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CARE & SUPPORT

09.02.2021 – The public has been urged to apply for short-term and long-term opportunities in the adult social care sector.   Guidance has been published by the government on Short-term paid work in adult social care and how to register interest in taking this up.

03.03.2021 – Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak guidance updated due to the roadmap out of lockdown announced February 2021.

CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SURVEY

28.09.2020 – The Office for National Statistics publishes its Coronavirus (Covid-19) Infection Survey about the characteristics of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England:

DIARY OF A NATION

10.2020 – Six months since the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown measures were introduced in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published Diary of a Nation: life in lockdown. This study examines our attitudes towards the pandemic, and how these have changed, using responses to their weekly Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. As well as quantitative data, the study includes people’s experiences of lockdown in their own words.

02.10.2020 – A new data report has been added to the national covid-19 surveillance reports which will be interesting to you if you want to see how infection rates are trending in different local authorities with interventions.

FACE COVERINGS/MASKS

See also: Travel Guidance section below regarding wearing/not wearing face coverings on public transport.

14.07.2020 – Government guidance published on when to wear face coverings and how to make your own.

23.07.2020 – The guidance on face masks updated to include information about face mask exemptions. The use of face coverings is also referenced in the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities guidance.

23.09.2020 – Changes made to guidance on face masks in the sections: ‘When to wear a face covering’, ‘enforcement measures for failing to comply with this law’, ‘when you do not need to wear a face covering’ and ‘face coverings at work’ to reflect the new legislation/government guidance brought in today.

04.11.2020 – Guidance on face masks updated and covers when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, staff in indoor settings and how to make your own face covering.

The Learning Disability and Autism Team at LTHT want you to know that, if people are attending LTHT but are unable to tolerate a face mask, they will work with the individual departments to find solutions. So please encourage people as always to get in touch with the team via email or phone: 0113 206 6836. This is particularly important as elective surgery and out-patient appointments build back up and they want to ensure that people attend when they need to.

Anyone accessing health services in Leeds is expected to wear a face covering as part of the city’s effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The advice, issued by the NHS in Leeds, builds on the government’s announcement on 5th June telling people they must wear face coverings when accessing care in hospital. This means people in Leeds should wear a face covering when visiting GP practices, community health centres and hospitals in the city. For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example, timed appointments and being seen immediately upon arrival.

Older Peoples Commissioning have put together the following information about what to do on public transport, especially if you need extra help/can’t tolerate wearing a mask:

First Group
Ask passengers to be prepared to inform the driver and show an Extra Help to Travel Card (Journey Assistance Card) which is available from their website.

Arriva Leeds
Have Covid-19 FAQs plus downloadable and printable Journey Assistance Cards. These cards are covered in the response to Question 6 on the page (Is there support for me to show other people that I am exempt?).

Northern Rail
Assistance cards can be accessed and printed from their website. You can find the link to this under the question: ‘I am in one of the groups that is exempt from wearing a face covering, how can I prove it when I travel?’ Northern Rail also state that the assistance card is for a passenger’s own peace of mind and is by no means a requirement of travel.

30.03.2021 – Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one
guidance updated to reflect changes in restrictions after 29 March.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Coronavirus Support Scheme:
03.03.2021 – New one-off £500 payment for working households receiving tax credits.  Find out more about the coronavirus support scheme for working households receiving tax credits, your eligibility and how to tell us if your contact or bank details have changed.

18.03.2021 – Coronavirus Support Scheme guidance updated to clarify that the payment is non-taxable and will not affect benefits.  It does not need to be declared as income for Income Tax Self Assessment or for tax credit claims and renewals.  If you want to change your bank details, you must do this by 8 April.

Covid Winter Grant Scheme:
24.11.2020 – Information on the Covid Winter Grant Scheme funding to support vulnerable households updated with guidance, determination and indicative funding levels.

Council Transparency Data:
09.07.2020 – To improve transparency, the government asked local authorities in England to publish on their websites the financial support they’ve offered to their local adult social care market.

Test & Trace Support Payment Scheme:
12.10.2020 – The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme was launched. Anyone who is contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020 is under a legal obligation to do so. They could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment. The guidance sets out who can claim support and explains how to claim.

26.10.2020 – The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme guidance updated with information on notifications through the NHS Test and Trace app and what you need to provide to your local authority when you apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment.

UK Economy
26.11.2020 – The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, warns the ‘economic emergency has only just begun‘.

24.12.2020 – The government announced extra £800m to support Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through Covid-19.  The new funding is being guaranteed for the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support people, businesses and public services with the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

30.03.2021 – Government press release that Disability charities will benefit from £2.4 million fund.  The money will fund services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, and provide mental health and wellbeing support.

IMPACT OF COVID-19

23.04.2020 – The government started publishing the research and analysis from Public Heath England’s National Covid-19 surveillance reports. Links to the ‘at a glance’ infographic summary reports are below:

21.05.2020 – This article from Home Care Insight reports on the higher number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the learning disability community in England.

02.06.2020 – Public Health England published this very long review of disparities in COVID-19 risks and outcomes.

02.06.2020 – The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published figures on the number of deaths of people with a learning disability which makes sobering reading.

11.06.2020 – The ONS issued its report: Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain which, unsurprisingly, confirms that people living with disabilities are more adversely socially impacted.

11.06.2020 – A review into how different factors have affected Covid-19 risks and outcomes was updated with 8 spreadsheets to provide further data from the review plus updates have been made to the main report.

17.06.2020 – This Guardian article makes sobering reading: BAME care home residents in England more likely to die of Covid-19.

18.06.2020 – The government started publishing ‘at a glance’ infographics summary reports for outbreaks in care homes in England:

NB: Publication of the care home data weekly reports ended on 23.07.2020 “as the Covid-19 situation in England continues to evolve, the previous report providing management information on care home outbreaks is no longer appropriate.”

19.06.2020 – Three studies released from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which make sobering reading. They remind us of why we need to remain vigilant. In relation to people with disabilities “After full adjustment, the rate of death involving COVID-19 was still 1.6 and 1.9 times greater for males whose day-to-day activities were ‘limited a little’ or ‘limited a lot’ respectively, compared with those who were not disabled. The corresponding hazard ratio for females were 1.6 and 2.4 respectively.”

03.07.2020 – The ONS published provisional figures on deaths involving the coronavirus within the care sector in England and Wales.

09.07.2020 – The ONS published its report on Coronavirus and the Impact on Caring.

10.08.2020 – Report from Public Health England on Excess Mortality in Yorkshire and The Humber between 20th March and 31st July 2020.

20.08.2020 – A new ONS report published on the social impacts of Covid on disabled people using indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. This release uses two waves of survey results covering 9 July to 19 July 2020 and includes indicators broken down by impairment type.

12.11.2020 – Covid-19: deaths of people with learning disabilities published which is a review of available data on the deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities in England during the pandemic.

11.11.2020 – The ONS published its report: Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain to October 2020 using indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on disabled people in Great Britain.

12.11.2020 – Public Health England issued a press release reporting findings from a study that the death rate for people with learning disabilities in England was up to 6 times higher from coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic than the general population.

11.02.2021 – The Office for National Statistics published it’s updated estimates of differences in coronavirus related deaths by self-reported disability status  and diagnosed learning disability status for deaths England occurring from 24 January to 20 November 2020, using linked data from the 2011 Census, death registrations and primary care and hospital records.

11.03.2021 – Coronavirus and the different effects on men and women in the UK: March 2020 to February 2021 brings together different sources to examine how men and women have been affected differently throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  Includes information on physical health, mental health, paid work, unpaid work, home-schooling and loneliness.

11.03.2021 – Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain: February 2020 published.  Indicators from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Opinons and Lifestyle Survey to understand the impacts of the pandemic on disabled people.

04.06.2021 – Health ministers from across the world have come together in a tree-planting ceremony to remember those who have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus (COVID-19).

21.07.2021 – Why Were Care Homes so Badly Hit by the Covid-19 Pandemic?  An animation examining the reasons for the high death rates in care homes in the UK during the pandemic. Produced by Newcastle Clinical Psychology Team in collaboration with regional wellbeing hubs in the North East of England. The video is part of the CAIT program in dementia and is worth taking the time to watch.

28.07.2021 – The lived experience of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic is the findings from research into the experiences of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

20.08.2021 – The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies published The adverse effects of social isolation and loneliness on psychological and physical health outcomes in care home residents during COVID-19, 25 June 2020, a paper prepared by academics on care home residents during COVID-19.

OUTBREAKS & RESTRICTIONS

A helpful and simple visual guide from Public Health England about what we can all do to help prevent the spread of the infection and the main symptoms of coronavirus.

22.05.2020 – The FAQs on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak were updated.

19.06.2020 – The alert level came down from 4 to 3 with fewer cases of coronavirus and a downward trajectory of the R number. However, it is still deadly and in our world that means full PPE, vigilant infection control, strict social distancing and some old school practices to keep people safe.

23.06.2020 – The government announced the easing of lockdown restrictions but issued guidance for social distancing: two metres is preferable safe distance, but one metre plus mitigations may be ok in some circumstances. For those who struggle to manage their own social distancing, there are resources available in the form of optional cards or badges/lanyards.

24.06.2020 – A review of the two metre social distancing guidance and summary of review findings published (it was updated on 26 June with Welsh versions of the guidance added).

03.07.2020 – The government has issued its research and analysis on reasonable worst-case planning scenario from late March.

27.07.2020 – There is guidance on the government’s approach to managing local outbreaks.

13.08.2020 – Government guidance published Covid19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help on what we can do to help in reducing the transmission of coronavirus.

03.09.2020 – What you can do to help guidance updated to reflect the number of people now allowed to meet.

09.09.2020 – In response to a rise in the number of Covid cases, the government announced new restrictions on the number of people who can meet socially, inside or outside of their homes. From Monday, 14th September there will be a legal restriction of up to 6 people in most circumstances. Background slides were presented at the press conference which tell the story behind this decision. Following the announcement of the Rule of 6, there was a flurry of guidance updates, but the main updated guidance is: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – meeting with others safely (social distancing).

09.09.2020 – Guidance published on Making a support bubble with another household.

14.09.2020 – Guidance on support bubbles updated to say that support bubbles cannot be changed.

18.09.2020 – The R number and growth rate of coronavirus in the UK is on the rise. In a press release the Government announced that Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton have been escalated to ‘areas of intervention’ and that new restrictions have been imposed in Wolverhampton, Oadby & Wigston, parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

20.09.2020 – Details of the West Yorkshire local restrictions and what you can and can’t do if you live, work or travel in this area.

21.09.2020 – The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, delivered a statement to Parliament about the government response to the recent acceleration of the pandemic, including an isolation support payment and testing allocation. He also announced that informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation and that childcare is to be exempt from inter-household mixing restrictions in local areas of intervention.

22.09.2020 – The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed the nation on television outlining additional measures to be introduced nationally to deal with the rise in numbers of cases. He gave a full statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons earlier in the day. Briefly, the details are:

  • we are not returning to full lockdown
  • no general instruction to stay at home
  • schools, education and universities stay open and businesses that are Covid safe continue
  • office workers to work from home where possible and, where not possible, people attend work in Covid-secure way
  • from Thursday, 24th September, pubs, bars and restaurants will be table service only and must close at 10pm
  • face coverings mandatory for staff in retail, all passengers in taxis, staff and customers in hospitality, except when eating
  • more of the rules are legal obligations with fines for breaches
  • from Monday, 28th September, only 15 people can attend weddings; only 30 people can attend funerals
  • from Monday, 28th September, the rule of 6 applies to all indoor adult team sports activity
  • pilot sports events with fans are delayed
  • advice for those previously shielded is to follow advice from senior clinicians, with no national expectation to shield other than in local lockdown areas
  • regular review of the R rate, with additional measures possible if the rate does not reduce
  • emphasis on it being everyone’s responsibility – hands, face, space – and that these restrictions could be in place for 6 months

The government also issued a news statement summarising what has changed.

22.09.2020 – Guidance on social distancing updated to reflect the ‘Rule of 6’.

23.09.2020 – Easy read version added to the what you can do to help guidance.

24.09.2020 – For anyone who prefers pictures and graphs to numbers and words, you may like these 10 charts showing the wide-ranging impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK so far.

26.09.2020 – New local restrictions have been brought for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds to curb the rise in infections.

07.10.2020 – The what you can do to help guidance updated removing reference to number of households allowed to meet.

12.10.2020 – The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gave a statement to the Commons on the rising incidents of Coronavirus and introduction of a national tiered system of restrictions. He announced new local Covid Alert Levels supplemented with background charts. The local Covid alert level has changed to ‘high’. Here’s what you need to know. Also, there is more detail on what it means for people in Leeds and other ‘high’ areas. There is a poster about what is permissible for each of the alert levels (medium, high and very high).

14.10.2020 – The what you can do to help guidance temporarily withdrawn following the introduction of local Covid alert levels.

16.10.2020 – Document updated with a full list of the areas in England which are local Covid alert level ‘high’ and local Covid alert level ‘very high’.

