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COVID-19 Information for Individual Employers and Personal Assistants

PPE After Restrictions Ease

Please see a new advice note for individual employers:

PPE After Restrictions Ease

Testing for Personal Assistants

Update 10th April 2021 to testing for personal assistants guidance

Change made - 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants

How personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access weekly COVID-19 testing.

For testing purposes, a personal assistant is someone who is directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to enable them to live as independently as possible. This care could include support in the home, or to go out into the community. All personal assistants who provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of the person they support and who support adults over the age of 18 are eligible for testing.

Please see below for further information:

Personal Assistants (PAs): Guidance For Free Flu Vaccination

The NHS provides a vaccination scheme that provides free flu vaccinations to some health and social care workers, including PAs. All PAs are eligible for a free flu vaccination from their GP practice or a local community pharmacy.
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Covid Testing Record

The Covid Testing Record is a booklet designed as a hardcopy or electronic version to record Covid results after undertaking LFD and PCR tests. It can be used across a variety of workforces within Health and Social Care settings to include Personal Care Assistants.

It is the personal record of the individual concerned. Whilst the use of the record is not mandatory, to encourage and demonstrate good working practice and compliance with the Covid -19 Home test guide and Covid -19  self-testing step by step guidance, we advise that the Covid Testing Record is used. 

The electronic interactive version is available for download for print or use on Smartphone via by clicking the link below. You can also access a document which details all of the LFT sites where you can pick up a paper copy of the Covid Testing Record:

Government Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Social Care Activity Pack – Get Yourself Active

A new interactive pack to help carers, support workers and personal assistants to support more disabled people to be active has been launched by Get Yourself Active. The ‘Social Care Activity Pack’ aims to help people have more conversations about physical activity whilst providing ideas about how to build in activity into everyday activities. The pack is also suitable for family carers – it is targeted at supporting adults but can be adapted to working with children. 

Please download the activity pack and find out more through our website: https://www.activenotts.org.uk/news/2021/08/new-resource-aims-to-help-carers-to-support-more-disabled-people-to-be-active