Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19

This page contains links to selected information which may help homecare providers provide services during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Guidance about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as more is known about the virus, its transmission and measures to counter the spread. Please return to this page regularly and check you are using the latest update of the guidance concerned.

Government guidance for the general public

Listing of government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19), updated frequently.

Listing of legislation and amending regulations: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/

Police guidance on enforcing rules on international travel, quarantine and self-isolation: COVID-19 restrictions 

Symptoms and getting medical help

People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) OR a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), should get a COVID-19 test and stay at home until they get the result.

Use this online tool from the NHS to find out what to do if you, or somebody else, has a medical problem: NHS 111 Online - Get medical help.

Staying safe and managing infection

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Shielding clinically extremely vulnerable people

The government has ended the requirement for centralised guidance for these groups following expert clinical advice. 

Government press release 15 September 2021

Former Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, now withdrawn.

Face coverings

Guidance, Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

NHS England, Visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS COVID-19 app - part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme.

How NHS Test and Trace works: what to do if you are contacted

Regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms

Vaccination

Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to booster vaccination

National booking service: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination programme

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17

New film launched urging public to get flu and COVID-19 vaccines

Work and leisure

Work and financial support This guidance covers England only.

Guidance for the safe use of places of workship during the pandemic

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Travel

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Foreign travel advice

Government guidance for social care providers

Overview of adult social care guidance produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE).

Homecare guidance

Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

NICE - COVID-19 rapid guideline NG 191 - Managing COVID-19 

Staying safe and managing infection

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread 

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

Risk assessment and shielding the clinically extremely vulnerable

Guidance - COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework

The government has ended the requirement for centralised guidance for these groups following expert clinical advice. Press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/shielding-programme-ends-for-most-vulnerable

Former Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, now withdrawn.

HSE guidance - Risk assessment - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

UKHCA Resource: Risk Assessments - Why are they important and how are they done? (Members only)

UKHCA Resource: Risk Assessment Template (Members only)

PPE and face coverings

There is a current consultation on extending the provision of free PPE beyond March 2022:

Extending free PPE to the health and care sector

Guidance - COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care

Guidance - COVID-19: Putting on and removing PPE - a guide for care homes (video)

Guidance - COVID-19: Personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures

Guidance - PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

Guidance - Personal protective equipment (PPE): local contacts for care providers

Care Provider Alliance - List of commercial suppliers of PPE (scroll down to end).

HSE guidance - Using PPE at work during the coronavirus outbreak

The role of face coverings in mitigating the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus: statement from the Respiratory Evidence Panel

Testing

Guidance - Coronavirus testing for homecare workers

Guidance on getting tested

Guidance - COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions 

NHS resources - get-tested-for-coronavirus

Guidance - How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

Guidance - For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits

Video on how to use a home testing kit

Register for an antibody test kit to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before


Vaccination

See Information on COVID-19 vaccination and supporting take up, which includes support available for employers in encouraging take up in their workforce, at: 

Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19

Other information:

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to booster vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff

Careworkers in England can book a vaccination appointment through: The National Booking Service

Eligibility for vaccination: Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Information on the third dose for people with a weakened immune system

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17

Information supporting take-up:

Public Health England - Employer Toolkit - Coronavirus Resource centre

DHSC's Questions and Answers on vaccination

Webinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine - YouTube, 21 May 2021.

Flu vaccination, which is encouraged alongside COVID-19 vaccination: Annual flu programme in England 2021-22

Flu vaccination guidance for social care workers

Pregnancy and fertility:

COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a

COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding

Guidance - Safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy

COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding (rcog.org.uk)

BFS & ARCS Covid-19 Vaccines & Fertility - updated FAQs - British Fertility Society

Children:

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people

Information for children and young people on what to expect after COVID-19 vaccination

Side effects of vaccination:

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting - collection of guidance. 

Commissioning and social care funding

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners. Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), published 13 March 2020.

Guidance - COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) issued guidance to councils in England on the fee increases for the National Minimum Wage and COVID-19 on 9 April 2020.

A blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, highlighted the value of homecare and the urgent need for investment to prevent multiple provider failure. Read about Homecare in the time of coronavirus, published 26 April 2020: A case for urgent investment to prevent multiple provider failure. 

