WBRP: Don’t forget repeat prescriptions for the Christmas period.

People with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.

There are so many things to remember in the run up to the Christmas period.  In addition many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means some people may struggle if they run out of their medication.

We all want to make sure that people with these illnesses have a good Christmas and New Year.  The last thing we want is for people to run out of their medication, become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital.

If the people you support haven’t already ordered their repeat prescriptions, it’s something that ought to be done as soon as possible.

Winter Business Resilience Planning: Business Resilience consultation offer

At the Independent Provider Forum on 7 December, David Rimmer from the NCC Resilience Team will be talking about Business Resilience Planning.

Hopefully you’ll be able to make it to the forum on Thursday to hear from David in person.  If not, and perhaps as well, it’s worth bringing to your attention the support that the Resilience Team offers to small and medium sized businesses.

An initial conversation about your business is available by appointment.  This one-off discussion of up to an hour may be enough to give you some pointers or advice.  If you feel you would benefit from more support from the Resilience Team, bespoke arrangements for this (including costs and timescales) can be discussed.

The onset of Winter Pressures may have flagged some issues for your business which make this offer particularly relevant.  If so, perhaps now is the time to contact the team.

The Resilience Team website can be accessed here: https://norfolksafety.org/normit/

Or you can contact them directly on 01603 222016 or normit@norfolk.gov.uk

Winter Planning for Home Support

Our vision for Norfolk is to have sufficient, reliable, sustainable home support that is of excellent quality.

Over the winter cold temperatures and pressures in the health and social care system can often result in people failing to get the care they need when they are discharged from hospital – this has a detrimental impact on people’s health and is distressing for families and individuals.

All businesses should have measures in place to manage the pressures experienced over the winter period and such resilience steps are outlined in information which can be accessed via the following link: https://norfolkkpwah.com/category/winter-planning/

NCC has been working closely with home support providers to try and ensure that Norfolk has the home support provision it needs over the winter period – as a result of this work we have identified that paying home support providers a premium for picking up new care packages over this pressured time would support both the people coming out of hospitals and those carers who are providing care.

We understand the difficulties of operating as a care provider or working as a carer during the winter holiday period and want to recognise that by offering a financial premium.

To find out more about how this will work and when this premium will be paid, please see our page here: www.norfolkkpwah.com/winter-planning-for-home-support

Winter Business Resilience Planning: Cold Weather Alert 29 November

Most of you will already be well aware of the cold weather today.  Within Norfolk County Council we receive weather alerts from the Met Office so thought that, where possible, it might be useful to flag these official warnings to you to help you and your staff making travel and visit arrangements.

The forecast for the East of England is:

Turning cold Wednesday onward, with overnight frosts and occasional wintry showers affecting the east. Some snowfall and ice likely in places. Significant wind-chill at times in strong winds.

Here’s the link to the Met Office website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map.

In addition, you can sign up for weather warning directly from the Met Office if you want to make sure you receive all weather warnings: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/guide-to-emails

 

 

 

 

Winter Business Resilience Planning – Staff travel

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 your staff ready for travel in Winter weather?

If any of your staff do break down in their cars, particularly at this time of year, do they have the right kit to make a difference and keep them safe?

It’s recommended that year round car essentials should include:

  • Fully charged mobile phone and in car charger.
  • Hi-viz bib
  • Road map – in case of diversions
  • First aid kit
  • Water & non-perishable food
  • Loose change
  • Umbrella or water proof
  • Breakdown service and insurance company contact details
  • Hazard triangle

In Winter, it’s worth keeping these items in your vehicle too:

  • A coat, hat, scarf, gloves and extra warm clothing
  • A spare pair of shoes or boots
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and batteries
  • Extra snacks (chocolate or cereal bars)
  • Extra screenwash

When the forecast is for severe weather and your staff still have to be out, then it’s good to consider packing these items too:

  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • A flask of hot drink

 

Are you aware of our local gritting routes and grit bins?

With cold weather forecast for this weekend, it’s worth repeating the information about 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 cannot 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: https://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.

Winter Business Resilience Planning – Staffing and Rotas

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

Staffing and Rotas

You know your business best and will, through your experience, know what sort of increased pressures and risks you can expect to encounter over Winter in relation to staffing.

Now is the time to make sure you are adequately staffed to cover the winter period, and that you have Business Continuity Plans in place in case of any staffing issues.

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Winter Business Resilience Planning – Helping Clients Stay Well This Winter

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

Staying Warm

Ensuring that the people you look after are adequately warm over these colder months can increase their chances of staying well this winter.  Fuel poverty can make many health conditions worsen, particularly respiratory and heart problems.

How to spot if someone’s health could be at risk when you visit:
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