National Care Group COVID-19 Response
The primary aim of the National Care Group COVID-19 Response has been to protect the health and well-being of the individuals we support and our staff. In seeking to achieve this aim, National Care Group has sought to follow all national and local guidance produced, to work collaboratively with all stakeholders (i.e. individuals we support, families and statutory agencies) and to be transparent in our approach.
It is a testament to the skill, professionalism, determination, and patience of so many, supported by the National Care Group COVID-19 Response measures, that the rates of infection amongst the individuals we support is extremely low.
Our COVID-19 Response Plan will be kept under constant review and will be adjusted accordingly to reflect national and local measures as they are announced by government and to ensure in advance our preparedness for any second wave of the pandemic.
This page will detail and provide links to the latest advice from National Care Group and is intended to be a ‘go-to’ resource for information about changes, determined on assessment of risk locally and nationally, when implemented.
For the latest information read our weekly COVID-19 Update
Each week we will publish a summary of the latest actions and reporting from our COVID-19 Risk Committee please click below to read our weekly update.
Request a full copy of our COVID-19 Response
A full copy of our COVID-19 Response is available on request. This paper details the governance, systems, approaches, documentation, and communication methods that have been structured to support individuals and staff locally so that the risk and impact of the pandemic can be managed accordingly.
Visiting a National Care Group Service – Updated 06 January 2021
Sadly, as we all have now been informed, infection rates across the whole country have increased at a rate where we are all now being asked to comply with new restrictions on our daily lives. These restrictions are in the main those that were implemented at the beginning of the pandemic and ones that, at the time implemented, kept the individuals we support and our staff safe and well.
National Care Group is committed to implementing all national and local guidance to keep everybody safe but also to make visiting services easier for family and friends during the continued and sustained outbreak of COVID- 19. These continue to be difficult times as we collectively face the challenges of the pandemic and it has always been the intention of National Care Group to balance risk safely and consistently as guidance has changed.
To reduce risk of transmission, National Care Group would prefer outdoor visits only should continue wherever possible or safe to do so. This is with the exception of exceptional circumstances including end of life care. In both circumstances local visiting policies will be in place to support wherever possible.
For the most recent update to our Care Home Visiting Guidance please download a copy of our Family Letter providing details of visiting arrangements in line with the latest Government advice.
Accessing government advice
The government and NHS provide comprehensive online information about coronavirus that includes: details of local restrictions, up to date guidance and support. You can access those sites via the links below..
Coronavirus and your mental health
If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you’re not alone. The Mind website can provide practical advice on how to cope when you have to stay at home because of coronavirus, looking after your wellbeing, and where to find more help.
Keeping our chins up during the COVID pandemic
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic our focus has always been to preserve the wellbeing and safety of the individuals we support and our staff. In working to achieve this objective we have continuously looked for innovative and fun ways to raise awareness of the dangers and promote safe practice across all our services.
This has included: promoting government guidance through creative activities, supporting events, introducing competitions and providing regular inspirational updates from our Executive team and Regional Management.
Visit our News pages to see the fun that we’ve had promoting safety through innovation and creativity.