Extension of Infection Control and Testing Fund to end March 2022, grant conditions awaited: Additional funding to help adult social care this winter - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund: round 3 - collection of guidance and grant condition documents relating to funding to end March 2022.

Multi-million pound fund to boost adult social care workforce - workforce retention and recruitment fund, announced on 21 October 2021, with funding to end March 2022.

Travel, visas and migration

Government Travel Advice This includes red and green list rules for entering England, and demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status to enter specific countries from England.

Jobs that qualify for exemptions

Health and social care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement. The scheme to exempt non-EEA nationals applying for a health and care visa to work in a health or social care setting, in an eligible occupation, from paying the immigration health surcharge is described here: IHS Reimbursement Scheme

Guidance Immigration health surcharge - applying for a refund

Guidance (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

Visa extensions for NHS and frontline health workers during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other guidance

Health, social care organisations and coronavirus - what you need to know on data protection

Guidance, Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England. This includes bereavement resources for the social care workforce.

NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme for families of members of the workforce in England who sadly pass away as a result of contracting COVID-19 at work. Main page for the scheme, information re Wales.

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Guidance - COVID-19: Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance - Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance - Getting help with daily activities outside your home

COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements

Guidance around free-of-charge DBS applications and new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19, Disclosure and Barring Service.

CQC interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

HSE guidance: RIDDOR Reporting of Covid-19 

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees advice from ACAS on sick pay, including for those who self-isolate on medical and non-medical advice.

Support for businesses and other government guidance

Advice for businesses

Working safely and risk assessment

HSE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Working Safely

Government guidance: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

HSE guidance - Risk assessment - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Homecare Association resources for members on risk assessment - Resource library (members


Testing in workplaces

Health and social care: Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19

Other workplaces: Get coronavirus tests for your employees

Furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - CJRS)

 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Collection of guidance.  The scheme ended on 30 September 2021.

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers, on  selecting employees fairly for furlough or redundancy.

Financial support and tax

COVID-19: financial support for businesses, Collection of guidance.

Guidance: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Guidance - Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Workforce, annual leave, SSP, apprenticeships

Guidance - Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

SSP Online Claim Service through Government Gateway.

Guidance - Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidance - Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak.

Schools and Education

Guidance - What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department for Education's The Skills Toolkit online training courses help people furloughed or at home acquire new skills.

Transport

Guidance, Safer travel guidance for passengers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Getting an MOT.

Information on COVID-19 vaccination, vaccine hesitancy and supporting take-up

According to Capacity Tracker, in October 2021, 82% of the domiciliary care workforce had received their first vaccination, and 71% had received their second, with 17.8% of the workforce yet to be vaccinated. These figures are increasing all the time.

The London region had the lowest uptake for 1st dose vaccination at 74.3%, with 2nd dose vaccination at 53.6%, considerably lower than other regions.  London has the largest unvaccinated domiciliary care workforce at around 25.7%, with the Midlands at 18.9%. 

Further statistics on take-up

COVID-19 vaccination is saving lives. A study tracking more than 200,000 people found nearly every participant developed antibodies against the virus within two weeks of their second dose.  Analysis suggests both Astra Zeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines reduce hospitalisation rate by 92-96%.  The risk of side effects is tiny compared with risks from COVID-19 itself.[1]

The Homecare Association is a strong supporter of vaccination.  We remain keen to ensure that as many homecare workers as possible receive both COVID-19 and ‘flu vaccines, as there is good evidence these protect the recipient from serious illness. 

To this end, we are working with colleagues in NHS England and others to try to persuade vaccine hesitant staff to accept vaccination voluntarily.  For more, see Help for Social Care Employers from NHS England and local authorities below.

Vaccination as a condition of deployment in homecare

Following a consultation on making vaccination a condition of deployment (VCOD) for frontline workers in the NHS and community settings, including homecare, the Government announced on 9 November 2021 that full COVID-19 vaccination would become a requirement for staff with face to face contact with service users from 1 April 2022.  COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccination are not included in these proposals.

Statement by Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, 9 November 2021

The key points are:

  • Staff working face to face with patients or service users will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to be deployed, unless they are exempt.
  • Covid-19 boosters and flu vaccinations are not included in the policy scope.
  • Once the regulations have been laid and approved in Parliament, there will be a 12-week grace period before the regulations come into force. Therefore, the policy is expected to come into force on 1 April 2022.

