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New Covid-19 variant and best practices for Autumn / Winter 


15 September, 2023

On Friday 8 September the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued its latest update on the Covid-19 BA.2.86 variant.  We understand that the news of the new variant is concerning, so we wanted to give you and update and remind…

Oral Health Training for Care Homes in Somerset


15 September, 2023

Free training for the whole care teams Virtual training by Fay, booked via Eventbrite using the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-oral-health-tickets-699567985677?aff=oddtdtcreator Face to Face training for teams of more than 10 attendees per session, please contact Gayle at gayle.kime@nhs.net Training includes: What is…

The NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme

Category two

5 July, 2023

This scheme provides financial support to families and dependents of eligible health and social care staff who sadly died from Covid-19 contracted while delivering frontline care during the pandemic. The scheme pays a tax-free lump sum of £60,000 to the…

Summer Mental Health and Wellbeing Updates from Public Health


5 July, 2023

Training Suicide Prevention Training Every Life Matters will now be delivering their programme of free online Suicide Prevention Training until March 2024. Further dates will continue to be added to the Eventbrite page (currently only July dates are available). The…

Somerset PAMMS Implementation Update – June 2023

Quality Assurance

26 June, 2023

We were keen to share a detailed further update on progress to date relating to the use of a new system, PAMMS (Provider Assessment and Market Management Solutions) the Council and NHS Somerset has adopted to support quality and contractual…

Driving Tests for Critical Workers

Category two

11 April, 2023

We are aware that there are significant backlogs/wait lists for driving tests currently. We wanted to ensure that care providers are aware of that, as a critical worker, they are eligible for emergency driving tests – Emergency driving tests for critical…

Government ends routine Covid-19 testing across health and social care settings


11 April, 2023

Routine Covid-19 testing has ended for most staff and patients in England. Under the new measures, symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 testing will no longer be available for staff and patients in health and care settings minus some exceptions. Testing will…

Age UK Aging Well Launches new exercise classes

Category two

17 March, 2023

We are delighted to announce Age UK Somerset’s Ageing Well service is launching new exercise classes across the county. Our new classes include Flexercise which has recently started in Henton and Bridgwater, and is coming soon to Wells and Bruton.…

Optimal Handed Care 3 Day Course


16 March, 2023

Optimal Handed Care are continuing to run their series of 3 day RoSPA Level 4 course in Advanced Moving & Handling – single handed care. This course offers a nationally recognised qualification which is a great opportunity for professional development…

Clarity regarding Invoices and Payments for care providers on Adult Social Care Frameworks from April 2023


14 March, 2023

From 1 April 2023, Somerset County Council and the 4 District Councils will be replaced by the new unitary Somerset Council. Somerset Council will be the same legal entity as Somerset County Council as the ‘Continuing Authority’. Therefore, all current…

Learning Disability Mental Health Upskilling Sessions


3 February, 2023

Free Mental Health training for the Learning Disability Social Care workforce is available this spring. The hope is that this will help colleagues who support those with a lived experience of mental health, and also explore the different ways in…

Dementia Wellbeing Roadshow

Category two

3 February, 2023

The Dementia Wellbeing Service are doing a roadshow in Somerset starting in February. The new Somerset Dementia Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between dementia services who are working together to improve diagnosis, enhance support in the community, and provide an…

St Margaret’s Hospice – Training for Care Professionals


20 January, 2023

Train the Trainer—running a Simulation All sessions 9am to 4.30pm Curious about Simulation and how it can help improve efficiency, outcomes, and teamwork? Join us for a 1-day course where we will teach you the techniques of simulation and equip…

Homecare in Somerset


21 December, 2022

The current contracts for Homecare services in Somerset expires at the end of March 2024 and we have a commissioning plan underway to have a new contract in place from April 2024.  Is it considered that the current model and…

Transgender Awareness Week Resources

Category two

18 November, 2022

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, so we are sharing some resources about working with and supporting people who are transgender. Age UK: Transgender Information and Advice Transgender information and advice | Age UK Age UK: Safe To Be Me…

Somerset residents vote social care as their top priority – now it’s time for YOU to have your say!


4 November, 2022

How can we improve social care in Somerset? Where should we be prioritising our spending? What are the challenges facing adult social care in Somerset? Please fill in this short survey to help us understand what’s important to you, and…

Skills For Care Individual Employer Funding 2022/23 Now Open


28 September, 2022

Skills For Care are delighted to announce that individual employer funding is now open. People who employ personal assistants using a social care direct payment from their local authority, a personal health budget from the NHS or their own money…

Homecare Re-design – Come and tell us your views


23 September, 2022

The Home Care Open Framework contract expires in March 2024 and we would like to invite you to a workshop to share your views on how we can work together to shape our homecare offer to the residents of Somerset.…

Falls Prevention Week


16 September, 2022

Next week (18 – 24 September) is Falls Prevention Week, a national health campaign to increase awareness around falls health and injury prevention. We want to highlight a variety of resources and activities designed to prevent falls and improve strength, flexibility,…

Register your interest in Digital Social Care Funding


6 September, 2022

Somerset County Council have secured a fixed amount of funding from the NHS Transformation Directorate Digitising Social Care Programme. We can offer a 50% contribution by way of a one-off grant payment to support adult social care CQC registered providers to…