Information and guidance related to social care, including commissioning and supporting the provider market, and working collaboratively with health partners.
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Official Government information
Information from the NHS
Future NHS Better Care Exchange: COVID-19 section (requires log-in)
NHS.UK – COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements (pdf, 19 March 2020)
NHS.UK – COVID-19 Discharge Service Requirements guidance (webinar recording from 20 March 2020)
NHSE – FAQs on using FFP 3 Respiratory Protective Equipment, (pdf, 20 March 2020)
NHS Volunteer Responders
The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme aims to recruit 250,000 volunteers in good health to help with non-clinical tasks such as patient transport, delivering prescriptions and keeping in contact with people isolating at home. We now understand that this scheme will also seek to recruit volunteers to support adult social care, and we are currently working with Government to ensure that this is clear in all future national communications. Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS
LGA guidance and support
Other useful information
The LGA has worked with Government to develop an agreement that suspends parking charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers for on-street parking and open car parks (e.g. pay and display car parks) as they go about their critical work. Read the guidance.
The LGA is collaborating with Rethink Partners to provide practical support to help councils understand technology options, and make effective care technology decisions.
The Learning Disability Professional Senate have developed two resources for people with learning disabilities and their families:
- Resources to support families/carers of people with learning disabilities through the coronavirus restrictions (pdf, 27 March 2020)
- Resources to use with people with learning disabilities through the coronavirus restrictions (pdf, 30 March 2020)
Supporting the vulnerable
Government has produced guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable including FAQs for councils and guidance for councils and LRFs on supporting vulnerable high risk people
An LGA briefing note outlines the range in which councils are supporting the wider range of local people who are vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.