We will update the Frequently Asked Questions as things develop during the coronavirus pandemic.
How to Work Safely in Care Homes:
Updated guidance from Public Health England which is relevant for both care homes and supported living services.
Organisational Risk Assessment:
Aspire’s organisational risk assessment: issue no. 10.0 dated 23rd July 2020.
Please ensure that enhanced (full) PPE, including face masks and eye protection, is worn in accordance with our PPE – Guidance for Aspire Staff. This was updated on 23rd July to reflect the government’s latest guidance which requires all people working within, or visiting, care settings to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic.
There is also guidance on how to put on/remove PPE and Public Heath England has produced a video training about the donning and doffing of PPE in social care settings.
Test and Trace:
The Test and Trace process started in England on 28th May 2020. Workplace guidance was issued on 27th May and, also published, was advice to possible contacts. Importantly, in this second piece of guidance, it is clear that the “guidance does not include health care workers and others working in health and social care settings, who should follow separate guidance“. Therefore, Aspire staff should continue to operate as had been the case before Test and Trace – within our existing risk assessment processes and existing guidance to staff.
FAQs for Aspire staff published on 3rd July 2020.
More guidance has been shared by the government (2/4/20) about PPE usage. Tables 1, 2 and 4 seem to be the most relevant ones for our sector. There is a bit of a lag between the guidance issued on the 2nd and the guidance for those of us providing supporting living services. We will keep you posted as things become clearer, but at Aspire our interpretation of the guidance is that, face masks should be worn by staff when anyone in the household is symptomatic, not just on each interaction with the symptomatic person, and that masks can be worn for more than one interaction.
Letter from Andy Rawnsley, Chief Executive of Aspire, thanking staff for their incredible dedication, flexibility, generosity and kindness and providing an update now that we are in a further period of lockdown.
Poster highlighting the importance of supporting people to stay hydrated during isolation and the symptoms of dehydration.
Flyer explaining the additional support which is available from Specialist Palliative Care Community Services in Leeds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Letter from Andy Rawnsley, Chief Executive of Aspire, thanking staff for all they are doing to keep the people we support safe and providing a further update.
Aspire’s Organisational Risk Assessment – v.10 – dated 23 July 2020.
Letter from Sheila Dunham, Chair of Aspire’s Board, thanking staff for their commitment and dedication to supporting people to keep safe.
Script to support managers to collect the right information from staff affected by coronavirus.
Guidance/protocol that Aspire staff should follow when they undertake an outreach support visit.
Guidance for Aspire staff where a person they are supporting has symptoms of Covid-19.
Arrangements for reporting staff absence and additional action to be taken where a member of staff’s absence relates to Covid-19.
Guidance/protocol which staff should follow when visiting someone they support who is living with carers in their family home.
Actions to be taken by staff to help control the risk of spreading the coronavirus infection together with Does and Don’ts.
Poster warning visitors that a person in the building is symptomatic for Covid-19.
Red poster warning visitors that a person in the building is symptomatic for Covid-19.
V.2 of the Visitors Poster. This instructs visitors not to enter the building if they are symptomatic for Covid-19. It also requires all visitors to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic.
V.2 of the red Visitors Poster. This instructs visitors not to enter the building if they are symptomatic for Covid-19. It also requires all visitors to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic.
Protocol for visitors attending any service in order to maintain good housekeeping and infection control.
Public Health England cleaning and disinfection guidance poster.
Poster produced by the Government of Ireland on steps to be taken by all to be socially responsible when outdoors and maintain social distancing.
NHS poster providing diagrams for hand washing: one using soap and water, the other using alcohol handrub.
Guide to donning and doffing standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health and social care settings Public Heath England poster.
Protocol to be adopted in respect of all visitors to any building from which Aspire is delivering a service or operating.
Protocol for family members visiting people who are being supported by Aspire staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.
V.5 of the guidance for protecting vulnerable people in our care settings, staff and families of care staff who may be vulnerable, bearing in mind that the vast majority of Aspire staff are considered to be ‘key workers’. This has been updated to reflect the government’s latest guidance (as at 23/7/2020) that all people working within or visiting care settings are required to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic.
Guidance/protocol for Aspire staff for cleaning eye protection (safety goggles/face shields). Please refer to C029 – PPE Staff Guidance Table for settings/circumstances in which eye protection (safety goggles) should be worn.
Staff guidance for cleaning an area once a person with suspected coronavirus has left a building.
Public Heath England guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers delivering domiciliary care during sustained Covid-19 transmission.
Guidance/protocol that Aspire staff should follow whenever they are disposing of any items of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Example of a CF50 for a member of staff who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Thanks to staff and an update from Andy Rawnsley as the country moves into Phase 1 of easing of the lockdown restrictions.
Letter to staff providing an update as we begin cautiously exploring what small steps we might take towards having some form of buildings-based day service again in the future.
Risk assessment form issue no.5
Risk assessment form to be completed with/on behalf of the customers currently being provided with support by our supported living and respite services, who wish to visit, or be visited by, relatives/close ones in an outside space (as per revised government guidance, June 2020) .
V.8 of the protocol to be adopted in respect of all contractors and professionals attending at any building from which Aspire is delivering a service or operating; this includes the requirement for all visitors to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic.
Letter to staff from Andy Rawnsley, Chief Executive, providing updates on Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and Leeds Learning Disability Week.
Letter to staff from Andy Rawnsley, Chief Executive, providing updates on Covid-19, Day Services recovery and Black Lives Matter.
The 9-step approach we will take when assessing whether currently shielding staff are able to return to work.
This Shielding Staff Workplace Assessment is for currently shielding members of staff to use as a guide to help them prepare for discussions with both their manager/member of HR and Occupational Health, before they can return to their workplace.
Template letter to currently shielding members of staff explaining the process for returning to the workplace from shielding following the government’s announcement that shielding will pause from 1st August 2020.
Letter to staff from Andy Rawnsley, Chief Executive of Aspire, providing updates in respect of covid-19, preparing to re-open some day services, Black Lives Matters and the latest Board meeting.
An illustrative guide from Public Health England about what PPE to wear and when.