Homecare Association's response to vaccination as a condition of deployment

Government publish response to the Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment consultation 

Mandatory vaccination for all of health and social care - The new rules explained, Matthew Wort of Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
 

Vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes

VCOD applied in residential settings from 11 November 2021 (see operational guidanceinformation on how exemptions will work and NHS COVID-Pass guidance).

More from: COVID-19 vaccination as condition of deployment: Q & A - Care Provider Alliance

The new VCOD measures have data protection compliance implications, which are discussed here: Vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes and data protection

 

[1] Why some people don't want a Covid-19 vaccine - BBC Future  

COVID-19 vaccination programme - general leaflets

There is a collection of documents relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme at: COVID-19 vaccination programme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The collection includes guidance, training resources, consent forms and letters, leaflets, posters and resources.  There are links to programme documents, like JCVI advice.

Leaflets, such as the COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults are available in 23 languages, with easy-read and accessible formats.

There is information on who is eligible for the jab, side effects, ingredients of the jab and booking an appointment for a jab on the NHS website at:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

A video is available for the public on both winter vaccines,

Information on COVID-19 booster vaccination roll-out to social care workers

The Care Provider Alliance maintains a list of information at: COVID-19 vaccination - Care Provider Alliance

Information to help address vaccine hesitancy

There is information on COVID-19 vaccination, which is aimed at encouraging take-up and countering online disinformation.

Technical health information on COVID-19 vaccination and who should receive it:

COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
 

COVID-19 vaccine communication materials:

Vaccine information in community languages:

NHS England and NHS Improvement London » COVID-19 vaccine communication materials.

These are video clips by NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff to reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.  They are recorded in 18 languages by NHS staff in London and the aim is for the clips to be shared among friends, families, faith and community groups via text messages and social media. There is a downloadable script in English.


Questions and Answers on vaccination for health and social care stakeholders

These are Questions and Answers on vaccination (not official guidance), prepared by the Department of Health and Social Care for stakeholders.  These are updated regularly and include action Government is taking on issues, like encouraging take up within BAME communities: DHSC's Questions and Answers on vaccination

Webinar – Your questions answered on the COVID-19 vaccine

This is a recording of a DHSC webinar for careworkers held in May 2021, featuring the former Vaccines Minister Nadim Zahawi.  Professor Jonathan Van Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr Nicki Kanani, GP and Deputy Lead of the COVID-19 Programme answer questions on topics such as side effects, and pregnancy and fertility.

Webinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine - YouTube, 21 May 2021.


Additional resources to address vaccine hesitancy

Proof of medical exemption from vaccination:

COVID-19 medical exemptions: proving you are unable to get vaccinated

 

Vaccination and pregnancy

There is a section in COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a on pregnancy and fertility and COVID-19 vaccination and information at:

Department of Health and Social Care information states:

  • Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the known risks of Covid-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth.
     
  • Research shows pregnant women are more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 and 98 per cent of those in hospital due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Published data from mid-July show no pregnant woman who has had two doses of the vaccine was hospitalised from COVID-19 in the UK.  
     
  • Pregnant women are also more likely to have severe COVID-19 infection if they are overweight or obese. The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) recommend vaccination as one of the best defences against severe infection. The JCVI recommends Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as the preferred vaccines for pregnant women coming for their first dose.
     
  • Advice for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding is here. If you are 40 or over, and are booking your COVID-19 vaccination on NBS you’ll be asked if you are pregnant. This is to make sure people who are pregnant are only shown appointments for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
     
  • Here is a video from Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwife for NHS England and NHS Improvement.
     
  • NHS England » NHS encourages pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination and fertility

Sources of information include the British Fertility Society, Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

BFS & ARCS Covid-19 Vaccines & Fertility - updated FAQs - British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists 

The RCOG FAQs are here – Also on this page is a video from Prof Lucy Chappell about how the vaccine does not impact fertility. 

There is a British Medical Journal article showing there is ‘no evidence that vaccines can affect fertility’. 

