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All Vale of York care homes and domiciliary providers to join our online Partners in Care Forum, which takes place on alternate Thursdays from 14.00 to 14.45. The forum is the digital version of the Partners in Care Forum and is designed to provide support with the latest guidance, updates from across health and social care and a chance to ask questions of both health professionals and fellow care sector colleagues. There forum is also open to and attended by partner organisations who support care providers from acute care, mental health, local authority and Skills for Care among others.

This network follows on from the Partners in Care COVID-19 ECHO Support Network, which was kindly facilitated by the ECHO team from St Leonards Hospice alongside the CCG to provide support to providers during the initial stages of the current outbreak. Details of all the sessions from sessions of both networks can be found below along with resources from them, and dates of future sessions.

The Partners in Care Virtual Forum uses the Zoom online platform, which require Wi-Fi access through a computer, smart phone or tablet. As before, Partners in Care is a collaborative forum that is shaped by and intended to support the care sector. So if you have any topics for discussion or updates you would like to request please contact

Partners in Care Virtual Forum

Date Topics Covered Resources
Thursday 21 October 2021

Peer Support Network for Care Staff

Wellbeing Advice and Support Available Through the Humber Coast and Vale Resilience Hub

Skills for Care Workforce Update

Skills for Care Slides

HCV Resilience Hub Website

Thursday 07 October 2021

How Music Playlists Can Benefit Those with Dementia

Support Available to Care Providers Through the Palliative Care Single Point of Access

COVID Booster Doses and Medical Exemption Process

Staffing Challenges

Playlist for Life Presentation

Thursday 09 September

Capacity Tracker Update- New Questions and How Your Data is Used

Good News from Providers- Summer 2021

Capacity Tracker Presentation

Thursday 13 August

Community Equipment Update, Including Current Shortages and Returning Equipment.

Staff Isolation Guidance

Mandatory COVID Vaccinations in Care Homes

Essential and Named Visitors

 No Resources

Thursday 29 July

 COVID-19 Update for Care Providers (Including Testing, Vaccination, Self Isolation and Case Rates)- Peter Roderick

 No Resources

Thursday 15 July 2021

How Care Homes Get Can Involved in Research- Carla Bratten

Apps to Support Care Providers- Sam Varo

Rise in COVID Cases and Implications for Care Providers

Care Home Research Opportunities

Apps to Support Care Providers

Thursday 01 July 2021

Audiology Services Update

Trainee Nursing Associate Programme- Update and Case Study from VOY Providers

Audiology Presentation

Trainee Nurse Associate Presentation (HEE)

Trainee Nurse Associate- Steps for Employers

Trainee Nurse Associate- Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust Presentation

Thursday 17 June 2021

Norovirus Prevention and Management Update

Oral Health Support and Training

Good News and Shared Learning

Norovirus Presentation

Oral Health Resources

Good News and Shared Learning

Thursday 03 June 2021


Oxford University Health Experiences Research Group- Dementia Video

Skills for Care Digital Initiatives

 No Resources

Thursday 20 May 2021

Research project: Community Resources and Community-Centred Approaches in Supporting Parents who Have Learning Disabilities