21.10.2020 – The areas in England listed as local Covid alert level ‘high’ and local Covid alert level ‘very high’ has been updated. From 23 October, Greater Manchester will be in local covid alert level ‘very high’. There is guidance on additional restrictions for Greater Manchester.

22.10.2020 – The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gave a statement on coronavirus at a press conference. There were also slides to accompany the press conference presented by Sir Patrick Vallance. On the same date the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care gave an opening speech in the House of Commons on a coronavirus debate and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered a statement on his Plan For Jobs.

23.10.2020 – The R number range for the UK is 1.2-1.4 and the growth rate range is +3% to +6% per day. South Yorkshire will move from local Covid alert level ‘high’ to ‘very high’ from 00.01 on Saturday, 24th October. There is guidance on the additional restrictions for South Yorkshire when this comes into effect.

26.10.20 – Warrington will move from local Covid alert level ‘high’ to ‘very high’ from 00.01 on Tuesday, 27th October. There is guidance on the additional restrictions for Warrington when this comes into effect.

30.10.2020 – Following the announcement that Leeds will be moving into Tier 3 – Covid alert level very high from Monday, 2nd November, there is guidance on what this will mean for us. Also, there are alternative format versions of the guidance on local Covid alert levels covering what they each mean, why they have been introduced and the different levels there are.

31.10.2020 – Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will move from local Covid alert level ‘high’ to ‘very high’ from 00.01 on Monday, 2 November. There is guidance on additional restrictions for West Yorkshire and alternative format versions of the guidance on the restrictions in place if you live in any of the affect areas.

31.10.2020 – New guidance published: New National Restrictions from 5 November

02.11.2020 – Good news: Leeds hasn’t gone to Tier 3! Not so good news: new national restrictions come into force from Thursday, 5 November along with a lot of information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

02.11.2020 – the Prime Minister made a statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons following the announcement a few days earlier of new national restrictions from 5th November to 2nd December.

04.11.2020 – The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gave a statement to the House of Commons on Coronavirus and the new national restrictions.

05.11.2020 – the Prime Minster gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference regarding the new national restrictions. There were also slides to accompany the press conference presented by Sir Simon Stevens plus additional datasets, slides and transcripts.

06.11.2020 – New National Restrictions from 5 November. What the restrictions mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available all updated in line with the latest government guidance.

06.11.2020 – Guidance on support bubbles updated: amended the definition of what a support bubble is; added information about childcare bubbles and added guidance about forming or maintaining a support bubble if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable.

09.11.2020 – The social distancing guidance updated to reflect the new national restrictions which came into force on 5th November.

09.11.2020 – New guidance published on Making a childcare bubble with another household covering how you can get informal childcare for children aged 13 or under from friends and family you do not live with. Also, the Making a support bubble with another household guidance updated; added the definition of what a support bubble is, added information about childcare bubbles and added guidance about forming or maintaining a support bubble if you are clinically extremely vulnerable.

09.11.2020 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement at the coronavirus press conference. Slides on coronavirus presented by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam to accompany the press conference.

12.11.2020 – Slides on coronavirus presented by Professor Steve Powis, Medical Director NHS England, at the press conference today. Plus slides, datasets and transcripts from the press conference at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus.

16.11.2020 – Health & Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, gave a statement on coronavirus at today’s press conference.

23.11.2020 – Local restriction tiers: what you need to know published setting out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday, 2nd December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.  It was announced that Leeds would be in Tier 3 – Very High.

24.11.2020 – Tier posts: Medium, High and Very High is a series of posters displaying information about the various tiers of restrictions in England from 2 December 2020.

24.11.2020 – Guidance issued on Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family.

29.11.2020 – Guidance for the Christmas Period issued.

04.12.2020 – Additional Covid-19 local authority enforcement powers published.  This summary guidance sets out additional powers for local authorities to enforce Covid-secure regulations.

10.12.2020 – Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

11.12.2020 – Alternative formats of the guidance on what you can and cannot do in an area:

14.12.2020 – Guidance Making a childcare bubble with another household updated with clarification of how childcare bubbles work for those in more than one type of bubble, and simplified guidance on travelling to form a childcare bubble.  Also, the Making a support bubble with another household guidance updated with clarification of how support bubbles work for those in more than one type of bubble and simplified guidance on travelling to form a support bubble.

The full list of local restriction tiers by area updated with areas that will move into tier 3 from 16 December 2020.

14.12.2020 – The full list of local restriction tiers by area updated with areas that will move into tier 3 from 16 December 2020.

14.12.2020 – The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, spoke to the House of Commons about the coronavirus situation, a new variant, vaccinations, and new areas to be put into Tier 3.

16.12.2020 – Guidance for the Christmas period plus guidance on Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family.  Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, statement at the coronavirus press conference.  Also a joint statement on staying safe at Christmas from the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.

17.12.2020 – The government announced today that Leeds, along with the rest of West Yorkshire, continues to be in Tier 3 (Very High Alert) of the government’s targeted Covid system.  The infection rate has been stable in recent days, however community transmission remains very dynamic with cases across the whole city.  There was a written statement from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the House of Commons giving an update on local restriction tiers in England.

19.12.2020 – The full list of local restriction tiers by area updated with the areas that change tier on 19 December 2020.

19.12.2020 – The Prime Minister announced tougher restrictions for parts of England with a new Tier 4 ‘Stay at Home’ alert level and gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.  The guidance on making a Christmas bubble was updated reflecting the reduction from 5 days where households could meet, to just Christmas Day and new guidance was issued for the Christmas period.

19.12.2020 – New Tier 4: Stay at Home guidance published detailing what you can and cannot do in areas with a very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions will be in place from 20 December.  Also, the Local restriction tiers: what you need to know guidance was updated to reflect the introduction of  Tier 4.

21.12.2020 – The Tier 4: Stay at Home guidance updated regarding weddings and care home visits.

22.12.2020 – The Making a Christmas Bubble with Family & Friends guidance updated in line with latest government advice.  Also, Tier 4: Stay at Home guidance updated – under ‘Where and when you can meet in larger groups’ added ‘social care workers providing support to children and families’ as an example of working in other people’s homes.  Also, under ‘Travelling out of a Tier 4 area’ added a legally permitted reason to travel: ‘to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm (such as domestic abuse)’.

23.12.2020 – Making a Christmas bubble if you live in a supported living setting first published.

24.12.2020 – Guidance for the Christmas period published.

28.12.2020 – The Full list of local restriction tiers by area updated after areas moved tiers from 26 December.

29.12.2020 – The Making a support bubble with another household guidance updated to clarify when you can change your support bubble.

30.12.2020 – Today we discovered that Leeds is to remain in Tier 3, for the time being.

01.01.2021 – The local restriction tiers: what you need to know guidance updated with translations in Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Somali, Slovak, Urdu and Welsh.

05.01.2021 – A third national lockdown was announced last night and new guidance published: National lockdown: Stay at Home replacing the ‘local restriction tiers: what you  need to know’ guidance.

15.01.2021 – The Making a support bubble with another household and Making a childcare bubble with another household guidance updated to reflect national lockdown stay at home guidance.

21.01.2021 – The Home Secretary, Priti Patel’s,  statement at the coronavirus briefing where she announced a new £800 fine for people who attend house parties.

23.01.2021 – Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, comments on the new variant of Covid-19 in the UK.

27.01.2021 – The section on ‘Going to work’ updated in National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance.

28.01.2021 – National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance updated on what you can and cannot do.  Also, Covid-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection updated to reflect legal duty for the public to isolate following a positive LFD test plus added information for staff being tested regularly in care homes, the NHS and schools.

08.02.2021 – Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing plus accompanying slides and datasets.

10.02.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, statement on coronavirus at the press conference plus accompanying slides, datasets and transcripts.  Also, slides and datasets presented by the Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance.

15.02.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, statement on coronavirus at the press conference plus accompanying slides, datasets and transcripts.

22.02.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announces the government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England: press release, statement to the House of Commons, statement at the coronavirus press conference plus slides and datasets to accompany the coronavirus press conference.  The government also published the Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021.

25.02.2021 – The Government has launched a new campaign encouraging the nation to keep going and say at home.  Everyone across the UK is reminded of the importance of staying at home and the risks in relaxing their behaviour at this crucial point.

03.03.2021 – The National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance updated with translations in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi-Gurmukhi, Punjabi-Shahmukhi, Slovak, Urdu, Somali and Welsh.

08.03.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, statement at the coronavirus press conference.  Also, slides, datasets and transcripts from the press conference at 10 Downing Street together with slides, datasets and transcripts presented by Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.

17.03.2021 – Translations in the National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance updated.

18.03.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, statement at the coronavirus press conference.

19.03.2021 – Easy Read and Large Print attachments added to the National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance.

22.03.2021 – Coronavirus Act One-Year Report: March 2021 published on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active.

22.03.2021 – Coronavirus Act one-year report: March 2021 published reporting on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active.

29.03.2021 – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do published.

29.03.2021 – A poster displaying information about Covid-19 restrictions in England from 29 March published: COVID-19 restrictions posters: 29 March 2021

29.03.2021 – Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

30.03.2021 – The (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do guidance updated to include translated summaries of the 29 March changes.

01.04.2021 – The COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do
updated to clarify the rules on indoor mixing with members of your support bubble.

05.04.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

12.04.2021 – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do guidance updated in line with the latest government guidance.  Also poster issued displaying information about COVID-19 Restrictions in England from 12 April: Step 2 COVID-19 restrictions posters: 12 April 2021

14.04.2021 – COVID-19 enforcement powers for local authorities guidance updated to ensure consistency with Steps Regulations.

15.04.2021 – Making a childcare bubble with another household updated to reflect that indoor and outdoor supervised activities are now open to all children, as previously announced in the government’s ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ roadmap.

16.04.2021 – The latest R value range and growth rate range: for England is 0.7 to 1.0 and  -6% to -1% per day respectively.  Also, (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do updated translated versions of guidance in accordance with 12 April change.

20.04.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

22.04.2021 – The 2021 BRIT Awards ceremony will go ahead with a live audience as the latest addition to the government’s Events Research Programme, which looks at how venues can restart large events and welcome crowds back safely this summer.

23.04.2021 – The latest R value range and growth rate range: for England is 0.8 to 1.0 and  -5% to -1% per day respectively.  Also, the How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19 guidance has been updated with the removal of advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to maintain social distancing with members of their household and updated translations and easy read versions.

28.04.2021 – Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.  Also, slides to accompany the coronavirus press conference and accompanying slides, datasets and transcripts.

03.05.2021 – Families and friends will shortly be able to pay their respects to loved ones in greater numbers, as numerical limits on funerals to be removed.

10.05.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement at the coronavirus press conference. Slides to accompany the press conference.  Also, (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do guidance updated with new summary “How the rules will change on 17th May”.

14.05.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.  Also, COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do guidance updated with additional guidance on new variant.

17.05.2021 – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do guidance updated with Step 3.

11.06.2021 – Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person updated with addition of information on contacts organising a PCR test and added recommendation for those with symptoms to organise a test even if symptoms are mild.

14.06.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

14.06.2021 – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do updated with the list of areas where the Delta variant is spreading with new councils.

18.06.2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) local restrictions in education and childcare settings
provides guidance on how settings can prepare for restrictions to help contain community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

23.06.2021 – Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, in the House of Commons on the vaccination programme and the move to Step 4 of the roadmap.

23.06.2021 – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do updated international travel section with a link to new simplified guidance on international travel.

28.06.2021 – Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

30.06.2021 – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do updated to clarify that a PCR test should be taken even if symptoms are mild.

05.07.2021 – The Government has published information, including the final reports, regarding the roadmap reviews that were committed to in the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.

05.07.2021 – Prime minister, Boris Johnson’s, statement at the coronavirus press conference together with slides to accompany the presentation.

06.07.2021 – Press release announcing that, from 16 August, double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

07.07.2021 – The NHS Covid Pass guidance has been updated to reflect that the NHS COVID Pass letter has new branding, and that a full course of approved vaccinations now includes the single-dose Janssen. vaccine.

09.07.2021 – The government published the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 on 5th July setting out the details of the final roadmap step (Step 4) as we transition out of lockdown.  The coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread guidance has been updated with the addition of information on self-isolation exemptions for people who are fully vaccinated or under 18, which comes into effect on 16 August.

12.07.2021 – COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 updated to include the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ publication; also update to the ‘Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July’ page and a link has been added to the Global Travel Taskforce Report (published 9 April).

16.07.2021 – NHS COVID Pass guidance for demonstrating your Covid Pass status updated to reflect that from Monday 19 July, you may be asked to demonstrate your COVID-19 status as a condition of entry to a venue or event in England. Added the conditions of obtaining an NHS COVID Pass for use at domestic events in England.

19.07.2021 – Coronavirus – how to stay safe and help prevent the spread (What You Can and Cannot Do) guidance updated following the announcement of a move to step 4 on 19 July.

19.07.2021 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s statement at the coronavirus press conference.  Also, a press release in which the PM urges caution as England moves to Step 4 of the roadmap.

