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.

Documents

Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants (easy read)

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Annex A: template contingency plan

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Details

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 additional guidance (third and fourth attachments), 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.

Published 21 April 2020
Last updated 6 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added easy read document 'Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants'.

  2. Edited HTML publication 'Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants'. Added information about keeping a temporary record of the shift patterns of PAs for 21 days.

  3. The document ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): Q&A for people receiving a personal budget or personal health budget’ has been updated and renamed ‘Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants’. Changes to this document include the addition of case studies, and there are new sections on PPE, testing and the flexible of use of direct payments. Two other documents have been added: ‘Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers (easy read)’ and ‘Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: the most important things to know’. The document ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments’ has been renamed ‘Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers’. There are no other changes to this document.

  4. The guidance attachment and the Q&A attachment have been updated to make sure they're consistent with the latest PPE guidance from Public Health England, in particular what PPE should be worn during a time of sustained COVID-19 transmission. Also, questions have been added to the Q&A attachment on footwear, the use papers towels and responsibility for paying for PPE.

  5. First published.