Information on testing has been updated. Now anyone living in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, can ask for a test through the NHS website.
⇨ Ask for a test
As essential workers, personal assistants can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK by following the guidance on testing for essential workers.
⇨ Arrange a test for a PA
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible, how to get tested and the testing process.
⇨ See guidance
Guidance from Public Health England This guidance contains information on personal protective equipment (PPE), and infection prevention and control (IPC)
⇨ See guidance.
- Guidance on the use of PPE:
A video has been designed to be less clinical and easier to understand than other health related PPE videos. It is for care workers working in a care home, but may be useful for PAs and family members.
⇨ Watch the video.
- PPE supplies:
If your existing direct payment contains funding to purchase PPE for your PA, you should continue to use that funding to purchase PPE. If you, or your PA, cannot obtain PPE in this way, or your direct payment is not set up to fund PPE, you should ask for assistance from the local authority or CCG that provides your direct payment who should help you to get the PPE you require.
- Mark Bates Ltd The Home of Premier has created a guide in relation to PPE.
⇨ Download the PPE guide from Mark Bates.
- Press release:
Treasury cut taxes to reduce PPE costs From 1 May 2020, PPE purchased by care homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against COVID-19 will be free from VAT for a three-month period.
⇨ Read the Treasury cut taxes to reduce PPE costs press release.
Workers wellbeing audit:
It's clear that staff who support people with disabilities and who work in social care, in general, are facing increased challenges and stressors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Control is hosting an audit to get a baseline understanding of the 'current' wellbeing of staff. If you are aged 18 or over, live and work with adults with a disability, you can take part.
⇨ Find out more and take the surveyWrite a blog for Skills for Care:
Employers across social care and health are sharing their stories during the pandemic. If you’d like to write an article or blog for Skills for Care, please email PA.Framework@skillsforcare.org.uk
with a summary of what you’d like to talk about and share with others.
Skills for Care has identified training that remains a priority during this period. This includes working with our endorsed providers who are delivering training. PAs can access this training, but you should discuss this with your employer first, who should contact the learning provider to make sure the training course would be suitable.
⇨ Read more.