COVID-19 resources on infection control

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Read this SCIE quick guide that sets out best practice for care providers to remain safe and prevent coronavirus from spreading.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) programme: e-learning

Health Education England

A free e-learning programme containing e-learning courses relating to the prevention and treatment relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, useful links are included to other sources of information from the NHS and the UK Government.

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in care homes: statistics to 8 July 2020

Department of Health and Social Care

Latest figures on coronavirus testing for social care staff, their household members and residents of care homes. As of 8 July, there had been an estimated 741,021 tests on workers in the UK in social care settings and their symptomatic household members for COVID-19 through Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) testing routes. There have been an estimated 352,946 tests on care home residents for COVID-19 through DHSC testing routes in the UK. An estimated 100,900 care home residents in England had been tested for COVID-19 through PHE testing routes.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care home visitor testing guidance

Scottish Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult care home visitor testing guidance which forms part of the Test and Protect Pathways Programme. The Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Test and Protect Pathways Programme has expanded testing to include care home visitors. Currently this is aimed at designated visitors, i.e. a family member or friend chosen by the resident to visit them indoors. This webpage contains guidance and materials to support care homes to implement visitor testing.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting may be gradually increased while minimising risks to residents, staff and visitors. There are two main sets of guidance for care homes, focussed on resuming: visiting by friends and family; visits into the home by volunteers, spiritual/faith representatives and professionals; wellbeing activities. The guidance recommends care homes take a staged approach to resuming visiting. In addition, the guidance sets out actions to mitigate risks to residents, visitors and staff. For all care homes, regardless of Covid status, essential visits should be generously supported where possible to do so safely, without a defined time limit.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes visiting guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting in Scotland may be re-introduced while minimising the risks to residents, staff and visitors. It takes a staged approach, where stage 1 – essential visits only - has been in operation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide sets out how relaxation of visiting restrictions will take place in three further stages, moving through outdoor visiting, indoor visiting by one designated person and eventually to a controlled programme of outdoor and indoor visiting. It explains what precautions will be taken to safeguard resident, visitor and staff safety. [First published July 2020; Last updated 20 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home support package

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the Government plan to prevent and control COVID-19 in all registered care homes. It uses evidence brought together by Public Health England and draws on the insights of care providers. It includes information on infection control, a comprehensive testing programme, additional funding to local authorities and £600 million allocated to support care providers through a new adult social care infection control fund. The guidance includes an annex on what care homes can do to restrict workforce movement and minimising workforce transmission. [Published 15/05/2020. Last updated 22 January 2021].

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19): changes to the Care Act 2014

39 Essex Chambers

Discusses the Care Act easements, provided for under the Coronavirus Act 2020. This briefing examines the guidance for local authorities on when it is appropriate to use the Care Act easements, emphasises the information that should be given to those being assessed and debates what changes to safeguarding policies may occur during the relaxation period. It also analyses the relationship between the Care Act easements guidance and the hospital discharge service requirements.

Last updated on hub: 06 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance includes information on keeping people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, supporting them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and helping staff protect their own wellbeing. It includes links to relevant resources. It builds on the COVID-19 adult social care action plan and more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. [First published 24 April 2020. Last updated 14 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 27 April 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

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