Will enough appropriate resources be available to the Lancashire Resilience Forum in order that care homes residents and staff are better protected from Covid-19 than they were earlier this year, now that winter approaches and the virus infection rate is rising?

Will  enough appropriate resources  be available to the Lancashire Resilience Forum in order that care homes residents and staff are better protected from Covid-19 than they were earlier this year, now that winter approaches and the virus infection rate is rising?

The Local Resilience Forum (LRF) for Lancashire is made up of statutory and public services organisations that come together in the event of an emergency and pool expertise to provide a response to support the population. The LRF is mobilised in the event of an emergency, it does not have resources to commit beyond the resources that its constituent organisations already direct.

Support to and quality monitoring of regulated care is the responsibility of the Local Authority which, for Fylde & Wyre, is Lancashire County Council. The LRF has established a Regulated Care Cell, drawing in expertise and decision makers from across health and social care, to proactively offer support to regulated care throughout the emergency response.

Fylde Coast CCGs have, in addition to the LRF functions, offered and provided training to all care homes and domiciliary care providers. 100% care homes have been offered training and 89% have taken up the offer. Those that declined were largely well served by existing organisational training. Fylde Coast CCGs have been able to support care homes with mutual aid for PPE, provision of vital signs equipment, administer staff swabbing and antibody testing and a commitment to offer practical support when care homes experience a staffing crisis. This emergency provision builds upon the existing care home teams provision that extends across the Fylde Coast.