COVID-19 INFORMATION AND ADVICE

This page has been set up to help share useful links, practical tips and ideas.

Please note, this page is not for medical advice, for that we advise you use the up to date Government guidance 

There are also a series of webinars that have been recorded that you may find useful that can be found here

This is an up to date list of local Coronavirus 19 (COVID 19) Facebook support groups – there have been over 1,500 local COVID-19 support groups set up, there’s bound to be one near you that you can connect with…

Joint statement on personalised approaches to care and treatment

As part of an ongoing programme of work to support colleagues across health and social care to maintain and champion personalised approaches to care and treatment, NHS England and NHS Improvement came together last week with a range of leading thinkers from the disabled rights movement, voluntary sector organisations, and specialist clinical directors. The current pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, to have the opportunity for their needs, wishes and preferences to be considered.
This meeting was co-chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell and James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care for the NHS, who have issued this summary statement. For further information email england.covid-eolc@nhs.net.

Statement

The outbreak of coronavirus does not change long-established best practice that decisions around care and access to treatment, including end of life care, are made on an individual basis and with clinicians, following the principles of personalised care.
Every individual should be provided with ongoing opportunities to participate in decisions that affect them. In relation to treatment decisions, patients should be supported to make informed decisions by the provision of clear advice on options from their clinicians, with family support or advocacy support if required and possible, and in compliance with the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and related guidance where relevant.
This means people making active and informed judgements about their own care and treatment, at all stages of their life, and recognises people’s autonomy, as well as their preferences, aspirations, needs and abilities. This also means ensuring reasonable adjustments are supported where necessary and reinforces that the blanket application of do not attempt resuscitation orders is totally unacceptable and must not happen.

Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, DBE

James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Resources that have been kindly shared:

We have tried to group these together under 6 basic themes

> Resources relating to planning

This is a template of a COVID 19 Contingency Plan for your care that you may use for your own needs. It help you put down the essential things that you need for your care and support with on a daily basis: Contingency plan template

An example of a contingency plan for home if any one of the household gets ill. It sets out: How they can care for each other whilst minimising risk of cross infection and how they can manage illness as far as possible at home and absolutely minimise the need for hospital treatment. Home contingency template example 

This is an example of a ‘hospitial passport’ template which you can use and have prepared ready in case you have to be admitted into hospital: Hospital passport template

> Resources relating to testing

Invitation to register for Coronavirus testing- personal care assistants (PAs)

Letter template for PA’s who have asked to be tested, the letter includes the online link to book a test, the list of test centres, what to do when they get to the test centre and how they get their results: Covid 19- invitation for testing. More information about the current Corovirus testing eligibility can be found at Government Guidance – Coronavirus COVID-19

A user guide for essential workers, including personal care assistants to book a test for Coronavirus at a regional testing site or via home delivery: Self-referral portal user guide

> Resources relating to personal budgets, personal health budgets, direct payment, adult social care

COVID-19: Q&A FOR INDIVIDUALS IN RECEIPT OF A PERSONAL BUDGET OR PERSONAL HEALTH BUDGET DURING AN OUTBREAK OR WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

Personal Budget, Personal Health Budget and Direct payments Questions & Answers

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Adult Social Care: covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan

Advice and Guidance for people using Direct Payments during the Coronavirus crisis from Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC)  https://www.kdc.org.uk/news-events/advice-and-guidance-for-people-using-direct-payments-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/

Penderel’s Trust have prepared a ‘be prepared’ factsheet for people who have Direct Payments developed from the information shared from the webinar above: https://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/BePrepared.pdf

> Resources relating to employing/using PA's / keyworkers and carers

If you are a front line worker or manager giving care and support in social care tell us how you are feeling in this Audit of Well-being.

This audit is looking to get a baseline understanding of the ‘current’ well-being of staff who work in disability services and other social care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland and across the UK. To take part in this audit you should be:

  • Aged 18 or over;
  • Work with adults (aged 18 or over) with a disability;
  • Or in another social care setting (with adults aged 18 or over) in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales or the Islands

https://martinmcmahon8642.survey.fm/an-audit-caregivers-wellbeing-during-covid-19-pandemic-in-ireland-united-kingdom

A template letter you may use if you employ Personal Assistants (confirmed as key workers in the Health and Social Care sector) to support you: anonymous PA letter March 2020

NHS England – A template that could be adapted for your keyworkers to show that they support you in your life.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/annex-1-hr-template-letter-20-03-20.docx

