Important Guidance on Obligatory Vaccinations for all CQC Registered Services

From 1st April 2022, individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England (including secondary and primary care) must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, regardless of their employer.

On 11th November it became obligatory for all people that work in a care home in any capacity, to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. This same obligation is also being placed on any organisation with a CQC registered service or any with a patient/client facing workforce operating as part of a CQC-regulated service. From 1st April 2022, individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, regardless of their employer, including secondary and primary care. Find out more below, including who this regulation applies to and next steps you can take.

On 11th November, it became obligatory for all people that work in a care home in any capacity, to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. That meant that care homes had to dismiss (or redeploy out of the service) any of their staff and volunteers who had not been vaccinated by that date. In order to do this, they needed to prepare, both in terms of gathering the appropriate data on their workforce and also thinking about the process they needed to go though with any staff that were not double vaccinated by the deadline.

The New Regulation

This same obligation is now also placed on any organisation with a CQC registered service or any with a patient/client facing workforce operating as part of a CQC-regulated service. From 1st April 2022 individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of their employer, including secondary and primary care.

The government regulations are expected to come into effect from 1 April 2022, subject to parliamentary process. This means that unvaccinated individuals will need to have had their first dose by 3 February 2022, in order to have received their second dose by the 1 April 2022 deadline.

We know from the implementation of this new regulation in the care home sector that not every single volunteer and staff member will have been vaccinated by the deadline. Some people may refuse the vaccine for health reasons or other reasons personal to themselves. It is very likely that mandatory vaccinations in care services will put some people off coming into or staying in the care sector for their employment.

The overriding risk therefore is that this new regulation will increase the number of staff vacancies and make it more difficult to recruit to care services.

Who does the regulation apply to?

The new regulation applies to any person who works in a client or patient-facing role in any CQC-regulated service, even if their employer is not the regulated provider. It also applies to volunteers in similar roles. People in office-based roles who do not come into contact with service users would not fall under this regulation.

So, for example: an administrator in an office working in a Home Care team who does not see service users in their homes would not require double vaccinations, but a Foot Care Assistant in a regulated home-visiting foot care service, or a volunteer driver in a Hospital Discharge service would fall under this regulation.

Next Steps

We know that one-to-one conversations have been the most effective way to support colleagues to make an informed choice, often leading to vaccination uptake. Therefore, it is important for line managers to arrange and have supportive one-to-one conversations with unvaccinated staff members to identify reasons for vaccine hesitancy and provide information that will support them to make an informed decision about the vaccine.

You can find Covid-19 vaccine communication materials from the NHS here. Organisations should encourage individuals who have not yet been vaccinated to use the resources available and discuss with their own GP or trusted healthcare professional if they wish to have a further conversation or have any questions around vaccination.

It is important that these conversations with staff are supportive and empathetic, rather than coercive. It is also useful to try to make it as simple as possible for staff and volunteers to get the vaccine, for example by allowing time in work for them to do this if necessary, or giving them the locations of the nearest vaccine centres.

It is important that organisations gather the relevant intelligence on their workforce through these conversations – ask staff and volunteers to share with you their vaccine status and to demonstrate this with their vaccine passports, cards or letters. Record which staff have been vaccinated and which will get vaccinated.

Ensure that the deadlines will be met: for a first vaccination, the deadline is 3rd February 2022. For someone awaiting their second vaccination, this could be any time up to 31st March 2022.

It is vital therefore to record details of those staff and volunteers who intend to decline having a vaccination and the reasons why. Unless they are exempt, or later change their mind (it is worth having more than one conversation with colleagues in this position just in case) you will need to be clear with them what your procedure will be from an employment point of view when the deadline passes. Will you be able to redeploy these staff and volunteers to another, non-regulated service? Or, will you need to dismiss them on 1st April? The conversations you have with staff will need to make the consequences clear. Ensure you have sought HR advice on the dismissal process and what letters and other communication will be required for those staff.

