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Covid 19 - Government and NHSE Guidance

The Government and NHSE England have published a range of Covid 19 guidance and more is likely to come out. We will list on this page the guidance most relevant to families of children and adults with severe learning disabilities. 

 

We are working hard to interpret the practical implications of this guidance, including seeking answers to questions from Lawyers, NHSE and Government officials.  We will provide more information on this page as soon as we are able so please bear with us. In the meantime you may find some of the answers you need in the FAQs section of our Covid 19 page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health:

 

 

Learning Disability Covid-19 Guidance for Frontline Clinical Staff

A guide to help frontline clinical staff to best support patients with a learning disability and/or autism. Covers issues like diagnostic overshadowing, reasonable adjustments and understanding behavioural responses.

You can read the full guidance here

 

NHS Hospital Visitor Guidance

Guide explaining the new restrictions to visiting patients in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. Information relevant  to learning disability and autism is on page 1 of the guidance.

 

NICE Rapid Guideline on Critical Care during Covid-19

This outlines the processes for hospital staff in deciding whether a patient needs to be admitted to critical care. It was updated to reflect that the clinical frailty scale should not be used to assess those with a learning disability and/or autism. Full Guide and information on the update available here.

The Emergency Support Framework (ESF) is part of CQC’s regulatory approach during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, see here

BETA testing site for new form to feedback on care received, see here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children:

 

The CBF has created a summary of the key information from the guidance on this page relevant to children with severe learning disabilities.

Summary Of Childrens Law And Guidance

 

 

Department for Education Covid-19 SEND Risk Assessment Guide

This guidance explains the risk assessments the government is advising local authorities to conduct to ensure that educational settings still providing services are safe. It gives particular notice to children with EHC plans whose need for hands on care or with behaviours that challenge. You can read the full guidance here.

 

Guidance on Vulnerable Children

Guidance explaining the Government’s expectations based on the guidance that educational settings should only remain open to vulnerable children and those whose parents/carers are keyworkers. Full guidance available here.

 

Actions for Schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

This guidance covers what schools should be doing during this time, and question 2.5 gives information on vulnerable children and those with an EHCP plan.

 

What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Education and Schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

A set of questions answered for parents and carers, this list is not exclusive to learning disability and autism but contains some useful information on free school meals and EHCP plans. The full set of questions is available here.

Letter from Government to Families of SEND Children

 

A letter from the government to all families of children with special educational needs or disabilities about changes the Coronovirus Act has made to the Children and Families Act starting 1 May 2020

 

Guidance

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care, see here

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

See here.

Guidance

Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020. See here

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers. See here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Care:

 

Guidance for Local Authorities on Easements to the Care Act during Covid-19

Guidance explaining to Local Authorities what they can and cannot do under the new easements.

Mencap have produced a summary and easy read version of the easements.

 

Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care

Linked within the Care Act easements guidance, this is the framework local authorities should uphold when making decisions. The full framework can be read here

 

DHSC Covid-19 Action Plan for Adult Social Care

This outlines the four principles the government are using to keep people safe during this time and the approaches that will be used in all settings and contexts in which adults receive social care. The full Action Plan is available here.

 

DHSC Mental Capacity Act and DoLS during Covid-19

This guidance explains the duties of hospitals, care homes and supervisory bodies during this time with particular respect to the MCA and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

 

The Safe and Legal Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Mental Health and Learning Disability Services during Covid-19

This outlines how restraint should and might need to be used during this period. Please note that this guidance only applies to Northern Ireland.

 

Covid-19 Guidance for People Receiving Direct Payments

Information from DHSC for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Direct Payments and Personal Health Budget information available here.

 

NHS guidance supporting patients in inpatient settings 

 

This guidance sets out the principles which should inform the provision of care to individuals in mental health, learning disability, autism, dementia and specialist inpatient facilities suspected to have Covid 19 or who are at higher clinical risk.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs:

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions from DHSC and NHSEI

The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement publish answers to frequent questions from families and others during this period. We will post each instalment here as we receive them:

FAQs 3rd April

FAQs 9th April 

FAQs 17th April

FAQs 7th May

 

 

Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs from the Cabinet Office: What you can and can’t do

The Cabinet Office have released a set of FAQs clarifying what you are and are not able to do under the new restrictions. Question 15 specifically relates to learning disability and autism and the ability to go out more than once.

 

 

 

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