Deconditioning Campaign Update

YAS Dementia Friendly Campaign

YAS Dementia Friendly Campaign

Parents with Learning Disabilities Study

Thursday 6 May 2021

CQC Inspection Programme Update

Visiting Out of Care Home Guidance

Good News and Shared Learning

Vitamin D in Care Homes

Good News and Shared Learning

Thursday 22 April 2021

Project ECHO Staff Support Consultation- Chris Charters

Data Security Protection Toolkit Update- Liz Howarth

Nitrile Gloves Alert

COVID Vaccination 2nd Doses and National Consultation on Condition of Employment

DSPT Presentation

Nitrile Gloves Alert

National Consultation on Vaccinations

Thursday 8 April 2021

PPE and Visiting Guidance Changes

Data Security Protection Toolkit

COVID Vaccination 2nd Doses and Blood Clotting Reports

Concerns Reporting Processes

No Resources

Thursday 25 March 2021

Mindfulness for Health and Care Staff- Rachel Instone

Safeguarding in Care Homes Guidance- Christine Pearson

Visiting Professionals Guidance

COVID Vaccination 2nd Doses

NHS Mail Discounts

Mindfulness Slides

Safeguarding Adults in Care Home Slides

Safeguarding in Adults Guidance Pathway

Health Service Discounts

Blue Light Card

Thursday 11 March 2021

Visiting in Care Homes Guidance Feedback and Discussion

Testing of visiting professionals

COVID Vaccination and Learning Disability

Baseline Observations Training and Workbook

Bereavement Support and Palliative Care ECHO

Palliative Care ECHO Curriculum

Baseline Obs Training Workbook

Thursday 25 February 2021

Skills for Care Workforce Update- Angela Thompson

Visiting guidance changes

NHS Mail and Capacity Tracker

Accessing LFD testing for supported living services

Skills for Care Workforce Update

Thursday 11 February 2021

Introduction to IPC workbooks for care home and domiciliary staff. Top tips and how to get the most out of these- Lindsey Baker

Managing LFD Testing with Staff

Capacity Tracker

PHE video giving an update around the current status of the pandemic, and reiterating messaging around PPE and IPC

Thursday 28 January 2021

 Vitamin D Guidance for Care Providers- Karen Lepper

COVID Vaccination and LFD Testing

Recognising and Responding to Deteriorating Residents Workbook

Pulse Oximetry

DHSC Vitamin D Guidance

CCG Vitamin D Information Including Contact Details for Queries

CQC Vitamin D Guidance- Relevant for all adult social care providers including domiciliary and supported living

Thursday 07 January 2021

COVID Vaccination Update

LFD Testing

Barclays Digital Eagles Support

Use of Long Sleeved Gowns at PPE

 No Resources

Thursday 10 December 2020

Updates and discussions around lateral flow testing and COVID-19 vaccination for care providers

 No resources

Thursday 26 November 2020

Update around Lateral Flow Testing in Care Settings

IPC and Christmas Decorations

 No resources

Thursday 12 November 2020

Yorkshire Ambulance Service- Supporting Information for Care Homes

Discussion around allocation of creams, access to flu vaccines and retesting of residents.

YAS- Supporting Information for Care Homes Slides

Thursday 29 October 2020

Discussion around hypothermia, access to flu vaccines, discharges and continence products

NHS Mail Q&A Session- Liz Howarth and Tom Daly

NHS Mail and DSPT Presentation

NHS Mail FAQ's

NHS Mail User Guide

NHS Mail Webinar Flyer

DSPT Registration Guide

DSPT Entry Level Guide

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Medequip Services Update

Discharge Guidance Update- Gillian Younger

 Flu Q&A- Anita Dobson and Paula Middlebrook

Pulse Oximeters and Proxy Medicine Ordering

 No Resources

Thursday 01 October 2020

 Mental Capacity Act and Visiting Case Studies- Abby Combes and Claire Webster

 Making Your Service IPC Ready Ahead of Winter- Caroline Gent

MCA Case Studies

IPC Presentation

Thursday 17 September 2020

Timeliness of Discharge Discussion- Anita Griffiths and Gillian Younger

Project ECHO Update- Chris Charters

General check in with care homes, including discussion around accessing test results.

NHS Mail- Sam Varo

Reuse of medicines guidance- Karen Lepper

Yorkshire Ambulance Service project to support care homes and identify any gaps in services

No Resources
Thursday 03 September 2020

CHC Assessment Restart Update- Anita Griffiths

Direct referrals for care homes for dietetics, physiotherapy and occupational therapy

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Managing flu vaccinations in a care setting

No Resources

Partners in Care COVID-19 ECHO Support Network

Date Topics Covered Resources
Thursday 20 August 2020

 Data Security Protection Toolkit and Tablets for Care Providers- Sam Varo

 Emollients and Fire Risk Guidance- Jamal Hussain

Discussion around new visiting guidance and implementing it within a care setting

Discussion around use of infrared thermometers

MHRA Emollient Resources

Temperature Screening Guidance

Thursday 06 August 2020

Dietetics Referrals and Training- Dr Sarah Baker (York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Data Security Protection Toolkit Update- Sam Varo

Training Update- Kay Ford

DSPT Update

Thursday 23 July 2020

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Support- Claire Ryan (Humber, Coast and Vale Excellence Centre)

