News Archive

Archive of: March, 2020

  • A message from the Health and Social Care Secretary

    My main message to you is simple: thank you.

    Thank you for going the extra mile to make sure the people who rely on you are supported. Thank you in advance for the difficult decisions you will have to make that will keep as many people as possible safe. Thank you for taking on extra shifts to cover for those who need to isolate or have their own caring responsibilities. Thank you for doing the right thing by isolating if you or somebody you live with has symptoms. Thank you for everything you are doing this week, next week and in the months to come.

    We face more difficult times ahead and I know you will have been personally impacted by the measures we have had to take to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Whilst many people are now staying at home, I know that is not an option for most of you as your work, caring for others, cannot be done from home. We will do all we can to make your lives easier during this period, including, for example, making parking on council owned on-street spaces and car parks free for those who work in social care.

    The Government is releasing advice and information updates daily and we are working round the clock to make sure you and your employer have the information, equipment and resources you need. For those of you that use Twitter, please follow the Department for Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) for the latest information. We will also make it available through other channels. I also want to reiterate what the Chancellor has said: we are committed to doing whatever is needed; that promise applies just as much to social care as it does for the NHS.

    Thank you again for everything you do.
    - Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary

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  • Exclusively for ECA Members - Citation Covid 19 Webinar - Thursday 2nd April

    Our Commercial Partner, Citation are running a free webinar this week exclusively for ECA Members about Covid 19 and its HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety implications. There will also be an important update about the Good Work Plan, which is still scheduled to be implemented in April this year.

    Date : Thursday, 2nd April

    Time: 9am

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  • ACAS Coronavirus webinar

    ACAS have added an additional date for their free-to-attend webinar:

    Coronavirus – An advisory webinar for employers 

    Monday 30 March, 2pm-3pm
    view details  |  register online

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    Skills for Care are currently working behind the scenes with the Department of Health and Social Care to support the sector as we face growing challenges with the outbreak of Covid-19.

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  • Acas Coronavirus advice for employers and employees has been updated.

    It now includes: 

    - Social distancing and vulnerable people
    - Self-isolation and sick pay
    - If an employee needs time off work to look after someone
    - If someone has Coronavirus symptoms at work
    - Good practice steps for employers

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  • Important Information for ECA Members

    COVID-19 Arrangements

    We hope that you are managing during the very difficult times we are going through.

    We would like to let you know our office arrangements at the current time. In order to reduce travel and the risk of contact, we will not be staffing the ECA office on a regular basis for the time being - we usually cover the office Mon -Wed 0930 -1430. We will however be working remotely, so we are still here to respond to your queries. For this reason, please email us with any queries rather than phoning

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  • NHS PPE guidance

    Please find attached the latest GUIDANCE ON SUPPLY AND USE OF PPE from the NHS.

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  • CQC COVID-19 Update 17th March

    An update for providers and professionals working in adult social care, sharing the latest guidance on COVID-19 and CQC's approach during this period.

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  • COVID-19 Update from the Care Quality Commission

    A new weekly update from the CQC for providers and professionals working in adult social care, sharing the latest guidance on COVID-19 and CQC's approach during this period.

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  • Advice on COVID-19 (Corona virus) for Social Care Providers

    Essex County Council are posting information and updates regularly on their website:


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