Testing for essential workers and family carers

Essential workers are now entitled to have a free test, even if they are not displaying coronavirus symptoms. Simply visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and click the button that you have no symptoms. This will then link to a comprehensive list of people considered to be essential workers. These include NHS and social care staff, including social care support workers, paid carers, unpaid family carers and voluntary carers. Click yes if you qualify and choose option 3 (Council request) on ‘why you are asking for a test’. You can the arrange a free, local...

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Dudley community information directory has been given a fresh new look making it easier than ever to find out what’s on offer in Dudley borough.

Dudley Council and partners have recently developed the popular online directory to make it quick and easy to find information on local services. The website offers local people information on groups, support, activities, health and care services, and more. Despite the impact of COVID-19, many groups and organisations included in the directory have adapted and continue to provide support and communicate online. Local groups and services are also encouraged to add their information to the site, it’s free and easy to do. To access the Dudley Community Information Directory visit:...

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Dudley Carers Week

Dudley thanks it’s carers Family carers are being recognised and their huge contribution acknowledged by leaders from across Dudley who have come together to produce a thank you video for carers. Dudley Carers Hub is leading them in saying ‘thank you’, as part of National Carers Week, which runs from 8 – 14 June. Please do share the video using #dudleycarers and #carersweek Also as part of the national week, Dudley Carers Hub are hosting a virtual wellbeing course for carers on Thursday 11 June (call the hub on 01384 818723 to register). https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/care-and-health/adult-health-social-care/do-you-look-after-someone/support-for-carers/ Many...

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The Care Act in Dudley

Care Act Easements As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the government has made provision for councils to temporarily ‘ease’ certain social care responsibilities if necessary, to help manage any extreme pressures. This would allow the council to respond to a major increase in requests for urgent social care support and a corresponding reduction in the availability of social care staff. Easements must only be triggered if it becomes absolutely essential, as local authorities must do everything possible to meet their existing duties under the Care Act without taking these new measures. What does this mean in Dudley? At the current  time we are at level 2 and do not need to trigger easements to our existing responsibilities under the Care Act. Services continue to be delivered albeit in some cases in a different way. For example face-to-face visits may have been replaced by phone calls and we have had to close some of our facilities Our services are being closely monitored to ensure we continue to meet the needs of local people. We will continue to adapt services as required to ensure we minimise any potential risks in providing our social care services....

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