Organisations need to start acting now to gather appropriate data and consider the actions required of them and their staff by 1st April 2022.

Contact

If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact: stuart.prince@ageuk.org.uk

Reminder: Deadline Extended for Dementia Programme Grant Funding!

A reminder that the deadline to apply for the second round of grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme has been extended to Monday 6th December.

A quick reminder that we have extended the deadline to apply for grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme, with at least 12 grants still available! We appreciate that this is a very busy time of year, so we hope this extra time will enable more Partners to be part of this exciting programme. The application process remains the same and you can find out full details about the programme, including how to apply, on the Loop here. Applications are open until midday on Monday 6th December.

We would welcome all applications, however if you feel you are best placed to apply in our final cohort later next year then please let us know here.

If you have any queries about this funding opportunity, then please don’t hesitate to email dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.


If you have any queries about this funding opportunity, then please email the team on DementiaMCST@ageuk.org.uk. If you’re having any trouble accessing the loop please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with the Age UK Network in making this programme a great success.

Grant Available to Support Local Winter Work

Find out how you can apply for the new Winter Campaign Grant Scheme introduced by Age UK’s Health Influencing Team.

The Age UK Health Influencing team is excited to introduce its new Winter Campaign Grant Scheme for the Age UK Network! This new opportunity offers the chance for Age UK Brand Partners to apply for a Winter Grant (between £500 and £2000) to support your current local winter work or upcoming initiatives relating to supporting older people through the winter 2021-22.

We are looking for work, or ideas which cover one or a combination of the following:

  • sharing of Age UK’s key winter messages and resources which were recently shared in our winter campaign packs
  • increase the uptake of winter vaccinations (there are some suggestions within the winter campaign pack)
  • practical support for older people in the winter months

Selection criteria

Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to fulfil all applications. Our selection criteria will prioritise the following:

  • Areas where vaccination uptake levels are lowest
  • Work which addresses health inequalities

Key information

  • We’ve attached an application form below which should be returned by 1st December 2021.
  • All grant funded work should be completed by end of March 2022.
  • Reporting will be limited but we will require an account of what the grant money was spent on and the impact of the work or initiative.

Please submit your applications to healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk or contact us if you have any questions.

November Finance Network Meeting – One week to go!

A reminder to book your place at the next Finance Network Meeting on November 24th 11:00 – 12:30. This session will focus on “Making Difficult Decisions”.

A quick reminder that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place next week Wednesday November 24th from 11:00 – 12:30 and the key session will be “Making Difficult Decisions”. To book your place, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please email John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk with: your name and role title; the name of the Brand Partner you are representing; and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent. Read on to find out all about the meeting.

David Brown, a volunteer consultant with Cranfield Trust and formerly Chief Executive of a Royal Charter professional membership institution and Deputy chairman, Advantage West Midlands (RDA), will be exploring the options for SMTs and trustees to consider when faced with a significant deficit budget forecast.

He will begin by reminding us of decision-making ‘rules’ – what we ‘must’, and ‘should’ consider, and what we should ignore. He’ll warn against making hasty decisions which may not be the best decisions, and present a number of factors which demand careful attention.

The content will be relevant for trustees just as much (if not more so) as for senior Partner staff from across the local partner network. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending and encourage them to do so.

To book your place, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please email John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk with: your name and role title; the name of the Brand Partner you are representing; and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent.

Please note: we will not be covering any other topics on the day so we can ensure the meeting finishes on time if not before. We want to ensure colleagues who are planning to attend the AEA ‘Open Meeting’, which commences at 1pm, have the opportunity for a break before doing so.

New Skills for Care Leadership Course Launched

“Leading Change, Improving Care (LCIC) is a new course from Grey Matter Learning set to start in the new year. Find out more, including details of available funding for each learner.