29.07.2021 – The NHS COVID Pass guidance has been updated to reflect that proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test can be used to demonstrate COVID-19 status when travelling abroad; the NHS COVID Pass can be stored used the Apple Wallet when using an iPhone or iPad; and those who received the Novavax vaccine as part of a formally approved vaccine trial, can now obtain the NHS COVID Pass.

02.08.2021 – The government has published the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ document: COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021. This sets out the essential actions that everybody should take to protect themselves and others while prevalence is high, as we transition towards learning to live with COVID-19.

05.08.2021 – The NHS COVID Pass guidance has been updated with a BSL guide (video) for people who have received and NHS COVID Pass letter.

09.08.2021 – The NHS COVID Pass guidance has been updated with the addition of ‘If you’re in the UK armed forces, visit ‘My health care hub’ on the Defence Gateway (login required) to find out how to get your NHS COVID Pass’

26.08.2021 – The NHS COVID Pass guidance has been updated with the addition of a link to information about COVID certificates in the Isle of Man.

STAYING ACTIVE

22.07.2020 – Connecting Leeds have launched a scheme to encourage cyclists back into the city to achieve a greener Leeds. There is now a staffed bike park in Leeds Kirkgate Markets where you can park your bike for £1 or pay a one-off £10 subscription and park for free. You can also park for free for 2 hours if shopping at the market. They are offering a free bike check whilst your bike is there and a chance to discuss all things cycling. Information is contained in their recent tweet.

11.03.2021 – The third batch of Fix Your Bike vouchers is now available under the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme.

12.03.2021 – All vouchers available under the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme have now been allocated.

Arts Online Skill Share:
23.03.2021 – free workshops of the Arts Online Skill Share developed by Pyramid of Arts and Purple Patch in response to the need identified by the Aladdin and Buildings-based Services Recovery Group.  Please sign up or pass on to staff or individuals that you think would be interested.  This is an afternoon workshop for artists who run activities online for people with learning disabilities, and the carers who support them.  Experienced artists from Pyramid and Purple Patch will share skills and tips and lead an informal discussion on good practice.  The session will take place on Tuesday, 23rd March from 1-3:30pm on Zoom.  Book a FREE placeArts Online Skill Share flyer.

STAYING CONNECTED

Accessible Information:
The Forum Central team have gathered together loads of accessible information in one place.

Ask a Minister a Question:
19.10.2020 – The government is inviting people aged 18 or over to submit a question about coronavirus to be put to a minister. If your question is chosen, the minister will answer it during an event broadcast to the public.

Care Homes – Visiting/Visiting Out Of:
04.11.2020 – The government announced new guidance for care homes to encourage and support them to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect.

01.12.2020 – New guidance will allow indoor visits to care homes.  However, this just applies to registered Care Homes.  Testing for relatives has yet to be rolled out to supported living services for which guidance is still awaited.

08.12.2020 – Coronavirus lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes sets out how care homes and visitors can prepare for visitor testing with lateral flow devices (LFDs).

19.12.2020 – The visiting arrangements in care homes guidance updated about visiting in respect of Tier 4, in the ‘Overview of visiting practice supported by this guidance’ section.

22.12.2020 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home updated to include information about visiting out of care homes in Tier 4.

12.01.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home and visiting arrangements in care homes guidance both updated in line with the national restrictions introduced on 6 January, plus 2 attachments summarising the latter deleted.

20.02.2021 – Care home residents to be allowed one visitor as part of cautious easing of lockdown from 8th March.

22.03.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home updated to reflect information published in the Covid-10 Response – Spring 2021 roadmap on 22 February.

06.04.2021 – Visiting arrangements in care homes guidance updated setting out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents from 12 April.  Updated ‘Guidance on care home visiting’, ‘Summary of guidance for visitors’ and ‘Visiting arrangements: one-page overview’ to reflect that from 12 April, each care home resident can name up to 2 people who can come for regular indoor visits. In the ‘Guidance on care home visiting’, updated the section on essential care givers and added a new section on visits involving children and young people aged under 18.

07.04.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home guidance updated to include more information about steps that should be taken to reduce the risks around a visit out of the care home.

22.04.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home ‘Guidance on care home visiting’ and ‘Summary of guidance for visitors’ updated to reflect the availability of self-testing for visitors.

04.05.2021 – The summary of guidance for visiting arrangements in care homes has been updated for visitors to include changes to PPE advice.

10.05.2021 – Press release announcing that from Monday 17 May care home residents will be able to have more named visitors and more opportunities to make visits out with no need to self-isolate when they return.

14.05.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home guidance updated: ‘Visits out of care homes’ – removed ‘Visits out of care homes: supplementary guidance’ and added a new document ‘Visits out of care homes: summary of guidance’. From 17 May 2021, care home residents may leave their care home to spend time outdoors (avoiding crowded spaces) and take part in outdoor exercise not involving close contact with others. Residents will also be able to go to medical appointments (excluding overnight stays in hospital), a workplace, educational setting, and day centres without having to self-isolate on their return.

14.06.2021 – Press release announcing that care home residents can stay overnight as visiting restrictions ease and will be able to spend more time with family and friends.

15.07.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home guidance updated to clarify advice on self-isolation, and arrangements for care home staff accompanying residents out of the care home.

17.08.2021 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home guidance updated to reflect the change in guidance on 16 August that you no longer have to self-isolate after confirmed close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 if you are fully vaccinated or under 18.

Christmas:
19.11.2020 – Some of you will be aware that St. Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown has a Christmas Market every year to raise much needed funds for the continued excellent work of the hospice.  The sale of the real Christmas trees is by far the biggest fund raiser of the year.  Sadly this year the market will not be happening for obvious Covid reasons, but fear not, there is still a plan to sell the trees from the car park at the hospice.  The sale will take place over two weekends (5th and 12th December).  There’s a flyer and a webpage to book your tree and date of collection.  Don’t worry, you will be able to view your tree prior to purchase and Santa’s elves will gladly swap it for another one if you are not satisfied.

Community Help & Support:
Events4Covid19 is a network of large and small event organisers and suppliers who are working together and pooling resources to assist with requests to help with any efforts to support communities. They are ready to assist the NHS, charities, government and other organisations across the north of England.

Doing Good Leeds:
You can find details of upcoming events on the Doing Good Leeds website.

International Day of Disabled People:
12.2020 – Forum Central are working with the William Merritt Centre to coordinate a four day celebration to mark International Day of Disabled People 2020 in Leeds. Between 1st and 4th December a series of accessible, inclusive, performances, stories, exhibitions, discussions, information and activities will be available digitally. They will be publishing lots of offline content too. It will be a space for celebration, reflection, connection, acceptance and challenge. More information can be found here and on the Forum Central website.

International Women’s Day:
10.03.2021 – Women Friendly Leeds is hosting a Love Yourself event from 6-7:30pm with 10 taster sessions for you to enjoy.  You can pick 3 of the sessions to attend for 20 minutes each session.  More information about the event can be found here.

Learning Disability & Autism:
The Learning Disability and Autism team has published some Frequently Asked Questions and plan to update these regularly.

Leeds Learning Disability Week:
14-18.06.2021 – Events are planned throughout the week and all the activities that are happening can be found HERE

Neurodivergent People:
Advonet and Specialist Autism Services are involved in the new regional ‘Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected’ project. They are two of the services that are funded to run short-term information support for adults in Leeds with neurodivergent conditions. They will provide information by phone, email and text on staying safe during the Covid-19 crisis. More information can be found on the Advonet and Specialist Autism Services websites.

SignLive Directory:
Leeds City Council has set up a dedicated line on SignLive for deaf customers. This new line can be accessed by selecting ‘Leeds City Council Covid19 Support’ on the SignLive Directory. This will go through to the Council’s Covid-19 helpline which supplements the line already in place for general Council enquiries. If deaf customers/BSL users need help to get food or medication delivered to their home, they can use SignLive and they will do their best to assist. A BSL video has also been produced.

Technology:
14.04.2020 – Coronavirus: keeping children safe online published providing advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the pandemic.

19.04.20 – Get help with technology during coronavirus published providing guidance on the devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care.

Translations:
Some useful translations of recently updated guidance with key messages is available from both Leeds City Council and central government.

The latest NHS guidelines on coronavirus is available translated into 36 languages.

Visual Impairment Awareness:
11.03.2021 – The first ever Visual Impairment Awareness event on Zoom.  The Association of Blind Asians (ABA) is a registered charity based in Leeds.  Every year ABA helps the Black, Asian and minority community with visual impairments, along with their carers, to manage their condition so they can live independent and fulfilling lives.  This event has been organised by ABA in partnership with Leeds Hearing and Sight Loss Services to raise awareness on visual impairments.  For more information and to book a place, please follow the link or contact annette.morris@val.org.uk.  We hope you can join us!

STAYING HOME (SELF-ISOLATING/SHIELDING)

17.03.2020 – A Stay at Home guidance chart was published to assist households in working out how long people should self-isolate at home when they or someone they live with has symptoms.

20.03.2020 – The guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection was updated with the addition of an easy read guide and translated versions.

21.03.2020 – There is now guidance available, in multiple languages, on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable. There is the option to register for support if someone is clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. This includes clinically extremely vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities for the elderly or “people with special needs”. Registering will enable them to get access to priority supermarket deliveries or someone to contact them about any local support that’s available.

23.03.2020 – The government has published guidance on Staying at home and away from others (social distancing): the single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

29.03.2020 – The staying at home guidance updated with a link to the coronavirus outbreak FAQs page.

16.04.2020 – Police officers have been issued with guidance about what constitutes a reasonable excuse for people to leave the place where they live.

01.05.2020 – The staying at home guidance updated to further clarify the requirements of the Health Protection Coronavirus Regulations 2020, and added information on clinically vulnerable people.

11.05.2020 – The staying at home guidance withdrawn and new guidance published: Staying alert and safe (social distancing). NB: this guidance was subsequently withdrawn and replaced with New National Restrictions from 5 November.

30.05.2020 – The Government extended shielding of extremely vulnerable people for a further month.

31.05.2020 – Press release from the Government confirming restrictions set to ease and shielding people can spend time outdoors, subject to specific conditions.

22.06.2020 – Press release from the Government advising shielding people they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday, 6 July.

23.06.2020 – The shielding guidance updated as the government plans to suspend shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from August 2020.

06.07.2020 – The shielding guidance updated to reflect that people who are shielding due to being extremely vulnerable people can now spend more time outdoors. An easy read version has also been added.

07.07.2020 – Further update to the shielding guidance to include clinical risk to children and young people.

30.07.20 – The Stay at Home guidance updated at 9:12am in respect of the 7 day isolation rule. Then, at 10am, an announcement was made that the 7 day period of isolation had changed to 10 days.

31.07.2020 – The shielding guidance updated to include information related to the pausing of shielding for extremely vulnerable people.

31.07.2020 – The shielding guidance updated on accessing food and medicines if shielding.

04.08.20 – Further changes made to bring the Stay at Home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection in line with the 10 day isolation period, plus the addition of an easy read version for the self-isolation period.

20.09.20 – The Stay at Home guidance updated to include the new legal requirements for households with possible coronavirus infection to self-isolate which comes into effect on 28 September 2020. A new package has been announced to both support and enforce self-isolation.

20.09.2020 – Anyone who is contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate will be required by law to do so from 28 September. It was announced that people on lower incomes who cannot work from home and who lose income as a result will be able to claim a payment of £500 to support and enforce self-isolation. See also: Financial Support section below.

28.09.2020 – A legal duty to self-isolate came into force today. This affects anyone who has a positive Covid-19 test result or who is contacted by the NHS Test & Trace service and is told to do so.

09.10.20 – Information added to the Stay at Home guidance on actions to take in the case of receiving a negative test result, enforcement of self-isolation and aerosol transmission.

13.10.20 – The shielding guidance updated regarding local Covid alert levels. Temporarily removed translations, easy read guide and guidance for young people. This is worth reading as the emphasis is different for each tier of restriction.

28.10.2020 – The shielding guidance has been updated with an easy-read guide for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

04.11.2020 – In the light of the new national restrictions that will be in place from 5th November until 2nd December, the Government has issued a press release advising of further precautions, on top of the tougher national measures being introduced, for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Guidance has been issued on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The list of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people now includes adults with Down’s Syndrome and adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5). The easy-read guidance has been temporarily removed and will be updated shortly.

10.11.2020 – The guidance for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable was updated with information on the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough).

11.11.2020 – Easy-read guidance for shielding and protecting people added.

13.11.2020 – The guidance for shielding and protecting people was updated with the removal of reference letters and included link to Covid-19: letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people. The reference-only versions of the letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people were published including accessible formats.

18.11.2020 – The guidance on shielding and protecting people updated with translations in various languages being added.

30.11.2020 – The reference-only versions of the letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people have been replaced with the latest version and alternative formats have been removed.

11.12.2020 – UK Chief Medical Officer’s statement on the self-isolation period reducing from 14 to 10 days.

14.12.2020 – The guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated with British Sign Language videos, large print, audio and translated versions.

14.12.2020 – The government has announced that the numbers of days that contacts self-isolate reduces from 14 days to 10 days from 00.01 today.  People who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list should also self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days.  People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or 10 days from point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic.  Self-isolation periods will begin on the day after exposure, a test or the start of symptoms.  The NHS Test and Trace service will tell people to self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days from Monday 14th December.

