Self Isolation





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This is guidance for people who think they might have the virus or have some of the symptoms. It is also for people who have been in direct contact with someone with coronavirus.

Government guidance for people who need to self isolate

Easy Read posters from Photosymbols on the latest guidance including testing and shielding.

Easy read information on face coverings made by Mencap

Social Story on why people are wearing masks

Public Health England have made a useful poster about self isolation if you think you might have the virus or have been in contact with someone else who has symptoms of coronavirus. You can see this below:


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Social Distancing





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The government has asked everyone to make big changes to how we act – these are being called social distancing.

From 23 March we were told to stay at home apart from for essential shopping and medical care or if you do an essential job.

From the beginning of July some things are starting to go back to normal, but we are still being asked to do social distancing. Mencap have made an easy read guide about the new rules.

Social distancing is to try and stop the virus spreading to other people especially people who are more vulnerable. This includes people who are older. This includes people who have got long term health conditions.

And this includes people with a learning disability even if they don’t have other health conditions, because they are more likely to need support in their lives or they are more likely to find it harder to access health and advice services.

We think it is important that everyone looks at the social distancing guidance and talks about it.

The guidance is now a requirement and not just advice. So we think it is important people think about what it means to them and those around them and come up with a plan.

The latest government guidance about staying at home can be seen via these links:

Latest government guidance about staying home

Easy read summary about staying at home

PhotoSymbols have made a poster about staying home here

Guidance on staying alert and social distancing – not easy read yet

NHS Health at Home

To maintain social distancing, people are advised to stay at home as much as possible. Also some where people will need to shield or self-isolate, for example if they are extremely clinically vulnerable or have symptoms of coronavirus.

The Health at Home campaign gives people the information they need to contact their GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage their wellbeing and existing conditions – without having to leave home.

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Key NHS Guidance Documents





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As we move into recovery stage, NHS England has published guidance about accessing NHS services when you need them. This includes going to A&E, hospital appointments , GP services, getting medication and dentists. You can read the full guidance here.  You can read the easy read guidance here

The Office for National Statistics has now published Coronavirus (COVID-19) related mortality by religion, ethnicity and disability: England and Wales, 2 March 2020 to 15 May

The government has published 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. This includes easy read versions.

The new government guidance for wearing face coverings is here

The government has published an update on policies for visiting arrangements in care homes.

The government has published an easy read version of their plan to rebuild and get back to normal after Coronavirus.

On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, SCIE has published guidance to delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care.

A joint letter from Children and young People and Care Ministers to children and young people with SEND regarding the full return to educational settings in September 2020.

The NHS has updated their legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic.

There is important new guidance for people who are Extremely Vulnerable to the virus because of other health conditions they have.

You should always to follow the advice from the NHS and Public Health England. You can read NHS and Public Health England general guidance here

You can read NHS general FAQs about what you can and can’t do here

Health Education England have published guidance in a range of accessible formats, including formats suitable for children and for older people. Access the NHS / HEE library here

You can see the easy read guidance from Public Health England here

NHS England have produced updated guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults on 24 April. You can read the guidance for care (support) staff here

The NHS have issued guidance about discharge from hospital during Covid 19. You can see the NHS slides from their webinar on hospital discharge here

You can see the NHS easy read clinical guidance for support staff here

Public Health England have published guidance about funerals during coronavirus here

The Department for Health and Social Care have put together replies to Frequently Asked Questions along with a sign up to receive weekly bulletins: 30th June 2020

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