Grey Matter Learning has been approved to deliver the new Skills for Care Leadership course called Leading Change Improving Care (LCIC). They will begin providing this course in the new year. Due to limited availability, providers can contact them for pre-registration now. If you are interested in the course, please click here to contact Grey Matter Learning, or read on for further information – including available funding for each learner.

About the Course

The learning programme is grounded in the reality of social care delivery. LCIC takes a practical look at how to implement change in order to address challenges and service needs in social care. Leaders will discover the tools and techniques needed to drive change and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered.

The programme is delivered through five interactive modules covering the objectives below:

  • • Leading and managing the process of change within your team and organisation
  • • Facilitating change sensitively and building resilience for change
  • • Successful leadership skills and behaviours
  • • Managing hard to reach colleagues and those resistant to change to improve the performance of teams
  • • Coaching and development
  • • Improving personal effectiveness and time management
Funding Available!

You will be able to claim back £500 per learner on completion of Leading Change Improving Care through the Workforce Development Fund. The Grey Matter team can support you through the process.

Interested?

If you are interested in doing this programme with a Skills for Care “Centre of Excellence” endorsed provider who has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Social Care Course Training Company 2021’, then please click here.

NHS England & NHS Improvement “Core20PLUS5” Health Inequalities Survey

NHS England & NHS Improvement have produced a survey for organisations to share their views on their “Core20PLUS5” approach to reducing health inequalities.

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team would like to invite you to complete the new NHS England and NHS Improvement Core20PLUS5 Health Inequalities Survey. Core20PLUS5 is a national NHSEI approach to support the reduction of health inequalities at both national and system level. Find out all about the approach and the survey below.

The approach defines a target population cohort (who represent the most deprived 20% of the national population, as well as ICS-chosen population groups experiencing poorer than average health access)– the ‘Core20PLUS’ – and identifies ‘5’ focus clinical areas requiring accelerated improvement.

The online survey is an opportunity for those with a role or interest in reducing health inequalities to share their views on the NHSEI approach to support ICSs to reduce health inequalities. They particularly want to hear from those who have an understanding of the communities at particular risk of health inequalities including older people from ethnic minorities, coastal and rural communities, people living in areas of high deprivation, plus inclusion health groups.

The survey is accessible here until Friday 19 November 2021.

Deadline Extended for Dementia Programme Grant Funding!

The deadline to apply for the second round of grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme has been extended to Monday 6th December.

We have extended the deadline for Partners to apply for grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme, with at least 12 grants still available! We appreciate that this is a very busy time of year, so we hope this extra time will enable more Partners to be part of this exciting programme. The application process remains the same and you can find out full details about the programme, including how to apply, on the Loop here. Applications are now open until midday on Monday 6th December.

We would welcome all applications, however if you feel you are best placed to apply in our final cohort later next year then please let us know here.

If you have any queries about this funding opportunity, then please don’t hesitate to email dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

If you have any queries about this funding opportunity, then please email the team on DementiaMCST@ageuk.org.uk. If you’re having any trouble accessing the loop please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with the Age UK Network in making this programme a great success.

Age UK Selby District Set to Close

We’re sorry to let you know that earlier this year, Age UK Selby District’s Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to cease operating and close the charity down.

We’re sorry to let you know that earlier this year, Age UK Selby District’s Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to cease operating and close the charity down. Age UK Selby District has faced a number of financial challenges in recent years which have been compounded by significant financial losses due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Age UK and neighbouring local partners are working closely with them to ensure older people know where to turn to for on-going help in the future.

We’re immensely grateful for everything that the staff and volunteers at Age UK Selby District have done to help older people across the area and are deeply sad that the charity has made the decision to close.

Jackie Mook, Chief Officer at Age UK Selby District, said:

“We are very sorry to have to give this news and are conscious it will be upsetting for many local people who have benefited from, delivered or otherwise supported our services.

We will be working as hard as we can over the next few weeks and months to ensure older people know where to turn to for on-going help in the future.

In the meantime, we would like to thank all our hardworking staff, volunteers and supporters for their loyalty, dedication and commitment to Age UK Selby District and to older people in our area.”