Due to the time taken to test technical changes and release updates through the app store, the NHS Covid-19 app will tell close contacts to isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days from Thursday 17 December.  In England, if you receive a notification from the NHS Covid-19 app before 17 December to isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive:

  • if you have also been contacted by NHS Test and Trace you must follow isolation guidance provided by contact tracers;
  • if you have been advised to isolate by the app (and not by NHS Test and Trace) then you can leave isolation when your isolation countdown timer says 3 days.

17.12.2020 – Coronavirus: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK guidance updated with diagram showing how the self-isolation rules apply in 4 example cases of someone arriving in the UK.

20.12.2020 – guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated with the addition of new shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable in Tier 4.

21.12.2020 – Press release advising clinically extremely vulnerable people in new Tier 4 areas to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable t work from home.

22.12.2020 – Covid-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people updated with addition of reference-only copy of letter sent to CEV people in Tier 4.

24.12.2020 – The shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable guidance updated: easy-read guidance updated; also translations, British Sign Language videos, audio and large print versions temporarily removed.

07.01.2021 – The Covid-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated for the period of national lockdown.

08.01.2021 – Covid-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people replaced with latest version and temporarily removed alternative formats.

19.01.2021 – Covid-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people guidance easy read version of the letter added.

15.02.2021 – Covid-19 Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection updated: added illustration demonstrating a worked example for household self-isolation and updated translations and easy-read guidance.  Also the Stay at Home guidance updated to provide clarity on attendance at support groups and international travel, including guidance on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel.  Also includes an additional link to Public Health England guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.

16.02.2021 – Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated definition of clinically extremely vulnerable groups.

17.02.2021 – Covid-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people guidance updated with the addition of clinically extremely vulnerable letters for adults, children and young people and high-risk individuals.

20.02.2021 – Covid-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people guidance updated with the addition of audio versions of ‘Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable adults from Matt Hancock and Robert Jenrick’, ‘Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people from Matt Hancock and Robert Jenrick’ and ‘Letter to people identified as high risk by Covid-19 Population Risk Assessment Model – age 19 to 69’.

22.02.2021 – The Stay at Home guidance has been updated to include a summary of changes to the rules about the national lockdown from 8 March.

25.02.2021 – Reference-only version of a Covid-19: letter to people identified as high risk – aged 19 to 69 published.  Also, the reference-only Covid-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable adults updated with letters for children and young people and high-risk people (aged 19 to 69 and over 70) being moved to new, individual, pages.  Also, Covid-19: guidance on shielding on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated to reflect new shielding end date plus updated shopping and support sections.

30.03.2021 – Stay at home guidance updated to reinforce advice for those who have been fully vaccinated.  Guidance updated regarding follow-up PCR for positive assisted LFD tests.

19.05.2021 – The guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection has updated translations.

24.05.2021 – Press release in which the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, unveils new self-isolation support pilots for 9 areas across England with higher coronavirus (COVID-19) rates.

17.05.2021 – The shielding guidance updated with information on meeting friends and family inside and outside the home.  Also, added to link to guidance regarding new Covid-19 variant.

11.06.2021 – COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance updated with additional information on contacts organising a PCR test and added recommendation for those with symptoms to organise a test even if symptoms are mild.

12.07.2021 – guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated as per government’s advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people to, as a minimum, follow the same guidance as the general population.

08.08.2021 – Providing practical support for people self-isolating published providing guidance for local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, setting out expectations for how funding for self-isolation practical support should be spent.

11.08.2021 – Press release announcing that the requirement for self-isolation will be removed for double jabbed close contacts from 16th August.  Adults and children will be free to return to work, attend school and meet friends and family as the protection from vaccines replaces the need for contact isolation from Monday.  Also, COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable guidance updated to reflect the change.

12.08.2021 – COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance updated in line with changes to self-isolation for contacts from 16 August.

03.09.2021 – COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated to reflect that children and young people are no longer considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

STAYING SAFE

Crime Prevention:
23.04.2020 – The government has published Coronavirus: fraud and cyber crime guidance which brings together a lot of useful advice for individuals and businesses about how to protect ourselves from fraud and cybercrime during the pandemic and where to get help.

Domestic Abuse:
31.03.2020 – Government guidance Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus outbreak has been updated with more specific advice about how to access help. It covers how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

12.02.2021 – Government guidance Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus outbreak has been updated with details of the Men’s Advice Helpline.

Helping Safely:
26.03.2020 – Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation. The government has published Coronavirus: How to help safely.

02.11.2020 – A national restrictions alert box was added to the How to help safely guidance.

04.11.2020 – How to help safely guidance updated to reflect the introduction of national restrictions.

18.02.2021 – How to help safely guidance updated; added ‘1.2 Helping someone who is shielding’; moved Covid guidance to mainstream page (https://www.gov.uk/volunteering/coronavirus-volunteering) to reduce duplication; updated information on self-isolation in ‘1. Stay safe as a volunteer’.

Safeguarding:
Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board has published new posters and leaflets on their website together with:

  • information about different types of abuse and how to give help and advice;
  • keeping safe from abuse easy read information leaflet;
  • safeguarding cards;
  • safeguarding factsheets.

Scams:
Unscrupulous people are taking the opportunity of the Coronavirus to scam vulnerable people in West Yorkshire, and there have been reports of scams, doorstep crime and business complaints. West Yorkshire Trading Standards produce a bi-monthly newsletter outlining trending fraud patterns during the current pandemic and what we can do to stay protected:

These news alerts will give you an indication of the current situation in West Yorkshire.  Easy read resources are also available upon request.  West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources are available to download via their website.

07.01.2021 – Intelligence Briefing from West Yorkshire Trading Standards: We are aware of a scam text message which is in circulation regarding Covid 19 Vaccine.  The text is sent to the recipient with a link, and reads similar to:

‘NHS: We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine.  For more information, and to apply, follow here: uk-application-form.com’.  The link provides an official looking NHS form and bank details are requested. This is a scam and payment is not required for the official vaccine.

Please share amongst colleagues, clients, family and friends.  The advice is to delete the message or, if possible, take a screenshot image of the text message, block the sender and report to Action Fraud via their website.

If a vulnerable person you know appears to be a repeat victim, targeted via telephone, mail or doorstep from traders offering too good to be true offers and discounts, please get in touch with us.  Our Scams Team can offer target hardening and preventative advice, and may be able to install call blockers as well as other options to prevent individuals becoming victims of scams.  For any further information, please get in touch at Intel.requests@wyjs.org.uk

11.02.2021 – West Yorkshire Trading Standards are offering FREE Scams and Frauds Eduction for Residents workshops via Zoom across West Yorkshire.  With only 5 months left of the project, they are hoping to reach as many residents and partners as possible.  Workshops can be tailored to the requirements of your service users and are suitable for ages 12+.  Scam attempts are increasing and now, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, they’ve also taken on a new disguise.

The workshops are detailed below:

  • SCAMS & FRAUDS (1 hr)
    Aim: To make residents aware of the most common types of scams and frauds in circulation, how to avoid them and where to report them to.
    Content: An interactive workshop focusing on the most common scams in circulation covering social media, online, phone, text, email and postal scams.  We shine a light on scam tactics and share tips on how to protect yourself and others.
  • DOORSTEP CRIME (1 hr)
    Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on dealing with rogue traders, distraction burglary and bogus callers.
    Content: An interactive workshop with varying doorstep scenarios identifying simple key strategies for dealing with bogus callers, rogue traders and other unwanted callers.  also includes information about Cold Calling Control zones.
  • CONSUMER SAVVY (1 hr)
    Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on how to spot counterfeit and unsafe goods and we explore the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.
    Content: Can you spot a fake?  An interactive workshop exploring the counterfeit market, helping participants make informed choices when purchasing goods.  we also look at some of the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.
  • SAVVY SAVINGS (1 hr)
    Aim: To enhance residents key skills for budgeting, providing money saving tips and how to avoid high cost credit.  We explain APR and compare loans as well as provide information about how to live healthily on a budget.
    Content: The session is fun and interactive, allowing participants to share their cost savings tips, we explain APR, compare the costs of food brands and also explain loan shark activity and money muling.
  • ENERGY SAVVY (1 hr)
    Aim: To encourage residents to think about their energy usage, how to try and reduce their monthly bills and practical tips on how to look for the best genuine deals on the market.
    Content: An interactive myth busting ‘True or False’ challenge looking at energy wastage and appliances, as well as practical energy and money saving tips.
  • PARTNER TRAINING (2 hrs – can be split into 2 x 1 hr sessions)
    Aim: To educate professionals to spot the signs that a person may be the victim of a scam, where to signpost, how to safeguard and work in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards.  This training session will provide you with information that you can apply to both your professional and personal lives.
    Content: Explaining different types of scams, tell-tale signs that a person may be a victim of a scam, tactics used by cold-callers (over the phone and on your doorstep), how to safeguard victims, how west Yorkshire Trading Standards can help, further action to safeguard residents in your locality.  Workshops and training are currently being delivered live and online and can be booked as a one off or a series.  the same workshops can be delivered more than once to different groups and evening workshops can be accommodated.  workshop/training settings are informal to encourage conversation and questions between participants.

If you would like to discuss this or arrange workshops, please do  not hesitate to contact Safina Sher, community Project Officer, SAFER Project.  T: 0113 535 0198

Work Safe, Safe Work:
The aim of the Work Safe, Safe Work campaign is to provide guidance and information to homeowners and tradespeople to restore confidence in the marketplace, raise awareness and provide guidelines on working safely in customers’ homes in a post-Covid lockdown world.

STAYING WELL

Antivirals Taskforce:
20.04.2021 – Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce to roll out innovative home treatments this autumn.  The Antivirals Taskforce will identify treatments for UK patients who have been exposed to COVID-19 to stop the infection spreading and speed up recovery time.

Bereavement:
23.04.2020 – Guidance published: Support for the bereaved providing information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.

15.06.2020 – The Support for the bereaved guidance updated about what to do when someone dies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

05.11.2020 – Leeds City Council has updated its Covid Faith and Communities Letter re Funerals in the light of the new national restrictions.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Grief and Loss Support Service is there for anyone suffering any form of grief and loss, or those worried about losing someone, whether this relates to a family member, friend or member of their community. They offer practical and emotional support and advice from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week via the freephone number 0808 196 3833 or through their online chat facility. The team can offer support and help connect you with organisations local to you, who can offer additional help where needed. NB. This service replaces the Covid-19 Telephone Support Line previously offered by St. Gemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

10.11.2020 – The guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic was updated to reflect the national restrictions brought in on 5th November.

Cancer Awareness:
Life goes on, despite the coronavirus, and Darren Meade from the Leeds Cancer Awareness Programme wants people to remember that we need to continue to spot possible signs of cancer. People should still get in touch with their GP about anything that could be cancer to seek advice, and a Leeds GP has also issued an urgent plea for people not to delay in seeking advice.

The Leeds Cancer Awareness team are offering free online training sessions to help raise awareness for cancer signs and symptoms, NHS screening services, ways to reduce risk, screening top tips and the importance of early detection. The ‘Signs and Symptoms’ training focuses on early cancer symptoms, the ‘Whole Works’ training includes all the topics mentioned above. Taking part in this training will give you the knowledge and confidence to discuss cancer and screening with friends, family, colleagues and the people you support. To take part all you need to do is register for the session you would like to attend and you can sign up for both training sessions. The training takes place via Zoom and sessions will last up to 2 hours. Dates and links to each of the sessions can be found here.

Coronavirus Guidance:
03.03.2020 – Find guidance about coronavirus (Covid-19) for health and social care settings, other non-clinical settings and the general public at: Coronavirus (Covid-19): guidance.

31.03.2021 – How to stop the spread of coronavirus guidance updated – amended easy read to remove references to national lockdown and updated links to guidance on what you can and cannot do.

23.04.2021 – How to stop the spread of coronavirus guidance updated.  Removed advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to maintain social distancing with members of their household and updated translations and easy read versions.

10.06.2021 – A landmark partnership has been agreed by UK Health Security Agency and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen global response to future pandemics and to tackle health inequalities.

25.06.2021 – Extra support deployed in Kirklees on 20 May is being scaled back as latest data shows local enhanced support has helped to slow the initial spread of the Delta (B1.617.2) variant in the area.

27.06.2021 – People in care homes or those being cared for at home will benefit from an extra £250 million to be given to Adult Social Care to continue to protect people from COVID-19 transmission.

16.08.2021 – Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread guidance updated; removed references to 16 August in the self-isolation exemption criteria section.  This is because the changes are now current.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Recovery:
30.03.2021 – This online resource was recommended on Radio 4 this morning.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

18.05.2020 – Anosmia, the loss or change of sense of smell, has been added as an official Covid-19 symptom. Inevitably we will all need to update our guidance to reflect this additional symptom.

Flu:
22.10.2020 – Millions of extra flu jabs are available to support the largest UK vaccination programme. Over 30 million people will be vaccinated this year to protect them from flu and support the NHS.

