September 2020

Coronavirus / COVID-19

Click on Amendments to view the changes to this edition as a result of Coronavirus / COVID-19 legislation and guidance.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Bedford Adult Services Adult Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) resource.

This page provides a summary of how to use this site and its main features. It also provides a summary of the latest changes (see Amendments).

Contents

Finding your way around this Site

This site is divided into different sections. On the home page there are three buttons:

  • ASC Procedures – which contains policies, procedures and practice guidance for Bedford Adult Social Care;
  • Safeguarding – which has links to local safeguarding information and the Bedford Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures; and
  • Useful Links – which has links to the most commonly used local and national web pages for Bedford staff.

When you are in the ASC Procedures section, there are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen when viewed on larger screens or by clicking on the lined box in the top right corner on smaller screens (such as phones or tablets):

  • Home contains the introduction page of the ASC Procedures section. It also includes Using this APPP (this page) which gives information about using this site, and Register with Us to receive notification when this APPP is updated.
  • COVID-19 contains a link to Government resources and a list of all new and amended chapters as a result of legislation and national guidance which have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. These are divided into sections which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Contents’;
  • Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information (see below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
  • Contact has Local Contacts which contains contact information for key local teams, services and partner agencies. It also contains the Contact Form for you to send a message to the single point of contact in Bedford ASC who oversees the coordination of this site, should you have a comment or suggestion you wish to make.

Accessibility Options

This site has a number of different options to aid online reading. When you are on the home page, choose ‘Accessibility’ drop down menu on the right side of the screen. There is large text, green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting. You can use large text with any of the other options.

In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed though screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.

Using it on Mobile Phones and Tablets

This APPP resource works well on internet-enabled mobile phones and tablets via the web address www.bedfordappp.co.uk. When used on a mobile phone, the website will immediately convert into a phone friendly version, where the tabs sit behind a main Menu button. If it does not work straightaway, tap on the refresh circle in the address bar.

If your phone or tablet has a reader option (it may be an ‘R’ or say ‘Reader’ in the address bar; you may have to install it), tap on it and it will convert the text into a more easy to read version for phones or tablets.

Resources

The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in the main chapters. It includes

  • Case Law and LGSCO Reports – information about case law and key reports in relation to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigations into complaints against local authorities;
  • Case Studies – currently populated by case studies from the Care and Support Statutory Guidance, but can be supplemented or replaced by local examples;
  • CQC Standards and KLOEs – links to the Care Quality Commission’s Fundamental Standards and Key Lines of Enquiry information;
  • Glossary – provides definitions and key terms used;
  • Integrated Care – organisations and key documents supporting the health and social care integration agenda;
  • Legislation – links to relevant legislation;
  • Local Forms, Leaflets and Letters – this section hosts information and templates used by staff in Bedford;
  • National Guidance and Inquiries – links to national guidance, particularly from ADASS, LGA and SCIE, and inquiry reports;
  • Organisations – links to websites for relevant national organisations;
  • Provider Resources – links to guidance and other information and national organisations who provide services and support to provider services;
  • Research and Report Briefings – written by the Policy Partners Project to reflect current issues or recently released research reports;
  • Safeguarding Adults Review Reports – links to significant SARs.

For ease of use, if you can open this site in two tabs next to each other you can click on the Resources section to consult related information without leaving the chapter you are reading.

If there are any documents or links you would added to this section, please let us know by contacting your local contact for this resource (see Contact Form).

Amendments

With each revised edition of your APPP site, we indicate in the table below which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is also available at the top of each chapter.

23 September 2020:

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance regarding carrying out face to face assessments and professional visits. This new information has been marked ‘Additional Guidance – September 2020’.

5 September 2020

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Chapter title Detail
Care Act Easements: Guidance for Local Authorities This chapter has been updated as a result of revised DHSC guidance.
COVID-19 Hospital Discharge A link has been added to the revised hospital discharge guidance. This chapter will be updated as soon as possible.
Continuing Health Care (NHS) A link has been added to the new continuing health care guidance. This chapter will be updated as soon as possible.
Assessments under the Coronavirus Act 2020; Care and Support Planning and Reviews under the Coronavirus Act 2020; Charging and Financial Assessments under the Coronavirus Act 2020 These chapters have all been updated to include reference to advocates, as per the revised DHSC guidance.

July 2020

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Chapter title Detail
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to add additional information from the Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Additional Guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care in June 2020. The new information has been marked ‘Additional guidance – June 2020’.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Death of a Worker in Social Care This chapter has been updated throughout as a result of additional Government guidance.

 

April 2020: Urgent Update as a result of Coronavirus / COVID-19

 

Emergency legislation and new national guidance has been introduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The table below outlines new chapters and existing chapters which have had to be amended as a result. There is also a list of them all plus links to Government resources, in the COVID-19 section.

Chapter Detail
New chapters
Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter outlines the changes implemented from 25 March 2020 that impact on adult social care services.
Responding to COVID-19: The Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care Published by the Department of Health and Social Care, the framework intends to provide support to ongoing response planning and decision-making to ensure that consideration is given to specific ethical values and principles when organising and delivering social care for adults.
COVID-19: Hospital Discharge Requirements This is a summary of the full guidance, published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Care Act Easements: Guidance for Local Authorities This is a summary of the Government guidance outlining which Care Act duties may change under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Assessments under the Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter outlines the potential changes to Assessments, taken from the Care Act Easements guidance.
Charging and Financial Assessment under the Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter outlines the potential changes to Charging and Financial Assessments, taken from the Care Act Easements guidance.
Care and Support Planning and Reviews under the Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter outlines the potential changes to Care and Support Planning and Reviews, taken from the Care Act Easements guidance.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This is a summary of the guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, with additional case law examples.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Informing the Department of Health and Social Care of the Death of a Worker in Social Care This chapter outlines the process for informing DHSC. (Added in June 2020).
Amended chapters
The information in the chapters listed below has been affected by the changes implemented by the UK Government and other organisations. There is a box at the top of the chapter outlining the changes with links. The main text in the chapter has not been changed.
Care Act 2014
Eligibility
Personalisation
Transition (Preparing for Adulthood) to Adult Care and Support
Financial Advice and Information
End of Life Care
Adult Safeguarding
Mental Capacity 
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Mental Health Act 1983
Making Advance Decisions
Integration, Cooperation and Partnerships
Customer Complaints
Disclosure and Barring
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
Homelessness
Whistleblowing
Risk Assessments 
Continuing Healthcare (NHS)
Additional guidance has been added to the following chapters:
Data Protection Act 2018
Information Sharing
Assessment (First Contact and Identifying Needs)
Direct Payments
Modern Slavery
Prisons, Approved Premises and Bail Accommodation
Market Shaping and Commissioning of Adult Care and Support
Managing Provider Failure

Date of Next Revision

This Bedford APPP resource is usually updated every six months, however due to the coronavirus pandemic timescales have changed. The next routine update will be available in due course.

If you want to make any changes to chapters, please first read Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make the changes in the way we require.

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This APPP site has been designed to be used as an online facility. It is easier to update a web based facility, and version control is very effectively managed. Reducing or eliminating printing cuts costs, as well as preserving valuable resources.

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