Care England has welcomed the inclusion of learning disability and/or autism advice for providers in updated COVID-19 guidance.
A section on specialist advice relating to care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism is one of several updates to Public Health England’s latest PPE guidance for care homes.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “This updated guidance represents a great victory for the sector as it includes much needed bespoke advice for learning disability and/or autism care providers. It has been a long time coming, but is of course welcome.”
The document explains how PPE applies to a care home setting and is drawn from full infection prevention and control, and PPE guidance.
Martin added: “Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the concerns articulated by those who support individuals with a learning disability and/or autism have been largely overlooked by statutory bodies.
“It is vitally important to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable people in society are heard and addressed. In future we hope and expect that guidance will be co-produced in order to adequately meet the needs of both providers and those who they support and furthermore that there will be an acknowledgement of the necessary resources.”