title>New and updated guidance on GOV.UK - "how to stop the spread of coronavirus" and "provision of home care"</title>
  1492.      <description>There is new guidance for the general public that brings together things that can be done to reduce COVID-19 transmission: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (  The provision of homecare guidance (for England) has been updated including amendments to the definition of homecare, and added guidance on vaccinations and capacity tracker. Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care - GOV.UK (   </description>
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  1494.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1496.      <link></link>
  1497.    </item>
  1498.    <item>
  1499.      <title>Local Government Association survey on resources to support wellbeing</title>
  1500.      <description>The LGA is gathering views from across the Adult Social Care workforce in England on the availability, quality and experience of engaging with advice and resources to support wellbeing. Responses will be used to inform the LGA's ongoing work to support wellbeing and positive mental health among the workforce. Anyone working in adult social care is invited to participate, all contributions are greatly appreciated and responses can be submitted anonymously if preferred.  Access the survey</description>
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  1502.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1504.      <link></link>
  1505.    </item>
  1506.    <item>
  1507.      <title>Updates from the Scottish Social Services Council - vaccinations and the Flexible Workforce Development Fund</title>
  1508.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council have issued information on vaccinations. While encouraging care workers to get the vaccine, and providing further information, the information confirms that where registered workers are not able or decide not to have the vaccine this will not affect their registration status. It reminds care workers of the importance of maintainig other infection control measures, even if vaccinated, such as using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).  COVID-19 vaccination “it's time to roll up your sleeve" (  They have also published guidance on the use of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund for employers in Scotland. This can be used by organisations with under 250 employees for learning delivered by colleges or The Open University or by employers who pay the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy, for learning delivered by colleges or independent training providers The flexible workforce development fund: guidance for social service employers in Scotland ( </description>
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  1510.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1512.      <link></link>
  1513.    </item>
  1514.    <item>
  1515.      <title>Increased border controls and travel restrictions</title>
  1516.      <description>Those wishing to leave the UK will now need to declare a reason for travel. There will be increased police enforcement at ports and airports and those without a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may be fined.  Those arriving in the UK from countries with international travel bans will be asked to isolate in hotels. The police will be undertaking increased checks to ensure people are self isolating as required.  Press release Travel guidance</description>
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  1518.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1520.      <link></link>
  1521.    </item>
  1522.    <item>
  1523.      <title>Guidance published on £120m Workforce Development Fund for councils and adult social care providers</title>
  1524.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have published guidance on the new, ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, announced on 17 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2 and aims to deliver measures that result in additional staffing capacity for adult social care in England  You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents.  </description>
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  1526.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1528.      <link></link>
  1529.    </item>
  1530.    <item>
  1531.      <title>Research, news in brief and resources round up for week commencing 1 February 2021</title>
  1532.      <description>Brief news updates Alert level 4 is continuing in Wales but a phased and flexible approach to returning children to school could commence following February half term, if the situation continues to improve. Press release. Care inspectorate Wales have provided an update to confirm they will be continuing with their assurance checks of how well local authority social services are discharging their statutory functions towards people who need care and support and unpaid carers.  Novavax and Janssen have published positive outcomes for their phase 3 trials of their COVID-19 vaccines. The government has also secured more of the Valneva vaccine which is in phase I/II trials. A circular on charging for social care has confirmed that capital limits, the minimum income guarantee and savings credit disregards will be remaining at their current levels in the 2021/22 financial year.  The Care Provider Alliance have responded to the new Workforce Capacity Fund guidance calling for the fund to be distributed at speed and for the development of a longer term People Plan. Research and statistics Care Inspectorate Wales have published their annual statistics on the care services that they regulate.  The Committee for Health in the Northern Ireland Assembly have published a report of the findings of their Inquiry Report on the Impact of COVID-19 in Care Homes. While most of the findings are focused on care homes, some of the recommendations have a wider scope - including the consideration of career pathways for social care and the need to consider the funding of all adult social care.  The Government have responded to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on "Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond".  The Welsh Government have published a summary of their findings regarding social care market stability reporting.  The latest CQC COVID-19 Insight report includes the latest statistics on COVID prevalence and staff absence rates in homecare. ONS Blog on ongoing work to estimate the size of the self-funding population. Chief Medical Officer for Wales's special edition of annual report 2019-2020: protecting our health. ONS update on Social Impacts of coronavirus. Resources and events Vaccination Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in our diverse communities (GOV.UK blog) Fact cards and summaries for your vaccination communications from DHSC. Resources for raising awareness about vaccine fraud. (GOV.UK) There are also resources for people with learning disabilities including this video and easy read guides to vaccination and the national lockdown. Workforce recruitment, retention and wellbeing Recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic: sharing recruitment solutions - Skills for care webinars. Delivering under pressure: supporting the wellbeing of frontline staff - a webinar on 11 February 2pm by the Local Government Association National wellbeing hub webinars for social care workers in Scotland - everything from stress to parenthood to ballet. Equality and Diversity Increasing LGBT+ awareness in care  and  preparing for greater CQC scrutiny - Altura learning with the National Care Forum and Opening Doors, webinar on 24 February at 11.30. The CQC LGBT+ network are running a series of online events through February. Find out more.  Skills for Care are running webinars on "How to become an anti-racist organisation" and "Discrinination and care workers rights" Find out more. Webinar for registered managers 11 February: Having conversations about workplace race equality issues (Skills for Care and ACAS) Register. Improvement The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have published videos of their winter support webinars on improvement for Level I and II on their Hub website Data The National Data Resource for Wales is hosting a webinar on social care data on 24 February 13.00-15.00.    Podcasts CQC Connect The Care Exchange (Skills for Care) </description>
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  1534.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1536.      <link></link>
  1537.    </item>
  1538.    <item>
  1539.      <title>Let's do this: the promise of fixing social care</title>
  1540.      <description> A new report by the Health for Care coalition of 15 national health organisations, led by the NHS Confederation, says for there to be a functioning, effective NHS in England, there needs to be a strong and sustainable social care sector. Heath leaders argue social care funding must urgently be put on a sustainable footing, to ensure social care is person-centred, accessible and available to all who need it, without pushing them into financial hardship.  Failure to do so jeopardises the NHS Long Term Plan and any meaningful integration. Social care, including domiciliary care, keeps people well and at home, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving wellbeing. If the social care system does not have sufficient capacity, the NHS will experience greater demand for its services.  Let's do this: the promise of fixing social care - NHS Confederation </description>
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  1542.      <pubDate>Mon, 01 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1544.      <link></link>
  1545.    </item>
  1546.    <item>
  1547.      <title>How to work safely guidance remains fit for purpose</title>
  1548.      <description>  A comprehensive review of evidence by the UK Infection Prevention Control Cell has concluded that the current 'How to Work Safely' guidance remains fit for purpose, in light of new, more infectious COVID-19 variants. This means, in line with NHS advice to staff, there has been no change to guidance on the use of infection prevention control measures, even after staff and service users have been vaccinated. So existing guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control procedures in England are to be followed to minimise the risk of transmission. This is supported by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. New evidence is being kept under review. </description>
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  1550.      <pubDate>Mon, 01 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1552.      <link></link>
  1553.    </item>
  1554.    <item>
  1555.      <title>Research round up 29 January 2021</title>
  1556.      <description>The Health for Care Coalition has launched a new report "Let's do this: the promise of fixing social care". The report highlights seven key principles including ensuring social care is sustainable and that the workforce are valued. The Government has responded to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on Adult Social Care Funidng and Workforce. You can read the response here. The Government has also responded to the Women and Equalities Committee's report "Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services" including discussion of the Care Act easements. You can read the response here.  </description>
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  1558.      <pubDate>Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1560.      <link></link>
  1561.    </item>
  1562.    <item>
  1563.      <title>Updated COVID-19 testing strategy for Wales</title>
  1564.      <description>The Welsh Government have published an updated testing strategy that outlines how testing can be used to diagnose COVID in hospitals, safeguard vulnerable people in health and care settings, find COVID for people who have symptoms and enhance community surveillance to manage outbreaks, maintain work and school activities through testing and enable international travel, sports and other activities through testing.  Press release. You can find the strategy here.</description>
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  1566.      <pubDate>Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1568.      <link></link>
  1569.    </item>
  1570.    <item>
  1571.      <title>£500 one-off recognition payment for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland being considered</title>
  1572.      <description>Yesterday Robin Swann announced that he was working on proposals for a £500 one-off recognition payment for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland. He indicated that this would include domiciliary care workers. However, the details of the scheme have yet to be signed off.</description>
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  1574.      <pubDate>Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1576.      <link></link>
  1577.    </item>
  1578.    <item>
  1579.      <title>Joint statement on the use of COVID-19 positive staff in care settings</title>
  1580.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, Care Quality Commission and the Assoication of Directors of Public Health have issued a joint statement to emphasise that under no circumstances should staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 be working. Joint statement on the use of COVID-19 positive staff in care settings | Care Quality Commission ( </description>
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  1582.      <pubDate>Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1584.      <link></link>
  1585.    </item>
  1586.    <item>
  1587.      <title>CQC is consulting on changes for more flexible and responsive regulation</title>
  1588.      <description> The Care Quality Commission are consulting on making changes so they can assess and rate services in England more flexibly, and update ratings more often in a more responsive and proportionate way. CQC say this will make ratings easier to understand. CQC want to move away from comprehensive, on-site inspection as the main way of updating ratings and use wider sources of evidence to assess quality. On-site inspection will still be used where the regulator has information about significant risks to people's safety. Consultation on changes for more flexible and responsive regulation Please respond by 5pm on Tuesday 23 March 2021. The quickest and easiest way to respond is through the consultation survey.</description>
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  1590.      <pubDate>Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1592.      <link></link>
  1593.    </item>
  1594.    <item>
  1595.      <title>Community Champions to give vaccine advice and boost take up</title>
  1596.      <description> A system of Community Champions is being set up to provide advice on COVID-19 vaccination to boost take up in groups such as older people, disabled people, and people from ethnic minority backgrounds who are most at risk. Over £23 million funding has been allocated to 60 councils and voluntary groups in England to deliver the scheme, which aims to build trust in communities where there is vaccine scepticism. Councils will develop their own plans to improve communication with these groups, while Community Champions will tap into local networks to provide advice, identify barriers and provide tailored support. Community Champions to give COVID-19 vaccine advice and boost take up</description>
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  1598.      <pubDate>Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1600.      <link></link>
  1601.    </item>
  1602.    <item>
  1603.      <title>Changes to Kickstart scheme from 3 February 2021</title>
  1604.      <description>Changes have been made to the Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. From 3 February 2021, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements. The threshold of 30 job placements is removed.. Employers can also choose to apply through a Kickstart gateway. </description>
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  1606.      <pubDate>Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1608.      <link></link>
  1609.    </item>
  1610.    <item>
  1611.      <title>Covid-19 vaccine survey for careworkers</title>
  1612.      <description>Researchers want to hear from careworkers about their views and experience with the COVID-19 vaccine. The findings of this study will be shared with Public Health England to help inform policy decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccination amongst health and social care staff. The survey is from NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation, a research partnership between the London School of Hygiene  and  Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Public Health England. It is produced in conjunction with the NHS Race and Health Observatory and the Royal College of Nursing. Survey link here </description>
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  1614.      <pubDate>Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1616.      <link></link>
  1617.    </item>
  1618.    <item>
  1619.      <title>Working with people in their own homes/supported living this winter</title>
  1620.      <description>Two new pages on GOV.UK have been published which draw together high level information and links relating to PPE, Testing, Vaccination and Wellbeing for care workers in England. Working with people in their own homes this winter - GOV.UK (  Working with people in supported living this winter - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1622.      <pubDate>Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1624.      <link></link>
  1625.    </item>
  1626.    <item>
  1627.      <title>Northern Ireland's lockdown extended to 5 March 2021</title>
  1628.      <description>Northern Ireland's stay at home restrictions have been extended until 5 March 2021, with a review on 18 February 2021. A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases has put pressure on hospitals. Health protection coronavirus restrictions regulations Coronavirus (COVID-19): a guide to the restrictions - January 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you</description>
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  1630.      <pubDate>Fri, 22 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1632.      <link></link>
  1633.    </item>
  1634.    <item>
  1635.      <title>Quality and improvement training opportunities in Scotland</title>
  1636.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council are working with NHS Education for Scotland and are inviting applications for:  the Scottish Improvement Leader programme (apply by 22 January) Organisations that can nominate five staff each to participate in the Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills programme (apply by 29 January)</description>
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  1638.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1640.      <link></link>
  1641.    </item>
  1642.    <item>
  1643.      <title>Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund Guidance</title>
  1644.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care have released guidance on how local authorities in England should use the Rapid Testing Fund. While 80% of the Fund is exclusively for the deployment of lateral flow tests in care homes, there is a degree of discretion for the remaining 20%. This might include suporting extra care and supported living settings who are eligible for lateral flow testing. Find out more.</description>
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  1646.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1648.      <link></link>
  1649.    </item>
  1650.    <item>
  1651.      <title>Scotland: shielding care workers support scheme</title>
  1652.      <description>The Scottish Government have established a payment scheme for shielding care workers who were not placed onto the Job Retention Scheme (furlough). This provides a lump sum back payment for workers not able to work between March and October 2020 (following October 2020 eligible workers should have access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme).  Applications are open until 24 February 2021. Further information.</description>
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  1654.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1656.      <link></link>
  1657.    </item>
  1658.    <item>
  1659.      <title>Letter from Adult Social Care Chief Nurse</title>
  1660.      <description>The new Social Care Chief Nurse, Deborah Sturdy, has written to the adult social care workforce. Her role is to support the social care nursing profession, as well as the wider social care workforce. The letter covers a number of key issues which faces adult social care at the moment, including the importance of testing, PPE, and self-isolation (where required to do so). The letter can be downloaded on this link.</description>
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  1662.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1664.      <link></link>
  1665.    </item>
  1666.    <item>
  1667.      <title>Northern Ireland vaccination programme FAQs</title>
  1668.      <description>The Public Health Agency have published answers to frequently asked questions relating to Northern Ireland's COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. You can access the FAQs here.</description>
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  1670.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1672.      <link></link>
  1673.    </item>
  1674.    <item>
  1675.      <title>Supported living guidance update on isolation period</title>
  1676.      <description>The Supported Living Guidance in England has been updated to say that those who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days not 10 days if, based on a risk assessment, the setting is considered high risk. Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1678.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1680.      <link></link>
  1681.    </item>
  1682.    <item>
  1683.      <title>Support Fund for unpaid carers expanded in Wales</title>
  1684.      <description>The Carers Support Fund for those that provide unpaid care and support to family and friends has been increased by £250m. This can be used to provide unpaid carers iwth grants of up to £300 for essentials. Carers Support Fund increased by a quarter of a million pounds | GOV.WALES </description>
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  1686.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1688.      <link></link>
  1689.    </item>
  1690.    <item>
  1691.      <title>WeCare Wales rapid recruitment pilot</title>
  1692.      <description>WeCare Wales are running a rapid recruitment pilot which includes four days online training for new recruits, which is intended to cover the essentials needed to start working in social care. Potential recruits can register their interest on the WeCare Wales jobs portal. It may also be possible for care agencies to secure places for new recruits if they are having difficulty providing training due to coronavirus. See this leaflet for further information.</description>
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  1694.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1696.      <link></link>
  1697.    </item>
  1698.    <item>
  1699.      <title>PM confirms commitment to social care reform</title>
  1700.      <description> The Prime Minister confirmed the Government's commitment to bring forward plans later this year to reform and improve social care in England, when he gave evidence to the House of Commons Liaison Committee recently. He also agreed that social care should have a long-term plan.  Transcript of PM's evidence, 13 January 2021, unrevised ( (Questions 5 and 6)</description>
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  1702.      <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1704.      <link></link>
  1705.    </item>
  1706.    <item>
  1707.      <title>New app to support people with Long COVID</title>
  1708.      <description>NHS Wales have developed an app to support people to recover from Long COVID. The app includes links to advice, videos and the ability to track symptoms.  Written statement.  Press release.  Google Play  Apple app store </description>
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  1710.      <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1712.      <link></link>
  1713.    </item>
  1714.    <item>
  1715.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 20 January 2021</title>
  1716.      <description>Evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - this research draws on the feedback from the workforce and organisations to evaluate the Social Services and Well-being Act. Both positive examples of change and challenges were identified. A further study will be undertaken to seek feedback from service users, carers, families and communities.  The Open University have published a report focusing on social care and social work staffing. Key findings include that whilst 76% of leaders and managers thought their service was sufficiently staffed, 44% said they only had the bare minimum skills required to operate and 54% were worried that Brexit would impact recruitment of skilled staff. The report calls for sustainable funding of the sector; promoting social care to a new audience; creating structured career development and targeting skill gaps. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has published a position statement on nutrition in older adults living in the community.  The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers hosted Community Network representation to the Spring Budget 2021, which includes calls for increased funding for domicilliary care. WHO introduction to the UN Decade of Health Ageing 2021-2030. The CPA have updated their briefing on the End of the Transition Period: Keeping data safe Free stress control classes are being offered in Northern Ireland. Press release. Access the classes. The Care Provider Alliance has said that there is an urgent need for a social care people plan. The Scottish Social Services Council have published their Annual Report 2019-2020.  Healthwatch FAQs COVID-19 Vaccination Social care blog: Lockdowns unlock innovation UNICEF Vaccine misinformation field guide Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Loneliness Annual Report January 2021</description>
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  1718.      <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1720.      <link></link>
  1721.    </item>
  1722.    <item>
  1723.      <title>Scotland to stay in lockdown until at least mid-February</title>
  1724.      <description> Current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February, the First Minister has confirmed. Barra and Vatersay will move into lockdown from 00:01 on Wednesday. The rest of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will remain in level 3. Schools across Scotland will continue to use remote learning until at least the mid-February except vulnerable children and those of key workers who can attend school. Nobody who lives in an area under lockdown should leave or remain outside their home except for an essential purpose like caring responsibilities, outdoor exercise and work that cannot be done from home. These measures will be reviewed by the Cabinet on February 2. Review of restrictions</description>
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  1726.      <pubDate>Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1728.      <link></link>
  1729.    </item>
  1730.    <item>
  1731.      <title>Regular testing of care at home workers in Scotland - guidance and webinars</title>
  1732.      <description> New guidance and materials have been issued to support testing of staff working in community based care services in Scotland, which commenced from 18 January. Distribution of kits is currently underway. The guidance states the arrangements for care at home services is as follows: Test method LFD or PCR - Because of the diverse nature of care at home services some services will use LFD tests while others will use PCR. LFD - twice weekly test with follow up PCR test if LFD is positive. PCR - once weekly. Delivery Lateral flow (LFD) testing kits will be provided via the Health and Social Care Partnership or direct to the individual provider. Arrangements will differ depending on the mechanisms each Health and Social Care Partnership has put in place to roll out testing. Training and webinars Information on training and webinars on care at home worker testing is at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care at home testing guidance UKHCA understands PCR testing will be used for adult care at home staff who provide personal care services/close support (supported living) and who are typically highly mobile and travel extensively, who work with multiple clients and have no fixed base/hub, with lateral flow tests used for less mobile, smaller client group services like sheltered housing or supported accommodation.</description>
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  1734.      <pubDate>Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1736.      <link></link>
  1737.    </item>
  1738.    <item>
  1739.      <title>Additional funding for staffing in social care</title>
  1740.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care has announced that they will be providing an additional £120 million in funding for local authorities in England in order to boost staffing levels in the social care sector.  The press release (available here) makes clear that this funding can be used by local authorities for costs associated with:  Providing additional care staff where shortages arise; Supporting administrative tasks so experienced and skilled staff can focus on providing care; and Helping existing staff to take on additional hours if they wish with overtime payments or by covering childcare costs. We are seeking further clarification about whether and how this funding may be accessible to care providers.</description>
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  1742.      <pubDate>Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1744.      <link></link>
  1745.    </item>
  1746.    <item>
  1747.      <title>Travel corridors suspended and pre-departure testing from today</title>
  1748.      <description>From today (Monday 18 January), passengers travelling to the UK will have to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test before departure. All travel corridors into England have been suspended, meaning that all travellers from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to self isolate for 10 days on arrival.  The number of jobs that qualify for exceptions for the 10 day isolation period have also been reduced. Travel from a number of countries is also banned. These changes have been introduced due to concerns about new strains of coronavirus emerging. Press release Similar provisions have been introduced in Wales: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for people travelling to Wales | GOV.WALES  Travel corridors to be suspended as new virus strains emerge | GOV.WALES  In Scotland: Closure of travel corridors Pre departure testing In Northern Ireland: Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel advice | nidirect </description>
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  1750.      <pubDate>Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1752.      <link></link>
  1753.    </item>
  1754.    <item>
  1755.      <title>Vaccination invites for over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable</title>
  1756.      <description>Invites to vaccinations for those over 70 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will begin today in England. While the over 80s, health and social care staff and care home residents and staff will remain the top priority, vaccination centres with the supply and capacity to offer vaccinations to the next two groups will be able to start issuing invitations. Press release You can find leaflets and information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme here. COVID-19 vaccination programme - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1758.      <pubDate>Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1760.      <link></link>
  1761.    </item>
  1762.    <item>
  1763.      <title>"Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog</title>
  1764.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members. Featuring UKHCA members:  Welcombe CareRight at Home Chichester  and  Bognor RegisHelping Hands Homecare BrentwoodCarewatch UK Isle of WightAshridge Home Care LtdThe Good Care Group LtdBluebird Care Exeter, Exmouth, East and West DevonHome Instead Senior Care UK LiverpoolCaremark (Kirklees)Kare Plus CroydonSureCare UK Central Cheshire Link here</description>
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  1766.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1768.      <link></link>
  1769.    </item>
  1770.    <item>
  1771.      <title>Training materials for social care staff on sexuality and intimate relationships</title>
  1772.      <description>Supported Loving are working with Skills for Care, the CQC and DHSC to review existing learning material for social care staff around supporting sexuality and intimate relationships. If you have materials you'd like to share you can access a short survey here. They are also running webinars.</description>
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  1774.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1776.      <link></link>
  1777.    </item>
  1778.    <item>
  1779.      <title>Update to CQC notification forms</title>
  1780.      <description>The CQC have updated their "Death of a Person Using the Service" notification form and are planning update to other forms. Please ensure you use the updated forms from the CQC website should you need to make a notification. Notifications | Care Quality Commission ( </description>
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  1782.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1784.      <link></link>
  1785.    </item>
  1786.    <item>
  1787.      <title>Vaccination of front-line care workers in England</title>
  1788.      <description>The official plan describing the system for arranging coronavirus vaccinations for social care workers in England has now been published. Providers should familiarise themselves with the Standard Operating Procedure. However, local councils and the NHS are working at speed to estabilsh vaccination arrangements in local areas and there may be some regional variation in the timing and details of delivery approaches. Coronavirus: Vaccinating frontline social care workers ( </description>
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  1790.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1792.      <link></link>
  1793.    </item>
  1794.    <item>
  1795.      <title>Coronavirus risk assessments for workplaces under new Welsh legislation</title>
  1796.      <description>The First Minister has announced that new legislation will be implemented that will require workplaces and shops to undertake specific coronavirus risk assessments in order to improve safety. Press release</description>
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  1798.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1800.      <link></link>
  1801.    </item>
  1802.    <item>
  1803.      <title>Pharmacies in Wales now piloting vaccine delivery</title>
  1804.      <description>The Welsh Government is now piloting the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations from community pharmacies. Find out more</description>
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  1806.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  1809.    </item>
  1810.    <item>
  1811.      <title>Wales confirms pre-departure testing from Monday</title>
  1812.      <description>Following an announcement earlier in the week that international arrivals to England would require a pre-departure test, Wales have confirmed that international arrivals to Wales from outside the Common Travel Area will also require a negative pre-departure test from 4am on Monday 18 January. Press release</description>
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  1814.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1816.      <link></link>
  1817.    </item>
  1818.    <item>
  1819.      <title>Vaccine deployment plan issued for Scotland</title>
  1820.      <description> NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government have published their COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan to set out how they will vaccinate everyone over the age of 18 and those aged 16 and 17 who are frontline health and social care workers, young carers or have underlying health conditions in Scotland.  Cate at home workers fall within priority 2, as determined by JCVI. The FAQs attached to the plan say those in JCVI priority groups 1 and 2 you will be contacted by their local NHS Board, employer, or local GP to be advised about their appointment, with a range of settings available for vaccination. COVID-19+vaccine+deployment+plan+14+January+2021.pdf</description>
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  1822.      <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1824.      <link></link>
  1825.    </item>
  1826.    <item>
  1827.      <title>Pre-departure testing - now from Monday and further guidance and travel restrictions</title>
  1828.      <description>The requirement for travellers to England to have a negative test result 72 hours prior to travelling, which was due to come into force on Friday 15 January will now come into force on Monday 18 January.  The test undertaken could be a PCR or lateral flow antigen test but must meet certain specified standards in terms of sensitivity, specificity and viral load. The guidance, including a limited list of exemptions (for example, for travellers within the Common Travel Area) is available here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for people travelling to England - GOV.UK (  Press release The list of countries subject to stricter isolation requirements on return to the UK has now expanded beyond South Africa in order to contain the risk of a new variant spreading in the UK. Find out more. Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde is also facing new restrictions due to concerns about a new COVID-19 variant. Press release.</description>
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  1830.      <pubDate>Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1832.      <link></link>
  1833.    </item>
  1834.    <item>
  1835.      <title>White Paper on reform of the Mental Health Act</title>
  1836.      <description>The Government have issued a White Paper on Reform of the Mental Health Act 1983. The reforms include a focus on:  Giving patients a voice - including the use of advance choice documents Tackling disparities, including the use of the law in relation to BAME communities How mental health treatment links to the Criminal Justice system How people with learning disabilities and autism are treated under the law Secretary of State's announcement Find out more via our consultations page.</description>
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  1838.      <pubDate>Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1839.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1840.      <link></link>
  1841.    </item>
  1842.    <item>
  1843.      <title>Scottish Government tightens restrictions from 16 January</title>
  1844.      <description> The Scottish Government is to tighten COVID-19 restrictions on takeaways and click and collect services from Saturday, 16 January. Takeaways will have to operate from a hatch or doorway, rather than allow customers inside, and click and collect will only be allowed from shops selling essential items, and then only outdoors, with staggered appointments so people do not have to queue.  It will also be against the law in all level 4 areas of Scotland to drink alcohol outdoors in public.  Statutory guidance on working from home will make clear that if people were working from home during the first lockdown, they should be working from home now and their employer should be facilitating that.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's statement 13 January 2021  Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance  Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on working from home </description>
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  1846.      <pubDate>Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1848.      <link></link>
  1849.    </item>
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  1851.      <title>Scotland to introduce pre-departure coronavirus testing</title>
  1852.      <description> From 0400 on Friday 15 January 2021, passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure. This will be checked by operators, and passengers with a positive test result or an invalid certificate will be refused boarding.  Passengers arriving from countries not on the quarantine exemption list will still have to self-isolate for ten days, even with a negative test.  Spot checks will be carried out, and fixed penalty notices may be issued to those who don't comply. Non-essential travel to or from Scotland and will not immediately change. Pre-departure coronavirus testing update</description>
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  1854.      <pubDate>Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1856.      <link></link>
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  1859.      <title>Research and resources week commencing 11 January 2021</title>
