Winter Business Resilience Planning – Gritting Routes and Flu Immunisations

As we approach Winter we’re encouraging you, our Home Support providers, to look at your Business Continuity Plans and check that they are fit for purpose.

Business Continuity is about protecting three main areas of your business:
• Safeguarding people
• Safeguarding your assets
• Safeguarding your processes

Are you aware of our local gritting routes and grit bins?
Our three hour gritting runs cover 2,081 miles of roads in Norfolk, covering commuter and major bus routes and, as far as possible, one route into all villages. Highways England treat 143 miles of trunk roads including the A11, A12 and A47.

We can not grit all of Norfolk’s 5,965 mile road network however, so please check our map of planned priority gritting routes for this season here: www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/gritting. You’ll also find more detail on this website about how and when we grit and snow plough roads in Norfolk.

We will update people on our gritting plans via local radio, Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #norfolkwinter.

Flu immunisation for social care staff
Public Health England has published guidance specifically for social care providers on flu immunisation of social care staff.

The guidance details the benefits of providing staff with flu vaccinations and how vaccination of staff has been shown to be effective in reducing disease spread and patient mortality in a care setting. It can also help to ensure people continue to receive care at home by reducing staff flu related illness and absences.

The guide can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-immunisation-for-social-care-staff.

Flu Fighter Programme
NHS Employers has been supporting NHS trusts around flu vaccinations and their resources can now be accessed by social care employers.

They have been co-ordinating the staff focused flu fighter programme in the NHS for 7 years. It has a range of resources and support materials for employers to use. Following discussions with the Department of Health it also now has a social care strand. The overall aim is to provide support and materials which can be used by employers to help raise the profile of the flu vaccination and increase the flu vaccination uptake with staff.

There is no cost to download free printable posters, and be recognised for any work or improvements made in this area. Through the virtual network NHS Employers have created there is also an opportunity for social care employers to connect with each other, raise any issues and look at resolving any common barriers.

Any social care employer/organisation or local council is welcome to join the flu fighter mailing list or ask for support by emailing flufighter@nhsemployers.org.