Direct payments and Personal Assistants
If you currently receive a direct payment and employ your own personal assistant, a downloadable factsheet produced by Camden Council, updated on 18 June 2020, contains useful information about what to do during the coronavirus pandemic. If you are new to direct payments and would like to find out more about it, visit the What is a direct payment? page.
People who employ their own PA may be especially worried about coronavirus and COVID-19. Support is available from Personalisation Support in Camden (PSIC) who are continuing to deliver their services.
You can also contact Adult Social Care Access and Response Team and they will respond as quickly as possible to enquiries
Telephone: 020 7974 4000 (option 1)
PAs not employed via an agency and PPE
General information is available on the Personal Protective Equipment page.
Camden Council have produced a downloadable factsheet which includes some information about PPE for PAs who are not employed through an agency.
The cost of PPE is not included in any Direct Payment rates. Direct Payment funds are to be used to purchase PPE and excess funds on the account can be used for PPE purchase. If you have insufficient funds please contact Adult Social Care at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a top-up payment. Receipts for PPE purchases must be kept.
If you find it difficult to obtain PPE you should contact Adult Social Care at email@example.com.
PAs employed via an agency and PPEIf a PA is employed via an agency it is the agency's responsibility for the providing PPE. The agency will be able to speak with their Camden commissioning contact about this. However any concerns remaining unresolved should be raised using this email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government invitation to essential workers for coronavirus testingGovernment guidance is available on an invitation for essential workers, such as those working in the social care sector to register for coronavirus testing if they or a member of their household has symptoms. The test is an antigen test that checks if you have COVID-19 now. It is not a test to tell if you have ever had COVID-19.
The most common symptoms are a new continuous cough and a high temperature. You would need to be tested with the first 5 days of having symptons.
Skills for Care provide information and support for people who work in the adult social care sector.
The government has published a Q&A for people receiving a personal budget or personal health budget