Resources for Care Homes and domiciliary care providers
On this page you will find a set of resources compiled by NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group to help staff who work in care homes and in domiciliary care.
We hope the information provided on this page - some of which we've also distributed directly to independant care providers - will make it easier for carers to respond to people's needs.
If there's particular information you would like to see on this page that you think would be useful, do get in touch.
The Government publishes regular alerts and recalls for drugs and medical devices, some of which will be used in primary care. You can subscribe to email alerts, here.
The Care Home Live Bed State Portal is a web-based system that has been designed to allow care home managers to quickly and with ease input their care home information and bed vacancies. This information can then easily be viewed by other stakeholders (CCGs, local authorities, NHS providers etc.) to establish the bed state in a geographical area and to support placing individuals in the most appropriate setting for their needs. You can find out more, here and here.
In May 2019, the system was 'highly commended' in the HSJ Value awards in the category of Technology Innovation of the Year 2019.
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG has compiled a Community Support Services Directory to assist staff working in care and residential homes. Access the directory, here.
Emollients are essential in the management of diagnosed dermatological conditions but are often underused. When used correctly, emollients can help maintain and/or restore skin suppleness, prevent dry skin and itching, reduce the number of flare-ups thereby reducing the need for corticosteroid treatment, in addition to other benefits. You can download the full guidance, here.
End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life. Patients and carers can find our more and access resources, here.
Medequip Assistive Technology Limited provides the Integrated Community Equipment Service for North Yorkshire.
Nottingham Rehab Supplies (NRS) delivers the Community Wheelchair Service working closely with Blatchford Clinical Services.
You can find out more about community equipment and wheelchairs, here.
The most common cause of gastrointestinal infection in care homes is Norovirus (also known as winter vomiting virus). Norovirus is transmitted from person-to-person via the airborne or faecal-oral route and contaminated environment or equipment. Cases of diarrhoea and vomiting are regarded as infectious until 48 hours after symptoms stop. The flu virus can be equally disruptive and cause distress to people, particularly those with other long-term health conditions.
There’s Guidance on outbreaks of influenza (flu) in care homes, here.
Flu and norovirus posters can be downloaded, here.
Infection Prevention Control has pulled together a wide range of resources to help care homes and domiciliary care providers prevent and manage infection. See more, here.
This film for care home staff explains the importance of medicine optimisation, and within that medicine management, for residents with Parkinson's. People with Parkinson's need their medication on time, and the film shows what steps you can take to make sure this happens.
North Yorkshire County Council has compiled a Community Services Directory. Access the directory, here.
Medal Ranking – Adult Oral Nutrition: Medal rankings provide prescribers with a quick overview on cost-effective prescribing in areas where the formulary product choices have little therapeutic difference. More information is here.
Are you getting enough to eat: This guide from York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides information for patients, relatives and carers.
Fabulous Fortified Feasts: This is a collection of useful recipes, advice and ideas for increasing the calorie and protein intake of people with weight loss, small appetite or people with or at risk of malnutrition.
MUST toolkit: Following feedback and requests from users of ‘MUST’ the Malnutrition Action Group (MAG) has modified the ‘MUST’ BMI charts and weight loss charts, to extend the weight and height ranges, to cater for smaller and larger individuals and also to make them easier and quicker to use. There’s more information, here.
Nutrition and dietetics – information for GPs: York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has compiled a series of leaflets (for use by health professionals only) on a range of topics, including:
- Are you getting enough to eat?
- Dietary & Lifestyle Advice for Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux, Hiatus Hernia, Oesophagitis & Heartburn
- Eating and Drinking with Dementia
- Eating Well for Kidney Problems
- Finger Foods
- First Line Dietary Advice for Carbohydrate Awareness in Diabetes
- Heart Healthy Diet
- High Fibre Diet
- Iron Rich Diet
- Nourishing Drinks
- Physical Activity and Calorie Use
- Vaccination advice for people with coeliac disease
Nutrition and dietetics department – York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Nutrition and Dietetic Department employs registered dietitians and support staff. We provide clinical care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings both in hospitals and the community. You can find out more, here.
Prescribing Oral Nutrition Supplements (ONS) for Adults in the Community: The purpose of these guidelines is to support primary care to standardise the management of adult patients requiring oral nutrition support in the local health economy. It includes guidance on how to initiate patients on Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) following the use of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST).
Click here for more information about non-emergency patient transport.
The React to Red skin campaign is the latest pressure ulcer prevention campaign to be NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG and Tissue Viability Nurses to further raise awareness of pressure ulcer prevention. There’s more information in this patient / carer leaflet and poster. Care home managers can also download a pre-training questionnaire, how to guide and competency form.
Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group has compiled a series of resources to support care providers in managing medicines safely in all social care settings. You can access the resources, here.
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG has compiled a sheet outlining the different telephone numbers to call if you have concerns about a resident. Click here for more.
An Easy Read guide is available for patients interested in knowing more about what happens when their heart stops. You can access it here.
More information on wound care formulary is here.