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How to prepare for a flu and Covid outbreak this winter

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) and the National Care Forum (NCF) produce exclusive guidance to help providers tackle a ‘double-whammy’ of flu and Covid this winter.

As the UK braces itself for a second wave of Covid-19 and a sharp increase in influenza cases expected this winter, Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) and the National Care Forum (NCF) have pooled their resources to create one of the most comprehensive guides of its kind for the care sector.

With Covid-19 and flu likely to over-lap this winter, the 50-page document, entitled ‘Winter Ready’, has been specifically created to help care providers protect service users from hospitalisation, which could in turn increase their risk of catching Covid-19.

The guide, which was written in conjunction with members of the NCF, has been divided into four sections, entitled ‘Infection Prevention & Control’, ‘Planning & Supporting Safe Hospital Discharge’, Information & Technology’ and ‘Workforce Wellbeing’.

The document is broken down into easy-to-read fact sheets, templates, infographics also includes benchmarking and audit tools, which not only provide care professionals with a picture of where they are, but, more importantly, it provides visibility as to where they need to be in order to manage the dual burden of winter flu and Covid-19.

Damaris Daniels, Content Director at Quality Compliance Systems, says, “At QCS we apply a simple litmus test to each document we write. Firstly, it must put easily-digestible compliance tools in the hands of those who need them most. Secondly, any guidance we produce must list the policies and procedures in one place, so care providers can access them as and when they need to. We believe that this expansive but highly accessible document passes the QCS test, and we hope that it provides care providers, charities – and everyone else connected to the sector – with the compliance platform they need to flourish this winter and beyond.”

Vic Rayner, Chief Executive of the National Care Forum, adds, “Following the recent publication of the infection prevention and control document, this is the second major project we have collaborated on with QCS. We’re very proud to have done so, as in the midst of all the challenges impacting on care providers, this step-by-step guide for all settings will be invaluable. In addition, not only does it equip care sector professionals with the ammunition to fight flu and Covid, but it’s also is a holistic guide, providing guidance around the mental and emotional wellbeing of service users and the workforce.”

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