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National Living Wage changes

The following post has been written by Gary Vaux, Head of Money Advice Unit at Hertfordshire County Council. Confirming that it will follow the recommendations of the independent Low Pay Commission - at paragraph 5.10 of the Autumn Statement 2022 - the government...

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Thicken Up RTU (Starch) update

From the 1st February 2023, Resource ThickenUp powder is being discontinued on the market and will not be available via prescription or over the counter. It is being replaced with Resource ThickenUp Clear, a gum-based product that has already been in use for some...

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Autumn Booster vaccination uptake rates for social care staff

It is important that health and social care workers get vaccinated with both the COVID-19 and flu vaccines to protect themselves and their service users. Flu and COVID-19 can be life-threatening and getting both viruses increases risk of serious illness. In line with...

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Disclosure and Barring Service

The DBS emergency registers for Health and Care professionals were originally introduced as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and had been scheduled to close on 30 September 2022, but this time has now been extended. It was announced by the Health and...

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HCC update – A new DoLs Portal is coming soon…

Hertfordshire County Council Supervisory Body have developed a new way to receive Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications via an online portal.  The Dols Portal is secure and efficient and enables HCC to respond quickly to the application. The portal...

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Action Required – All CQC Regulated Care Providers

ACTION REQUIRED – ALL CQC Regulated Care Providers Important Information from the Department of Health and Social Care - The Enforcement Process for Completion of the Capacity Tracker is about to start. Please read the message below from the Department of Health and...

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