COVID-19 resources on infection control

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Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions and discharging COVID-19 patients

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice on appropriate infection prevention and control precautions for COVID-19 patients recovering or recovered from COVID-19 and remaining in hospital, or being discharged to their own home or residential care. The guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 9 April 2020. Last updated 30 July 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Guidance for those under 25 who provide care for someone

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance is for young carers and young adult carers and will also be helpful for those who provide services to support young people who provide care. It provides information and advice to help young carers understand the changes they need to make during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and signposts the help available. It builds on previously published guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family and is also available as an easy read version. The content covers: definition of young carers and young adult carers; knowing how to help stop coronavirus spreading and caring for others; staying well and keeping safe on the internet; concerns about money, accessing support, food and medication; studying at home, resources to help, contact with school; how to continue to support when not living at home; and where to get further support – helplines and websites.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

Department of Health and Social Care

Information and advice for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak. It builds on other guidance published by the Government, including Stay at home guidance and guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. [First published 8 April 2020; last updated 14 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Guidance of good practice relating to social distanced and hybrid family group conferences

Fulcrum Family Services

This document is designed to provide guidance of good practice to family group conference (FGC) managers and coordinators in risk assessing whether to conduct either a social distanced or hybrid family group conference (SDFGC or HFGC) within England. An SDFGC is an FGC meeting that is held while adhering to all necessary social distancing protocols and procedures in order to lower risks of contracting or spreading Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) among participants. An HFGC is an FGC that includes some participants who are participating virtually via technological means (e.g. video conferencing, or telephone participation), and some attending in person. The meeting will also adhere to all necessary social distancing protocols and procedures in order to lower risks of contracting or spreading Covid-19 among participants. Some information is provided in respect to the rest of the UK, but the Government information pertains mostly to England. This guidance does not provide definite answers as every service and local authority will have their own circumstances to consider including local infection rate, local guidance and organisational restrictions. However, it attempts to cover the necessary issues that need to be considered during risk assessing any SDFGC or HFGC which were known at the time of writing (29th June-17th August 2020). The situation is ever evolving, and therefore this guidance should be considered as a starting point – a service’s response to Covid-19 will likely in time also evolve beyond what has been considered thus far.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

Guidance on COVID-19 PCR testing in care homes and the management of COVID-19 PCR test positive residents and staff

Health Protection Scotland

The focus of this guide is on the application of PCR testing in care homes, primarily but not exclusively, as part of outbreak investigation and management and on managing the consequences of finding PCR test positive residents and staff. It helps NHS Boards, care home providers and others to interpret and implement this extended testing policy; and to identify what is required to achieve the greatest potential reduction in the risk of transmission of the virus within all forms of residential care home settings for the elderly, in the shortest possible time. The advice is written from a clinical perspective and reflects a consensus on which health protection measures are likely to be the most effective in achieving the maximum reduction in the risk of infection, most quickly.

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Public Health England

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, including children. It covers situations where a clinically vulnerable person is living at home, with or without additional support. and those living in long-term care facilities for older people or people with special needs. The guidance has been updated guidance in line with changes to the regulations which come into force on 1 June 2020 following a decrease in COVID-19 disease levels; and updated with guidance for young people to reflect that those who are shielding can now leave their homes. [Published 21 March 2020. Last updated 13 January 2021].

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

Guidance to prevent COVID-19 among care home residents and manage cases, incidents and outbreaks in residential care settings in Wales

Public Health Wales

This public health guidance is intended for local authorities, Local Health Boards and registered providers of care homes or supported living arrangements where people share communal facilities. The majority of this guidance can be applied across a range of settings including residential homes for adults and children and supported living facilities where 24 hour care is provided. The guidance can also be applied to other settings such as retirement housing where there are communal facilities and additional care provided as well as other communal facilities such as those for people recovering from substance use, those experiencing mental health problems, the homeless and those seeking asylum. The guidance covers: prevention – keeping your setting coronavirus free; admission or placement of residents; caring for residents, depending on their COVID-19 status; advice for staff; incidents and outbreaks; and supporting existing residents that may require medical care.

Last updated on hub: 19 January 2021

Guidance: Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Department of Health and Social Care

This document sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support and aims to answer questions received from local government and care providers about the Fund. The main purpose of this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes. A smaller percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. Information on the distribution of grant allocations to local authorities and reporting requirements are included as annexes.

Last updated on hub: 10 June 2020

Guidelines for preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

The findings of a rapid review of clinical practice guidelines to identify infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory viruses (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and older in long-term care settings. The review found, that recommendations from current guidelines seem to support environmental measures for infection prevention and antiviral chemoprophylaxis for infection management as the most appropriate first-line response to viral respiratory illness in long-term care. The review notes that the findings should be treated with caution as it is unclear how many of these guidelines are based on the best available evidence due to their poor overall quality.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Helping adult day centres to ‘unlock lockdown’. Part 1: planning practically for re-opening

King's College London

This document covers some of the practicalities of re-opening adult day centres as COVID-19 control measures are eased. It draws on guidance related to the pandemic, on broader guidance relating to social care, and relevant advice and action points for regulated settings (such as early years day care and care homes), some of which is also relevant to adult day centres. There is strong evidence that attending a day centre brings quality of life and so, despite risks, enabling people to have the choice of going to a day centre is something worthwhile. The document covers: infection control; communications; supporting service users, carers, staff and volunteers, and centre managers and coordinators; final things that managers and coordinators are likely to want to consider doing before re-opening; practical scenario planning tool. Part 2 of these guidance prompts reflection on what has happened during lockdown, what else centre managers and coordinators may wish to think about, the process of moving forwards and any learning that will be helpful for the future. Individual sections can be completed according to the stage you are in.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

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