Learning Disabilities Health Intelligence Network: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Welcome to the learning disabilities health intelligence network update from Public Health England. If you have been forwarded this bulletin from someone else, you can sign up to receive bulletins directly. If you’re new to gov.uk bulletins, create an account and select ‘Learning Disability Intelligence network’ from the list.
While the Coronavirus outbreak continues, the format of these bulletins will be different to usual. As well as letting you know about information from Public Health England we will also provide links to information being made available by other organisations.
Easy read Coronavirus guidance
Public Health England have published the following guidance in an easy read format:
- general information about Coronavirus and how to stop the spread of it
- keeping your mind and body well
- keeping away from other people - new rules from 23rd March
- advice about staying at home
- ‘shielding’ - advice for people who are most likely to be very poorly if they get Coronavirus.
Other Public Health England Coronavirus guidance:
- COVID-19: guidance for residential care, supported living and home care
- the full range of Public Health England and government Coronavirus guidance in available on gov.uk
Easy read resources available elsewhere:
- Easy read Coronavirus posters from Photosymbols
- A set of easy read Coronavirus resources from Mencap
- A Coronavirus hub hosted by Learning Disability England
- An easy read copy of the ‘shielding’ letter that was sent out to people most likely to be very poorly if they get Coronavirus, from NHS England
Resources for people with learning disabilities and families from the Learning Disability Professional Senate:
Health and social care guidance:
- Clinical guidance from NHS England for front line staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both
- Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care from the Department of Health and Social Care
- Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services from NHS England
- Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners from the Local Government Association
- An online discussion will be hosted by WeLDnurses on twitter this evening.@WeLDNurses invite learning disability nurses to share their experiences of how they and people with learning disabilities are coping during this pandemic. They want to know how learning disability nurses are changing their working practices to adapt to the current guidance.
- SCIE are hosting a question and answer session for the social care sector on 3rd April, about how COVID-19 affects care workers.
- The National Mental Capacity forum are hosting a series of three online meetings about COVID-19, starting on 1st April with a meeting to hear from health and social care workers about their ‘on the ground’ experiences
Keep well everyone.