March 2022

This site contains policies, procedures and practice guidance information for Trafford Adult Social Care and Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership.

This page provides information about the latest changes, how to use this resource and its main features, including Amendments to this edition.

Contents

Finding your way around this Resource

This site is structured into different sections.

Front Page

There are five main buttons:

Procedures sections

From the Front Page, if you click on either ASC procedures or TSSP procedures it will take you to the Contents page, from where you can access either set of procedures.

Where ASC and TSSP have the same chapter titles, the TSSP ones have ‘(TSSP)’ written after the title.

There are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen (when viewed on a computer):

  • Home contains the Using the APPP Resource (this page) and Register with Us (see below);
  • COVID-19 contains links to latest Government guidance on coronavirus;
  • Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. If you click on either ‘ASC Contents’ or ‘TSSP Contents’ it will take you to the whole contents list, or you can see the different sections by clicking on the arrow on the right of either ‘ASC Contents’ or TSSP Contents;
  • Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information (see also below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
  • Contact contains local contact details for Trafford teams, services and partner organisations.

Please contact Neil Humphreys, Strategic Service Manager / Principal Social Worker / Lead Professional for Adult Social Care at Trafford Council, using the Contact Form, if you have any queries or suggestions.

Accessibility Options

This resource has a number of different options to aide online reading. When you are on the home page, choose ‘Accessibility’ drop down menu on the right side of the screen. There is large text, green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting. You can use large text with any of the other options.

In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed though screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.

Using the APPP Resource on Mobile Phones and Tablets

This resource works well on internet enabled mobile phones and tablets by typing in the weblink in the internet address bar. When used on a mobile phone, the website will immediately convert into a mobile phone friendly version, where the tabs sit behind the Menu button. If it does not work straightaway, tap on the refresh circle in the address bar.

If your phone or tablet has a reader option (it may be an ‘R’ or say ‘Reader’ in the address bar, you may have to install it), tap on it and it will convert the text into a more easy to read version for phones or tablets.

Adding Shortcuts to the APPP

You can easily access the APPP by installing a shortcut on your device, which will directly open up your internet browser to the APPP site. You can do so using the following methods:

  • on desktop / laptops: go to the homepage of the APPP website in your internet browser, then bookmark it using your browser’s bookmark feature. Open your browser’s list of bookmarked websites and drag the APPP bookmark onto the desktop of your device.
  • on mobiles: go to the homepage of the APPP website in your internet browser, then click the three dots icon (if using an Android device) or the share icon (if using an Apple device) and choose Add to Home screen.

Resources

The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in chapters. It includes

For ease of use, if you can open the resource in two tabs next to each other you can click on the Resources section to consult related resources without leaving the chapter you are reading.

Reading Confirmation

This form, at the bottom of each chapter, enables staff to confirm they have read chapters in this APPP. This is useful for newly employed staff as part of their induction and for supervision, continuing professional development and team discussions for example. This is for those accessing either the Adult Social Care or the Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership procedures.

When you complete and submit the form, it is stored in a secure database accessed only by Trafford managers.

ePractice

Some key chapters in this APPP site have epractice questions at the end, which help you test your understanding of the subject and provide evidence for your continuing professional development. You can find them by typing “epractice” into the search box and it will bring up a list of all the chapters with epractice at the end.

At the top of the questions are some fields about who you are (name, job title, service name and email address) as well as where to send your results. It also asks for your manager’s email address.

The questions tare straightforward to answer. Some will only allow for a single choice of answer, for example true or false, and others have check boxes which allow you to tick as many as you feel apply.

Once you reach the end just click on the blue’ Submit’ button to send in your answers. All questions must be answered before you can do this. You will automatically be taken to a detailed results page, showing you how you did and explaining the answers further. You’ll also receive a copy of those results via email, as well as a certificate of completion should you pass. Your manager will also be notified of your results.

Amendments

With each revised edition of this APPP resource, we indicate which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is available in the table below and at the top of each relevant chapter.

04 March 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Hospital Discharge Service This chapter has been revised throughout as a result of updated hospital discharge guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care, including details of the national funding settlement for the period 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

22 February 2022 – Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Assessment, Care and Support Planning, and Equality, Diversity and Human Rights chapters These chapters were updated to include a link in the scope boxes to Culturally Appropriate Care, published by the Care Quality Commission.
Personalisation This chapter was updated to include a link to Culturally Appropriate Care published by the Care Quality Commission and Personalisation in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities: Report published by Think Local, Act Personal.
Care Act 2014 This chapter was updated to include a video published by SCIE: An Introduction to the Care Act 2014.
New chapters
Preventing Falls This new chapter outlines issues to consider when working with people who have had or may be at risk of having a fall.
Domestic Abuse This chapter (outlines the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and main considerations for people experiencing domestic abuse. It will be updated as different parts are being enacted at different times.
New and revised Glossary terms There are new terms for forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called honour based abuse.
See also latest Research and Report Briefings

