Updated COVID-19 Guidance (December 2020)

Covid-19 vaccines, testing and decision making

As the vaccine begins to be rolled out, it’s important to understand how we can support people with decision making.

  • You can find VoiceAbilty’s Coronavirus Vaccine Information sheet for advocates here
  • You can find guidance from 39 Essex Chamber here
  • Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI, 2 December 2020 available here

Visiting Care Homes during Covid-19

Latest Government Guidance is available here and Alex Ruck-Keene’s related blog is available here

CQC Review of Do Not Resuscitate Decisions during Covid-19

In November, CQC published their interim report regarding the use of DNACPRs during Covid-19.  You can find the recent report here.  The review is continuing over December and January to find out more, including how you can contribute or give feedback, please see the CQC website here

MCA updated guidance

You can find the latest guidance, here.  The latest update from November 2020 clarifies that “Face-to-face visits by professionals, for example for DoLS assessments, are an important part of the DoLS legal framework. These visits can occur if needed, for example to meet the person’s specific communication needs, in urgent cases or if there are concerns about the person’s human rights.”

Additional Guidance: “Continuing to carry out your role as a DoLS independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) or relevant person’s representative (RPR)” can be found here