COVID-19 resources on Infection control

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Working together on infection control and joint support

West London Alliance

As part of a wider joint approach, West London Alliance local authorities and North West London Health have established a joint response to care homes to support the significantly increased need for infection control advice and expertise to protect residents and staff. Local authority commissioners are the key interface with all care homes in NWL, liaising with them daily to understand their situation and their individual needs. Commissioners are providing support where they can, providing staff and PPE, and co-ordinating additional support. The full case study can be found in the Department for Health and Social Care action plan which is linked to this item and was published on 15 April 2020.

Last updated on hub: 31 March 2021

Working with people in their own homes this winter

Department of Health and Social Care

Explains how home care and support workers, social workers, health professionals and families can work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection this winter. It covers infection prevention and control measures; testing; vaccination; and wellbeing. [Last updated 1 April 2021]

Last updated on hub: 25 January 2021

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Rapid survey report and recommendations on the social care sector 2020

This rapid report summarises the findings from our recent survey of people working in social care nationally on whether they would have a COVID-19 vaccine and why. Survey results were taken over the period 15th November 2020 to 30th November 2020. This is during the time that reports of successful trials for viable vaccines were first released but just shy of verification by the medicines regulator, the MHRA, of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which was announced on 2nd December 2020. We asked respondents to comment on their confidence in taking a vaccine. We were particularly interested in the reasons behind any misgivings about taking a vaccine. The aim of this report is to assist health professionals and policy makers in providing specific and directed messaging about any potential vaccine which will directly address reported concerns. We identified the following themes from responses to our survey and concerns raised: side effects; efficacy; age and existing health conditions; and transparency and trust. The research has found that clear FAQs providing information on the vaccine, trust in messaging and roll out capability, as well as making it easy to physically access the vaccination site, are amongst key implications for improving uptake of the vaccine across the social care workforce.

Last updated on hub: 07 June 2021

Written statement: Covid-19 asymptomatic testing programme for care homes

Welsh Government

A statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales informing of the decision to enable statutory partners to determine whether testing should be weekly or fortnightly in care homes in their local areas using their professional judgement informed by the data and local intelligence. The statement recognises the importance of continuing to provide some flexibility regarding the frequency of testing, to respond to the incidence and transmission in the wider local communities.

Last updated on hub: 11 November 2020

Your care home during winter

Department of Health and Social Care

Explains how care homes, local health partners, families and residents can work together to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission this winter and look after their wellbeing. The guidance covers infection prevention and control measures; testing; visiting; wellbeing; and COVID-19 vaccination.

Last updated on hub: 25 January 2021

Your health and well-being

Social Care Wales

This health and wellbeing resource has been developed to support care workers to stay well and seek help and support when needed. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic means care workers are working regularly under pressure and in unfamiliar and rapidly changing circumstances. The resource provides a direct link to tools, websites and other useful resources to support mental and physical wellbeing; it also includes information about general support groups and services you can access. Topics covered include: maintaining physical wellbeing; good mental wellbeing; general support services and groups; financial wellbeing; advice for pregnant workers; support for managers; general resources; and blogs and articles.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Your step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing

Department of Health and Social Care

This guide explains how adult social care staff should test themselves using a rapid lateral flow test for coronavirus (COVID-19), and report the results to the NHS. The COVID-19 self-test kit is a swab test (nose and throat) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). You can use this self-test kit if you are asymptomatic (you do not have symptoms). It explains how to prepare the test area and check the test kit contents; set up the test; take the swab sample; process the swab sample; read the result; report the result; and safely dispose of the test kit.

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2021

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