19.11.2020 – Protect yourself, friends and family: flu prevention is a vital element of proactive public health actions during winter.  In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating this winter, getting your flu jab will be essential to protect vulnerable people and support the health and care system throughout the winter.  It’s free for many, does not give you the flu and many of the supply issues have now been resolved.  Please speak to your GP or pharmacist to make an appointment for a flu vaccine.

An accessible video has been developed by the NHS to debunk some myths about getting a flu jab this winter.

11.12.2020 – Health chiefs urge people with long-term health conditions to get their flu jab, as Public Health England analysis shows 6 in 10 flu deaths are people with underlying conditions.

Hands. Face. Space:
09.09.2020 – The government has launched a new public information campaign: Hands. Face. Space. to control infection rates and prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors this winter.

Heatwave:
28.04.2021 – The Heatwave Plan for England remains unchanged for summer 2021 but the guidance has been updated with a ‘Beat the Heat’ leaflet and poster for Covid-19.

You can find information on coping in hot weather on the NHS website here

Hospital- Accessing Services:
Alison and the team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust want us to remember that, if you are supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism and they are unwell, you should seek medical advice via GP/111/999.  Also, if they are anxious about attending hospital, either acutely or for appointments, they should contact Alison’s team.

Hospital – Appointments:
NHS England visitor guidance has changed to: “A carer will now be permitted to attend with a person with a mental health condition, learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.

11.2020 – Patient Transport Service/Yorkshire Ambulance Service has made an interim change to their booking process for non-emergency transport to attend out-patient appointments.

Hospital – Discharge:
20.05.2020 – The government has updated its guidance for Covid-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging Covid-19 patients from hospital to home settings which now covers all settings.

21.08.2021 – Looking after friends or family when they leave hospital: leaflet
Information leaflet published for the family and friends of a person who needs ongoing care and support after leaving hospital.  Also, Leaving hospital to go to another place of care: patient leaflet published to be given to patients before they are discharged to another place of care.

Immunity & Transmission:
A study by Public Health England has found that people infected in the past with coronavirus are likely to be protected from reinfection for at least 5 months, but they may still carry and transmit the virus.

02.02.2021 – How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance published.

02.06.2021 – In this article, How the world should prepare for the next pandemic, Patrick Vallance writes about the aim to have vaccines and therapeutics available at scale within 100 days.  This piece was published in the Financial Times.

03.06.2021 – How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance, updated easy read in line with meeting friends and family guidance, which came into effect on 17 May 2021.

India:
28.04.2021 – The UK sends oxygen factories to support India and will send further vital oxygen equipment to India in support of the country’s fight against Covid-19.

Long-Covid:
21.10.2020 – New data suggests that Long Covid affects around 10% of 18 to 49 year olds who become unwell with Covid-19.  The Health Secretary, Matt Handock, warned of the long-terms effects as a new film was released.

07.09.2020 – Guidance published on Covid-19: long-term health effects of ongoing research.

18.02.2021 – People experiencing the longer-term effects of long Covid will benefit for £18.5 million to fund research projects to help better understand the causes, symptoms and treatment of the condition.  The funding will be given to 4 studies to identify the causes of long Covid and effective therapies to treat people who experience chronic symptoms of the disease.

24.06.2021 – New research shows that 2 million people may have had long COVID.  The findings from the REACT-2 studies show over a third of people who had coronavirus (COVID-19) reported symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks.

Mental Health & Wellbeing:
The Care Provider Alliance has an overview of available support covering frontline workers and individual carers (paid or unpaid). This is extremely useful for anyone looking for support around mental health and wellbeing.

29.03.2020 – The government published Covid-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing which is now available in multiple languages.

04.11.2020 – Covid-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing has been updated in line with national restrictions commencing 5 November 2020.

Mindwell is a mental health website for people in Leeds. Funded by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, it brings together information from the NHS, Leeds City Council and the third sector into one single ‘go to’ place. They have launched their Coronavirus Mental Health Hub which will act as a portal, bringing together information about mental health and Covid-19.

18-24.05.2020 – Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme was kindness and the team at Mindwell Leeds produced a week of kindness planner. They explored different themes and activities each day.

Being active is a key aspect of mental wellbeing and there are a range of resources available at Leeds City Council’s Care Quality Team website page to support activities.

22.12.2020 – Support lines are available for anyone feeling lonely, isolated, stressed, scared or bored.  There are people you can talk to throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas day:

  • The Silver Line – 0800 470 80 90.  A free confidential helpline from Age UK that provides information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
  • The Mental Health Helpline – 0800 183 0558.  Open 24 hours days, 7 days a week.  It gives people an opportunity to talk to someone who can help them find the right support.  Anyone registered with a Leeds GP can call the helpline.  You do not need to be in crisis to seek help.
  • The West Yorkshire Grief and Loss Support Line – 0802 196 3833.  Available 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, including during the Christmas period, with trained counsellors available every day, including Christmas Day, by telephone, live online chat or text.
  • Support to access food during the Christmas period – 0113 376 0330.  This line is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Bank Holiday Monday (29 December) and New Year’s Day.  It is advised to arrange this in advance.
  • Mindwell Leeds – 0113 376 0330.  This service is for anyone needing to access social and emotional support.

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust is the main source for clinical mental health support for all citizens of Leeds City Council and they offer a range of support either through your own GP or other services. Leeds Recovery College courses are open to any adults who live, work or study in Leeds and who would like to learn more about mental wellbeing (this includes staff and carers). Their prospectus is for online only courses and they currently have courses running up to December 2020. Paper resources and learn at home materials are available on request.

Courses have been adapted for online and distance learning, including:

  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning
  • Change, uncertainty and personal resilience
  • Mental health, stress and the ‘new normal’
  • Mindfulness
  • Managing anxiety and coping with panic

Brand new workshops have also been introduced including Creativity, Recovery and You in which four local artists have been working with the Recovery College to develop one-off creativity sessions that people can take part in at home, and a new 6 week course ‘Words that move me’ which explores how the written word can inspire resilience, hope and recovery.  The courses are free to attend and you do not need a referral to join a workshop.

10.10.2020 – World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10th October. Find out more about this year’s theme and how to get involved.

23.11.2020 – Government’s policy paper Staying mentally well: winter plan 2020 to 2021 published detailing its plans to support people’s wellbeing and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic this winter.

04.02.2021 – Covid-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing  restructured and updated other information.

22.02.2021 – Covid-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing  guidance updated with addition of translations for Arabic, Bengali, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

27.03.2021 – Government publishes COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan: Our plan to prevent, mitigate and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic during 2021 to 2022.

10.05.2021 – It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next from 10th – 16th May.  The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Connect with nature’.  More information can be found here.

19.05.2021 – COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing updated with the removal of references to shielding and also removed links to a service that has closed.

Outdoors:
23.04.2021 – Coronavirus and the outdoors looks at recreational use of the outdoors in Great Britain during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  the guidance will cover trends in exercise and use of public green space during lockdowns, as well as access to green space in different areas and among different groups.

Pharmacies:
The latest copy of the planned opening hours across West Yorkshire community pharmacies over Christmas and the New Year.  Leeds City Council has asked all pharmacies to ensure they correctly reflect their opening times on nhs.uk website and NHS 111 profiles, so please check nhs.uk before travelling or signposting to a pharmacy.  You should only use the palliative care service if in urgent need or your usual pharmacy cannot fulfil a request for a palliative care drug.

Psychological First Aid:
There is a free 3-hour Public Health England course which is based on international guidance from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and partners. Get Covid-19: Psychological First Aid training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19. The course includes useful prompts around how to engage with people as lockdown is easing and discuss, and hopefully ease, their anxieties. There’s a test and certificate awarded at the end. PFA is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.

Public Health England:
30.10.2020 – Public Health England’s October Bulletin.

Thermometers: 
27.07.2021 – Public and healthcare professionals are being warned to take care when purchasing infrared thermometers online and to familiarise themselves with warning signs for poor quality products.

Vaccine/Vaccination – Covid-19:
17.08.2020 – The government is looking for volunteers willing to register for Covid-19 vaccine trials. Over 100,000 volunteers have already signed up, helping to speed up efforts to discover a safe and effective vaccine.

25.09.2020 – Ten thousand UK volunteers will be invited to join a leading phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial.

09.11.2020 – Government response to Pfizer/BioNTech’s publication of positive efficacy results from Phase 3 studies of their potential Covid-19 vaccine.

11.11.2020 – Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, hosted a discussion with heads of leading life science and pharmaceutical companies on coronavirus and the prevention of future pandemics during which he hailed their ‘herculean effort’.

16.11.2020 – Government response to Moderna’s publication of positive efficacy results from its Phase 3 studies of potential Covid-19 vaccine. The government has secured 5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine that could be delivered to the UK from Spring 2021.

16.11.2020 – Pharmaceutical company Janssen is to begin clinical trials, involving 6,000 volunteers across the country, of its potential Covid-19 vaccine in the UK from today.

02.12.2020 – Just as we move into Tier 3 restrictions we get the great news that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for roll out offering more than a glimmer of hope on the horizon.  Let’s hope that delivery is smooth, both before and after 1st January.

06.12.2020 – Guidance published on Covid-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.

07.12.2020 – A variety of additional guidance published relating to the Covid-19 vaccination programme.  This includes:

08.12.2020 – As the first person in Great Britain is vaccinated under the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the government published a report highlighting the work and achievements of its Vaccines Taskforce (VTF) together with a press release.

08.12.2020 – MHRA Chief Executive, Dr. June Raine, explains the process behind the Agency’s approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

16.12.2020 – More than 137,000 people in the UK have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine.  The majority of the vaccines have been administered to the over-80s, care home workers and NHS staff through more than 70 sites across the UK.

18.12.2020 – Safety of Covid-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy published.

22.12.2020 – Leeds City Council has published a number of general FAQs regarding the NHS vaccine which can be found on the Care Quality Team website.

30.12.2020 – The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised by UK medicines regulator.  Also a statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers released on the prioritisation of first doses Covid-19 vaccines; as many of the high priority groups to have the first dose of the vaccine before rolling out the second stage.

31.12.2020 – Covid-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination has been updated with a revised standard leaflet, revised content in the HTML document and a link added to the BSL video.

04.01.2021 – The first people will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine today.

14.01.2021 – More than one third of people aged 80 and over in England have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of 10 January.

21.01.2021 – Vaccination in pregnancy (VIP) guidance provides advice for health professionals on pregnant women who are vaccinated against coronavirus (Covid-19), chicken pox (varicella), shingles or measles, mumps, rubella.  The guidance updated – Vaccination in pregnancy (VIP) notification form.

27.01.2021 – New poster explaining Covid-19 first phase vaccination priority groups.

27.01.2021 – LYPFT’s Covid vaccination team have produced a video which looks at the concerns people might have and is well worth 2 minutes of anyone’s time.

28.01.2021 – Link to BSL video added to Covid-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding guidance.

04.02.2021 – Oral statement to Parliament by Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi, on the progress of the vaccine programme.

05.02.2021 – Coronavirus vaccine adverse reactions published: a report covering adverse reactions to approved Covid-19 vaccines.  Also, the government announced in a press release a new vaccines partnership between the UK Government and CureVac to tackle future virus variants.

08.02.20201 – Government press release by Vaccine Deployment Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, explaining why the current vaccine rollout is vitally important for protecting the healthcare system.

09.02.2021 – Black Health Initiative (BHI) presents 1st Community Conversation: Covid Vaccination.  Listen to the facts and ask your questions on Tuesday, 9th February from 6-7:30pm.  Register for the Zoom login details by emailing: operationalmanager@bhileeds.org.uk

09.02.2021 – Covid-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources published with links to videos on Covid-19 vaccination.

12.02.2021 – Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, thanked the dedicated medical teams delivering coronavirus jabs to the country’s most vulnerable people during a visit today.

14.02.2021 – The national vaccination programme has announced that all people aged over 65 (cohort 5 as per JCVI list) will now be invited to attend for vaccination.  Letters will be sent out asking people to book via the  national booking system.  In addition, Primary Care Networks are being advised to vaccinate people aged 18-65 who are deemed as ‘at risk’ this includes people with a ‘severe and profound’ learning disability (cohort 6 as per JCVI list).  Locally, following the decision to move to cohorts 5 and 6, Primary Care Networks across Leeds have been advised they should now invite all people with a learning disability (although listed in the letter as including ‘severe and profound’ learning disabilities.  In the light of these changes, people aged over 65 with a learning disability may receive communication from the national booking system as well as contact from their GP practice.  People aged under 65 with a learning disability will be contacted by their GP practice only.  this may lead to some confusion.  PCNs are being asked to consider what approaches they need to put in place to ensure people with a learning disability are supported to take up the vaccine when offered.

15.02.2021 – Press release by the government announcing that the most vulnerable and health and care workers have been offered a Covid-19 jab with more than 15 million jabs achieved in less than 10 weeks.

18.02.2021 – Latest weekly Adverse Drug Reaction data to approved covid-19 vaccines; report covers the period to 7 February.

