Heather’s Captain Tom 100 Challenge

Heather, an 8-year-old girl who has been raising money for charity and making gifts for care homes and care workers is now working on a new project.

Heather and her family are considering paying their respects to Captain Tom and Her Majesty The Queen by trying to arrange a live zoom exercise session that 100 care/nursing/residential/ homes, daycares or any other care providers can hopefully take part in.

This would be an amazing opportunity to link care locations in an inter-generational project which will hopefully promote the benefits of gentle exercise.

Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge is set for 30 April to 3 May, although this might be short notice. The aim would be to achieve Heather’s goal on Friday 11 June 2021 (the Queen’s official birthday weekend) as some activity coordinators only work Mon-Fri.

At the moment this seems an immense task, to ensure 100 locations are willing to take part would be a dream.

Heather and her family aren’t expecting people to donate to a specific charity. Instead, you could use this to raise funds for where ever you choose or just to take part for the fun and smiles.

Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/Lock-Down-Exercise-By-H-106998824802145

Read about Heather’s story: https://scottishcare.org/heathers-story/

Golden Times Concert for Care Homes – 24 April

The Golden Times Concert for care homes will take place on Saturday 24th April from 2pm to 4pm.

The event was originally postponed from Saturday 17th April due to the funeral of his Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on that date.

The whole event was inspired by hearing about how many families have been affected by being unable to see or meet their loved ones in care homes during COVID-19 pandemic across the UK. Many of the residents are also suffering from dementia.

There is an exciting line up of artists. You get a short taster of them by watching this short video: https://youtu.be/SVTHyk5G20w

The team for Golden Times are also fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society, UK’s leading charity supporting those suffering from dementia.

You can get your concert tickets (£10 per household/family) and make donations to Alzheimer’s Society via the following links.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/golden-times-celebration

Just Giving page for donations: https://www.justgiving.com/team/zainul?invite=true

They would also like to invite one or two care home residents on the day to connect with their families during the concert. This would need to be planned in advance, if you are interested, please contact [email protected].

Media Statement: Covid-19 Deaths in Care Homes

We note the publication by the BBC of data supplied by the Crown Office detailing the deaths of hundreds of people in Scotland’s care homes during the pandemic. This data demonstrates the terrible toll which has been felt by those who live, visit loved ones, and work in care homes as a result of Coronavirus. However, whilst the numbers tell us one story there are many things which they do not communicate.

The numbers do not describe the unique lives of special individuals who have been lost to the pandemic. Lives which have been cut short before their time by a deadly virus. Behind each number is an individual who is loved and greatly missed by family and friends. Their loss is felt too by care home staff who have cared for and supported them for many months and years.

The numbers do not describe the sad reality that those living in group and congregated settings such as care homes have been disproportionately affected across the world. They do not describe the reality that those who have suffered the most and who have died across the world are those who are very old and frail, and those living with multiple co-morbidities.

The numbers do not describe at what point in the pandemic lives were lost in individual care homes. The number may describe deaths in multiple outbreaks across a long period of time or they may equally be a description of an intense and overwhelming single incident.

The numbers do not detail at what point of time the deaths occurred in the last year. They do not describe whether they happened after testing had been introduced for frontline care staff after we learned the lessons of asymptomatic spread and the risk this posed to residents.

The numbers do not describe whether individuals had been transferred from hospital or community, potentially carrying the virus into the care home.

The numbers do not describe whether or not the deaths occurred at a time when we know less than we do now about the use of PPE and other infection control measures which are now protecting so many.

The numbers do not describe whether these deaths happened during this particularly hard second wave with a much more virulent strain of the virus which has had such a devastating impact.

The numbers of deaths tell part of the story but what they certainly do not tell of is the amazing professionalism, sacrifice and dedication of frontline nursing and care staff who daily put themselves at risk and on the line to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens facing the threat of this deadly global virus.

As we consider the numbers, we remember all the lives lost and the dedication of those who worked to save life. As we consider the numbers, we would ask everyone to reach out to support the care homes, staff, residents and families affected and to do so with compassion and solidarity.

