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Coronavirus (Covid-19): What will change from 14th September new guidance changes by the government that will come into effect on Monday 14th September. Talks about new measures around socializing with groups of people.

Guidance on MCA and DoLs during the coronavirus pandemic

Easy read – the plan to rebuild and get back to normal after Coronavirus.

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.

Easy read guide on looking after your feelings and your body from Public Health England.

FAQs from the most recent NHS Learning Disability and Autism seminar, held on 8th August.

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.

Guidance portal for adult social care

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

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 visiting arrangements in care homes.

Guidance for supported living services

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.

The government have brought in new local lockdown rules from midnight on 30 July 2020.  These new rules are for:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Hyndburn
  • Pendle
  • Rossendale
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees

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


For organisations and people who employ their own staff


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.

Easy read clinical guidance for support staff 

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults (last updated 24 April).

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

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).

This is about staying safe while you have PAs working in your home.

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


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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