Winter readiness

Winter readiness resources

During this busy time, care home staff may find it helpful to have key winter care information close to hand. We’ve also prepared some social media collateral to help you share the #ActNow4Winter messaging with care homes. In this resource you will find:

  1. Enhanced health in care homes programme presentation
  2. Enhanced health in care homes programme crib sheet
  3. #ActNowForWinter social media toolkit
  4. Flu posters
  5. Are you concerned about a resident? poster.

To find out more about how we can help you to raise awareness within your local area please email Cerrie Baines.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for care homes

The London Integrated Urgent Care programme and London Heath Protection Team have agreed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Care Homes. The resource provides information on what the Care Home needs to do if they are concerned they have a Flu Outbreak in the home and how to respond to a suspected outbreak of influenza-like illness.

Download the SOP and supporting documents.

Flu vaccinations

The NHS is now offering free influenza vaccinations for all care workers. Read our quick guide on how to get your free vaccination or organise a pop up clinic for your care home.

Read our blog about why the flu vaccination is important for care home staff.

NHS 111 *lines

Specialist services have been set up via NHS 111 to help health and social care teams to get rapid access to clinical support.

A dedicated line has been set up for care homes to get urgent GP support for their residents at any time of the day or night.

To find out more about how your care home team can access NHS 111 * lines please email Cerrie Baines.

Red Bag scheme

The Red Bag scheme helps care home residents admitted to hospital to be discharged quicker. The bags, which contain key paperwork, medication and personal items like glasses, slippers and dentures, are handed to ambulance crews and travel with patients to hospital where they are then handed to the doctor.

Continuing to build on this work, alongside Sutton CCG and local authority, we are now working on developing the Digital Red Bag as part of NHS Digital Demonstrator projects.

Read about the Red Bag scheme and access videos, information and resources.

The South London Health Innovation Network also has Red Bag resources to support organisations wanting to roll out the scheme.

More resources:

Guidance on outbreaks of influenza in care homes: Simple guidance about how to prevent the spread of infection including effective hand washing

Influenza awareness video: resource for staff meetings to highlight the importance of getting flu vaccinations in care homes. Filmed in a Sutton care home following an outbreak earlier in the year:

Resources, good practice guides and posters on flu for social care

London flu website: staff can search for their local pharmacy to arrange their free flu vaccination, or care homes can book a pop up clinic under the care home tab

To find out more about the developing digital programme for care home staff please email Jane Sproat.

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