  1860.      <description>The University of Bristol, working with international experts, have published a guide outlining how to communicate effectively about the COVID-19 vaccine. You can access the guide here or read the press release here. A study by Public Health England's SIREN has shown that past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity for several months following the first infection. However, those with immunity may still be able to carry or transmit the infection. ADASS have called for an immediate cash injection and new recruits for social care as absence from work increases due to the pandemic.  DWP have prodeced a video explaining the Tell Us Once service which makes the process of bereaved persons reporting the death of a loved one to government departments more straightforward (this applies in England, Scotland and Wales). House of Commons Library: COVID-19 vaccine roll-out: frequently asked questions Skills for Care are running an online eveny on 28 January about practical collaboration during COVID-19: working together to support adults with learning disabilities. Find out more The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have published a report sugggesting that government action could improve health in old age.</description>
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  1862.      <pubDate>Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1864.      <link></link>
  1865.    </item>
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  1867.      <title>Vaccination Strategy for Wales</title>
  1868.      <description>The Welsh Government and Public Health Wales have published a high-level Vaccination Strategy for Wales. This outlines the vaccination priorities, infrastructure and communication strategy in Wales as well as broad timescales (including the aim to vaccinate those in the top four priority groups - which include care workers - by mid-February). Written statement</description>
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  1870.      <pubDate>Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1872.      <link></link>
  1873.    </item>
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  1875.      <title>Applications for free Vitamin D extended to 21 February 2021</title>
  1876.      <description> The deadline for clinically extremely vulnerable people to sign up for a free supply of vitamin D supplements in England has been extended to 21 February 2021. Guidance on the initiative: Vitamin D supplements: how to take them safely Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people: Clinically_Extremely_Vulnerable_Letter_Jan_National_Lockdown_Final.pdf  Register at;</description>
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  1878.      <pubDate>Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1880.      <link></link>
  1881.    </item>
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  1883.      <title>International travel update on pre-departure testing</title>
  1884.      <description> There has been an international travel update, following the Government's announcement last week on pre-departure testing. From 4am on 15 January 2021, pre-departure testing will be required for all inbound passengers to England. Passengers arriving by ship, plane or train will have to take a test up to 3 days before departure and provide evidence of a negative result before they travel. This is in addition to self-isolation requirements, and subject to a short list of exemptions. Guidance will set out the tests that meet the standards, and information passengers will need to have with them when travelling. All information on test requirements will be made available to passengers and transport operators through guidance on More details in the update.</description>
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  1886.      <pubDate>Tue, 12 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1888.      <link></link>
  1889.    </item>
  1890.    <item>
  1891.      <title>PPE portal updates</title>
  1892.      <description>Providers in England undertaking Aerosol Generating Procedures should now be able to order the correct equipment from the PPE Portal.</description>
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  1894.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1896.      <link></link>
  1897.    </item>
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  1899.      <title>UK vaccines delivery plan published</title>
  1900.      <description>The Government has published its UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan for vaccinating tens of millions of people by spring at over 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK. The UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan sets out how the government will work with the NHS, devolved administrations, local councils and the armed forces to deliver the largest vaccination programme in British history. The plans sets out priority groups, targets for vaccination and how the roll out will be achieved. They are accompanied by a vaccine surveillance strategy to monitor the effectiveness of the programme in England. The plan provides that, by the end of January, everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site or, for a small number of highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams.  Government press release COVID-19 vaccine surveillance strategy </description>
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  1902.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1904.      <link></link>
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  1907.      <title>Free carbon monoxide awareness Zoom workshops</title>
  1908.      <description>The Gas Safe Charity is offering free, on line carbon monoxide awareness Zoom workshops, aimed at front line staff who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people. The workshop lasts about an hour and explains the sources, signs and symptoms of high and low level carbon monoxide risks in the home and includes relevant scenarios to explain what steps to take if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected. To find out more and book a workshop, please click on the link.</description>
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  1910.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1912.      <link></link>
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  1914.    <item>
  1915.      <title>MOTs must be booked as normal during lockdown</title>
  1916.      <description>The Government's MOT centre and tester guidance makes clear MOT centres can stay open in all areas of Great Britain, including during the national lockdown in England, the temporary lockdown in Scotland, and all of Wales in alert level 4 (lockdown). Vehicle owners were given a 6-month extension to their MOT if it was due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. However, people must book an MOT as normal if their MOT is due from 1 August 2020. There is no new extension in the current lockdown. Check the guidance for vehicle owners.</description>
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  1918.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1919.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1920.      <link></link>
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  1923.      <title>Northern Ireland vaccination programme opens to home care workers</title>
  1924.      <description>The Department of Health have announced today that domiciliary care workers in Northern Ireland and those employed by independent care agencies will be able to book COVID vaccinations at Trust vaccination centres from today. This will be part of the staff vaccination programme running in parallel with the programme for the general public that is commencing in GP practices. The statement is available here. Further information on the Northern Ireland COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Care worker information leaflet</description>
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  1926.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1927.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1928.      <link></link>
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  1930.    <item>
  1931.      <title>Community testing expanded to test those who cannot work from home</title>
  1932.      <description> Community flow testing is being expanded in local authorities in England to test people without symptoms, targeted on people who cannot work from home during lockdown. NHS Test and Trace is to work with each local authority on an expanded community testing plan. 131 local authorities have signed up to the scheme, with 107 already having started.  NHS Test and Trace is also working closely with other government departments to scale up workforce testing, with pilots taking place with larger employers. Community testing employs the faster lateral flow testing, rather than the more accurate swab testing used in the testing of the homecare workforce. More information: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week Statement from Chief Medical Adviser for NHS Test and Trace, Susan Hopkins on community testing </description>
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  1934.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1935.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1936.      <link></link>
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  1939.      <title>Close contact is now cumulative for NHS Test and Trace purposes</title>
  1940.      <description>The definition of 'close contact', for the purposes of what happens if a person tests positive for coronavirus or has had close contact with someone who has tested positive, has changed to having been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day) ie cumulative contact. NHS Test and Trace: how it works This relates to the tracing system in England.</description>
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  1942.      <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1943.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1944.      <link></link>
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  1947.      <title>Critical worker guidance amended regarding school attendance</title>
  1948.      <description>Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people in England should attend school or college. All other pupils and students are to receive remote education. Updated guidance provides that parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the guidance. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can. Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings </description>
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  1950.      <pubDate>Sun, 10 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1951.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1952.      <link></link>
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  1955.      <title>Free PPE extended until June 2021</title>
  1956.      <description>In an email announcement this afternoon the Department of Health and Social Care have indicated that "the Government has extended the provision of free personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 needs to social care providers until the end of June 2021". CQC registered providers are able to access PPE via the PPE Portal. </description>
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  1958.      <pubDate>Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1959.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1960.      <link></link>
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  1963.      <title>Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector</title>
  1964.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members: All Seasons Community Support CICFirst City Nursing  and  CareBluebird Care Canterbury  and  ThanetRadfield Home Care (UK) Wakefield  and  DewsburyRight at Home UK Ilkley, Keighley  and  SkiptonHelping Hands Homecare (Chipping Sodbury and Yate, South Gloucestershire)Home Instead Senior Care UK HampshireCaremark Ltd Cheltenham and TewkesburyCare By Us LtdConsultus Care  and  Nursing Ltd Link to the article here</description>
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  1966.      <pubDate>Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1967.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1968.      <link></link>
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  1971.      <title>Moderna vaccine approved for use in the UK</title>
  1972.      <description>The Moderna vaccine has become the third vaccine to be approved for use in the UK and doses will be available from spring.  Moderna vaccine becomes third COVID-19 vaccine approved by UK regulator - GOV.UK (  Moderna COVID-19 vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator - GOV.UK (  Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  1974.      <pubDate>Fri, 08 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1975.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1976.      <link></link>
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  1978.    <item>
  1979.      <title>Extension of alert level 4 measures in Wales confirmed</title>
  1980.      <description>The First Minister has confirmed that the alert level 4 restrictions in Wales will remain in place and will be strengthened (for example, showrooms will no longer be able to open).  The measures are due to be reviewed again in three weeks.  Unless there is a significant reduction in cases before 29 January, school and college students will continue to learn online until February half term. Press release.</description>
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  1982.      <pubDate>Fri, 08 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1983.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1984.      <link></link>
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  1987.      <title>International arrivals to be required to produce a negative test result</title>
  1988.      <description>The Transport Secretary has announced international arrivals will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England. Under the new rules inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to than 72 hours before departing the country they are in, and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to carriers, as well as their passenger locator form. The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England to ensure that passengers are fully compliant. Permitted travellers will need to take their test up to 72 hours before departure, and this will apply irrespective of whether a country is on the travel corridor list.  Those arriving from a country not on the travel corridors list will still have to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result, although this can be shortened using the test to release scheme. Government press release. The new rules are expected to come in in England next week, and in Scotland, 'as soon as possible'. Wales and Northern Ireland are looking at similar measures. Further guidance is expected, including details of exemptions.</description>
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  1990.      <pubDate>Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1991.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  1992.      <link></link>
  1993.    </item>
  1994.    <item>
  1995.      <title>Updates to guidance on GOV.UK week commencing 4 January 2021</title>
  1996.      <description>The provision of home care guidance has been updated to reflect the new shielding guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The summary poster on testing for homecare workers is now available in a number of languages.  The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund round 2: guidance has been updated to clarify that providers can use the Fund to pay wages for staff to attend work or other locations for vaccinations or COVID-19 tests.  The Guidance on Shielding has been updated in light of the national lockdown and a letter has been published that has been sent to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. HM Treasury have published a summary of existing economic support during the COVID pandemic. The guidance on Supported Living has been updated The guidance Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus has been updated to reflect the lockdown.</description>
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  1998.      <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  1999.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2000.      <link></link>
  2001.    </item>
  2002.    <item>
  2003.      <title>Research and resources round up week commencing 4 January 2021</title>
  2004.      <description>Research  Statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation about increasing the short-term impact of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Public Health Wales have also produced a video explaining the rationale behind the delay in giving the second dose. The Senedd's Health Committee have heard research presented to suggest that measures are needed to support people to self isolate, and that only about half of people are recognising the three core symptoms and fewer than a third are fully self-isolating. Read more. The finidngs of the Loneliness (National Survey for Wales) 2019-2020 have been published, showing that younger people are more likely to report feeling lonely. Building Back Fairer: the COVID-19 Marmott Review looks at socioeconomic and health inequalities in England. The review highlights the risks taken by the social care workforce. In a New Year's Message the Institute for Fiscal Studies' Deaton Review highlighted some key findings on coronavirus and inequality. The Institute for Government highlight five things the government needs to get right on the vaccine rollout. Resources Skills for Care have drawn together resources to support wellbeing. They also have webinars on a range of topics from evidencing improvement to COVID-19 and BAME communities - you can read their latest newsletter here. ACAS have produced advice on managing staff vaccinations.  The Kings Fund have put together resources for health and care leaders on leading through COVID-19.</description>
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  2006.      <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2007.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2008.      <link></link>
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  2011.      <title>Free employee and wellbeing webinar from Citation, 28th Jan</title>
  2012.      <description>UKHCA commercial members Citation will be hosting a free employee engagement and wellbeing webinar on the 28th January at 12.30pm. UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson will be joining the webinar to help answer any homecare specific questions.  Register here</description>
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  2014.      <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2015.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2019.      <title>England's national lockdown is now law</title>
  2020.      <description>The regulations enforcing the current lockdown in England were made on 5 January 2021 and came into effect today, 6 January 2021. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 ( These took effect by amending previous regulations: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 ( The provisions will be debated retrospectively in Parliament today, and are expected to be passed.</description>
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  2022.      <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2023.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2024.      <link></link>
  2025.    </item>
  2026.    <item>
  2027.      <title>Letter from Welsh Government officials to social care workers urging uptake of vaccine</title>
  2028.      <description>The Deputy Director General of Health and Social Care Services in Wales along with the Chief Medical Officer and others has written to social care workers urging uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered. You can read the letter here.</description>
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  2030.      <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2031.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2032.      <link></link>
  2033.    </item>
  2034.    <item>
  2035.      <title>Second COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Wales</title>
  2036.      <description> Following the authorisation of the AstraZeneca vaccine as safe by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the first vaccinations of this vaccine have taken place in Wales. Two doses will be needed, with an interval of between four and 12 weeks between doses. This is a change from previous advice of a four week gap between doses, as the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that as many people as possible in the top priority groups should sequentially be offered a first vaccine dose as the initial priority.   The advance in vaccination was accompanied by the news that the four UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed the UK is now at the highest level of risk, level 5. In the light of that decision the Welsh Government, in consultation with the WLGA and Colegau Cymru, has agreed that all schools, colleges and independent schools should move to online learning until 18 January. Public Health Wales has issued FAQs on the new variant of COVID-19 which is causing cases to rise:  New Variant of COVID-19: FAQs - Public Health Wales (  &#x6;</description>
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  2038.      <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:06:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2039.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2040.      <link></link>
  2041.    </item>
  2042.    <item>
  2043.      <title>New Years Honours for UKHCA members</title>
  2044.      <description>Congratulations to two UKHCA members who have been named in the New Years honours list.  Stephen Trowbridge MD of First City Nursing and Care, and Claudia Sykes CEO of All Seasons Community Support have been recognised for their contributions to the adult social care sector.  Well done to them from all of us at UKHCA. </description>
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  2046.      <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2047.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2048.      <link></link>
  2049.    </item>
  2050.    <item>
  2051.      <title>Northern Ireland's restrictions to become enforceable in law</title>
  2052.      <description>Ministers in Northern Ireland are planning to make their 'stay at home' order effective in law. The country is in the second week of a six-week lockdown, which started on 26 December. The Executive is due to meet today, and an announcement is also expected on a switch to online learning for schools, which will close for most pupils. Covid-19: Stay-at-home order set to be given legal force - BBC News  Statement following Executive meeting to discuss Covid-19 | The Executive Office </description>
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  2054.      <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2055.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2056.      <link></link>
  2057.    </item>
  2058.    <item>
  2059.      <title>Guidance on roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine in Northern Ireland</title>
  2060.      <description> The Department of Health has published guidance for health and social care staff in relation to the Covid-19 vaccination programme, which sets out how the roll-out will proceed in Northern Ireland. This follows updated guidance issued by the Joint Committee on vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the announcement that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been granted approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The guidance reflects the agreement by the four UK Chief Medical Officers with JCVI that prioritising the first doses of vaccine for as many people as possible will deliver the greatest benefit in the shortest possible time.  Guidance on rollout of Covid-19 vaccine | Department of Health ( Letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride, 31 December 2020:</description>
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  2062.      <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2063.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2064.      <link></link>
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  2067.      <title>Cold weather alert issued</title>
  2068.      <description>With more cold weather forecast, Public Health England have issued a cold weather alert that reminds people to heat their homes to 18C, keep moving if possible, have plenty of food and hot drinks and check on frail and older neighbours and relatives. You can read the alert here Public Health England's cold weather plan UKHCA's updated winter planning factsheet For online winter weather help and advice in other parts of the UK, see:  Wales: Scotland: Northern Ireland  For weather warnings, see Met Office UK Severe Weather Warnings:</description>
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  2070.      <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2071.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2072.      <link></link>
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  2075.      <title>Prime Minister announces return to full national lockdown as coronavirus cases rise</title>
  2076.      <description> The Prime Minister has announced a full lockdown will come into effect in England, including school closures. The move came as the UK's coronavirus alert level was raised from 4 to 5, the highest level. People will have to stay at home as much as possible, and work from home where they can. Limited exceptions will allow shopping for essentials, attending medical appointments and exercising near home. People can still meet with one person from another household to exercise with outdoors. Guidance will be issued to the clinically extremely vulnerable, who are asked to shield again. MPs are expected to vote on the new restrictions on 6 January, which will be enshrined in law with penalties for breaches. The Prime Minister asked people to observe the lockdown immediately and not wait for it to become law. He said he hoped, if the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the four most vulnerable groups is achieved by mid-February, it may be possible to start lifting restrictions again. National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance. Prime Minister's address to the nation: 4 January 2021 speech. Prime Minister announces national lockdown press release. COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers</description>
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  2078.      <pubDate>Tue, 05 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2079.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2080.      <link></link>
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  2083.      <title>UKHCA on the Covid-19 vaccine for homecare workers</title>
  2084.      <description>Commenting on the Covid-19 vaccinations for the adult social care sector, including homecare workers, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: “We are really encouraged that employers tell us that they expect a high take-up of the coronavirus vaccine amongst the homecare workforce. It is really important for our front-line workers, and for the safety and confidence of people using essential care and support at home. “UKHCA has been working with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England to ensure that the vaccination process will be effective. It needs to satisfy high levels of demand and must cover the wide range of working arrangements amongst our workforce, including those who may work a significant distance from their employers’ base. “The date for wide-scale vaccination of homecare workers and personal assistants has not yet been confirmed. We, like everyone else, hope that it will be announced as soon as it is agreed.” Ends Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  2086.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2087.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2088.      <link></link>
  2089.    </item>
  2090.    <item>
  2091.      <title>UKHCA featured on LBC News</title>
  2092.      <description>UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel was recently interviewed on LBC News by Sandy Warr, discussing the future reform of social care funding. Full interview here </description>
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  2094.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2095.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2096.      <link></link>
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  2099.      <title>People in Scotland to go into lockdown from 5 January 2021</title>
  2100.      <description> The First Minister has announced a lockdown to curb the spread of the new variant of COVID-19. A legal requirement will come into effect to stay at home from midnight, 4 January 2021.This will apply in Scotland for the whole of January. Those in level 4 cannot leave home except for an essential purpose and people should work at home if they can. People can only travel to work if they cannot work from home.  A maximum of two people from up to two households can meet outdoors, not including children aged 11 and under, who can play outdoors in larger groups. All others, including 12 to 17-year-olds, can only exercise outdoors if they comply with the two households rule. No-one can travel in or out of Scotland unless it is essential. Schools will move to online learning and stay closed until 1 February except for children of key workers and vulnerable children. Scotland in lockdown  Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance  Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's statement - Monday 4 January 2021</description>
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  2102.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2104.      <link></link>
  2105.    </item>
  2106.    <item>
  2107.      <title>New vaccine roll out commences in Scotland</title>
  2108.      <description>Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has welcomed news of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) approval of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK. The vaccine has been procured on behalf of the four nations by the UK Government, who have ordered 100 million doses, of which Scotland will get 8.2% based on its population.  The vaccine roll out commenced from 4 January in Scotland, starting in settings they have already been delivering in, and moving out into more community settings from the 11 January.  Approval for new COVID-19 vaccine Roll-out of Astrazeneca vaccine gets underway Resources on vaccination for social care employers and their staff: COVID-19 vaccinations - COVID-19 - Our areas of work - Public Health Scotland  Weekly data on vaccination in Scotland: COVID-19 Vaccination in Scotland: Weekly Data - News - Public Health Scotland </description>
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  2110.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2111.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2112.      <link></link>
  2113.    </item>
  2114.    <item>
  2115.      <title>RQIA seeks new Chief Executive</title>
  2116.      <description>The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority is recruiting a new Chief Executive. Further information: Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority - RQIA Dr Tony Stevens, former chief executive of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, was appointed interim chief executive last summer. RQIA appoints former trust boss as interim chief executive - BBC News </description>
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  2118.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2120.      <link></link>
  2121.    </item>
  2122.    <item>
  2123.      <title>Time approaching to complete annual return in Scotland</title>
  2124.      <description> The Care Inspectorate has given early warning that services will be able to complete their annual return from 18 January 2021 through the online eForms system:  The deadline for completion is 28 February 2021.</description>
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  2126.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2127.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2128.      <link></link>
  2129.    </item>
  2130.    <item>
  2131.      <title>Updated shielding guidance issued in Scotland</title>
  2132.      <description> Following the introduction of restrictions to prevent the spread of the new variant strain of COVID-19, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer has issued updated guidance to people on the shielding list. Letters will also be sent to those on the shielding list with extra advice at Level 4. Table of advice according to level for those at the highest risk in Scotland</description>
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  2134.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2135.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2136.      <link></link>
  2137.    </item>
  2138.    <item>
  2139.      <title>Guidance to the health and care sector - UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement</title>
  2140.      <description> UKHCA emailed members in December about data adequacy, and preparations for the end of the EU transition period. Subsequently, a raft of guidance has been issued. Health Minister Edward Argar wrote to the health and social care sectors on 30 December 2020 about the new UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement and the government's preparations for 1 January 2021.The letter covers continuity of supply, reciprocal healthcare, health security and science, data and professional qualifications. Letter to the health and care sector about the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement Guidance for the health and care sector from 1 January 2021 New guidance has also been issued on using personal data in your business or other organisation. This sets outs what action you need to take regarding data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA, following concerns about data adequacy. Using personal data in your business or other organisation - GOV.UK ( The guidance states the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement contains a bridging mechanism that allows the continued free flow of personal data from the EU/EEA to the UK after the transition period until adequacy decisions come into effect, for up to 6 months. EU adequacy decisions for the UK would allow for the ongoing free flow of data from the EEA to the UK. As a sensible precaution, before and during the bridging mechanism, it is recommended that you work with EU/EEA organisations who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data. Separately, new guidance has been issued on reporting to the National Supply Disruption Response, the last resort if there is disruption to supplies. Reporting to the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR)  There is updated guidance on accessing healthcare for citizens from EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland living in or moving to the UK at:  Healthcare for EU citizens living in or moving to the UK There is a guidance on how the border with the EU will work here: The Border Operating Model - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2142.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2143.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2144.      <link></link>
  2145.    </item>
  2146.    <item>
  2147.      <title>Updated guidance for social care staff and pregnant women on vaccination</title>
  2148.      <description>Updated guidance has been issued to social care staff in England on COVID-19 vaccination, which includes changes on the timing of second vaccinations: COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff: Following the authorisation of Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine's by UK medicines regulator, there was a statement on prioritising first doses of the vaccine: Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca   Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines JCVI issues advice on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine  JCVI statement on alteration to scheduling of second vaccination: COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a  Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI, 30 December 2020 The social care staff guidance cross refers to further guidance on vaccination for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding at: COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding</description>
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  2150.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2151.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2152.      <link></link>
  2153.    </item>
  2154.    <item>
  2155.      <title>Changes to tiers in England and revision of timetable for return to school</title>
  2156.      <description> The Government has implemented changes to the tiering system of restrictions to contain COVID-19 in England, including expanding Tier 4 areas from 31 December 2020: Full list of local restriction tiers by area Formal tiering review update: 30 December 2020  Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 December 2020  Review of local restriction tiers: 30 December 2020  There have also been changes to dates for pupils returning to school: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Education and childcare This has a facility to sign up for updates. What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings</description>
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  2158.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2159.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2160.      <link></link>
  2161.    </item>
  2162.    <item>
  2163.      <title>New guidance on offering a vaccine to someone who lacks mental capacity</title>
  2164.      <description>The guidance for health and social care staff in England who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity now has a new sub-section on 'offering a vaccine to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity', which includes how an individual 'best interests' decision should be taken. Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity - GOV.UK ( The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance</description>
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  2166.      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Jan 2021 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2167.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2168.      <link></link>
  2169.    </item>
  2170.    <item>
  2171.      <title>Information to promote 'Hands. Face. Space.'</title>
  2172.      <description> PHE resources and posters to target key behaviours and to promote the core message 'Hands. Face. Space'. Download these new assets from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. Coronavirus Resources - Coronavirus Resource centre ( The resources include those on COVID-19 vaccination and encouraging better health in 2021 to co-incide with a new PHE campaign.</description>
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  2174.      <pubDate>Sun, 03 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2175.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2176.      <link></link>
  2177.    </item>
  2178.    <item>
  2179.      <title>New guidance on supporting people you care for to have video calls</title>
  2180.      <description>The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have published a guide on helping people you care for to have video calls which outlines best practice. You can access the guide here.</description>
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  2182.      <pubDate>Thu, 24 Dec 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2183.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2184.      <link></link>
  2185.    </item>
  2186.    <item>
  2187.      <title>Alert levels in Wales for Social Care Services</title>
  2188.      <description>The Welsh Government have published further detail on their Coronavirus control plan outlining what the alert levels mean for Social Care services in Wales. This includes, for example, the frequency at which testing is undertaken at different alert levels. All of Wales is now in Alert Level 4.  Alert levels in Wales for Social Care Services</description>
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  2190.      <pubDate>Thu, 24 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2191.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2192.      <link></link>
  2193.    </item>
  2194.    <item>
  2195.      <title>New Christmas Guidance</title>
  2196.      <description>New guidance has been issued regarding Christmas: Guidance for the Christmas period - GOV.UK (  Guidance has also been issued clarifying Christmas travel rules: Rules on travel over the Christmas Period - GOV.UK (  Additional guidance has also been released on forming Christmas bubbles in Supported Living settings: Making a Christmas bubble if you live in a supported living setting - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2198.      <pubDate>Thu, 24 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2200.      <link></link>
  2201.    </item>
  2202.    <item>
  2203.      <title>New funding announced to support devolved administrations through COVID-19</title>
  2204.      <description>The UK Government has announced a further £800m of additional funding to support the devolved administrations through COVID-19 including £400m for Scotland and £200m each for Wales and Northern Ireland. Read more</description>
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  2206.      <pubDate>Thu, 24 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2208.      <link></link>
  2209.    </item>
  2210.    <item>
  2211.      <title>Further evidence on Lateral Flow devices</title>