Help for social care employers from NHS England and local authorities

Update on support for homecare employers - November 2021

The NHS is planning to target support at providers with more than 100 unvaccinated frontline staff, as identified by Capacity Tracker. These organisations will be contacted by the NHS vaccination deployment programme and are encouraged to take up the webinars and one-to-one conversations between individual staff and culturally and clinically appropriate professionals offered.  Other providers who are concerned should contact their local authority vaccination lead and use the resources on increasing take up.

Our preferred solicitors, Anthony Collins have produced a short briefing on VCOD and are planning a free webinar for Homecare Association members, plus a toolkit to help employers implement VCOD, available for purchase. 
 

Support from the NHS and local authorities to encourage vaccination take-up - October 2021

There are many online resources to help people understand the benefits of vaccination and to address frequently raised concerns.

However, these resources are not always enough to persuade those who have a variety of fears to proceed with vaccination.

From work with care homes, there is evidence that one-to-one or small group discussions with vaccine hesitant workers can help to dispel their concerns and lead to higher take up.

For this reason, Homecare Association has reached out to NHS England to ask for additional support for homecare providers with relatively high proportions of vaccine hesitant staff. Data from Capacity Tracker highlight particular challenges in places such as London and Birmingham but there are other areas facing difficulties too.

Senior leaders in NHS England have willingly engaged with us on this issue and ensured the cooperation of local public health teams and vaccination leads in local authority areas. They have identified the possibility of accessing infection control, inequality and local authority funding to support uptake of vaccinations.

NHS England have pledged to develop a national offer of support for homecare providers and have secured support from a number of clinicians from the COVID-19 vaccine programme across England.

To access support homecare providers will need to develop a clear case outlining their specific support requirements and funding requests which is underpinned by evidence. Homecare Association members should see our email alert of 8 October 2021 for further information or call the member helpline.

At the local level, support can be developed in partnership with local government, public health and Integrated Care System (ICS) leads. If you wish to enquire about local support with vaccine hesitancy you can find a list of contacts from the Local Government Association here.

We strongly encourage homecare providers to explore the options for one-to-one and small group discussions, and the help we have described above, including contacting their local vaccination lead to see what support they can offer. 

Flu vaccination

The influenza vaccination programme is running alongside the COVID-19 vaccination programme. 

Careworkers are strongly encouraged to book a flu jab – see Flu vaccination guidance for social care workers.

Careworkers can book their own free flu vaccinations at Boots pharmacies, who assure us that there are sufficient supplies of vaccines available this year, unlike previous years: https://www.boots.com/online/pharmacy-services/winter-flu-jab-services

There is a joint communication campaign for winter vaccines (COVID-19 boosters and flu jab).  Promotional resources are available from: 

Health and Social Care Workers Winter | Campaign Resource Centre (phe.gov.uk) 

Plus information in a letter from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Director, Claire Armstrong to local authorities and adult social care providers.

 

Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak

Support for frontline workers

CIPD webinar on supporting the mental health of frontline workers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Coronavirus resources of the British Psychological Society for professionals and the public.

Our Frontline helplines: support for social care workers 

Support for the public, including young people

Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing.

Guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters - simple tips for taking care of mental health.

ANXIETY UK helpline and resources Helpline open until 10.00 pm: 03444 775 774, Text Service: 07537 416 905.

Mental health at work

ACAS guidance on coronavirus and mental health at work 

Health and Safety Executive information on stress at work, and carrying out a stress risk assessment

Check your business insurance to see if it includes a Stress Helpline for employees. Page 9 for those with a Towergate Insurance policy.

Developing a supportive and inclusive workplace culture

NICE are developing a guideline on Mental wellbeing at work which is due to be published in 2022.  This will look at developing a supportive and inclusive workplace culture and in particular organisational support, individual support, support from employers for employees at risk of poor mental health and also include recommendations about local and regional strategies and plans.

In the meantime, NICE have shared links to resources likely to be referred to in the guideline which employers may find helpful:


Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Wales: Wales wellbeing - sources of support
Scotland: NHS Inform - resources on mental health and well-being
Northern Ireland: Covid-19 App - resources on mental health

Insurance

Insurance

Coronavirus information - Towergate Insurance Brokers

The general response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been co-ordinated across the UK, with the governments of the devolved nations working closely with the UK Government.

As health and social care are responsibilities devolved to the respective governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, some guidance is individual to, or presented differently, by the nation concerned.

