COVID-19 resources on infection control

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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. [Published 21/03/2020. Last updated 04/08/2020]

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 (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Department for Education

Government guidance to support the management of children and young people living in children’s homes, residential special schools and colleges, further education providers with residential accommodation, mainstream boarding schools, and university halls of residence. The guidance includes advice on managing isolation for individuals or groups, in the event that a child, young person or staff member shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or is confirmed as having the disease.

Last updated on hub: 23 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: 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: residential care, supported living and home care guidance

Public Health England

Guidance for providers of residential care, supported living, and home care, in the event of a coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance sets out: how to maintain delivery of care in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19 and what to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19. [This publication was withdrawn on 13 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 15 March 2020

Helping to prevent infection: a quick guide for managers and staff in care homes

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A quick guide for managers and staff in care homes about helping to prevent infection

Last updated on hub: 08 January 2018