  2212.      <description>Public Health England has undertaken a rapid evaluation of whether lateral flow devices are effective in detecting the new COVID-19 variant. Their findings support the effectiveness of the tests. Further details. They have also published an evidence summary on the use of lateral flow tests in care homes. This comes as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced the use of lateral flow tests twice weekly for care home staff. In some parts of the country (for example Wales) lateral flow tests will be used for the homecare workforce.</description>
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  2214.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2215.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2216.      <link></link>
  2217.    </item>
  2218.    <item>
  2219.      <title>Preparing for EU transition in adult social care</title>
  2220.      <description>There is a new letter (dated 21 December) from the Director General of Adult Social Care at the Department of Health and Social Care to adult social care providers on preparations for the end of the transition period. This draws together information and messaging about contingency plans. You can access the letter here. See also, the Business Continuity Planning advice from the Care Provider Alliance.  </description>
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  2222.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2223.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2224.      <link></link>
  2225.    </item>
  2226.    <item>
  2227.      <title>SolarWinds Orion - cyber security advice</title>
  2228.      <description>Anyone using the SolarWinds Orion IT management package should take immediate action to ensure cyber security. Find out more.</description>
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  2230.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2232.      <link></link>
  2233.    </item>
  2234.    <item>
  2235.      <title>New strain of virus from South Africa leading to immediate travel restrictions and quarantine.</title>
  2236.      <description>A new strain of the virus found in South Africa has meant that there will be immediate travel restrictions on travel to and from South Africa. Known cases of the new variant in the UK and their close contacts will be quarantied. Anyone who has been to South Africa in the last fortnight and their close contacts must quarantine immediately. The new strain is being further investigated. Secretary of State's speech. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant from South Africa identified in UK - GOV.UK (  Travel ban implemented to protect public health following South Africa COVID-19 outbreak - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2238.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2239.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2240.      <link></link>
  2241.    </item>
  2242.    <item>
  2243.      <title>Further areas in England moved to Tier 4 from Boxing Day</title>
  2244.      <description>The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that several areas in the East and South East of England will be moving from Tier 3 to Tier 4 on 26 December in order to address rising case numbers due to the new strain of the virus.  In addition, some other parts of the country will be increasing from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 2 to Tier 3. You can find a full list of local restriction levels here. Secretary of State's speech. Press release</description>
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  2246.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2248.      <link></link>
  2249.    </item>
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  2251.      <title>New advice for those in Wales who are clinically extremely vulnerable</title>
  2252.      <description>The Welsh Government has issued advice to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (who were previously shielding) that they should no longer attend work or school outside the home. This is particularly the case for those whose work requires them to be in regular or sustained contact with other people, or where individuals share a poorly ventilated workspace for long periods.  Letters from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales (CMO) will be issued confirming this advice but will take some time to reach individuals due to the festive period. These letters can be used as evidence for the purposes of claiming statutory sick pay. You can read the letter here.</description>
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  2254.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2256.      <link></link>
  2257.    </item>
  2258.    <item>
  2259.      <title>Green Paper: Transforming public procurement</title>
  2260.      <description> The Government is consulting on speeding up and simplifying procurement processes in a Green Paper issued recently, that proposes a range of reforms to public procurement in the UK. We have received confirmation from the Cabinet Office that the proposals will affect Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities commissioning social care. The scope of the reforms is all contracting authorities not undertaking devolved functions and that includes the wider public sector as well as central government. Consultation paper The consultation deadline is 10 March 2021. UKHCA will be considering the detail of the consultation over the coming weeks.</description>
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  2262.      <pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2264.      <link></link>
  2265.    </item>
  2266.    <item>
  2267.      <title>Northern Ireland Executive limits Christmas bubbling to one day</title>
  2268.      <description>The Northern Ireland Executive has announced Christmas bubbling will be reduced to one day between 23 and 27 December, to ensure flexibility for those working on Christmas Day. The Executive advises the safest place to spend Christmas is at home. Those who feel they need to meet with their bubble should keep it as small and short as possible, and as close to home as possible. The Executive is urging people to travel only if absolutely necessary and is keeping issues under review. Executive statement on Christmas arrangements - 21 December 2020</description>
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  2270.      <pubDate>Mon, 21 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2272.      <link></link>
  2273.    </item>
  2274.    <item>
  2275.      <title>Guidance on shielding issued to those in Tier 4 areas of England</title>
  2276.      <description> The Government has issued guidance for those shielding in Tier 4 areas of England, similar to that issued in the November lockdown, strongly advising people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (as defined in the guidance) to work from home because the risk of exposure to the virus in their area may be significantly higher. People can go outside, but should try to keep all contact with others outside of their household to a minimum, and avoid busy areas. They are advised to stay at home as much as possible. People cannot meet with friends and family they do not live with unless they are part of their support bubble, and should try to stay 2 metres away from other people within their household, especially if they display symptoms of the virus or have been advised to self-isolate. The guidance has up to date advice on travel, getting medication, shopping, receiving care and support, and financial support for those shielding. Letters will be sent to those affected later this week, although DHSC say this may take slightly longer than usual due to Christmas. Template below: Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people updated 23 December 2020 Anyone in Tier 4 areas who received the shielding letter in November and whose condition hasn't changed should follow that advice immediately. Letters will also be sent by email.  Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 Those with more general underlying health conditions or people aged 70 or over are also advised to stay at home as much as possible, to carefully follow the rules and minimise contact. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable but living in Tiers 1 to 3 should follow existing general guidance. There is no specific shielding guidance for them.</description>
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  2278.      <pubDate>Mon, 21 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2280.      <link></link>
  2281.    </item>
  2282.    <item>
  2283.      <title>Brief information published on new variant of COVID-19</title>
  2284.      <description> Public Health England has published brief information about the new variant of COVID-19 that is increasing in Tier 4 areas of England, and could potentially spread to other areas. PHE say the new strain transmits more easily than the previous variant but there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality. COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): information about the new virus variant - GOV.UK ( This is a rapidly changing situation, affecting both restrictions applied by UK and devolved governments and travel arrangements with Europe and other countries.</description>
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  2286.      <pubDate>Mon, 21 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2288.      <link></link>
  2289.    </item>
  2290.    <item>
  2291.      <title>Alert level four restrictions now apply in Wales</title>
  2292.      <description> Alert level four restrictions have been brought forward in Wales, in line with the action taken in London and the South East of England following the rise in a new strain of COVID-19. The restrictions applied from 00.01 am on 20 December and mean non-essential retail, close contact services, gyms and leisure centres and hospitality are now closed and stay-at-home restrictions have come into effect. Christmas guidance has been changed, so two households are only allowed to come together to form a Christmas bubble on Christmas Day. Throughout the alert level four period, a single person household will be able to join with one other household. First Minister statement - 19 December</description>
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  2294.      <pubDate>Sun, 20 Dec 2020 06:50:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2296.      <link></link>
  2297.    </item>
  2298.    <item>
  2299.      <title>Tough new restrictions for England following rise in COVID-19 variant cases</title>
  2300.      <description> The Prime Minister has announced tough new restrictions in England from 20 December, following the rise in transmission of a variant of COVID-19. The London and the South East areas recently elevated from Tier 2 to Tier 3, are now in a new Tier 4, with restrictions similar to the November lockdown except communal worship can continue. Everyone, in all tiers, is asked to stay local. People should carefully consider whether they need to travel abroad and follow rules in their tier. Those in tier 4 areas are not permitted to travel abroad apart from limited exceptions, such as for work. At Christmas, in England, those living in tier 4 areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household, though support bubbles remain for those at particular risk of loneliness. In other areas of England, Christmas rules allowing up to three households to meet are now limited to Christmas Day. The next formal review of tiers is on 30 December. Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 19 December 2020 Local restriction tiers: what you need to know  Guidance - Full list of local restriction tiers by area Guidance for the Christmas period</description>
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  2302.      <pubDate>Sun, 20 Dec 2020 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2304.      <link></link>
  2305.    </item>
  2306.    <item>
  2307.      <title>First Minister announces variant preventative measures for Scotland</title>
  2308.      <description> Following confirmation of a new variant of COVID-19 in the UK, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced preventative measures: People from Scotland must not visit other parts of the UK and vice versa. Cross border travel for all but the most essential purposes is not permitted, with enforcement stengthened. The law allowing indoor mixing in a bubble now applies on Christmas Day only, from 00.01 am on Christmas Day to 00.01 am on Boxing Day. A maximum of 8 people from 3 households is allowed, with advice to minimise numbers as far as possible. Travel is only allowed within Scotland on Christmas Day. The Government says if people cannot get there and back in the same day, don't go, and don't go unless there is genuinely no alternative. Level 4 measures will apply to all of mainland Scotland for three weeks from 00.01 am on Boxing Day, except Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, and the other island communities which will go into level 3 with strict restrictions on who can travel to and from them. All these levels will be reviewed after two weeks. School re-opening in the new year will be postponed by a week, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children who can attend school. There will be online learning for other pupils until at least 18 January.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's speech - 19 December</description>
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  2310.      <pubDate>Sun, 20 Dec 2020 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2312.      <link></link>
  2313.    </item>
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  2315.      <title>Delegated healthcare tasks</title>
  2316.      <description>Skills for Care have produced two guides about delivering healthcare tasks that are delegated by a registered healthcare professional such as a nurse or occupational therapist.  The guides are intended to clarify roles and responsibilities and assist with decision making (for example, about whether to take on a task and how to manage tasks). The guides do not explain how to undertake specific tasks. Find out more.</description>
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  2318.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2320.      <link></link>
  2321.    </item>
  2322.    <item>
  2323.      <title>COVID-19 vaccination - pregnancy, allergies and flu vaccines</title>
  2324.      <description>Some further information has been released on the COVID-19 vaccine:  Advice confirming that while evidence reviewed so far raises no concerns for the safety of the vaccine in pregnancy, the MHRA wants to see more non-clinical data before finalising the advice for being vaccinated when pregnant. Information on the Pfeizer vaccine has been updated and guidance has been issued on managing allergic reactions to the vaccine: "Any person with a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food should not receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. A second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine should not be given to those who have experienced anaphylaxis to the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination." The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee have also advised that the possibility of getting a COVID-19 vaccine should not stop people from getting a flu vaccine at the earliest opportunity (if they are not already vaccinated).</description>
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  2326.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2328.      <link></link>
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  2331.      <title>Meeting and supporting winter staffing needs</title>
  2332.      <description>Skills for Care are sharing best practice examples of how providers and local authorities in England are managing workforce capacity this winter.  If you would like to find out more, or have a best practice example to share, follow this link.</description>
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  2334.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2336.      <link></link>
  2337.    </item>
  2338.    <item>
  2339.      <title>New Research and Resources round up - 18 December</title>
  2340.      <description>The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care in Wales has launched two resources to raise awareness of older people's rights. Find out more. The King's Fund blog: Care worker pay - the national living wage is not enough. A new NICE, Royal College of General Practitioers and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network guideline has been published on managing the long-term effects of COVID-19. Read more NICE have also published a rapid guideline on the use of Vitamin D in the context of COVID-19.  Housing Learning and Improvement Network have published a paper on What is the goal of advanced telecare provision for older people? House of Commons, Women and Equalities Commitee: Unequal impact? Coronavirus and BAME people The CQCs latest COVID Insight report includes statistics on availability of PPE and prevalence of COVID within homecare. The Health Foundation, data: Understanding the needs of those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 EY and Oxygen Finance: Local Government Third Party Spend 2019/2020 Almanac</description>
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  2342.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2344.      <link></link>
  2345.    </item>
  2346.    <item>
  2347.      <title>EU transition update for members in Wales</title>
  2348.      <description>An update on the EU transition for the health and social care sector in Wales has been published. This covers topics from data preparedness and the EU Settlement Scheme through to supply of critical goods. You can access the guidance here. Further information on the end of the EU transition period in Wales.</description>
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  2350.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2352.      <link></link>
  2353.    </item>
  2354.    <item>
  2355.      <title>Northern Ireland lockdown to commence after Christmas</title>
  2356.      <description>New restrictions are expected to begin in Northern Ireland from Boxing Day and the first phase of these will last until 2nd January. These will return the country to a stricter lockdown similar to that seen in March with non-essential shops closing and people being urged to leave their homes only for essential reasons. No indoor or outdoor gatherings of any kind will be permitted. No household mixing will be permitted indoors or in private gardens (except for emergencies/health and care services). Stronger advice is anticipated for those previously shielding. Further details.</description>
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  2358.      <pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2360.      <link></link>
  2361.    </item>
  2362.    <item>
  2363.      <title>Guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme for applicants who have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions</title>
  2364.      <description>The Home Office have issued guidance for EU Settlement Scheme applicants who have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions. This may be of relevance to individuals who were furloughed or whose continuous qualifying period was disrupted due to coronavirus restrictions, for example. Coronavirus (COVID-19): EU Settlement Scheme - guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (  Coronavirus (COVID-19): Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 - guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (   </description>
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  2366.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2368.      <link></link>
  2369.    </item>
  2370.    <item>
  2371.      <title>CPA briefing on Infection Control Fund reporting</title>
  2372.      <description>The Care Provider Alliance have issued a briefing on care provider reporting to local authorities in relation to the Infection Control Fund round 2. While aspects of this briefing are more relevant to care homes, members may find this of interest. Adult Social Care Infection Fund: CPA Briefing note for care providers on reporting to local authorities - Care Provider Alliance </description>
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  2374.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2376.      <link></link>
  2377.    </item>
  2378.    <item>
  2379.      <title>Extension of Furlough Scheme to April 2021</title>
  2380.      <description>Rishi Sunak has announced a further extension of the furlough scheme by one month, until the end of April 2021. COVID-19 business loan schemes will also be extended until the end of March 2021. He has also announced that the budget will be delivered on 3 March 2021. Press release</description>
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  2382.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2384.      <link></link>
  2385.    </item>
  2386.    <item>
  2387.      <title>NHS Test and Trace business plan</title>
  2388.      <description>Users who are instructed to isolate via the NHS Test and Trace app will now be eligible to claim the £500 Support Payment, if they meet the criteria. The next phase of development of the service will focus on increasing the spped and reach of the service, better use of real time data, partnering with local leaders and responsiveness to feedback and collaboration with the public. Press release</description>
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  2390.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2392.      <link></link>
  2393.    </item>
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  2395.      <title>Health and Wellbeing of the Adult Social Care Workforce</title>
  2396.      <description>The Department of Health  and  Social Care have collected resources to support the health and wellbeing of the care workforce: "This guidance includes tips, advice and toolkits that employers and managers can use to help build the resilience of their team and address any concerns their staff may have. There is also a section that provides guidance on how all those working in social care can manage their personal mental health in the current circumstances."  Find out more</description>
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  2398.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2400.      <link></link>
  2401.    </item>
  2402.    <item>
  2403.      <title>Provisional local government finance settlement announced for England 2021/22</title>
  2404.      <description>The Ministry of Housing, Communities  and  Local Government have published the full details of the funding settlement for councils in England in 2021/22. There will be a £2.2bn increase in funding for core spending including an extra £1 billion for social care. The social care funding comes from a £300 million social care grant and a 3% Adult Social Care Council Tax precept. See UKHCA's response to the Spending Review See the document collection Press release The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have also responded to the Redmond review of local authority financial reporting and external audit. </description>
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  2406.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2408.      <link></link>
  2409.    </item>
  2410.    <item>
  2411.      <title>Scam emails - including about COVID-19 vaccines</title>
  2412.      <description>Digital Social Care have had reports from care providers that they are receiving an increase in phishing emails, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine. This article outlines how you can spot scams, how to avoid them and what to do if you think you're a victim.</description>
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  2414.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2416.      <link></link>
  2417.    </item>
  2418.    <item>
  2419.      <title>New research and data round up 17 December 2020</title>
  2420.      <description>The University of Birmingham have completed a study looking into the experiences of older people who self-fund their care. Further information. The Government has responded to the Joint Committee on Human Rights report on COVID-19, including recommendation related to the Care Act easements, support for local authorities and care providers, PPE and the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resucitation decisions. The House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee have published a report on Employment and COVID-19. The report calls on the Government to "significantly expand the number of social care workers by increasing funding in the sector with stipulations that funding should be used to raise wages and improve training and conditions." PSSRU have published their Unit Costs for Health and Social Care 2020.  National Audit Office reports which may be of interest include:  An interim report on the government's approach to test and trace in England. Investigation into preparations for potential COVID-19 vaccines. The Equality and Human Rights Commission's Human Rights Tracker is showing regression in the realisation of rights in relation to social care and independent living. The Local Government  and  Social Care Ombudsman has published its annual report. A number of new statistics have been published by NHS Digital including:  The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England 2019-20. This report summarises the findings of a survey of a sample of 62,520 adult social care service users. The majority of service users were very or extremely satisfied with the cae and support they received. Mid-Year 2020-21 Adult Social Care Activity - this is a mid-financial year collection on social care provision based on data from local authorities. Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England 2019-20 - this pulls together key data from local authorities in England on social care financing and activity in the 2019-20 financial year. Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England 2019-20 - this examines performance of care and support services against priority outcomes for care and support users. The ONS have published data on estimating the prevalence of long COVID symptons and COVID-19 complications and report that 1 in 5 people still have symptoms after 5 weeks. The ONS have produced an interactive tool to explore the latest Coronavirus insights. The ONS have also collected data on what we know so far about ethnicity and COVID-19. The Welsh Government and the Wales Cooperative Centre have published a report on Supporting Care Commissioners and Procurers to promote "social value" models of delivery. Kent and Medway CCG have announced the mobilisation of an integrated health and social care record system. ARCO and the LLA have published a report outlining survey findings exploring older people's housing and care needs suggesting demand for a wider range of options.</description>
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  2422.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2424.      <link></link>
  2425.    </item>
  2426.    <item>
  2427.      <title>A Minimum Price for Homecare – Version 8.0 - April 2021 to March 2022</title>
  2428.      <description>UKHCA has published its new Minimum Price for Homecare - Version 8.0 - April 2021 to March 2022. United Kingdom Homecare Association's Minimum Price for Homecare services of £21.43 per hour from April 2021 allows full compliance with the National Living Wage and the delivery of sustainable quality homecare services to local authorities and the NHS. UKHCA is committed to using the best available data to support our calculations. Pricing assumptions in this latest version have been updated for the National Living Wage, and increased costs of certain items of personal protective equipment (PPE) and insurance premiums as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Equivalent calculations for the voluntary UK Living Wage, the Scottish Living Wage and the London Living Wage between November 2020 and October 2021 are also included. UKHCA Policy Director, Colin Angel, said: "Councils and the NHS must recognise the true costs of homecare. Paying providers fees which in some cases barely cover the costs of the wage-bill continues to destabilise an already fragile state-funded market. Persistently underestimating providers’ business costs is taking a risk with the quality of services, the experience of the workforce, and providers’ ability to comply with the legal requirements placed on them." Link to full resource</description>
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  2430.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2432.      <link></link>
  2433.    </item>
  2434.    <item>
  2435.      <title>Update on Christmas guidance</title>
  2436.      <description>The Prime Minister has urged caution for Christmas gatherings and encouraged people to have smaller, shorter, meetings with family. He has encouraged people to avoid travelling from high prevalence to low prevalence areas, to avoid seeing people in the days leading up to Christmas and to to avoid staying away from home overnight if possible. He has suggested that older people consider delaying seeing family indoors until after they have been vaccinated. A joint statement with the Devolved Administrations re-emphasises considering meeting outdoors and advises to 'only form a [Christmas] bubble if you absolutely need to." Meanwhile, the Welsh Government has advised that only two households should meet and stricter restrictions will come into force after Christmas.  In Scotland, the First Minister has strongly advised celebrating Christmas within your own household. If meeting others it was recommended to do so on only one day if possible. Considering meeting outside was recommended. We are awaiting details on Northern Ireland.  Prime Minister's Statement Joint statement UK administrations Updated Christmas bubble guidance (England) Updated guidance for the Christmas period (England) Welsh Government announcement Scottish Government Press Release</description>
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  2438.      <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2440.      <link></link>
  2441.    </item>
  2442.    <item>
  2443.      <title>Discharge arrangements in Wales updated</title>
  2444.      <description>The Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales has announced that the arrangements for discharge have been updated. This means that if a person tests positive but has a Cycle Threshold number of 35 or above they are no longer deemed to be infectious and (if they meet other criteria such as having been free from fever for three days, other symptoms showing improvement and 14 days having elabsed since the last positive test/onset of symptoms) they can return home without being considered to pose a risk to others Further information</description>
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  2446.      <pubDate>Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2448.      <link></link>
  2449.    </item>
  2450.    <item>
  2451.      <title>New guidance on testing before going to hospital</title>
  2452.      <description>New guidance has been published on testing for coronavirus before a planned hospital admission. This may be of relevance to some people being supported by homecare services.  The guidance is available here.</description>
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  2454.      <pubDate>Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2456.      <link></link>
  2457.    </item>
  2458.    <item>
  2459.      <title>London, South Essex, and South Hertfordshire to move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 restrictions</title>
  2460.      <description>Tier 3 Restrictions will apply in all 32 London boroughs and the City of London, parts of Essex and parts of Hertfordshire from 00.01 am on 16 December, because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in these areas. London, South Essex, and South Hertfordshire to move to Tier 3 restrictions Local tier restrictions - what you need to know Full list of restrictions by tier The change of tier came as the Health and Social Care Secretary announced a variant of COVID-19 may be associated with rising rates in the South and East of England: Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus: 14 December 2020 PHE investigating a novel strain of COVID-19 </description>
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  2462.      <pubDate>Tue, 15 Dec 2020 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2464.      <link></link>
  2465.    </item>
  2466.    <item>
  2467.      <title>Questions raised about insurance in the adult social care sector</title>
  2468.      <description>A question was asked in the House of Lords recently by Baroness Hayman of Ullock, Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), on what progress the government have made in ensuring care homes are granted insurance indemnity under the same terms as provided for the NHS under the Coronavirus Act 2020. In reply, Lord Bethell, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, said: 'We recognise that the adult social care insurance market is changing in response to the pandemic. We are working closely across Government, with care providers and insurance representatives to understand the breadth and severity of the issues, and whether there is any action the Government should take to support the sector.' The Care Provider Alliance recently released an updated briefing on insurance, plus insurance survey findings from September: COVID-19: Insurance, risks and possible liabilities - Care Provider Alliance </description>
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  2470.      <pubDate>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2472.      <link></link>
  2473.    </item>
  2474.    <item>
  2475.      <title>Social care brand identity in Wales</title>
  2476.      <description>Building on the social care worker card, Social Care Wales are asking for views on whether there should be a brand identity for the social care workforce in Wales.  There is a short survey to gather views - available here. </description>
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  2478.      <pubDate>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2480.      <link></link>
  2481.    </item>
  2482.    <item>
  2483.      <title>Important consultation on enshrining integrated care systems in legislation</title>
  2484.      <description> NHS England has published an important consultation outlining the rationale and proposed next steps for legislation aimed at building strong and effective integrated care systems across England. The document Integrating care - Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems sets out two options for enshrining ICSs in legislation.  The so-called 'NHS Bill' could lead to substantial changes to ways of working across the health and care system in future, so homecare providers need to be aware of this. UKHCA has emailed members to ask for their views, so we can include them in our consultation response. To comment, please take the survey included in our email alert of 7 December by 16 December 2020.  To respond direct to the consultation, see the NHS online survey at: which closes on 8 January 2021.</description>
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  2486.      <pubDate>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2488.      <link></link>
  2489.    </item>
  2490.    <item>
  2491.      <title>Survey on PPE for AGPs reopened</title>
  2492.      <description>The survey that DHSC carried out to identify which CQC-regulated providers in England need access to PPE for AGPs has been re-opened so it can collect more feedback from providers. The link to the survey was sent out to the contact in your organisation who is registered to order from the PPE Portal, so if you wish to comment on this subject, please do complete the survey.</description>
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  2494.      <pubDate>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2496.      <link></link>
  2497.    </item>
  2498.    <item>
  2499.      <title>Secondary school pupils in Wales to learn from home from Monday</title>
  2500.      <description>Secondary school pupils in Wales will be moving to learning online from Monday 14 December in the latest restrictions. Find out more</description>
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  2502.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2504.      <link></link>
  2505.    </item>
  2506.    <item>
  2507.      <title>Resources for Wales - Induction Framework, Health and Wellbeing and COVID-19 vaccines</title>
  2508.      <description>The following resources may be of interest to members in Wales:  Information, FAQs and introductory workshops on the newly launched All Wales Induction Framework for Social Care Managers.  Updated Health and Wellbeing Resources from Social Care Wales for care staff.  Information and communications materials on the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Wales. </description>
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  2510.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2512.      <link></link>
  2513.    </item>
  2514.    <item>
  2515.      <title>New COVID-19 control plan for Wales</title>
  2516.      <description>The First Minister has outlined a new COVID-19 control plan for Wales. The plan includes four 'alert levels'. The lowest level (one) represents relatively low risk and the closest to normality we are likely to see before widespread vaccination. The highest is level four - very high risk - and this represents a full lockdown. Wales is currently at level three - high risk. The First Minister has emphasised that the situation in Wales is very serious and that there is the possibility of moving to alert level four following Christmas should things not improve.  Announcement Explanation of the alert levels Written Statement</description>
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  2518.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2520.      <link></link>
  2521.    </item>
  2522.    <item>
  2523.      <title>Self isolation period to reduce to 10 days for contacts of positive cases and travellers</title>
  2524.      <description>The self-isolation period will be reduced to 10 days for contacts of positive cases, travellers and others who were previously expected to self isolate for 14 days.  This change will apply from Monday 14 December in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland - it already applies in Wales. It should be noted that the timings on the NHS test and trace app will not be updated until 17 December. Read the Chief Medical Officer's statement.</description>
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  2526.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2528.      <link></link>
  2529.    </item>
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  2531.      <title>Regulating managers of registered services</title>
  2532.      <description> The Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have issued a joint statement to set out their policy on the regulation of managers in Scotland and to clarify the position regarding applications for managers who do not hold relevant qualifications.</description>
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  2534.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2536.      <link></link>
  2537.    </item>
  2538.    <item>
  2539.      <title>Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector – Early-Mid December 2020</title>
  2540.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members. Link to Blog here Featuring:Agincare GroupBellcare Domiciliary Care ServicesPineshield Health  and  Social Care ServicesRight at Home UK BorehamwoodKare Plus CroydonHelping Hands Homecare YorkBluebird Care FarehamHome Instead Senior Care ClevelandCaremark (Dartford  and  Gravesham)Greenwood HomecareWestmorland HomecareCare  and  Carers Ltd</description>
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  2542.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2544.      <link></link>
  2545.    </item>
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  2547.      <title>Coronavirus and ethnicity: a summary of what we know</title>
  2548.      <description> An article by ONS has brought together previously released data for England and Wales about how people in society are affected by Coronavirus by ethnicity. The article says coronavirus pandemic has hit some parts of society harder than others. When looking at social, economic and environmental factors there are differences, particularly for Black and South Asian ethnic groups. </description>
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  2550.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2552.      <link></link>
  2553.    </item>
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  2555.      <title>Data Security and Protection Toolkit: updated for social care providers</title>
  2556.      <description>Adult social care providers now have access to an updated tool to check if they are practising good data security and handling personal information correctly. The Data Security Protection Toolkit and accompanying guidance have been reviewed to make them more relevant, practical and easier for care providers to use. The online self-assessment tool enables organisations to measure and enhance their data and cyber security performance, and publish a statement demonstrating the standard of security that they have reached on an annual basis. You can read more here</description>
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  2558.      <pubDate>Thu, 10 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2560.      <link></link>
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  2563.      <title>Low Pay Commission Report for 2020 Launched</title>
  2564.      <description>On 9 December the Low Pay Commission lauched its report for 2020. From 1 April 2021, the National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91, and will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds for the first time. For workers aged under 23, Commissioners recommended smaller increases in recognition of the risks to youth employment which the current economic situation poses.  You can access the report using this link.    Â You can access the report using this link. Â You can access the report using this link.  </description>
