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General information and local support

Sheffield Adult Social Care
Sheffield City Council have updated their guidance Managing your Direct Payment during the Coronavirus pandemic The information explains the extra support SCC can give you and answers lots of the questions people have been asking View Document

Risk Assessment Tool for Personal Assistants (PAs) Returning to Work
This guide has been developed by Sheffield Individual Employer and PA Development Group to support employers to think about how they might support their PAs to return to work and feel they are in a safe environment. The information in this document is only a guide and gives you topics and poses questions for you to consider when assessing the risks that might exist and how you may minimise these. View Document to Fill in Electronically or View Document to Print

Direct Payments Contingency Plan
A contingency plan is really useful for everybody with a Direct Payment to help you think about what could happen that could affect your safety or the support you need, and identifying things you could do to stop or reduce the impact on you. This template has prompts to help you plan for problems , for example PAs and paid carers being unable to help you because they have to self-isolate or if they become infected. View Document to Fill in Electronically or View Document to Print

Skills for Care
New page on Skills for Care Website with the latest guidance to support IEs and PAs during this challenging period. Guidance for IEs and PAs The page will be regularly updated and includes a comprehensive FAQ factsheet.

Government Guidance for People Receiving Direct Payments
This guidance sets out the main messages for individuals and organisations that can support planning, and help slow the transmission of the coronavirus as the outbreak progresses across the country. It’s accompanied by a Q&A, mostly aimed at direct payment holders, that directly responds to questions and concerns previously raised by direct payment holders, personal assistants, and charities and organisations that support them.

Authentication Form for PAs
The Department of Health has confirmed that PAs are included in the definition of key worker. If you are being challenged a template letter is available from Disability Sheffield on request by emailing directpayments@disabilitysheffield.org.uk or phoning 0114 2536750

Direct Payments Guidance Easy Read

Department of Health
Easy Read Guide to Direct Payments

Social Care Institute for Excellence
SCIE has produced a Q and A about social care.

Free Online Training
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has created an e-learning programme for the entire UK health and care workforce, including those working in the NHS, the independent sector and social care.

Skills For Care COVID-19 Essential Training

Safeguarding children e-learning (multiple useful courses )

Skills for Care – Care Certificate workbooks

People Plus

Free e-learning on autism (amongst others)

General Data Protection Regulations (you need to register with Future Learn but the course is free)

In Control
This page is for people and families and has been set up to help share useful links, practical tips and ideas that people who manage their direct payments have put in place for themselves and their PAs. They are Coronaheroes.

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