Penderel’s Trust have produced a ‘key worker’ proof letter template for individual employers, as an employer you may use this as guide: KeyWorkerLetterTemplate

Penderel’s Trust have shared a list of frequently asked questions for individual employershttps://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/EmployerFAQ.pdf

Esther’s briefing document for her PA’s:  Briefing document for PAs

ACAS – Advice for Employers and Employees during the coronavirus crisis:  https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-sick-pay

HR questions and answers for employers:  Coronavirus and employees FAQ’s March 2020

Mark Bates Ltd, Insurance company have shared useful information for Employers and Self Employed during COVID-19: https://markbatesltd.com/coronavirus-covid-19

Carers UK – Guidance for carers

> Easy Read

Easy read information from the Department of Health about Direct Payments during Coronavirus – easy read direct payments

Beyond Words – A short wordless story, that will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe – https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus

Learning Disability England (LDE) –  Easy to read information on the Coronavirus

Inclusion North – Plain English audio version ‘About Coronavirus’ from Bradford Talking media       Audio link

Learning Disability England (LDE) – Tips and ideas how to keep in touch

> General resources

This is a list of resources relevant for disabled people during the Covid-19 outbreak, with a UK focus. The list includes resources and template letters relevant to people on low incomes, workers, renters and anyone else requiring mutual aid. http://tinyurl.com/DPsCovidList

NICE published Rapid Guidelines COVID-19 for: Critical Care, delivery of systemic anticancer treatments and dialysis service delivery.

https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-publishes-first-rapid-covid-19-guidelines

Template letters to include complaints to supermarkets, designed to provide priority access for disabled people. They can be downloaded for free at: http://www.frylaw.co.uk/

The North West Training & Development Team (NWTDT) and Pathways Association have produced a ‘one day at a time’ video series. They share an update every day (Monday to Friday) to make sure that people have accessible, accurate and up to date information about COVID 19:  Daily accessible updates from NWTDT and Pathways

Job Retention Scheme, the government have released updated guidance on eligibility and use of the scheme. Available on the government website, the guidance confirms that workers placed on furlough may be able to have 80 per cent of their wages paid through the scheme by a government grant, up to a monthly cap of £2,500. They should not undertake any work for the organisation whilst on furlough that amounts to making money for it or providing services to it.

Updated guidance on eligibility and use of the Job Retention Scheme during COVID-19

Job Retention Scheme now extended until October 2020: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october

If you have useful resources to share or ideas for useful webinar topics please let us know:

CORONAHEROES

This page is for people and families and has been set up to help share useful links, practical tips and ideas that people who manage their direct payments have put in place for themselves and their PA’s. Hopefully by joining together and sharing, we might be able to ease some anxieties around the uncertainty. 

Please note, this page is not for medical advice, for that we advise you use the up to date Government guidance 

Recordings from recent webinars...

This webinar is about the recent changes to the UK benefits welfare system, from Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, to Personal Independence Payment and what further help may be available. The webinar also explores the changes to benefit eligibility for new claimants and the protections put in place to safeguard those who are already claiming benefits.

This really useful update is provided by Richard Conway, a Benefits Advisor and Bez Ely a Welfare Benefits Adviser, from the Disability Law Service

Webinar from 28th April 2020 – UK benefits welfare system during the Coronavirus crisis

ASK CPAG has useful resources on how benefits are affected by coronavirus: https://askcpag.org.uk

To check which benefits you may be entitled to before you apply, you can use a benefits calculator:  https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

This webinar focuses on housing issues during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The webinar covers possession, homelessness, ASBO’s, disrepair matters and unlawful eviction. It also covers the impact of the Coronavirus on areas of housing and provides some examples of questions people are asking /problems they face and offering some solutions and advice in that regard.                                              Ola Akinyode, a Housing Solicitor and Priya Bahri, a Trainee Solicitor with the Disability Law Service give guidance through this webinar

Webinar from 22nd April 2020 – Housing issues in the UK during Coronavirus crisis.

This webinar is about staying healthy at home, it coverS information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the symptoms, risks and what to do as well as the importance of staying in touch, and structuring and planning your days.

Guidance is from Steve Hardy, Practice Development Nurse, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Matthew Roberts, Postgraduate Occupational Therapy Student, Cardiff University.   

                                                                                        Webinar from 9th April 2020 –                                 Staying healthy at home during the Coronavirus crisis.                                                                

This a webinar about employment issues for people with direct payments via a personal budget or personal health budget.

