29 Nov 2021
by Carole Broughton

News in brief – w/e 3 December 2021

Slips and trips in icy conditions

The Health and Safety Executive has published updated guidance on working in icy conditions and winter weather, which includes measures to avoid slip and trip accidents.

Slips and trips - Icy conditions and winter weather

Skills for Care have webinars for registered managers on winter planning here:

Registered manager webinars (skillsforcare.org.uk)


New elearning programme on role of Caldicott Guardian

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), the National Data Guardian and the UK Caldicott Guardian Council, have developed an elearning programme on how Caldicott Guardians help to keep people’s health and social care data safe, and ensure it is used appropriately.

The Role of the Caldicott Guardian - elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk)


 “Care colleagues: please get your flu jab!”

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a blog by UKHSA’s Dr. Éamonn O’Moore explains why getting the flu jab is more important than ever for social care workers.


There is also a blog on why mental health is an important part of social care reform:

Social care reform: making mental health a priority - Social care (blog.gov.uk)


Paper examines support for working carers

Carers UK have published a paper 'Supporting carers at work: opportunity and imperative' to mark Carers Rights Day on 25 November.  The paper examines carers’ experience of juggling work and care and makes recommendations on the support they need to remain in or return to work,

CUK_Carers_Rights_Day_Research_Report_2021_WEB.pdf (carersuk.org).


Lords criticise VCOD implementation in care homes

The Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee Report on the VCOD regulations is critical of how vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes was introduced, particularly the lack of a quality impact assessment, contingency planning and analysis of the potential impact. 

Twenty First Report (parliament.uk)

New analysis on safety of COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published new analysis of over 350,000 births in England which shows women who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are no more likely than unvaccinated women to suffer stillbirth, premature birth or have babies with low birthweight.

New UKHSA study provides more safety data on COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Care Show content available on demand

The presentations from the Care Show, which took place on 13-14 October 2021, are now available on demand for those who couldn’t attend (registration required):

Home | My Site 1 (thecareshow360.com)


Regional workforce information available for England

Skills for Care are publishing regional information from the Adult Social Care - Workforce Data Set, which gives an adult social care sector and workforce report, an interactive visualisation, key findings and further resources. 

HMRC and Acas – Helping employers get the National Minimum Wage right

HMRC's National Minimum Wage Team are offering a live webinar, with colleagues from Acas, talking through some of the more common issues that lead to underpayment and what support is available to help employers avoid them. 

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