The new course by Bond Solon is designed to help health and social care professionals understand the Coronavirus Act 2020

Our health and social care professionals are working under enormous pressure and are making difficult and far reaching decisions. The law has changed so quickly to address the current crisis that professionals can hardly keep up. To assist our health and social care colleagues Bond Solon has set up a unique live training programme.

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Zak McNally, the health and social care manager of Bond Solon says:

“Our clients tell us there is great anxiety and confusion during this current pandemic regarding the decisions they are making. The new legislation allows statutory duties involving the care and health provision of children, young people and adults to be downgraded. Our health and social care colleagues are concerned about the decisions they are making. We want to support them during this difficult time.”

The Coronavirus Act 2020 provides a legal framework which is vital in supporting those professionals to make decisions in compliance with the guidelines and statutory requirements as set down by the act. It is essential that the framework is followed as once we are out of the current situation there will be inevitable challenges, scrutiny and public enquiries.

Mark Solon, the founder of Bond Solon says: 

“As a dedicated training company, we have worked at breakneck speed to create this course, and that it is accessible via a Virtual Classroom. The course has been designed as a practical application of the Act, and importantly allowing professionals to raise their concerns with our subject matter experts so they can confidently put their learning into practice.”

We understand that ‘normal hours’ may be difficult, so our team are on hand to deliver sessions early morning, during evenings and over weekends to assist with shift patterns and urgent frontline work.

The course is delivered on a virtual public basis for individuals, and also closed virtual courses for organisations. 

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Many individuals and organisations have already participated. Responses include:

“Brilliant - can’t thank you enough for developing this. Really supportive (and affordable). This will become more important as this progresses, and we all have dilemmas and concerns.”

Adult safeguarding and MCA lead, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust

“Excellent, thank you very much, it was really helpful to have some guidance so quickly.”

Designated nurse safeguarding children, Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

Bond Solon trainer and barrister, Francesca Burfield, says;

“Whilst appreciating that this is both a challenging and demanding time for our health and social care colleagues, and that their time is sparse, we are doing our small part to assist, guide and encourage them in acting lawfully and ethically towards all of those that they provide care towards to help them arrive at, and record defendable decision making.

Safeguarding is core business. It is the way that work is done. This must remain even more so during the implementation of emergency measures via the triggering of easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020.”

The course

During a practical virtual classroom, professionals acquire a better understanding of the act, and if the emergency measures contained within the act are triggered, how they layer on top of existing legislation, reviewing which parts of pre-existing legislation will, and importantly will NOT be suspended. The need for good record keeping to defend the difficult decisions made will also be considered. All this gives them confidence that they are acting ethically and professionally and helps to reduce risk.

Key learning outcomes include:

  • Identify the key aspects of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and how it impacts on health and social care;
  • Recognise how the act impacts on existing legislation relevant to children, adults and staff in health and social care;
  • Locate where safeguarding sits within the legal and ethical framework;
  • Identify top tips for record keeping for defendable decision making;
  • Apply the knowledge gained to day-to-day practice;
  • Identify best practice in applying knowledge and skills to discharge their duty of care to promote human rights and protect children, adults and staff.

Tailored sessions

As well as delivering these courses for individuals to book on, we are also arranging closed sessions for organisations. This allows us to deliver more tailored sessions allowing us to focus on:

  • Professionals working with children
  • Professionals working with adults
  • Professionals working in mental health
  • Provider organisations

If you would like to discuss or arrange a session for your organisation please call the office on 020 7549 2549.