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Adult social care winter plan: letter from Minister for Care to local authorities

Department of Health and Social Care

Letter from Helen Whately, Minister for Care, to outline the expectations of local authorities in relation to the adult social care winter plan. The plan sets out the actions the Government is taking at a national level to support those who provide and receive care. It also outlines the actions every local area (local authorities and NHS partners) and every care provider must take to support the collective efforts to keep the coronavirus at bay.

Last updated on hub: 28 September 2020

Adult social care winter preparedness plan 2020-21

Scottish Government

This Plan sets out the winter preparedness measures already in place that must be retained and those that need to be introduced across the adult social care sector in the midst of the global pandemic of COVID-19. The Plan is centred around four key principles: learning from evidence to protect people who use social care support from the direct impact of COVID-19, and wider winter viruses; ensuring that people have good physical and mental health and wellbeing through provision of high quality integrated care services; supporting the social care workforce to enable the delivery of safe support and care and to have positive mental health and wellbeing; working in collaboration to plan and deliver quality care. Within these categories, the Plan provides specific guidance on a range of critical issues such as: infection control; testing and vaccination; PPE; hospital discharge; mental health; staff movement; outbreak management; new funding; and fair work.

Last updated on hub: 11 November 2020

Adult social care: Covid-19: winter plan 2020-2021 newsletter

39 Essex Chambers

This note provides an overview of the Department of Health and Social Care (non-statutory) guidance ‘Adult social care: our COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021’. It discusses the key issues for local authorities, and in particular the interplay with the wellbeing principles of the Care Act 2014, including managing a potential conflict in terms of the wellbeing of both care home residents and those in the community with care and support needs as regards prevention of C-19. It also looks at the implications of the winter plan for the right to respect for family and private life, addressing the tension between the imperative to protect the health of social care users (and the social care workforce) and the need to respect the family life and private life rights of those who might be subject to protective restrictions. Finally, it explores the impact of the winter plan on deprivation of liberty safeguards, in particular in relation to testing and 14-day isolation requirements.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Adult social care: our COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021

Department of Health and Social Care

This policy paper sets out the key elements of national support available for the social care sector for winter 2020 to 2021, as well as the main actions to take for local authorities, NHS organisations, and social care providers, including in the voluntary and community sector. It covers four themes: preventing and controlling the spread of infection in care settings; collaboration across health and care services; supporting people who receive social care, the workforce, and carers; and supporting the system. Each section sets out the Department of Health and Social Care’s offer of national support and the department’s expectations for adult social care providers alongside published guidance. The plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings.[Published 18 September 2020. Last updated 20 November 2020]

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

Adult social care: seven principles for reform

Local Government Association

Sets out seven principles that should underpin social care and support reform in light of COVID-19. Taken together, these principles and their accompanying asks of Government are intended to chart a way forward for ensuring the very best local care and support in the future, so that people can live their very best life. The principles, which are endorsed by thirty-two leading organisations, are: people first and the value of social care; the importance of ‘local’; funding for a person-centred and preventative model of social care, which promotes resilience in local public services and communities; a new deal for the care workforce; a commissioning model that creates more person-centred services that help prevent, delay or reduce the need for more formal care services; securing greater parity of esteem between health and social care; and ensuring the scope of and ambition for social care reform encompass support for adults of all ages including unpaid carers, and a commitment to the Care Act wellbeing principle and to improving people’s choice and control of the care and support they use to live their best life.

Last updated on hub: 04 August 2020

Adult social care: shaping a better future: nine statements to help shape adult social care reform

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This paper sets out nine statements which are intended to help shape the future of adult social care in a radical, person-centred and transformative way. As a result of Covid-19, a number of challenges have emerged and been brought to light– they offer an opportunity to rethink, redesign and reorientate care. The document argues that what is required now is a total reset; a wholesale reimaging of adult social care, built around the following statements: we need a public conversation about adult social care reform; locally integrated care, built around the individual, should be the norm; we need a complete review of how care markets operate; we must address existing and historical inequalities; housing is central to care and to our lives; we need a workforce strategy; we must prioritise access to technological and digital solutions; we need a cross-government strategy; we need to manage the transition. The paper calls for a two-year funding settlement in 2020 that ensures the short-term sustainability and continuity of care; creates the space to undertake the national conversation that will ultimately shape a new person-centred vision for adult social care, secure new deal for those that work in social care and family carers; and help properly transition to the new models of care that emerge as a result.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Adult social services during the Covid-19 pandemic: guidance

Welsh Government

Statutory guidance setting out the changes made to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 by the Coronavirus Act 2020 regarding the assessment of people's care and support needs and financial assessment. The guidance states that the modifications should only be used as a last resort, and that local authorities should comply with the unmodified 2014 Act requirements and related Codes of Practice for as long and as far as possible. The guidance is one of a range of measures help local authorities and care providers manage the growing pressures during the Coronavirus as more people need support because carers are unwell or unable to reach them, and as care workers are having to self-isolate or unable to work for other reasons.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020

Adult specialist care: a key part of social care infrastructure validated by coronavirus


LaingBuisson in partnership with Grant Thornton held a conversation about adult social care. This webinar looked at questions about if lessons will have been learned and will social care in general be held in higher esteem? Following the media’s initial focus on acute care in the NHS, the social care sector has now been recognised as the new front line and a vital part of UK infrastructure. Will the funding follow and will the future be brighter? You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: [Webinar recorded 14 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Adults social work group response to coronavirus crisis

British Association of Social Workers England

A position statement from the Adults Social Work Group of the British Association of Social Workers providing analysis and commentary on the 'Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities' (DHSC 1/4/20), to help prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and 'Responding to Covid-19: the ethical framework for adult social care' (DHSC 19/3/20). The statement highlights the sections of the guidance most relevant to social workers.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Advice and guidance on discharging COVID-19 positive patients to care homes

Royal College of Physicians

A brief summary of current advice and guidance about discharging patients to care homes. The main points are that: patients should be discharged as soon as they are fit, whether they are COVID-19 positive or not; COVID-19 positive patients being discharged into a care home setting can only be discharged into care homes that have been designated safe by the CQC – if their own care home is not COVID-19 safe, they need to be discharged into alternative accommodation; it is the responsibility of the local authority to find alternative accommodation.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020