NHS England and Improvement encouraging primary care networks to recruit Social Prescribing Link Workers

NHS England and Improvement is encouraging primary care networks to recruit additional Social Prescribing Link Workers, with an offer of funding to cover recruitment and induction costs.

Social prescribing link workers (SPLWs) have been an important part of the response to Covid-19, helping to support people with mental health and social issues and contributing to how general practice has responded to the additional needs of their population. With the impact of the virus likely to be felt for a long time ahead, NHS England and Improvement is encouraging primary care networks (PCNs) to recruit additional SPLWs, with an offer of funding to cover recruitment and induction costs. This is a time-limited support offer specifically for PCNs, available until January 31 2021.

The details of the offer are in a letter which has gone out to PCNs and NHS clinical commissioning groups, which you can read here.

Interested PCNs are being encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest no later than 24 August. Any questions about the offer can be sent to england.linkworkerrecruitment@nhs.net

Political Update 22.06.20 – Revised guidance for care homes released

As the alert level moves to Level 3, read the latest guidance on admission of care and residents in care homes and view the latest Risk Assessment Framework for adult social care employers.

On Friday the Government confirmed that the Covid alert level has moved from level 4 to level 3 across the UK. Boris Johnson is expected to announce a relaxation of the two-metre rule tomorrow, if it is signed off by the government’s Covid-19 strategy committee at a meeting today with the chief scientific adviser and chief medical officer.

Revised guidance on admission of care and residents in a care home is now live, you can read the guidance here. It is for care homes, local health protection teams, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. It sets out how to admit and care for residents safely and protect care home staff.

The Risk Assessment Framework for adult social care employers guidance is now live, which you can read here. It provides a framework for how you should assess and support members of your workforce who may be at an increased risk from coronavirus. It covers the risk assessment process, having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk, measures you could put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals, and useful guidance and resources.

Reports suggest the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is drawing up plans for deferred tax rises and cuts to public spending in his Autumn Budget after he delivers a further fiscal stimulus for the UK economy in the weeks ahead.

Non-essential shops are reopening in Wales for the first time since coronavirus restrictions began.

Saga, a specialist in insurance and travel for the over 50s, plans to include treatment abroad for Covid-19 and repatriation to the UK as part of its travel insurance policies for all trips from June 1.

Influencing action

The External Affairs team has written to Age UK campaigners to ask for their views on what the free TV licence means to them, as part of the Switched Off Campaign to save the free TV licence for over 75s. You can read more about the campaign here. So far, over 45,000 people have responded to our survey, and over 30,000 of respondents are over 75. You can sign up to receive the Campaigns Newsletter here.

You can also share this tweet to promote the Campaigns Newsletter and the Switched Off campaign: https://twitter.com/ageukcampaigns/status/1273901281283911680

Over the last few months it’s been really important that you all have the tools to work effectively with your MPs and local authorities.  To support you with your local influencing activities and highlight the needs of older people locally during Covid-19, we have put together a Partner Pack with resources, tips & case studies from across the Network – click here to view. Please email alison.trew@ageuk.org.uk or lucy.williams@ageuk.org.uk for more information.

From Monday 22nd June London’s Congestion Charge will increase to £15 per day. Age UK London have been working with inner London Age UKs to raise concerns about the impact a rise in the Congestion Charge will have on food parcel delivery care services. Age UK London wrote to the Deputy Mayor for Transport and supported Age UK Lambeth, Age UK Westminster and Age UK Lewisham and Southwark to write to MPs and their London Assembly Members. In response to campaigning by London Age UKs and others Transport for London have now announced an extension of reimbursement schemes to cover charity workers. This welcome change recognises the vital role that frontline charities like Age UKs continue to play in the capital’s Covid-19 response

You can find an archive of all of the emails sent to MPs since the start of the pandemic here: www.ageuktheloop.com/mp-emails/