The NHS has designed a Grab and Go Form for hospital staff to use if an autistic person or person with a learning disability goes into hospital with Covid-19. It is not intended to replace a hospital passport but...
The Grab and Go Guide Guidance Notes are designed to help people to complete the two page Grab and Go Guidance Form that hospital staff will use in-order to inform themselves about the needs of an autistic person or person with a learning disability.
Yesterday the government launched its Covid-19 action plan for adult social care - it's fair to say that it has had a mixed response.
"Dr Kevin Cleary, Deputy Chief Inspector (Mental Health), updates in this blog about how CQC will be protecting people’s safety, human rights and equality during the pandemic..."
Emergency MCA and DoLS Guidance for hospitals and care homes
"This guidance is for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support..."
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.
Multiple translations from Bradford Talking Media of HM Government Emergency Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Alert video about staying at home during coronavirus outbreak and shielding vulnerable people video. Translated into Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, French, Hungarian, Polish, Pushto, Roma, Romanian, Slovakian, Spanish and Urdu.
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.
Important guidance which according to Neil Crowther - "tries to circle a square, between respect for each individual's equal rights & acting in the 'greater good'. One of the principles is that 'everyone matters and everyone matters equally, but this does not mean that everyone will be treated the same.'"
"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:
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 how it is supporting people through the Coronavirus outbreak
Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
A downloadable PDF from Public Health England on Covid-19
(NHS England guidance on Covid-19 and people with learning disabilities) This is the first of a series of updates to share information on COVID-19 with chief executives of mental health trusts and other mental health service providers, including the independent and third sectors, as well as regional teams and local colleagues...
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"
(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... "
"This guidance is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers, who support and deliver care to people in their own homes, including community health services."
"This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19. It is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), community health services and providers of care and support delivered within supported living environments (people in their own homes), including for people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or autistic adults."
"This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19. It is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. This includes registered residential care and nursing homes for people with learning disabilities, mental health and/or other disabilities."