COVID-19 resources

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) webinars from the National Mental Capacity Forum

National Mental Capacity Forum are running a series of rapid response webinars.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care home visitor testing guidance

Scottish Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult care home visitor testing guidance which forms part of the Test and Protect Pathways Programme. The Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Test and Protect Pathways Programme has expanded testing to include care home visitors. Currently this is aimed at designated visitors, i.e. a family member or friend chosen by the resident to visit them indoors. This webpage contains guidance and materials to support care homes to implement visitor testing.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting may be gradually increased while minimising risks to residents, staff and visitors. There are two main sets of guidance for care homes, focussed on resuming: visiting by friends and family; visits into the home by volunteers, spiritual/faith representatives and professionals; wellbeing activities. The guidance recommends care homes take a staged approach to resuming visiting. In addition, the guidance sets out actions to mitigate risks to residents, visitors and staff. For all care homes, regardless of Covid status, essential visits should be generously supported where possible to do so safely, without a defined time limit.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes visiting guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting in Scotland may be re-introduced while minimising the risks to residents, staff and visitors. It takes a staged approach, where stage 1 – essential visits only - has been in operation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide sets out how relaxation of visiting restrictions will take place in three further stages, moving through outdoor visiting, indoor visiting by one designated person and eventually to a controlled programme of outdoor and indoor visiting. It explains what precautions will be taken to safeguard resident, visitor and staff safety. [First published July 2020; Last updated 20 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home support package

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the Government plan to prevent and control COVID-19 in all registered care homes. It uses evidence brought together by Public Health England and draws on the insights of care providers. It includes information on infection control, a comprehensive testing programme, additional funding to local authorities and £600 million allocated to support care providers through a new adult social care infection control fund. The guidance includes an annex on what care homes can do to restrict workforce movement and minimising workforce transmission. [Published 15/05/2020. Last updated 11 January 2021].

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19): changes to the Care Act 2014

39 Essex Chambers

Discusses the Care Act easements, provided for under the Coronavirus Act 2020. This briefing examines the guidance for local authorities on when it is appropriate to use the Care Act easements, emphasises the information that should be given to those being assessed and debates what changes to safeguarding policies may occur during the relaxation period. It also analyses the relationship between the Care Act easements guidance and the hospital discharge service requirements.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to welfare benefits

Housing LIN

This briefing sets out information on welfare benefit changes under COVID-19, including Universal Credit, Jobseekers, and sickness and disability benefits, as well as the government’s response to work and sickness. It is aimed at social landlords, local authorities and other organisations advising and supporting working age adults. The briefing highlights a few examples of practice from housing associations and the types money and benefit information being offered to residents, including as a result of their financially changing situations brought about by Coronavirus. It also signposts to latest relevant government guidance and where to go for further advice and support.

Last updated on hub: 11 August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting better in hospital

Learning Disability England

This easy read is about when people with Coronavirus might need to go to hospital. It sets out accessible guidance on what COVID-19 is; the symptoms; and what to expect if hospital care is needed, including what treatment may look like and interaction with hospital staff.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance includes information on keeping people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, supporting them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and helping staff protect their own wellbeing. It includes links to relevant resources. It builds on the COVID-19 adult social care action plan and more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. [First published 24 April 2020. Last updated 14 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Department for Education

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities to help support and protect vulnerable children. It includes answers to frequently asked questions in the areas of: Alternative provision, Children's safeguarding, Children's residential care, Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, Care leavers, Foster care, Adoption, and social workers in children's social care. The guidance is for local authorities, those who have corporate parenting responsibilities, and local safeguarding partnerships who work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. It will also be of interest to social workers, residential care providers and those with safeguarding responsibilities. [Last updated 7 January 2021].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020