COVID-19 resources on infection control

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COVID-19: guidance for residential children's 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 to respond to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It applies to all registered providers of residential children’s homes, including independent sector providers. Key messages focus on: protecting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and staff; effective multi-agency collaborative working; and the need be aware of updated guidance. The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 2020

COVID-19: guidance for supported living

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance sets out key messages to assist with planning and preparation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic so that local procedures can be put in place to minimise risk and provide the best possible support to people in supported living settings. It describes safe systems of working including, social distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning and examines how infection prevention and control (IPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE) applies to supported living settings. Key topics covered include: steps that supported living providers and local authorities can take to maintain service delivery; risk assessment, risk reduction and local implementation; staff within clinically vulnerable groups; general infection prevention and control; visitors and support bubbles; what to do if a supported living worker has COVID-19 symptoms; and what to do if someone in supported living has symptoms of COVID-19. This guide updates and builds on the previous advice to supported living providers, which was withdrawn on 13 May 2020. [Published 6 August 2020. Last updated 25 November 2020.]

Last updated on hub: 10 August 2020

COVID-19: guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Guidance for providers of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The guidance provides advice for staff and employers on managing isolation for clients and their children under 18 if they, or someone else in their accommodation, show symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) or is confirmed as having the disease. The guidance covers: specialist refuge and safe accommodation (with shared space); dispersed, self-contained accommodation with support move-on accommodation; and properties within Sanctuary Schemes or with other enhanced security measures.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

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. [Published 21/03/2020. Last updated 18/11/2020]

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Public Health England

Government guidance on the measures everyone should take to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance also covers measures to protect older people and vulnerable people with certain long-term conditions. The guidance is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

Last updated on hub: 17 March 2020

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC): guidance

Public Health England

This guidance outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies. Includes links to a number of documents including COVID-19: infection prevention control guidance; explanation of the updates to infection prevention and control guidance; recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) for primary, outpatient, community and social care; best practice hand wash. First published 10 January 2020. [Last updated 20 October 2020].

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

COVID-19: information and guidance for care home settings (adults and older people)

Health Protection Scotland

This guidance for care homes provides advice about COVID-19 for those working in care home settings for adults and older people. It covers: measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 and protect people at increased risk of severe illness; providing care for residents during COVID-19 pandemic; measures to protect residents in the shielding category; measures for residents exposed to a case of COVID-19; admission of individuals to the care home; testing in the care home; care home placement for symptomatic residents; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); care equipment; staffing, including staff cohorting and staff testing; visiting care homes; and caring for a resident who has died. Last updated 13 October 2020.

Last updated on hub: 20 October 2020

Covid-19: interim guidance on the extended use of face masks and face coverings in hospitals, primary care, wider community care and adult care homes

Scottish Government

Guidance on the extended use of face masks and face coverings by staff within acute hospitals (including mental health, maternity, neonatal and paediatrics), community hospitals, primary care (GP practices, dentists, opticians and pharmacies) and wider community care (including adult social or community care and adult residential settings, care home settings and domiciliary care). The guidance also contains advice for visitors to care homes and hospitals, including those attending for an appointment.

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

COVID-19: management of exposed staff and patients in health and social care settings

Public Health England

Guidance on the management of staff and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. It covers staff exposures to COVID-19, staff return to work criteria, and patient exposures to COVID-19. It is accompanied by flow charts describing return to work of staff following a SARS-CoV-2 test. The guidance has been written primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 2/04/2020. Last updated 22/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 19 May 2020

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Public Health England

Advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results relating to COVID-19 . It includes: advice on staff with symptoms of COVID-19, staff return to work criteria, patient exposures in hospital, and resident exposures in care settings. Updates include flowcharts with information on self isolation for staff identified as contacts via the test and trace system; and additional guidance on clinical symptoms.. The guidance was written primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 04/04/2929. Last updated 10 June 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

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