General advice, guidance and resources for care providers
Current coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for adult social care has been published.
All providers in Wandsworth are asked to familiarise themselves with this guidance and check regularly for updates. We expect all providers to ensure they are compliant with the recommended infection control measures.
Vaccinating frontline social care workers
Adult social workers can read the latest guidance and a letter launching the vaccination programme to ensure that all frontline social care workers who have close personal contact with those who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 are vaccinated.
Hospital discharge policy
The Hospital discharge policy has recently been published and replaces 'coronavirus (COVID-19) hospital discharge service requirements' published on 19 March 2020. This document sets out how health and care systems can ensure that people:
- Are discharged safely from hospital to the most appropriate place.
- Continue to receive the care and support they need after they leave hospital.
The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS)
The government has published recent updates to guidance for MCA and DoLS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers need to be aware of these documents which pertain to caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Below is a list of other resources on how to support people living with dementia and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Helping families keep in touch during COVID-19
- Behaviour in dementia as a form of communication
- SCIE - Dementia in care homes
- Meeting the Needs of People with Dementia Living in Care Homes during COVID-19 (YouTube video).
- NHS Dementia well-being during the pandemic
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE has a COVID-19 directory of resources and best practice from across the social care sector.
Registered Manager's Network
London Care and Support Forum is a network for all registered care managers working across all sectors of adult social care. There are many useful updates and events that you can attend virtually. More information can be found on the London Care and Support Forum.
Winter readiness webinars
Care homes that were unable to attend the Winter Readiness Webinars in September hosted by the Healthy London Partnership can view the video of the winter readiness webinar and the accompanying slide pack.