19.02.2021 – A new campaign to support vaccine roll-out has been supported by social media companies and British institutions.  Social media platforms and celebrities have teamed up with the government and NHS to launch new graphics to show support for the programme.

20.02.2021 – Health professionals from Leeds are running a Facebook live session about the Covid vaccine today from 2-3pm.  The diverse panel will see four GPs in Leeds and a public health expert from the city help provide clear information on the vaccination programme:

  • Dr Amal Paul, GP in Leeds
  • Dr Julie Duodu, GP in Leeds
  • Lucy Jackson, Chief Officer and Consultant in public health
  • Dr Mohammed Sattar, GP in Leeds
  • Dr Nadia Anderson, GP in Leeds

The panel will be on hand to answer any questions that people may have so that people can make an informed decision on the vaccine when they are invited to attend an appointment.

The session will be available through the NHS in Leeds’ Facebook page.  A recording of the session will be made available on the Facebook page, giving people a chance to listen back at a time of their choosing.  to submit a question in advance, please email: leedsccg.comms@nhs.net

To get the latest information, including FAQs and videos from local community and faith leaders that you can share within your networks (e.g. on WhatsApp), please visit: www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/Covid-Vaccine

20.02.2021 – Covid-19 vaccination: easy read leaflets and HTML pages for ‘What to expect after Covid-19 vaccination’ and ‘Women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby’.  Also, some useful links below to leaflets and videos about Covid-19 vaccinations below:

22.02.2021 – Public Health England has today published the first independent analysis in the UK showing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective against Covid-19 from the first dose.

23.02.2021 –Covid-19 vaccination care home and healthcare settings posters updated to clarify adult carers included in priority group 6.

24.02.2021 – The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation has advised the government to invite all people on the GP Learning Disability Register for Covid-19 vaccination.  In his letter of response the Health & Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, confirms that all people on the Register will be in Cohort 6 (unless they are already in a higher group, e.g. people with Down’s Syndrome who are Cohort 4).

26.03.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination – updated English leaflet added.

29.03.2021 – JCVI recommends that adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed should be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine plus Matt Hancock’s letter to the JCVI in response to their further advice on vaccination of adult household contacts of severely immunosuppressed adults.

30.03.2021 – Sir Lenny Henry has written an open letter to encourage Black Britons to take the COVID-19 vaccine, signed by some of the most high-profile names in the UK.

06.04.2021 – Link added to British Sign Language video to the COVID-19 vaccination: booking an appointment letter

07.04.2021 – The NHS continues to run the largest vaccination programme in its history, to support this they are using a vaccination minibus to increase vaccination uptake in various areas across Leeds.  Next week the vaccination minibus will be at Nowell Mount Community Centre, Nowell Mount, Harehills, LS9 6HR on Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April from 10am – 3pm.  You can find the flyer here. 

07.04.2021 – Statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

08.04.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination guidance updated with the addition of revised English leaflet (v4).

08.04.2021 – Matt Hancock wrote to the JCVI in response to their advice on use of Moderna in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and recommended dosing intervals.

12.04.2021 – Goverment hits vaccination target as Prime Minister praises “precious protection’ offered by vaccine.  All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab.  Also, COVID-19 vaccination: healthcare and community settings posters updated with addition of Covid-19 vaccination and Ramadan posters.

13.04.2021 – Updated leaflet added to COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting providing information on the benefits and risks of the Covid-19 vaccination.  Also, the government issued a press release announcing that the UK is moving into the next phase of the vaccine roll-out as its target has been hit early.  Everybody in cohort 1 to 9 has been offered a vaccine, and people aged 45 to 49 are now being invited to book their appointments.  The 4 UK Health Ministers are following the JCVI recommendation for an age-based approach with adults aged 18 to 49 prioritised in descending age order.

16.04.2021 – The JCVI has issued new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women recommending that pregnant women should be offered the vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.

19.04.2021 –  The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, made an oral statement to Parliament on vaccination progress and new variants.  Also, COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults guidance phase 2 leaflet section: those who cannot have the vaccine section has been updated.  Today the government issued a press release announcing that 10 million people have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine.  This milestone means almost 1 in 5 adults have received both vaccines.

24.04.2021 – The government has published a series of photographs taken by photojournalists working with the NHS showcasing the people behind the UK-wide vaccination programme ahead of a campaign urging under-50s to get the jab.

28.04.2021 – A new study by Public Health England (PHE) has shown that one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reduces household transmission by up to half.

28.04.2021 – The roving vaccination bus locations are detailed below,.  These operate between 10:00am – 3:00pm to offer vaccinations to local residents and provider staff.   Healthcare professionals will be joined by people from local community organisations and volunteers to encourage people to have their vaccine. This will also be an opportunity for people to discuss any concerns they may have around the vaccine.

Eligibility and booking process:  The vaccination buses are open to all eligible people.  Check here for the latest list.  No appointment is necessary . 

Bus location PCN Area Ward Date
Gipton – Moresdale Lane One Stop Seacroft Gipton & Harehills Tues 27 – Fri 30 Apr
Little London

Oatland Green

Chapeltown / Central North Leeds Little London & Woodhouse Tues 4 – Fri 7 May

Posters for both locations can be accessed here.  The roving vaccination bus will return to venues on a ten-week cycle for second dose vaccinations.

28.04.2021 – People can also access the vaccine at Primary Care Network led community vaccination clinics.  A weekly clinic is held at the Bilal Centre on Wednesdays, 10am – 4pm which are all walk-in appointments.

There is also a weekly clinic on Fridays in April at the Infinity Centre, 2pm – 6pm, with walk-in appointments.

Please note Bilal and Infinity centres currently stock the Astra Zeneca vaccine only.

The Government have also produced a set of COVID-19 vaccination: healthcare and community settings posters

28.04.2021 – The UK has secured an extra 60 million Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines.  The doses will be used alongside other vaccines to support preparations for a booster programme from the Autumn.

05.05.2021 – The roving vaccination bus will operate in Little London this week from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th May until 4pm (rather than 3pm).  Due to its location outside Little London Primary School, eligible parents/guardians picking up at 3/3.30pm would then have the opportunity to get the vaccine.  Healthcare professionals will be joined by people from local community organisations and volunteers to encourage people to have their vaccine. This will also be an opportunity for people to discuss any concerns they may have around the vaccine.

The vaccination buses are open to all eligible people and no appointment is necessary. You can check the link below for the latest list.

The roving vaccination clinics only offer Astra Zeneca vaccine, therefore people under 30 years old wishing to take advantage of the COVID vaccination are advised to book through the National Booking System where appointments for an alternative vaccine can be booked.  Further information can be found here.

Eligibility and booking process.  There is also a Little London vaccination bus poster that can be displayed.

05.05.2021 – The Covid-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination guidance has been updated with the addition of links to revised braille, large print and translate leaflets.

14.05.2021 – Next week (week commencing 17 May) the vaccination minibus will be at Leeds Grand Mosque  from Tuesday 18 May to Friday 21 May from 10am – 3pm. The vaccine is being delivered in a location that people are familiar with and feel comfortable attending, as this will help encourage more patients to attend. Healthcare professionals will be available from Tuesday to Friday, as this will give patients an opportunity to ask questions about the vaccine.

15.05.2021 – Harry Redknapp, Chris Kamara and Eniola Aluko are among the football stars who have hailed the Covid-19 vaccine as the ‘best defence’ of 2021 in a new short film urging people to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

18.05.2021 –COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults guidance updated to reflect copies of the English leaflet are available to order.

23.05.2021 – Press release announcing that over 60 million doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine have been administered, with 37.9 million people receiving at least one jab.  Also, a press release announcing that the vaccine status has driven over 1.3 million new people have registered to use the NHS App since the addition of COVID-19 vaccine status was announced on 7 May.

03.06.2021 – Press release issued that over half of UK adults have been vaccinated with a second dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, giving them the strongest possible protection.

11.06.2021 – The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that the UK will donate 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccine doses to the world within the next year.

15.06.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination guidance updated regarding advice about side effects and added version 5 of the English leaflet.

18.06.2021 – Boxing legends star in a short film to encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccines: COVID-19 vaccine as the ‘best jab’ of 2021.

28.06.2021 – New leaflet issued: COVID-19 vaccination: worried about having your second dose of AstraZeneca?

30.06.2021 – Most vulnerable could be offered booster COVID-19 vaccines from September.  The boosters aim to ensure protection from COVID-19 is maintained ahead of winter and against new variants.

03.07.2021 – Press release about celebrities, including David Walliams Jim Broadbent Russel Tovey, Nicola Roberts and Asa Butterfield coming together in a new ‘Rhythm of Life‘ film encouraging people to get Covid-19 vaccines.

10.07.2021 – Yesterday’s press release that Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective in most people in clinical risk groups updated to clarify that some people in clinical risk groups might not respond well to vaccines.

19.07.2021 – Press release announcing that fully vaccinated critical workers will be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services.

21.07.2021 – guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable updated with the addition of information about vaccinations for eligible children and young people. Also, updated section on socialising inside and outside the home.

22.07.2021 – Press release in which health chiefs encourage more pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine, as new data shows that 51,724 pregnant women in England have received at least one dose.

29.07.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding guidance updated with addition of a pregnancy poster and link to social media cards.

30.07.2021 – How long will vaccines continue to protect against COVID-19?, 30 July 2021 paper published prepared by academics on vaccine protection for COVID-19.

09.08.2021 – Consent form temporarily removed from Covid-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people guidance for review.

15.08.2021 – Press release announcing that all young people aged 16 and 17 in England are to be offered a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by Monday, 23rd August to give them protection before returning to school.

13.08.2021 – Covid-19: vaccine information for people without an NHS number guidance published to help those without an NHS number to get a Coronavirus vaccine and to register with a GP.

23.08.2021 – News story announcing that the UK signs deal with Pfizer/BioNTech for 35 million vaccines.  The doses will be delivered from the second half of 2022.

20.08.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults guidance has been updated with the addition of a guide to the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

02.09.2021 – Third primary COVID-19 vaccine dose for people who are immunosuppressed: JCVI advice added to COVID-19 vaccination programme guidance.

03.09.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination of people working or volunteering in care homes (easy read) published.  From 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt.

03.09.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: for people with a weakened immune system guidance published with information on the third dose for people with a weakened immune system.

06.09.2021 – COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read leaflets updated.  Added updated easy-read guide on COVID-19 vaccination for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby. A guide for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby – Easy read (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Ventilation:
18.11.2020 – There is a new short film which is really helpful.  Released by the government it shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces and how to keep your home ventilated.

23.04.2021 – The Covid-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus guidance updated with an easy read version.

17.05.2021 – Press release about a new campaign launched by the government and backed by medical experts, scientists and businesses urging the public to open windows when meeting friends and family indoors.

19.07.2021 – The Covid-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus guidance updated to reflect Step 4 roadmap changes.

01.08.2021 – Press releases: Uber, Bolt and Deliveroo help drive vaccine uptake.  Also, More than 85 million COVID-19 vaccines administered in UK
with over 88% of adults having had a first dose and over 72% of adults have had both doses.

Vitamins:
28.11.2020 – Statement issued from Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on vitamin D supplementation during winter.  There is also guidance for at-risk groups offered free Vitamin D supplements: how to take them safely.

12.01.2021 – Privacy notice published explaining how personal information is used to provide a free 4-month supply of Vitamin D supplements to high-risk groups in the Vitamin D opt-in service for vulnerable groups.

Weight & Covid-19:
07.2020 – Public Health England has issued a report: Excess Weight and Covid-19, Insights from New Evidence which confirms that being obese or excessively overweight can increase the risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19. The government has launched a major new campaign encouraging millions to lose weight and cut their Covid-19 risk.

SUPPORT, INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Bin Olympics 2020:
Do the quiz to test your knowledge and find out whether you’re a bronze, silver or gold recycler.

You could be a binfluencer! Do you know someone who could benefit from TimeToRecycle? Perhaps you’re already a great recycler. Learn more about reducing, reusing and repairing on the Zero Waste Leeds website.

Bonfire Night:
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging people NOT to host events or have bonfires at their own private property this year and have put out extended messages and guidance.

Carers Leeds:
Continuing to provide support to family carers throughout the pandemic.

Census 2021:
Extensive support is available for completing the census over the phone helpline or web chat.  You can also request a paper form if this suits you better.  Find details about this options here.

A suite of videos for BSL, with various audio and subtitle options, is available to aid users with census completion.  There is also the option to order a Braille census guidance form.  This is used to accompany the census form and will help with completion in tandem with a screen reader.  Large print resources are also available.  Easy Read documentation can be found here.  This can be used for many reasons, and underpins what the census is and why we do it, amongst other things.

Census Support Centres are locations offering support, either over the phone or via appointment in person, in a Covid-secure way.  At the centres you can find digital support as well as general guidance to complete the census form.  They can also link with the translation team if language support is needed.  You can find a Census Support Centre here.

You can read more about how the census website complies with accessibility technologies here and there’s advice on helping someone to complete their census here.