Stephen Robson the senior solicitor for employment and discrimination from Disability Law Service explores the employment related issues during Coronavirus crisis.

The webinar is useful for anyone concerned about employment issues in the current climate.                                        

Webinar from 1st April 2020 – Employment issues for people with direct payments during the Coronavirus crisis.

Questions and answers from the webinar –          1st April 20

The Disability Law Service have kindly provided details of the different areas that they cover which includes: community care, employment, housing and welfare benefits. You can find contact details here: Disability Law Service Overview and Contacts

This webinar recording focuses on accessing care during the Coronavirus Crisis. With the onset of new emergency coronavirus legislation, “The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21”. Steve Broach, a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers in London, gives information on this legislation and take questions on how to access care during this time. Steve’s talk is for information only and cannot be relied on for legal advice. If legal advice is needed you may wish to contact a solicitor (some suggestions below).         

Webinar from 30th March 2020 –  Accessing Care during the Coronavirus Crisis.

Questions and answers from the webinar will be available soon

If you need additional advice you can find a list of Solicitors with expertise in disability and special education needs (SEN) cases here: List of Solicitors 

In this webinar recording you will hear from people who have started their contingency planning and hope to enable sharing of their tips and ideas. It focuses on those with Direct Payments via a Personal Budget or Personal Health Budget. Miro Griffiths, Andy Walker and Tricia Nicoll share their contingency plans. 

                                                                         

Webinar from 26th March 2020 – Practical tips on contingency pans during COVID-19 for people with Direct Payments. 

This is the link to a webinar recording where people gathered on line to discuss tactics and practical tips for people & families who have a direct payment through a personal budget or health budget. Listen in to hear Miro Griffith, Will Case, Liz Wilson and Karen Saville who manage their direct payments who shared the protocols they have put in place for themselves and their PA’s.  

Webinar from 17th March 2020 – Practical tips during COVID-19 for people with Direct Payments 

Tips, notes, contacts, questions and responses from the webinar can be found here:                          Tips and notes from the Webinar 17th March 20 

This is an up to date list of local Coronavirus 19 (COVID 19) Facebook support groups – there have been over 1,500 local COVID-19 support groups set up, there’s bound to be one near you that you can connect with…

Resources that have been kindly shared:

Invitation to register for Coronavirus testing- personal care assistants (PAs)

Letter template for PA’s who have asked to be tested, the letter includes the online link to book a test, the list of test centres, what to do when they get to the test centre and how they get their results: Covid 19- invitation for testing. More information about the current Corovirus testing eligibility can be found at Government Guidance – Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19: Q&A FOR INDIVIDUALS IN RECEIPT OF A PERSONAL BUDGET OR PERSONAL HEALTH BUDGET DURING AN OUTBREAK OR WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

Personal Budget, Personal Health Budget and Direct payments Questions & Answers

NICE published Rapid Guidelines COVID-19 for: Critical Care, delivery of systemic anticancer treatments and dialysis service delivery.

https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-publishes-first-rapid-covid-19-guidelines

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Adult Social Care: covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan

COVID-19  guidance from Skill for Care including residential care, supported living and home care guidance and guidance on key workers

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/About/News/COVID-19.aspx

Advice and Guidance for people using Direct Payments during the Coronavirus crisis from Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC)  https://www.kdc.org.uk/news-events/advice-and-guidance-for-people-using-direct-payments-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/

A template letter you may use if you employ Personal Assistants (confirmed as key workers in the Health and Social Care sector) to support you: anonymous PA letter March 2020

NHS England – A template that could be adapted for your keyworkers to show that they support you in your life.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/annex-1-hr-template-letter-20-03-20.docx

Template letters to include complaints to supermarkets, designed to provide priority access for disabled people. They can be downloaded for free at: http://www.frylaw.co.uk/

Penderel’s Trust have produced a ‘key worker’ proof letter template for individual employers, as an employer you may use this as guide: KeyWorkerLetterTemplate

Penderel’s Trust have prepared a ‘be prepared’ factsheet for people who have Direct Payments developed from the information shared from the webinar above: https://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/BePrepared.pdf

Penderel’s Trust have shared a list of frequently asked questions for individual employershttps://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/EmployerFAQ.pdf

Esther’s briefing document for her PA’s:  Briefing document for PAs

ACAS – Advice for Employers and Employees during the coronavirus crisis:  https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-sick-pay

HR questions and answers for employers:  Coronavirus and employees FAQ’s March 2020

Following the announcement of the Job Retention Scheme last week, the government have released updated guidance on eligibility and use of the scheme. Available on the government website, the guidance confirms that workers placed on furlough may be able to have 80 per cent of their wages paid through the scheme by a government grant, up to a monthly cap of £2,500. They should not undertake any work for the organisation whilst on furlough that amounts to making money for it or providing services to it.