 

Wales

Guidance for the public

Welsh government Coronavirus guidance homepage.

Homecare guidance

Welsh Government: Health and Social Care Professionals: coronavirus, guidance and services

Public Health Wales: Guidance for Health and Social Care Professionals in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales: Statements on Coronavirus

Guidance on CIW notification

Supported Living guidance

Clinically extremely vulnerable people and risk assessment

Collection of guidance on shielding

PPE and face coverings

Updated guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care homes and domiciliary support services

Providers may also need to liaise with their local authorities in relation to accessing PPE and ensuring whether there is any additional guidance at local level. 

Testing

Twice weekly routine lateral flow testing is available for homecare and providers should have received information about how to access this. Providers experiencing difficulties with accessing workforce testing should contact: [email protected]

Other information on testing is available from: Testing for coronavirus

Financial support and guidance on self-isolation includes:

COVID-19 contacts: guidance for health and social care staff

Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme

Self isolation support payment

Vaccination

Information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Wales

Welsh Government guidance on vaccination programme (including definition of front-line social care worker; and how to get your vaccine if you think you’ve been missed)

Flu vaccine information

Travel

Collection of guidance on travel

Support for the care workforce

The Welsh Government have agreed two recognition payments to social care workers:

2020 - Guidance - Social care workforce special payment scheme

2021 - NHS and social care financial recognition scheme: guidance for social care workers

Social Care Wales are offering a digital Care Worker Card.  

Social Care Wales have collected information and resources on health and well-being for Social Care workers. They have launched an Employee Assistance Scheme that can provide a range of support to social care staff (call 0333 2129 212, this is available 24/7).

The Welsh Government has agreed to a death in service payment for the families of NHS and social care staff in Wales. Press release dated 27 April 2020.

Commissioning and social care funding

The Welsh Government has allocated funding to local authorities to administer as a hardship fund in order to support social care providers through the coronavirus pandemic. This has included a £1 per hour temporary fee uplift for local authority or health board commissioned homecare providers. 

Other guidance

Welsh government: Strategy and evidence: coronavirus (including control plans / alert levels)

Public Health Wales - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social Care Wales coronavirus guidance page.

ADSS Cymru, COVID-19 updates for care providers

Scotland

Guidance for the public

Main collection of guidance from Scottish Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance on public use of face coverings

Coronavirus (COVID-19), information for the public

Homecare guidance

COVID-19 - Information and guidance for social, community and residential care settings, version 1.8, published 16 April 2021.

COVID-19 - Guidance for non-healthcare settings

Listing of publications by Health Protection Scotland

Care Inspectorate - https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/covid-19

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual: Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - exemption of fully vaccinated social care staff from isolation: information for providers

COVID-19: Clinical Care Guidance for Care at Home, Housing Support and Sheltered Housing

Testing

Getting tested in Scotland

Protect Scotland App

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect

Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care and community-based testing guidance

COVID-19 Vaccination

Resources on vaccination for social care employers and staff: COVID-19 vaccinations - COVID-19 - Public Health Scotland

Vaccines for 16-17 year olds

Workforce and disclosure

Health and social care COVID-19 accelerated recruitment portal Information for Employers

Criminal records checks for COVID-19 response workers

Support for businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance (main collection of guidance for business, healthcare, education and housing).

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland

Information about advice for businesses 

Travel

Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation

Quarantine hotels - gov.scot

Northern Ireland

Government guidance for the public

Guidance and support, including face coverings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you

HSC Public Health Agency, COVID-19: Information for the public

Northern Ireland ExecutiveDepartment of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates


Government guidance for health and social care professionals

Stop COVID-19 NI App

HSC Public Health AgencyGuidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland - COVID-19

Guidance for HSC staff on using PPE

Questions and answers for HSC staff


COVID-19 Vaccination

Domiciliary care workers in Northern Ireland and those employed by independent care agencies can book COVID vaccinations at Trust vaccination centres. 

Information on the Northern Ireland COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Care worker information leaflet

Online booking arrangements for domiciliary care workers registered with the NISCC.

Information on testing

Test and trace information

StopCOVID NI Proximity App

Public Health Agency information on testing in Northern Ireland, including primary care workers

HSC, Public Health Agency: Contact tracing FAQs


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