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  2566.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2568.      <link></link>
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  2571.      <title>PPE Portal updates - video and Christmas limits</title>
  2572.      <description>Christmas limits for the PPE Portal will be temporarily increased. A video explaining how to use the Portal has also been published. You can view it here.</description>
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  2574.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2576.      <link></link>
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  2579.      <title>Homecare Day 2020</title>
  2580.      <description>Homecare Day 2020 featured the theme of Care Community, and provided a fantastic chance to share good news stories, and innovations that demonstrate the difference that homecare services are making in the lives of people, and their communities, every day – particularly during this most challenging of years. Here are some UKHCA members who used social media to share their stories at the hashtag: #homecareday View the blog here</description>
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  2582.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2584.      <link></link>
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  2587.      <title>TLAP's request for BAME care case studies</title>
  2588.      <description>TLAP are looking for examples that demonstrate good personalised community-based care and support for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. They want to showcase promising practice, whether developed in response to Covid-19 or not, in order to improve people's experience of support. Project information here</description>
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  2590.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2592.      <link></link>
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  2595.      <title>NI businesses should prepare for end of transition period</title>
  2596.      <description>Businesses in Northern Ireland have been warned to get ready for the end of the EU transition period, despite the lack of an outcome of talks between the UK Government and the EU. The advice is for firms who do not consider themselves importers or exporters to thoroughly consider their supply chains.  Businesses should speak to their suppliers to understand their preparedness, and the impact of market access changes on them. Economy Minister urges businesses to prepare for end of transition period </description>
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  2598.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2603.      <title>Still time for eligible people to have free flu vaccination</title>
  2604.      <description>The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people in Northern Ireland who fall into an eligible group to get the free flu vaccine and come forward before flu starts circulating in the community. After some supply issues, there are now adequate stocks.  Health and social care workers, including care workers in the independent sector can get the flu vaccine free this year either through their Trust's flu clinics or at their local community pharmacy.  The list of participating community pharmacies who are offering the free flu vaccination for health and social care staff is at:</description>
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  2606.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2608.      <link></link>
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  2611.      <title>New MyLearning app for staff in Scotland</title>
  2612.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council have launched a new 'MyLearning' app to help staff to record their continuous professional learning. The app allows staff to manage learning by setting targets and enabling them to organise, record and share their learning. Further information</description>
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  2614.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2619.      <title>Icy conditions - information and advice</title>
  2620.      <description>Guidance has been issued on coping with icy condtions in Northern Ireland, when surfaces may be slippery and driving conditions difficult. The advice is to plan your journey, and check the latest weather and travel advice. Weather warning in Northern Ireland UKHCA's Winter Planning Factsheet</description>
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  2622.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2627.      <title>Covid-19 vaccination programme commences in Northern Ireland</title>
  2628.      <description> Northern Ireland is to closely follow the clinical prioritisation advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as it rolls out COVID-19 vaccination. The deployment plan will focus in the coming weeks on:  Care home residents and staff (including supported living centres where the clinical risk is considered to be similar to a care home);  Health and social care staff working with patient groups at higher risk (including embedded support staff); staff working in higher risk settings;  Staff who are themselves at increased personal risk due to being in extremely vulnerable high risk categories or having other defined clinical risk factors. Vaccination will be dependent on sufficient quantities of vaccine being available, which is expected to be within the first quarter of 2021 for health and social care workers. Letter from Department of Health to Health and Social Care Trusts</description>
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  2630.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2635.      <title>Survey on working through the COVID-19 pandemic</title>
  2636.      <description>Ulster University are undertaking a survey of health and social care workers across the UK about their experience of working through the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are interested in taking part you can find out more information here. The deadline for responses is the end of January 2021. This is the second in a series of three surveys. The findings of the first survey are available here.</description>
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  2638.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2643.      <title>New guidance on recognising the signs of ill-treatment or wilful neglect in Scotland</title>
  2644.      <description>The Scottish Social Services Council have published new guidance on wilful neglect, illtreatment and corporate homicide.  Both front line workers and care providers have responsibilities towards the people they support and must report situations where an offence may have occurred. The new guidance outlines how to spot wilful neglect, illtreatment and corporate homicide and how to report it. Find out more.</description>
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  2646.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2651.      <title>Self isolation period in Wales reduced to 10 days</title>
  2652.      <description>The self isolation period for contacts of coronavirus cases, travellers and others will be reduced to 10 days rather than 14 days in Wales. This will come into effect on 10 December. The changes will not effect the £500 self-isolation funding.  Statement Press release</description>
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  2654.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2656.      <link></link>
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  2659.      <title>New COVID-19 measures announced for Northern Ireland</title>
  2660.      <description> New measures come into effect in Northern Ireland, following the end of the two week circuit breaker. From 11 December, shops, hairdressers, restaurants, places of worship, hotels and other places can re-open. Pubs selling drink only (wet pubs) will remain closed, with additional financial arrangements being put in place. Under Christmas household ‘bubbling' arrangements from December 23-27, three households will be able to come together in domestic settings, outdoor public spaces and places of worship. One of the households will be able to include their existing household bubble. Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: restrictions for Christmas Ministers outline new Covid-19 measures</description>
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  2662.      <pubDate>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2667.      <title>Routine testing in Supported Living and Extra-Care Housing in England</title>
  2668.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care will be extending the one-off round of testing for extra-care and supported living to provide routine (asymptomatic) testing for staff and residents in eligible settings. Coordinators will shortly be able to order test kits every 28 days for their settings. Staff members should conduct testing weekly and residents monthly. Guidance on the testing process and the opportunity to sign up to informational webinars is available here.</description>
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  2670.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2675.      <title>Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care appointed in England</title>
  2676.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have appointed Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE as Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England as an interim appointment for 6 months. It is intended that a permanent appointment will be made in 2021. The new role (which formed part of the Adult Social Care Winter Plan), is intended to ensure that there is a leader of, and champion for, social care nursing. It is anticipated that the Chief Nurse will engage with frontline social care nurses and represent their views, provide clinical leadership and work to ensure high quality, personalised and joined up care is delivered. Press release Blog by Professor Deborah Sturdy: 'This year has demonstrated that social care nursing has much to offer' | Nursing Times </description>
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  2678.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2683.      <title>Letter to Welsh businesses on the end of the EU transition period</title>
  2684.      <description>The Secretary of State for Wales and the Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Transport, and North Wales have written a joint letter to businesses in Wales encouraging them to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. They will also be holding a webinar on 10 December 11.30-12.30 to discuss support available to businesses to prepare for the transition. You can read the letter here Webinar registration.</description>
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  2686.      <pubDate>Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2691.      <title>Homecare Day - 9th December 2020</title>
  2692.      <description>The contribution of homecare support is to be celebrated across the UK Wednesday 9 December will see an online campaign raising awareness of the crucial role of care at home and housing support services in supporting older and vulnerable citizens across the UK. Homecare Day aims to celebrate what homecare services do, the people that work in them and the achievements of those supported at home. The day also seeks to facilitate wider discussions on the future of homecare and what services should look like. The day is supported by two leading care bodies, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Scottish Care, who are calling for organisations and individuals across the UK to join them on social media in raising the profile and value of homecare support using the hashtag #homecareday. Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, said:  “Homecare workers have demonstrated outstanding care, kindness and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their hard work, homecare has proved itself a relatively safe option. Many people have been supported to live well at home which has given families peace of mind when they were restricted from visiting themselves. Investing in homecare improves lives and saves money for the health and care system. We will continue to press governments in all of the UK administrations to recognise the value of homecare to society, including its direct and indirect contributions to the economy, and fund it adequately.”  Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said: “Throughout the pandemic thousands of women and men have left their homes every day to go out and care for and support others. They are the heart of our homecare sector and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. This day is an opportunity to recognise their dedication and professionalism every day of the week, regardless of weather, risk or fear. Homecare services allow people to remain independent for as long as possible in their own home. This years’ theme highlights the way that through such professional work homecare helps to foster and create real community. The homecare sector shows us caring and compassion at its best. It is the responsibility of all of us from government down to individual to recognise this contribution and to adequately resource and reward this dedication.” ENDS Press Information Homecare Day: To be able to stay in the place you have call home and to remain around family, friends and community is a desire many of us have, maybe most especially when we are ill or requiring support and care. It is this independent living which thousands of home care staff enable people to achieve every day across the UK. Wednesday 9th December is Homecare Day and is an opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing work of the thousands of workers who get up every morning and stay out late into the evening to provide care and support for thousands of citizens. Their work often goes unrecognised and unheralded – but Wednesday is a chance for us to say thank you and to share stories of their work, dedication and professionalism. Homecare Day is also an opportunity for us as a wider society to reflect on the valuable role which homecare plays in the social care and health system. The success of health and social care integration is largely dependent upon the sustainability and success of the care at home and housing support sector. It is this sector which enables people to return home from hospital and to receive adequate care and support and which stops unnecessary admission. Homecare is the backbone of care. Everyone is invited to use this fantastic opportunity to share any good news stories about this sector. We encourage people and organisations to get involved by sharing content through social media with the hashtag #homecareday. The theme of the day is Care Community, to highlight how homecare services are essential parts of the health and social care community, as well as local communities in every part of the UK. Homecare services and staff provide high quality, person-centred care to support the health, wellbeing and independence of people in their own homes, with staff demonstrating skill commitment and compassion every day. About UKHCA:  United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA is the professional association for homecare providers. Together we make sure that all of us can live well at home and flourish within our communities. - Homecare helps almost a million older and disabled people each year to remain independent at home. Nine out of ten people aged 50+ would choose care in their own home- Over 750,000 people are employed in the UK homecare sector- 362,235 days a year are spent in hospital from delayed discharges due to lack of homecare (in England alone). About Scottish Care: Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for independent sector social care services in Scotland, covering private, charitable and not for profit social care organisations delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services. Our membership includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium sized groups, national providers and family run services. Our members deliver a wide range of registered services for older people as well as those with long term conditions, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems. In Scotland, the independent adult social care sector contributes to:The employment of over 104,000 peopleThe provision of 90% of care home places for adultsThe delivery of over 55% of homecare hours for older people The homecare sector in Scotland provides:Employment to over 71,000 peopleOver 2,000 services in communities across the countrySupport to nearly 92,000 individuals Contact: Feel free to get in touch by emailing:Scottish Care: or call on 01292 270240UKHCA: or call on 020 8661 8165</description>
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  2694.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2699.      <title>Research and resources round-up 7 December</title>
  2700.      <description>The CQC have published an interim report on the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report finds that there is evidence that DNACPR decisions may have been made inappropriately at the start of the pandemic and there is a risk that some inappropriate DNACPRs may remain in place. Care providers are encouraged to assure themselves that any DNACPRs have been made in discussion with the person involved, and in line with legal requirements and best practice. The Coronavirus APPG has published an interim report, following its review of the actions the UK Government can take to manage the pandemic. Amongst other things, the APPG has called for "equality of pay, training, career development and workforce planning between the social care sector and the NHS". The King's Fund have published "What does the autumn 2020 Spending Review mean for health and care?"   The Good Things Foundation have published a report on Digital Inclusion in Health and Care, amongst other things this highlights the lower levels of access to digital health resources for older adults and the potential benefits of their inclusion.</description>
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  2702.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2707.      <title>New public information leaflets on COVID-19 vaccination</title>
  2708.      <description>A suite of leaflets has been issued by Public Health England about COVID-19 vaccination, including guidance for social care staff in England: COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults  COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding  COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait</description>
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  2710.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2715.      <title>New Care Concierge Service</title>
  2716.      <description> Legal and General have launched a new Care Concierge Service which is designed to be an online end-to-end journey for those looking to navigate the often complex care world.  The website aims to marry the best in online content, tools and calculators with expert telephone-based support. The website has been developed in partnership with Care Sourcer and the Society of Later Life Advisers, and refers to UKHCA's calculation of a minimum price for care.&#xF;</description>
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  2718.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2723.      <title>Green Book now includes provisional details of Astra Zeneca vaccine</title>
  2724.      <description> The Green Book, which sets out vaccination information for public health professionals, has been amended to include provisional details of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccination, as well as the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. The guidance is provisional subject to MHRA approval of vaccine supply.  Guidance COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination information for public health professionals.</description>
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  2726.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2731.      <title>Guidance warns women of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding not to have Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine until further review</title>
  2732.      <description> The Government has issued information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. The guidance advises that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a new type of vaccine that has been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profle. But it has not yet been assessed in pregnancy, so it has been advised that until more information is available, those who are pregnant should not have this vaccine.  Guidance - COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding This includes a guide that can be printed and circulated.</description>
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  2734.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2739.      <title>Local authorities in England given greater enforcement powers</title>
  2740.      <description> Local authorities in England have been given additional powers from 2 December to maintain COVID-secure environments in their area, so they can issue improvement and restriction noticea to businesses that do not comply with COVID-secure rules. See the list of the relevant obligations businesses need to meet. The new powers are based in part on the existing health and safety regime. Additional COVID-19 local authority enforcement powers - GOV.UK (</description>
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  2742.      <pubDate>Mon, 07 Dec 2020 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2747.      <title>New restrictions to come into force in Wales from 4 December</title>
  2748.      <description>New restrictions will come into force in Wales from 6pm on 4 December. This will particularly affect hospitality and entertainment venues and is intended to help control the virus ahead of the festive period. Further information is available at: Coronavirus regulations from 4 December: frequently asked questions | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2750.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2755.      <title>Visa applications have opened for the new points based immigration system</title>
  2756.      <description>This week, visa applications have opened for those who want to come to work in the UK under the new points-based immigration system that will be in place from January 2021. While most care workers will not be eligible for the skilled worker route, some senior care workers or registered manager roles may qualify. See UKHCA comment on the new immigration system. You can find out more here: Employer Information for UK Points-Based Immigration System - Helping employers understand the new points-based immigration system ( </description>
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  2758.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2763.      <title>Update to Better Care Fund and funding to support people with disabilities to live independently</title>
  2764.      <description>The government have announced £68 million will be available in grants to support disabled people to adapt their homes so that they can live independently.  Details of the £4 billion Better Care Fund for 2020 to 2021 were also confirmed. The Fund is intended to support the integration of health and social care. </description>
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  2766.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  2771.      <title>Good news stories featuring UKHCA members: Early December</title>
  2772.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members, including: Agincare GroupRight At Home East LancashireHelping Hands Homecare LeedsHome Instead Senior Care UK South ManchesterCaremark (Redditch  and  Bromsgrove)Bluebird Care LincolnAlina HomecareGardiner's Nursing  and  HomecareWestwood Homecare Blog link here </description>
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  2774.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2776.      <link></link>
  2777.    </item>
  2778.    <item>
  2779.      <title>Wales to roll out routine testing for social care workers</title>
  2780.      <description>The Welsh Government have announced that routine testing of health and social care staff will be launched in Wales using twice weekly lateral flow tests that produce rapid results. While the programme will begin to be rolled out from 14 December, staff in 'lower risk' settings (which may include homecare, this is not yet clear) may not have access to testing until January.  We will provide further information when this is available. Regular rapid COVID testing of frontline health and social care staff in Wales introduced | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: Covid-19 testing of healthcare workers and hospice staff (4 December 2020) | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2782.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2784.      <link></link>
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  2786.    <item>
  2787.      <title>COVID-19 vaccine roll-out confirmed across Wales</title>
  2788.      <description>The Chief Medical Officer has confirmed that the Welsh Government will soon start rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations across Wales.  The prioritisation of distribution of the vaccination will be according to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation who publish guidance for the whole of the UK.  COVID-19 vaccine roll-out to start across Wales | GOV.WALES  Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales (2 December 2020) | GOV.WALES  Public Health Wales have also created a site detailing information on the vaccine: COVID-19 vaccination information - Public Health Wales ( </description>
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  2790.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2792.      <link></link>
  2793.    </item>
  2794.    <item>
  2795.      <title>Wales travel restriction update</title>
  2796.      <description>From 6pm on 4 December the travel regulations will be updated to prohibit travel between Wales and tier 3 areas in England, level 3 and 4 areas in Scotland and the whole of Northern Ireland. Travel to areas of England and Scotland with lower levels of coronavirus restrictions will be advised against (rather than prohibited). All travel restrictions will be temporarily lifted for Christmas from 23-27 December. First Minister announces latest coronavirus travel restrictions | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2798.      <pubDate>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2800.      <link></link>
  2801.    </item>
  2802.    <item>
  2803.      <title>End of Transition Period - keeping data safe</title>
  2804.      <description>The government has confirmed that the transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and there will be no extension. On 1 January 2021, the UK will become a "third country" for data protection purposes unless an adequacy decision is reached with the EU. If the European Commission grants an adequacy decision, then no action will need to be taken by social care providers. The briefing (link below) will help you with contingency planning and with what to do if an adequacy decision is not reached by 31 December 2020. There are three key actions that all adult social care providers should take to prepare for the end of the transition period. Further details are available in the briefing.  Ensure you are compliant with UK GDPR Check if you transfer personal data in the EU. Check if any of the software companies you use store personal data in the EU/EEA. Read the briefing   </description>
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  2806.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2808.      <link></link>
  2809.    </item>
  2810.    <item>
  2811.      <title>Adult social care workers in Scotland to receive £500</title>
  2812.      <description> First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £500 payment for health and social care staff as a one-off payment to thank them for their "extraordinary service" in 2020. It will be paid to all full-time NHS and adult social care staff, with a proportional share for part-time staff. Announcement</description>
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  2814.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2816.      <link></link>
  2817.    </item>
  2818.    <item>
  2819.      <title>Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19</title>
  2820.      <description> The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has published a quick guide to help homecare workers provide care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19. It explains what to expect as these people return to their lives at home under new circumstances.  SCIE advise that some of the difficulties that people might experience after a discharge from hospital include longer-term damage to the heart and lungs, difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness, fatigue, skin damage, confusion, and wider mental health problems or feelings of reduced wellbeing that affects their ability to resume day-to-day activities.  Members throughout the UK may find this advice helpful. Read more information</description>
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  2822.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2824.      <link></link>
  2825.    </item>
  2826.    <item>
  2827.      <title>Local authorities receiving lateral flow tests</title>
  2828.      <description> The tests will be issued to directors of public health in the local authorities. (Stoke on Trent, Liverpool and Lancashire have already been provided with lateral flow tests.) Access the list here</description>
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  2830.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2832.      <link></link>
  2833.    </item>
  2834.    <item>
  2835.      <title>Winter Planning Factsheet 2020</title>
  2836.      <description>Our winter planning factsheet has been updated for 2020, to help homecare providers address the challenges that can arise when providing care during cold weather, ice and snow. The factsheet was updated in December 2020, and is available from:</description>
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  2838.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2839.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2840.      <link></link>
  2841.    </item>
  2842.    <item>
  2843.      <title>DBS - getting useful references</title>
  2844.      <description> The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is holding a consultation about safer recruitment practices, references and conduct information within the social care and health sector. The online consultation together with workshops will then inform the development of a number of resources - all of which aim to assist social care and health employers where references and evidence of conduct are involved. Survey: as part of this consultation, DBS is asking organisations within the social care and health sector to take part in a short survey, which focuses on how they currently obtain and provide references, their understanding of references and the part they play within recruitment, and what they would like to gain from this consultation. This survey can be found here. Further information</description>
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  2846.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2848.      <link></link>
  2849.    </item>
  2850.    <item>
  2851.      <title>The Care Workers Charity - pressures affecting careworkers</title>
  2852.      <description> The Care Workers' Charity has published the outcome of research into the most pressing issues affecting care workers today. It concludes with recommendations based on existing successful interventions and suggested solutions to the key issues: mental wellbeing; personal finances; caring responsibilities at home; and management and supervisor support. Read the report </description>
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  2854.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2856.      <link></link>
  2857.    </item>
  2858.    <item>
  2859.      <title>COVID-19 testing available to all homecare workers in England.</title>
  2860.      <description> NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to all homecare workers in England All registered homecare agencies will be contacted with details of how to apply for test kits for their homecare workers. Homecare agencies will be responsible for ordering and distributing test kits to all homecare workers for them to conduct at home on a weekly basis. The service will be extended shortly to all homecare workers in adult social care, including unregistered organisations, live-in carers, and personal assistants. Read more information</description>
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  2862.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2864.      <link></link>
  2865.    </item>
  2866.    <item>
  2867.      <title>Priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination - JCVI advice</title>
  2868.      <description>Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that health and social care staff should be the first priorities for any COVID-19 vaccination programme. Next will be those at increased risk of hospitalisation and increased risk of exposure.  The Committee reviewed safety and efficacy data for the Pfizer BioNTech mRNA vaccine which they say appears to be safe and well-tolerated, with no clinically concerning safety observations.  The data reviewed by JCVI show high efficacy in all age groups (16 years and over), including encouraging results in older adults. Read more information  Government guidance  </description>
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  2870.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2872.      <link></link>
  2873.    </item>
  2874.    <item>
  2875.      <title>Updated - Writing an adult safeguarding policy for homecare services in England</title>
  2876.      <description>This updated guidance has been designed to help your organisation write or review your own safeguarding policy so that if an incident occurs, everyone understands what steps should be taken.  As with other policies and procedures, carrying out a regular audit of your safeguarding policy is essential. This document includes a suggested safeguarding audit, posing questions which should help you keep your policies up to date. This guidance compliments UKHCA's Safeguarding training. More information/Go to UKHCA download ID: 609 </description>
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  2878.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2880.      <link></link>
  2881.    </item>
  2882.    <item>
  2883.      <title>Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK</title>
  2884.      <description> The Government has accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will shortly publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable. The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.  Statement by Matt Hancock to the House of Commons Government press release Read more information</description>
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  2886.      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2888.      <link></link>
  2889.    </item>
  2890.    <item>
  2891.      <title>Overview of Liberty Protection Safeguards</title>
  2892.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care has published an overview of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) process. The LPS will provide protection for people aged 16 and above who are or who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to enable their care or treatment and lack the mental capacity to consent to their arrangements. People who might have an LPS authorisation include those with dementia, autism and learning disabilities who lack the relevant capacity. The LPS apply in homecare settings as well as residential and hospital care. They are planned to come into force in April 2022. Read more information</description>
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  2894.      <pubDate>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2896.      <link></link>
  2897.    </item>
  2898.    <item>
  2899.      <title>Homecare Day: 9th December 2020</title>
  2900.      <description>An online showcase to celebrate and raise awareness of homecare. We're delighted to announce that UKHCA will be working together with Scottish Care again this year to extend Homecare Day 2020 to every corner of the UK. Homecare Day 2020 will feature the theme of Care Community, and provides a fantastic chance to share good news stories, and innovations that demonstrate the difference that homecare services are making in the lives of people, and their communities, every day - particularly during this most challenging of years. We're inviting all UKHCA members to use social media to share your stories at the hashtag: #homecareday. Homecare Day 2020 is a great opportunity to highlight how your homecare services and your teams provide high quality, person-centred care to support the health, wellbeing and independence of people in their own homes, with staff demonstrating skill, commitment and compassion every day Twitter chat 12pm - 1pm - 9th December On the day you can also join in a live Twitter chat hosted by Jane Townson, CEO, UKHCA and Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care.  Please join in!</description>
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  2902.      <pubDate>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2904.      <link></link>
  2905.    </item>
  2906.    <item>
  2907.      <title>Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people available for reference</title>
  2908.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care has made available the template of the letter it is sending to clinically extremely vulnerable people in England about tiered restrictions from 2 December, revised restrictions over the Christmas period and the availability of free Vitamin D supplements. This letter is reference only. Template letter</description>
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  2910.      <pubDate>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2912.      <link></link>
  2913.    </item>
  2914.    <item>
  2915.      <title>Information for care providers on preparing for end of Brexit transition period</title>
  2916.      <description>UKHCA attended a DHSC Adult Social Care roundtable recently on Brexit Transition, which involved stakeholders from the sector and senior officials from the EU Exit and Adult Social Care DHSC teams. The following information, which followed the roundtable, may be useful to providers:  DHSC Chief Operating Officer, Steve Oldfield's, 17 November 2020 letter to medicines and medical product suppliers, supply chain and businesses.  The latest guidance on the PPE Portal is available on the guidance page, including contact numbers for customer queries.  Details about the government's phased approach at the borders is accessible here.  Updated information for those involved in health and care on preparing for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020: The issue of data as it affects adult social care providers is still being discussed.</description>
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  2918.      <pubDate>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2919.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2920.      <link></link>
  2921.    </item>
  2922.    <item>
  2923.      <title>At-risk groups to be offered free vitamin D supplements from January</title>
  2924.      <description> The Department of Health and Social Care is to offer a free 4-month supply of vitamin D supplements from January 2021 to support general health, and in particular bone and muscle health, to anyone in England who is clinically extremely vulnerable. All care homes will automatically receive supplements for their residents, while individuals on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list will receive a letter inviting them to 'opt in' for a supply to be delivered free, directly to their homes.  New guidance explains who should opt in and how the supplements should be consumed and stored. People are advised to read the guidance in full before deciding whether to opt in, as vitamin D supplements are not suitable for everyone. Those who are already in receipt of Vitamin D supplements from their GP should not participate in the scheme, and should follow dosage instructions from their GP. Those who decide to opt into the new initiative, need to register their details between 30 November 2020 and 4 January 2021 at Press release: At-risk groups to receive free winter supply of vitamin D Guidance: Vitamin D supplements: how to take them safely Jayne Easterbrook UKHCA's medication trainer, suggests where people who use homecare services lack capacity to decide whether to opt in, the provider may wish to check if there is someone with power of attorney for health and wellbeing. If not, then advice should be sought from the GP so a 'best interests' decision can be taken. The DHSC initiative is accompanied by a statement from PHE and NICE on vitamin D supplementation during winter which advises 'everyone, particularly the elderly, those who don't get outside and those with dark skin, takes a vitamin D supplement containing 10 micrograms (400IU) every day'. </description>
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  2926.      <pubDate>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2927.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2928.      <link></link>
  2929.    </item>
  2930.    <item>
  2931.      <title>Summary of COVID-19 restrictions in December</title>
