COVID 19 STATEMENT The Kent Integrated Care Alliance (KiCA) would like to take this opportunity to announce they are supporting the government during these uncertain times and working with the care sector to ensure vulnerable adults in the community can be supported by care and support workers.Ann Taylor, Chair of KiCA comments: “We are all aware that the spread of COVID-19 will affect everyone of us in some way over the coming months. Both staff and people using health and social care services need to be aware that current levels of care and support will be greatly reduced as we move into the peak of this pandemic.“Whether in a care home, or in the community, there is no doubt our current lifestyles will be greatly compromised for some time to come. We want to reassure you that care providers in Kent and Medway are coming together to maintain and support the most vulnerable people in our county.“The Alliance is pooling resources and staff to ensure the effective use of our social care workforce, and that we can achieve the biggest impact during these difficult times. We are appealing and putting out a ‘call to arms’ for volunteers and people who have previously worked in the health and social care sector to make contact with their local care providers to offer their services.“As you can imagine care providers are facing huge pressures to maintain the current provision of community based care as well as trying to support the local health economy by ensuring clinical beds are free for those who are seriously ill. We invite anyone who is currently not working due to the disruption, but fit and well, to approach their local care providers to offer short-term contract support until the country returns to normality.The Kent social care sector is also particularly keen to here from individuals who may have transferable skills from other sectors such as; hospitality, hair and beauty, retail, and childcare. If you would like to help, please contact local care providers in your area or contact KiCA directly on the following email firstname.lastname@example.org where signposting assistance will be provided.