NHS Guidance on who is still able to visit somebody in hospital. Includes people being able to support an autistic person or a person with a learning disability.
The government has recognised that people with learning disabilities and autistic people may need to exercise more than once a day away from their home if it is in line with their care plan.
BBC publishes an edited version of Lucy Watts' blog on Coronavirus
"This guidance concerns the impact of COVID-19 on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services..."
Important clarification from NHSE regarding DNR letters and use of the Clinical Frailty scale:
BBC article on disturbing guidance issued by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group
A timely publication from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation - "Supporting children and adults with severe learning disabilities at home during the Coronavirus epidemic".
An article by Sanchita Hosali from the British Institute of Human Rights - The fight against Covid-19: Whose life counts?
Another brilliant resource from Books Beyond Words - Helping people to deal with not being able to go out.
Dorset Advocacy have produced an excellent Easy Read Guide to the changes to the Care Act - It must be good because Steve Broach retweeted it.
The Joint Committee on Human Right's Inquiry "The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications" has issued a call for evidence.
The British Medical Association (BMA),Care Provider Alliance (CPA),Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) have issued a joint statement on advanced care planning.
A link to the accessible version of the NHS England clinical guidelines for learning disability and coronavirus that is for all healthcare staff across all specialities.
Government guidance on the powers that Local Authorities now have not do the things they were supposed to be doing under the Care Act 2014
Great GIF from BTM.org showing the importance of social media.
Emergency coronavirus powers and people lacking mental capacity
Brilliant new website from Photosymbols providing easy read materials relating to the Coronavirus
Twitter chat by WeLDNurses on Coronavirus 8-30pm Tuesday 31st March using the #WeLDNs hashtag
Some timely advice from Respond about the importance of looking after ourselves
It isn't just underlying health conditions that will make people with learning disabilities vulnerable to Covid-19. The way that things are done will also make a difference.
The NHS has published speciality guides for the management of patients with Covid-19 including a "Clinical guide for front line staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic – relevant to all clinical specialities"
National Trading Standards is warning people to beware of - "Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19."
(The NHS has just published its guidance and a covering letter on Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages) "This guidance has been produced by the national NHS England and NHS Improvement Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism and Specialised Commissioning COVID-19 Response Cell. It provides information and guidance for providers and their clinical and non-clinical teams who are planning for how best to manage their capacity across inpatient and community services, and should support contingency planning, already underway, for a range of resourceconstrained scenarios. It will be updated as required... "
Live online events for people with learning disabilities
"The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services. This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives."
Human Rights Watch - "UK’s Coronavirus Act, which becomes law today, has serious implications for the rights of people with disabilities and older people, and its implementation needs to be carefully monitored to protect people’s rights to health care, education, and freedom, Human Rights Watch, the UK National Survivor User Network (NSUN), and international human rights expert Gerard Quinn, said today."
(An article by Shaun Lintern of the Independent on the U Turn by NICE on their critical care guidance for the NHS) 'Many autistic and learning disabled people and their families have believed that they are treated as less than human, and it certainly felt as if the guidance was confirming just that'...
"INQUEST has today (23/03/2020) published a new briefing on COVID-19: Protecting people in places of custody and detention. The briefing sets out our immediate concerns around the pandemic, focusing on our areas of expertise. We highlight the government’s human rights obligations and the need to protect people in places of custody and detention..."
Upcoming Webinar - Accessing Care during the Coronavirus Crisis with @SteveBroach 30/03 @ 11am-12pm. Focused on the onset of new emergency #coronavirus #legislation, “The #CoronavirusBillUK". Organised by @incontrolorg