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Partners in Care Virtual Forum

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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 01 October 2020

 To follow

To follow
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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