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Thank you to everyone who is working so hard and selflessly to ensure that so many of us continue to the care we need to live the lives we want to lead. To those who are providing care and support and working alongside colleagues in the NHS and across the local government family to play your part in responding to the challenges posed by Covid-19. 

Rest assured that we are taking every opportunity in our conversations with national politicians and civil servants to ensure that you get access to the right PPE when and where you need it, that testing is available to you and your colleagues and that you are recognised for the amazing work you are doing. We know that our partners in the charity, voluntary and community sector, and groups such as NHS Confed and the various care provider bodies are all united in recognising the contribution and extraordinary efforts that you and your colleagues are making at this very challenging time. 

Thank you all for your commitment, professionalism, determination and contribution.

You are amazing.

 

 

ASC Covid-19 Knowledge Hub

Please register for our knowledge-hub site which has been set up by our joint ADASS/LGA Adult Social Care Hub - this holds an extensive depository of information and useful links for all the key areas of Adult Social Care’s response to Covid-19 and our daily adult social care updates.

 


 

A number of guidance notes and documents have been published within a short amount of time - we have collected them here for ease of access. This page is monitored daily, Monday to Friday, and any relevant update will be published here as soon as possible.

 

Care Act Easement Guidance - 31.03.2020


Coronavirus Emergency Bill


Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do


Coronavirus: admission and care of people in care homes


Coronavirus: Current information and advice from BGS


Court of Protection Guidance in the Context of COVID-19

The Vice President of the Court of Protection has released two pieces of guidance:  The first (on 13 March) is primarily directed at judges and legal practitioners visiting the person, the second (released on 18 March,  updated today 24 March).


Ethical framework for adult social care

A framework to support the planning and organisation of adult social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19.


Essential training in response to COVID-19 - Skills For Care 


Guidance for local government


Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable


Easy Read: Guidance on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus


Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision

Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.


Health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

An additional piece of guidance has just been published for anyone who works in adult social care. It provides advice on how you can manage your personal mental health in the current circumstances. It also provides adult social care employers with guidance, tools and advice on how to take care of the wellbeing of staff at work.


Hospital Discharge Guidance

This document sets out the Hospital Discharge Service Requirements for all NHS trusts, community interest companies and private care providers of acute, community beds and community health services and social care staff in England, who must adhere to this from Thursday 19th March 2020. It also sets out requirements around discharge for health and social care commissioners (including Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities). 


Keeping Informed and In Touch during Coronavirus - Learning Disabilities England


Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism Covid-19 guidance 

The Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism (MHLDA) Covid-19 response cell has published an IAPT guide for delivering treatment remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, and Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic.


Prioritisation within community health services (NHS)


Procurement Policy Note - Supplier relief due to COVID-19


Residential care, supported living and home care guidance

Residential care, supported living and home care in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Safeguarding for volunteers - a short guide


Safeguarding people in ‘closed’ environments - checklist


Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners 

This guidance note is for local authority commissioners. It is designed to summarise pressures on social care providers arising from COVID-19, and to put forward ways in which commissioners can alleviate these pressures.


Supporting adult social care through COVID-19

Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Kate Terroni, discusses how the Care Quality Commission is working to support those working in adult social care to keep people using services and staff safe in these unprecedented times