Discussion regarding withdrawal of Randox testing kits and impact on swabbing- Helen Degnan

Changes to visiting guidance

 No Resources

Thursday 09 July 2020

Swabbing and Collaborative Working- Helen Degnan and Clive Nicholson

 Continuing Healthcare

 No Resources

Thursday 02 July 2020

 Open Forum for Care Providers

 Discussion of Future Training Needs

 No Resources

Thursday 25 June 2020

 Delirium and COVID, Heat Stress and PPE- Sarah Fiori

Discharge Standards and Feedback- Gillian Younger (York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

 No Resources

Thursday 18 June 2020

Role of the Urgent Care Practitioner- Brian Ladd (Yorkshire Ambulance Service)

Discussion around future support and learning opportunities through the network.

 No Resources

Thursday 11 June 2020

 Mental Capacity and Swabbing- Abigail Combes

 Virtual Consultations and NHS Mail- Clive Nicholson

MCA Resources available through news page

Thursday 4 June 2020

Bereavement Support in Care Homes- Dr Jonathan Bauer (St Leonards Hospice)

New Support for Recruitment- Angela Thompson (Skills for Care)

Support for Recruitment

Difficult Conversations Presentation

Bereavement Support

Bereavement Case Study

Case Study Group

Thursday 28 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 Testing and Discharge- Dr Andrew Lee

Discussion on using PPE with residents who have dementia or mental health conditions

COVID-19 Testing and Discharge

Thursday 21 May 2020

Offer of IPC support to care providers and update around guidance on testing prior to discharge from hospital- Sarah Fiori

 No Resources

Thursday 14 May 2020

 Update on enhanced offer for care homes relating to IPC and primary care support- Sarah Fiori

Discussion and sharing of ideas and resources of how to support residents with dementia around swabbing and use of PPE

Updates around CAS alert relating to Tiger Eye Protector Products and request to ensure medication is safely stored.

 No Resources

Thursday 07 May 2020

 Discussion around shared learning and peer support

 No Resources

Monday 04 May 2020

 Implementing guidance for care homes and hospices on reusing of medication- Karen Lepper

Discussion around swabbing procedures and waiting times, cleaning protocols and bereavement 

Example Controlled Drugs Register

Environmental Cleaning During COVID Outbreak

Thursday 30 April 2020

 Discussion around managing fire risk and evacuation procedures in the context of COVID-19- Mick Lee

New guidance for care homes and hospices on reusing of medication- Karen Lepper

How to have conversations around advance care planning- Jenny Latchford

PPE guidance and processes for accessing supplies- Clive Nicholson


Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Difficult Conversations Flowchart

Monday 27 April 2020

 Discussion around learning to be shared from providers who have experienced COVID-19 within their setting.

Recognising and responding to deterioration in residents workbook- Kay Ford

Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in Residents Training Page

Thursday 23 April 2020

Discussion around staff swabbing and feedback from providers who have had cases in their setting

 No Resources

Monday 20 April 2020

 Discussion around PPE and staff swabbing

 No Resources

Thursday 16 April 2020

GP Assessments and Verification of Expected Death- Dr Helen Ward

Discussion around aerosol generating procedures, IPC measures, community pharmacy and medication- Sarah Fiori and Jamal Hussain

 GP Assessments

Verification of Expected Death

Thursday 9 April 2020


Advance Care Planning- Michelle Carrington

Palliative Care for COVID-19 Patients- Dr Anne C Garry

Symptom Control in COVID-19 Patients

Clinical Guidance for the Control of COVID-19 Symptoms

Advance Care Planning Video

Monday 6 April 2020

Identifying Deteriorating Residents (with COVID-19 focus)- Sarah Fiori

COVID and PPE Guidance Update- Helen Degnan

Discussion around palliative care medicine/care provider medication policies, and legal implications for care providers- Jamal Hussain and Abigail Combes

Identification of Deteriorating Residents


Thursday 2 April 2020

COVID and PPE Guidance Update- Helen Degnan

NHS Mail and Care Home Capacity Tracker Support- Sam Varo


NHS Mail/Care Home Capacity Tracker

Monday 30 March 2020

Introduction to Project ECHO

COVID and PPE Guidance Update- Helen Degnan

Discussion around supporting staff and peer support


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