Don’t forget about flu vaccinations
Flu vaccinations are now available for care workers across the UK without charge. Please encourage your care teams to get the seasonal jab this year to help reduce pressure on primary health services due to the coronavirus pandemic. Reducing flu cases will mean services can focus their resources on the coronavirus, also helping to keep staff absence down.
In England, home care workers should visit their GP or community pharmacy (although it is advisable to check availability beforehand). There is no official requirement to provide ID or a voucher, but we do recommend that care workers take their ID badge, payslip or some other form of evidence of their care worker role in case they are challenged. Some resources for branch managers are here.
In Wales, care workers can obtain their vaccination from their community pharmacy. Branch managers can find posters and other resources here.
In Scotland, vaccination is being arranged via local NHS Boards, who will be contacting social care providers directly (if they have not done so already).
In Northern Ireland, vaccines are being provided through participating community pharmacies from week commencing 28th September. Branch managers are advised to check here whether their local pharmacy is participating in the scheme. The RQIA will also be providing home care agencies with posters to raise awareness.
Supporting our mental health
The pandemic is testing all of us in different ways, and prioritising our own mental health is really important in ensuring we have the resources to deal with it. However, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start.
We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year. The day is held globally to encourage people to think about their own, and others’ mental health, and to raise awareness of efforts to support positive mental health and wellbeing.
Whether you want to take the first steps towards getting some help or learn more about helping those around you, there are many different ways to get help and support:
Maria’s recognition from Southwark Council
We were delighted to hear about some fantastic recognition for Maria Vizureanu, a Supervisor from our London Care team at Lew Evans House. Juliana Ingabese, Maria’s area manager, contacted us to confirm that Maria had been nominated for the Southwark Care Awards.
The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Southwark Council wrote directly to Maria to let her know the good news, stating; “we wanted to thank you for the work you do, and continue to do through this pandemic”.
Sadly, this year’s awards ceremony had to be cancelled because of event restrictions during the pandemic. However, Southwark Council will be recognising Maria and other amazing carers in the borough with a ‘Thank You Southwark Carers’ video. Maria and the other nominees have been asked to provide photos and videos which show a positive message about the care industry during this challenging time.
We can’t wait to see the video, congratulations Maria.
Contract win in Redcar and Cleveland
The bid team has received formal notification that Comfort Call has been successful in its bid to retain our homecare contract with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. The company will now continue to provide care in the area, delivered from the Middlesbrough Comfort Call branch.
Congratulations to the bid team and those in the local ops team that contributed to the bid who secured the new framework contract starting from 1st November.
Last chance for our branch September Special Prize Draw
Don’t miss out! We’re rewarding branches with the chance to win a bonus for your team this month. But time is running out! Every branch that reaches their target for new packages by Sunday 4th October will be entered into a live prize draw.
- For all branches under 1,500 hours: Every location starting 15 new packages by 4th October will be entered into a draw, with three winning branches each receiving a bonus of £1,000 to be spent on the team as they choose.
- For all branches between 1,501 and 3,500 hours: Every location starting 25 new packages by 4th October will be entered into a draw, with three winning branches each receiving a bonus of £1,500 to be spent on the team as they choose.
- For all branches delivering 3,501+ hours: Every location starting 35 new packages by 4th October will be entered into a draw, with three winning branches each receiving a bonus of £2,000 to be spent on the team as they choose.
We’ll be totalling up the packages and announcing the winners in the next few days, so don’t miss your chance to get involved.
Remember, the only restrictions are that we won’t be including TUPE transfers as well as crisis and rapid responses. Good luck!
If you have any questions on the scheme please raise them with your regional management.
Welcome to our new branch and scheme managers
A warm welcome to our newest branch and scheme managers working across City & County Healthcare Group.
In Salford, we were recently joined by Amanda Lowe. Amanda will be managing Extra Care schemes in the area.
Welcome as well to Lisa O Reilly, who has started her new role at the HSG branch in Liverpool and the nearby Latham Court Extra Care scheme.
We look forward to getting to know you both.