As part of the closure process, Age UK Selby District is looking to divest itself of a four and half year-old 14 – seater minibus on a part payment and donate the remainder value basis. This is being offered to the local partner network in the first instance. Vehicle details are as follows:

  • Registration: DK66 CGG
  • Mercedes – Benz Sprinter 514CDI 14-seater minibus in silver
  • Year of make 2017 – first registered 01.02.2017
  • Disabled passenger vehicle with fully working tail lift with up-to-date service record
  • Manual sidestep
  • Fuel type: diesel
  • Mileage: 36,788 at last MOT January 2021
  • Vehicle purchase price £59,892.00 plus VAT. Supplied by Minibus Options.

To help the organisation cover its closure costs and to be in a positive position post closure to leave a local legacy for future service provision across the district, the charity is looking for a part payment contribution of around £20,000.

For further information please contact Age UK Selby District CEO Jackie Mook by email jackie@ageukselby.co.uk.

November Finance Network Meeting – Book your place!

Book your place at the next Finance Network Meeting on November 24th 11:00 – 12:30. This session will focus on “Making Difficult Decisions”.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on November 24th from 11:00 – 12:30 and the key session will be “Making Difficult Decisions”. To book your place, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please email John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk with: your name and role title; the name of the Brand Partner you are representing; and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent. Read on to find out all about the meeting.

David Brown, a volunteer consultant with Cranfield Trust and formerly Chief Executive of a Royal Charter professional membership institution and Deputy chairman, Advantage West Midlands (RDA), will be exploring the options for SMTs and trustees to consider when faced with a significant deficit budget forecast.

He will begin by reminding us of decision-making ‘rules’ – what we ‘must’, and ‘should’ consider, and what we should ignore. He’ll warn against making hasty decisions which may not be the best decisions, and present a number of factors which demand careful attention.

The content will be relevant for trustees just as much (if not more so) as for senior Partner staff from across the local partner network. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending and encourage them to do so.

To book your place, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please email John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk with: your name and role title; the name of the Brand Partner you are representing; and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent.

Please note: we will not be covering any other topics on the day so we can ensure the meeting finishes on time if not before. We want to ensure colleagues who are planning to attend the AEA ‘Open Meeting’, which commences at 1pm, have the opportunity for a break before doing so.

Reminder: Dementia Awareness eLearning Available

A quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules developed by Alzheimer’s Society available to the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules available to the Age UK Network. Whether you work directly with those living with dementia or not, we hope this eLearning will help to equip Age UK staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to communicate with people with dementia, face to face and virtually. Find out all the details below:

The three eLearning modules are:
  • Understanding dementia
  • Engaging with people in the early stages of dementia
  • Responding to distressed behaviours
Who can complete the Dementia eLearning?

All modules are open to everyone, all staff, and volunteers. Every learner will receive a certificate upon completion.

How were these modules developed?

These new modules were developed by Alzheimer’s Society.

When should I complete the modules?

The Age UK network will have access to them for 1 year, so best to complete them sooner rather than later!

Please note, it may take up to one hour for the course to be marked as completed and for you to receive the certificate in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your patience.

How long is each module?

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you start, you can save any progress and come back to it.

How do I access these modules?

If you already have an eLearning account, this course will automatically appear under the “learning” section of your dashboard in the eLearning site. You can access it straight away and no action is needed.

If you need to sign up, please complete this form.

Please note that registration to the e-learning site may take a few days. You will receive an email with your log in information once you have been registered.

What do I do once I am logged in?

If you cannot see the modules on your dashboard when you log in, you can find it either by:

  • Clicking onto ‘courses’ and then ‘Dementia eLearning’; or
  • Using the search bar on your home page by typing in ‘Age UK Dementia E-learning Programme’.

If you have any questions on access to the e-learning site, please contact: adviceunit@ageuk.org.uk