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COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Public Health England

Guidance for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for older people or people with special needs. Note, since 19 July 2021, the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people has been to follow the same advice as the rest of the population, with the suggestion of additional precautions people may wish to take. [Published 21/03/2020. Last updated 20/09/2021]

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): housing and care in specialist housing. A Housing LIN practice briefing

Housing LIN

A briefing for providers of specialist housing, such as extra care housing or supported living, which sets out what they should consider when seeking to reduce the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Sections cover factors about preventing the spread of coronavirus and measures to put in place to ensure residents can continue to live independently; staffing and workforce; and broader issues relating to the operational management of schemes. The briefing also signposts to range of useful online resources on government, and other trade and professional bodies’ websites. The briefing will be periodically reviewed and updated.

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance for homeless providers in Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the importance of co-ordination between providers; providers working in partnership to make best use of available workforce; and washing hands when entering and leaving hostel premises or rooms. The guidance is aimed at homeless providers, including hostels, refuges, day centres and shelters. It also includes important messages for hostel staff and residents. The guidance may be updated in line with the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

COVID 19: guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into the delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the need for co-ordination between care providers, the voluntary sector and PHA; making best use of the workforce; and access to PPE. It is aimed at HSC trusts and registered providers of care and support delivered to people in their own homes, including supported living arrangements. It also contains information about informal carers and about carers employed through Direct Payments.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance for nursing and residential care homes in Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into the delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the need for co-ordination between care providers, the voluntary sector and PHA; making best use of the workforce; and access to PPE. The guidance is aimed at Health and Social Care trusts and registered nursing and residential care home providers. It also contains information relevant for relatives and friends of those in nursing and residential homes.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Bill: health and social care measures

House of Commons Library

A briefing paper providing information on the key health and social care measures in the Coronavirus Bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons on 19 March 2020 to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes information on the Bill’s health and social care workforce measures, including provisions on emergency registration, indemnity cover, emergency volunteers and NHS pensions. It looks at measures to reduce administrative requirements on health and social care staff, including enabling local authorities to prioritise care for people with the most pressing needs. It also outlines changes to mental health and mental capacity legislation in the Bill.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organization

Summarises key messages that can be used in communications to support the mental and psychosocial well-being of different groups during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes messages for health care workers, health care managers, care providers of children, older adults, people with underlying health conditions, and people in isolation.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

Briefing note on addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of COVID-19

Inter-Agency Standing Committee

This briefing note summarises key supports to promote psychosocial well-being and/or prevent or treat mental health conditions in relation to the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It identifies people's common responses to COVID-19; outlines the overarching principles of a mental health and psychosocial support response; lists key activities that should be implemented as part of the response to COVID-19; and identifies interventions to help specific groups who might experience barriers to accessing information, care and support or be at higher risk of infection. These include interventions to help older adults cope with stress and support people with disabilities and their carers to access care and information, activities for helping children deal with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, activities for adults in isolation or quarantine; and interventions to support frontline workers and managers working in the COVID-19 response.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance sets out how health and care systems and care providers should change their hospital discharging arrangements and provision of community support during the coronavirus outbreak. It provides details of a discharge to assess model which will be introduced across England to enable the discharge of all patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so. Individual sections of the guidance detail what these changes mean for all health and care sectors with a role in hospital discharge. It highlights actions for: providers of acute care, providers of community health services; Councils and Adult Social Care services; Clinical Commissioning Groups; the Voluntary sector; and Care providers, including providers of care homes, home care and equipment and technology. Links to a range of resources to help achieve this new way of operating are also included. The guidance comes into effect from 19th March 2020. [This publication was withdrawn on 25 August 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Department for Education

Government guidance providing answers to a range of questions about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak. It covers provisions for children supported by the child social care system, those with education health and care (EHC) plans, and those in alternative provision settings.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

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