Free PPE for West Sussex DP Customers

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) can now offer free PPE to non-CQC registered organisations.

This new offer has been made possible as more PPE supplies have been made available for the county council by Central Government.

Now all those providing care who are not registered with the Care Quality Commission and who need to wear PPE due to Covid-19, can request this free of charge.

This is in line with the Government’s PPE Strategy to stabilise and build resilience and is available until the end of March 2021, after which time it will be reviewed.

Examples of those who are included, but is not limited to, are:

• Direct Payment customers employing Personal Assistants;
• Shared Lives Schemes;
• Homelessness providers;
• Day Services;
• Hospices; and
• Informal carers.

All people need to do is register their interest with the county council and complete a form confirming their required PPE supply.

For more information and to complete the registration and order please click here.

If you need any further information, please contact us the WSCC PPE team by emailing: [email protected]

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Government recently announced that the UK has 800,000 Coronavirus vaccines ready for use and that the rollout would begin from 07 December.

Like a lot of people, you may be wondering when you’ll be able to receive the vaccine. While no timescales have been published, the Government has released a priority list of population groups who will receive the vaccine, which is as follows:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

The Government estimates that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.

Please do remember that like lots of information relating to COVID-19, all of this is subject to change, but this information is accurate at time of publication.

For more information about this, please click here

Annual health checks for people with a learning disability

Annual health checks are for anyone who’s 14 or over and has a learning disability. It is a chance to review their overall health and any particular risks for them or any health concerns they have.

People with a learning disability don’t always get the healthcare they need, so this check helps people make any lifestyle changes they choose to stay well, and to get the treatment they need at the right time, by finding out about any health problems early.

National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) has produced a range of resources and links to other organisations’ resources to support people with a learning disability and their supporters to understand more about annual health checks and how to get one. They also have resources for health professionals, and information about how annual health checks will need to be done differently during coronavirus.

To find out more please click here.

Government announces additional £68 Million to adapt homes for Disabled People in England

The government has pledged to give an additional £68 million pounds in funding to councils in England this year, specifically so that more Disabled People are able to adapt their homes.

This funding is in addition to the £505 million paid to councils in May 2020, increasing the overall government investment in the Disabled Facilities Grant to £573 million this year.

The Disabled Facilities Grant funding can be used towards the costs of home adaptations such as stair-lifts, level access showers, wet rooms, winches, grab rails and ramps. 

In order to receive a Disabled Facilities Grant, you’ll need to apply through your local council.

Residents in West Sussex can apply by clicking here.

Residents in Croydon can apply by clicking here.

Acts of kindness during Coronavirus

Finally, the folks over at the mental health foundation have put together a lovely list of things you can do to show kindness to someone. To read these, please click here