Mental health, learning disabilities and autism: Guidance

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Various documents, guidance and letters to help those working with patients with mental health and learning disabilities, and autism during the pandemic.

Please note that theĀ Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages guidance is archived. You can still access it but be aware it is no longer updated.

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Information for patients with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions about how to access NHS services during the pandemic. Includes an easy-read guide.

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This letter sets out recommendations for acute trusts and mental health trusts to support access to timely PCR testing for all NHS MHLDA inpatients in all settings (NHS and independent) serviced by Pillar 1 testing facilities.

Letter from Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health and Pauline Philip, National Director of Urgent and Emergency Care.

Published 15 March 2021.

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This guidance concerns the impact of COVID-19 on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services. It will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context and questions/concerns and feedback from the sector.

Updated 25 January 2021

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This non-statutory guidance is designed to support working with groups of patients with additional needs at scale and in a way that they may not have done previously. This does not take precedence over existing statutory guidance issued under the legislation.

Published December 2020

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This guidance has been assessed to identify potential equality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mental health problems or a learning disability and/or autism.

Published 30 April 2020, updated 24 January 2022.

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Guidance notes for the The Grab and Go guide, which gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe.

Published March 2020.

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This guidance is for IAPT providers and their clinical teams who are planning for the continued delivery of IAPT services via non face-to-face methods. It is intended to support the contingency planning already underway for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It will be updated as required.

25 March 2020

Summary

This letter sets out recommendations for acute trusts and mental health trusts to support access to timely PCR testing for all NHS MHLDA inpatients in all settings (NHS and independent) serviced by Pillar 1 testing facilities.

Letter from Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health and Pauline Philip, National Director of Urgent and Emergency Care.

Published 15 March 2021.

Summary

This guidance concerns the impact of COVID-19 on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services. It will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context and questions/concerns and feedback from the sector.

Updated 25 January 2021

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This non-statutory guidance is designed to support working with groups of patients with additional needs at scale and in a way that they may not have done previously. This does not take precedence over existing statutory guidance issued under the legislation.

Published December 2020

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Individuals considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to coronavirus have been identified and added to the shielded patient list (SPL). NHS Digital will grant providers access to these details in line with the application process set out on its website.

Published 29 October 2020

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This guidance has been assessed to identify potential equality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mental health problems or a learning disability and/or autism.

Published 30 April 2020, updated 24 January 2022.

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Guidance notes for the The Grab and Go guide, which gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe.

Published March 2020.

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The Grab and Go form has been designed in partnership with people with learning disabilities, families and nurses. It gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe.

Published March 2020.

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My C(E)TR planner

My C(E)TR planner

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This booklet has been written to help with your Care (Education) and Treatment Review during the coronavirus outbreak.

Published March 2020.

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Easy read version of the my Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews planner and consent form.

Published March 2020. Updated June 2020.

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This guidance is for IAPT providers and their clinical teams who are planning for the continued delivery of IAPT services via non face-to-face methods. It is intended to support the contingency planning already underway for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It will be updated as required.

25 March 2020