22 February 2022 – Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Care and Support Planning, and Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in a Safeguarding Context chapters These chapters were updated to include a link in the scope boxes to Culturally Appropriate Care, published by the Care Quality Commission.
Care Act 2014 This chapter was updated to include a video published by SCIE: An Introduction to the Care Act 2014.
New chapters
Preventing Falls This new chapter outlines issues to consider when working with people who have had or may be at risk of having a fall.
New and revised Glossary terms There are new terms for forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called honour based abuse.
See also latest Research and Report Briefings

23 December 2021: Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Information Sharing and Confidentiality This chapter now has epractice questions added, so you can test your understanding of the chapter.

26 November 2021: Trafford Adult Social Care

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Market Shaping and Commissioning of Adult Care and Support  Section 3.2 Promoting Quality has been updated to include reference to the role of local authorities in supporting care homes to ensure that all workers (except those who are exempt) are vaccinated against COVID-19 as required by regulations.
Managing Provider Failure and Other Service Interruptions  A new Section 9.1, Business continuity planning has been added, in relation to business continuity planning, and the role of the local authority in supporting providers with this. This will be of particular importance as regulations requiring compulsory vaccination of all staff working in care homes (other than those who are exempt) came into force in November 2021.
Coronavirus Act This chapter has been updated as a result of changes to the Coronavirus Act made as a result of review by MPs. It now contains a summary of the Act.
New chapter
Adult Social Care Staff Visiting Care Homes This chapter outlines the legal requirements for care homes to ensure that staff who visit are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt.

This chapter was removed in March 2022 when the law around mandatory vaccination for NHS and social care staff was revoked.

 

26 November 2021: Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Market Shaping and Commissioning of Adult Care and Support  Section 3.2 Promoting Quality has been updated to include reference to the role of local authorities in supporting care homes to ensure that all workers (except those who are exempt) are vaccinated against COVID-19 as required by regulations.
Coronavirus Act This chapter has been updated as a result of changes to the Coronavirus Act made as a result of review by MPs. It now contains a summary of the Act.
New chapter
Staff Visits to Care Homes This chapter outlines the legal requirements for care homes to ensure that staff who visit are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt.

12 August 2021: Trafford Adult Social Care and Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

Chapter Detail
Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic This chapter has now been removed as DHSC have withdrawn the guidance.

The chapter you wish to amend must be copied into Word and amended using track changes. Click here Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make the changes in the way we require.

Please contact Neil Humphreys, Strategic Service Manager / Principal Social Worker / Lead Professional for Adult Social Care at Trafford Council, using the Contact Form, if you have any queries or suggestions.

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is usually updated every six months, but can be more often. Please make sure you are registered to receive notifications from us about updates (see Register with Us).

Search

On the home screen, type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the ‘Search’ facility and press ‘Enter’. It will bring up a list of all the chapters where it appears. Click on the one you want. The word / phrase will remain highlighted in the chapter.

Where chapters have the same titles in the ASC and TSSP contents, the TSSP chapters end with ‘(TSSP)’ to easily identify them when using Search.

If you want to search for specific text within a chapter or a pdf document, you can also press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ together. A box will appear in the top right of your screen. Type in the word / phrase you want to find and press ‘Enter’. The number of times it appears in the chapter will be displayed next to your word. Use the up and down arrows next to it to find all the references.

Practice Hotspots

The Practice Hotspots section is managed by Neil Humphreys, Strategic Service Manager / Principal Social Worker / Lead Professional for Adult Social Care in Trafford  and contains information about current practice issues for all practitioners working with adults in Trafford.

Quick Reads and Audio Summaries

Some chapters have summaries (Quick Reads) and Audios which provide key information for staff who do not need to know the full detail of the chapter. They are located at the top of the relevant chapter. A full list can be found in Quick Reads and Audios, in Resources.

Register with Us

We recommend you ‘Register with Us‘. This enables us to notify you that your APPP resource has been updated, which is usually every six months. By submitting this information, you will only receive email notifications from us in relation to APPP updates and your information will not be given to any third parties.

Print

This resource has been designed to be used online. It is easier to update web-based procedures rather than a hard-copy manual, and version control is very effectively managed. Reducing or eliminating printing cuts costs, as well as preserving valuable resources.

If you print a chapter, to take to a meeting for example, please note it will have a water mark stating it is valid for 72 hours only and the date it was printed. Whilst APPP resources are usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when it is updated urgently as a result of a Safeguarding Adults Review or inspection recommendation, so it is important to be sure that you are using the most recent copy. That is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.

Copyright

The chapter content in this resource can be accessed, downloaded and printed unchanged, on a temporary basis. Any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in part or in whole in any manner or format without the prior written permission of Policy Partners Project Ltd.