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COVID-19 information for the Learning Disabilities Collaborative

Learn in your own time

Short training videos produced with Health Education England are freely available in a YouTube playlist. These introductory films help spot the signs of deterioration and serious illness such as sepsis in patients.

Each video is around 3-4 minutes each – it will take just over 40 minutes to watch the series.

Recordings of our virtual Learning Disabilities Collaborative webinars

On our Learning Disabilities Collaborative webinars, we share local and national updates relevant to those working in the learning disabilities sector.

Topics in the spotlight are:

• COVID-19
 • Recognising and responding to physical deterioration
 • Annual health checks
 • Looking ahead to this year’s flu vaccination programme

Watch a recording of our first virtual Learning Disabilities Collaborative (held in June 2020) here

A recording of our second virtual Learning Disabilities Collaborative event (held in July 2020) is available here

A recording of our third virtual Learning Disabilities Collaborative event (held in September 2020) is available here

Recently, good practice recommendations, COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes advised staff in care homes taking vital signs to use the RESTORE2™ tool to recognise deterioration, measure physical observations and communicate concerns to healthcare professionals. This may be useful information for those supporting people in their own homes as well.

Learning so far during the COVID-19 response has identified that staff who care for people with learning disabilities and autism could benefit from this training, either to refresh existing skills or to up-skill where this is less familiar. A list of the training we are providing is detailed in the purple box below. 

We have also compiled a number of items below:

  • accessible resources;
  • clinical guidance;
  • making information accessible
  • and support for care providers. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch


RESTORE2™mini is for non-registered care staff and paid support staff who are not expected to perform observations, and covers “soft signs” of deterioration and structured communication. This training is particularly suitable for non-medical care settings, such as residential homes and supported living, as well as for domiciliary care providers. Book here: 

RESTORE2™ includes training on taking physical observations, including using pulse oximeters, and calculating the NEWS2 (national early warning score) and is suitable for all non-registered care staff, as well as being a refresher or upskilling for registered staff. It builds on the learning from the RESTORE2™mini session. Book here: 

The train-the-trainer session will give those who have responsibility for training and supporting others the skills and confidence to deliver the RESTORE2 and mini sessions to others. Book here:

These sessions are aimed at homes in the West of England region. If you are from outside of the area please contact your local AHSN to access local training.

Read a case study of how attending our RESTORE2 training helped a Silva Care employee spot the signs of deterioration in a care home resident.