29 Jun 2022
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

DHSC issues clarification on mask-wearing in social care

The Department of Health and Social Care have said recently that they are aware of some confusion between the NHS and social care guidance on mask-wearing.  The DHSC news update of 17 June said:

‘Following queries around COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures for adult social care (ASC), here's an important reminder of current guidance for the care sector:

The COVID-19 supplement to the infection prevention and control resource for adult social care guidance applies to those working in ASC settings and services in England.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the infection prevention and control (IPC): resource for adult social care and continue to be used as the basis for any IPC response. The existing recommendations on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) should also continue to be followed.

NHS England (NHSE) recently wrote to their staff about appropriate IPC measures in NHS settings. The letter and the guidance it refers to does not apply to adult social care. NHSE staff continue to follow guidance tailored to their clinical settings.

The Department of Health and Social Care continues to work closely with the UK Health Security Agency to review guidance to the ASC sector, to make sure it reflects safe and proportionate IPC principles.’

The Homecare Association continues to work closely with DHSC on infection control.  If there are any changes affecting our sector, we’ll let members know.

 

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