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New national lockdown guidance from 4 January 2021.

Updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – Adults with Down’s syndrome have been added to the list of people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable – Read more on this in easy read by clicking here or find more information here.

Easy read advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable people – from Department for Health and Social Care

Vitamin D Guidance – for vulnerable groups

Guidance about the reopening of secondary schools in January 2021.

Guidance about the reopening of primary schools in January 2021 and provision for vulnerable children and children of keyworkers.

Visits out of care homes – this guidance applies to residential care settings for older people and adults of working age.

The Government’s Covid-19 winter plan – Read the FULL PLAN or a SUMMARY of the plan

Easy read on testing yourself for the Coronavirus – from The Department of Health and Social care

Guidance on visiting people in care homes for the period of national restrictions –  updated 19th December 2020.

Guidance on MCA and DoLs during the coronavirus pandemic

Easy read guide about the ethical framework for adult social care. These are rules to help make sure that decisions about care and support are made fairly.

FAQs from the most recent NHS Learning Disability and Autism seminar 14th January 2020 .

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS and Public Health England general guidance.

New guidance for young carers and young adult carers, including information on staying safe and well, practical advice and support, schools and education, and information for young adult carers on how to support people when you are not living at home.

Guidance on the re-opening of special schools and what this will mean for children.

Guidance about the register held by the Office of the Public Guardian of everyone who has a lasting or enduring power of attorney (LPA and EPA), or who has a deputy acting for them. This can be searched by social care staff to find the contact details of those involved.

Find out more about what you can and can’t do here 


For organisations and people who employ their own staff

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance packs for using lateral flow tests – for residential care providers and for their visitors

Video on how to use the PPE portal

Guidance for extra care and supported living settings to access testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care – aims to answer frequently asked questions from registered providers, social care staff, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes

Guidance on the adult social care infection control fund – this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings

Guidance for providers of supported living settings

Letter to Care Providers from director of adult social care delivery, includes actions that need to be taken around testing and PPE to prevent a rise in coronavirus cases.

Guidance portal for adult social care

Easy read clinical guidance for support staff 

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for supported living services

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults (last updated 29th September 2020 ).

Clinical guide for front line staff supporting the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic.

This guidance includes information on listening to people and their families or supporters, communication and decision making. 

Guidance on delivering safe face-to-face adult daycare (SCIE on behalf of DHSC).

Guidance on reducing risk in adult social care

Guidance on support for care homes

Guidance on at-home care

Guidance for providers of supported living services

Guidance to commissioners about social care provider resilience during COVID-19 from the The Local Government Association.

This is shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA).


For people who use Direct Payments and Personal Budgets

Statement from the Department for Health and Social Care on Local tiering alerts and delivering personal care and support in people’s homes:

‘If your own local alert level becomes tier two or tier three, it is confirmed by the Department for Health and Social Care that personal assistants will continue to be considered as key workers. This means you can continue to deliver care in people’s homes and maintain your status as a key worker. This status is set out in principle four of this guidance and is not anticipated to change.’

Coronavirus guidance for people receiving and delivering direct payments – Advice for people that are using direct payments and the local authorities and clinical commissioning groups who are delivering the payments.

Using direct payments during the pandemic – the most important things you need to know

Easy read guide about direct payments for commissioners and people who buy their own care and support.

This is about the money and how direct payments will work.

Easy read guidance for people who use direct payments and their personal assistants (updated June 2020).

Here is a template from DHSC to make a Contingency Plan during the pandemic if you use a Direct Payment.

Here is the full guidance about Direct Payments, including Q&As


GPs, medication and hospitals

Latest guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

Health at Home campaign – how to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage your wellbeing and existing conditions – without having to leave home.

Compilation of guidance on supporting patients of all ages who are unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) in mental health, learning disability, autism, dementia and specialist inpatient facilities.  

This has useful information about testing and going into hospital as well as information about ‘reasonable adjustments’ and protocols for transfer to an acute hospital setting where needed. 

Guidance on hospital visiting. Most visiting is not allowed but people with learning disabilities or autistic people can have a visitor who supports them if them not being there causes more distress. 

Guidance and updates for GPs, who have been given guidance by NHS England about how to support their most ‘at risk’ patients.

Easy read C(E)TR – Care (Education) and Treatment Review – planning and consent form

Health Education England have published guidance in a range of accessible formats, including formats suitable for children and for older people.

Letter from NHS England to all NHS organisations on the response to the 3rd phase of response to COVID-19. This includes specific actions on health checks, reducing the number of people in ATUs and completing LeDeR reviews; plus expectations on the wider inclusive restoration of services.

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