- Guidance for care homes on how to report cases of COVID-19 - Public Health England letter and briefing paper for care homes - please use this briefing paper to know how to report cases of COVID-19 to Public Health England. Please note the email address in the briefing paper is incorrect, the email address for reporting cases of COVID-19 is email@example.com.
- CQC information for providers and professionals, including suspension of routine inspections, when and how to notify of coronavirus cases and frequently asked questions.
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings. Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England: Actions for local authorities and social care providers following a coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of an employee or volunteer in adult social care.
Please visit the Testing information page for information on government guidance for care homes and home care providers.
- Guidance on social distancing and meeting others safely.
- Making a support bubble with another household - how you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Government guidance on sheilding and pretecting extremely vulnerable people.
- Government stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, please use this page for different languages and for an easy read guide.
- Government guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings.
- Government guidance on hospital discharge service requirements which sets out how health and care systems and providers should change their discharging arrangements and the provision of community support during the coronavirus situation.
- Government guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home setting. Advice on appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for stepdown in hospital or discharge to home or residential settings.
- NICE is supporting the NHS and social care by developing a series of rapid guidelines on caring for patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 infection, and patients without COVID-19 infection, in a number of clinical areas. They have published rapid guidelines on:
- Government guidance on ibuprofen use.
- Government guidance on the reuse of medicines in a care home or hospice - Standard operating procedure on how to run a safe and effective medicines reuse scheme in a care home or hospice during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Delegating medicines administration - guidance from the CQC
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.
- Government guidance has been published for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.
- The impact of COVID-19 has created an extremely challenging time for the social care workforce. Skills for Care have identified training that remains a priority during this period to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce.
- Please click here for access to an e-learning programme for Health and Care Workers around Covid 19 that has come through from Health Education England (HEE). It includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus. It is freely available to all health and care staff and can be accessed via the following link https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/.
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Skills for Care has developed a support offer for registered managers in adult social care (also in downloads section as a word document).
- The Infection Prevention Society has produced some training specifically for care home settings, the training is available in this document or by looking on the IPS website.
- Infection Control E-Learning Course from SCiE - Infection prevention and control are essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This video-based course for care providers in care homes and home care will teach you about the spread of infection and what you can do to protect both yourself and the people you care for.
- SCiE Safeguarding Adults with Dementia during the COVID-19 crisis: Safeguarding adults with dementia is an important part of everyday work for providers of adult social care. This quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the crisis.
- SCiE Delivering Safe, Face to Face, Adult Day Care: As the restrictions of lockdown are eased, 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.
- Goverment ethical framework for adult social care. A framework to support the planning and organisation of adult social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- The Government have launched a plan detailing how they will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
- Advice from scie for councils and care providers as the government works to delay the spread of COVID-19.
- Government changes to the Care Act 2014.
- Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund - Sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.
Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund: round 2 - Sets out the infection control measures that the new infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.
- A dedicated app for the adult social care workforce in England has been launched to support staff through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A communications toolkit to support the app has also been produced.
- COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework.
Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus - Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.
COVID-19 infection rises: letter to care providers from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery - Stuart Miller has written to care providers to highlight rising infection rates and request action on testing and PPE in all care settings.
- Adult Social Care Winter Plan 2020-2021: The government's ambitions for the sector and the challenges facing adult social care this winter.
Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: report on first phase of COVID-19 pandemic - This report sets out the progress and learning from the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in informing advice and recommendations to government and the social care sector.
- Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
SCiE Delivering Safe, Face to Face, Adult Day Care: As the restrictions of lockdown are eased, 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.
Guidance for providers of supported living settings.
- Guidance for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, and those who provide care and support.
- All current coronavirus guidance produced by HM Government for health professionals and non-clinical settings.
- Government guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping - Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.
- Government guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision.
- Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities - for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.
COVID-19 guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations - Information and advice for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.