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COVID-19 updates for adult social care and health providers

National guidance

COVID-19 Response – Changes for Adult Social Care services

Some of the rules on what we can and cannot do will change on 17 May.

Read the (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) published on 10 May 2021 to see how restrictions are changing for those working in and receiving Adult Social Care services. 

Earlier this month the Government published COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England and how restrictions will be lifted over the coming months.

Care Home Visiting - latest

From Monday 17 May 2021 there will be more restrictions eased for care homes and visiting which will include allowing care home residents up to 5 named visitors, and certain activities outside of the care home will not require self-isolation. Please see the above article for these changes in brief. The government will publish revised guidance on this shortly.

Since 4 May 2021, residents may be enabled to leave their care home to spend time outdoors, without subsequent isolation for 14 days, in certain circumstances, as outlined in the supplementary guidance added on 1 May 2021.

This supplementary guidance should be read in conjunction with the Visits out of Care Homes Guidance published on 7 April 2021.

Providers can access support from publichealthenquiries@eastsussex.gov.uk if they have further questions.

Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings

The guidance on restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings contains guidance for care home providers on limiting staff movement between settings in all but exceptional circumstances to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Faster medication orders for Care Homes

The LGA and NHS have published a step-by-step guide for care homes to quickly and safely order medications online for residents via proxy access to their GP online services account.

Hosted on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website, the guidance provides examples of all the documentation needed and explains the data sharing, staff training, information governance, confidentiality, set-up and communication requirements needed between care homes, GP practices and pharmacies.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team socialcaredigital@local.gov.uk.

Adult Social Care - Links to Key Government guidance

All the below links go to the Government website for the latest updated versions. 

All care staff and carers should review Coronavirus restrictions: What you can and cannot do which explains the changes to restrictions from 29 March 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care guidance brings together guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England and other relevant guidance.

Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus provides information for adult social care providers.

There is guidance specifically for social care staff on the NHS England website.

COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults: This guidance for care staff includes a section on Supporting the person through change.

COVID-19: Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

COVID-19: Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus: Guidance is for carers and people who require support outside of the home. It also explains when people offering support count towards the ‘rule of 6’ or two household limit.

COVID-19: providing unpaid care to friends or family: This guidance is for people providing unpaid care to friends or family. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce contains all the latest advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Reducing risk in adult social care provides a framework for how you should assess and support members of your workforce who may be at an increased risk from coronavirus.

COVID-19: admission and care of people in care homes covers how to protect care home residents and staff.

How to work safely in care homes provides information on the use of PPE for care workers working in care homes.

How to work safely in domiciliary care provides information on the use of PPE for care workers delivering home care (domiciliary care). It covers visiting home care, extra care housing and live-in home care.

Provision of home care brings together guidance for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who are supporting and delivering care to people in their own homes.

Guidance for providers of supported living services including safe systems of working and infection control.

Guidance on looking after people who lack capacity sets out what relevant circumstances should be considered when making best interest decisions.

Hospital discharge service guidance covers the same and timely discharge of people from hospital.

Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care sets out what employers need to do following a COVID-19 related death of an employee or volunteer. We will provide support to manage the process for personal assistants. Please send any enquiries to: ascpersonalisation@eastsussex.gov.uk.

COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased explains how to manage the death of a person with suspected or confirmed coronavirus.

Verification of death in times of emergency guidance clarifies practice for verifying deaths outside of hospitals.

Guidance for people receiving direct payments gives advice 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.

Guidance on Right COVID-19: Right to Work Checks provides advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidance on calculating the minimum wage includes an updated section on sleep-in shifts under the “special situations” header: Working hours for which the minimum wage must be paid - Calculating the minimum wage - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced a directory of resources and best practice from across the social care sector.