  2932.      <description> The Cabinet Office has issued a one page summary of what people can and cannot do over the Christmas period, which covers the period from 2 December to 23 December, when tiered restrictions apply, and from 23 December to 27 December, when households can choose to form a Christmas bubble with up to two other households. This guidance mostly refers to England but there are some UK-wide provisions.</description>
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  2934.      <pubDate>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2935.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2936.      <link></link>
  2937.    </item>
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  2939.      <title>Strengthened restrictions in Wales anticipated from Friday 4 December</title>
  2940.      <description>Today Mark Drakeford announced that there would be further specific and targeted action to strengthen existing measures. Details on the restrictions and the financial support accompanying them will be agreed over the weekend and are due to be announced on Monday. It is expected to mean that indoor entertainment venues (such as cinemas and bowling alleys) would be closed and there would be further restrictions on hospitality venues from 4 December. Personal services like hair dressing and gyms would remain open as currently New restrictions leading up to Christmas period announced | Cyhoeddi cyfyngiadau newydd cyn Nadolig - YouTube </description>
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  2942.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2943.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2944.      <link></link>
  2945.    </item>
  2946.    <item>
  2947.      <title>Research and resource round up 27 November</title>
  2948.      <description>Skills for Care blog posts and webinar on racial equality in social care - Black Lives Matter in Care too; Supporting the non-white workforce in social care; Exploring the recommendations of the COVID Task Force  and  BAME Communities Advisory Group (webinar) The Care Exchange - a new Skills for Care podcast, the first episode explores bringing your whole self to work. Risk Assessment - a new Skills for Care webinar on risk assessment. This will take place at 2pm on 8 December. Health Foundation: Spending Review 2020 - published before the Spending Review announcement the report summarises some of the upcoming costs facing health and social care. Carers UK - new report suggests value of unpaid care to the UK is £530m a day in the pandemic. LGA and NHS E and I - Wellbeing information pack for care staff - a post implementation review report Alzheimer's Society information: Consent to COVID-19 vaccination for people with dementia A strategic approach to social care data in Wales - Social Care Wales have published a report that explores what is needed from a social care data strategy and how one could be developed.</description>
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  2950.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2951.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2952.      <link></link>
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  2955.      <title>Christmas guidance for those in Wales previously shielding</title>
  2956.      <description>The Welsh Government have issued guidance on forming Christmas bubbles for those who were previously sheilding. Christmas advice for people who were shielding | GOV.WALES </description>
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  2958.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2959.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2960.      <link></link>
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  2963.      <title>Face covering guidance updated</title>
  2964.      <description>The face covering guidance for the general public has been updated and now includes:  a clarification that visors are not a substitute for a face covering further clarity about reasonable excuses not to wear a face covering now refers to the changes coming into force on 2nd December Please note this is distinct from the PPE guidance for homecare staff when at work which is available here: COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2966.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2967.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2968.      <link></link>
  2969.    </item>
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  2971.      <title>Asymptomatic community testing in Tier 3 areas in England</title>
  2972.      <description>Following the pilot in Liverpool, Local Directors of Public Health in Tier 3 areas in England will be able to use asymptomatic community testing to address the situation in their local area. It will be up to local authorities how to focus this testing. Community testing - explainer - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2974.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2975.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2976.      <link></link>
  2977.    </item>
  2978.    <item>
  2979.      <title>Expansion of routine testing in Scotland</title>
  2980.      <description>The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport provided an update to the Scottish parliament on the expansion of testing earlier this week.  This will be rolled out to hospital patients and staff in December. There will also be some pilots of testing care home visitors in December with an intention to roll this out more widely in January and February. Homecare workers are expected to be included in routine asymptomatic testing from mid January. There will also be mobile testing units supporting using asymptomatic community testing in some areas where the COVID-19 prevalence is high. Read the announcemnet here.</description>
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  2982.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2983.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2984.      <link></link>
  2985.    </item>
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  2987.      <title>MHRA provisional guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines</title>
  2988.      <description>While still provisional, the guidance from MHRA on COVID-19 vaccines may be of interest to some. In line with the previous JCVI recommendation social care workers are relatively high in the priority list, after care home residents and staff. COVID-19 Greenbook chapter 14a (Provisional guidance subject to MHRA approval of vaccine supply) (  A page has also been established to collect information about the vaccines: COVID-19 vaccination programme - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2990.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2991.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  2992.      <link></link>
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  2995.      <title>Updated shielding guidance for the end of national lockdown in England</title>
  2996.      <description>New shielding guidance has been published for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. This will be relevant from next Wednesday (2 December), when the national restrictions end. 2 December guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  2998.      <pubDate>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  2999.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3000.      <link></link>
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  3003.      <title>UKHCA Commercial members Citation hosting free webinar on 2nd Dec 2020</title>
  3004.      <description>UKHCA commercial members Citation are hosting a free webinar aimed at the care sector entitled: Employee engagement and wellbeing. You can sign-up for free here.</description>
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  3006.      <pubDate>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3007.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3011.      <title>Tier restrictions for England announced</title>
  3012.      <description>The tiers for English regions, which will be in force from 2nd December, as announced in the Winter Plan earlier this week have been announced.  Statement - Matt Hancock Full list of local restriction tiers by area - GOV.UK (  Prime Minister's speech</description>
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  3014.      <pubDate>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3015.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3016.      <link></link>
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  3019.      <title>UKHCA's response to the Spending Review</title>
  3020.      <description>Responding to the Chancellor’s spending review today, 25 November 2020, United Kingdom Homecare Association UKHCA said: "Government’s announcement on the one-year Spending Review is exceptionally disappointing. It fails to address, amongst other things, the significant contribution that social care makes to enabling us all to live well at home, and which our valued workforce makes to the economy. "£1bn across adults’ and children’s services, combined with the discretionary use of the Social Care Precept by local councils, does not bring social care further forward. Nor does it begin to address an underfunded system which was already fragile before the start of the pandemic. "Government has also announced today increases in the statutory National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage. UKHCA will publish an updated version of our Minimum Price for Homecare shortly. This price indicates the minimum fee rates which providers should receive from councils and the NHS to cover their legal obligations of running regulated homecare services. This information is vital to inform the budgets which councils and the NHS will begin planning for next year. "The often-promised and much-needed reform of adult social funding must not be delayed further. As citizens, we all need to know what the State will provide and what we must prepare for ourselves." Ends Notes for Editors 1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative, and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. 3. For further information please contact:Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AHTelephone: 020 8661 8188Mobile: 07393 012113E-mail: @ukhcaRegistered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  3022.      <pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3023.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3024.      <link></link>
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  3027.      <title>Revised minimum wage rates from April 2021</title>
  3028.      <description>The Chancellor has announced National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage rates from April 2021, in his Spending Review. For individuals aged 23 and over the NLW rises by 2.2% from £8.72 to £8.91. (This follows a previous recommendation by the Low Pay Commission that the NLW should apply to those aged 23 and over.) For 21 to 22-year-olds the rate increases by 2.0% from £8.20 to £8.36 per hour. For 18 to 20-year-olds the rate increases by 1.7% from £6.45 to £6.56 per hour. For 16 to 17-year-olds the rate increases by 1.5% from £4.55 to £4.62 per hour. For apprentices the rate increases by 3.6% from £4.15 to £4.30 per hour. The daily accommodation offset rate increases by 2.0% from £8.20 to £8.36. Spending Review 2020 November 2020, para 1.33. Low Pay Commission Summary and Findings Press release Further press release</description>
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  3030.      <pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3031.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3032.      <link></link>
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  3034.    <item>
  3035.      <title>Report on PPE supply during COVID-19 pandemic</title>
  3036.      <description> The National Audit Office (NAO) has investigated the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic. Key findings include:  14% - The number of PPE items distributed to social care providers as a percentage of all PPE items nationally distributed, between 20 March and 31 July 2020.  10% - the number of PPE items distributed to social care providers through national schemes as a percentage of their estimated PPE requirement, between 20 March and 31 July 2020. By comparison, trusts received 80% of their estimated requirement. The NAO concludes the social care sector was hit hard by shortages of PPE, and government needs to understand why national bodies provided more support to hospitals than to social care and how to prevent that happening again. Read the NAO report</description>
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  3038.      <pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3039.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3040.      <link></link>
  3041.    </item>
  3042.    <item>
  3043.      <title>National Minimum Wage Toolkit</title>
  3044.      <description>UKHCA's National Minimum Wage Toolkit, mentioned at today's Virtual Care Festival, helps homecare providers ensure they are meeting the National Minimum Wage requirements within their workforce. Prepared by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, the free toolkit sets out the law with practical examples, and gives providers a step-by-step compliance assessment tool. The toolkit also has a practical section for homecare providers written by UKHCA Policy Director Colin Angel on possible actions to achieve compliance with the National Minimum Wage. Download: National Minimum Wage Toolkit (Revised February 2020)&#xF;</description>
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  3046.      <pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3047.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3048.      <link></link>
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  3050.    <item>
  3051.      <title>DBS filtering rules are changing from 28 November 2020</title>
  3052.      <description> Due to a change in legislation the filtering rules for Disclosure and Barring Service checks are changing. The new rules will affect Standard and Enhanced DBS certificates issued on or after 28 November 2020. DBS will no longer disclose youth reprimands, youth warnings, or youth cautions. They will also no longer automatically disclose all convictions where an individual has more than one conviction. Instead, each individual conviction will be assessed against the appropriate rules. New filtering rules - GOV.UK (</description>
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  3054.      <pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3055.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3056.      <link></link>
  3057.    </item>
  3058.    <item>
  3059.      <title>Meeting friends and family over the Christmas period</title>
  3060.      <description>The government has announced that social contact restrictions will relax from 23 and 27 December to allow families and friends to meet over Christmas, subject to forming a 'Christmas bubble' of up to three households and taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The detailed rules are in new guidance which applies across the UK: Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family - GOV.UK ( The guidance warns that forming a bubble if you are vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable carries additional risks. Guidance is to be published for the clinically extremely vulnerable on how to manage the revised tiered system in England from 2 December and over Christmas.</description>
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  3062.      <pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3063.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3064.      <link></link>
  3065.    </item>
  3066.    <item>
  3067.      <title>"Busting Bureaucracy" report</title>
  3068.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have published their 'Busting Bureaucracy' report following a consultation that launched in the summer. The report includes a reference to work underway by NHSX on a "Data Strategy for Health and Social Care", and also refers to CQC's strategy, which is being developed.  Busting bureaucracy: empowering frontline staff by reducing excess bureaucracy in the health and care system in England - GOV.UK ( </description>
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  3070.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3071.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3072.      <link></link>
  3073.    </item>
  3074.    <item>
  3075.      <title>New Health and Care Intelligence apprenticeship Standard</title>
  3076.      <description>Public Health England has developed a new level 7 apprenticeship standard for those interested in data analysis roles in the health and care sectors. Further information here.</description>
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  3078.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3079.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3080.      <link></link>
  3081.    </item>
  3082.    <item>
  3083.      <title>New testing strategy for international arrivals</title>
  3084.      <description>From 15 December the Government will be allowing international travellers (who would otherwise be required to isolate) who arrive into England to reduce their isolation period if they test negative for coronavirus after 5 days of isolation. However, testing will be at the traveller's expense. Read the press release here. </description>
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  3086.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3087.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3088.      <link></link>
  3089.    </item>
  3090.    <item>
  3091.      <title>Staying mentally well this winter</title>
  3092.      <description>The Department for Health and Social Care have published a policy paper on how they will support people's mental health this winter. The plan includes a section on support for the social care workforce, referencing Our Frontline and Hospice UK's counselling and trauma helpline. They also mention the bespoke practical support that they have put together working with the NHS and Skills for Care, including support for Registered Managers and the Care Workforce app. Staying mentally well: winter plan 2020 to 2021 - GOV.UK (  Previous UKHCA posts on wellbeing support available in England: CWC mental health grants Maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak</description>
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  3094.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3095.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3096.      <link></link>
  3097.    </item>
  3098.    <item>
  3099.      <title>Government Spending Review – New evidence from UKHCA</title>
  3100.      <description>A recent survey conducted by YouGov, commissioned by UKHCA, shows that more than 9 out of 10 (92%) people aged 65 years and above agreed that: “People would prefer to be supported at home, rather than in a care home”.  A view which 9 out of 10 MPs (87%) across all parties, also agreed with.  Read the full media release here.</description>
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  3102.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3103.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3106.    <item>
  3107.      <title>Prime Minister announces Winter Plan</title>
  3108.      <description>The Prime Minister has announced a Winter Plan. The plan covers the approach to tiered restrictions after the national lockdown restrictions are lifted. It also outlines a 'route back to normality' including increased testing, vaccination and improved treatment for those with the virus. In England from 2 December, regardless of tier:  The stay at home requirement will end, with travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier. Shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will reopen. Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume. People will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces - the rule of 6 will now apply outdoors as it did in the previous set of tiers. Details of restrictions within each tier are outlined in the Plan. Read the Winter Plan or Winter Plan Summary here. Local restriction tiers: what you need to know - GOV.UK (  Posters outlining the tier restrictions are available here. Press release Press conference statement We anticipate further information later this week, including which regions will fall in which Tier. The Prime Minister also advised that there were discussions underway with the devolved administrations to seek to agree a common "time-limited Christmas dispensation" over the Christmas period. However, he cautioned that this would not be a 'normal' Christmas. Details yet to be announced.</description>
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  3110.      <pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3111.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3115.      <title>Free visa scheme extended for key frontline health professionals</title>
  3116.      <description> The Government has extended the scheme offering free visa extensions for health professionals whose visas were due to expire between 31 March 2020 and 1 October 2020 to those with visas expiring on or before 31 March 2021. The scheme applies to doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, occupational therapists, psychologists as well as a range of allied health professionals listed in the guidance. It covers healthcare professionals working in the NHS and the independent health and care sector. Their visas will be extended for a year, free of all fees and charges, including the Immigration Health Surcharge. This may benefit homecare providers who employ registered nurses and other regulated professionals. Thousands more health workers to benefit from visa extensions - GOV.UK (</description>
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  3118.      <pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3119.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3120.      <link></link>
  3121.    </item>
  3122.    <item>
  3123.      <title>Directors of adult social services call for an increase in homecare funding</title>
  3124.      <description>A report by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights the important role of homecare in keeping people safe and well at home in the pandemic and calls for more financial support for the sector. The report summarises the results of a survey of directors of adult social services in England, and the pressures faced by councils in coping with COVID-19, with increased demand from people who need care because of disruption to their support from other types of service, family carers or PAs, or hospital discharge. ADASS call for an additional £468 million for projected overspend and to safeguard essential care and support services, and an extra £480 million for local care markets to provide increased care at home, and other community support, as well as a sustainable, long-term solution to funding adult social care. ADASS_Autumn_Survey_Report_2020_EMBARGOED_UNTIL_6AM_23_11_20.pdf ( The report is based on a survey of local authorities (101 of 151) in England and has been issued in advance of the Government's Spending Review.</description>
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  3126.      <pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3127.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3128.      <link></link>
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  3131.      <title>UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson speaking at the Virtual Care Festival this Wednesday</title>
  3132.      <description>This Wednesday the #VirtualCareFestival gets underway, from the team behind the Care Show. UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson will be one of the keynote speakers. Find out more, including details on how to book your free pass here.</description>
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  3134.      <pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3135.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3138.    <item>
  3139.      <title>More information issued on winter grants for vulnerable households</title>
  3140.      <description> The government has issued details of funding to support vulnerable households this winter with the cost of food, energy, water bills and other associated costs. The £170 million COVID Winter Grant Scheme, which will be made available in early December 2020 and covers the period until the end of March 2021, will be distributed by to county councils and unitary authorities in England (including metropolitan councils and London boroughs). COVID Winter Grant Scheme - GOV.UK (</description>
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  3142.      <pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3143.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3144.      <link></link>
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  3147.      <title>Blog: Good News Stories from UKHCA members, mid-late Nov '20</title>
  3148.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members. Featuring:Helping Hands Home CareRight at Home Stevenage, Letchworth and HitchinCaremark SolihullBluebird Care West BerkshireHome Instead Senior Care Stevenage and North HertsRadfield Home Care Bexhill, Hastings  and  BattleKare Plus NewcastleEverycare DorchesterCarebridge StaffingCera Link to the full blog here</description>
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  3150.      <pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3151.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3152.      <link></link>
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  3155.      <title>Northern Ireland Executive agree further lockdown measures</title>
  3156.      <description>The Executive has agreed new measures from 27 November, which are expected to last two weeks. These will include:  Closure of all retail except essential retail, close contact services, driving instruction, eat in hospitality, leisure, places of worship, entertainment and (non-elite) sporting events. Households cannot meet other than in bubbles or where there are other specified exceptions. Schools will remain open. Universities and Further Education will be by distance learning where possible. Statement available here.</description>
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  3158.      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3159.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3160.      <link></link>
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  3162.    <item>
  3163.      <title>Government announces weekly testing for homecare workforce - UKHCA's response</title>
  3164.      <description>The Government has announced new weekly testing for asymptomatic homecare workers. The full announcement can be seen on the DHSC website here. Commenting on the news, UKHCA’s Policy Director, Colin Angel, said: "Until now, routine testing of asymptomatic homecare workers has not been available. This was largely supported by evidence from a prevalence survey, showing that transmission rates of the virus amongst homecare workers was similar to the general population. This is unlike the much higher prevalence rates amongst staff working in care homes. Even so, there has been a sense that people who used homecare services had received a lower priority from Government than those using residential care. "It seems clear that a proportion of people infected with coronavirus do not develop symptoms themselves, but are able to pass it on to others, including the people they support. The availability of routine testing will be welcomed by many, particularly members of the public who have been concerned about the risk of transmission from careworkers visiting their home.  This winter brings a combination of seasonal pressures which occur every year, compounded with staff absences, including self-isolation. An unintended consequence of asymptomatic testing, is the possibility of staff being required to self-isolate as a result of a false positive test result, stretching workforce capacity even further. EndsNotes for Editors1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,100 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA’s members agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found here. 3. Fourteen of UKHCA’s non-executive directors are elected by the membership of the association and serve for a period of three years. The Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Honorary Secretary are elected by the non-executive directors from within their number. The Association’s Chief Executive and Corporate Services Director are also non-executive directors.4. For further information please contact: Matthew Kiernan, Press OfficerUnited Kingdom Homecare Association LtdSutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH Telephone: 020 8661 8165Mobile: 07393 012 113E-mail: @ukhca Registered in England, No. 3083104.</description>
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  3166.      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3167.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3168.      <link></link>
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  3171.      <title>Northern Ireland 'Phone First' trial</title>
  3172.      <description>A new 'Phone First' service is being trialled in some parts of Northern Ireland where people need urgent care but their condition is not life-threatening. It allows telephone advice to be sought prior to attending a hospital Emergency Department. Further details</description>
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  3174.      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3175.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3176.      <link></link>
  3177.    </item>
  3178.    <item>
  3179.      <title>Research and resources round up 20 November</title>
  3180.      <description>CQC's latest insight report includes their latest data on homecare PPE access, staff absences and coronavirus case levels. You can find it here.  Home Office officials do an informational interview about what the points based immigration system means for business on "Business and the future of immigration in 2021" on the Intelligence Squared podcast. The latest CQC podcast covers their State of Care report (search for 'CQC Connect' on your preferred podcast provider).  The Centre for Better Ageing has published a State of Ageing 2020 report. The report highlights the risks of increasing health inequality.</description>
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  3182.      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3183.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3184.      <link></link>
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  3187.      <title>The sleep-in crisis - what's next?</title>
  3188.      <description> Anthony Collins Solicitors have written a blog 'The sleep-in crisis - what's next?' as we wait for the Supreme Court to hand down its decision in Tomlinson-Blake v the Royal Mencap Society and the joined case of Shannon v Rampersad. The sleep-in crisis - what's next?, Anna Dabek ( Partner Anna Dabek discusses how social care employers in the UK can prepare for the judgment, whichever way it goes.  </description>
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  3190.      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3191.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3192.      <link></link>
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  3195.      <title>Restraint training must be certified by April 2021</title>
  3196.      <description>The CQC has written to providers to advise that all restraint training must be certified as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network training standards by April 2021.</description>
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  3198.      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3199.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3200.      <link></link>
  3201.    </item>
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  3203.      <title>Updates for Wales: CIW Annual Report, Vaccine statement and self isolation payments</title>
  3204.      <description>Care Inspectorate Wales have published their Chief Inspector's Annual Report, which is available here.  The self isolation payment scheme of £500 that was announced on 30 October is now open for applications from Local Authorities.  Vaughn Gething has issued a statement that provides a general update about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Wales. Informational statement on PPE procurements in Wales. The Older People's Commissioner for Wales have issued a joint statement calling for a relentless focus on protecting older people's rights in the next phase of the pandemic. The Welsh Government has confirmed its not easing the restrictions at this stage. Statement.</description>
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  3206.      <pubDate>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3207.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3211.      <title>Reminder to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme</title>
  3212.      <description>If you have staff who is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, there are benefits to applying for EU settled status well before the deadline of 30th June 2021. Successful applications will lead to either settled or pre-settled status. Ensuring staff apply as early as possible gives them the chance to address any issues if the Home Office ask for more information or they need to re-apply (where appropriate to do so) before the deadline of 30 June 2021 without impacting their eligibility to work in the UK. Keep in mind that the application process is taking longer due to COVID-19 delays. Read more information here  </description>
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  3214.      <pubDate>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3215.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3219.      <title>Whole area testing in Methyr Tydfil to be first in Wales</title>
  3220.      <description>Having learnt from the mass testing pilot in Liverpool, from this Saturday all residents in Methyr Tydfil will be eligible for COVID testing even if they don't have symptoms. This will be the first whole-area testing in Wales.  Press release Statement Guidance press release</description>
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  3222.      <pubDate>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3223.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3227.      <title>Supporting older people to live to their fullest potential in Northern Ireland</title>
  3228.      <description>Communities Minister Caral Ni&amp;shy; Chuili&amp;shy;n has announced an extension to the term of the Executive's Active Ageing Strategy to May 2022. The existing Active Ageing Strategy was due to end in January 2021. The Executive has worked to update the actions in the Strategy, including those to mitigate the medium to long-term impacts of the current pandemic. More information here</description>
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  3230.      <pubDate>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3231.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3232.      <link></link>
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  3234.    <item>
  3235.      <title>Statistics on Community Care published in Northern Ireland</title>
  3236.      <description>The Department of Health has published statistics on provision of community care in Northern Ireland. For homecare, the statistics show that on average, 23,425 clients, received homecare during the survey week Survey Week, 8th - 14th September 2019. This has remained relatively constant over the last 5 years. Trend analysis in the 2019 NI Domiciliary Care Annual Survey publication presents an increasing pattern of '0-15', and '16-30' min visits, and decreasing trend in '30+' min visits.  An 8% increase was observed in the number of regional homecare hours delivered in 2019 compared to 2015.</description>
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  3238.      <pubDate>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3239.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3240.      <link></link>
  3241.    </item>
  3242.    <item>
  3243.      <title>Health Minister wants mass testing in Northern Ireland</title>
  3244.      <description> According to a BBC report, Robin Swann, the health minister has written to the UK Government asking for four million fast-turnaround Covid-19 tests. The Department of Health has confirmed Mr Swann's request for the fast tests, which would allow Northern Ireland's entire population to be tested. These tests would suitable for mass testing and they do not have to be processed in a lab.</description>
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  3246.      <pubDate>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3247.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3248.      <link></link>
  3249.    </item>
  3250.    <item>
  3251.      <title>Update on the Contact Tracing Service in Northern Ireland</title>
  3252.      <description>Last month the Contact Tracing Service (CTS) moved to a 'digital first' model which provides an online self-service contact tracing for the majority of people who test positive.People with a positive test result will receive a text message with a personal code which they can use at a dedicated website to input details of people with whom they were in recent close proximity. These contacts will then be quickly alerted to self-isolate.There is an easy which guide explains how to use the digital contact tracing service 'digital self-trace' if you have tested positive for COVID-19.Click here to download the PDF. &#x3;</description>
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  3254.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3255.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3256.      <link></link>
  3257.    </item>
  3258.    <item>
  3259.      <title>PHA provides reassurance on flu vaccination in Northern Ireland</title>
  3260.      <description> The Public Health Agency (PHA) has provided reassurance that plans to offer the flu vaccine to those who are eligible, and in particular people aged over 65, are proceeding as expected, and there is no shortage. Dr Gerry Waldron, Head of Health Protection at the PHA, said: "We are concerned that recent comments around the delivery of the flu vaccine may cause undue alarm to those who are still due to receive it, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. As we outlined in October, uptake has been exceptional, with people getting the vaccine in higher numbers than ever before, so a temporary pause was placed on some aspects of the seasonal flu programme until further stock became available. "As was planned from the outset, vaccines have been and will continue to be distributed in phased deliveries, in line with manufacturer production arrangements, and well in advance of when flu is circulating in the community. As of now, in excess of 1 million flu vaccines are in Northern Ireland for use in eligible groups of people - this is on target." Read more here</description>
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  3262.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3263.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3264.      <link></link>
  3265.    </item>
  3266.    <item>
  3267.      <title>Next phase of Northern Ireland Executive's Covid-19 public information campaign launched</title>
  3268.      <description> It's the latest phase of the multi-channel campaign, and shows how the virus can spread through close personal contact in unregulated settings. View the Covid-19 information videos </description>
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  3270.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3271.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3272.      <link></link>
  3273.    </item>
  3274.    <item>
  3275.      <title>Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann announces £5 million for Domiciliary Care</title>
  3276.      <description> Health Minister Robin Swann has announced a £5m funding package for Domiciliary Care as well as confirming the completion of a Rapid Learning Review which will help shape plans moving forward. The new funding can be used to address costs such as the purchase of PPE, enhanced sick pay and additional staffing costs, such as further recruitment and training. Read more information</description>
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  3278.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3279.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3280.      <link></link>
  3281.    </item>
  3282.    <item>
  3283.      <title>Non-repayable Discretionary Support Self Isolation Grant in Northern Ireland</title>
  3284.      <description> The Communities Minister has enhanced the existing Covid-19 self-isolation grant, increasing the daily allowance payable and extending the number of days for which an award can be made. The non-repayable Discretionary Support Self-Isolation Grant assists with short-term living expenses where a person on a low income, or any member of their immediate family, is diagnosed with Covid-19 or is advised to self-isolate in accordance with guidance published by the Public Health Agency. More information about the grants</description>
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  3286.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3287.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3288.      <link></link>
  3289.    </item>
  3290.    <item>
  3291.      <title>Scottish Government moves to reform social security system</title>
  3292.      <description>The Scottish Government has announced plans to for Child Disability Payment to replace the DWP's Disability Living Allowance for Children from 2021 and Adult Disability Payment to replace Personal Independence Payment from 2022, with pilot schemes operating before full roll out. The move is part of the Government's plans to set up a new social security system for Scotland. More information:</description>
