Coronavirus (COVID-19): information and support

Please note: While care has been taken to ensure the quality of links listed in this section, the RCSLT is unable to review all resources in detail. If using these resources, please apply your own critical appraisal.

Country specific information

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

British Islands

England

  • Winter planning: Support to children, young people and their families – Letter sent to Chief AHPs outlining the importance of the continued focus on children and young people services, while acknowledging the requirements around delivering vital services in our NHS in the wake of winter and the challenge of rising COVID-19 cases. Download the letter (PDF)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Other organisations

Advice for students

Public Health England

World Health Organization

UNITE union

Intensive Care Society

Information Commissioner’s Office

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine

International Communication Project

British Psychological Society

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

Learning resources

e-learning for healthcare

NHS Learning Hub

The NHS Learning Hub is a digital platform for health and care workers to share and access a variety of learning resources. You will need to be signed in to the Learning Hub to access these resources.

COVID-19 resources for educators supporting return to practice

Resources to support communication skills:

Resources for service users

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity has produced a daily schedule to help keep a routine at home with children and young people when absent from school

Autism

The National Autistic Society has developed a coronavirus hub which includes resources and tips for autistic people and families, as well as information on benefits and employment, wellbeing, social care, education and supermarkets.

Autistica has set up a coronavirus page which includes tips for coping with uncertainty and managing mental health, and advice on making the most of remote health appointments.

Brain injury

Headway has shared tips for coping with self-isolation for brain injury survivors. They continue to offer a helpline for anyone who requires support or information about brain injury, and an online forum.

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support has produced a COVID-19 hub with a wealth of information for people living with cancer.

The Wales Cancer Alliance has collated sources of help and information for people living with cancer in Wales.

Children in care and care leavers

Become has published a coronavirus advice page for care-experienced young people. The page includes frequently asked questions, tips on staying calm, and information about weekly online link-ups, including quizzes, games, debates and virtual ‘hangouts’.

Who Cares? Scotland is providing a helpline for care experienced young people who are worried about coronavirus, offering advice and information, and with practical support where possible.

Children and young people

The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced a guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Dementia

Alzheimer’s Society has published coronavirus advice for people affected by dementia. They continue to offer the Dementia Connect support line and online community.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

NOFAS-UK has produced a guide for people with FASD on what they can do about coronavirus, and a stay-at-home guide with fun things to do for children with FASD.

Learning disability

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has a COVID-19 page which brings together information, resources and videos for the families of people with severe learning disabilities. Resources include information sheets on going into hospital, temperature taking and activity ideas.

Learning Disability Wales has a dedicated coronavirus page which includes easy read versions resources from Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. There is also information on keeping occupied, mental health and bereavement.

Council for Intellectual Disability (Australia): Staying safe from Coronavirus

Royal College of Nursing (RCN): COVID-19: Advice for you and your client

Motor Neurone Disease

The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has produced a coronavirus hub which includes answers to common questions about coronavirus and how to get support when staying at home for people living with motor neurone disease. The hub also includes ‘Ask the expert’ videos.

Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s UK has published a webpage – Understanding coronavirus and Parkinson’s – which gathers facts and guidance to help answer some of the most common questions about coronavirus and Parkinson’s.

Stammering

Stamma (The British Stammering Association) has launched an outreach service for people who stammer who may be feeling isolated at the moment. They also continue to offer a helpline and links to online groups to help people stay connected.

Stroke and aphasia

The Stroke Association has produced information on coronavirus for stroke survivors in conjunction with NHS England. The webpage includes a number of easy read resources on subjects including staying at home, shielding and wellbeing.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia’s Aphasia Software Finder can help people with aphasia find apps and software that may be useful to them.

Vaccine information

British Asian celebrities dispel COVID-19 vaccine myths

Celebrities including Romesh Ranganathan, Meera Syal, Konnie Huq and Moeen Ali have come together in a video urging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The video was co-ordinated by Adil Ray, creator of BBC1’s Citizen Khan, who has said he wanted to dispel vaccination myths for those from British Asian, Black and minority ethnic communities.

Videos

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust videos

The speech, voice and swallowing team at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust has produced two videos to support patients with swallowing and voice problems following COVID-19. They highlight problems to look out for after COVID-19 and methods of self-help. The videos also highlight the important role SLTs have in the rehabilitation of patients.

The videos were created in July 2021, in consultation with experts from the RCSLT, the British Voice Association and the British Laryngological Association. They were kindly filmed and edited by John Nicolson, of the BBC, and his team.

Swallowing problems after COVID-19

Problems with eating, drinking and swallowing, known as dysphagia, can happen to people recovering from COVID-19. This video shows how to spot signs of dysphagia and what to do, including practising good mouth care and exercises to improve lip and tongue strength.

Voice problems after COVID-19

We are finding that some people recovering from COVID-19 are experiencing problems with voice. This video gives some simple and practical advice about how to look after your voice and reduce irritation following COVID-19.

Vaccine information

Celebrities from ethnic minority backgrounds dispel COVID-19 vaccine myths

Celebrities including Romesh Ranganathan, Meera Syal, Konnie Huq and Moeen Ali have come together in a video urging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The video was co-ordinated by Adil Ray, creator of BBC1’s Citizen Khan, who has said he wanted to dispel vaccination myths for those from British Asian, Black and minority ethnic communities.

Watch the video:

PPE information

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