Coronavirus – information for people receiving direct payments
Coronavirus direct payment guidance
- The government has published Coronavirus guidance for people receiving direct payments.
- Skills for Care have also produced an employers guide for people and families who employ personal assistants.
COVID-19 vaccinations for personal assistants
Personal assistants can get the COVID-19 vaccination. They can find out how to book at the following link, or speak to their GP:
If they don’t have work photo ID, they can request a personalised vaccination eligibility letter by emailing our Vaccines Team.
Even after having the vaccine, personal assistants should continue using personal protective equipment.
- For more information on the vaccine roll out in Sussex, including frequently asked questions and advice on when you will get your jab, visit Sussex Health and Care Partnership. For questions not covered by the FAQ you can contact the Clinical Commissioning Group.
- For any other queries email our Vaccines Team.
Personal protective equipment grants
New grants are available to help clients receiving direct payments pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) for personal assistants during COVID-19.
PPE is things like masks, gloves and aprons that your personal assistant wears to keep you both safe during the pandemic. Depending on the type of care you purchase with your direct payment, either you or your personal assistant can apply for a financial grant to help pay for certain types of PPE between now and end of March 2022.
More information on the grants and how to apply will be published shortly.
Everyone who receives a direct payment should develop a care contingency plan. This is a plan to make sure your care needs would be met if your current care arrangement broke down, for example, if your Personal Assistant or care provider needed to self-isolate.
This guidance gives advice on what to do to ensure you have appropriate plans in place:
Contingency planning for direct payment clients [173.1 KB] [docx]