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Vale of York CCG proactively supporting Care Homes to protect against COVID-19

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has successfully trained all of its care homes in best practice for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) to help support staff and their residents against Covid-19.

In total, 76 Care Homes across the Vale of York have now received NHS England Infection Prevention Control (IPC) training either face to face or virtually, with the help of local partners including City of York Council and the Care Quality Commission.

The training means that all care homes have standardised training on how to follow the latest guidance on the use of PPE including how to safely put on and take off PPE equipment, hand washing procedures and covid testing. The care homes have provided feedback to the CCG which has been really positive.

Work is now also continuing with other independent care providers including home care and assisted living to ensure they receive the same training.

Michelle Carrington, Executive Director of Quality and Nursing at Vale of York CCG, said: “Supporting our Care Homes to provide the safest care for their staff and residents has been a key element to our Covid-19 work.

“I would like to pass on a huge thank you to everyone for supporting us in achieving 100% training today across all of our care homes. The trainers have worked tirelessly to achieve this and have been welcomed by the care sector. It has strengthened relationships and is part of a wider offer being made to support our most vulnerable residents.”

Liz Goulding, Registered Manager at Isabella Court, said: "All of our staff have now completed the IPC training and feel confident in using the correct PPE throughout this time. This means we can confidently continue to give the best possible care to all our residents as well as protecting staff."

 Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care at City of York Council, said: “Coronavirus has affected many care homes across the country. Mindful of this, we worked closely with the CCG to ensure all staff in all care homes in York were fully trained in the correct use and disposal of PPE.

 “All care homes in York are routinely supported by infection prevention control services. In addition, and in response to the pandemic, all care homes in York received covid-specific infection prevention control training before the Government’s deadline. This has enabled care homes where an outbreak has occurred to quickly identify the source and manage it immediately.”

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