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  3294.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3295.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3296.      <link></link>
  3297.    </item>
  3298.    <item>
  3299.      <title>Daily update on Covid-19 cases in the UK</title>
  3300.      <description> The Government publishes a daily update of the progress of the coronavirus pandemic as an up to date and authoritative summary of key information. This includes levels of infections, the impact on health in the UK and on measures taken to respond.  Providers can use the data to check the number of people tested positive in their area by entering a postcode. Link to daily update on Covid-19 cases</description>
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  3302.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3303.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3304.      <link></link>
  3305.    </item>
  3306.    <item>
  3307.      <title>New film shows importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19</title>
  3308.      <description> A new short film has been released by the government which shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces. The film highlights how letting fresh air into indoor spaces can reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus by over 70%. More information here</description>
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  3310.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3311.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3312.      <link></link>
  3313.    </item>
  3314.    <item>
  3315.      <title>Changes to lockdown levels and permitted travel in Scotland</title>
  3316.      <description> Tough Level 4 restrictions will apply to 11 council areas in Scotland from 6 pm on Friday, 20 November until 11 December. This means non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms will have to close but schools can remain open. The changes will see the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian move to Level 4, but the City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Dundee, Fife, Perth  and  Kinross and Angus will stay at Level 3. New travel restrictions will ban people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose, like work or caring responsibilities. The regulations will also restrict non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons. Restrictions for those in Level 1 are relaxed to allow eight people from three households to meet outdoors, rather than six people from two households. New update, 17 November 2020: List of level allocations: Postcode checker for levels: Visits to care homes exempt from national travel restrictions: and utm_source=govdelivery  </description>
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  3318.      <pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3319.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3320.      <link></link>
  3321.    </item>
  3322.    <item>
  3323.      <title>CQC conducting review of DNAR practice during the pandemic</title>
  3324.      <description>The Care Quality Commission is carrying out a review of 'do not attempt resuscitation' (DNAR) orders which were used earlier in the pandemic, following concerns they were sometimes imposed by blanket decision, without proper consultation or consent. The review is at request of the Department of Health and Social Care and will focus on seven clinical commissioning group areas, listed in the CQC's announcement.  The review will be initially based on an analysis of conversations with people affected by this issue and other stakeholders, and report on an interim basis in November, with a final report in early 2021. CQC is inviting people to let them know about their experience, or that of a loved one, by using CQC's Give Feedback on Care service, or by contacting National Customer Service Centre.</description>
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  3326.      <pubDate>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3327.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3328.      <link></link>
  3329.    </item>
  3330.    <item>
  3331.      <title>Translations of updated guidance on social distancing now available</title>
  3332.      <description>  Updated guidance on social distancing in England is now available in Welsh, Urdu, Turkish, Somali, Romanian, Punjabi, Polish, Gujarati, Chinese, Bengali and Arabic, as well as large format and easy read versions. Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Social distancing The guidance on New National Restrictions from 5 November is also available in translation.</description>
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  3334.      <pubDate>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3335.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3336.      <link></link>
  3337.    </item>
  3338.    <item>
  3339.      <title>The Government gives.... then takes away!</title>
  3340.      <description>Anthony Collins Solicitors have published a further briefing on the extended furlough scheme, which highlights the topic of serving notice and how it is treated under the scheme: The Government gives.... then takes away!, published 16 November 2020.</description>
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  3342.      <pubDate>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 07:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3343.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3344.      <link></link>
  3345.    </item>
  3346.    <item>
  3347.      <title>Research round up - 13 November</title>
  3348.      <description>COVID-19 death rates amongst those with learning disabilities are significantly higher than the general population - according to the findings of research by the Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer. Further information. Press release. Coronavirus has increased mental health issues - a new study from Cardiff and Swansea University found that half of respondents had clinically significant psychological distress, with 20% severely affected - higher than pre-COVID levels. Young adults, women and those who are economically disadvantaged are more likely to be affected. Further information. How has Covid-19 impacted on care and support at home in Scotland? This report takes an in-depth look into the experience of users of care services and care workers during the first part of the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland. Amongst other things, the report notes that some people experienced a reduction in care services. Read the report here.  House of Lords Public Services Committee - Lessons from COVID-19 - the report includes a chapter on social care and calls for adequate funding for social care, equal visibility and priority with health care and effective data sharing between health and social care. Further information. Commission on future of technology in social care - a new commission set up by ADASS and TEC Services Association will be investigating how digital systems can support adult social care going forwards. See news item.</description>
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  3350.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3351.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3352.      <link></link>
  3353.    </item>
  3354.    <item>
  3355.      <title>New guidance on swab testing at home</title>
  3356.      <description>New guidance has been issued to inform people how to use their coronavirus (COVID-19) home test kit. The step-by-step guide, which relates to both adults and children, says:  Follow the right steps in the correct order. Find your nearest Royal Mail priority postbox (5 to 10 mins). The guidance explains how to do this and says complete this task before you take the swab test.  Register test kit online (10 to 15 minutes). You must register to get your test results Take swab sample (5 to 10 minutes) Post your completed test kit. You must do this within 2 days of receiving your test kit, if possible. Completed tests must be posted no later than 1 hour before last collection. The guidance says what to do if you cannot get to a priority postbox. Get test results by text and email (2 days). Guidance on testing for coronavirus at home This is UK-wide.</description>
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  3358.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3359.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3360.      <link></link>
  3361.    </item>
  3362.    <item>
  3363.      <title>Additional funding for small businesses</title>
  3364.      <description>Grants amounting to £2.2bn will be distributed to local authorities in England to further support businesses that have been forced to close during the lockdown.  Local authorities will also be able to give some discretionary grants.  Further information here.</description>
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  3366.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3367.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3368.      <link></link>
  3369.    </item>
  3370.    <item>
  3371.      <title>PHE publishes template letters that notify employers of shielded employees</title>
  3372.      <description>Public Health England has published online reference-only versions of letters from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including accessible formats.  The letters are formal notification for employers that people cannot work outside their home until 2 December 2020. Guidance, COVID-19: letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people, published 13 November 2020.</description>
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  3374.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3375.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3376.      <link></link>
  3377.    </item>
  3378.    <item>
  3379.      <title>Northern Ireland Executive agrees further action to curb COVID-19 infection rates</title>
  3380.      <description>Following restrictions imposed on 16 October, the Northern Ireland Executive has agreed further action to curb COVID-19 infection rates:  Close contact services including driving instructors will reopen by appointment on 20 November; Hospitality will reopen on a graduated basis, with unlicensed premises such as cafes and coffee shops opening on 20 November, with restricted opening hours to 8.00pm. This will not include the purchase or consumption of alcohol on such premises; Support will be provided for mitigations to reduce risk within the hospitality sector, including improved ventilation and requirements for the recording of customer information for contact tracing purposes; Pubs and bars will be permitted to sell sealed off sales on 20 November; The remaining restrictions will be extended and end at midnight on 26 November, meaning all elements of hospitality including hotels can open on 27 November; Statement on Executive decisions -12 November 2020 A new emotional public information campaign will launch to co-incide with the measures.</description>
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  3382.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3383.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3384.      <link></link>
  3385.    </item>
  3386.    <item>
  3387.      <title>Blog: Good News Stories from UKHCA members, mid-Nov '20</title>
  3388.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members.  Featuring:  Care By UsBluebird Care Rother  and  HastingsRight at Home PortsmouthCaremark Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and MallingHelping Hands Home Care RedditchHome Instead - BasingstokeCaring ConnectionsCarewatchhcAshridge Home Care Read the full blog here</description>
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  3390.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3391.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3392.      <link></link>
  3393.    </item>
  3394.    <item>
  3395.      <title>County councils in England warn of budget shortfalls and cuts ahead</title>
  3396.      <description>A survey by the County Councils Network (CCN) predicts a £1.7bn funding shortfall in 2021/22 for their 36 councils in England. Only one in five (22%) was 'confident' they could deliver a balanced budget without 'dramatic' reductions to services. Over half (56%) were planning to reduce access to care packages and/or introduce new charges for services 'moderately or severely', with 42% implementing the same severity of reductions to personal budgets and mental health services. Autumn Budget survey</description>
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  3398.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3399.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3400.      <link></link>
  3401.    </item>
  3402.    <item>
  3403.      <title>HMRC webinars on importing from EU countries after transition ends</title>
  3404.      <description>HMRC is running webinars for businesses that trade with other countries from Europe to help them get ready for the end of the UK transition period on 31 December 2020 and new rules from 1 January 2021. The webinar covers import declarations, simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, preparing to make them, making import declarations without authorisation, and delayed import declarations. To register The Health and Safety Executive has also issued guidance on getting ready for the end of transition. This includes the new UKCA marking which will begin to replace CE marking for goods being placed on the UK market.</description>
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  3406.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3407.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3408.      <link></link>
  3409.    </item>
  3410.    <item>
  3411.      <title>Views sought on restricting movement of care home staff</title>
  3412.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking views on plans to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections by making residential and nursing care home providers in England restrict the movement of care staff between care homes and between care homes and other health and care settings. There would be a limited exception to the requirement so care home providers can continue to ensure enough staff are available to care for service users safely This consultation closes at midday on 23 November 2020.</description>
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  3414.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3415.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3416.      <link></link>
  3417.    </item>
  3418.    <item>
  3419.      <title>Lords report on 'critical juncture' for reform of UK's public services</title>
  3420.      <description> The House of Lords Public Service Committee has issued a report on the experience of the pandemic, calling for radical improvement in the way Government communicates and cooperates with local-level service providers on the delivery of effective public services.  The report says there should be an analysis of whether services whould be best delivered centrally or locally, with local services and frontline workers given the resources and autonomy to innovate and improve the delivery of public services where they are the better option. 1st Report - A critical juncture for public services: lessons from COVID-19 &#x2;</description>
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  3422.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3423.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3424.      <link></link>
  3425.    </item>
  3426.    <item>
  3427.      <title>Skills for Care webinars to support managers</title>
  3428.      <description> Skills for Care have launched two webinars - one on Wellbeing for managers and the other on Leading for Wellbeing, to help senior staff look themselves and support others. More information</description>
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  3430.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3431.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3432.      <link></link>
  3433.    </item>
  3434.    <item>
  3435.      <title>Study finds people with learning disabilities had higher death rate from COVID-19</title>
  3436.      <description> A Public Health England study has found in England the death rate of people with learning disabilities was up to 6 times higher from coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic than the general population. More information</description>
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  3438.      <pubDate>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3439.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3440.      <link></link>
  3441.    </item>
  3442.    <item>
  3443.      <title>New Supported Living Guidance for Wales</title>
  3444.      <description>The Welsh Government have issued new guidance for people in supported living. The guidance sets out visiting guidelines and information about how people living in supported living arrangements can form bubbles with other households. It also covers the need to assess risks for people working in supported living settings and provides guidance on testing and isolation in supported living settings. The guidance is available here.</description>
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  3446.      <pubDate>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3447.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3448.      <link></link>
  3449.    </item>
  3450.    <item>
  3451.      <title>GDPR - Right of access to information</title>
  3452.      <description> The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published new guidance on subject access requests ("SARs"). Although the new guidance does not change the underlying law, it does provide some useful direction designed to simplify and clarify how to respond to SARs. Key points include:  Stopping the clock: The new guidance provides that the clock can be stopped whilst organisations are waiting for the requester to clarify their request. The deadline for responding extends for the same amount of time as the requester takes to provide the clarification.  Manifestly excessive: There is a broader definition of what constitutes a "manifestly excessive" request for information Charging fees: The guidance has been updated in relation to what organisations can take into account when charging an admin fee for a manifestly unfounded or excessive request.  UKHCA Members are advised to make sure they are using the most up to date guidance when responding to requests for information.</description>
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  3454.      <pubDate>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3455.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3456.      <link></link>
  3457.    </item>
  3458.    <item>
  3459.      <title>Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019: Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)</title>
  3460.      <description> The Government has launched an LPS 'document collection page' on This brings together key documents on LPS, as they work towards implementation. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.  The page includes note of the last LPS steering group (Oct 13th), linked from the new collection page. This includes important information on the Government's plans for draft regulations, which will form part of the public consultation, planned for 2021.   </description>
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  3462.      <pubDate>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3463.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3464.      <link></link>
  3465.    </item>
  3466.    <item>
  3467.      <title>Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance now available</title>
  3468.      <description> Updated guidance has been published on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which has been extended to 31 March 2021 across the UK. There is a collection of guidance on eligibility and how the claim process operates. Employers can start submitting claims from 11 November, for periods from 1 November, with all claims for November submitted by 14 December. The scheme, which will be reviewed in January, pays 80% of employees' usual wages for hours not worked, up to £2,500 per month. The employer and employee do not have to have used the scheme before to claim. The guidance on which employees are eligible confirms that 'Employers can furlough employees who are clinically extremely vulnerable, at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus or off on long-term sick leave. It is up to employers to decide whether to furlough these employees' and describes how the CJRS scheme interacts with the SSP rebate scheme. The updated shielding guidance is here.</description>
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  3470.      <pubDate>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3471.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3472.      <link></link>
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  3475.      <title>Have your say: Human Rights in Northern Ireland</title>
  3476.      <description> A consultation on the creation of a Bill of Rights is being held by the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The Committee wants to listen to what you think and taking on board how you feel about the creation of a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland. The results of the consultation will provide valuable information to the Committee and help inform its forward work programme. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential.  Read more about the consultation and how to respond</description>
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  3478.      <pubDate>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3479.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3480.      <link></link>
  3481.    </item>
  3482.    <item>
  3483.      <title>HMRC webinars on Furlough and Statutory Sick Pay</title>
  3484.      <description> HMRC are providing webinars for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) and Statutory Sick Pay. You can hear the latest information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which includes:  who can claim  who you can claim for  how to calculate what you can claim how to make a claim, and  a reminder of how to claim for periods up to 31 October. HMRC will continue to update their webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available. Register here  HMRC are also running monthly webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on:   who can claim  who you can claim for  how to make a claim  what you may be entitled to, and more. Register here   </description>
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  3486.      <pubDate>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3487.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3488.      <link></link>
  3489.    </item>
  3490.    <item>
  3491.      <title>People with Down's Syndrome added to clinically extremely vulnerable adult list</title>
  3492.      <description> The Government has added all adults who have Down's syndrome to the group of people who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. This is the group who were previously advised to shield. The Department of Health and Social Care has written to care providers to inform them of the addition of people with Down's Syndrome to the Shielding Patient List (SPL), to enable them to support individuals to follow the updated advice for this group. Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable Adding Down's syndrome to the clinically extremely vulnerable conditions list FAQs Adding Down's syndrome to the clinically extremely vulnerable conditions list - Easy read FAQs</description>
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  3494.      <pubDate>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3495.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3496.      <link></link>
  3497.    </item>
  3498.    <item>
  3499.      <title>Faster lateral flow tests to be distributed to over 50 councils in England</title>
  3500.      <description> An initial 600,000 batch of the faster lateral flow tests for COVID-19 is to be sent to over 50 directors of public health across England so they can prioritise allocation, based on the specific needs of their communities. Each will receive a batch of 10,000 antigen lateral flow devices as part of a new pilot to enable them to start testing priority groups. The initial allocation will be followed by a weekly allocation of lateral flow antigen tests to upper tier councils equivalent to 10% of their local population. The new testing technology is being used as part of asymptomatic, whole-city testing in Liverpool. The Government is also to offer these tests to devolved nations. Government press release which includes the list of councils in England.</description>
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  3502.      <pubDate>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3503.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3504.      <link></link>
  3505.    </item>
  3506.    <item>
  3507.      <title>Research round-up - 9 November</title>
  3508.      <description>The University of Birmingham have published a report on how care markets can support personalised outcomes. The report argues that local authorities using market shaping approaches that were more rule driven and demonstrated higher levels of control would be less likely to meet the personalisation aims of the Care Act 2014.  Healthwatch and the British Red Cross have published a report on people's experience of leaving hospital during COVID-19. Research commissioned by the CQC suggests that people over the age of 55 are less likely to think that care has improved during the pandemic and are less likely to think a lower standard of care due to the impact of coronavirus is acceptable.  PSSRU undertook a survey of care workers to examine the impact of COVID-19 on care workers workload, wellbeing and ability to provide care safely.  A study from the University of York has not found a connection between social care spend and emergency hospital admission for falls for older adults with dementia.  The Kings Fund have updated their analysis of key issues facing social care. So have the House of Commons Library.  The Kings Fund have produced a diagram illustrating how to respond to stress for hospital staff during the pandemic. Obviously, this wasn't designed for a social care context but it may be of interest.  ADASS have called for an additional £480m to provide care at home and £1.2m to support unpaid carers this winter.  Equalities Baroness Doreen Lawrence published a review of the impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission are launching an inquiry to scrutinise racial inequality of workers in health and social care.  Wales The Older People's Commissioner for Wales is undertaking research to identify the gaps in services that prevent older people who experience abuse from getting the help that they need to keep them safe.  Carers Wales have released a report "Track the Act 5: Monitoring the 4th year of implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014". The report highlights the difficulties informal carers face getting access to advice and support and calls on the Welsh Government to recognise carers as the "third pillar of our health and social care system". Read the report here.</description>
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  3510.      <pubDate>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3511.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3512.      <link></link>
  3513.    </item>
  3514.    <item>
  3515.      <title>Report shows widespread disruption to older people's care in the pandemic</title>
  3516.      <description>The Institute of Fiscal Studies has published a briefing on COVID-19 and disruptions to the health and social care of older people in England which reports disruptions to hospital care were widespread during the early stages of the pandemic.  A sixth of the over-50 population in England - that is 3.6 million individuals - had hospital treatment or an operation cancelled, with disruption greatest for those in poor health and living in deprived areas.</description>
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  3518.      <pubDate>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3519.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3520.      <link></link>
  3521.    </item>
  3522.    <item>
  3523.      <title>Age UK calls for urgent recognition of care workers' valuable contribution</title>
  3524.      <description>A report by Age UK says care workers in England are entitled to feel under prepared, under-supported, under-protected and under-rewarded in the pandemic, compared with their counterparts in health. The care sector is under-staffed and has variable access to PPE. Staff are poorly paid and have been omitted from recent Government announcements about pay rises for public sector staff. Despite the trauma of the pandemic, care staff have inadequate access to mental health support and need similar access to their counterparts in the NHS. The report concludes with a list of recommendations and call for urgent action to ensure the contributions, skills and commitment of care workers are recognised, including pay parity with health. Age UK report: Time to bring our care workers in from the cold</description>
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  3526.      <pubDate>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3527.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3528.      <link></link>
  3529.    </item>
  3530.    <item>
  3531.      <title>Updated guidance for prevention and management of pressure ulcers in Scotland</title>
  3532.      <description>Health Improvement Scotland have updated guidance on the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. The updated gudiance applies in a number of settings including care at home services. The guidance is available here.</description>
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  3534.      <pubDate>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3535.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3536.      <link></link>
  3537.    </item>
  3538.    <item>
  3539.      <title>New guidance on childcare bubbles</title>
  3540.      <description>New guidance has been issued on households wishing to form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare. The guidance is available here. This is alongside the updated guidance on support bubbles, which allow single adult housholds to form a bubble with another household. </description>
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  3542.      <pubDate>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3543.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3544.      <link></link>
  3545.    </item>
  3546.    <item>
  3547.      <title>Blog: Good News Stories from UKHCA members, early Nov '20</title>
  3548.      <description>Read our latest "Good news stories and innovation from the #homecare sector" blog featuring the great work by UKHCA members.  Featuring:Home Instead SolihullHelping Hands Home CareRight at Home Stevenage, Letchworth and HitchinBluebird Care East DevonCaremark Worthing  and  AdurRadfield Home Care Bexhill, Hastings  and  BattleUnique Senior CareSureCare Wolverhampton Read the full blog</description>
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  3550.      <pubDate>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3551.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3552.      <link></link>
  3553.    </item>
  3554.    <item>
  3555.      <title>Guest blog: How technology can help answer the CQC’s 5 key lines of enquiry</title>
  3556.      <description>Guest blog by Unique IQ The Care Quality Commission is a keen supporter of technology as a driver for improving standards of care. One of its strategic priorities is to encourage innovation; to not let regulation stand in the way of digital developments, providing they do not come at the expense of high quality, person-centred care. So how can home care organisations harness technology to address the CQC’s five key lines of enquiry (KLOEs)? And use it to focus on delivering outstanding care? Read the Guest Blog in full</description>
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  3558.      <pubDate>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3559.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3560.      <link></link>
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  3562.    <item>
  3563.      <title>Government extends furlough scheme until end of March 2021</title>
  3564.      <description> The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is to run until the end of March 2021 across the UK, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. Previously the scheme was extended until 2 December. Employers will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions for hours not worked, not workers' pay. The CJRS extension will be reviewed in January 2021.  Further guidance is expected on these measures on 10 November. Government press release In the meantime, Matt Wort of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has written a blog entitled Extended furlough; an upgrade or a refurb? on what we know so far about the extension of the furlough scheme. The Chancellor has also announced an increase in the upfront guarantee of funding for the devolved administrations from £14 billion to £16 billion and an increase in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500, as well as other business support measures.    </description>
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  3566.      <pubDate>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3567.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3568.      <link></link>
  3569.    </item>
  3570.    <item>
  3571.      <title>Fast-track Barred List checks</title>
  3572.      <description> Providing the fast-track barred list check is a key element in both the government's and DBS' response to COVID-19. In order for the service to be maintained, the DBS want to make sure that it is being used correctly and only for the purposes stated within the legislation and guidance.  The DBS have published supplementary guidance which restates the types of roles that may be eligible and also draws attention to some roles which are not eligible. The DBS will be monitoring the use of COVID-19 applications to assess whether the amended guidance has been effective. Registered Bodies may be contacted to confirm the status of groups of applications, or individual applications.  The DBS have confirmed that the COVID-related free-of-charge and emergency fast-track Barred List check services will remain in place for the time being.  Read the new supplementary DBS guidance</description>
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  3574.      <pubDate>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3575.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3576.      <link></link>
  3577.    </item>
  3578.    <item>
  3579.      <title>EHRC opens statutory inquiry into racial inequality of workers in health and social care</title>
  3580.      <description> The Equality and Human Rights Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into racial inequality of ethnic minority workers in lower paid roles in health and social care. The inquiry will examine the experiences of workers from a range of ethnic minorities employed in lower-paid roles within the health and social care sectors across England, Scotland and Wales. It will also look at pre-existing work-related factors, such as workplace conditions, policies and training that may have contributed to their risk of COVID-19. A call for evidence is expected in coming weeks, and details of the external Advisory Panel that will help to guide the work. More information</description>
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  3582.      <pubDate>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3583.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3584.      <link></link>
  3585.    </item>
  3586.    <item>
  3587.      <title>Quick guide on COVID-19 recovery care and support at home</title>
  3588.      <description>A quick guide has been published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence with extensive input from UKHCA, to help homecare workers provide care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19.  You can find it here.</description>
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  3590.      <pubDate>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3591.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3592.      <link></link>
  3593.    </item>
  3594.    <item>
  3595.      <title>Shielding guidance issued ahead of national restrictions</title>
  3596.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care has published updated guidance on shielding people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, in advance of the national restrictions that apply to everyone in England from 5 November to 2 December 2020. The guidance is not as strict as previous shielding guidance, as people are allowed out for limited purposes, but it does say people who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not go to work during the period of national restrictions, if they cannot work from home. The guidance outlines the support available to those affected. Guidance, COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, updated 4 November 2020.</description>
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  3598.      <pubDate>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3599.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3600.      <link></link>
  3601.    </item>
  3602.    <item>
  3603.      <title>New measures and £112 million to support sector over winter</title>
  3604.      <description> The Scottish Government has published a plan outlining steps to prepare and support Scotland's social care sector through the winter.  The Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan is backed by an additional £112 million in funding to support social care users in residential, community and home settings, and the people who provide that care, including unpaid carers. The plan lists a number of actions; those most directly relevant to homecare include:  expanded testing access for the care at home workforce and designated visitors as soon as the technology and capacity allows NHS National Services Scotland to continue to provide free of charge top-up and emergency provision of PPE to ensure staff, unpaid carers, and Social Care Personal Assistants have the PPE they need until at least the end of March 2021 prioritise a 'home first' approach to care, supporting people to stay home or in a homely setting with maximum independence for as long as possible £50 million for the Social Care Staff Support Fund and winter sustainability funding, through to the end of March 2021.  </description>
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  3606.      <pubDate>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3607.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3608.      <link></link>
  3609.    </item>
  3610.    <item>
  3611.      <title>New Quality Framework in Scotland</title>
  3612.      <description>The Care Inspectorate have published a new Quality Framework for support services, including care at home services. This is intended to enable services to self-evaluate their own performance. You can find out more here.</description>
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  3614.      <pubDate>Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3615.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3616.      <link></link>
  3617.    </item>
  3618.    <item>
  3619.      <title>Whole city testing pilot in Liverpool</title>
  3620.      <description>Liverpool will be undertaking a whole city testing pilot, where everyone living or working in Liverpool will be offered testing whether or not they have symptoms.  Existing swab tests will be combiend with 'lateral flow tests' which can provide rapid results to test residents and identify and isolate asymptomatic cases to break chains of transmission. Liverpool City Council, which will be supported by military personnel in delivering the logistics of the task, will be setting out how to access testing later this week. Further information available here.</description>
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  3622.      <pubDate>Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3623.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3624.      <link></link>
  3625.    </item>
  3626.    <item>
  3627.      <title>Infection Control Fund Round 2 guidance updated</title>
  3628.      <description>The Department of Health and Social Care's Guidance on Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund: round 2 has been updated to explain the interaction of the Fund with payments made under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, and the reporting conditions that apply to community care providers, among other changes. Guidance Adult Social Care Fund Round 2</description>
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  3630.      <pubDate>Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3631.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3632.      <link></link>
  3633.    </item>
  3634.    <item>
  3635.      <title>UKHCA calls on the Government to address their new immigration system</title>
  3636.      <description>UKHCA, along with eight other organisations, are calling on the Government to address their new immigration system, including:  * Expanding the shortage occupation list  * Reducing the salary threshold to the living wage  * Exempting employers from the immigration skills charge  Link to the full briefing here Commenting on the briefing, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: “Government has recently rejected the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations about the Shortage Occupation List, at least for the foreseeable future. Although the shortage list would have had limited application for many social care employers, some would have found it extremely helpful in sourcing candidates from outside the UK for hard-to-fill roles, including live-in homecare. “From January 2021, social care employers face a sudden restriction requiring them to recruit from the domestic workforce. The recommendations from IPPR are an important contribution to how the UK’s migration system could work more effectively in sectors which are known to face recruitment challenges. Government needs to consider the recommendations thoroughly.”</description>
