COVID-19 resources on infection control

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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 14 December 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

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

Public Health England

Guidance providing advice on the management of staff, patients or residents in health and social care settings according to their exposure, symptoms and test results for COVID-19. It includes information on: what to do if staff develop symptoms of COVID-19; staff return to work criteria; patient exposures in hospital; and resident who have been exposed to COVID-19 in care settings. The guidance has been updated to include: information on the test and trace service; and information on the risk assessment for staff in the event of personal protective equipment (PPE) breaches. [Published 4 April 2020. Last updated 28 September 2020]

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes

British Geriatrics Society

Good practice guidance developed to help care home staff, and NHS staff who work with them, to support care home residents through the coronavirus pandemic. Sections cover: identifying residents who may have COVID-19 and how to respond; isolating residents; advance care planning; decisions about escalation of care to hospital; and supporting care home residents and staff.[First published: 30 March 2020; Last updated: 02 June 2020, version 3].

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes: management information

Public Health England

Weekly dataset and summary report on suspected or confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes in England. Care homes in this dataset refers to all supported living facilities such as residential homes, nursing homes, rehabilitation units and assisted living units.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

COVID-19: personal assistants

Skills for Care

Find information and guidance for people working as personal assistants directly employed by the person they are supporting. The resource covers: official government guidance; COVID-19 testing for PAs; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic; access to learning; sharing COVID-19 experiences; COVID-19 essential training; and useful links, templates and wellbeing resources.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 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

COVID-19: staying at home and away from others (social distancing) guidance for young people

Public Health England

Guidance for young people on social distancing and what they can do to look after their wellbeing whilst staying at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice about keeping in contact with friends and family whilst at home and for young people who have divorced or separated parents.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

COVID-19: visiting nursing and residential care homes: summary for family and friend carers

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

Outlines the arrangements for visiting in nursing and residential care homes which apply in line with current regional surge level position (level 4 – high or rising level of transmission). This is subject to change depending on the prevalent rate of transmission and will be reviewed frequently. Local outbreaks of infection in care homes will require an additional specific local response and additional restrictions for visiting in line with Public Health Agency advice for management of the outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 20 October 2020

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