Updated guidance on eligibility and use of the Job Retention Scheme during COVID-19

The North West Training & Development Team (NWTDT) and Pathways Association have produced a ‘one day at a time’ video series. They share an update every day (Monday to Friday) to make sure that people have accessible, accurate and up to date information about COVID 19:  Daily accessible updates from NWTDT and Pathways

Learning Disability England (LDE) –  Easy to read information on the Coronavirus

Inclusion North – Plain English audio version ‘About Coronavirus’ from Bradford Talking media       Audio link

Learning Disability England (LDE) – Tips and ideas how to keep in touch

Mark Bates Ltd, Insurance company have shared useful information for Employers and Self Employed during COVID-19: https://markbatesltd.com/coronavirus-covid-19

Carers UK – Guidance for carers

This is a list of resources relevant for disabled people during the Covid-19 outbreak, with a UK focus. The list includes resources and template letters relevant to people on low incomes, workers, renters and anyone else requiring mutual aid. http://tinyurl.com/DPsCovidList

If you have useful resources to share or ideas for useful webinar topics please let us know:

CORONAHEROES

This page is for people and families and has been set up to help share useful links, practical tips and ideas that people who manage their direct payments have put in place for themselves and their PA’s. Hopefully by joining together and sharing, we might be able to ease some anxieties around the uncertainty. 

Please note, this page is not for medical advice, for that we advise you use the up to date Government guidance 

There are also a series of webinars that have been recorded that you may find useful that can be found here

This is an up to date list of local Coronavirus 19 (COVID 19) Facebook support groups – there have been over 1,500 local COVID-19 support groups set up, there’s bound to be one near you that you can connect with…

Resources that have been kindly shared:

Invitation to register for Coronavirus testing- personal care assistants (PAs)

Letter template for PA’s who have asked to be tested, the letter includes the online link to book a test, the list of test centres, what to do when they get to the test centre and how they get their results: Covid 19- invitation for testing. More information about the current Corovirus testing eligibility can be found at Government Guidance – Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19: Q&A FOR INDIVIDUALS IN RECEIPT OF A PERSONAL BUDGET OR PERSONAL HEALTH BUDGET DURING AN OUTBREAK OR WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

Personal Budget, Personal Health Budget and Direct payments Questions & Answers

NICE published Rapid Guidelines COVID-19 for: Critical Care, delivery of systemic anticancer treatments and dialysis service delivery.

https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-publishes-first-rapid-covid-19-guidelines

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Adult Social Care: covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan

COVID-19  guidance from Skill for Care including residential care, supported living and home care guidance and guidance on key workers

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/About/News/COVID-19.aspx

Advice and Guidance for people using Direct Payments during the Coronavirus crisis from Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC)  https://www.kdc.org.uk/news-events/advice-and-guidance-for-people-using-direct-payments-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/

A template letter you may use if you employ Personal Assistants (confirmed as key workers in the Health and Social Care sector) to support you: anonymous PA letter March 2020

NHS England – A template that could be adapted for your keyworkers to show that they support you in your life.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/annex-1-hr-template-letter-20-03-20.docx

Template letters to include complaints to supermarkets, designed to provide priority access for disabled people. They can be downloaded for free at: http://www.frylaw.co.uk/

Penderel’s Trust have produced a ‘key worker’ proof letter template for individual employers, as an employer you may use this as guide: KeyWorkerLetterTemplate

Penderel’s Trust have prepared a ‘be prepared’ factsheet for people who have Direct Payments developed from the information shared from the webinar above: https://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/BePrepared.pdf

Penderel’s Trust have shared a list of frequently asked questions for individual employershttps://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/EmployerFAQ.pdf

Esther’s briefing document for her PA’s:  Briefing document for PAs

ACAS – Advice for Employers and Employees during the coronavirus crisis:  https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-sick-pay

HR questions and answers for employers:  Coronavirus and employees FAQ’s March 2020

Following the announcement of the Job Retention Scheme last week, the government have released updated guidance on eligibility and use of the scheme. Available on the government website, the guidance confirms that workers placed on furlough may be able to have 80 per cent of their wages paid through the scheme by a government grant, up to a monthly cap of £2,500. They should not undertake any work for the organisation whilst on furlough that amounts to making money for it or providing services to it.

