Members’ Forum

We realise you are very busy dealing with COVID-19 so we have put together a private forum where you can post questions, share issues, get advice and share resources.

We hope this solution will reduce the turnaround time for queries and put members with similar concerns directly in touch with each other.

If you have not received an invite, please check your junk mail first and then contact who can resend your invitation and who will be happy to talk you through setting up your login.

General Resources

Here is a list of useful links to general resources on COVID-19 (as at 23 March). Our members’ forum will constantly be updated with any new resources,  information and briefings for members, so please check there for real time help and updates.


Coronavirus Bill

A bill has been introduced to the UK Parliament (19th March) that enables action in 5 key areas:

  1. increasing the available health and social care workforce – for example, by removing barriers to allow recently retired NHS staff and social workers to return to work (and in Scotland, in addition to retired people, allowing those who are on a career break or are social worker students to become temporary social workers)
  2. easing the burden on frontline staff – by reducing the number of administrative tasks they have to perform, enabling local authorities to prioritise care for people with the most pressing needs, allowing key workers to perform more tasks remotely and with less paperwork, and taking the power to suspend individual port operations
  3. containing and slowing the virus – by reducing unnecessary social contacts, for example through powers over events and gatherings, and strengthening the quarantine powers of police and immigration officers
  4. managing the deceased with respect and dignity – by enabling the death management system to deal with increased demand for its services
  5. supporting people – by allowing them to claim Statutory Sick Pay from day one, and by supporting the food industry to maintain supplies.

It is currently  (as of 23rd March) at the second reading stage in the House of Commons. Further details are available here.