Find the latest information and advice about Coronavirus in West Sussex.
Quick access to key guidance and information from each of the topic areas.
All major government COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance is available online.
The Department of Health and Social Care has produced a short video on hand hygiene to prevent COVID-19 infection.
The NHS has developed workbooks to help staff to understand the principles of infection prevention and control.
The workbooks can be ordered free of charge by e-mailing: email@example.com
West Sussex NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups IPC team are able to provide advice and support to care homes at this time and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries around use of PPE or infection prevention and control issues.
PPE should be sourced through your usual supply chain route. If your regular suppliers are unable to provide stock, you should contact the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel recommended suppliers. These are:
0345 450 2420
Wightman and Parrish
01323 445 001
If you are unable to obtain the required PPE from the recommended suppliers or your PPE stocks are at a critical level (less than 72hrs) and you need emergency supplies of PPE then the County Council may be able to support with a limited emergency supply of stock from the Local Resilience Forum (LRF).
If you need to request emergency PPE and require a response during normal office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm), please email email@example.com.
If your request is an emergency outside of normal office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Team by phone on 0330 222 7007.
Guidance for care homes and domiciliary care has been produced as detailed below. Further guidance regarding the use of PPE is available on gov.uk and you should regularly check the government’s online information to ensure that you are following the most up to date advice and guidance on PPE.
For full details and further information about PPE including donning and doffing, training, disposal and tax exemption, please visit the infection control section.
Please visit the COVID-19 testing section.
The government has produced guidance for adult social care employers to support staff, as well as guidance for individuals to manage their personal mental health and wellbeing.
A Care Workforce app has been developed which is a single digital hub for social care workers to access relevant updates, guidance, support and discounts from their phone. The app can be accessed online on any device or can be downloaded from the Google Play or the Apple App Store.
There is a new Skills for Care advice line to provide managers with support and answers to COVID-19 related questions.
The Skills for Care Facebook group is now open to all registered and front-line managers. This can support you to stay connected with other managers, share advice, experiences and guidance.
A local WhatsApp group for managers has also been set up by Karen Stevens (Skills for Care Locality Manager - London and South East) to enable managers to share information, ideas and resources with each other. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that the safety and wellbeing of people using social care services remains a priority. Skills for Care has developed a guide about safe and rapid recruitment for all social care employers to help address their additional workforce recruitment challenges at this time.
Proud to Care West Sussex offers support and guidance to care providers looking to recruit new staff in West Sussex. The Proud to Care website features a dedicated Hub where employers can advertise job vacancies free of charge and access useful resources on recruiting and retaining staff.
For full details and further information including DBS, safe staffing, agency staff, volunteers, school closures and domestic abuse, please visit the workforce and recruitment section.
A joint statement setting out shared expectations and good practice on the importance of clear, open and regular communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Notification can be via the CQC provider portal (if you have an account) or by email attaching the notification form Death of a person using the service.
For further information and resources, please visit the guidance and business support section.
For a list of useful contacts to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the key contacts section.
For further information and resources, please visit the training section.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has developed a guide which includes information, resources and ideas that you can use and share with the people you support
There is also government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
Further government guidance and information about supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing is available.
Maintaining Activities for Older Adults During COVID-19 is a useful guide to online resources which has been developed by the Health Innovation Network.
The Department of Health and Social Care has issued MCA and DoLS COVID-19 guidance. This reflects changes required during the pandemic and applies to those caring for adults who lack the mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment.
There is a new, shorter application form which can be used for urgent DoLS authorisations – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards form 1B (Covid-19)
Further information is available on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.
West Sussex County Council information leaflet for managers of care homes and hospitals - Mental Capacity, Best Interests Decisions and Deprivation of Liberty A Guide for Managers of Care Homes and Hospitals
Safeguarding useful link: https://www.westsussexsab.org.uk/latest-updates/latest-updates/
For further information and resources, please visit the customer wellbeing section.
Useful resources about food and nutrition.
For accessing community support for vulnerable people in the community.
Lines are open 8.00am - 8.00pm. Tel: 033 022 27980
Please visit the apetito website or contact them directly for more information.
Phone: 01903 718893
For further information and resources, please visit the nutrition and hydration section.
For further information and resources, please visit the media and communications section.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust provides community nursing support to the county's care homes, as follows.
Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex areas
The Care Homes Support Team provides training and bespoke support for care homes. The team can be contacted via email at SC-TR.CareHomes-North@nhs.net or by phone on 01293 301009.
Coastal West Sussex areas
Local care homes are supported by the Admission Avoidance Matrons (AAMs). They primarily work closely with care homes and care homes with nursing to support patients with deteriorating health who can’t be managed safely within the available resources of the home. The AAMs can be contacted by phone via OneCall on 01903 254789.
In partnership with GP practices, these teams support care homes with medication queries. If you would like to use the services please contact your local MOCH team and they will respond within two working days.
• Coastal West Sussex email@example.com (Monday to Friday 8-4pm excluding bank holidays).
• Crawley Horsham and Mid Sussex firstname.lastname@example.org (office hours Monday to Friday 8-4:30pm excluding bank holidays).
West Sussex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group's Medicines management team can be contacted for general advice around use of medications, as follows.
For further information and resources, please visit the Medication and access to health advice and support section.