Updated guidance on eligibility and use of the Job Retention Scheme during COVID-19

The North West Training & Development Team (NWTDT) and Pathways Association have produced a ‘one day at a time’ video series. They share an update every day (Monday to Friday) to make sure that people have accessible, accurate and up to date information about COVID 19:  Daily accessible updates from NWTDT and Pathways

Learning Disability England (LDE) –  Easy to read information on the Coronavirus

Inclusion North – Plain English audio version ‘About Coronavirus’ from Bradford Talking media       Audio link

Learning Disability England (LDE) – Tips and ideas how to keep in touch

Mark Bates Ltd, Insurance company have shared useful information for Employers and Self Employed during COVID-19: https://markbatesltd.com/coronavirus-covid-19

Carers UK – Guidance for carers

This is a list of resources relevant for disabled people during the Covid-19 outbreak, with a UK focus. The list includes resources and template letters relevant to people on low incomes, workers, renters and anyone else requiring mutual aid. http://tinyurl.com/DPsCovidList

If you have useful resources to share or ideas for useful webinar topics please let us know:

CORONAHEROES

This page is for people and families and has been set up to help share useful links, practical tips and ideas that people who manage their direct payments have put in place for themselves and their PA’s. Hopefully by joining together and sharing, we might be able to ease some anxieties around the uncertainty. 

Please note, this page is not for medical advice, for that we advise you use the up to date Government guidance 

Recordings from recent webinars...

This webinar is about the recent changes to the UK benefits welfare system, from Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, to Personal Independence Payment and what further help may be available. The webinar also explores the changes to benefit eligibility for new claimants and the protections put in place to safeguard those who are already claiming benefits.

This really useful update is provided by Richard Conway, a Benefits Advisor and Bez Ely a Welfare Benefits Adviser, from the Disability Law Service

Webinar from 28th April 2020 – UK benefits welfare system during the Coronavirus crisis

ASK CPAG has useful resources on how benefits are affected by coronavirus: https://askcpag.org.uk

To check which benefits you may be entitled to before you apply, you can use a benefits calculator:  https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

This webinar focuses on housing issues during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The webinar covers possession, homelessness, ASBO’s, disrepair matters and unlawful eviction. It also covers the impact of the Coronavirus on areas of housing and provides some examples of questions people are asking /problems they face and offering some solutions and advice in that regard.                                              Ola Akinyode, a Housing Solicitor and Priya Bahri, a Trainee Solicitor with the Disability Law Service give guidance through this webinar

Webinar from 22nd April 2020 – Housing issues in the UK during Coronavirus crisis.

This webinar is about staying healthy at home, it coverS information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the symptoms, risks and what to do as well as the importance of staying in touch, and structuring and planning your days.

Guidance is from Steve Hardy, Practice Development Nurse, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Matthew Roberts, Postgraduate Occupational Therapy Student, Cardiff University.   

                                                                                        Webinar from 9th April 2020 –                                 Staying healthy at home during the Coronavirus crisis.                                                                

This a webinar about employment issues for people with direct payments via a personal budget or personal health budget.

Stephen Robson the senior solicitor for employment and discrimination from Disability Law Service explores the employment related issues during Coronavirus crisis.

The webinar is useful for anyone concerned about employment issues in the current climate.                                        

Webinar from 1st April 2020 – Employment issues for people with direct payments during the Coronavirus crisis.

Questions and answers from the webinar –          1st April 20

The Disability Law Service have kindly provided details of the different areas that they cover which includes: community care, employment, housing and welfare benefits. You can find contact details here: Disability Law Service Overview and Contacts

This webinar recording focuses on accessing care during the Coronavirus Crisis. With the onset of new emergency coronavirus legislation, “The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21”. Steve Broach, a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers in London, gives information on this legislation and take questions on how to access care during this time. Steve’s talk is for information only and cannot be relied on for legal advice. If legal advice is needed you may wish to contact a solicitor (some suggestions below).         

Webinar from 30th March 2020 –  Accessing Care during the Coronavirus Crisis.

Questions and answers from the webinar will be available soon

If you need additional advice you can find a list of Solicitors with expertise in disability and special education needs (SEN) cases here: List of Solicitors 

In this webinar recording you will hear from people who have started their contingency planning and hope to enable sharing of their tips and ideas. It focuses on those with Direct Payments via a Personal Budget or Personal Health Budget. Miro Griffiths, Andy Walker and Tricia Nicoll share their contingency plans. 

