PEN Newsletter February 2019


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  Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

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Severe Winter Weather - Level 3 - Cold Weather Action alert

Equally outstanding. Equality and human rights – good practice resource


How can a focus on equality and human rights improve the quality of care in times of financial constraint? (CQC, December 2018).
This CQC resource considers the ethical, business, economic and legal arguments for providers and managers to pay attention to equality and human rights and fostering an inclusive culture that recognises and celebrates diversity.

Could you support a Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) within your setting?


The majority of TNAs are currently based in acute health settings and would greatly benefit from a placement within a care setting. The length of placement is usually between 2 and 8 weeks, completing approx. 37.5 hrs per week. The role of the external placement supervisor is to provide the TNA with an induction into their organisation’s policies and practice, and to provide guidance and support (refer to attached handbook for further guidance). A small fee is paid to each provider to cover any costs involved in facilitating a TNA placement, the fee is approximately £30.00 per day.

External Provider Placement guidance handbook

Please email Terrie Chaplin for further information

Update – Standardising Care Induction Training

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Several providers have highlighted the benefits of developing a standardised induction programme, to ensure that individuals are equipped with the right knowledge and tools to enable them to deliver high quality care. If you would like to participate in the development of a standardised induction training programme in collaboration with other providers, please join the Working Group on Thursday 28th February 2019, 2-4pm at Larkbeare House (Room Taw Study) Exeter.
Email Terrie Chaplin to confirm your attendance.

New opportunity for health and social care businesses to help design future support programmes!

Devon County Council is looking to engage with rural micro businesses (fewer than 10 employees) to find out what might be preventing them from boosting their productivity and what could help.

The ‘Engaging Rural Micros’ project initially aims to speak to over 100 micro businesses in Mid and North Devon, through short surveys, conversations, focus groups and other research. Health and social care businesses are one of four key sectors which are at the centre of the study.

The project findings will inform the design of a new trial to help prepare businesses to embrace development opportunities. Businesses involved in the research will be able to express an interest in taking part in the trial.

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Find out more and get involved

Proud to Care’s next campaign

Our next Proud to Care campaign will be attracting young people to careers in health and social care. The campaign, funded by Health Education England, will cover Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
We’ll be producing a short, fast-paced film clip promoting the range of opportunities in the sector. The film clip will be targeted to attract people aged 17 – 25 who may not have previously considered a career in health and social care. Our advertising will be online using social media such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, directing people to the Proud to Care Devon website which has information on different roles in health and social care, education and training, and live vacancies including apprenticeships.

More to follow in the next penpal!

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STOP PRESS. Joint Devon STP Proud to Care Recruitment Event – Saturday 16 March, 10am–6pm, Rougemont Hotel, Exeter

All the health and social care organisation in Devon will be jointly promoting their registered roles at this event. We'll also be highlighting the wealth of career opportunities across health and social care. The event is being advertised both locally and nationally. If you’d like to attend or to advertise Registered Nurse and Registered Manager roles, please contact for further information.

North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust newsletter

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The newsletter is now available to PEN providers.

February 2019

Update - College and ASC provider network

In response to requests from Registered Managers, a representative from a local college will be invited to attend future network meetings. This provides a great opportunity for the college to disseminate information regarding funding availability (and how to access it) as well as qualification updates. Equally, this connection will support both parties to seek future collaborative opportunities.

Care worker parking permit will improve service to clients


Social care and health staff and care workers visiting clients in their homes across Devon will soon be permitted to park for free on single and double yellow lines for up to an hour, following Cabinet’s approval to extend the Care Workers Parking Exemption Scheme – but only if nearby alternative parking isn’t available. Please read more here.

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Upcoming Events


Do you work in the care industry?
Do you want to innovate and grow?

Free leadership development workshops available to eligible managers and owners of Adult Social Care businesses in Devon.

Visit Cosmic to find out more and register for the workshops.

Are you ready for winter?

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The flu season will soon be here and we are seeing Norovirus in the Community. The Infection Control and Winter Readiness Packs, provide really helpful resources and remember: It's not too late to vaccinate.


Next Proud to Care Ambassador Events

30th January - Exeter
5th March - Torbay launch
7th March - Plymouth
26th April - Barnstaple
For more information, please contact

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We're on Twitter!

The Business Relations team are now on Twitter. Click here to see the site.