We have been given this information this morning, it is a very tight timescale. If you would like to feedback to the department of health and social care (DHSC) around the Care Act easements please use the form below.

We realise that the form provided by the DHSC is not accessible for all and if you need any support to feedback please contact vicirichardson@disabilitynorth.org.uk

“The Care Act easements introduced by the Coronavirus Act 2020 were intended as a tool to help local authorities continue to meet the most urgent and acute needs in the face of COVID-19, allowing local authorities to prioritise care and support more effectively than is possible under the Care Act 2014, when necessary

After one year, and in accordance with the Coronavirus Act, we must conduct a review

We have previously sought feedback from people with lived experience as well as taken on learning from TLAP’s report on Covid-19, and we are keen to get your views on whether the easements provision should be retained, suspended, or withdrawn from March 2021

Please use this form to provide feedback: https://forms.gle/MoadtV7TjQuUuRCj6

We would appreciate your response by 12pm Tuesday 23rd February which will help us to shape our recommendation to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.”

Thursday 18th February 2021

“It’s the stuff of nightmares at the moment…I’d give up my vaccine in a heartbeat” Jo Whiley’s sister Frances – who has learning disabilities – lives in a care home where there is a Covid outbreak but she hasn’t been offered a vaccine – although Jo herself has.

“I would give up my vaccine in a heartbeat for my sister and any of the residents in her house” Jo Whiley spoke on BBC Radio 4 today about how people with learning disabilities are still not being prioritised for vaccines. Listen from 1:20 – 1:28: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000s9tk

For two weeks from 11th February, PAs can now book their COVID19 vaccine via the National Booking Service

Please use the following booking link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

PAs will need their NHS number to complete the booking.

PAs will need to take with them a copy of the eligibility letter from their Local Authority or a letter confirming their employment along with some photo ID.

Please click the following link for the FAQ: Final 6.0 Q & A LG 12022021

Disability North Payroll customers can contact us for a letter of confirmation for their PAs. Email lynnewaggott@disabilitynorth.org.uk