Compassionate City Awards:
If you have enough energy and compassion left, why not nominate one of the great people and/or projects in our city supporting community to keep going? Nominations close on 23rd October 2020.

Coronavirus Guidance:
Guidance about coronavirus for health and social care settings, other non-clinical settings and for the general public.

CQC:
The independent regulator of health and adult social care services in England.

Events:
14.07.2021 – Risk management template for event organisers published as a resource to help event organisers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in event settings.

Getting Help:
21.07.2021 – Guidance for Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus published.  If you have a disability or are more vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), this guidance outlines some voluntary extra steps that you and those helping you can take to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.

GOV.UK:
The best place to find government services and information.

Human Rights:
22.10.2020 – The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) reports on the detention of young people with learning disabilities or autism. This is the government response to the JCHR’s recommendations on the rights of people with a learning disability or autistic young people in inpatient settings.

Jobs in Social Care:
Leeds City Council has issued a press release re: social care recruitment.

Leeds City Council:
Has a dedicated Coronavirus webpage with some useful help for people and communities, including information on how to volunteer via VAL.

The Council has also published some useful information about services in Leeds.

Migrant Information Hub:
09.02.2021 – The Migrant Information Hub is a project by Migration Yorkshire.  New subscribers can sign up here.

Near Neighbours:
09.02.2021 – The Near Neighbours Covid Community Support Grants Scheme is open.  This offers grants (up to £4,000) to local projects that support communities affected by the pandemic, addressing their emerging needs and improving community engagement with public health initiatives.  to find out more and register your interest, click here.

NHS & Social Care Funding:
18.03.2021 – Oral statement to Parliament by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, about the support being given to the NHS and social care to help recover from the pandemic.

Prevent Community Engagement Team:
09.02.2021 – The team at Leeds City Council has shared the February edition of their monthly newsletter.

Remembrance Sunday & Armistice Day:
09.11.2020 – Guidance for Local authority preparations for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day updated to include Armistice Day.

Shop Local Week:
10.08.2020 – The week commencing 10th August is Shop Local Week.

Social Care Institute for Excellence:
SCIE has really well laid out guidance supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities, including guides for families and professionals supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during the coronavirus crisis. There is guidance for:

  • social workers and occupational therapists
  • care staff
  • carers and families (This link connects to a guide to help family members and carers supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or an autistic adult or child through the Covid-19 crisis. Its aim is to ensure that carers are able to carry on giving good, safe, support to their family members during the pandemic.)

Through the Maze:
An information and signposting service in Leeds for adults with learning disabilities, family carers and professionals

Voluntary Action Leeds:
Their website is useful for local social care news and/or linking to resources for people with learning disabilities.

Volunteering:
Leeds City Council and Voluntary Action Leeds are setting up a system to mobilise volunteers across the health and social care sector within the city for non-personal care tasks. Care providers will already have been communicated with about their need for volunteers and info on how to volunteer is available on the Doing Good Leeds website.

30.11.2020 – The guidance Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic.  This has been updated to reflect the new Tier system in England in operation from 2nd December.

17.05.2021 – The guidance Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus guidance updated to reflect Step 3 position.

Voting:
23.02.2021 – New measures have been announced to allow emergency proxy voting in local elections for those self-isolating with coronavirus.

SURVEYS/CONSULTATIONS

Connecting Leeds:
05.06.2020 – Today is your final chance to add your comments and suggestions to Connecting Leeds, to help create better spaces for walking and cycling in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea is that you can drop a marker on an area of Leeds and comment on the current facility for walking and cycling plus add some suggestions for improvements. You can also see comments left by others.

Healthwatch Leeds Summer CheckIn:
How are you feeling? On 23 August 2020 the UK will have been living under special coronavirus measures for five months. Over this period Healthwatch have been asking people in Leeds about everything from their mental health to accessing digital services and looking after loved ones under lockdown. This time they would love to hear how you are feeling about some of the key topics five months in. This survey might take a little longer than the previous ones (between 2 and 10 minutes depending on what you’d like to tell them).

Healthwatch Leeds:
27.04.2021 – Do you have physical and/or a mental health condition and want to get your experiences of health and care services heard by people at the top?  Healthwatch are looking for people with health conditions and/or their carers who regularly access services and who would be willing to talk to them once a month over a 6 month period to record their story.  You can record your experiences in a way that works for you (e.g. recorded phone or video call, socially distanced filming or working with you keep an audio/video diary).  Once you’re happy with the recorded updates, they would be shared with health and care leaders to help them understand how they can make improvements in how people experience, access and move between services.

They’re particularly interested to hear from you if you:

  • Have had your treatment paused or affected in another way during lockdown
  • Care for someone with multiple health conditions and lockdown has affected you and/or the person you care for
  • Have mental health problems or care for someone that does
  • Are a young person with multiple health conditions that means you have a lot of health appointments and/or care needs, or you are the parent/carer for a child or young person in this position.

Healthwatch are also particularly interested in hearing from men and people from BAME backgrounds.  You can see films and updates from previous participants on this project here.

If you’d like more information or to have a chat about this opportunity, please contact  Harriet Wright Tel: 07741 294004   Email: harriet@healthwatchleeds.co.uk

Hospital Consultation:
05.04.2020 – Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is planning to build two new hospitals at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI). Today is the last day to comment on the new Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust proposals. Click here for the easy read version or here for the main page.

Leeds City Council:
13.07.2021 – The Adults and Health directorate at Leeds City Council want to hear your views on two proposals for changes to how they calculate charges for non-residential Adult Social Care services. This consultation will run from 18 June to 13 August 2021.

More information here

Easy Read Information on the proposed changes

Mandatory Vaccination for Frontline Health & Care Staff:
09.09.2021 – Consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) launched.

Speak Up About Your Care:
08.07.2020 – Because We All Care is a new campaign led by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Healthwatch England. It aims to help services identify and address quality issues and support patients in response to COVID-19 by encouraging people to share feedback on their experiences of health and social care services in England.

Vaccination of Care Home Staff:
14.04.2021 – The government has launched an open consultation and making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes and is seeking your views.  The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 21 May 2021.

TESTING

31.03.2020 – King’s College, London, is looking for people to take part in a national research project which could help save lives. They are tracking the spread of coronavirus and we can all help with the research. Simply download the app and check in for 1 minute every day to report how we’re feeling and whether we’re unwell or currently fit.

21.05.2020 – The Government announced in a press release that NHS and care staff will be able to get the anti-body test from week commencing 25th May 2020. It looks like this test will also be available to those people delivering, or in receipt of, wider social care services, subject to recommendation by a clinician.

27.05.2020 – The Test and Trace process will start in England on 28th May 2020. NHS Test and Trace: how it works guidance published.

18.06.20 – The government announced the next phase of development in building an app that supports the end to end NHS Test & Trace service.

07.2020 – Schedule 21 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 published giving guidance for public health officers in respect of non-compliance with the Covid-19 Testing Regime. Under the Act officers have the following powers where a potentially infectious person will not comply with testing regimes:

  • the officer may direct, remove or request a constable to remove, an individual to a place suitable for screening and assessment;
  • the time such person is required to remain at the place for screening and assessment cannot exceed 48 hours;
  • the officer may require an individual to be screened and impose other requirements on an individual in connection with their screening and assessment;
  • following an assessment, an officer can impose requirements and restrictions on the individual.

10.08.2020 – The government issued a press release announcing plans to extend the NHS Test and Trace service to strengthen regional contact tracing. The NHS and Public Health England will extend its partnership with local authorities to reach more people testing positive and their contacts.

16.09.2020 – The government published transparency data on the average distance that people travelled for a coronavirus test in England from 1 September to 14 September 2020.

18.09.2020 – The pop up testing facility at Mandela Centre will now also be available on Saturdays operating from 9:30am to 2pm with effect from 19th September, as well as Monday-Friday. This is only for key workers across the city, their immediate family and primary school aged children and only for those with symptoms. There could be a queue for tests and there is a chance that people could be turned away if there are large queues that would mean finishing later than 2pm. This is due to the samples getting back to the lab in time to be processed.

21.09.2020 – New content added to the Leeds CCG coronavirus website providing comprehensive information about accessing testing (including Gryphon, Temple Green and Bridge Street as well as Mobile Testing Unit locations). Booking remains through 119 or nhs.uk/coronavirus and only for those with symptoms.

24.09.2020 – The new NHS COVID-19 app has been launched to help control the transmission of coronavirus.  Also, the guidance on antibody testing updated with new information on eligibility for testing and how to get a test.

25.09.2020 – A letter from the Chief Nurse and Interim Chief Medical Officer of NHS Test and Trace has been issued giving guidance to parents and guardians about when they should book a coronavirus test for their child.

08.10.2020 – The government updated the NHS Test and Trace guidance to reflect that the requirement to comply with test and trace self-isolating is now law whereas previously this had been guidance.

27.10.2020 – The largest Covid-19 antibody testing programme is being undertaken by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori. Findings from the programme show the number of people with antibodies fell by 26.5% over 3 months after results from a finger-prick test at home was undertaken by 365,000 randomly selected adults between 20 June and 28 September. On the same day the Department of Health and Social Care published it’s REACT-2 Official Statistics about real-time assessment of community transmission – prevalence of coronavirus antibodies in 2020.

02.11.2020 – The UK’s daily coronavirus testing capacity passed the 500,000 mark on Saturday, 31st October.

03.11.2020 – Liverpool is to be the first whole city in a coronavirus testing pilot. Everyone living or working in Liverpool will be offered Covid-19 testing, whether they have symptoms or not.

04.11.2020 – New guidance published with information for general practices on providing coronavirus (Covid-19) testing.

10.11.2020 – More rapid Covid-19 tests to be rolled out across England. 600,000 lateral flow tests to be sent out this week to kick-start the significant expansion of testing, followed by weekly local allocations.

12.11.2020 – How to use your test kit for Testing for coronavirus at home guidance published.

14.11.2020 – The government has launched a new testing pilot for family members to get regular testing for safer care home visits. If the pilot is successful named family and friends may soon be able to regularly visit loved ones in care homes.

19.11.2020 – The graphic summarising testing for care homes in the getting tested guidance has been updated to reflect latest guidance and clinical advice.

19.11.2020 – The current Vivaldi study is being expanded to test thousands more care home staff and residents for their immune response to coronavirus.  Vivaldi 2 will more than triple the size of the study to provide a detailed picture of coronavirus infection in care homes in England.

There is a video on how to take your own blood sample if you are doing down the home testing route, though it could be a few weeks between registering and being sent the testing kit.

24.11.2020 – The guidance on Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities has been updated with additional local authorities added to the list that will receive the tests from the Department of Health & Social Care.  Leeds is not on the list.

30.11.2020 – Details have been set out by the government of community testing to help local areas detect asymptomatic cases and offer a route out of the toughest restrictions.

11.12.2020 – The NHS Test and Trace service will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year, providing and processing tests for those who need them and tracing contacts of positive cases.

14.12.2020 – The getting tested guidance has been updated: under ‘who can be tested’, examples of people who may be offered a test without symptoms have been added; also, under ‘test sites’ that test sites are open 7 days a week has been added.

17.12.2020 – A new Storicise website will help children and young people better understand how to keep safe during the pandemic, as well as guiding them through the testing process.

17.12.2020 – The Coronavirus: antibody testing guidance updated with information on the coronavirus vaccine and antibody testing.  Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus.

18.12.2020 – Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus infection who do not live with the person was updated: amended ‘what is meant by a contact’ section.

23.12.2020 – Covid-19 self-test help guidance published covering how to test yourself for coronavirus if you are asked to and what help is available.

06.01.2021 – Coronavirus: getting tested guidance updated – ‘Care home testing guidance for residents and staff: PCR and LFD (England)’ to add information on using handheld scanners and registering tests in bulk.

10.01.2021 – Press release announcing that the community testing offer is to be expanded across all local authorities in England to test people who are asymptomatic.

16.01.2021 – Types and uses of coronavirus tests guidance updated to include asymptomatic testing.

29.01.2021 – Covid-19 self-test help guidance updated with the addition of a link to the self-test instructions for use and translated versions of it.

06.02.2021 – Department of Health and Social Care press release announcing more areas will have additional testing made available to control and suppress the spread of coronavirus variants.

11.02.2021 – Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms guidance updated with the addition of a link to find out if your area offers rapid asymptomatic lateral flow testing.  Also, Testing for coronavirus before hospital guidance updated with supporting guidance for testing before hospital treatment.

15.02.2021 – How tests and testing kits for coronavirus work guidance updated in section on lateral flow testing and new section on reporting issues with testing kits, in the ‘Patients, the public and professional users’ document.

16.02.2021 – Coronavirus testing for personal assistants published detailing how personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access weekly covid-19 testing.

17.02.2021 – Community testing guidance updated: added to the list of community testing programme areas in the East of England, South East, South West and Yorkshire & the Humber.

18.02.2021. – The government has introduced a number of new accessibility improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested.  Also, a further targeted area will have additional testing made available to control and suppress the potential spread of a Covid-19 variant; this ‘surge testing‘ will be deployed in areas around Leeds.

27.02.2021 – Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests guidance published.  Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms.

