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Status: Action

21 September 2020 
Review Date: 30 September 2020

Adult Social Care Infection Control Grant

Since June, the County Council has administered just under £13.4m to providers from the government’s Infection Control Fund to providers of care homes, care homes with nursing, supported living, extra care and shared lives.

In order to comply with the terms of the fund providers need to update the County Council on the domain (as set out in the government guidance) against which they have committed the funds. In addition a statement certifying that the allocation has been on those measures should be submitted by providers.

By 23 September we require providers of care home and care homes with nursing to complete this return. Details in this form should account for both the £975 per bed and the £25.10 per bed allocations; please do not include detail on expenditure related to the 25% allocation, i.e. the £54.90 per bed payment.

For all other providers who received funding (excluding shared lives carers) please complete this return.

These returns will be used to populate a consolidated return, that the County Council must send to the government by no later than 30 September.

Please send your completed returns to contracts@westsussex.gov.uk no later than 23 September 2020.

For more information on the Grant and how it can be used, please see the Guidance and Business Support section of the Provider Zone and go to the following subheading: COVID-19 West Sussex County Council care provider funding support distribution.




Status: Action

21 September 2020 
Review Date: 28 September 2020

New plan to help protect care homes from COVID-19 over winter

A new adult social care winter plan will aim to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in care settings throughout the winter months.
The unveiling of the winter plan will be supported by the publishing of the Adult Social Care COVID-19 Support Taskforce report highlighting the effectiveness of the fund and the care home support package.



Status: Action

21 September 2020 
Review Date: 9 December 2020

Sussex CCGs Infection Prevention Winter Preparedness Training 

Stuart Miller, Director of Adult Social Care Delivery, Department of Health and Social Care, has written to care providers highlighting that there has been a recent increase in Covid-19 in care settings and reminding providers of actions that can be taken.
The letter contains helpful links to information on testing, PPE etc, which we would encourage you and your staff to revisit. 

You are invited to attend a webinar-based training and information session to support awareness raising and management of winter challenges this year.

Content includes:

• Infection control standard precautions and vaccinations
• CQC infection control requirements
• Information regarding COVID-19, Influenza and other winter illnesses
• Outbreak management, Hospital admissions & Public Health England support
• Useful Checklists
Webinar access details will be sent to all registered attendees.

If you have any special requirements for the training please contact sxccg.carehomestraining@nhs.net.



Status: Information

24 September 2020 
Review Date: 1 October 2020

Adult social care: our Covid-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021 

The Department of Health and Social Care published the winter plan for adult social care on 18th September. The Council is awaiting further detail from government including the allocation West Sussex will receive to support care providers and additional detail on the free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As soon as we have further information on the funding, we will provide an update.

The guidance also includes updates (and expectations) for providers on visiting, restricting movement of staff between services, continuation of free induction training and links to other resources and guidance; similarly there are expectations placed on local authorities and NHS organisations with an outline of the complementary national support.

Status: Action

24 September 2020 
Review Date: 1 October 2020

Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Changes have been made to the way in which providers can access PPE. Eligible health and social care providers can now order PPE through the National PPE portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) page on the Provider Zone for more details

Status: Action

01 September 2020 
Review Date: 23 October 2020

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) online webinar: Prepare Prevent Manage - COVID-19 in care homes.

Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups continue to host online training sessions aimed at giving you an overview of information on preparing, preventing and managing health and wellbeing of the people for whom you provide care in relation to COVID-19.
These sessions are currently being held every Friday, from 2pm until 4pm, and you can book your place via this link on Eventbrite.


Status: Action

17 September 2020 
Review Date: 1 October 2020

Closed to admissions - notifying the County Council.

A gentle reminder to care homes to please email contracts@westsussex.gov.uk if you are closing your home to new admissions.

Please state the date from which you are no longer taking admissions, the reason, number of residents confirmed COVID-19 positive and an indicative date for opening to new admissions.

When we receive the information we will share a notification with professionals likely to visit and the placement team to minimise the risk of people trying to visit the home or call the home during that time.

A member of the Council's Care and Business Support team can also make contact to offer you support.


Last updated: 02 September 2020