                                                                         

Webinar from 26th March 2020 – Practical tips on contingency pans during COVID-19 for people with Direct Payments. 

This is the link to a webinar recording where people gathered on line to discuss tactics and practical tips for people & families who have a direct payment through a personal budget or health budget. Listen in to hear Miro Griffith, Will Case, Liz Wilson and Karen Saville who manage their direct payments who shared the protocols they have put in place for themselves and their PA’s.  

Webinar from 17th March 2020 – Practical tips during COVID-19 for people with Direct Payments 

Tips, notes, contacts, questions and responses from the webinar can be found here:                          Tips and notes from the Webinar 17th March 20 

This is an up to date list of local Coronavirus 19 (COVID 19) Facebook support groups – there have been over 1,500 local COVID-19 support groups set up, there’s bound to be one near you that you can connect with…

Resources that have been kindly shared:

Invitation to register for Coronavirus testing- personal care assistants (PAs)

Letter template for PA’s who have asked to be tested, the letter includes the online link to book a test, the list of test centres, what to do when they get to the test centre and how they get their results: Covid 19- invitation for testing. More information about the current Corovirus testing eligibility can be found at Government Guidance – Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19: Q&A FOR INDIVIDUALS IN RECEIPT OF A PERSONAL BUDGET OR PERSONAL HEALTH BUDGET DURING AN OUTBREAK OR WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

Personal Budget, Personal Health Budget and Direct payments Questions & Answers

NICE published Rapid Guidelines COVID-19 for: Critical Care, delivery of systemic anticancer treatments and dialysis service delivery.

https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-publishes-first-rapid-covid-19-guidelines

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Adult Social Care: covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan

COVID-19  guidance from Skill for Care including residential care, supported living and home care guidance and guidance on key workers

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/About/News/COVID-19.aspx

Advice and Guidance for people using Direct Payments during the Coronavirus crisis from Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC)  https://www.kdc.org.uk/news-events/advice-and-guidance-for-people-using-direct-payments-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/

A template letter you may use if you employ Personal Assistants (confirmed as key workers in the Health and Social Care sector) to support you: anonymous PA letter March 2020

NHS England – A template that could be adapted for your keyworkers to show that they support you in your life.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/annex-1-hr-template-letter-20-03-20.docx

Template letters to include complaints to supermarkets, designed to provide priority access for disabled people. They can be downloaded for free at: http://www.frylaw.co.uk/

Penderel’s Trust have produced a ‘key worker’ proof letter template for individual employers, as an employer you may use this as guide: KeyWorkerLetterTemplate

Penderel’s Trust have prepared a ‘be prepared’ factsheet for people who have Direct Payments developed from the information shared from the webinar above: https://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/BePrepared.pdf

Penderel’s Trust have shared a list of frequently asked questions for individual employershttps://www.penderelstrust.org.uk/pdf/EmployerFAQ.pdf

Esther’s briefing document for her PA’s:  Briefing document for PAs

ACAS – Advice for Employers and Employees during the coronavirus crisis:  https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-sick-pay

HR questions and answers for employers:  Coronavirus and employees FAQ’s March 2020

Following the announcement of the Job Retention Scheme last week, the government have released updated guidance on eligibility and use of the scheme. Available on the government website, the guidance confirms that workers placed on furlough may be able to have 80 per cent of their wages paid through the scheme by a government grant, up to a monthly cap of £2,500. They should not undertake any work for the organisation whilst on furlough that amounts to making money for it or providing services to it.

Updated guidance on eligibility and use of the Job Retention Scheme during COVID-19

The North West Training & Development Team (NWTDT) and Pathways Association have produced a ‘one day at a time’ video series. They share an update every day (Monday to Friday) to make sure that people have accessible, accurate and up to date information about COVID 19:  Daily accessible updates from NWTDT and Pathways

Learning Disability England (LDE) –  Easy to read information on the Coronavirus

Inclusion North – Plain English audio version ‘About Coronavirus’ from Bradford Talking media       Audio link

Learning Disability England (LDE) – Tips and ideas how to keep in touch

Mark Bates Ltd, Insurance company have shared useful information for Employers and Self Employed during COVID-19: https://markbatesltd.com/coronavirus-covid-19

Carers UK – Guidance for carers

This is a list of resources relevant for disabled people during the Covid-19 outbreak, with a UK focus. The list includes resources and template letters relevant to people on low incomes, workers, renters and anyone else requiring mutual aid. http://tinyurl.com/DPsCovidList

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