COVID-19 resources on infection control

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COVID-19: guidance for foster care and supported lodgings settings

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

This guidance sets out key messages to support care providers in planning and preparation to prevent the widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in foster care and supported lodgings. It is aimed at Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, independent fostering providers, foster carers and their families, and providers of supported lodgings and host families. Key messages focus on Protecting and maintaining current placements; the importance of regular communication with foster carers and host families; and planning to ensuring there is as much capacity to provide foster care and Supported Lodging placements as possible. The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 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 hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping

Public Health England

Information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping. The guidance covers what to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a hostel or in a day centre; use of shared spaces when individuals who live with others in hostels are required to stay in their room; considerations for populations living in a hostel or accessing a day centre; cleaning and laundry. One of the key messages of the guidance is that local authority public health, housing and social care teams are encouraged to work closely together to identify appropriate local solutions for people who don't have anywhere to self-isolate. This guidance may be updated in line with the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 17 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

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 22 January 2021]

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 22/01/2021]

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

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