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  3638.      <pubDate>Tue, 03 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3639.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3640.      <link></link>
  3641.    </item>
  3642.    <item>
  3643.      <title>Flu vaccinations for care workers: Briefing from the Care Provider Alliance</title>
  3644.      <description>This briefing from the Care Provider Alliance (of whom UKHCA are members) aims to support care managers, occupational health leads, team leaders and care service owners to maximise take up of the flu vaccine by their eligible staff.  It covers both residential and community-based services that are regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Unregulated services may also find the briefing valuable. The briefing provides examples of how to arrange occupational health schemes, or access the NHS complementary scheme, as well as how to monitor and report on progress. It includes a template letter to support identification as a care worker.  Flu vaccinations for care workers: CPA briefing 29 October 2020 CPA</description>
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  3646.      <pubDate>Tue, 03 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3647.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3648.      <link></link>
  3649.    </item>
  3650.    <item>
  3651.      <title>Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme for care workers in Wales</title>
  3652.      <description>Further details have been released on the Statutory Sick Pay enhancement for care workers announced in Wales last week. Read more here.</description>
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  3654.      <pubDate>Tue, 03 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3655.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3656.      <link></link>
  3657.    </item>
  3658.    <item>
  3659.      <title>Restrictions in Wales following 9 November</title>
  3660.      <description>The First Minister has confirmed that new nation-wide restrictions will be introduced in Wales following the end of the fire-break lockdown on 9 November. Here are some of the key points:  2 households will be able to join together to form a bubble/extended household and meet each other inside. It will be possible to meet indoors in other hospitality settings, but this is being given further consideration in light of the lockdown in England. Businesses and places of worship will reopen on 9 November, as will schools. People will still be asked to work from home where possible. Whilst there will be no travel restrictions inside Wales, no travel outside Wales will be permitted without reasonable excuse. See the announcement here. Written statement Press release</description>
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  3662.      <pubDate>Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3663.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3664.      <link></link>
  3665.    </item>
  3666.    <item>
  3667.      <title>Need for signatures on prescriptions, dental and ophthalmic forms suspended</title>
  3668.      <description>The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has approved a temporary measure in England to help limit the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) by suspending the need for patients to sign prescription, dental and ophthalmic forms for a period of 5 months to 31 March 2021.  Decision</description>
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  3670.      <pubDate>Mon, 02 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3671.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3672.      <link></link>
  3673.    </item>
  3674.    <item>
  3675.      <title>Cardiff University to lead a study into the impact of COVID-19 on the health of care workers</title>
  3676.      <description>Cardiff University will be working with Public Health Wales, Swansea University and Social Care Wales to establish the COVID-19 risk to care workers in Wales. The 18 month study will look at suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, trends in other respiratory illnesses and mental health. Click here to find out more.</description>
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  3678.      <pubDate>Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3679.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3680.      <link></link>
  3681.    </item>
  3682.    <item>
  3683.      <title>New national restrictions for four weeks from 5 November</title>
  3684.      <description>The Prime Minister has announced new national restrictions in England from 5 November to 2 December 2020 to address the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 infections. These restrictions: - Require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.- Prevent gatherings with people they do not live with, except for specific purposes.- Close certain businesses and venues.Local COVID-alert levels continue to apply until 5 November and may resume from 3 December, depending on the data. The proposed restrictions will be presented to Parliament for a vote on 4 November. Guidance, New National Restrictions from 5 November, published 31 October 2020. Prime Minister’s speech Government press releaseThe furlough scheme will be extended for the month of November, with eligible UK businesses paying only National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff, who will be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. The Job Support Scheme has been postponed and business grants will be available to help eligible businesses in England.   News story - Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced</description>
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  3686.      <pubDate>Sun, 01 Nov 2020 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3687.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3688.      <link></link>
  3689.    </item>
  3690.    <item>
  3691.      <title>New Skills for Care Digital Learning module</title>
  3692.      <description>Skills for care have developed a new digital learning module to support managers and leaders to carry out learning reviews. Find out more.</description>
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  3694.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3695.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3696.      <link></link>
  3697.    </item>
  3698.    <item>
  3699.      <title>Financial support for care workers and people on low income to self-isolate in Wales</title>
  3700.      <description>Today (30 October) the First Minister has announced that two new schemes will be introduced to support people to self isolate.  One scheme will provide £500 isolation payments to those on a low income who are unable to work because they have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect Service. This is available to people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or another qualifying benefit. The second scheme is a Statutory Sick Pay enhancement for social care workers. This will be available from 1 November 2020 - 31 March 2021. This will top careworkers up to their full pay if they are asked to self-isolate because they or someone in their household has coronavirus, or because they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Wales Test Trace Protect. Self isolating will become a legal requirement. We anticipate further detail about how to access the schemes. Read the announcement here.  In an announcement made at lunch time the First Minister also indicated that there was unlikely to be a return to local lockdowns after 9 Novermber. The restrictions that will be on a Wales-wide basis following the fire-break lockdown are expected to be announced on 2 November (watch the announcement here). </description>
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  3702.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3703.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3704.      <link></link>
  3705.    </item>
  3706.    <item>
  3707.      <title>Outreach workers to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in Wales</title>
  3708.      <description>The NHS in Wales will be recruiting outreach workers to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people during the pandemic given the disparate effect of coronavirus. Read more.</description>
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  3710.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3711.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3712.      <link></link>
  3713.    </item>
  3714.    <item>
  3715.      <title>Flu vaccine for over 65s - fish allergy</title>
  3716.      <description>There is information circulating about a small risk that over 65s with a severe fish allergy may be at risk of an allergic reaction to one of the flu vaccines that contains squalene - a substance that is extracted from refined fish oil. People over 65 who have a fish allergy should discuss this with a health professional and may be offered an alternative vaccine. Further information is available on page 21 of this document.</description>
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  3718.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3719.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3720.      <link></link>
  3721.    </item>
  3722.    <item>
  3723.      <title>Uber Eats and Care Provider Alliance discounts for care workers</title>
  3724.      <description>The Care Provider Alliance, of which UKHCA are members, has partnered with Uber Eats to provide discounts on food deliveries for social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Care providers are encouraged to share information with their staff workers, inviting them to join the CPA 10% DISCOUNT Uber Eats account The Uber Eats app connects users with a broad range of local restaurants and food, so they can order from the full menus of their local favourites whenever they want and get them delivered to their door. By connecting a personal Uber Eats account to Uber Eats for Business, care workers will get access to exclusive discounts on their orders, free delivery for meals and more. Find out more here</description>
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  3726.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3727.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3728.      <link></link>
  3729.    </item>
  3730.    <item>
  3731.      <title>Coronavirus business loan schemes to close end of November</title>
  3732.      <description>Several business loan schemes established to support businesses through the pandemic will close to new applications after 30 November. This inlcudes:  Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Bounce Back Loan Scheme</description>
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  3734.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3735.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3736.      <link></link>
  3737.    </item>
  3738.    <item>
  3739.      <title>MPs seek evidence on Government's approach to funding local government</title>
  3740.      <description> In a new inquiry, the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is inviting evidence on:  The approach the Government should take to local government funding in England as part of the 2020 Spending Review and what the key features of that settlement should be. The current financial situation of councils, how this has affected their ability to deliver services and the demand for services, including Adult Social Care. What the financial challenges facing councils are as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including lost income and local tax losses. What the impact is of another one-year spending review and a further delay to a multi-year settlement and the Fair Funding Review. Deadline is Friday 27 November 2020.</description>
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  3742.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3743.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3744.      <link></link>
  3745.    </item>
  3746.    <item>
  3747.      <title>Independent Review of Adult Social Care - deadline for submissions 6 November 2020</title>
  3748.      <description> A reminder the Scottish Government's Independent Review of Adult Social Care's open invitation to submit views, papers and evidence on reform of adult social care in Scotland closes on 6 November 2020. Contributors are invited to send these to: The Review is able to accept submissions in non-written formats, for example digitally, but contributors are asked to contact the secretariat using the above email address first. More information on engagement organised by the Alliance and the Review's engagement programme. </description>
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  3750.      <pubDate>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3751.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3752.      <link></link>
  3753.    </item>
  3754.    <item>
  3755.      <title>Restriction levels announced for Scottish regions</title>
  3756.      <description>Following the announcement of a five level restriction system last week, the Scottish Government have now released a list of which regions will be categorised into which levels - available here.  The restrictions will come into force on 2 November 2020.</description>
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  3758.      <pubDate>Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3759.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3760.      <link></link>
  3761.    </item>
  3762.    <item>
  3763.      <title>No change to CQC fees in 2021/22</title>
  3764.      <description>The CQC fees scheme, which covers all costs of regulation, including registration, monitoring and inspection, will not change in 2021/22.  This means that, for most providers, their fees will remain the same as in 2019/20 and 2020/21, providing their registration or size does not change. Since the CQC fees scheme will remain the same in 2021/22 as they were this year, you can find the fees scheme, guidance and calculator here. NHS trusts, NHS GPs and community social care providers may see a small change to their fees from April 2021 (up or down), because each provider’s fee is calculated by looking at their size against the total size of the sector, both of which change year-on-year. However, the total fees collected for each sector will not change.  CQC said:  "By keeping our fees scheme unchanged, providers can benefit from a known fee when setting budgets. We know this is a particularly challenging and uncertain period for providers across health and social care and we will continue to do all we can to support those delivering care at this time."  Commenting on the news, UKHCA's Policy Director Colin Angel said: "A freeze on CQC fees is welcome at a time when providers have faced significant cost increases as a result of coronavirus. However, providers will reasonably ask why fees have not been reduced when CQC’s inspection activity (and therefore costs) has been significantly curtailed, and looks like it will be well into next year."</description>
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  3766.      <pubDate>Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3767.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3768.      <link></link>
  3769.    </item>
  3770.    <item>
  3771.      <title>NHS app update</title>
  3772.      <description>The NHS app is being updated. Amongst other things, the latest update will improve the accuracy with which the app can measure distance. Read more.</description>
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  3774.      <pubDate>Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3775.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3776.      <link></link>
  3777.    </item>
  3778.    <item>
  3779.      <title>Flu vaccination - guidance for social care workers</title>
  3780.      <description> Government guidance for flu vaccination in England has been updated and confirms that staff working for a registered domiciliary care provider who are directly involved in the care of service users are eligible for a free flu vaccination. The guidance stresses the importance of reducing flu while coronavirus (COVID-19) is still in circulation. Given that symptoms for flu and COVID are very similar, widespread vaccination against flu will make it easier to target COVID-19 testing and avoid disruption to care services. Staff do not need to show their ID at their GP or pharmacy to obtain a vaccination, however, giving careworkers a letter saying they are an adult social care worker will help to make the process as easy as possible. Flu vaccination in Scotland Flu vaccination in Wales Flu vaccination in Northern Ireland  </description>
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  3782.      <pubDate>Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3783.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3784.      <link></link>
  3785.    </item>
  3786.    <item>
  3787.      <title>Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers: Standards October 2020</title>
  3788.      <description> The Care Inspectorate is supporting the publication of the updated standards for prevention and management of pressure ulcers, with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  These standards will replace the current clinical standards on prevention and management of pressure ulcers published by Healthcare Improvement Scotland in 2016 and incorporate advice contained in the (now withdrawn) 2009 Quality Improvement Scotland best practice statement. The standards apply to:  any person at risk of developing, or identified with, pressure ulcers regardless of age (including babies and children) services and organisations responsible for pressure ulcer care across health and social care.  ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ</description>
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  3790.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3791.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3792.      <link></link>
  3793.    </item>
  3794.    <item>
  3795.      <title>Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)</title>
  3796.      <description> Government has updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme  Who can use the scheme has been updated so employers can ask for a 'shielding note' or a letter from the employee's doctor or health authority advising them to shield because they're at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Read the updated guidance </description>
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  3798.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3799.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3800.      <link></link>
  3801.    </item>
  3802.    <item>
  3803.      <title>Covid - 19 new 'firebreak' restrictions throughout Wales</title>
  3804.      <description>Welsh Ministers have agreed a time limited 'firebreak'\x9d where restrictions come into force across Wales from Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November to coincide with half term and university reading weeks. During the period, people in Wales are required to stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse, certain businesses are required to close, and people must work from home if it is reasonable and practicable to do so. People resident outside Wales are not able to enter or remain in Wales without a reasonable excuse. Primary schools, special schools, education other than at school (EOTAS) provision and childcare services will remain open. Read the summary of the effects of coronavirus restrictions</description>
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  3806.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3807.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3808.      <link></link>
  3809.    </item>
  3810.    <item>
  3811.      <title>Guidance issued on Kickstart job placement scheme</title>
  3812.      <description>Guidance has been issued for employers looking to create job placements for young people, and apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. The scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.  Kickstart scheme for 30 or more job placements A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this, they can apply via a Kickstart gateway. The scheme applies in England, Scotland and Wales. Kickstart Scheme for 29 or fewer placements</description>
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  3814.      <pubDate>Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3815.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3816.      <link></link>
  3817.    </item>
  3818.    <item>
  3819.      <title>Report describes hospital discharge difficulties in the pandemic</title>
  3820.      <description>Healthwatch England and the British Red Cross have published 590 people's stories of leaving hospital during COVID-19 which concludes the 'discharge to assess' model could work nationally, but it relies on people's whole needs being assessed and addressed in the community, and this often does not happen in practice. The report noted difficulties with follow-up visits and assessments that didn't happen, follow-up contact that wasn't made, patients not being prepared for discharge, lack of communication, discharges at night with little support, and delays in Covid-19 testing which meant people were discharged into the community without their results.  However, the benefits of a national approach to discharge and better joined up working between health and social care were noted.</description>
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  3822.      <pubDate>Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3823.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3824.      <link></link>
  3825.    </item>
  3826.    <item>
  3827.      <title>Video: UKHCA's CEO in CoProduce Care panel</title>
  3828.      <description>UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson recently took part in a Coproduce Care event featuring the CQC's Kate Terroni.  You can watch the panel discussion here The main topic of discussion was the CQC's State of Care report for 2020. </description>
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  3830.      <pubDate>Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3831.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3832.      <link></link>
  3833.    </item>
  3834.    <item>
  3835.      <title>Northern Ireland: additional support if there is a water or electricity supply disruption</title>
  3836.      <description>NI Water and NIE Networks have care registers which allow older and disabled people to receive additional support if there is an interruption in services.  Anyone interested in being on those registers can find out more here.</description>
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  3838.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3839.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3840.      <link></link>
  3841.    </item>
  3842.    <item>
  3843.      <title>New five level plan for COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland</title>
  3844.      <description>The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced a new five level plan for COVID-19 for Scotland today. Whilst levels 1, 2 and 3 are broadly similar to those announced for England last week, there is also a level 0 (similar to the lower restriction levels set out in the summer) and a level 4 (which represents a more substantial lockdown closer to what was seen in spring). Which regions are allocated to which level has yet to be decided and is being discussed with local public health leads. It is anticipated the framework will come into effect on 2 November 2020. The Strategy also states an intention to publish a Winter Plan for Adult Social Care and an intention to meet additional PPE costs. Press release Strategic framework</description>
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  3846.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3847.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3848.      <link></link>
  3849.    </item>
  3850.    <item>
  3851.      <title>Clocks are changing - don't lose sleep</title>
  3852.      <description>Clocks go back on the 25th October meaning an extra hour in bed but this change can impact your sleep schedule. Social Care staff have free access to Sleepio, a clinically-proven digital CBT programme for insomnia.  More information via the Care Provider Alliance</description>
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  3854.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3855.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3856.      <link></link>
  3857.    </item>
  3858.    <item>
  3859.      <title>Wales launch ten year workforce strategy</title>
  3860.      <description>Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales have jointly launched a 10 year workforce strategy called "A Healthier Wales: Our Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care".  The high level strategic framework comprises 32 actions including: developing a workforce plan for domiciliary care; an increased focus on digital skills; a values based induction programme and "work towards fair reward and recognition across the health and social care workforce." You can read the announcement here. The strategy is available here. </description>
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  3862.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3863.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3864.      <link></link>
  3865.    </item>
  3866.    <item>
  3867.      <title>Advice for those previously shielding in Wales</title>
  3868.      <description>The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued a new letter to those providing advice to those who were previously shielding in Wales. The letter does not advise a return to shielding but provides advice on how to reduce risks. The letter is available here.  You can sign up for updates by text message here about shielding. The FAQs have also been updated.</description>
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  3870.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3871.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3872.      <link></link>
  3873.    </item>
  3874.    <item>
  3875.      <title>Chancellor increases support for businesses</title>
  3876.      <description>The Chancellor has further amended the support available to businesses in the pandemic. Chancellor's statement to the House - Plan For Jobs  Plan for Jobs press release Local authorities in England will provide businesses impacted by Tier 2 restrictions, even if they aren't legally closed, with direct cash grants. LAs will have discretion but extra funding should give those business premises in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors a direct grant of up to £2,100 for each month Tier 2 restrictions apply. The scheme is retrospective to August 2020. The Job Support Scheme is being made more generous for UK employers:  Employees now have to work only 20% of their hours, not 33%. The employer contribution for hours not worked will be 5%, not be 33%. The scheme will apply to eligible businesses in all alert levels, so businesses that are not closed but face higher restrictions, as well as the devolved nations, will be able to access greater support. Policy paper, The Job Support Scheme The next round of the self-employed income support scheme for the UK will increase from 20% to 40% of people's incomes from November 2020, increasing the maximum grant to £3,750. Policy paper, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension</description>
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  3878.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3879.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3880.      <link></link>
  3881.    </item>
  3882.    <item>
  3883.      <title>Additional flu vaccines authorised for use in the UK</title>
  3884.      <description>The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has temporarily authorised a flu vaccine used in the USA called Flublok for use in the UK, to help ensure as many people as possible are vaccinated during the pandemic. DHSC say millions of extra flu vaccines will soon be available. All vaccines, including Flublok, undergo three stages of clinical trials and are assessed by the regulator for safety, effectiveness and quality before they are given to patients. Government press release</description>
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  3886.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3887.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3888.      <link></link>
  3889.    </item>
  3890.    <item>
  3891.      <title>PHE AGP pilot programme</title>
  3892.      <description>PHE is planning a short pilot/evaluation programme on the management of AGPs (aerosol-generating procedures) in non-acute settings. It is an evaluation of whether the system would work to support their draft proposal e.g. how to access tests, how to get results, what if the results are unavailable/delayed, PPE availability etc. PHE are looking for potential domiciliary care organisations to participate.  If you have any queries or would like to participate please email</description>
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  3894.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3895.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3896.      <link></link>
  3897.    </item>
  3898.    <item>
  3899.      <title>Care providers can now order free CARE badges for their staff</title>
  3900.      <description> Care providers in England can now order free CARE badges for their staff from an online ordering service. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing free badges to staff employed across the adult social care sector to recognise their critical work, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Employers should click on Order now to go to APS's ordering site (ADS are delivering the badges on behalf of DHSC). DHSC say care providers should:  Order one CARE badge per current staff member.  Ensure one person orders CARE badges for their entire organisation, including multiple locations, so they can be distributed internally. More information on care badges and ordering DHSC has also issued guidance on using the CARE brand, with downloadable logos and brand guidelines explaining who can use the CARE identity and how it should be applied.</description>
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  3902.      <pubDate>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 08:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3903.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3904.      <link></link>
  3905.    </item>
  3906.    <item>
  3907.      <title>Health and Social Care Committee publish report on social care funding and workforce</title>
  3908.      <description>The Health and Social Care Committee have published a report on social care funding and workforce.  The key recommendation is for the Government to use the spending review to invest £7bn more per year in adult social care by 2023/24.  UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson tweeted: "Good to see the 21 conclusions  and  recommendations on adult social care funding  and  workforce from the Committee and that Ukhca and Agincare's evidence on homecare was quoted. Fingers crossed for an extra £7bn p.a. to help fairer access to care for people  and  proper valuing of careworkers." Full report here</description>
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  3910.      <pubDate>Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3911.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3912.      <link></link>
  3913.    </item>
  3914.    <item>
  3915.      <title>Guest Blog: The Role of Remote Monitoring in Supporting Isolated and Shielding Older People</title>
  3916.      <description>UKHCA's latest guest blog comes from Commercial members Anthropos entitled: "The Role of Remote Monitoring in Supporting Isolated and Shielding Older People." Read it in full here</description>
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  3918.      <pubDate>Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3919.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
  3920.      <link></link>
  3921.    </item>
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  3923.      <title>Post-coronavirus pandemic, resources and analysis</title>
  3924.      <description>Individuals who have had coronavirus Social Care Institute for Excellence, with extensive input from UKHCA, has published a guide to help home care workers provide care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19, November 2020. Guidance - COVID-19: long-term health effects, published 7 September 2020. CSP Covid-19 Rehabilitation Standards, published 14 May 2020. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's statement, published 5 May 2020, calling for a comprehensive strategy. CSP are concerned once people are home, they are less likely to receive rehabilitative care. Covid-19: the challenge of patient rehabilitation after intensive care , BMJ, says both the Intensive Care Society (ICS) and the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine are working with NHS England to urgently develop - 'soon-to-be-released' covid-19 recovery plans.  NICE quality standard Rehabilitation after critical illness in adults: quality standard QS158, published September 2017.  Hospital discharge guidance - collection A film has been released by the Department of Health and Social Care with the stories of 4 people, including one aged 22, who are living with the long-term effects of coronavirus. More about the film Long-covid Support: Study by King's College London identifies those most at risk from 'long COVID': Social care Beyond COVID: new thinking on the future of adult social care, paper by SCIE. September 2020, More information Charting a post-COVID-19 future for social care, SCIE article published 14 May 2020, by Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence. Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19, published 12 June 2020. The National Audit Offices's report traces the steps taken by the UK government to mobile the response to COVID-19 from mid-March to the end of April 2020. </description>
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  3926.      <pubDate>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3927.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3931.      <title>Government's guidance for the general public</title>
  3932.      <description> Listing of government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - What you need to do, updated frequently.  For a list of legislation, and amending regulations, see:  Roadmap out of lockdown  The Government published a roadmap out of lockdown for Spring 2021 in England.  The roadmap is available here: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021  (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do, updated frequently.   The Government has confirmed a further easing of Covid restrictions from 12 April, when more businesses and venues can reopen. It has also published a Roadmap Reviews Update on:  COVID-Status Certification Review Global Travel Taskforce Events Research Programme Social Distancing Review The reviews will inform Government decision-making on future lockdown easing. Two visitors allowed in care homes to reunite with loved ones - GOV.UK ( PM's statement at coronavirus press conference: 5 April 2021 COVID-19 restrictions posters: 29 March 2021  Guidance - Containing and managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, updated 18 March 2021.   COVID-19 restrictions Police guidance on how they should police the pandemic.  App and test and trace Find out which coronavirus (COVID-19) test you should get How NHS Test and Trace works: what to do if you are contacted People of 16 and over are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 app, part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. This identifies contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. NHS COVID-19 app. Privacy information for the app is available here.  Some businesses are required by law to display the official QR code so people can check in. Asymptomatic testing Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants, updated frequently to include new postcode areas. Lists locations using surge testing to test for new variants. From 9 April 2021, twice weekly rapid testing is to be available free to everyone in England.  Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week 9 in 10 pharmacies now offering free, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests  Dealing with a possible COVID-19 infection  Guidance on getting a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus Guidance Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, updated 22 March 2021. Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, updated 30 March 2021.  Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person, updated 30 March 2021. Includes legal requirements for self isolation. NHS 111 Online - Get coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) OR a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), should get a test and stay at home until they get the result. Use this on-line tool from the NHS to find out what to do if you, or somebody else, may have symptoms of COVID-19. NHS England has Health at home advice on how to access NHS services online. Face coverings Guidance, Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own, updated 16 April 2021.This includes exemption cards or badges people can carry with them. Guidance, How to wear and make a cloth face covering, updated 15 July 2020. Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers, updated 8 April 2021.  NHS England, Visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic updated 23 March 2020. Guidance on staying safe How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) updated 31 March 2021. Guidance, Making a support bubble with another household, updated 29 March 2021.    Coronavirus - Advice on accessing green spaces safely updated 12 April 2021. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on phased return of sport and recreation, updated 12 April 2021. There is separate guidance for personal trainers and elite athletes. Shielding of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are no longer advised to shield from 1 April in England. A letter has been sent to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in England, which outlines that they will no longer be advised to shield from 1 April. The letter outlines practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the virus. Press release and Read the letter Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - collection including translations. Guidance for at-risk groups offered free vitamin D supplements by the government this winter, updated 12 January 2021. Travel advice Self-isolation compliance checks after international travel  New government service launched to support quarantine compliance  Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England  Managed quarantine: what to expect  Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to quarantine when you travel to England, updated 7 April 2021. Self-isolation compliance checks after international travel Travel advice - Coronavirus (COVID-19), updated frequently. This includes a link to the declaration form for international travel (for England), which has to be completed by departing travellers (except to Ireland) from 8 March. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for international travel, updated 11 February 2021.   Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors, updated frequently. All travel corridors have been suspended from 4.00am on 18 January 2021. Foreign travel advice, updated frequently. Includes option to sign up for country updates. Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions, updated frequently. The list of categories of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions has been reduced. Vaccination advice - COVID-19 National booking service open for those aged 65 and over, clinically extremely vulnerable people, and frontline health or social care workers: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS ( Adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed should be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine - JCVI advice, published 29 March 2021. Priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination - JCVI advice, updated 6 January 2021. Prioritising the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: JCVI statement, published 26 January 2021.  JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women, published 16 April 2021. COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a information on COVID-19 vaccination. Updated frequently. A suite of leaflets has been issued by Public Health England about COVID-19 vaccination, including for the public in England: COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan collage poster  COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources  COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting - collection of guidance.  Other guidance and advice Work and financial support This guidance covers England only. Guidance: Closing certain businesses and venues in England, updated frequently, sets out restrictions on certain businesses, shops and venues. Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic, updated 12 April 2021.  Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments, updated 11 March 2020. This includes guidance, Q  and  As, template contingency plan and template letter confirming the worker is a personal care assistant. What to do when someone dies, step by step Guidance: Volunteering duirng coronavirus Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Accessing food and essential supplies, updated 1 April 2021. How to get food and other essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, if you are having difficulty because you are vulnerable or self-isolating. The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for consumers on what they need to know about coronavirus and food, published 25 April 2020.  </description>
