The SOP for vaccinating unpaid carers has now been implemented. Download the document:
Here are some other useful resources:
Middlesbrough continues to have lower than national average rates of vaccine uptake, so efforts are being encouraged to increase this. Download a “vaccine conversations” prompt sheet created to help frontline staff encourage vaccine uptake through conversations they are having day-to-day. Download vaccine uptake prompt sheet. The prompt sheet has been produced and shared by Middlesbrough Council.
Translated guidance and assets in different languages
There is a range of translated materials in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Slovak, Somali, Urdu:
- stay at home guidance
- meeting with others safely
- guidance for those that are shielding (also in Bulgarian, French, simplified and traditional Chinese, Nepali, Portuguese)
- translated assets in the Coronavirus Resource Centre downloadable posters on test and trace, stay safe guidance, restrictions and symptoms.
The South Tees Carers Forum is supporting the Cabinet Office’s National Resilience Hub (NRH) to get messages out to communities across the area, through networks and intermediaries. The NRH provides communications and toolkits which can be shared by organisations working with communities, as well as links and information for social media and resources in different languages.
Help us to strengthen accurate messaging locally by sharing information and resources from these toolkits across your communications channels and through your interactions with communities.
Latest from the National Resilience Hub:
"The Government has published the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter plan 2021, setting out its strategy for managing COVID-19 during the autumn and winter period.
Our successful vaccination programme has allowed the country to get back to a more normal life and is estimated to have saved at least 112,000 lives so far.
Over 92 million doses have now been administered and more than 80% of all over-16s have been jabbed.
We must remain vigilant as COVID-19 has not gone away.
The Government has a plan to contain the virus and protect our NHS from unsustainable pressures while reducing the impact on lives and livelihoods.
The Government’s plan includes:
- Building our defences through vaccines and treatments
- Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission
- Supporting the NHS and social care
- Advising people on how to protect themselves and others.
- Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.
There is evidence that vaccine protection can reduce over time, so there will be a vaccine booster campaign from next week for those at greatest risk. This booster vaccine for the most vulnerable will be for those aged over 50, frontline NHS, care workers and adult unpaid carers.
Anybody with symptoms should self-isolate and can still get a free PCR test and the Government will continue to provide access to free lateral flow tests.
Alongside these measures, it is vital that we all continue to take steps to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. By practising safer behaviours and actions we can continue to protect ourselves and others and help stop the virus from spreading.
- Our first line of defence is vaccination - so get vaccinated if you have not done so already.
- Meeting outdoors is safer. If you are meeting indoors let fresh air.
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclose settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- If you are not feeling well and have COVID symptoms, self isolate and take a test
- Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell
- Wash your hands regularly to help limit the spread of COVID-19
- Download and use the NHS COVID-19 App
To learn more about keeping communities safe during autumn and winter, please register to attend a Cabinet Office and NHS Test & Trace webinar on Monday 20th September, 3 - 4 pm.
Ensuring these protections are a part of our everyday behaviours will control the transmission of the virus as we return to a more normal life."
This week's key messages are:
- More than 80 per cent of people in the UK, aged over 16, have had two doses of a vaccine. Please encourage those not vaccinated to get a jab. Encourage people to continue to use the NHS COVID-19 App.
- Maintain key safety behaviours such as fresh air, testing, face coverings, using the NHS COVID-19 App, and hand washing.
Other useful resources:
Ofsted Reports – Covid-19 Series: Briefings on Schools, FE and Skills and Social Care
On 17 March 2020, all routine Ofsted inspections were suspended due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As part of a phased return to routine inspection, Ofsted has been carrying out interim visits to schools from autumn 2020 and has provided a series of reports and briefings on schools and social care providers. Ofsted’s return to inspection in 2021 will happen in phases, with no graded inspections for education or social care providers planned before the summer term. The most recent briefings are linked below:
- Covid-19 Series: briefing on schools (October 2020) Includes how pupils were returning to schools (or not) and adaptations to the curriculum, as well as challenges faced by the schools
- Covid-19 series: briefing on local area’s SEND provision (October 2020) Ofsted and Quality Care Commission report on visits to hear about the experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their families and the practitioners and leaders who are supporting them during the pandemic. Findings outline the challenges for children and families, which have been exacerbated, struggling without their usual routines and support services, as well as the impacts on Carers mental health and on the relationships between families, services and practitioners
- Covid-19 series: briefing on children’s social care providers (November 2020) The third in the series, this briefing focuses on children in secure children’s homes (SCHs) and independent foster care. Some of the main findings include the increased anxiety for children moving into SCHs due to Covid-19 restrictions, staff shortages and conversely one to one education support being effective. In foster care, there was tailored support in place for Carers and close liaison with virtual schools to ensure education continued
- Covid-19 series: briefing on Early Years (November 2020) Main findings relate to how children have (were) returning into their routines, the financial impact on providers, concerns over children’s personal, social and emotional development, the impact on staff wellbeing and changes that have had to be made, including more training on language and communication, SEND and mental health
- Covid-19 series: briefing on Further Education and Skills (November 2020) Main findings include a reduction in face to face provision, curriculum sequencing becoming disjointed, having to adapt and change curriculum content and gaps in learners’ knowledge. Leads are making more mental health and safeguarding referrals than usual and many are incorporating wellbeing activities into the curriculum to support learners. Integrating practical elements into courses is challenging, as is finding work placements and work experience