CEO Update 11th September 2020
In Oxfordshire one person we support is awaiting test results this week following the presentation of symptoms that may be Covid-19 and we have another clear week amongst the people we support in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Some autistic people have found it hard to understand and accept that their support staff are required to wear face masks when within 2 metres. It has caused distress and anxiety for both the people we support and our employees and so I was very interested to see this week a pilot test of new style clear face masks becoming available. Both the mouth and face area are visible and they are primarily for people who rely on lip reading and facial expressions. There are very limited supplies at present and we have approached our Local Resilience Teams to register our interest. I will keep you updated.
I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I think there is a window of opportunity to create a positive legacy from the coronavirus outbreak to raise the profile of those who work in adult social care, particularly those key workers who kept on providing support to vulnerable people throughout the worst of the outbreak. We will not miss that opportunity and have been working on developing and planning a campaign for BetterPay4SocialCare. We are gathering the evidence and data we need and will share our plans with you and ask for your help as we turn the public spotlight to the inadequate funding in social care and the subsequent pressures that prevent better pay for support workers; we will call MP’s to action to raise our cause to Government.
More to follow later in the month….