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  3934.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3935.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3939.      <title>Government's guidance for social care providers</title>
  3940.      <description> The Government has provided a single page listing information for adult social care providers about COVID-19 guidance and support.  See Overview of adult social care guidance produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE).  Adult social care: coronavirus (CODIVD-19) winter plan 2020 to 2021, updated 14 December 2020.   Lockdown restrictions are being lifted in stages from 8 March according to the Government's roadmap out of lockdown. See: What you can and cannot do  Homecare guidance   Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care, updated 1 April 2021. Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home.  Guidance - COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework, (England) updated 1 December 2020.Guidance - COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care, updated 6 April 2021. This interprets for use in domiciliary care the main PPE guidance: Guidance, COVID-19 Infection prevention and control (IPC), updated 15 April 2021. PPE illustrated guide for community and social care settings updated 31st July 2020. UKHCA Resources and downloads: Self-isolation of live-in homecare workers who test positive for COVID-19 (log in needed). Guidance, Coronavirus testing for homecare workers, updated 18 March 2021. FAQs issued following DHSC webinar on testing for homecare workers, December 2020. For maintaining mental health of the workforce, see:  For information on Infection Control Fund 3 funding, see Advice for councils on funding and market stability Guidance on topics relevant to homecareCOVID-19 Vaccination - Social care workers Careworkers in England can book their own appointment through this link: The National Booking Service This service was suspended and then resumed on 19 April 2021. Linked page with more detail of those who are eligible: Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (  A list with points of contact within Local Authorities on workforce vaccination. The list is here.  The Department of Health and Social Care's COVID-19 Vaccination Communications Toolkit for providers to use in their own campaigns is now available at Campaign Resources (  The Toolkit is accompanied by a Q and A document which is especially helpful: Standard operating procedure: Frontline social care workers (JCVI priority cohort 2), published 14 January 2021. Letter dated 14 January 2021 on vaccinating social care staff Letter dated 1 February 2021  Letter dated 10 February 2021 DHSC Top lines and Q and A on vaccination dated 19 February 2021 Webinar held by NHS England on 25 January on the vaccination of frontline social care workers: the slides. Adult social care Q and As dated 29 January 2021, updated to include questions asked at the webinar. (Google Drive, under Files.) UKHCA's CEO, Dr Jane Townson has written blogs on vaccination:Progress of vaccination of homecare workers against COVID-19 - The UKHCA Blog  Also, Q and As from the Local Government Association and others on Supporting personal assistants to take up vaccination as part of priority group two, frontline care workers  COVID-19 vaccination - Priority groups and authorised vaccines JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021 COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI  Prioritising the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: JCVI statement  Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna   Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines JCVI issues advice on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Letter to the [medical] profession from the UK Chief Medical Officers regarding the UK COVID-19 vaccination programmes   JCVI interim statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme COVID-19 vaccination - Information NHS information about COVID-19 vaccination: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (  Collection of government guidance: COVID-19 vaccination programme A range of leaflets have been issued by Public Health England about COVID-19 vaccination, including guidance for frontline social care staff in England. Accessible versions and translations are available. COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults  COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan collage poster  COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources  Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, updated 12 January 2021. This has a sub-section in the Additional Guidance document on 'Offering a vaccine to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity', which includes how an individual 'best interests' decision should be taken. JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women, published 16 April 2021. COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - GOV.UK&#xE;, with updated advice on vaccinating pregnant women. COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding Guidance, Safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy, updated 17 March 2021. COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting - collection of guidance.  COVID-19 vaccination: blood clotting information for healthcare professionals  Funding, VAT and HMRC Infection Control and Rapid Testing Fund - to end June 2021 Guidance has been published on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund for England, including distribution of funds, local authority allocations, conditions on funding and reporting requirements. Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funding. Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund, published 29 March 2021. NHS and social care funding, speech by Health and Social Care Secretary on 18 March 2021, re allocation of further funding for the NHS and for infection control in adult social care. Guidance - How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 19 January 2021. Considers testing and PPE costs Workforce Development funding: The Department for Health and Social Care published guidance on a ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, updated 19 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2. You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents.  PPE - Infection control other guidance    Guidance, COVID-19: Putting on and removing PPE - a guide for care homes (video), updated 16 April 2021. Referred to 'How to work safely in domiciliary care guidance' above.  Guidance, COVID-19: Personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures, updated 21 August 2020. HSE guidance: Using PPE at work during the coronavirus outbreak WHO 5 moments for Hand Hygiene, published 2006. NICE Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care, CG139, updated 15 February 2017.PPE - Supply Guidance - PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment, updated frequently. Providers should register with the portal so they can order emergency supplies. There are limits on orders and a limited range of PPE, which includes PPE for AGPs and visors. The Government has extended the provision of free personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 needs to social care providers until the end of June 2021.  Guidance, Personal protective equipment (PPE): local contacts for care providers, for care providers not on the PPE Portal, updated frequently. National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) telephone 0800 915 9964. Email: Last resort for emergency supplies. List of commercial suppliers of PPE, see: (scroll down to end).  UKHCA commercial members who supply equipment. Clear masks - in the short term Local Resilience Forums will distribute these.  Testing - in homecare and social care The Government provides weekly testing for asymptomatic homecare workers.  Guidance, Coronavirus testing for homecare workers, updated 18 March 2021. Includes translations and information on Lateral Flow Antigen Tests. This has been extended to extra-care and supported living settings: Guidance on the testing process and the opportunity to sign up to informational webinars. Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants  Government Guidance on getting tested, updated 8 April 2021. This includes how to get a test, and the arrangements for key workers. The testing guidance is accompanied by a privacy notice. Guidance, COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions, updated 1 April 2020. Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing in adult social care settings (can apply in supported living settings). On-site testing for adult social care services Testing - asymptomatic community and public testing Information about local asymptomatic community testing at Community testing - explainer This involves using lateral flow tests. Locations where surge testing is being used to detect COVID-19 variants: Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants, updated frequently.  Resources - Coronavirus Resource centre This includes information on local surge testing.  Get tested for coronavirus - NHS resources:  Guidance - How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA, updated 23 March 2021. Guidance - For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits, updated 23 March 2021. Video on how to use a home testing kit:  Test and Trace NHS COVID-19 app: People of 16 and over are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 app, part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. This identifies contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.  Some businesses are required by law to display the official QR code so people can check in.  Guidance - NHS test and trace: what to do if you are contacted, updated 2 April 2021. What happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Guidance, NHS test and trace in the workplace, Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers, updated 5 April 2021.  Guidance, COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings, includes guidance on when health and social care staff can be exempt from being considered a contact for the purposes of Test and Trace. updated 28 January 2021.  Guidance specific to homecare on keeping records for test and trace is found in section 3 of this document. Guidance for general business - Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace, updated 29 March 2021. Testing - Antibody testing Antibody test to check if you've had coronavirus, currently offered on a limited basis including to those working in paid adult social care.  Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing, updated 24 February 2021.  Other guidance:Car Parking Guidance on scheme for health, care and volunteer workers in England to have free parking in local-authority owned off-street car parks and on-street bays, published 3 April 2020. Data protection  Information Commissioner's Office: Health, social care organisations and coronavirus - what you need to know on data protection. Death of a frontline worker or other person from COVID-19 Guidance, Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England, published 7 July 2020. This includes bereavement resources for the social care workforce. NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme for families of members of the workforce in England who sadly pass away as a result of contracting COVID-19 at work. Main page for the scheme, information for employers and information for claimants.  Disclosure and recruitment  Guidance around free-of-charge DBS applications and new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19, Disclosure and Barring Service, updated 22 October 2020. CQC interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 29 May 2020.  Health inequalities Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, Public Health England, published 2 June 2020 - review into the disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19 for different cross-sections of society.  COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities, published 16 June 2020.Hospital discharges Winter discharges: designated settings, correspondence, published 13 November 2020, on requirement for designated care settings for people discharged from hospital who have COVID-19 positive status. Hospital discharge service guidance, published 2 February 2021. COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements, NHS, collection of documents, updated 3 September 2020. Guidance - COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings, updated 22 March 2021. Law and legal briefings Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP COVID-19 briefings and updates - a listing of briefings on various topics. Mental capacity The Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales has published guides on decision making for others, covering making an LPA, being a deputy or attorney and how NHS or social care staff can check if a patient/client has an attorney or deputy. More information Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, updated 12 January 2021. This has a new sub-section on 'Offering a vaccine to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity', which includes how an individual 'best interests' decision should be taken. The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance Notification HSE guidance: RIDDOR Reporting of Covid-19  Other types of care - selected guidance Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services, updated 31 March 2021. Guidance - Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), updated 1 March 2020. This relates mostly to residential settings, but there is some limited guidance useful to providers of social care to children at home. Guidance - Visiting care homes during coronavirus, updated 6 April 2021. Guidance - Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19, updated 1 April 2021. Has Annex K: moving from the community to care homes. Guidance - Mouth care for hospitalised patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, published 6 August 2020. Guidance - COVID-19: Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, updated 31 March 2021. Guidance - Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 30 March 2021. Guidance - Getting help with daily activities outside your home, updated 31 March 2021. Pregnancy and COVID-19 infection Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy ( Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees, updated 29 March 2021. COVID-19 vaccination - see above.Training UKHCA has a series of free, short online presentations for members on topics such as care coordinator training, medication, end of life care, training online and infection control: UKHCA Resources Skills for Care package of support for registered managers, and rapid induction for new staff. The Skills Toolkit to enhance digital and basic skills while in lockdown.Travel Advice From 8 March, people will need to complete a travel declaration form to confirm that they are legally allowed to travel abroad from England (except to Ireland): Coronavirus (COVID-19): declaration form for international travel  From 18 January, passengers travelling to the UK will have to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test before departure. All travel corridors into England have been suspended, meaning that all travellers from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to self isolate for 10 days on arrival. The number of jobs that qualify for exceptions for the 10 day isolation period have also been reduced. Travel from a number of red list countries is also banned. Hotel quarantine requirements apply from 15 February 2021 to travellers arriving from red list countries:Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England  Managed quarantine: what to expect  Foreign Travel Advice, updated frequently. Government Travel Advice  Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors for UKHCA members on travelling abroad and quarantine restrictions from 30 July 2020.  Visas and migration Health and social care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement. The scheme to exempt non-EEA nationals applying for a health and care visa to work in a health or social care setting, in an eligible occupation, from paying the immigration health surcharge is described here: IHS Reimbursement Scheme  Guidance Immigration health surcharge - applying for a refund, published 1 October 2020. Guidance (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents, updated frequently. 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  3942.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  3947.      <title>Advice for homecare providers</title>
  3948.      <description> Note: Government guidance for homecare providers can be found under 'Government's guidance for social care providers'. Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees advice from ACAS on sick pay, including for those who self-isolate on medical and non-medical advice. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) Infection control guidance Contains advice on managing infections, including outbreaks of flu and other viral and bacterial infections. Advice on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which includes workers in front-facing roles. There are Q and As and a link to sign up for updates.  NICE COVID-19 rapid guideline - Managing COVID-19: &#x15;&#xF;</description>
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  3950.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3951.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3955.      <title>Other Government guidance and support for business, including furlough scheme</title>
  3956.      <description>Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response. This is Government's more general advice on how it is responding to COVID-19. Advice for businesses Working safely Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) updated frequently. Guidance on helping employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the pandemic. Includes COVID-19 risk assessments which employers need to do and publish to be 'COVID-19 Secure'. Guidance - Closing certain businesses and venues in England, updated frequently. Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP - Podcast - returning to work, post-lockdown, published 2 June 2020. HSE guidance - Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus outbreak HSE guidance - Regulating occupational health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance - Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 14 January 2021. Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing, published 6 March 2021. Furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - CJRS) and Job Support Scheme Collection, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated frequently.  Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 1 April 2021.  Step by step guide for employers to CJRS, updated 11 March 2020.  Guidance - Steps to take before calculating your claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 14 April 2021. HMRC links to getting help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Direction from HM Treasury to HM Revenue and Customs (various)  COVID-19 Updates and briefings by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP on various topics, including the CJRS and SSP. Guidance - Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 25 March 2021, which sets out how the scheme will operate, from the employee's perspective. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers, undated, which considers selecting employees fairly for furlough or redundancy.    Financial support Recovery Loan Scheme - GOV.UK (, published 3 March 2021. COVID-19: financial support for businesses, collection, updated frequently. Includes support for businesses affected by local restrictions. Guidance: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch videos and register for the free webinars. Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 14 April 2021. Guidance - Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 12 June 2020.   Workforce, annual leave, SSP, apprenticeships Guidance - Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 26 March 2021. SSP Online Claim Service through Government Gateway. Guidance - Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19), published 13 May 2020.  Guidance - Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 17 March 2021.Self-employment   Self-employment income support scheme fourth grant, updated 3 March 2021.. Schools and Education All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week, 28 February 2021. Guidance - Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak, updated frequently. Guidance for schools, updated frequently. Guidance - What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 7 April 2021.   Guidance - Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings. updated 9 March 2021. Updated 'Critical workers' section to clarify that parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.  The Department for Education's The Skills Toolkit online training courses help people furloughed or in lockdown acquire new skills. The course covers basic maths, computer coding, getting started online, digital skills, producing online content and online marketing.Transport Guidance, Safer travel guidance for passengers, updated 8 April 2021. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Getting an MOT. Original scheme gave vehicle owners a 6-month exemption if they were due an MOT between 30 March and 31 July. There was no extension in the January 2021 lockdown, so MOTs need to be obtained as usual. Garages remain open.</description>
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  3958.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3959.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  3963.      <title>Wales</title>
  3964.      <description>Government guidance for the public COVID-19 control plan for Wales (explains alert levels) Welsh government Coronavirus guidance homepage. Public Health Wales - Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do  Visit Wales guidance Guidance on face coverings, updated 17 November 2020. How to make a 3-layer face covering Written Statement: New advice to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable“ previously 'shielding' (22 December 2020) | GOV.WALES updated 22 December 2020. Text message alert service A framework and seven key questions to help lead Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic, published 24 April 2020. Coronavirus legislation and guidance on the law, collection, updated frequently. COVID-19 Vaccine Information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Wales Vaccine roll out to start across Wales National Protocol for Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Government guidance for health and social care professionals Alert levels in Wales for Social Care Services Social Care Wales coronavirus guidance page. Welsh Government: Health and Social Care Professionals: coronavirus, guidance and services  Public Health Wales: Guidance for Health and Social Care Professionals in Wales Care Inspectorate Wales: Statements on Coronavirus Guidance on CIW notification See ‘What COVID-19 notifications are required by CIW?’. Supported Living guidance  PPE and infection control Updated guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care homes and domiciliary support services, including:  PHW Advisory Note - Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Social Care Settings (Care Homes and Domiciliary Care), updated 2 November. Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services has issued a written Statement on the use of medical masks in health and social care. Flu vaccine information Testing and tracing Routine testing for frontline health and social care staff - announcement; written statement. Self isolation support payment Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme Test, trace, protect: coronavirus, collection. Guidance on test bookings and process Key (critical) workers testing policy: coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 18 May 2020. The Test Trace Protect document, updated on 4 June 2020, sets out the Welsh Government's strategy. Guidance on contact tracing:  Guidance on NHS App  Contact tracing: if you have tested positive What to do if you are a confirmed contact Your questions on contact tracing Contact tracing: stay alert to scamsWorkforce and training Guidance - Social care workforce special payment scheme, published 28 August 2020. This has details of the Welsh Government's scheme to give a £500 bonus to frontline social care workers. The Welsh Government has agreed to a death in service payment for the families of all NHS and social care staff in Wales. This scheme will provide eligible beneficiaries with a one-off sum of £60,000.  Press release dated 27 April 2020.  A social care worker card has been sent to those on the Register of Social Care Workers, managed by Social Care Wales. A digital version is downloadable and a hard copy posted later. FAQs updated 17 July 2020. Public Health Wales has an online resource on staying well at home, which provides mental health support.  Social Care Wales have collected information and resources on health and well-being for Social Care workers. Information for businesses UK Government, Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Wales, updated 20 October 2020. Welsh Government page on support for businesses and employers.  Funding The Welsh Government has allocated an extra £40m to help adult social care services, updated 14 April 2020, allocated to local government through the COVID-19 'hardship fund' and used to meet increased costs of PPE, food, staffing costs and ICT. The announcement says local authorities will work with providers to draw down funding based on need.  The Welsh Government is to supply an additional £10 million funding, through Regional Partnership Boards, to support new and enhanced homecare packages to support patients to leave hospital for their ongoing assessment and recovery. Press release 29 April 2020 An additional £22.7m was allocated to social care in Wales in August </description>
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  3966.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  3971.      <title>Scotland</title>
  3972.      <description> Guidance for the public Main collection of guidance from Scottish Government Scotland in lockdown - ( Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels Coronavirus levels announced Postcode checker for levels Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance on public use of face coverings, updated 6 April 2021.    NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19), information for the public  Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation - (  Quarantine hotels - (  COVID-19 Vaccination The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Scotland is underway. Those giving the injections will be vaccinated first, followed by those prioritised in advice by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI), which includes those over 80 and health and social care workers. Press release &#x12; Resources on vaccination for social care employers and their staff: COVID-19 vaccinations - COVID-19 - Public Health Scotland Shielding Updated advice for people shielding in Scotland: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts. The Scottish Government's policy on shielding: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding - a way forward for Scotland Care home visiting guidance Guidance for health and social care professionals Adult social care - Winter preparedness plan 2020 to 2021 - published 3 November Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance (main collection of guidance for business, healthcare, education and housing) Flu vaccination information for Scotland Revised information and guidance from Health Protection Scotland COVID-19 - Guidance for domiciliary care, published 20 August 2020. COVID-19 - Guidance for non-healthcare settings, updated 31 December 2020. Version 1.8 of the COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social, Community and Residential Care Settings, dated 16 April 2021.  Listing of publications by Health Protection Scotland  Care Inspectorate - Guidance for Services Care Inspectorate - COVID 19 FAQs PPE and infection control PPE Action Plan: The Scottish Government has published a PPE Action Plan for health, social care and other essential public services to support COVID-19 infection control, preparations for winter and the potential impact of exiting the EU. D23Q The Scottish Government has issued guidance on changes to PPE supply, updated 25 November 2020, which says providers should use local PPE Hubs. They have been emailed contact details. Providers can also contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 for details of their local Hub. Letter from CMO and others dated 26 March 2020  Version 1.8 of the COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social, Community and Residential Care Settings, dated 16 April 2021.  National Infection Prevention  and  Control Manual and with advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19. Plus the additional Addendum on COVID-19 in community health and care settings. COVID-19: Clinical Care Guidance for Care at Home, Housing Support and Sheltered Housing, updated 5 March 2020. Test and Protect Protect Scotland App Grants for those self isolating The Scottish Government has issued guidance on testing: Getting tested in Scotland, updated 16 April 2021. Scotland's Test and Protect scheme: Leaflet explaining NHS Scotland's Test and Protect system and what to do if someone has COVID-19 symptoms: available online &#x7; Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - information for people asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, updated 18 February 2021. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - advice for employers, updated 18 February 2021. Asymptomatic testing Routine testing is being rolled out to care at home workers in Scotland. Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care at home testing guidance - (  Workforce and training     The Scottish Social Service Council and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have a Health and social care COVID-19 accelerated recruitment portal Information for Employers The Care Inspectorate has relaxed its advice that providers should seek updates on individual staff PVG Scheme membership every three years. Existing guidance in Protecting Vulnerable Groups - Guidance for Care Inspectorate Staff and Service Providers (2015) is best practice, not a requirement of Disclosure Scotland. Disclosure Scotland is currently prioritising checks for workers needed to deal with coronavirus, including social care workers. Disclosures for workers in priority sectors are free until until midnight on 25 March 2022. More information Support for businesses UK Government, Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland, updated 6 April 2021. Information about advice for businesses, including getting funding. </description>
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  3979.      <title>Northern Ireland</title>
  3980.      <description>Government guidance for the public Guidance and support, including face coverings. Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you HSC Public Health Agency, COVID-19: Information for the public Northern Ireland Executive, Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates  Government guidance for health and social care professionals Stop COVID-19 NI App  HSC Public Health Agency, Guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland - COVID-19, updated 16 June 2020. Guidance for HSC staff on using PPE Questions and answers for HSC staff COVID-19 Vaccination  Domiciliary care workers in Northern Ireland and those employed by independent care agencies are able to book COVID vaccinations at Trust vaccination centres.  The statement is available here. Further information on the Northern Ireland COVID-19 Vaccination Programme  Care worker information leaflet Online booking arrangements for domiciliary care workers registered with the NISCC.  Information on testing Test and trace information StopCOVID NI Proximity App  Public Health Agency information on testing in Northern Ireland, including primary care workers  Northern Ireland's contact tracing scheme HSC, Public Health Agency: Contact tracing FAQs   Support for businesses UK Government, COVID-19 Guidance: Information for NI Businesses  and  Employers, updated 10 June 2020. Summary of coronavirus business support </description>
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  3982.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  3987.      <title>Information for family carers and informal carers</title>
  3988.      <description> Information from Carers UK for informal carers. Provides guidance for family members and carers supporting people at home. Alzheimer's Society, Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia  Diabetes UK, Coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes- updates  Helpline Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care, updated 13 April 2021. Guidance - Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus, updated 13 April 2021. Guidance: Volunteering during coronavirus, undated. Guidance COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, updated 31 March 2021. SCIE, COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or autistic adults and children Free online resources for unpaid carers: Health Education England's e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team has worked with Carers UK to develop a free online resource to support unpaid carers.  Information on surviving a critical illness, ICUsteps. Guidance - Support for the bereaved, updated 15 June 2020.</description>
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  3990.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  3995.      <title>Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak</title>
  3996.      <description>Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce, updated 19 April 2021. Advice for those working in adult social care on managing their mental health, including guidance, tools and advice on how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff. Coronavirus resources of the British Psychological Society for professionals and the public. Our Frontline supports the mental health of people working in health, social care, and other key workers in the UK and offers 24 hour one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources.It is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Our Frontline: support for social care workers  Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, updated 22 February 2021. COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, updated 16 March 2021 to add section for students. ACAS guidance on coronavirus and mental health at work  Every Mind Matters - simple tips for taking care of mental health.ANXIETY UK resources ANXIETY UK helpline open until 10.00 pm: 03444 775 774, Text Service: 07537 416 905. Check your business insurance to see if it includes a Stress Helpline for employees. Page 9 for those with a Towergate Insurance policy. Health and Safety Executive information on stress at work, and carrying out a stress risk assessment Wales: Wales wellbeing - sources of supportScotland: NHS Inform - resources on mental health and well-beingNorthern Ireland: Covid-19 App - resources on mental health Guidance on wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, updated 18 June 2020. This is guidance for people stuck overseas.</description>
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  3998.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  3999.      <author> (UKHCA Policy Team)</author>
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  4003.      <title>Advice for councils on funding and market stability</title>
  4004.      <description> The pandemic has posed serious financial challenges to providers and local councils alike. UKHCA engaged with local government representatives from the outset to ensure providers were sustainably funded and councils measured up to guidance issued to support this aim. Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners. Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), published 13 March 2020. Guidance, COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care, published 19 March 2020. The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) issued guidance to councils in England on the fee increases for the National Minimum Wage and COVID-19 on 9 April 2020.  A blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, highlighted the value of homecare and the urgent need for investment to prevent multiple provider failure. Read about Homecare in the time of coronavirus, published 26 April 2020: A case for urgent investment to prevent multiple provider failure\x9d. See April archive, scroll down. Central goverment funding was allocated in tranches for infection control purposes, and more recently, for workforce development:Infection Control Fund 1 - 2020 Guidance, Adult social care infection fund, updated 21 September 2020, set out how the funding operated was to be distributed. Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes, updated 22 January 2021. Transparency data, Coronavirus (COVID-19) care home support: council transparency data, published 9 July 2020. Spreadsheet of local authority spending of ICF1 Infection Control Fund 2 - 2021-2021 The Government announced a further £546m of funding under the Infection Control Fund for winter 2020/21, aimed at care homes but a portion had to be spent on homecare. Government Press release - More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter Documents and guidance regarding Infection Control Fund 2, updated 17 March 2021. Updated to clarify that providers can use the Fund to pay wages for staff to attend work or other locations for vaccinations or COVID-19 tests, and that certain administrative costs of testing and vaccination would be covered. The Local Government Association issued notes to councils on using Infection Control Fund 2: Infection Control Fund 2 - LGA Further advice and Infection Control Fund 2 - LGA note on allocation to community providers, published 15 October 2020. (Thanks to CPA for this.) Allocations of £1 billion funding for councils this winter, published 22 October 2020.  Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government, allocations of additional funding to local authorities, updated 5 March 2021. Infection Control and Rapid Testing Fund - 2021 Guidance has been published on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund for England, including distribution of funds, local authority allocations, conditions on funding and reporting requirements. Infection control and rapid testing funds have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funding: Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund, published 29 March 2021. Collection of guidance and documents. Workforce Development funding Social care sector to receive £269 million to boost staffing levels and testing, updated 19 January 2021. The Department for Health and Social Care have published guidance on a new, ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, updated on 19 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2. You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents. </description>
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  4006.      <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  4011.      <title>Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19</title>
  4012.      <description>This page provides links to the latest information which helps homecare providers provide services during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as is the advice which is available. Please return to this page regularly, from the link and check you are using the latest update of the guidance concerned. Government's guidance for the general public Government's guidance for social care providers Advice for homecare providers Advice for councils on funding and market stability Other Government advice and support for businesses, including furlough scheme Information for family carers and informal carers Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak Post-Covid-19 pandemic Insurance advice from Towergate The general response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been co-ordinated across the UK, with the governments of the devolved nations working closely with the UK Government. As health and social care are responsibilities devolved to the respective governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, some guidance is individual to, or presented differently, by the nation concerned. Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Keep up to date with COVID-19 developments: - Bookmark this webpage - Read UKHCA's email alerts for members - ask to receive email alerts Send us your contact details, organisation and membership number. - Attend UKHCA's fast-paced webinar briefings for members - look out for our email invitations - Follow our social media channels: Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn   Not a member? If you are a regulated homecare provider, find out how to join UKHCA If you are a commercial supplier to homecare organisations, find out how to join UKHCA</description>
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  4014.      <pubDate>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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