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Covid-19 National Testing Programme

This week’s Connected Bulletin from NHS is on the Covid-19 National Testing Programme, which might be of interest to members.

This issue includes information on Scotland’s approach to universal testing,
a new helpline to support those implementing testing.

 

Essentials of Safe Care Webinar – 29 April

The Patient Safety Programme(SPSP) has now published the Essentials of safe care (EOSC) so we have decided to have a follow up webinar to put this in context as we move into the implementation period. Supporting this is the EOSC package which provides a range of resources people can access including a website housing all of the essentials information, a measurement framework and case studies available here ihub.scot/spsp

This webinar session will take place on Thursday 29 April at 2PM.

The Essentials of Safe Care support health and social teams to deliver safe care for every person, every time.

This session aims to

  • provide an overview of this package of guidance and support,
  • explore how it can benefit your service, both service users and staff,
  • hear from teams about how they plan to use it, and
  • describe the system to support implementation and learning

This webinar will be hosted by our Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing, Jacqui Neil who will be joined by:

  • Jo Matthews (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)
  • Nancy Burns  (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)
  • Sarah Battersby (Advinia Healthcare)
  • Kate McConville (Advinia Healthcare)

Please note that this webinar will be in a Teams meeting format to allow speakers to interact with attendees. 

Please register here.

Essentials of Safe Care Webinar – 29 April

The Patient Safety Programme(SPSP) has now published the Essentials of safe care (EOSC) so we have decided to have a follow up webinar to put this in context as we move into the implementation period. Supporting this is the EOSC package which provides a range of resources people can access including a website housing all of the essentials information, a measurement framework and case studies available here ihub.scot/spsp

This webinar session will take place on Thursday 29 April at 2PM.

The Essentials of Safe Care support health and social teams to deliver safe care for every person, every time.

This session aims to

  • provide an overview of this package of guidance and support,
  • explore how it can benefit your service, both service users and staff,
  • hear from teams about how they plan to use it, and
  • describe the system to support implementation and learning

This webinar will be hosted by our Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing, Jacqui Neil who will be joined by:

  • Jo Matthews (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)
  • Nancy Burns  (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)
  • Sarah Battersby (Advinia Healthcare)
  • Kate McConville (Advinia Healthcare)

Please note that this webinar will be a in a Teams meeting format to allow speakers to interact with attendees. 

Details to join this webinar will be available shortly on the Members Area of this website.

Save the date – Nursing Event (24 June)

We will be hosting a virtual nursing event on 24th June from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

This event will look at the future vision for health and social care nursing. We have a full programme of speakers including presentations from frontline staff, and representation from professional bodies: NMC around the new standards and RCN in supporting revalidation. We also have a panel session that centres around education and leadership, in supporting our future leaders.

The event will be supported by the CNO, the Scottish Government, as well as the Chief Nurse with the Care Inspectorate.

More details to follow.

If you have any questions on this event, please contact our Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing, Jacqui Neil at [email protected].

Covid-19 Vaccination Videos

Please see below for video links for ‘What you need to know about COVID vaccination’ in English, Arabic, Bengali, Romanian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Urdu, Polish, Swahili, and BSL. These videos has been produced by NHS Lothian.

These video clips aim to provide information about COVID vaccination and clarify some myths and misconceptions about COVID Vaccines.

English – https://vimeo.com/530751443

Arabic – https://vimeo.com/530755530

Mandarin – https://vimeo.com/530767346

Cantonese – https://vimeo.com/530767549

Romanian – https://vimeo.com/530768290

English – https://vimeo.com/530747880

BSL – https://vimeo.com/530744945

Polish – https://vimeo.com/530744121

Bengali – https://vimeo.com/533458662

Urdu – https://vimeo.com/534515281

Swahili – https://vimeo.com/531693262

The NHS Lothian team has also produced Self-Isolation & Support and Flu Vaccination videos in different languages. These are available here : https://scottishcare.org/self-isolation-support-and-flu-vaccination-videos/