28.02.2021 – Press release: All households with children of school age (primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles) to get 2 rapid Covid-19 tests per person per week as schools return from 8 March.  Tests can easily be ordered and collected from local sites or administered through workplace testing programmes.

02.03.2021 – Coronavirus lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes guidance updated: removed 5 attachments – ‘Care home LFD testing of visitors guidance’, ‘Visitor testing guidance pack’, ‘Care home LFD testing of visitors guidance’, ‘Visitor testing guidance pack’ and ‘Letter to care home visitors – LFD testing’.  This guidance sets out how care homes and visitors can prepare for visitor testing with lateral flow devices.  With the removal of these 5 attachments, this just leaves the 4 post-pilot rollout clinical guidance for testing visitors to care homes with Lateral Flow Antigen Testing Devices.

02.03.2021 – Covid-19 PCR home test kit instructions guidance updated with addition of translations of ‘How to test yourself for coronavirus at home (easy read)’.

16.03.2021 – Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests guidance updated.  Removed “Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods.  This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.”  Replaced with “You can order 1 pack of home test kits containing 7 tests for home delivery.  Your tests should arrive within 2 days.”

30.03.2021 – Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person updated with reinforced advice for those who have been fully vaccinated.  Guidance updated regarding follow up PCR and contacts released from self-isolation.

01.04.2021 – COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions updated with added information about the ‘Be My Eyes’ app, where you can have a live video call with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff to help you register and take a home coronavirus test.

05.04.2021 – Press release announcing everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9 April.

09.04.2021 – Press release announcing a new campaign urging the public to get tested twice a week.  Also, Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants
guidance updated to reflect the policy change for personal assistants to conduct 2 LFTs a week and not to test with PCR unless to use for a confirmatory PCR following a positive LFT.

19.04.2021 – Over 90% of community pharmacies in England are now offering free, rapid tests for home use.

14.05.2021 – Now we are in a period of some easing of restrictions, don’t forget 1 in 3 people with Covid have no symptoms and the disease spreads quickly and easily. You can help to keep yourself and others safe by getting a free test twice a week and getting your vaccine when called.

10.06.2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants guidance updated to state that anyone working in adult social care who is not receiving regular testing in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.

21.06.2021 – Surge testing to be deployed in Leeds.  NHS Test and Trace – in partnership with the local authority – is deploying additional testing and genomic sequencing in targeted areas in Leeds.

23.06.2021 – Surge testing to be deployed in Wakefield.  Following the identification of a small number of confirmed cases of the Delta variant additional testing is being deployed in Wakefield.

02.08.2021 – How to do a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home guidance updated with addition of information about how to do an ACON Flowflex rapid nose-only test. Updated information about the different types of rapid tests, checking which test you have and reporting your result.

02.08.2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for nose-only test: ACON Flowflex published, a step-by-step guide on how to do an ACON Flowflex rapid nose-only test for COVID-19 and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

02.08.2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for nose-only test: Orient Gene step-by-step guide on how to do an Orient Gene rapid nose-only test for COVID-19 guidance updated by adding ‘Orient Genere’ in the title.

12.08.2021 – Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person updated in line with changes to self-isolation for contacts from 16 August.

16.08.2021 – Understanding lateral flow testing for people without symptoms guidance has updated information in ‘Test results’ to reflect changes to self-isolation guidance.  Also, updated information on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19.

27.08.2021 – The Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested guidance updated to add a link to the NHS Test and Trace enquires and feedback portal.

27.08.2021 – Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person updated with translations.

TRAVEL GUIDANCE

07.04.2020 – Coronavirus: transport and travel guidance issued which provides links to a whole range of modes of travel and vehicles including foreign travel.

12.05.2020 – Following the announcement by the government on Sunday, 10th May of Phase 1 of the easing of restrictions, the transport and travel guidance updated to reflect the change. Also, Coronavirus: safer travel guidance for passengers was published for walking, cycling and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

11.06.2020 – The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its advice for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus pandemic: from 10th July we will be able to travel to countries abroad without having to self-isolate upon return to Britain.

14.06.2020 – The Safer travel guidance for passengers updated to reflect the requirement for passengers to wear face coverings on public transport in England.

29.06.2020 – The Safer travel guidance for passengers updated with social distancing guidance.

03.07.2020 – The Safer travel guidance for passengers updated linking to the list of countries and territories on the travel corridors exemption list.

09.07.2020 – For those of you contemplating taking a cruise anytime soon, the government has updated its published guidance Coronavirus: cruise ship travel for British people about cruise ship holidays during the coronavirus pandemic. In summary the advice is against cruise travel following the changes to the global advisory against non-essential travel.

12.9.2020 – Air bridges or ‘travel corridors’ remove the requirement for travellers to quarantine when returning to the UK. From 4am today French Polynesia, Hungary, Portugal and Reunion will be removed from the travel corridors list meaning travellers entering the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate. At the same time Sweden will be added to the travel corridors list so self-isolating will not be required.

14.09.2020 – Easy read version of Safer travel guidance for passengers published.

18.9.2020 – From 4am, Saturday 19 September, Guadeloupe and Slovenia will be removed from the travel corridors list meaning travellers entering the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate. At the same time Singapore and Thailand will be added to the travel corridors list so self-isolating will not be required.

25.9.2020 – Curacao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia have been removed from the travel corridors list, following the latest assessment of Covid-19 risks and travellers entering the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate. At the same time Montserrat has been added to the travel corridors list so self-isolating will not be required.

18.10.2020 – From 4am today Italy, San Merino and Vatican City State have been removed from the travel corridors list and travellers entering the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate. At the same time Crete has been added to the travel corridors list so self-isolating will not be required.

25.10.2020 – From 4am on 25th October Liechtenstein has been removed from the travel corridors list and travellers entering the UK from this country will need to self-isolate. At the same time the Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives and Mykonos have been added to the travel corridors list so self-isolating will not be required.

30.10.2020 – From 4am on Sunday, 1st November Cyprus and Lithuania were removed from the travel corridors list of exempt countries meaning that people arriving in the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate.

04.11.2020 – Travel advice guidance published for British people travelling overseas during the pandemic. Also, the government updated it’s guidance on foreign travel insurance to reflect the new national restrictions coming into effect on 5th November.

05.11.2020 – National restrictions information added to the Safer travel guidance for passengers guidance.

06.11.2020 – From 4am on Saturday, 7th November, Germany and Sweden were removed from the travel corridors list of exempt countries meaning that people arriving in the UK from these countries will need to self-isolate.

07.11.2020 – A travel ban is being implemented to protect public health following a new strain Covid-19 outbreak. From 4am today visitors from Denmark arriving in the UK will be denied entry. Also, the freight exemption has been removed so UK haulage drivers arriving from Denmark are now required to self-isolate on entry to England.

13.11.2020 – Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, Laos, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Caicos Islands were added to the travel corridors list from 4am on 14 November which means people returning from these countries will not need to self-isolate upon entering the UK. At the same time Greece (except Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos) will be removed from the list and people arriving in the UK from here will need to self-isolate.

19.11.2020 – Bonaire / St. Eustatius / Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands will be added to the travel corridors list from 4am on 21 November which means people returning from these countries will not need to self-isolate upon entering the UK.

10.12.2020 – Botswana and Saudi Arabia added to the travel corridors list which means people returning from these countries will not need to self-isolate upon entering the UK.  At the same time the Canary Islands have been removed from the list and people arriving in the UK from here will need to self-isolate.

20.12.2020 – Wherever you are travelling, it’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance before you go.  The foreign travel insurance guidance is regularly updated.

22.12.2020 – A protocol has been agreed to reopen the French border to UK arrivals but hauliers are strongly urged not to travel to Kent until further notice.

13.01.2021 – Coronavirus: testing for people travelling to England published; you must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test to travel to England from abroad.

14.01.2021 – People returning to the UK from Aruba, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Chile, Qatar, Madeira and the Azores will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

15.01.2021 – From 4am travel to the UK is banned for passengers from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde to prevent spread of the new Covid variant.

16.01.2021 – The Coronavirus: cruise ship travel guidance updated with details of new requirements coming into effect from 4am on 18th January for travellers (including UK nationals) who intend to travel to the UK from abroad to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure.

18.01.2021 – The Coronavirus: restrictions on travel and transport restrictions to England guidance updated with requirement for a coronavirus test introduced and travel corridors.

22.01.2021 – The Coronavirus: restrictions on travel and transport restrictions to England guidance updated with Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania added to travel ban list.

28.01.2021 – Travel bans extended as United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda are added to the red list to prevent spread of new variant Covid-19.

05.02.2021 – The government has confirmed in a press release that, from 15 February, anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.  Travel advice: coronavirus guidance has also been updated to reflect this change.

09.02.2021 – The government has added links to the Secretary of State’s oral statement to Parliament and to guidance on how to self-isolate when you travel to England as tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers are brought in.  In a press release new measures, from fixed penalty notices to imprisonment, were announced which will come into force on Monday, 15 February.

08.03.2021 – Passengers travelling abroad will need to carry a new form from today.  This mandatory form for international travel has been launched to prevent illegal trips.  The form states that the trip is permitted under national lockdown rules.

30.03.2021 – If you have an old bike gathering dust at home, you can apply for a voucher of up to £50 to get it repaired.  Vouchers for the fourth batch of the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme are now available.

01.04.2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): declaration form for international travel guidance updated with clarification of reasonable excuses for international travel from the UK.

02.04.2021 – Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines will be added to the ‘red list‘ of countries from which entry to the UK is banned from 4am on Friday 9 April.

09.04.2021 – News of a Global Travel Taskforce was announced today.  The Global Travel Taskforce: safe return of international travel guidance sets out a framework to support the safe return of international travel.  Recommendations include the launch of a new traffic light system and ‘green watchlist’, and the introduction of travel certification.

12.04.2021 – Self-isolation compliance checks after international travel guidance published with information on the self-isolation compliance checks carried out by the government on people who have entered England following international travel.

23.04.2021 – India will be added to the ‘red list’ of countries from which entry to the UK is banned from 4am on Friday 23 April as cases of a new variant rise.

07.05.2021 – Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
published providing information on how to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you have had a full course (2 doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad.

12.05.2021 – Written statement to Parliament from Grant Shapps and the Department of Transport announcing that, from 17 May, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system.

08.06.2021 – Portugal will move from the green to the amber list for travel at 4am, 8 June. Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will move from the amber to the red list.

21.06.2021 – Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
guidance updated to reflect that from 21 June 2021, the NHS service to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status is now called the NHS COVID Pass. Also added that people taking part in event trials as part of the Events Research Programme will also be requested to use the NHS COVID Pass.

22.06.2021 – Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance published.  Check what you need to do before you travel and when you return to England.

22.06.2021 – Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance published.  Check what you need to do before you travel to England and before you leave.

22.06.2021 – Government announces more than 60,000 fans permitted to attend Euro 2020 semi-finals.  The UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals and final on 6, 7 and 11 July 2021 will see the largest crowds assembled at a sporting event in the UK in over 15 months

24.06.2021 – Malta added to green list and green watch list extended as plans for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated passengers from amber list countries confirmed.

30.06.2021 – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Madeira, Malta, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands will move from amber to green list at 4am, on 30 June. Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda will move from amber to red list.

04.08.2021 – Red, amber and green list rules for entering England guidance updated.  From 4am Sunday 8 August, the fully vaccinated amber rules will apply to France.  At the same time, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will move to the green list.  Bahrain, India, Qatar and United Arab Emirates will move to the amber list.  Georgia, Mayotte, Mexico and Reunion will move to the red list.

WORKING SAFELY
05.02.2021 – Coronavirus: providing unpaid care guidance updated in the personal protective equipment (PPE) section with guidance about recommended PPE for unpaid carers who do not live with the person or people they care for.

09.02.2021 – The government has confirmed in a press release that unpaid carers across the country who do not live with the people they care for can now benefit from free PPE through a new national scheme.

04.05.2021 – The Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care guidance updated to reflect the updated end date for free PPE offer to the end of March 2022.





Documents :



Coronavirus Scam Alert

West Yorkshire Trading Standards newsletter vol.1 2020

Learning Disability & Autism Programme FAQs

FAQs published by the Learning Disability and Autism Programme, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, on 27th March 2020

Coronavirus: Public Information

Government & NHS poster

Wet Soap Wash Rinse Dry

NHS poster

Letter to Care Managers – 7 April 2020

How to respond to a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 within the care home (Public Health England)

Cancer Awareness – Urgent Plea

Press release from a Leeds GP urging people to continue to check for possible signs of cancer and to get in touch with their GP about anything that could be cancer related.

COVID-19 Poster for Care Homes

Public Health England poster for the identification and management of outbreaks of COVID-19 in care/residential homes.

Every Sip Counts …

Poster highlighting the importance of staying hydrated during isolation, and the symptoms of dehydration, produced by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Palliative Care – Additional Support

Flyer explaining the additional support available from Specialist Palliative Care Community Services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wearing Face Masks

The unsafe use of surgical face masks increases the risk of spreading COVID-10.  This good practice poster covers using face masks for all staff and individuals.  It is published by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.