Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has released a valuable new advice document for its learning disability members to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“In the absence of clear guidance, Care England’s COVID-19 Learning Disability Document, aims to provide its members with some degree of certainty and as much intelligence as possible”.
Prepared by learning disability care providers, members of Care England, and consultants who work collaboratively with Care England, the document does not provide formal guidance, rather it is aimed at providing helpful information for providers on how best to deal with the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The document addresses five key issues pertinent to the LD sector:
- Care and support of people supported with COVID-19
- Interface with health services
- Legal and regulatory framework.
There are other issues of concern for providers relating to COVID-19 which are outside of the direct control of providers. They have not been included in this advice document, but Care England is actively lobbying the Government to ensure that these issues are addressed.
Members can access the document via http://www.careengland.org.uk/members/covid-19
Martin Green continues:
“The document will be updated regularly in light of the constantly evolving social and political landscape. As always, we welcome the input and feedback of our members who are doing a fantastic job in such incredibly difficult circumstances”.