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COVID-19 Information for Day Centres

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1st September 2021: FAO All Providers - Self Isolation Information

From 16 August, staff members notified that they are a contact of a COVID-19 case are not required to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means it has been at least 14 days since the staff member completed a full course of an MHRA approved NHS administered vaccine. 

Care Providers will no longer be required to notify the Director of Public Health, when staff members who are close contacts of a COVID case, return to work. However, it remains advisable for workplaces to keep their own record of risk assessments, vaccination status and PCR and LFT test results. 

The following apply to all staff returning to work following this exemption:

  • the staff member should not have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • the staff member should immediately arrange for a PCR test, either through their workplace arrangements or via the NHS Test and Trace service, and the result of this PCR test should be negative prior to returning to work
  • following the negative PCR result, the staff member should undertake a daily lateral flow test for 10 days following their last contact with the case (even on days they are not at work)
  • if a staff member has had a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the past 90 days, they should not have a PCR test and should only undertake daily lateral flow tests
  • on days the staff member is working, lateral flow test should be taken before starting their shift, and the result should be negative
  • the staff member should comply with all relevant infection control precautions and PPE should be worn properly throughout the day
  • if the staff member works with patients or residents who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 (as determined by the organisation), a risk assessment should be undertaken, and consideration given to redeployment during their 10 day self-isolation period 

If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, then staff must self-isolate. If a staff member is exempt  (because they are under 18, unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons or are taking part or have taken part in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine) they must still self-isolate or be re-deployed with the mitigating actions outlined above. 

The links below provide guidance and information that may be useful in formulating your risk assessments:

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings - GOV.UK (

Letter to NHS organisations (not care organisation) from Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer, Ruth May,  Chief Nursing Officer and Dr Nikita Kanani, Medical Director for Primary Care.

Testing for Day Centres

Please view our Covid-19 Testing page for information regarding testing for day centres.

Government Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

Guidance for the Management of Medicines in Social Care Establishments

Guidance for the Management of Medicines in Social Care Establishments

This document provides procedural guidance on managing medicines, primarily within care homes, but the principles can be applied to any social care settings where medications are ordered, stored and administered e.g. day services.

It has been developed to help service providers meet the requirements of current legislation, the Care Quality Commissions (CQC) five key questions and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on Managing Medicines in Care Homes (SC1). It also includes learning from medication incidents that have occurred and interpretation of common scenarios that staff may face when dealing with medication.

Kings College London: Practical guidance for safely re-opening day centres

Kings College London has produced a useful document to support managers and staff to plan and safely re-open adult day centres. Read the guidance here

National Institute for Health Research: Helping Adult Day Centres to Unlock Lockdown

The National Institute for Health Research have produced a 2 part briefing paper aimed at day centre providers. 

The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, pandemic and the lockdown of society from March 2020 were unprecedented. Most day centres closed to regular users. The document aims to support day centre providers in the journey into a ‘new normal’ after the lockdown.

SCiE: Delivering Safe, Face to Face, Adult Day Care

SCiE Delivering Safe, Face to Face, Adult Day Care: This guide aims to support you, day care managers, social workers, commissioners and providers, to restart or continue activities. It is focused on community-based day services, day centres (with and without personal care), including specialised day centre environments, and those with outdoor spaces.

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