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Free flu vaccinations for adult social care staff

Source By: NHS England

Who is eligible for a free flu vaccination

The free flu vaccinations will be available to:

Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza, meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group or aged 65 years and over.

NHS England have confirmed that this includes staff directly involved in the care of vulnerable people who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza who are working for registered:

  • residential care homes;
  • residential nursing homes;
  • domiciliary care services;
  • Shared Lives schemes;
  • extra care housing services;
  • supported living services.

Where and how do those eligible access a free flu vaccination

Staff can get the free flu vaccine at their local pharmacy or GP surgery. Not all GP surgeries will be able to offer the flu vaccination to social care staff so staff are encouraged to call and check before they visit their GP surgery.

To prove that they are eligible for a free flu vaccination, eligible staff will need to take identification with them when they get the vaccine that shows their names and the name of their employing organisation. This could be:

  • an ID card of badge;
  • a letter from their employer;
  • a recent payslip.

More information and resources

For more information on the free flu vaccinations for social care staff visit the NHS England website.

NHS Flu Fighter Social Care is a free resource for social care providers to encourage their staff to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves and people using services from the flu virus.


Empowering Parents - School Education Matters

Saturday 3 February 2018 2-5pm

Adiaha Antigha Centre, 24 to 30 Dalston Lane. London E8 3AZ
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/empowering-parents-school-education-matters-tickets-39194688368?aff=es2

A child’s education is a human right. Parents can feel let down, defeated and powerless to address school education matters. Parents need not suffer in silence.

Parents and family support advocates are invited to attend the Empowering Parents to address and to find out how to access practical support in a half day workshop.

Attend and share your situation, the complications and get the tools, tips and techniques required to effectively communicate your concerns to gain positive educational results.

Everyone benefits from working together, find out how schools are listening and changing. Address issues and change outcomes in key areas;
• How to address the poor results for disadvantage and BME communities
• How to ensure disabled children get support with the education and health care plans
• How to access to the right resources
• Find out advisors and organisations that help parents to buck the trend


Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Create Your Future – A pre-employment project to support for BAME Women

Hackney CVS is looking for local Hackney based charities or community groups with reach into Hackney’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Communities who can support local unemployed BAME women residents to reach their aspirations and potential.

Hackney CVS is a part of a wider delivery partnership managed by Community Links to deliver pre-employment support and employment outcomes for BAME women in Hackney. This partnership is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund Building Better Opportunities Programme (BBO). Delivery in Hackney began in spring 2017 and aims to support 130 women in Hackney to overcome barriers to employment, learn new skills and be sustained in meaningful work.

We want to support local BAME-led organisations to deliver a variety of training sessions to help BAME women gain confidence, improve social integration, develop language skills, improve job seeking skills and become work ready.

We are looking for organisations that can deliver engaging:

· health and wellbeing courses;

· creative courses;

· life coaching;

· problem solving;

· team work;

· resilience;

· time management;

· computer skills;

· job search opportunities;

· CV writing / upgrading;

· volunteering and work placements

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from charities/community organisations that either:

a) have the capacity and resources to deliver pre-employment courses and sessions, or

b) community organisations that have reach into communities who could do outreach and recruitment, and host sessions.

Hackney CVS will support organisations with the monitoring requirements for these sessions.

In Hackney unemployment has been falling over the past 15 years but this is not affecting all claimants equally. Currently 68% of people in Hackney claiming out of work benefits have been claiming for 12 months or more. The number of Hackney residents receiving either Employment Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit has stayed been roughly the same. For many long-term claimants fears about work are a significant barrier to employment.

In terms of women living in Hackney, particularly low employment rates in Hackney, include:

o Bangladeshi, Arab, Pakistani, ‘other ethnic’ women aged over 50

o Pakistani, Chinese, Other Asian, Black African, Arab women aged 16-24

So we are particularly interested in applications with reach in these communities.

To apply to become a partner please complete and return the attached EOI to maxinec@hcvs.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018. If you have any questions or would like an informal discussion please telephone Maxine or Jackie on 020 7923 1962.


Hospital based Social Prescribing Pilot

Social Prescribing can be particularly appropriate for disadvantaged, isolated, vulnerable or marginalised groups whose needs may be best met from within the voluntary sector.

The Hospital based Social Prescribing Pilot is delivered by Family Action in partnership with Healthy London Partnership.
They seek to empower people and communities to address their issues and challenges by providing practical, financial and emotional help.

To make a referral contact:
T: 020 3327 3843
E: homertonsocialprescribing@family-action.org.uk


Tender for the Adult Learning Services Framework

From Hackney Learning Trust

We are shortly about to re-tender the Adult Learning Services Framework and I am writing to let you know that this opportunity will be advertised in mid-January.
Hackney has also made enhancements to how we tender and award contracts by introducing an electronic tendering system called ProContract. All future tenders, including this one, will be advertised using ProContract and all tender opportunities will be found on the following page: https://www.londontenders.org/
To tender, you will need to register on the ProContract portal: https://procontract.due-north.com/Register
ProContract is used by 18 other London boroughs. Further information and key benefits are highlighted below.
Key Benefits
Reduced Administration
The first time your register on the portal all your key data is stored and pre-populated for any future tender responses you complete for Hackney or, indeed, any client on the same portal. This means you have more time to deliver your service to clients like Hackney.
Automatic Notifications
After registering on the portal, you will be automatically notified of suitable opportunities at Hackney or, indeed, any client on the same portal. You can login to your account at any time and update your preferences (products/service specialisms, geographical coverage, etc.). This means you can spend less time looking for new opportunities and let them come to you.
Reduced Paperwork
An electronic system means there is less manual data entry, less printing and less posting of documentation. This not only saves money but also makes the process more time efficient.
Increased Transparency
You can track progress of the tender in real time using the system. You will also be prompted by the system where further information or mandatory information is required allowing you to make amendments in real time. Furthermore, the built-in messaging functioning allows you to communicate securely with us should you need to clarify anything.
Is It Free to Register?
Yes. It is completely free to register and submit electronic tender responses.
Help & Support
There is comprehensive documentation available on the portal which takes you right through from registering through to responding to tenders. Video tutorials are also included. Please visit: https://supplierhelp.due-north.com/ for more information.
There is also a dedicated Help Desk where you can log issues directly with the manufacturer of the electronic tendering system. Please visit: http://proactis.kayako.com/procontractv3/Core/Default/Index for more information.
Last, but by no means least, the Hackney Procurement Service is also available to assist you with any issues you may be experiencing. They are offering supplier open day on 8th January to give you more information, answer any questions you may have and help you register. The supplier day will be held at the Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY – if you wish to attend please just go to the visitors reception and say that you are here for the supplier training day and they will take you to the training room. The supplier open day will be run as a drop in session between 9:30am and 16:00pm.
If you have any queries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact andy.mills@learningtrust.co.uk.


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