Adult social care plan

The government has released an adult social care action plan. The plan outlines how the government will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

What we are doing

We are currently supporting standard operating procedures in place for reporting any infectious disease cases. All care homes, NHS organisations, schools and housing providers are required by law to notify Public Health England regarding suspected cases of infectious disease.

Care homes and / or the NHS provider providing care to a patient will notify Public Health England who provides advice and guidance around infection, prevention and control.

Public Health England, Brighton & Hove City Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to make sure the right processes are in place to prevent further spread of infection and appropriate care is being provided.

Ensuring patient confidentiality is maintained is essential at all times and any agreed public health action that takes place is aimed at preventing further spread of infection. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and proportionate public health actions are being taken to reduce further spread of disease.

Find out about Personal Protective Equipment. 

COVID-19 and any changes to your care

Adult social care services in Brighton & Hove are currently providing our usual service offer, although doing so in line with social distancing guidance.

Our staff have responded quickly to follow guidelines on physical distancing and social isolation for those that need it. Whenever possible, assessments are being completed over the telephone, and where staff need to make home visits they have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to keep them and you safe.

To ensure we continue to provide the best possible care and support for the people we look after, the council must also plan ahead. If there comes a point where more people than usual require support or where less staff are available, we may need to make some temporary changes to the way that we assess or deliver services. These changes, or ‘easements’ to the Care Act, are part of the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

They will only be used when absolutely necessary and where there are no other options to prevent serious needs not being met. Should any changes be required, we will make sure everyone understands how and why the care their receive will change. 

Skills for Care has highlighted our local framework of how to put potential easements in place as being a great example to other local authorities. 

To get help from our adult social care services, or to report your concerns around an adult, please contact Access Point.

Care homes, vulnerable and older people

The council’s health and adult social care services have been working in partnership with care providers across the city to make sure they have the most up to date information and advice.

It’s important that all care providers in Brighton & Hove continue to follow the most up to date information and advice on COVID-19 on the government website.

The government has produced key guidance for adult social care:

As a reminder, there's decontamination guidance which describes the cleaning required, the appropriate disposal of materials, the disinfection of equipment and hard surfaces, and the personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be worn. There is separate published guidance for healthcare settings. Follow the hand washing advice from Public Health England.

More advice has been provided on what to do if you're concerned about coronavirus.

The advice from government for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines:

  1. Follow current guidelines on self isolation (staying at home) 

  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas - use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to

  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately - then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel

  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people

Care home COVID-19 response pack

Read the latest COVID-19 care home pack by Public Health England - South East. This pack is sent out to all care and residential homes in the south east.

The frequently asked questions will be regularly updated.

You can also find information about managing the pandemic in care homes from the British Geriatrics Society,

Ageing Well service

The Aging Well website is sharing information on how to get through this difficult time. Their support directory for people aged 50+ is updated every few days and has a list of local and national services to help maintain physical and mental health. It includes services that can help you with:

  • befriending
  • entertainment
  • exercise
  • food
  • shopping
  • financial help
  • digital support and health information 

You can also call 07770 061072 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to chat to someone about the support available.

How we're supporting rough sleepers

We will be offering accommodation to everyone who is rough sleeping in the city so they can be safe during this crisis. This is in recognition that many of our vulnerable residents have high needs and we must take every measure possible to look after them during the pandemic. 

We are working to ensure we can offer suitable accommodation and support to meet the health needs of anyone who needs to self-isolate or who has to practice rigorous social distancing. 

To find the accommodation needed for all who are rough sleeping during this exceptional time, we are using council property and private sector property as well as working with hotels and property developers. We need to find places to stay which avoid many people sharing the same space.

We are prioritising those identified as most at risk of harm first. And then we quickly move to reaching out further to help everyone during this difficult time.

Find out more about helping people who are rough sleeping during this pandemic.

£3.2 million emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate

The government has said local authorities will be able to claim costs for helping rough sleepers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Local authorities are yet to be told the provisional maximum amount they will be entitled to claim back. The amount will be calculated based on the number of rough sleepers reported in the Autumn 2019 snapshot.

Find more information on funding to help rough sleepers.

Guidance for social, community and residential care employers in providing advice to their staff

Check the government website for the latest guidance for residential care, supported living and home care regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information is relevant to the following services:

  • long-term conditions services (LTC)
  • rehabilitation services (RHS)
  • community healthcare services (CHC)
  • community-based services for people with mental health needs (MHC)
  • community-based services for people with a learning disability (LDC)
  • community social care (domiciliary care services including those provided for children (DCC)
  • community-based services for people who misuse substances (SMC)
  • community social workers
  • residential children’s homes, including secure children’s homes
  • care home services with nursing (CHN)
  • care home services without nursing (CHS)
  • support to people in their own homes

This guidance will assist social, community and residential care employers in providing advice to their staff on:

  • the coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a health or social care setting
  • risk assessments for undertaking domiciliary visits or providing care in residential settings
  • actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19

Brighton & Hove response to the Care Home Support Plan

We made a submission to government for further funding for support for care homes. The submission covers our plans for supporting the care home sector through COVID-19.

View and download the documents about the Brighton & Hove response to the Care Home Support Plan.

With the documents about the city's response to the Care Home Support Plan, you can also view the financial support that's been made available to providers across adult social care services in Brighton & Hove in response to Covid-19.