Sector News Update – 6th July 2020
On 5 July 2020 it was 72 years since the NHS and social care system was established. 2020 has been the most challenging year in NHS history. This year, the birthday was an opportunity to recognise, reflect and remember. https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhsbirthday/about-the-nhs-birthday/
Sir Simon Stevens, head of NHS England said that plans to adequately fund the social care sector need to be in place within a year, stating that the Covid-19 crisis had shone a "very harsh spotlight" on the "resilience" of the care system. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53297312
Last week the government published the September guidance for schools and further education colleges, who will be expected to welcome back all students for the new term. Limits on attendance will be lifted from September, and schools will be expected to deliver their “full curriculum”. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53113201
The Sutton Trust called on the government to give nurseries, pre-schools and childminders the equivalent financial package as schools. They are asking for £88m in transition funding for early years settings, as a third of nurseries in poor areas face closure. The Covid-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on these settings. https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/call-for-88m-in-transition-funding-for-early-years-as-a-third-of-nurseries-in-poor-areas-face-closure
The NHS announced plans to launch a new on-demand recovery service to support people who are suffering long-terms effects of coronavirus, delivered either online or over the phone by doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. It forms part of plans to expand access to Covid-19 rehabilitation treatments for those who have survived the virus but still face problems with breathing, mental health problems or other complications. http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/nhs-online-coronavirus-rehabilitation-service
The prime minister promised to offer an “opportunity guarantee” that will give “every young person the chance of an apprenticeship or an in-work placement” to boost the economy after Covid-19. https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/30/pm-promises-every-young-person-the-chance-of-an-apprenticeship-or-an-in-work-placement/
The DfE has clarified that children attending holiday clubs this summer will be able to mix with others, if it is not possible for them to stay in one consistent group or 'bubble', giving the go-ahead for more clubs to open. https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/exclusive-government-relaxes-guidance-on-holiday-clubs
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